New to you a year ago Oct 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 Oct 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 Dominant Species - 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: Blue Moon City [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:573]
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Holy crap, I played a lot of new games that month! Item for Geeklist "New to you Oct 10 => Best new game you played this month and why"

I still like Blue Moon City, but with 5 subsequent plays, it's not getting to the table as much as I'd like for a game I own. Partly that's down to the slightly naff theme, partly that it's an annoyingly big box to take to London on Board. I should get it out more though, and try the expansion tiles.

Were I picking now, I'd go for another Knizia, Carcassonne: The Castle. This has become a favourite for my wife and me and I'm surprised to see we've only played it 6 times since. It provides just enough more to think about above vanilla Carcassonne. I'm intrigued by the prospect of an expansion, if it ever shows up.

Also standing the test of time well is Haggis, which I picked up my own copy of a few months later and have played 6 times. I like it best as a 2p, though Sarah has gone off it so it doesn't get as much play as I'd like. Would make a great iPhone app...

Sushizock im Gockelwok has also had 6 more plays. It's still a fun dice filler, but in the Yahtzee-with-interaction stakes it's been blown away by King of Tokyo.

K2 has had a couple more plays. It's one of those games that I'm happy to see at LoB and play occasionally but don't need to own. It was definitely more interesting with the tougher weather conditions.

The rest remain unplayed and unloved since - in fact, I need to reduce the ratings on some of them, I was quite generous with the 6s!

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2. Board Game: Inca Empire [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1315]
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Played Inca Empire a year ago for the first time as a three-player game and enjoyed it (although there was some concern in the three-player game of king-making). Have only played it once since then (as a four-player game) and enjoyed it as well. Opportunities this year to have four players around the table have been few and far between; combine that with the time that this game takes and it just hasn't hit the table.



All in all, I can't really say if it's stood the test of time.
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3. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:51]
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Last year I said Dominant Species, Troyes, and GOSU were the best new games of that month (and there were a lot of games because we went to Essen). All three of those got a few more plays, and I still think all of them are really good games.

51st State clicked, and turned out to be a game I really like. This one is better than I thought a year ago.

Ascension: Deckbuilding Game got a lot of extra plays, which is quite special, since it's a game we don't own. I really enjoy this, it is easy to set up, doesn't require too much thinking, but has enough variation to stay fun.

Genesis got some more plays, it's a nice game, if not played too often.

Of course Dominion: Prosperity got played again, we really like dominion, and this is a nice expansion.

König von Siam only got played once more, but I still think it's a really good game.

I still consider Trollland, and Toledo 1085 nice fillers, but they didn't get a lot of extra plays.

Caravelas disappointed a bit. We played a few more games of this, and there is something that doesn't quite work. We used the amended rule for distributing the destination cards, which helps a bit.

Biblios, and Octi just got the 1 play at Spiel, and I don't really remember what they were about. Same goes for Battle Sheep, but that one I do remember, and we considered buying it recently, but didn't (we got Quarriors instead).

We didn't play TtR Europe using Ticket to Ride: Europa 1912 again, but I wouldn't be against using it again.

And then a game that got better with a repeated play: Magnum Sal. I really disliked it the first time we played, probably in part due to some rules that we got wrong. We tried again a while later, and enjoyed playing.

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4. Board Game: Pocket Civ [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:3300]
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My only new game of October 2010 was Pocket Civ. I first played it while away from home at a conference, with just pen and paper (one of the attractions of trying it) and a deck of cards. I did horribly and I doubt my entry for this game would have been very encouraging: it is truly a brutal game in which you are very much in the hands of fate.

Since then, I have played it 4 more times and now I can say I like it better than I did back then. One improvement was the logistical: I got rid of the pen and paper way of playing and got together some actual components, in my case borrowed bit from Glen More (there's enough meeples in there to cover you for most of the game and if you ever have too many, well it won't be or long).

a mid game position from one of my games

I did try out the computer version, but it scored the game incorrectly (at least on my computer it did) so I went back to the old-fashioned way.

It has been a little while since I last pulled it out - you need a break from it once in a while, as the one thing that remains true from my first game is that it is a brutal game. But with some experience and preparation you can make some headway, even thrive for a while.

