New to you a year ago Dec 10 => Has it stood the test of time?
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Grimwold's new-to-you geeklists are the highlight of my month on the 'geek. They motivate me to review the new games I've played (and recycle my entries as comments), and they allow me to read the thoughts of some of the most insightful 'geeks on new and classic games.

But the new-to-me list is inevitably full of first impressions. I'm interested in hearing how those games that seemed so great at the time stood up to multiple plays. Did you actually play them that much after the first month? Did a game you dismissed at the time turn out to be better in retrospect?

Add an entry with the same game you chose for the New to you Dec 09 geeklist. Link to your entry in that geeklist, then write down your thoughts on the game you chose a year on. If your impression of some of the other games you wrote up that month have changed, let us know about that too.

The big game that month was an expansion, Dominion: Seaside - has it stood the test of time?

I'll be starting these lists mid-month, so we don't have to keep up with this list and Grimwold's (and several other monthly ones) all at the same time. You can subscribe to the announcement thread for reminders.
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1. Board Game: Last Train to Wensleydale [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:1598]
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Item for Geeklist "New to you Dec 09 => Best new game you played this month and why"

A decent choice in that I've played it twice more and enjoyed it each time for the reasons I stated at the time. I also said "I just hope the map holds up to repeated plays, and that there's a more aesthetically pleasing edition in the pipeline". The first does seem to be a bit of an issue: the central valley is very strong, but that is mitigated once everyone knows this and thus force a sufficiently high price on going first. And First Train to Nuremberg adds a new map, a better-looking version of the old one and better support for scaling across the player range.

Second place was The Battle for Hill 218, which I played a lot that Christmas and only a couple of times since. I did play against the really good AI version a bit too though, and that confirmed that there is a decent amount of skill to the game. I managed to beat it eventually but it took quite a few tries. I'd play this more but the theme doesn't appeal to my wife and I don't get much opportunity to play 2p games otherwise.

I didn't give Thurn and Taxis a glowing write-up at the time but in retrospect it's probably the biggest hit from that month. I've played it five times since and it scales well across the player range. I'm still really bad at it - I always seem to be out of phase with the special actions so I can't use the one I want when I want. This is probably why my wife enjoys playing it 2p so much

Mississippi Queen, as I predicted, ran out of steam after three more plays and was traded for the superb Beowulf: the Legend. It's a decent amount of fun but the combination of deterministic planning (no dice) and potentially catastrophic ramming jars a bit. It's been superseded by more modern race game designs, especially Powerboats.

The rest were cult of the new games that I haven't played again, though Tobago would probably get to the table before any of the others.
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2. Board Game: Witch of Salem [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1777]
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December 2009 was a relatively light month for "new to me" games.

Witch of Salem has remained popular. I've played it 4 times in 2010 and I'll probably get a couple more plays in over the Christmas holidays.

The only other new game that got much play in 2010 was Maori. The initial play wasn't great, but it's grown on me - I've now played 11 times..
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3. Board Game: After the Flood [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:2007]
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In December last year I played 14 new games. I didn't play 10 of them again, including that month's winner, After the Flood. At least in the case of this game it's simply due to lack of opportunity as I don't own it.

Games I did play again

Ming Dynasty (2 more plays) - 7 (-)



Still a low-profile card drafting area majority game. Not ground-breaking but a solid entry. Probably doesn't see the table that often because it's so middle-of-the-road.


Airships (4 more plays) - 6 (-)



A light and short dice game, roughly in the same category as Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age with a bit more chrome and not quite as scripted. Covers the short, brainless filler niche quite well.


Schotten Totten aka Battle Line (2 more plays) - 5 (thumbsdown)



This game of chicken is not overly exciting. What happens is rather predictable, and whether having to place first hurts you or not entirely depends on cards drawn. On those rare 2-player occasions I'd rather pull out something else.


Bali (2 more plays) - 6 (thumbsup)



The game isn't overly deep, control is pretty limited by all accounts, but still. Bali is just... odd. A very unconventional Rosenberg card game where each player juggles four hands instead of just one. It's quite possible that I've become somewhat fond of it just because it's so different.


