Gamestorm 2005
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Games I played at the 2005 meeting of Gamestorm.
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1. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:229]
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Fantastic game. On the must buy soon list, especially upon request of my wife.
 
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2. Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:442]
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A great bidding game. I like the strategic element of determining how many cards to deal out. [I had played this before the con.]
 
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Best "light" game I've played in recent memory. And, the only train-themed game my wife truly likes. (I've got to try and get a game of Union Pacific started around her sometime.) Played as part of the Family Gaming session. [I had played this before the con.]
 
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4. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Ended up playing as part of the con's 2-player game tournament. (I came in third.) [I had played this before the con.]
 
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5. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:621]
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I can't believe I hadn't played this yet. Thrift shop hunting I will go. Played during the 2-Player tourney and the Family gaming session.
 
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6. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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I played this as part of the 2-player, and then taught my wife how to play the next day. She was very ambivalent about it.
 
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7. Board Game: Paris Paris [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:2794]
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Good light game. I liked it more than my wife.
 
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8. Board Game: Saga [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:4857]
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Played as part of the Family gaming session. I wonder if there is a "best" starting group of cards to choose (for an endgame strategy.)
 
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9. Board Game: Take it Easy! [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1377]
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Family gaming again. While I might not clamour to play again with adults, it would be a great game to teach/play with kids. (Critical thinking, planning ahead, multiplication.)
 
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10. Board Game: Strange Synergy [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:8819]
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Eh. Definitely a 'right-mood' game.
 
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11. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:486]
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I loved the mechanics of this game; the resource management, the spatial awareness, and the use of rock-paper-scissors.

That being said, the game took much too long to play. The variabilty that occurs during others turns makes it virtually impossible to plan your turn while you wait.
 
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12. Board Game: Hex [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:2546]
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Classic abstract game. Played as part of the 2-player tourney. [I had played this before the con.]
 
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13. Board Game: Unlur [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:7619]
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Great variation on Hex. My wife wouldn't be interested though... is there an online option for this?
 
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