Although I read the section on building Wonders and just wonder myself if anyone has ever managed to do that.
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5. Board Game: Peloponnes [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:809]
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A year ago this month, I'd only played two new games and two new expansions. I'd found it odd (at the time) that I'd liked the expansions so much better than the games. Listing relative to the original noncanonical order:

Peloponnes -- (5 plays last October; 5 plays since) currently: _7.7_ - though better with expansions; see below. (no change - makes first only because it seems silly to list the expansions before the game.)
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I'd given this one the Best game played for the first time this month from the previous year's Essen Show award. It'd had no competition on that front. I'd also given it New game at which I've demonstrated the least skill: I claimed I'd lost my first five plays.

I've definitely enjoyed it over the past year: it's easy (enough) to explain; plays in an hour; and presents difficult decisions of the participants. I've not been markedly more successful in recent plays, either - so it still has that "I've not figured this out yet" vibe, that (frankly) I find amusing.


Peloponnes: Hellas Expansion -- (3 plays last October; 5 plays since) currently: _8_ (up one place: first for expansions.)
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This one had won a trivial Best extra-turn expansion played this month award.

It makes the game longer: not normally what one particularly wants in an expansion. (For example, while I enjoy the extra mechanics in Cities & Knights, I don't enjoy the fact that the game takes twice as long!) In this case, the tiles provided for the last turn add new possible scoring variations: which is a good thing. I found (a year ago) that this expansion adds to the viable paths through the constraints - and makes the whole experience more entertaining - and I still find the argument viable. Today, in fact, I normally leave the six final-turn tiles face up throughout the game in order to remind the participants of the final-turn possibilities (I do shuffle them up prior to placement; this isn't a rules change, simply one of presentation.)

The expansion also adds a few entertaining new start tiles. Again, easy to integrate (almost invisibly; a player with no expectations of the game won't notice whether they're receiving an expansion start tile as opposed to an original.) I'd wondered about the balance of the new tiles last year. Today, I can't say I've noticed any imbalance: they still look very well considered.


Peloponnes: Expansion -- (3 plays last October; 5 plays since) currently: _8_ (down one place: second for expansions.)
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I'd given this an almost-irrelevant Best extra-player expansion played this month award.

It adds bits for a 6th player. I think I've played once with 6 (and it surprised me in how well it worked.) But I really enjoy the additional tactical breadth provided by the extra tiles. It also adds the "Water Tiles": tiles that may be paid for before any bid. I'd thought they were worth using last year, but I'm more convinced today that they're beneficial for the game experience than I had been a year ago.

Both expansions are excellent in that the cognitive load of adding them to the game is minimal. Compared with my unfortunately over-expanded Carcassonne set (where I can't remember the tweaks that all the new expansions provide without reference to each ruleset: a daunting prospect) these expansions are particularly easy to assimilate.


Betrayal at House on the Hill -- (1 play last October, none since) currently: _6.7_ (no change.)
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I'd given this a snarky Best reissue of a modestly flawed earlier release award. While it might be (modestly) true, I'd had no experience of the predecessor - so it's not particularly fair, either.

I'd found it good random experiential fun at the time - but can't say I've missed it terribly over the past year. I think I'd be perfectly content to play - should it come up - but wouldn't go much out of my way to become part of a game.


Thanks, as always, to my youngsters and the I've been diced!, BAP and no-longer-on-Fridays gangs.
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6. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:222]
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And Rattus.

Played, but not owned by me or my group, so no more plays since then.
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7. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:52]
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My post from last year is here: New to you Oct 10

My top game was Caylus, and it has definitely stood the test of time. I started doing board game reviews of games I have owned for a year, and just reviewed this game not too long ago, which became my first 10 rating. I think this game is brilliant and have 15 plays so far, and if you want to know more, you can read about it here: A Year With Caylus.

The next game was Betrayal at House on the Hill that I won in Drakkenstrike's very first contest. I have 8 total plays so far, but with it being Halloween soon, I hope to get a couple more in before I review it. I still enjoy this one, and think that the variety of haunt scenarios are great, despite the lack of balance that can happen. This is a game you play for the experience.

Witch of Salem is a game I haven't played since. It is mostly a Euro version of Arkham Horror which I vastly prefer. I can't see myself playing Witch of Salem anytime soon.

For Sale I have since played a couple of times. It's still fun now and then when you have a few minutes to kill. I'll still play it when the opportunity arises.

Saboteur is a game that my wife liked so much, I ended up buying it about 6 months ago, along with Saboteur 2. Saboteur is one of my more favorite filler type games. And the expansion adds so much more to it, with the extra roles and action cards. It goes from being a pretty mindless filler into a much more strategical game. This game has definitely stood the test of time and improved.