Other games I did not play again

 


No particular regrets on any of these though I wouldn't mind all but the last two.
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4. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:218]
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Dungeon Lords was my choice as "New to Me" Game of the month for December 2009. How do I feel about the game now? I love it. In 2010, it has seen 6 plays, even though it has been a few months since it has hit the table. My local groups tend to live in the "cult of the new" and "old to us"titles are frequently hard to get back to the table. Still, I really hope that Dungeon Lords will return soon.

Why does it work for me? I really like the mix of worker placement, fantasy theme and attempt to control the chaos that the adventurers will inevitably cause. The theme is well-done, the rules are clean (and are both well-written and entertaining to read) and a good evening is assured when Dungeon Lords hits the table.

Other "new to me" games from December 2009:
Witch of Salem and Yahtzee Free for All have not seen any play thus far in 2010. I would like to get them back to the table, though I don't see it happening any time soon...

edit to correct month - I played these games first in December 2009, not 2010, as I had originally typed...
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5. Board Game: The End of the Triumvirate [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1522]

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New to you Dec 09 => Best new game you played this month and why

It's interesting that December of last year was full of a lot of mediocre games. I gave my middle-of-the-road thumbsup thumbsdown rating to The End of the Triumvirate, and that was my top winner for the month. I found the game to be a little frustrating, but that could have been the case of it being a new game, and more wargamey than anything else. The design seemed clever enough, but I wasn't really thrilled with it.

I also played a couple of solitaire games before the end of the year, with Delve: The Dice Game and Pandemic Express. Both were interesting diversions on New Year's Eve (we really live it up in the Bickerstaff household), but neither of them wowed me so much that I went back to either of them. They were OK, but nothing spectacular.

I also played a couple of games of Formula D, once on the base map and another time on the Chicago map. Formula D is one of those games that I will play on occasion, but race games overall aren't really my thing. That being said, I will probably turn down any game that involves the Chicago map, since the jump is a little too unforgiving in a game that's already mostly dominated by luck.

Lastly, I played a couple of games of 15-player LCR over Christmas with family, with real money. That might happen again this year, but it won't be because I'm pushing for it.

I've not played any of these games since then, and of the few that I owned, they've been traded away or sold. Pretty solid month of new games for a year ago, huh?
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6. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:146]
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Here's my New-to-You post from last December followed by my thoughts on each game now in italics.

LOVED IT!



Tichu was a toss in on my Christmas order, almost as an afterthought. One of those "Well, it's got a great reputation and only costs $8, why not try it?" things. And wow. There are good games, there are great games, then there are those games that, when you play them, you get the sense that you're playing something special, something you'll be playing years from now. Tichu is the fourth such game I've played. We only played a couple of games of it, but had a blast. I've only scratched the surface with Tichu. Good god, want to play.

Now: Tichu is in my top 10. It doesn't get played very often since it needs exactly 4 players (I haven't bothered with any variants) who are interested in partnership climbing games. With the right group, Tichu is one of the very best.



Carcassonne: The Castle: Most months, this would be game of the month. My wife and I are Carcassonne fans, and I think this just became my favorite Carc for 2 players. The wall tiles you can get make you think a little harder about how and when you score your points, I like the counterintuitive way the tiles can be laid, and the game is the perfect length for what it is. I traded Red November for this and couldn't be happier.

Now: We don't play Carcassonne very often, but we're still happy with The Castle. It made Hunters & Gatherers obsolete for us.




DVONN: The latest great GIPF game added to my collection. I've only played DVONN twice, so I'm still very much in the 'I understand the rules but have no idea what I'm doing' phase. And I like it.

Now: So far I've explored ZERTZ and YINSH pretty thoroughly, but have yet to really delve into DVONN. It's always been a success when it hits the table, eventually it'll see heavy rotation.



Dominion: Seaside: Another expansion that adds more options and new mechanics to Dominion. I love it, just like Intrigue. My only concern is the player mats and coins making the game needlessly fiddly. I'm okay with them, as long as they don't keep adding more with future expansions.

Now: I love Dominion, and Seaside is another wonderful addition. No complaints.

Liked it!



Go Away Monster!: Not much of a game on its own merits, obviously. But as a little kid game, it does what it sets out to do perfectly. This was a Christmas gift for my daughter who just turned 3. The game helps teach shapes, sharing and the concept of turns pretty well. Most importantly, my daughter had a blast. At one point I told her I didn't have a lamp yet, and instead of reaching into the bag and trying to pull one out for me, she grabbed the lamp off her board and said "here, dada!" She really got a kick out of throwing the monster in the box and saying "Go away monster!" Wonderful little game.

