New to you a year ago Aug 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 Aug 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 game that month was Defenders of the Realm - 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: Leaping Lemmings [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2486]
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Item for Geeklist "New to you Aug 10 => Best new game you played this month and why"

I said at the time that this hadn't been a great month, and it's no different in retrospect.

The most played since has been Palazzo (4 times), because I own it. At the time I'd only played with an incorrect tile distribution, but Rio Grande provided replacements. It's a decent Knizia auction which works well for 2 players and which my wife likes, but I don't think it's in his top tier. It's quite a subtle game of timing and doesn't tend to produce obvious dramatic moments. Traders of Carthage has a similar feel, and I slightly prefer it.

I've played Leaping Lemmings once more and would happily play again. I've played Animal Upon Animal once more and don't really care if I ever play again. The rest remain un-replayed.
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2. Board Game: Small World: Tales and Legends [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
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Hard to believe it's been an entire year!

Bizarrely I never got around to replaying any of the games I listed last year, even my top pick Small World: Tales and Legends, which I assumed would have been given a couple of outings since then.

Small World is best when played lightly, but my groups prefer longer, heavy games. Thus I tend to bring it out around non-gamers and newbies, whom I would have reservations inflicting Tales and Legends upon.

Now with Small World Underground to engage the heavier gamers, there is less need to bring out Tales and Legends at all. I could use them together, but I haven't reviewed their compatibility yet.

As for the other games I played last year (and not once since then), my inclinations remain. I'd enjoy repeats of Money! and Flicochet would be indifferent to Horus and steer away from Torres, Condottiere and Hammer of the Scots.
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3. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:305]
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I didn't play much in last August as my daughter was born on the 2nd of that month but still I managed learning 4 new games.

Amun-Re is still my favorite game of the bunch, even though it had seen only 1 play since. It's thematic (well, compared to most Knizas), it has nice exciting auctions and it's one of the great middleweight Knizias; it has a place in my Knizia top 10 (at around #8).

Maori is, just like most Hans im Glück games, a bit more than meets the eye. I played it quite many times since and it definitely became better with more plays... Until something like 10 plays when it started to lose its appeal. I guess I'd still play it with the advanced rules and also I might buy it cheap in some years as it's a fine & short gateway game, it will be good for my kids.

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4. Board Game: Balloon Cup [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1026]
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The stand-out game for me a year ago, turns out to still be my favorite today, and the one that I've played the most in the interim. Balloon Cup became my grail game until my brother snagged a copy from a local store. I've played it several times with my partner, and close to a hundred times on Yucata. My favorite 2-player game by far.

Amongst the rest, I've only played a couple of them again. Blokus is a good once-in-awhile option for us to pull out when we can get the full complement of 4 players. And we did try that Unpublished Prototype a couple more times - sadly I think the designers have moved onto other projects.

I would like to play GiftTRAP again and will request it when we next visit the friend that owns it. I've got Blue Moon, and keep saying "we really should try this one again."

Battleship Express was so "meh" I don't see a reason to pull it off the shelf (really should trade it away). And I would sooner set my clothes on fire than to play The Hunger Games: Training Days again. I'll wait for the movie instead!
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5. Board Game: Chronicle [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1502]
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My choice at the time has mostly not gotten to the table. I have played it again since, but it hasn't become more of a favorite. Which is more than I can say for the others; of course, I don't own any of the others - but I don't regret that fact...
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6. Board Game: Castle Panic [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:919]
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Castle Panic was the choice, and it's the only one of the four new-to-me games I've played again since last year. I think I actually liked it better the second time than the first. I don't think it'll ever be a favorite, but perhaps good for the occasional play.
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7. Board Game: Parade [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:728]
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I have played this 11 times now, with various configurations of people, and still really like it. It has become my go-to game for something short, highly portable, and flexible on # of players. Still a fun, evil little game, and easy to teach. This has stood the test of time and will continue to get played a lot more.
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8. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:304]
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New to you August 2010

Typically August means Gen Con for me, which means a wealth of new games. Last year's crop was a mix of highs, lows and tweeners highlighted by Innovation.

Innovation: 15 plays last August, 57 plays since. My rating for Innovation went 7-->8-->9-->10. It's become my most favoritest game EVAR. The vast majority of my plays are of the 2-player variety, though I've found 3-player to be pretty good too. I want to try the 4-player team variant.

Dominion Prosperity (expansion): Another fine expansion for Dominion, this time adding money that has other game effects. Dominion is in my top 10, and since I have all the kingdom card randomizers mixed together, more variety is always welcome.

