New to you a year ago Jan 11 => 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 Jan 10 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 games that month were Hansa Teutonica and Power Grid: Factory Manager - have they 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: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.32 Overall Rank:5]
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At the time I said "No contest this month, because I played a game that may well become my 5th perfect 10". That game was Twilight Struggle, and it most assuredly did, even though I've not played a face-to-face game since that month. I've played around 10 times on wargameroom though (I don't log online plays), all against the same opponent/nemesis, and have one going at the moment after a longish break. It's a game that seems particularly suited for online play. You can analyse to your heart's content and play episodically - we usually do a couple of turns in a session. The only problem with that is the habit it has of haunting your waking and sleeping thoughts in between sessions; this is a game I literally lose sleep over. I'm delighted it's reached #1 in the BGG rankings, because it's a truly special experience. My only slight disappointment is that the other games I've played by the designers subsequently haven't managed to live up to it.

The other highlight was König von Siam, which I've played twice since and absolutely must get to the table more in 2011. It's a subtle, minimalist little gem and I think it would really benefit from getting a regular outing with the same group, who could explore those subtleties together (much like Chicago Express). I wish that didn't seem so hard to arrange for me. I've also only played 3p so far, and having heard good things about 2p and 4p, I'd be interested to try.

I've played Saboteur four times since Jan '10 and still think it's a decent filler with some good ideas. But the groups I've played with never seem to generate much infighting between the miners, which makes things too hard for the saboteurs. Maybe the scoring system doesn't give quite enough of a push in that direction.

Colossal Arena got one more play. It's OK, but if I'm going to play a Knizia betting/bluffing game, I'll take Winner's Circle over it any time. The rest of the month's plays were one-offs.
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2. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:174]
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Sadly, there has been no test of time. Of the four new-to-me games I played a year ago, none of them have returned to the table. My opinion hasn't changed in the last year. The order of preference is Glory to Rome, Tobago, Cardcassonne, and Chaos Marauders (second edition).
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3. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:34]
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My wife bought me PG for the holidays at the end of 2009, and I believe it was the first game played in 2010. It was a smash hit.

It doesn't get played often, but it is the heaviest game that my wife enjoys, so holds a special place in our collection. Great game that I would love to get to the table more often . . .

The other "New to Me" game in Jan 2010 was Mirador, which I was bad at then and am still bad at now - I consistently fail to grok and/or enjoy connection games . . .
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4. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:52]
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Rating: 8
Plays in its first month: 1
Plays since: 4

Competition: Caylus Magna Carta, Guillotine, Cuba, Domaine, Fiji, Elfenland, Tortuga

My initial impression:
Caylus is my favorite new game of january 2010. It has been on my to do list for a while now and last Friday I finally had an opportunity to try it out. I’m happy it lived up to my high expectations. I really like resource management and worker placement games, and this is probably the most intense game I played in both genres. I like the turn order mechanic and the fact that passing is a useful action. The provost adds some mean direct confrontation, so careful planning is required. I’ve played a 5p game and would really like to try this game with 2 or 3 players. This is my most common number of players. If it is still as good as with 5, I’m going to run to the store and add this to my collection. For now, I rate it an 8.

What I think of it now:
It's not my favorite worker placement game as I appreciate both Agricola and Carson City even more. I had once expected Caylus to be the best, though, based on its reputation. It's still a great game and I was able to try a 3 player game in my second play and, much later, three 2 player games. It's great with all player numbers. The later plays were every bit as intense as the first. Planning is hard, but very rewarding. I like there is no control over the way actions are resolved once everybody has selected their actions. The provost is a really mean addition; a wonderful element of both risk and screwage. I like how the movement of the bailiff works as a timer controlled by the players.
So far, I've just been trying out different strategies. I really like there are so many options. This really is a hard game to master.

Was it the right decision of New to me Game of the Month?
Yes, it's the best design by far. It's filled to the brim with subtle mechanics, but it never feels convoluted, like other more complex games sometimes feel.
Funilly enough I played both the board and the card game in the same month.