Now: daughter is starting to outgrow this game a bit. We got a lot of mileage and fun out of it.



Agricola: Farmers of the Moor was my first freebie game for participating in the Z-Force program for Z-Man games. I'm a big fan of free things. Anyhow, Farmers of the Moor is a good expansion for my favorite game. I can't say that it improves the game, but it does change it up which is fine for a veterans of the base game like myself. There's some fun stuff here, I just wouldn't recommend it for new players.

Now: I feel the same now as I did then: it's a nice change of pace. We play with the expansion maybe half the time




GIPF is the 5th game in the series I've played, and so far it's the only one that didn't make a great first impression. This probably says more about how high the bar has been set for the rest of the series than the quality of GIPF itself. We've only played it once, so I anticipate liking the game more with increased plays.

Now: I've explored some of the other GIPF games, and I do plan on exploring them all eventually. GIPF is at the bottom of that list, though. It made a poor first impression, so it can get in line behind its brethren.




Coloretto: I got this for Christmas from my wife. So far we've only played the 2-player game and it seems like a fun, quick little filler. I'm looking forward to playing it with more players.

Now: Coloretto occasionally sees the table as an excellent filler for 3-5 players. Simple rules and short playtime give this game a permanent place on my shelf and it's usually in my backpack.

Not so sure...



Kamisado: I've been looking forward to this one for a long time. I finally got it this month and was a little disappointed. My perception might be colored a bit by my wife, who didn't like the game at all. Our games were very short and brutal. I'll have to try the game with someone else, and possibly try the longer variants of the game. Kamisado's not dead, just on life support.

Now: I played it again with a friend who enjoys Chess (and abstracts in general). I ended up selling it to him.


Didn't like it.



Agricola Express: I can appreciate what it tries to do, but it just didn't work for me. It may be partly just the natural limitations that come with being a dice game, but I had a couple games of pretty shitty luck where I felt like things were entirely out of my hands. There may be ways around it, or ways to fix it, but I don't know that I liked it enough to make further effort.

Now: Life's too short. I haven't bothered with it since.



Tutankhamen was an absolute crash and burn for us. I'm sure it's probably a much better game for more than 2 players, but it was possibly the most boring game I've ever played. The insert, however, was awesome.

Now: Traded? Sold? Whatever, it's gone.


Participating in these monthly lists has made me realize that my first impression usually sticks.
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7. Board Game: God's Playground [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:1685]
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One year ago God's Playground was my number one pick and I even got it for another spin on the table about a month later. As I'm also one of those who buys more games then they're able to play it has since only moved around my bookcase a couple of times.

I would like to see more of it though. There is an incredible fine balance in this game of how much effort to put in to save Poland or trying to gather victory points The money is very tight, often forcing agonizing decisions and it's for the most part not a question about saving Poland, but rather saving the right parts of it.

Tobago is the only other game from last December to see play and I even ended up getting it as my girlfriend enjoys this and it's easy enough for non gamers to get into, both for rules explanation and the time to play it. The components? They're still some of the greatest around
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8. Board Game: Dominion: Seaside [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked]
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Dominion: Seaside is still favorite from the games that were new to me last year, it's still the only game in our collection of the list, and it has seen a lot more plays since then (9 more with just seaside cards and then some with either cards from the base set or Intrigue, that got registered there with no way to tell how many times we included some Seaside cards). The fiddling with coins and mats that I was afraid might get old hasn't so far, nor do I really expect it to, there are too many cards in the whole Dominion family by now to run into the same ones often enough for them to get stale. I still like the duration cards as a mechanic/sm.

Power Grid: Factory Manager
We didn't play this again, there are too many other options and it wasn't that great. I wouldn't mind giving it another try.

Ticket to Ride: Europa 1912
We played this expansion again, it seemed broken that time, not because of the warehouses, but because one player could just keep taking more destination cards, and have the route already in place (we used the big cities variant). It was much worse than we had ever happen in the big cities variant of the USA game. The warehouses are ok for every now and then, and I still wouldn't request to add that part of the expansion to the game.