Neue Heimat: 1 play last August, 7 plays since. This one brings a lot of tough decisions and nasty gameplay from a simple ruleset and spartan components. I'd like to play this one a little more often. It's a shame this doesn't have a US publisher.

Battlestar Galactica Pegasus (expansion): I like the additional characters, the new skill cards, the new Pegasus location and, of course, the plastic cylon basestars. We've never bothered with the New Caprica end game as it sounds iffy from the rulebook, and reviews have confirmed that. BSG is a top 10 game for me, and Pegasus helps add some variety even if it's not perfect.

Dominion Alchemy (expansion): I do like this expansion even if it's my least favorite. I don't care for the setup since it's usually silly to have a single Alchemy card out there, so it's either none or 2-3+ for us. Once the game starts, having to buy a potion then draw it with the right cash to buy one of the Alchemy cards...the whole thing feels a little bit clunky. It does have 2 of my favorite cards though (Alchemist and Apprentice).

The Downfall of Pompeii: 1 play last August, 0 plays since. We demoed this at the Mayfair booth. Not a bad game, but doesn't feel like something I need to play again.

Station Master: 2 plays last August, 0 plays since.
Another demo game. Might make a nice game for casual gamers, but with so many amazing card games out there I don't need to play this one again (sound familiar?)

Ascension Chronicle of the Godslayer: 11 plays last August, 1 play since. This game made a good first impression on me (I bought it at Gen Con) but faded after. The randomness of the cards that come out, the fact that the Mechana cards seemed to be more valuable and just plain better than the other cards, and the fact that the different colors didn't have a lot to distinguish themselves from each other (many cards felt samey to me) made it easy for me to get rid of this one.

Witch of Salem: 1 play last August, 0 plays since.
Another demo game. I had high hopes for this one but despite the gorgeous artwork and the Lovecraftian theme, I didn't care for it. I didn't like that the game was so abstract (take this potion and these 2 pairs of glasses over there and beat that demon - oh no, he broke my glasses!) or that you aren't allowed to communicate key information in this co-op game. Yuck.
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9. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1167]
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With 116 play this month a year ago it was a good game month for me. A few good games make my list that still have interest but just haven't made the table. I buy too many new games. shake


Pickomino was my favorite of my new games. Hasn't seen a lot of play but I just got new dice for it and we are excited to play again.

Acquire is one I have been meaning to teach the family that is fun but not a brain burner when we just want a simple fun game.

Samurai is next on my list and with two plays total almost a year apart I am still interested in this one if not enamored with it. I need a couple more plays before I decide I think.

Galloping Pigs is a small game that was in a game bundle mystery box I won. The kids love it. Me, not so much.


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10. Board Game: Arena: Roma II [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1236] [Average Rating:6.91 Unranked]
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Sort of a cheat, since I consider it an expansion. My best new games last August were this (which I've played a dozen times, always with Roma), and Combat Commander: Mediterranean, which I haven't played, although I've played CC since then). So both my favorite "New" games were expansions. In the "I don't need to play again category" are:
Defenders of the Realm, Pandemic: On the Brink, and Alea Iacta Est.

Still, I do really like Roma/Arena.

(I use my Friendless stat page to determine what new games I played in 10, since I didn't post to the GL).
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11. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:304]
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I was really skeptical of Innovation when I first played it a year ago - so much so that I didn't even rate it. After four plays I gave it a cautious 7... then an 8 after five, a 9 after six, and a 10 after 30. It's now lingering just outside my top 5, and I've played it about 30 times in the last six weeks (~50 plays total).

So I'd say it's holding up pretty well.

I've also recently discovered the partnership variant for four players, so I don't have to tell people "2-3 only" any more. My fiancee loves it, friends love it...

With 100+ unique cards it's certainly disorienting at first, and the disparity between a normal action and a card-action ("dogma") can trip up new players, but once you get into it the decisions are fascinating. Lots of skill, lots of player control, and tons of interplay variability. Brilliant.
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12. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:514]
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On the surface this looks like a really good month with two games I now rate an 8 and also a 7.5, so I would say all three have stood the test of time. However, all three are games I seem to have trouble getting to the table so they've had to work harder than most games I deem successful:



Coloretto is still in the top spot due to its portability and flexibility. This was played *18 times* last year in August and a healthy 21 times since. This might be my favorite filler, but For Sale is a close second... and I know my game group prefers For Sale, so that tends to be the go to quick game on game night or Coloretto's plays could have easily been doubled.