Prediction for the future:
With Caylus I had temporarily met my limit of worker placement/resource management games. But, it seems this burn-out is almost over and I can again appreciate its wonderful design after all. It helps I have found out that my tastes in boardgames is much broader than just optimization/resource management/worker placement style games.
I don't feel the need to own it any more, as some friends of mine already do. So far we have put their copies to good use with a couple of 2-player games and I can't wait to play it a couple more times. There are still some strategies I'd like to try and there are probably a lot more I haven't come up with, yet.
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5. Board Game: Curling Table Game [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:6361]
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This is the only game of those I listed I still own, and it's still very enjoyable. A number of friends have since picked up copies - but no one local. It's not quite Spinball, but it's definitely one of the rare dexterity games that belongs in my collection.

I did play World Without End again, without substantially changing my opinion of the game.
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6. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:431]
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Alhambra came out at a 4th-anniversary gathering of our game group, when we were trying to play games that we played a lot back in 2006. I do remember seeing Alhambra around a good bit back then, but had somehow never played it myself. It turned out to be a pretty enjoyable tile-laying game. I like the mechanic of the money tableau, and the way you can either take money or buy things. But the dueling color schemes are a little confusing--this was the first game I thought I might've understood better if I were colorblind.

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Haven't played it again since. I still retain a favorable impression of the game, and would play it again, though wasn't so wowed by it that I have really sought it out. I do also vividly recall what I hated about the one other new game I played that month, so I'm still confident that I made the right call.
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7. Board Game: Risk: Godstorm [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:2676]
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Risk: Godstorm


I would have to say it's about the same. I played it twice last January for the first time, and I have played it twice more since then. But nothing again for about the last 9 months.

Even with the turn order, it is a game I have to make time for. My son still really loves it though, and we were going to play it in the next few weeks anyway. This list reminded me I have to do it.

Pandemic: On the Brink



This was my actual favorite game last January, but I generally don't pick expansions for the month unless it really knocks my socks off, or it is all I played that was new. Unfortunately I have only played this 1 other time . I think it is great, but I still like Pandemic enough by itself. It still is a challenge by itself, so the expansion hasn't been used very much.

Other games included Fluxx and Mastermind44. Both games I haven't played since. I did rate them a little low at (5), and I actually rate them both a (6) now.

Edit: Forgot to add my link at the top.
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8. Board Game: Gunslinger [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:1767]
Dave Peters
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Belmont
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A year ago this month, I'd played eight new games plus six expansions. I'll try to report on the deltas in my opinion over the past year.


Gunslinger -- (No plays since last January) A
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Last January, I'd given it Most Immersive Theme-Rich Play. My subjective view has only been enhanced somewhat with the passage of time. I've read the rules again a few times; we got a couple things wrong, and I'd love to try it again with a slightly larger clue about the proceedings.

It's moved up a point in subjective evaluation. Not sure if that's sentimentality, insanity, or some rational consideration. It sure seems cool in the eye of memory, though.


Runewars -- (6 plays since last January) A
 
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I'd given two awards: Largest Box in Play and Most Ridiculous Promotion of Trivial Scraps of Plastic (speaking of the "mountains" in that latter instance.)

A year ago, I wrote:
This is cool. And it plays cleanly. Our first play ran at around 4h with copious rules explanations. It could easily play faster with practice. The combat system is nontrivially interesting; the various subsystems fit strangely well together; the factions are interestingly different; the minis are distinct and clear from across the table. I found it much more compellingly interesting than Chaos in the Old World (to choose a recent well-hyped title), for example.

I still wonder a bit at the presentation, but the game really is nice. It's engaging; plays in a very reasonable 2.5 hours now that we're practiced; has good story; and permits a variety of viable tactics. I'm delighted when it gets to the table.

Bottom line: up from an A- and up two places. Possibly should be first ahead of Gunslinger, but I'm sticking with my delusions for the moment.


Vasco da Gama -- (No plays since last January) A
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I'd given it Most Substantial Brain-Burn last January. Since then, I've bought a copy and tried a few times (unsuccessfully) to get it to to the table with my mid-week crew. I fear it's too long to run on Friday noons.

I'm still convinced it's cool (despite the lack of repeat plays.) Not to mention a bit disappointed that I've not got it to the table. But it's a peculiar thing: perhaps a bit too random for the Heavy Game Crew; too long for the Light Game crew; a bit too indirect for my younger children. I'll hope to get it to the table again in 2011.

Bottom line: still an A, but down two places over last year because of irrationally subjective ascendency of Gunslinger and totally justified ascendancy of Runewars.