Het Huis Anubis and Het Huis Anubis: Het levenselixir
No more plays. Still not something I'd play because of the game play. Now if the little girl who requested the games last time asked again...
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9. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1262]
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Here is my original entry to the geeklist: Item for Geeklist "New to you Dec 09 => Best new game you played this month and why"

Here are my updated comments (in the order I ranked them in the original entry):



The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac (Played 9 more times since December 2009) - I still find this game to be a delightful little romp, in the world of Indiana Jones. Push-your-luck games always do well for my family, and this one is no exception. It's been awhile since we played last, but I'll gladly suggest it again soon.



Monopoly Deal Card Game (Played 3 more times since December 2009) - A fun fast filler to replace a board game that many will refuse to play because of its length. This game is always a hit and every single time we play the winner seems to come as a surprise. I'll be happy to play this one any time.



Say What? (Not played since December 2009) - Maybe this game was more gimmick than game, because it hasn't hit the table again since our initial excitement when we first got it. I'll need to try it again soon to make sure I still like it as much as I did that first few times.



Looting London (Not played since December 2009) - I liked this game, my parents were only lukewarm, but my wife actively hated the game. Sadly, this meant my opportunities to play again were limited, so I sold it when I had some financial difficulties earlier this year.



Cranium Party Playoff (Played 1 more time since December 2009) - That 1 additional play is deceiving, because it was on New Year's Day, and I had that game under my belt before I wrote my original entry. I want to try this game with the youth group, because I think they might enjoy it, but otherwise it may never get played again.



Have You Herd? (Not played since December 2009) - This game surprised me that it wasn't terrible, but it also wasn't good enough to make me want to play again. It sits in the "only if someone asks for it" pile of my game collection.



Scrabble Slam! (Not played since December 2009) - I don't really feel the need to ever play this again. But with the right group I might be convinced. It just did nothing for me.



Scattergories: The Card Game (Not played since December 2009) - We bought this as a gift for a friend. Thank goodness it wasn't my own copy, because it would be another game I would want to just throw away.
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10. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:456]
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TtD was my top game last december: I loved the decisions, I loved the player interaction, I loved the little pastel camels... and instant top 10 game for me!

and its all still true! I've since purchased the little candy camels and play about once a month (I'd play more given the chance). Its still one of my top ten games!



Monopoly Deal Card Game was my number two game: [it] was the suprise hit of Christmas for me and my wife. I got it as a stocking stuffer for my Monopoly loving sister in law and about 10 plays on Christmas later my wife and I enjoyed it enough to go out and buy it ourselves. Its pretty light and luck based but its quick, portable and fun!

This ended up being more than just a Christmas hit and is currently my most played game of 2010 with 51 plays! My wife and I often will play best of three after our daughter goes to bed if we're not in the mood for something more complex. Go put a copy in your stocking this year!

The rest were pretty much one off games I haven't had a chance to play again (mostly due to indifference), though I really need another game of Tikal with the right rules and Chaos in the Old World with 4 players...
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11. Board Game: Web of Power [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:611]
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A rather unremarkable month a year ago. I had to look up this game to refresh my memory on what it was. I don't think I've played any of the games from a year ago since that month.

The list consists of a light euro (this game), a heavy euro (Colonia), a kid's game (Halli Galli), and a dexterity game (Tumba). So, yeah, this is still game of the month.

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12. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:590]
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Not much for me. Spent too much time falling in love with Ticket to Ride (10 plays!) after a subpar first impression. TTR is now one of my Top 5 games of all time.

Blokus - The highlight of the month. I went in with low expectations and came out very impressed at how fun and simple it is. Excellent four-player game. It actually progressed from a 7 to an 8.

Deadlands: The Battle for Slaughter Gulch - I've played it once since last year, and this one went down from a 6 to a 5. I want to like it, but there's just too many things that I don't like (changing victory conditions, production issues, rule hangups).

10 Days in the USA - Played it once and that's all I needed. Not my style of game, I guess. 4.

Surf's Up, Dude! - All three plays of this happened when my surfer brother-in-law came to visit. I liked the three plays enough to rate it a 7, and I'd certainly play it again. But it just never comes out. I do think it's better than the rating.

Ubongo: Duel - It went from a 7 to a 6, now. The reason is simply the quality of the paper-thin puzzles and the flimsy pieces. Print it with the same quality as the original and I'll put it to 7 or 8.