Gheos sneaks into the #2 spot as another 8 (provided you play with the variant setup that spreads out the Epochs). I find being able to modify the layout of the board to mess with other people's investments in civiliations very fulfilling somehow... but I've only had a chance to play this 3 times in the past year, which is really too few for such a quick game. I think this is a direct result of both a long explination time for a relatively short game and playing best with 3 players in a group that usually plays larger games... I'll keep bringing it until it gets some more play time though!



Oltre Mare was a game I knew I would enjoy since its both a trading game and a game with clever card interactions. I even enjoy aspects of this more than Bohnanza... particularly the fact that you aren't forced into making bad trades to avoid disaster over and over and I've had 4 enjoyable plays in the past year since that first one. However, the large size of Oltre Mare and the great popularity of Bohnanza in my local group mean this one just won't get played all that much... though it is a regular change up from Settlers when my sister-in-law comes to visit!
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13. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:19]
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August 2010 saw five new games (if I'm lucky, I'll try two new games in a month).

Brass: Lancashire was the best new game of August, but saw very few plays until just recently when I printed and mounted the two-player board. I've since played it a number of times with my wife and while she enjoys it, she prefers London. Me, I'm still happy to play it, but the opportunities aren't all that often.


1825 Unit 2 is another game I still think highly of, but the opportunities to play it are far and few between. Since getting it, I've picked up 1860: Railways on the Isle of Wight and though I haven't played it yet, 1860 will probably take over as my choice for two-player 18xx.

And speaking of 18xx, I printed up 1800 last summer and played it for the first time that August with my wife. After a couple plays, however, I was done with it. It was a good way to teach her the basics of 18xx, but not a very interesting game to play. I've since given it away.


Jambo still gets played occasionally, but usually gets passed over for London or At the Gates of Loyang. I've marked it as our "travel" game so don't want to overplay it.


Hansa got played quite a bit when I first got it from a Math Trade, but hasn't got much play (if any) this year. It's not a bad game, but with my collection now over 50, there are just too many other games I'd rather play.
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14. Board Game: Peloponnes [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:809]
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In order of the original entry

Peloponnes

Plays since: 3
Still definitely the best of the bunch. 3 plays since is pretty high for me on these lists.

Himalaya

Plays since: 1
It was expensive, but I did manage to track one down for owning.

Masons

Plays since: 1
Still pleasing.

The Rest:

1960: The Making of the President, Auf Achse, Expedition Altiplano and Venezia were all played for the purposes of evaluating if they were worth purchasing, so as expected haven't been played again.
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15. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:370]
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Last August, I'd managed to play five new games, one revivified and prettied old game, plus one nice expansion. I'll describe differences in my current view of the games from last years' view.

Tales of the Arabian Nights -- (1 play last August; 7 since) thumbsupthumbsup (no change)
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I'd given it the coveted Best Old Game in a New Printing award last year, with the carp that it was a technicality at best - in that it was the only such game I'd played.

It's still not really a game, as much as a slightly-more-interactive movie in which the "players" participate. But my children (and their friends) really enjoy it, so I've had a lot of fun with it anyway.

The game is very nicely rendered - in a way that my old West End copy never really approached. It's still #1 in my estimation after a year.


Paris Connection -- (2 plays last August; 1 since) thumbsupthumbsup (up two places to #2)
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I'd given this the Most Minimal (Minimaliest? Mini-est?) Set of Rules award last August; though I'd probably just go with Best of the 2010 Winsome Set today.

Last years summary was "It's delightful; it's short; it's easy to explain. I like it." It still applies.


Texas & Pacific -- (1 play in August; 1 since) thumbsupthumbsup (down one place to #3)
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This one was the Best New Train Game. I'd not give it that today - nor would I be quite as dogmatic in insisting that the next title wasn't one.

Nontheless, it's a cool mutation of the Chicago Express framework; just enough different to make it worth playing in its own right even though the other is still being played. Probably #3 in my estimation by a hair over...


Samarkand: Routes to Riches -- (1 play last August; 1 since) thumbsupthumbsup (down one place to #4)
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I pretended this was Best At Pretending Not to be a Train Game, but I think I was just delusional. It's just an anachronistic train game.

Having now played (and enjoyed) its predecessor I think I'm not quite as insistent on Not Getting This One, nor on Needing to Get the Original Version at any cost. I'd love the original - don't get me wrong; but I don't think it's quite worth (to me) what it might be worth to anyone that owns a copy - so there's no sane future in which I end up with a copy.

And this a nice game - even if it is the kinder and gentler familyified version. I'd be happy to acquire a copy, though I'm not agitating strongly for one.