Bang! hasn't been played since last year. I haven't really searched it out, and no one has brought it up. I'll try it again if it happens to be around, but it's nothing I'm especially looking for.

And last is Fairy Tale which I haven't played since last year. As I mentioned, it's tough to draft cards that interact with other cards, when you don't know what other cards are available. This is a game you need experience with in order to have more fun with it, and more opportunities to play haven't come up for me.

Overall, I am still enjoying the games I bought or received, and don't see me slowing down on them, so they definitely still stand the test of time.
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8. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:119]
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Item for Geeklist "New to you Oct 10 => Best new game you played this month and why"

A year ago, I had 9 new-to-me games. I'm pretty sure Hansa Teutonica is the only one I've played since then. I played it twice last October, then three times since then. Frankly, I'm not sure why I haven't played it more. I haven't tried to bring it out, but I would happily play if someone else brought it out. It clearly has stood the test of time.
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9. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:696] [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked]
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Castle Ravenloft was my choice for last year's best new to me game and it has stood the test of time well with 4 additional plays and a solid rating of 7 ("If you like Hack n' Slash and Co-ops than this game is for you!" remains the easiest summary of how I feel).

In fact this would have been played a lot more, but I don't own it. This is partly good as it won't be that hard to convince my wife to buy me Wrath of Ashardalon... perhaps for Christmas... but also led to two of my favorite game collector anecdotes. The first was going over my wishlist with my wife to trim it down so it didn't scare her any more. She thought D&D didn't need to be there. We then had a couple who owns the game over for game days two months in a row and both times Gwen requested they bring Ravenloft... WoA went on the wishlist after the second session laugh

The other showed the danger of restraint. My FLGS had a surprise 30% off sale on one purchase at a game day. Gwen was at a conference so I couldn't check in for an impulse spending limit and chose to go with a small expansion to support the store and watch my pocketbook... Of course when we both got home and I proudly told her of my choice she asked: "Why didn't you just get that big expensive game you were looking at?" shake

The other games stay in the same order... but none have stood the test of time well.



Alien Frontiers has easily been one of my bigger personal dissappointments in game trying. I kickstarted and was all excited... and that first session falling flat turned out to be a running problem. Conceptually I liked placing the dice to gain the best effect... but I always wished I was playing a more standard worker placement game (perhaps I'm more control freaky than I like to admit). Add on an endgame that always seemed to boil down more to your opponent's die rolls and choices than your own and three more plays had me trading this one away. I'm glad its successful and I'm glad people like it... but it just wasn't for me.

The Red Dragon Inn and Runebound (Second Edition) aren't really worth full entries here. I felt both were too long and lacked enough interesting decisions. I'd play Red Dragon (particularly with the expansion that fixes the lousy original gambling rules) if someone wanted too... but the great Ameritrash Multi-Player solitaire game remains #1 on my avoid playing list.
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10. Board Game: Campaign Manager 2008 [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1427]
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Campaign Manager 2008 - 0 additional plays - This was my pick of the month in October of 2010, and I still think it's the best choice, despite not making it back to the table in the last year. When we played last, we just used the premade decks, and I was looking forward to trying it with the full drafting rules. I'm still looking forward to it.

Other games from October:

Fresco - 1 additional play - This game really seems to mark my breaking point with new games. It got great reviews, plays really well, especially with the expansions, and just feels very samey to me. I've discovered over the last year that my Cult of the New is really wearing off. Part of it, I'm sure, is that it's gotten harder and harder to put together a gaming night as a lot of my old gaming group have moved out of the state (or country), but I think part of it is also a real sense of sameness in a lot of the games I've played, and I think I started feeling this way with Fresco.

Super Circles & 7 Ate 9 - 0 additional plays - Shared with me by a friend as super quick filler type games, these were never going to be my thing. I never bought them, and I don't care if I never play them again.

Tulipmania 1637 - 0 additional plays - The final new game for the month. I really don't remember much about it. I have the feeling it was the romcom of the gaming world, mildly entertaining with some parts better than others, but on the whole entirely forgettable. On the other hand, it fills in the tulip market bubble niche in my collection...
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11. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:245]
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New Castle
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I only played two new games that month, this one and Chinatown. I liked Notre Dame, and didn't like Chinatown.