Beowulf: The Legend - Played it three times initially and its sat on a shelf since. Just like Surf's Up, I'd like to play it more, it just doesn't come out. It's a good game in the vein of Reiner's LotR game which I really like.
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13. Board Game: Hungry Hungry Hippos [Average Rating:4.12 Overall Rank:17839]
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14. Board Game: Zaic [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:9954]
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5 New-to-Me games in December 2009, and I think I feel the same way today as I did 12 months ago:


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Zaic is a pure abstract strategy game invloving playing nineteen 2x2, 2x1 and 1x1 tiles of two colors to an imaginary 8x8 grid which is created as the tiles are played (as in Tic Tac Doh!). Spent a couple of fun evening in various bars trying this one out and fine tuning the rules. Looking forward to seeing this one "for real".

Well, Zaic was published in a solid and satisfying acryllic set and reached a nickel played this year - last night in fact! Still deep and intriguing . . .

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To Court the King would have topped my list most months, which surprises me. I don't love dice games usually . . . except when I do. This one I do. I liked buying cards. I liked making decisions. I loved the last round which played out exactly as the designer must have wanted . . .

Traded for a copy of this, and still hope to get my wife to play. In the meantime, it works very well in the PbF forum using the dice roller!

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Clocktowers also played exactly the way it was supposed to - fast and simple and beautiful to look at without being trivial. This may end up in my game bag just due to its miniscule size!

No longer in my game bag, and as yet not played again. Maybe a beat too fiddly to easily explain? Got to give it another try - back into the game bag it goes . . .

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My one play of Reef Encounter reminded me of my one play of Vikings - there's clearly a deep and interesting game in here, and I'm sure I'll get to see some of it in my second play . . .

In no rush to get this one back to the table. A rare game that came *off* of my wishlist after playing . . .

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Shanghaien is another dice game that I didn't hate! Might be a danger of AP which would ruin a fast and light game, and speaking of light, make sure you play this where you can differentiate the suits! Although perhaps not being totally clear on who had what helped avoid the aforementioned AP. Hmmmmm . . .

I'd rather play To Court the King . . .
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15. Board Game: Ubongo 3-D [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:1278]
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A year ago this month, I'd played six games that were new for me, plus one very good expansion. As usual, I list 'em in roughly decreasing order of current enthusiasm (which, for this month only, is almost exactly the same as the ranking I'd given them a year ago. Weird.)

Ubongo 3-D -- (3 plays in December; 2 plays since) A
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Excellent, if slightly insane, set of puzzles. They make my head hurt in a disturbingly enjoyable way.

I'm really impressed with the answer key booklet; it's a clear presentation of a lot of work.

At the Gates of Loyang (2 plays in December; 2 plays since) A
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Also excellent. I love Antiquity; this is a fun simplification of those farm mechanics. After the first game, we'd wondered whether there was a bit of a runaway leader problem. After the second game, it appeared less likely.

Dominion: Seaside (2 plays in December; 3 plays since) B+
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An improvement on its predecessors. Though, for me, that's only a modest recommendation. Still, there are a few cards in the Seaside set that I rather enjoy - and were I to draft cards for a Dominion play, I'd be certain to pick a few from Seaside.

Family Business (2 plays in December; 3 plays since) B+
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Up one position from a year ago (along with a permanent rating. I'd given it an Inc.)

Simple take-that game. Both the plays were 2p with my daughter: she was amused, but both of us thought the game would be better with more players. So I'll avoid rating it until I try with 4p/5p.

Wasabi! (1 play in December; 3 plays since) B
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Down one position from a year ago.

Relatively trivial 2D rummy-like set collection game. With admittedly lovely production values. It's quite harmless, and I'd be happy to play again.

Chaos Marauders (second edition) (1 play in December; none since) C
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More cheesy take-that action. This one is as chaotic as the name implies. There's a bunch of color, but I'm not familiar with the source material so it comes across to me as random noise rather than as familiar. So, clearly, I'm not the target demographic: I wonder who is?

Magnifico (1 play in December; none since) F
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We got a few things wrong in our first play, which - perhaps as a result - was horrible. The game would improve with the correct rules, but possibly not by enough to make me want to play.

