I Know What I Did Last Weekend (and so do you now)
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1. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
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This brings my plays to three now. I'm amazed how many rules have slightly different interpretations, but I think I'm finally playing it right now. Still an excellent game, but I've still got reservations. I think next time I might try a variant: allow half bids during the turn order bidding.
 
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2. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:299]
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After a long weekend of gaming with a multitude of people, the only correct way to end it is a straight-up one-on-one struggle. It's hard to ignore how this game has shot to the top the ratings here on the 'Geek, and as the commercial says, four out of five 'Geeks can't be wrong. The mechanism which has the pieces switching sides as they get defeated or returning home for the winter to find their homes owned by the opposite side is sheer genius.
 
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3. Board Game: Ad Acta [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:5572]
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When I first heard of this game, I nearly bought it sight unseen. However, I'm kinda glad I didn't. It's not a bad game. But this game has a problem of looking to be highly analyzeable, without really being so (if that makes sense). There's a whole lotta chaos, on top of what looks like a very analytical framework. One a more personal note, playing damn near any game with Greg Schloesser will make the game ten times funner (or is that funnier? ;} )
 
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4. Board Game: Palazzo Paletti [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:6630]
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Villa Paletti's older brother. It's quite nice to have the board be that much heavier, making the structure less likely to tip. Sure the game's rules are broken, but I still love playin' it. Not sure if I play it enough to warrant the big brother however.
 
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5. Board Game: Tin Soldiers [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:8156]
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I don't have much luck playing trick taking games 'cept when I go outta town, so even tho I've owned this for quite a while now I've never played. So we played it, and I lost three or four games in row (each two hands each). Oi. Here I thought I was decent at trick taking. We were playing partnerships, with two rounds of three card passes. Perhaps that screwed with things too much...
 
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6. Board Game: Clans [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1137]
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I rather liked this one. It's short, it's abstract, it's not solvable. I played it three times, and I think I enjoyed it more each time. I can understand why people don't like it, but I bought a copy as soon as I got back home.
 
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7. Board Game: Too Many Cooks [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2539]
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Also got in my first play of this light trick taking game. It's just fine for what it is, but luck plays a huge part in your performance.
 
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8. Board Game: Squint [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:4189]
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This party game wins my Best New Party game award. I love seeing the ways that people use the various shapes. It's quite entertaining, and has the feature of not using partners (a unique trait for the genre).
 
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9. Board Game: The Settlers of the Stone Age [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1446]
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Second playing and I have to agre with what I originally thought: it's longer than vanilla Settlers, and doesn't really add a lot to the genre. I wish they'd removed the 'move the robber on a seven' rule, as the game is all about spending all the cards you can 'fore someone steals them from you.
 
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10. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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I never get to play this anymore. And I only got one group willing to try it really late one night when I was already past my bedtime...
 
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11. Board Game: Schrille Stille [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:2656]
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There's plenty of mystique surrounding this game's kewl vote counting machine. However, the kewl pretty much ends there, for me. It's not a bad game, it's just too long for how light and random it is.
 
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12. Board Game: Tante Tarantel [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:7200]
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Cute, is prolly the best word I have for this game. I would play it again, but I doubt I'll ever buy my own copy. The psuedo-random movement of the spider on the modified spiral board is quite clever...
 
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13. Board Game: Trias [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1678]
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One of my favorite aspects of my boardgaming affliction is learning new systems (games) to break (win). And I like to think I do pretty well at games the first time I play them. Not in case. Oh boy. By the third turn or so, I was in such a rotten position that I removed my (very few) pieces from the board and let the other three continue. As I read my book, I watched the game unfold, so I'd very much like to try again sometime, after some rules clarifications...
 
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14. Board Game: 5ive Straight [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:5198]
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Eh. It's a game. I would highly recommend two things: first, don't play the game with partners with six players, too much happens between your turns; second, draw good cards.
 
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15. Board Game: Ricochet Robots [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:571] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Perhaps one of my all-time favorites, especially in terms of the stability of my opinion. I particularly got a kick out of watching a family of four attempt to play this with us at 1:30am...
 
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16. Board Game: O Zoo le Mio [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1392]
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Hehe. I fergot a couple... I played this cute little game too. I tend to dislike blind bidding, but this one's one of the exceptions. Granted, it could be the parakeet in me which is speaking. *tweet tweet*
 
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17. Board Game: Manager [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:6338]
 
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Another blind bidding game. This is one of those older 'German' games which I'd never played. The central mechanism was quite clever, I must say, but not exactly my cup of tea. I can say, however, that the game truly shines at six players.
 
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18. Board Game: Mogul [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:3001]
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Of the newly released small-box series from Timbuktu, this is supposed to be the highlight. I liked it just fine, considering it's a filler. Reminds me of Don, only not quite as novel, but more playable as Don was rather broken, IMHO.
 
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