I haven't played either since.
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12. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:67]
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October 2010, with a newborn in house

Despite becoming a father in the middle of September last year I still got a pretty good month of gaming in in October. I've even had the honour of playing 6 of them since then.

Troyes was last years top game and for some reason I've only played it once since. Well, it was just as good as expected and I really need to get it to the table again.

Rating: Still a 10

Cyclades: My opinion on Cyclades is still the same as last year. It's not a very difficult game to understand but plenty of interaction and overall just great.

Rating: Still 9

Navegador: As of now, Navegador is probably my favorite rondell game. What I really like about them is that they are so simple to explain to new players, there aren't a whole lot of ifs and buts to keep track off.

Rating: Still 9

7 Wonders: Unlike Dominion which kept its replayability over many plays 7 wonders keep falling for me. With further and further plays it feels more and more total random. This was highlighted at a local convention last month which held a 7 wonders tourny. The winner (3 games) just picked the card that was playable and shuffled those and played the one he picked.

Rating: 9 --> 8 --> 7

Glen More: After two fairly recent plays off Glen More I'm quite pleased I decided to acquire it. It is indeed a very clever game and all about timing the scoring phases.

Rating: Still 8

Sorry! Sliders: While Crokinole is all about skill, Sorry Sliders is mostly just luck but children do enjoy it very much.

Rating: 7 --> 6
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13. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:643]
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You'll have to bear with me here - October 2010 was a huge month for me because of a visit with my brother, so I have a lot of games to cover. I'll lump them into a few categories for ease on your eyes!

Still love it

Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age is the one game that really rose to the top from last year's crop. It's become one of my partner's favorites and we play it at least once a month. I've got the iPhone app and I play it on Yucata. Huge hit! Also from Mr. Leacock we have Forbidden Island which doesn't get as much play, but is one we love to play, especially if we want something quicker than Pandemic. Eat Poop You Cat is now our go-to party game, especially if we forgot to bring a "real" game. Friday the 13th is becoming one of my favorite card games - I just wish I was playing it more often.

It's OK and I still play it

Tobago gets more thumbs up when I bring it out - the key here is this game just needs more time on the table and it could get some real love. Elfenland is a perfectly fine route building game that we'll pull out on occasion, but it's not very often. We Didn't Playtest This At All has risen just slightly in my estimation as a true filler which may or may not be a "game." Gloom: Unhappy Homes we really only pull out for 5 player games, but it's a decent expansion.

Haven't played it but wish I could do so

Several games that I don't own but would enjoy playing again are Alea Iacta Est, Limits, Basari, Duplik, No Thanks!, and Perudo.

I'm done with these

I haven't played any of these games since last year and have no desire to do so in the future: Eketorp, Ticket to Ride: The Card Game, The Bottle Imp, and Monopoly Deal Card Game.
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14. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:155]
Chris Marling
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Last October I learned about the three 'R's - Ra, RoboRally and Reiner's Decathlon. While personally I enjoy all three games, it turned out that one was destined for my top 10 list, one was a really solid and fun game I'm glad I have and the other was destined for the trade table.

As tests of time go, Ra is the clear winner - although it was an immediate fail with the girlfriend. It was the first bidding game we'd tried On October 1) and also her first real experience of suffering AP. After a few games she decided it was terminal and Ra became pretty much the first game she really didn't want to play (well, that and Agricola but that wasn't mine). Luckily, my regular mid week gaming buddies had the complete opposite reaction and loved it. I've now played a total of 21 games, playing pretty much every month and much more often recently. It now lives at the house we meet at mid week and I can't see it ever leaving my collection.

A day after my our play of Ra came our first game of RobRally - which took just one attempt to become the second game by girlfriend didn't want to play again. In fact, she hated it so much it has become a standing joke when naming games to play of an evening. However, unlike with Ra, it was also a massive fail with the midweek and weekend group, so it was swiftly traded away (for Endeavor - yay!). Despite all the hatred and bile, I actually quite enjoyed RoboRally and would happily play again - if I can find anyone who doesn't hate it - although, to be honest, I don't really miss it and there are a hell of a lot of other games I'd play ahead of it.

On day three of October I downloaded the rules to Reiner Knizia’s Decathlon, dug out a bunch of six-siders and hit gold with both my girlfriend and myself. I haven't actually played this one with anyone else, but we've had six games total and really enjoy it. It hasn't hit the table for a while now, as Pickomino scratches a similar itch and is more recent to us, but as I type this I'm sure in the knowledge we'll be playing again in a week or so. A great little dice game - and free! What's not to like?
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15. Board Game: London [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:315]
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Essen month for me last year. The top two new to me games of that month (London and K2) still remain amongst my favourites and get regular play.