What do I still have against it? I think the tanks-explode rule is about as appealing as the expedition-is-lost rule has proved to be in Struggle of Empires. I expect that it is more likely than not that in a four player game, one player will fall out of the running early and stay there: there's quite a lot of advantage in winning an early fight, and the loser of that first big battle could easily find themselves irretrievably behind for the rest of the game.
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16. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:643]
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Following you will find what I said then, and what I say now...

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New to me were the Small World Expansions - which rocked the game. I love Small World and the additional races and special powers did add a little boost to the game. Turns out my wife isn't too enamoured with this game, so I hope this doesn't mean it gets zero plays. This is one I would like to see hit the table once a month.

Still a fun game and one we talk about a lot. I recently bought the newer expansions but have yet to get them to the table, which is fine. We went through a time when we played it a lot, and I am looking forward to later this month (including Christmas Day) where this should get played a lot more.


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Wizard is now my father-in-laws favourite game, and I am glad we got him it for Christmas. I very much enjoy trick taking games, but maybe not as much as he does. He wanted to play it back to back one night, which is something that will burn any game out for my wife, super quick.

Yeah this game gets played a lot. We stopped playing it with certain friends because they could easily make the game drag out to be a 3 hour ordeal (no exageration or hyperbole at all,) but we still allow my father in law to request it once a month or so. I love it more now than I did then, and as far as family friendly card games go this one is pretty much tops. My wife is definitely burned out with the game so before I suggest it for a family night I will whisper in her ear so she can bash it on the head before it even gets suggested.



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Finally we got to play Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age during our lunch gaming sessions. I went and bought it, even though I know I prefer Ra: The Dice game. This was a fun game, but I felt it was finished too quickly by Wendell buying his improvements so fast. I wanted to see where the game could possibly go if it lasted another 10 or 15 minutes.

I definitely still prefer Ra: The Dice game, but we played this a lot, and if we ever have just another couple over for a night of gaming (which has been a while since that happened) we like this one for it's lightness and some depth of play. Fun Fun Fun!
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17. Board Game: Hamburgum [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:823]
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Original item: Item for Geeklist "New to you Dec 09 => Best new game you played this month and why"

Not much has changed at all, I'd still arrange the games in this order I think, other than Gloria Mundi. Maybe move Planet Steam up one spot.

Hamburgum
Plays since: 2

Still one of my favourites.

A Castle for All Seasons
Plays since: 2

Still gorgeous, still fun.

Brass: Lancashire
Plays since: 0

I'm surprised we haven't played this one since. I think the fiddly-ness of the rules has something to do with that, it's very easy to screw up the rules if you haven't played in a while and have them set. So several times when choosing games to play, I've thought about it, but chose something else simpler.

Leonardo da Vinci
Plays since: 1

I really want to get this one back to the table, especially with more than 2 players. I'd really like to see how the innovative placement rules work with more.

Planet Steam
Plays since: 1
 

Really 2 plays, since I played a play by forum game here on BGG as well. Still lots of unexplored space in this game, I found the way that the PBF game played out totally different than our previous game.

Gloria Mundi
Plays since: 0

Traded away, due to Deb not liking the negative tear down aspect of the game.

Bombay
Plays since: 2

I still suck horribly at this game, having played it at bgg.con just last month. This game is a massive test of your ability to be efficient in your actions, and I just fail.
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18. Board Game: Pandemic: On the Brink [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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I played a lot of new games this month last year, but most of them weren't that interesting and haven't been played since: The Really Nasty Golf Game, DrachenWurf, König Salomons Schatzkammer, The BoardGameGeek Game, Chairs, Strada Romana and The Thomas the Tank Engine Game (this last one rapidly went to a charity shop).

The three games that I have played again:

Pandemic: On the Brink
Initial rating:
Current geek rating: 9 (same as Pandemic itself)

Plays in first 6 months: 5
Plays in next 6 months: 6
My first playing of this was with 5 players, so I didn't really enjoy it as it seemed too hard, but on retrying decided it was a great expansion and bought it - and now Pandemic is being played more often again - its play rate had started to slow down as everyone was getting a bit bored with it.

Dominion: Seaside
Initial rating:
Current geek rating: 8 (Dominion is a 10)

It's more Dominion cards, one of my favourite games, but it's not an expansion a like - there are a few too many "game-defining" cards, where everyone has to buy them to stand a chance, which I've not found is the case for any other expansion. Since Prosperity has come out I now ask to have no cards from this expansion in the mix when I play.