Rheinländer -- (1 play last August; none since) thumbsupthumbsup (no change)
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I gave this a sarcastic Most Impressive American Valley found in a Eurogame Printing - given that the copy I'd had the chance to play was the Hasbro-Germany version. I've no idea whether the actual American printing shares the fault.

I'm still quite fond of this title - and the lack of replay is (as much as anything) a reflection of the fact that I don't own a copy.

Toledo -- (1 play) thumbsup (no change)
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I'd given this the Lowest Ranked New Game I Enjoyed last year. It's cute; I'd be happy to play again; but I've (unfortunately) not thought to inflict it on anyone. Not really a reflection of the game so much as the folk with which I usually play: it's an entirely playable game, but doesn't quite fit the usual aesthetics.


And lastly, the expansion...

Dominion: Alchemy -- (2 plays; none since) thumbsup
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It's a Dominion expansion; I'm less of a fan of that system than most of the folk I know (ok; perhaps not you, Tom. I doubt I like it substantially more than anyone, though.) So: some fun, not at all necessary;


Bottom line: much the same as last year, though SNCF is ascendant. I'm really looking forward to playing this years' two expansions for the system!
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16. Board Game: Penguin [Average Rating:4.65 Overall Rank:17759]

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I only played three new games this time last year -- Innovation, Masters Gallery, and Penguin -- and the only one I still own is Penguin. I haven't played it again, but I made a DIY copy with playing cards.

I've played Innovation again, and didn't see it improve any over my initial impressions. There's just too much chaos there for me to enjoy it. I'd play Modern Art: The Card Game again, but I didn't see myself bringing it out to game night all that often, and sold it off during a purge earlier this year.
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17. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:141]
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Goa

A great game that we need to get back to the table.


Glory to Rome

It has become one of our favorite and most-played games (with 48 plays and counting). We recently got to try it with 4p. One of the best twenty dollars you can spend.


Shipyard

The setup has kept me from trying this again, though I know Sam is interested.


The Powerpuff Girls: Villains at Large Game and Break the Safe

Both thrifted games that were fun for a play or two, and then good to sell or trade, which is what they were intended for.

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18. Board Game: Keltis: Der Weg der Steine Mitbringspiel [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:2589]
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19. Board Game: Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:440]
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Two new games for me this month, both of which I really enjoyed - one new to my collection and one I played on holiday.

Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers
I'd had Carcassonne for a while and had been really enjoying it, adding a couple of mini expansions and having fun playing it with both my girlfriend and my group. But something about it didn't quite feel right - until I got a chance to play Hunters & Gatherers. Once I had, I gave my old version to a friend in my group and kept this one. We only played twice that August, but it has been a regular to the table since (averaging just over a play per month).

It's hard to put a finger on exactly what it is about H&G I prefer over the original, but for me it seems to be much better balanced (I know other opinions are available when it comes to a couple of the tiles). I also like that it adds a nice extra level of strategy without having to add expansions - in fact, as far as I'm aware, the temptation doesn't even exist as it has not been expanded beyond one extra card. Hunters and Gatherers continues to give me just the Carc fix I need when I need it.

Combat Commander: Europe
I played this with a friend in Sweden on a visit and really enjoyed it. We played three games that long weekend and I came away thinking it was a really nice light, card-driven war game. Unfortunately my planned trip back this summer went south (literally - I'm off to Devon instead) but when I do get back to Sweden, I look forward to playing again. Unfortunately I don't think anyone in my group (and definitely not my girlfriend) would be interested in this sort of game, so I wouldn't consider purchasing it.
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20. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:446]
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Defenders of the Realm has become a core play staple this year. I really really like Neuroshima Hex, though my wife is only so-so on it. Jaipur got revisited, and rejected again. The rest I've never thought about playing again...
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21. Board Game: Telestrations [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:238]
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Didn't manage to post to the original list, I usually do but missed it in August for some reason. However it is not hard to look back at what I played that month. Many interesting games this month but most never got played again, as usual.

Telestrations Rating 8. 2 plays in August, 2 plays since. I don't have much chance to play party games but I just had to run out an buy this one after playing it, lots of fun.

Diamonds Club Rating 7.5 no plays since.
Solid game that I would like to play again but have not gotten around to it.

Age of Industry Rating 7.5, no plays since.
A very good game but I think I prefer Brass.

The End of the Triumvirate Rating 7.5, no plays since.
Seems like a good 3 player but don't see playing it any time soon.

Founding Fathers Rating 6.5 2 plays that month, no plays since.
I was really looking forward to this game and I enjoyed some, not as much as I had hope, but it fell flat with both groups I played it with so it will gather dust for now.