Power Grid: Factory Manager -- (2 plays since last January) A-
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A year ago, I'd thought it Most Tractable Gamer's Game.

The game is pretty nice. It's easy enough to explain; pleasant to play. Quite a cool thing. But no longer third best overall. It's down (from an A) to fourth, having been passed by Runewars.


Summoner Wars -- (3 plays since last January) A-
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It was my Game I'd Known the Least About Prior to Play.

I'd thought it was like Dan Verssen's Lightning series on first play. After three more plays, though, that doesn't seem quite so compelling a metaphor. I'm not sure if there's any "like X" with which I'm willing to saddle it. It's definitely a lot better than our incorrect first play. So: up three places (and from a B-) due to increase in exposure.


Alea Iacta Est -- (4 plays since last January) B+
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I'd given it Foreign Language Edition.

Since January, I ended up buying a copy. My lovely daughter finds it amusing, and it's worked (at least somewhat) with the Friday-lunch gang. I don't know that my evaluation has markedly changed over the year: it's still in the same place that it used to be.


Robotory -- (3 plays since last January) B+
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It was Lightest Weight Game Package

It's still cute, but hasn't demanded quite as much table time as Alea iacta est. So down two places, and from an A-.


Valdora -- (No plays in the last year) B
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I'd given it a Shallowest Learning Gradient award.

It's harmless. I'd be totally willing to play again given the opportunity. But it's not one I'll buy - nor even trade for. Down one place, though, due to replaying Summoner Wars correctly.


The expansions have remained static in terms of evaluation:

Agricola: Farmers of the Moor -- (1 play since last January) A
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A Most Enthusiastically Welcomed Expansion in My House.

It opens up the Agricola system: more options; more alternatives; more paths to viability. The game is still cramped, but that doesn't bug me terribly. My daughter enjoys the horses, too; which is an additional bonus.


Blue Moon: The Flit, Blue Moon: The Khind, Blue Moon: The Mimix, Blue Moon: The Terrah -- (1 play since last January) A-
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I'd given 'em Premature Invocation of Expansions.

Probably still valid; I've by no means exhausted the Blue Moon base set - and now I have the majority of the expansions! I'd be really happy to play these more, though.


Wits & Wagers Expansion Pack 1 -- (No plays since last January) A-
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It got Worst Graphical Match Between Base and Expansion because I've got a 1st edition Wits & Wagers.

I'm still happy to have the expansion questions. Not that we've really noticed the repeats, but I'd rather avoid the possibility.
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9. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:218]
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Well, Dungeon Lords was my top pick last year, and it is certainly a game I enjoy playing - it's come out several times since I bought it on the strength of this first play.

I've not had the opportunity to play any of the others as I don't own them, nor have met up since with anyone who does.
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10. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:106]
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In last year's new-to-you geeklist entry I named BattleLore as my top game of the month. It's an excellent game, but Chaos in the Old World left a bigger impression on me; it's top-10 material when played with 3 experienced opponents.

Nothing else from last January really saw much table time; Long Shot has been played a few times, and TAMSK and PUNCT are keepers. Tumblin' Dice Jr is fun, and I'm hoping to get the full 4-player game eventually. Castle Panic, Yspahan and Terra Nova were all forgettable.

Warhammer Invasion didn't wow me but may be worth revisiting (unlikely now that I have the A Game of Thrones LCG). The Adventurers is nice to play one or two times per year.
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11. Board Game: Mexica [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:561]
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Assyria
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This year I really lived for the "cult of the new", or more "cult of the new-to-me". So I haven't played any of these fine games above since! Even though I have Mexica at home, we usually played games that were more simple and fast (she was tired and pregnant till August and then tired and having two children from August). I guess I should slow down a bit again.
As for Assyria I have played Emmanuele Ornella's Hermagor later and was surprised to learn how much the two games share in common. I had to admit I prefer Hermagor and also that this way Assyria is less original than I thought for the first time (still a fine game).
Also as I have learned Coloretto later, I found while I prefer Aquaretto over Zooloretto, I do prefer Coloretto above each of them.
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12. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked]
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I had a real mixed bag this time last year. Some have remained on my must list, but others fizzled quickly.

Arkham Horror

This was a big one - AH has become a key part of our gaming. If we're going to plan a "serious" night, this will be our first choice. It easily slipped into my top 10 and has stayed ever since. Loved it so much we now have 2 expansions. Two thumbs are still way up!