Carson City
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Current geek rating: 7

Only one further play, and my opinion hasn't changed - never going to be a real favourite of mine because of the conflict, so not worth buying, but I'm quite happy to play occasionally if someone else pulls it out.





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19. Board Game: Power Struggle [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1053]
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Original December 2009 Entry Here

December 09 provides an interesting set of discoveries for me to reflect on, which is odd because I've only played one of those games in the intervening year.

Power Struggle



A clear favorite at the time, Power Struggle remains one of my favorite titles of 2009, which I now consider to be the industry's worst year since 2003. The game exudes a playful, dark sense of humor, examples of which include departments that don't need employees if the managers are important enough, managers that resign only to become high-paid external consultants, rampant bribery, etc. Over a handful of plays I've found it to be consistently engaging, fluid, and tense. With four or five players I recommend this to just about anyone.

My one caveat has to do with the game's length. Rounds themselves vary a little depending on who controls the Communications division, but the last two times I've played, the winner has triumphed in only 13 moves. It's still a 90 minute game, and the pacing is fine, but with some familiarity and skill, the game's arc becomes so compressed that it may foreclose some of the strategic possibilities. I can't quite tell, though, because this is a game that clearly depends on the players to make high level choices about timing and valuation. I imagine that this is a treat with players who know exactly what they're doing.

Still the best from December 2009, and along with Homesteaders, Maria, and Hansa Teutonica, one of the top games of the year.


Mr. Jack in New York



Both Mr. Jack and the sequel are permutation-games like Chess or Dominant Species (yeah, I said it). I enjoy the first game on a semi-casual basis, but it did suffer (if only slightly) from that 'in-or-out' quality that games of this nature have - I liked it but not enough to really commit to it. Mr. Jack in New York seemed like a very clever update to the game with two strong features: it gives a slight edge to Jack (previously the detective had the upper hand), and it makes the physical character of the map entirely player-driven and emergent. I couldn't tell if this second feature would tamp down on the permutation-churning or actually make it more aggressive.

In any case, I'd happily play this again at some point, but with whom I'm not sure.

Duck Dealer



As I said last Winter, Duck Dealer is a Splotter's fondly-done, no-luck update to Merchant of Venus. I now own MoV, play it fairly regularly, and count it among my top 10 games. Duck Dealer is "neat," but not more than that. I'd play again for the heck of it.

Roads and Boats



Roads and Boats is a game that I'd explore more if asked. My view of the game snags on a very sharp edge of the design. Play with a "loose" map, and it's pure efficiency racing with extremely low interaction. Play on a tight map, and players steal directly from one another. A middle ground would be nice.


Roma



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Arena: Roma II



I enjoyed these games quite a bit, but my main 2-player opponent sees them as chaotic luck-fests and my girlfriend took a pass after one play of the original. There's just no audience for these games around here. Nevertheless, I was impressed with both versions of the game and tend to think that the fan-base probably has it right: more than meets the eye.


China



China is a keenly designed abstract that I could take or leave. I'd play again if it were suggested. In general, I continue to avoid games by this designer, which generally seem to be no-frills abstracts with some cover art.


Assyria



I've suggested this once or twice at game night but haven't had a chance to play again. Too bad; I've been wanting to use my "one camel short of a ziggurat" line for a year.

Assyria came across as solid but not exactly inspired or absorbing. Good but not great.

Fjords



A decent two-player tile laying game. Not really my cup of tea and certainly not something I'd seek out. See my original comment for more details.
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20. Board Game: MooT [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:12073]
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I did not have an entry last year, but there were several new-to-me games from that month.

MooT tops the list. It was a game I got from my Secret Santa and have played it as recently as April.

Manimals is a cute card game I first played in December of '09 and as recently as July. Good with kids.

My Word is a word game I like, but we haven't played again except for once in January.

Word on the Street was also first played last Winter Solstice and we played in August and plenty in between.

Scrabble SLAM, however, was a one-and-done last December.
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21. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:361]
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December 2009 was a bad month for me; there weren't any games that stayed level or improved in my estimation.

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I'm not so hot on Citadels anymore because I've been in a couple of those notorious hour-plus games. I really can't see why you have to spend longer than a few seconds choosing your role, but clearly this isn't a universal view.