Despite the 2-player variants here on the geek, I still don't enjoy London as much with 2 since it becomes just a little too easy to avoid poverty and loans, However, the 3- or 4-player game still gets regularly played (once every 2 months) by my family.

It is still the Martin Wallace game for the family - only that might change with Discworld: Ankh-Morpork. If I ever get it - still waiting for my collectors edition after 4 weeks!

K2 is still fun and tense with any number of players but it may be getting to its limit of re-playability after 10-15 plays.

Interesting to see the games that I played, enjoyed and bought at Essen but have failed to hit the table since: Totemo, Troyes blush, Railroad Barons yuk, Genesis (of which I still have fond memories and think is a better game than currently ranked on BGG!
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16. Board Game: Dominion: Prosperity [Average Rating:8.27 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.27 Unranked]
 
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Yeah, technically it's an expansion, but I don't care. Dominion: Prosperity was still my top pick last October, and it has totally stood the test of time. I really liked Prosperity right away, and still do, though I've only played 43 more times.

Nothing else of great note. I've played Glory to Rome and Last Night on Earth another time or two; if I had to play either again, I could stand it, but they're not anything I'd seek out. And I haven't had occasion to play Solaris or Hera & Zeus again.
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17. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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7 Wonders
The game that won several awards and deservedly so. My opinion hasn't changed; I bought the game, I bought the expansion (although haven't played that yet).

Navegador
One of my favorites from last year; it's quite an unforgiving game but luckily it plays relatively fast so even if you know you don't have a chance to win you won't suffer for long. I still think it's a great and exciting game.

TransEuropa
Lovable little game.

The Great Fire of London 1666
Played the game with wrong rules last October. Later I re-played it with the good rules. It's an okay, fun "screw your opponent family game" with good production values, but I still think the set-up takes too long for the game.

No plays since:Key Market
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18. Board Game: Jaipur [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:120]
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Last year my favourite was Jaipur but things have changed quite a bit! This is very unusual for me, as my ratings have been pretty stable so far.

Favourite Now
I enjoy "true" economic games and Container is a tantalising puzzle that I have as yet been unable to figure out. A year ago it was merely "decent", and "well above my favoured duration", but 4 plays have made it stick in the mind. It's a game I want to play more of and improve at.

Standout Now
Jaipur's strength is its accessibility, the ease with which it can be taught to non-gamers. Unsurprisingly it took a tumble on a list about longevity. Nevertheless it's excellent at its role.

Last year Haggis was merely "decent", but it has proven to be a deep game that I can teach to non-gamers. In particular, teaching the rules in parts (first to go out, then with points, then with wildcards, then with bombs, then with bets) works very well. It's catching on among Tichu-fans in my group, which is a Good Thing.

Decent Now
Parade is excellent at what it does, with very simple rules, scalability, and a decent dose of depth. My first play was so-so, but subsequent games brought out the polish of its design - for example, both high and low cards can be strong and weak in different situations.

I had a bit of an abstract binge earlier this year, resulting in a few plays of Arimaa. I'll get back to climbing the bot ladder at some point, but for now it's Euros. (Though I always enjoy Fritz Juhnke's posts.)

Indifferent Now

Medici is a well-designed game and fits the difficult 6p situation, but I'm not especially excited to play it. Since the first game I've improved a bit, which is good.

Last year Alien Frontiers was in the standout category, but it fell pretty quickly. The AP and bash-the-leader aspect count against the game, but the biggest issue was the similarity of subsequent plays. I believe the Alien Frontiers: Factions will change this for the better, but for now there are other things to play.

Unplayed Positive
* Aquädukt - in my mind this is "quick, fun, screwage".
* Carson City - this was an unusual Euro with confrontation, spatial elements, and leeching from others' placements and this combination makes it worth trying again.
* Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game - I suspect Gears of War: The Board Game outclasses it now.

Unplayed Negative
* Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game - this was borderline last year, and Gears of War: The Board Game smashes it now.
* Catan Dice Game - true multiplayer solitaire, unplayed in a year for a reason...
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19. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:253]
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I never got the hang of Grimwold's lists, but it occurred to me that I do have my Extended Stats page to list First Plays, so let's take a look.