Vikings

Shifting up a spot, because our first play of Vikings last year didn't go well. That was due to a few errors we made, but have since figured it out and I revised my rating up to an 8.5. It's been well-received by friends and it's one of my go-to games on Yucata. This one is a keeper!

Mr. Jack

Here's a challenge - a two-player game that I really enjoy, but my partner barely tolerates it. So it's become a game I hold onto when I have another friend to teach it to. Not a home run, but I'm still happy to have it in my collection and wish I could play it more.

Phoenicia

Thumbs down. I appreciate some of the elements of this game, but it just doesn't mesh well for me and often feels like a retread of other games that do it all better. Haven't played it since the first time a year ago, and I'm in no rush to try it again.

EXPANSIONS

Thurn and Taxis: Power and Glory

The bad news - the rules for the P&G expansion are odd and just not as fun as the original. I think the base game is just simple and done well - why mess with that? The good news - if you stick with the regular rules and just treat it as a new map, it works really well. Kudos to Yucata for offering that option! I expect to stick with that for all future plays.
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13. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:362]
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In order of the Original entry

Vikings
Plays since: 3

Still definitely the clear winner. I really like this one a lot, and the multiple plays over several months say so (I tend to play different games a lot, not a few repeatedly).

Zahltag
Plays since: 1

Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper
Plays since: 0

Sumeria
Plays since: 0

Roma
Plays since: 0

Pandemic: On the Brink
Plays since: 0

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14. Board Game: Was sticht? [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:2447]
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Was Sticht? was my favorite new game to me last January. I only had the single play though and have not been able to explore it further. That is mainly because my wife and primary gaming partner does not like trick taking games - I think you need to be raised on them to really appreciate them - and she had the full realization of this state last year.

As a result no trick-taking games for her and pretty much none for me either!
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15. Board Game: Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:659]
Ben Lott
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Here is my original entry to the geeklist: Item for Geeklist "New to you Jan 10 => Best new game you played this month and why"

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



Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit (Played 2 more times since January 2010) - I don't even care that I basically have to schedule an appointment to play this game. It is so awesome, and continues to creep up higher in my ratings each time I play it. Now it sits in my Top 10



Tobago (Not played since January 2010) - If only Rikki had reacted better to our initial play of this game. I want to own it and play it more often, but when the wife thinks the game is too confusing it becomes a hard sell. Hopefully I'll play it again at some game day.



Maori (Played 10 more times since January 2010) - Rikki absolutely fell in love with this game. I find it pretty enjoyable too, so it hits the table pretty regularly. It's become the tile-laying game of choice in our collection, and I don't see it fading any time soon.



Crokinole (Not played since January 2010) - I keep wondering if I could justify buying myself a board. It's a fun game, but that price tag holds me back. For now I guess I'll just be content playing other peoples' copies at game days.



Forbidden (Not played since January 2010) - I was surprised how easy and fun this game was. However I just don't find myself thinking "Oh, I've gotta try that game again!" Perhaps it shouldn't last much longer in my collection.



Piece o' Cake (Played 7 more times since January 2010) - This game has really improved with repeated plays. The mechanism just seemed too basic after the first few plays, but now I see the genius in it. It's a great short game that works perfectly for those moments where you don't have time for something deeper. I don't expect it to ever leave my collection.



Jungle Speed (Played 1 more time since January 2010) - It took a few games, but we officially decided this game just didn't have a necessary place in our collection. Long story short, when we want a game that plays in this way, we want Snorta and not physical injuries. I sold this when I was facing financially difficulties later in 2010.
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16. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:434]
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Item for Geeklist "New to you Jan 10 => Best new game you played this month and why"

Tobago There are only two games I played more for the year, both of them very quick games. I still think Tobago is awesome. I'd be glad to play it again right now if I had an opponent awake at the moment. It's beautiful, clever, thematic, and fun. I put it right next to Thebes on my mental thematic and fun game list. It holds up great.

San Juan Expansions from the Alea Treasure Chest Oh, how I love the expansions. I love San Juan, so that probably enters into it. I've played them a couple of times this month, actually. Definitely holds up. If it were a whole game rather than an expansion, I'd say it passes Tobago. If I could grab only one in a fire to save, it would be this.

Yahtzee Free for All Haven't played it again. I don't own it and it hasn't come up to play. I'd still be happy to, though. I like quick dice games.