I like Small World: Cursed!, but think Marauding (and maybe Ransacking too) is undercosted (especially when paired with Elves). I'm slowly falling out of love with Small World; each expansion contains too little, and the game as a whole needs something to bump up the decision density.

Chrononauts soured on me because I perceived more and more its design flaws: the artifacts are a bolted on mechanic that doesn't integrate properly into the timestream, and it is far too easy to reverse the progress that people have made, making victory (and game end) a random affair. I think the system could be made to work well, but its incarnation in Chrononauts just doesn't. I traded it away.

I played The Isle of Doctor Necreaux a few times, and then gave it away because I couldn't bear the game anymore - the design just doesn't work. There is little variety in the dungeon deck, within a game and between games, are you are forced to move too quickly and lose too many items to feel like you're in control. There is variety in the characters you create, but you keep on repeating the same combos throughout the dungeon. The powers aren't balanced, and due to the damage mechanics, you can enter a death spiral with one bad die roll.

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Lord of the Rings is a good design, a great co-op that depicts the travels of the Fellowship to Mount Doom in a fairly abstracted and rather scripted way. Co-op games get little attention in my parts, so I traded it away and haven't played it since, but would if I had the chance.

I haven't played The d6 Shooters or Dice of the Living Dead since I last tried them; they are good designs that just didn't grab me.

I didn't like Warrior Knights: Crown and Glory when I first played it, and haven't played it since.
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22. Board Game: Egizia [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:331]
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Another month that ended in the hospital (and a month and year that started there), my entry was way too late for the list.

Egizia
1 play since December (and lots of plays on-line). Yes it's best with 4 and it seems it's not as balanced as most Hans im Glück games. Still it's a really fine middleweight worker placement game that I prefer over Stone Age any time.

Blue Moon City
4 plays since December. It's a fine game but it's really better (more interesting) with the 2x2 expansion tiles added to the mix. My opinion hasn't changed.

Palazzo
3 plays since December. It's not an extraordinary game but it's fine, balanced, moderately interesting, with a nice bidding mechanism that even works with two. I like it.

Attika
1 more play since. I knew it's better with knowing more what to do... But still the luck of the draw can have quite a strong effect. I like the game more than after first time but still not my favorite.

haven't played since:
Beowulf:The movie Board game - the theme and the dark graphics are big minuses for my wife so it didn't hit the table since but I'm still hoping it will.
Tulipmania 1637 - One play was more than enough.
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23. Board Game: Die Schlangen von Delhi [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:14180]
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We've played this a few times since last year - it's good fun, though very simple. But obviously has staying power on that basis.

And this has usefully reminded me to get it out to play with youngest daughter, who was too young last year but has just turned five and is probably ready for it. Thanks!
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24. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:220] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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Item for Geeklist "New to you Dec 09 => Best new game you played this month and why"

Last year's NTY list for me was primarily from an early trip to a FLGS in Asheville, NC and early gifts from my SS.

Small World

Small World remains a perennial favorite at our house. Light, easy to teach, and plays in a decent amount of time. It easily slipped into my top 20 games, and I'll never turn down the chance to play. That month we also bought the first two expansions and both just enhanced our enjoyment. It's no surprise to me that this is already one of the most popular SS gifts of 2010.

Alhambra

My SS last year blessed me with 3 gifts, and this one ended up being the surprise favorite. It gets a fair amount of play and has turned into another potential gateway game. We've since added one expansion, and Alhambra vaulted into my top 20. Truly a joy.

Royal Palace

This game attracted me with its shiny loveliness, but it has since only been played a handful of times. I think it's a tad too fiddly and causes some serious AP in the people I normally game with. Not a bad game, but it's never going to be our first choice.

San Juan

Another surprise from my SS has turned into a reliable game for transporting to other places - it translates well to a picnic table. I'd love to play Puerto Rico more often, but San Juan has turned out to be a fine substitute. Definitely a keeper.

Cellar des Triplettes 醉佳拍檔

This hasn't been played since, and I'll be putting it up for lottery in January. Just not our cup of tea, but I think it may be for the right people.

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The Pillars of the Earth: Expansion Set

Other than the SW expansions mentioned above, my other new one last year was for Pillars. The game is still a sentimental favorite, even if we don't play it as often as I'd like. The main reason we have the expansion is to broaden it to 5 players. If you have the base game, the expansion is definitely worth having but not a requirement.
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