Waterloo Rating 6.5, no plays since.
To abstract for a war game.

At the Gates of Loyang Rating 6, no plays since.
Didn't have anything that interesting in it.

Chrononauts Rating 6, 5 plays that month, none since.

Finito! Rating 5, 2 plays that month, none since.
The kind of game I hate.

Warhammer: Invasion – Assault on Ulthuan Rating 6.5
My kids interest in this game has dropped off lately so it has not gotten played to much.


Race for the Galaxy: The Brink of war
Rating 6.5, I seemed burnt out on Race for the Galaxy expansions.
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22. Board Game: Uruk: Wiege der Zivilisation [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:2753]
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Uruk: Wiege der Zivilisation was chosen as my best new game this time last year, although the play itself was horrible, as it showed promise - just not one to be learned with children in the background. However, I've never had a chance to play it, or in fact most of the new games to me this time last year, again. Railroad Dice: Germany we haven't wanted to try again, Somethin' Fishy I haven't introduced the kids to yet (although they are probably now ready for it - they weren't last year), and Ostia went straight on the trade pile.

So, that means that really the best game this time last year was Wild World Lotto, which was a huge hit with the kids, despite being just another Lotto game (and they already have several!). The older two have grown out of Lotto now and prefer a bit more in their games, but my 18th month old has just got into it, so I suspect this one will get a lot more play very soon.
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23. Board Game: Dragonland [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:3310]
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Here is my original entry to the geeklist: Item for Geeklist "New to you Aug 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):



1 = Dragonland (Not played since August 2010) - When I played this with my in-laws I found it interesting and fairly enjoyable. There are some tough decisions to be made on every turn, and I like that. The problem is that the game just didn't have that wow factor, that something extra that makes me anxious to get it back to the table. And my wife was even more lukewarm on the game. As a result it was a game that I could easily trade away with little regret. It left my collection a couple months ago, and I haven't felt guilty about that yet. While I would gladly play again if someone at a game group suggested it, I'm not going to suggest it.



2 = Jenga: Donkey Kong Collector's Edition (Not played since August 2010) - This was one of those games I purchased on a total whim. I didn't expect much, and the game didn't deliver much. I find it moderately entertaining, but it's not something that I'm going to play very often. I still have a copy of the game, and I expect it will find its way to a youth group event in the future, but it's not something that I ever think of adding into the game bag. If it was at all in demand I might have traded it away by now, as it stands I'll probably own it for a long time just for the novelty.
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24. Board Game: DungeonQuest (third edition) [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1454]
Dave Kudzma
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My New To You August 2010

DungeonQuest (third edition) still sees occasional play; perhaps once a month. We play it fast and dirty and never try to make "real" decisions; the game is simply too random for it We also switched to the old school rock/paper/scissors approach from the original game which was re-instituted in the FAQ. We liked the newer combat system but when using the original the game is over in 45 minutes or less.

Ascension: Deckbuilding Game also sees several plays a month. It's fast and easy. We've picked up the expansion but have yet to play it.

Catan Histories: Settlers of America – Trails to Rails has seen several plays this year. It's a two hour game, so it's never going to see a super-frequent play level as we have games like Age of Steam and other favorites that play in the same time frame that are simply more popular. I still love the evolving board, the gold as another resource for every time you crap out on the dice, and the pick up and deliver element is still the big reason to keep coming back.

Leaping Lemmings has seen a few plays this year. I think the game definitely plays better with 4-5. I certainly have no desire to play with 6 ever again, nor do I relish it with 3. The game can be longish if too much AP takes place. Everything in the game is a gamble but that's where the tension is. Those who do not like taking risks should avoid it. I saw this going for $25 at GMT's table; seemingly a clearance price.

The King Commands was a fine game that we played 20+ times. There are so many newer fillers for us that we have simply overlooked it. What does it say that I forgot I owned the game until I posted on this list? I now want to play it again, but it still obviously made too faint an impression on my and the rest of my group.
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25. Board Game: Duck Dealer [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:3984]
John Bandettini
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I had three games on the list last year and I have not played any of them since.


Duck Dealer I called it then the best of a mediocre bunch and I still agree. I played one four player game of this, three of us quite enjoyed it, the one who didn’t claimed it was a broken game and beat us all to prove it. I’m not convinced it is and keep meaning to play it again, just too many better games around.

Railways of the World: The Card Game. I thought they did quite a good job with turning Railways of the World into a card game. It’s not that exciting a game though, again one I should play again.

Cyclades. I was not very keen to play in the first place and even though I won I did not like it and have no desire to play again.
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