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17. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:119]
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Original January 2010 Entry:


Hansa Teutonica



Has it stood the test of time? Heck yeah it has!

I've played Hansa Teutonica about a dozen times since discovering it a year ago. It burns slow and steady, giving off a rich warmth. Having received Z-man's edition, I've taught it to a few new players recently, which has only solidified my opinion of the design.

The game has incredibly fast turns; indeed I love seeing the surprise on new players' faces when I take that first turn of a learning game. The moves are simple but situated in a vast, open-ended space. The game has a lot of blocking and direct push-pull, but somehow without the spite. The game has a sense of choreography, of move/counter-move, of action and reaction. But it also has a sense of personal fulfillment, of investment and reward, of improvement and upgrades.

It feels old. They don't make games like Hansa Teutonica anymore. But then, they never really did. Perhaps individual aspects of it can easily be summed up as derivative of X or Y, but there isn't anything out there that plays like this. About the only thing I could say against Hansa Teutonica would be to quote a friend: "sometimes this game feels like a house of cards." Which is really just a way of saying that it can be disorienting or unsatisfying for an expert to sit down with a novice... but I don't quite agree with that, either. Perhaps stick to lower player counts when teaching. Simple enough.

I'm glad I own this and would be surprised to see it leave my top 20 any time soon.

Tigris and Euphrates



I have not played T&E at all in the last year.

I doubt it would become a favorite of mine given more opportunities to play, but I certainly wouldn't mind exploring it further. I suppose there are plenty of other great games.


Planet Steam



Ultimately I decided that Planet Steam is a very narrow, very unforgiving game about closely monitoring a market that isn't as dynamic or interesting as it should be. It looks like a robust production game, but I think it's more about making a dollar or two more than your opponent here or there.

Every now and then I'm in the mood for this, but probably only because of the rich steampunk aesthetic. I don't see a range of options or approaches here; I see a market that requires unflinching scrutiny. It's like whoever can stare at it the hardest wins. Not a bad game, just not what I want out of it.

Priests of Ra



I haven't played Priests of Ra at all during the last year. I'd rather play Ra. I wouldn't mind playing this for variety but there's not enough here for me to purchase it. Everyone else seems to feel the same way.

A good game that didn't do enough to add to or distinguish itself from its predecessor.


Cutthroat Caverns



Played once or twice. Sure, it stands the test of time... but on the other hand this has never been a game I intended to play more than once in a while. But infrequently, this is great fun. Lots of Shenanigans, somehow without feeling capricious. Everybody takes their best shot at winning; everyone is constantly buffeted by the table. A game that does exactly what it should do.

Nanuk



I have not played Nanuk at all in the last year. For a fast game at high player counts, it loses out to things like Cat5 and Shadow Hunters.

But, as a surprisingly thematic, theatrically entertaining card-based variant of Liar's Dice, Nanuk works quite well. I'd happily play again.


Campaign Manager 2008



I'm not sure that this game even stood the test of one good night's sleep, let alone a year. Straight flop.

Ultimately I don't think the designers understood card advantage as well as their target audience.

Dungeon Lords



From my original entry:

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Dungeon Lords is a passable game that I can more or less dismiss in one sentence: way too much of way too little.

I've only played this once more, and I haven't felt the desire to try it again. It's an overstuffed design that tries to do everything and, for my tastes, succeeds at nothing. At least it has a great sense of humor.

Also, I tend to dislike games based on simultaneous action selection.
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18. Board Game: Shipyard [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:498]
Ingmar Hauge
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January 2010

Shipyard:

Shipyard was an instant hit for me last year and I've been quite pleased that I've gotten to play it 3 more times since. Shipyard has been very well accepted around me and I think that may be because it's fairly easy to explain/understand albeit hard to master. It will be confusing at first when you aren't too comfortable with each action but half a play should be enough to understand them. In short, I'm still very pleased with Shipyard and I expect it will continue. Still rated a 9.


War of the Ring (First Edition):

WotR has the honour of twice making my list last year. Last January I only got to play a game with the simple rules and had a guess of how I would react to the full game. Well, I was a bit of on that. The full game totally blew me away and may have been the best game of the year. EPIC and now rated a 10.


