Second year of gaming: 2011
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My second year of gaming and a list of games that are new/significant along the way.
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1. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:75]
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I'd played once, and dropped enough hints to get this for Christmas - one year on from my first Catan experience.
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2. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:287]
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I'd played the iPod version but face-to-face was much more interesting - and much harder than playing an AI too. I'm not hooked by Kingsburg but would definitely play again.
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3. Board Game: Ave Caesar [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1157]
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A very simple race game that we had to play twice to see if there was any strategy. There didn't seem to be much, although there was some fun in blocking people even if it didn't help you win.
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4. Board Game: Blockers! [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1458]
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I somehow came out joint winner despite having little clue what I was doing for the first two-thirds of the game. I think I was helped by the other 3 players not paying any attention to my seemingly random moves.
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5. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:301]
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Something to alternate with Jaipur for those half-hour breaks.
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6. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.33 Overall Rank:5]
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My girlfriend actually seems to be enjoying this one, and since I think I might agree with everyone who's rating it as the best game ever I'm quite happy about that! We only play a couple of turns a night, which unfortunately means I spend half my waking hours thinking about my next move.
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7. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:168]
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Chaotic fun. I love it when a new type of board game (to me at least) comes along. Seeing the best laid plans fall apart as nobody's refuelled the reactor is one of the best and funniest ways to die in a game.
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8. Board Game: Shadow Hunters [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:774]
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The first half of this game, working out who's on which side, is fun; I didn't get as much out of the second round as it turned into a bit of a best dice roll/best weapon combo match.
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9. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:960]
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A bit of a small party game and great with it. I may have to add this one to my collection for just in case the right group of people turn up at my flat with a bored look on their faces.
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10. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:210] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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I proved to be terrible at this game, getting none of the references of the people I was playing with and being far too obvious with my clue. Good fun, though, and very different to the usual games.
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11. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:539]
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Good estimating fun, and educamational too!
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12. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:52]
 
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An epic 6-player game that lasted just over 5 hours before ending at the first possible opportunity, with the winner only on 4 victory points. I feel like I have to play this a second time to make the hour and a half learning the rules pay off.
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13. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:22]
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My first game of Agricola was with three fairly forgiving veterans - forgiving of my constant rules questions, that is, but not forgiving when it comes to the scoring. At least nobody starved, but I ended around 30 points behind the third place player. Will have to try this one again to see if I get caught by the economic optimisation bug.
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14. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:141]
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This one instantly appealed to me - more for the shipbuilding part than the "real" game itself. Somehow, like K2, I get fun out of the misfortunes of my fellow players.
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15. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:949]
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Just to show that a simple game can still be a lot of fun, TransAmerica proved a very enjoyable way to nearly join things up on a triangular grid. I can see myself getting a copy of this to play with non-gamer friends.
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16. Board Game: Luna [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:431]
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Not helped by the fact that I was trying to learn the game whilst eating a sausage sandwich, it took me the whole of a game of Luna to work out what was really going on. I think there's an interesting game here, although time will tell if there are dominant or repetitive strategies.
 
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17. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:36]
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I'd been wanting to play Power Grid for a while and was worried that it might be a bit too dry-Euro for me. It turned out to be great! As I'm sure many Power Grid fans will be not at all surprised about.
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18. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:519]
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My first real train game (since I think TransAmerica doesn't really count). I don't think I'm ever going to be a devotee of the genre but it was interesting to give it a go and I certainly won't be avoiding them.
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19. Board Game: Animal Upon Animal [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:771] [Average Rating:6.85 Unranked]
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The more I find out about the supposed "kids" games (which isn't much so far) the more impressed I am. "Animal upon Animal" was fun, if a bit too easy for three adults... Maybe I'll try it after a few pints next time.
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20. Board Game: Pandemic: On the Brink [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked]
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I've finally got "On the Brink" to the table and can see it's going to extend my Pandemic playtime no-end. Just thinking of those mutations and new roles makes me grab the game now. Must.... resist... solo....
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21. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:744]
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In an effort to bring another co-op to the home gaming table I had this on my wish list, and received it as a birthday present. (Which was very welcome!) I'm not sure it's a hit yet: the girlfriend thinks it's a bit geeky (no such thing!), and it seems a bit long-winded for what it delivers. A few more plays without looking at the rulebook every 5 minutes are definitely needed.
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22. Board Game: Catan: Seafarers [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
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Finally another Christmas present made it into play. This has given Catan a new lease of life (not that I'm tired of Catan anyway, even after 130 iPod games...). The extra dimension added to "which direction to build in?" that the islands and other setups adds brings just about enough new complexity to decisions but without adding reams of rules. For anyone except new players, and maybe even then, I think this is an essential expansion.
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23. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Castle [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:530]
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A few plays in and although Carcassonne: The Castle is pretty good, and specifically designed for 2 players, I don't think I'm enjoying it as much as the original Carcassonne. The looser tile placement somehow makes the sense of completion less, since the patterns of the castle compound are less visually attractive than those of the parent game.

As with many (all?) Knizia games there are great balancing mechanics, but it just doesn't quite click in the same way - even when playing Carcassonne 2-player.
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24. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:216]
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Played as part of the London On Board Sid Sackson night (geek list for the night here: http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/65605/games-played-at-lond...), I was really surprised by just how good a rather old game could be. It didn't grip me but was still enjoyable nonetheless, and is something I'd definitely play again.
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25. Board Game: David & Goliath [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:2061]
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A fun and simple card game. Starting hand determines a lot, but there's enough in the game (and it's fast enough) that it's hard to say "no" to.
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