Tomb: Cryptmaster:

I haven't played any more Tomb in the last year, but with a recent Dungeoncrawl resurgence I think there is hope for it to see play again and I wouldn't mind that. This expansion added quite a bit to the base game so I'm glad a geekbuddy got them both.


Arkadia

Arkadia never got to see another play before I traded it away last September. I don't think it was a bad game but with my girlfriend beeing very tired when we played it wasn't very likely to hit the table again in the near future. I wouldn't mind playing it again though.
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19. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:235] [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked]
Steve K
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Dixit has remained a firm favourite. Having played it 7 times in the first month, I've played it another 14 times since. I even played it last night.

I don't really play party games so I can't compare Dixit to other party games. all I know is that it's a welcome change from more thinky euros, and good for introducing to relatively inexperienced gamers.

The other new games I played in January 2010 were either one-offs at a convention or games of mine that only got played a few more times.

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20. Board Game: Clippers [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:2493]
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Item for Geeklist "New to you Jan 10 => Best new game you played this month and why"

I played 16 new games in total, 9 of which I haven't played again since.

Clippers (+2 plays) - 8 (-)



This was my game of the month last year. It's had a hard time getting to the table again because it's clearly better with 5 than with any other number, and I can rarely exactly predict the number of people we'll have on a game night so I'll usually take games with me that are a bit more flexible. When it does get played, however, it's great. As all shipping lines can be extended by all players and very often several players share ports on the same island Clippers is a game of small margins adding up, not entirely unlike Inca Empire in that respect, and managing the other players' incentives.

Clippers is still a solid 8 for me, and it's even hanging on to my Top 10, so I guess it's doing fine.


Vikings (+2 plays) - 7 (-)



I'm happy to have this in my collection as a light to medium game. Last January, I had only played the basic game, and if that was all there was the rating would most likely have gone down. I wouldn't really want to play without the advanced rules nowadays but with them Vikings is a solid 7 that doesn't get played all that often but I do enjoy it when it does.


World Without End (+3 plays) - 6 (thumbsdown)



A nice medium-weight game that isn't quite on the same level as its older brother (at least with the expansion). Not necessarily a game I would request but one I'm usually happy to play.


Chicago Express (+1 play) - 6 (-)



Still not sold on this one. My original comment still stands, and the one additional play has not resulted in new insight. I have not played the expansion again.


Small World (+2 plays) - 6 (thumbsdown)



I stand by my initial assessment that this is better than its predecessor Vinci. However, despite the huge number of possible race/skill combinations that one would expect to boost replayability, it does begin to feel repetitive after only a few plays. The feeling that what other people decide to do often seems more important than what you do probably doesn't help. I'll play again but I'd rather expect the rating to move down further than to climb back up.


Sitting Ducks Deluxe (+1 play) - 4 (-)

 


Meh. No need to get any more plays of this one.


Rolit (+1 play) - 3 (-)



No, it didn't get better with the additional play. Okay-ish with two, pointless with 3 or 4.


Games I did not play again

 
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21. Board Game: Mwahahaha! [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:10903]
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Last year in January we tried 11 new games, and only three of those got played again. The ones that did get another play are the ones I liked best last time - if I had to pick the best new game again, I'd now pick Farmers of the Moor.

Mwahahaha! got played once more, the theme was a success. Unfortunately the strong theme and high(er) luck, also mean that everyone needs to be in the right mood for this one, so no more plays after those initial two.

Camelot Legends - We tried this again with the advanced/full rules, it's a lot better that way. Still doesn't get played a lot though.

Agricola: Farmers of the Moor We ended up getting this one (birthday present iirc), and this got played again.

Yetisburg: Titanic Battles in History, Vol. 1 Didn't get played again, I still think it's a nice game, we just didn't get around to it.

Bohnaparte Didn't get played again, and I'd still actively try to avoid this one.

Cannes: Stars, Scripts and Screens Another one that didn't get another play.

Day & Night We never bothered to give this another try.

Galactic Emperor We never got around to playing this with the full rules.

Kung Fu Fighting And another one that didn't get played again.

Middle-Earth Quest One more with no additional plays.

Oraklos This one has been banned to the bottom of the hall closet...
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22. Board Game: Day & Night [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:2925]
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Day & Night
Initial rating:
Current geek rating: 7
Plays in first 6 months: 11
Plays in next 6 months: 0

We don't usually buy 2 player games, but this was cheap so we thought we'd give it a go, and played it a lot earlier in the year - in the latter part of the year we've done very little 2 player gaming, and I think that has more to do with it not coming out than anything else. I expect when baby starts sleeping through more and we're not so tired that it will start coming out again.

Hansa Teutonica
Initial rating:
Current geek rating: 7
Plays in first 6 months: 2
Plays in next 6 months: 1

This game has come out a lot in our house, but rarely with me playing it. I just find it a bit dry and abstract for my tastes so generally choose the other option, although when have played it I enjoyed it. Definitely a low 7 for me, and may drop to a 6 in time.

World Without End
Initial rating:
Current geek rating: 6
Plays in first 6 months: 3
Plays in next 6 months: 0

I wasn't sure after my first playing, but thought it might grow on me, but apparently not. After playing it 3 times I decided I really didn't like it much, and although it still comes out as it's popular with others in our gaming group, I make sure I'm always on the other table. I don't say I'll never play it again, but so far there's always been a better option for me. As above, this is a low 6 and may drop to a 5 in time, if I remain reluctant to play it.
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23. Board Game: Dominion: Intrigue [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:62] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
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This has indeed stood the test of time.

While my group is somewhat burned out on Dominion this remains my favourite expansion and I'm still happy to play it.
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24. Board Game: Shadow Hunters [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:825]
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It's looking like my impressions are fairly stable, apart from an overall rising impression of quick, light games.

Standouts Now
Shadow Hunters with the Shadow Hunters Expansion was my favourite new game a year ago, and stayed high on my list of favourites. Many friends loved it, requesting multiple back-to-back games, and logistically it worked very well: accommodating large groups with a short duration, easy to teach (even to non-gamers) and full of drama. Six months later, Shadow Hunters suddenly became popular amongst my game groups - multiple people bought and brought it, and I found myself in a lot of games. My opinion of Shadow Hunters hasn't changed (I was aware of all of its flaws from the beginning) but all these plays burnt me out a bit.

Originally I was underwhelmed by Lost Cities, and annoyed by the perfunctory theming. However as my preference for lighter games developed, I grew to really like the game. Most of my games have been against AI but I recently played against a human - who destroyed me. No Thanks! is another light game that grew on me, with recent plays against people rather than AI.

My first game of Glory to Rome was like a mystic experience: lots of stuff happened, the veteran unleashed some outrageous combos, and it was all over. All I knew was that the game was favourably compared with Race for the Galaxy for good reason. I've since played Glory to Rome several times and gained a better measure of the game; the games share tableau combos, relative phase advantages and pressuring tactics, but have a different spirit. Glory to Rome is a wilder experience, with some very direct interaction and unbelievable combos; it's not as finely tuned or as consistent an experience as Race for the Galaxy, and has fewer unique cards. And the art is inferior. Nevertheless I really enjoy Glory to Rome.

Decent Now
I really didn't think much of Acquire when I first played it; having being horribly squashed beyond recovery early on. I still roll my eyes when people say it models the stock market (yep, that 2-dimensional grid-shaped stockmarket) but it's enjoyable enough when not dragged out.

Alhambra is a fairly consistent experience; I sort of liked it then, and I sort of like it now. I still get a kick when I pay with exact change, and I still dislike arranging my tiles.

Indifferent Now
I was so-so on Shadows over Camelot and that hasn't changed; neither the theme or the mechanics caught me, and the games took too long.

Unplayed Positive
Given a few free hours during the day on a weekend, I'd like to play Arkham Horror again. It's a cathartic romp despite being very random and having a fractured narrative. Perhaps Mansions of Madness will fill its niche within a shorter time...? (Well, it'll take a few expansions to catch up.)

My group played-out Power Grid: Factory Manager when I wasn't around; I'd like to give it another spin.

I always end up playing Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age instead of the game that should have been in the box, Roll Through the Ages: The Late Bronze Age. I seem to be avoiding the former a little, but would play the latter again (to remind myself what mechanics they added).

Big City is still notorious for the time I placed a factory in the middle of another player's tram-circled space. It's a fun little game I wouldn't mind seeing again.

Unplayed Indifferent
Here are some other games I didn't care about then, and still don't feel strongly about:
* Res Publica
* Heads of State
* Legends of the Three Kingdoms
* Funkenschlag
* Royal Palace
* Samurai
* You're Bluffing!
* PitchCar Mini
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