San Juan - Gawd, is it only a year? Seems like I've been playing this forever. A well-constructed Chapel game in the pub last night means this one is still fresh after all those plays.

Eurorails - a crayon-rail classic. I remember we got a bit hooked on long afternoons of this in the cold winter days leading up to Christmas. The big problem is that it's suffered somewhat compared to the slick PC version: one of a very few where I can bear the implemented version.

Dominion: Prosperity - I picked this up fresh off the line, thanks to a complex transatlantic game-trading arrangement. It's dulled a bit over the last 12 months, and I firmly prefer Seaside as the best of the expansions.

Megastar - Just the one play last year, and that's all it ever got. I've just given it away in the European Chain Of Generosity.

Hey! That's My Fish - A good ice-breaker (boom boom!) for new-ish gamers, this has a permanent place on my shelves, despite my fruitless efforts to pick up some deluxe penguins and give it jive.

Transamerica - I enjoyed it, bought TransEuropa, but wouldn't go out of my way to pick up a copy. Uber-lite.

Tumblin-Dice - I was really excited about picking this up, and slugged it around to games conventions, despite the fact that it was big and awkward. It had a successful Christmas run too. I thought it would never be supplanted in my affections, but then along came the awesome KingBrick. Might even go for trade for a good offer.

Leaping Lemmings - I seem to remember we played the rules wrong both times. It was lacking in urgency and hard to get back to the table: I ended up trading it for Dice Town.
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20. Board Game: Opera [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:2441]
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A year ago my new games were two that I had picked up cheap, the price of the games reflecting that they were recentish releases that had failed to impress in terms of their originality or depth of play. I enjoyed both games a lot, but had reservations about replayability.

Opera marries Puerto Rico's role selection, with a Martin Wallace-esque stock market and turn order manipulation. It's very lavishly produced, and it's simple and engaging to play, but it certainly likes the bite of either Puerto Rico or a Wallace stock/shares game. We played it twice that month, and twice since. In spite of reservations, it remains a game that I want to keep in my collection, and I think I may dig it out soon for a 2-player with my better half.

Batavia was played once, and again we managed to get it to the table twice since. It's another lavishly produced game, with utterly abstracted play that doesn't really bear any relation to the the theme. This is a race game, featureing a crashing "stock market" and a side show of set-collecting/majority scoring. Plays very quickly, has some enjoyable scope for occassional nastiness, and whilst not very deep is pretty involving for the 45 to 60 minutes of play. The pieces are just beautiful, and it's now been appearing in branches of the Works across the UK at just £7.99. Essentially, my attitude to it is similar as to Opera - there's usually something else I'd be excited to get to the table, but there's enough in this to be worth the occassional play. Opera has the merit of being playable by two, Batavia the merit of speed.
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21. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:476]
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Item for Geeklist "New to you Oct 10 => Best new game you played this month and why"

The theme from last October is, apparently, good games that I don't play often. As I look down the list, these are games I like, but they are hanging on to the bottom rung because they don't get played often enough.

*sigh* I need more time in the day. And the ability to summon opponents on a whim.

Betrayal at House on the Hill: 5 plays last October, 2 plays since. This hasn't been played in 2011 yet. Not sure why. I does occasionally fail due to the random nature of the haunts, but I've had it be very successful for the same reason. It's light, not too long and it's pretty fun.

Gosu: 8 plays last October, 11 plays since. This also hasn't been played in 2011 yet. I like Gosu a lot, but my wife doesn't. She's my primary partner for 2-player games, and I have a long list of card games I like so Gosu just hasn't hit the table. I'm keeping it though, and I'm going to get the expansion. Ha! Take that, logic!

Settlers of America: 1 play last October, 3 plays since. This is a keeper. It turns my gateway game into a heavier, meatier game and still feels like Settlers.

Mr Jack in NY: 3 plays last October, 0 plays since.
NY takes a game I like (but am bad at) and improves upon it. That said, if we can go a year without playing either Mr Jack game and have no burning desire to do so, I should probably trade/sell them. The fact that Mr Jack was one of our first games when we found the hobby and was one of my wife's favorites has kept them around.

Space Hulk: Death Angel: 5 plays last October, 2 plays since. Yet another game I enjoy but have not played this year.

Ticket to Ride - Nordic Countries: 1 play last October, 2 plays since. Good game, but for as often as we play TTR we can just bring out the base game + 1910.

Beowulf the Movie the Boardgame: 2 plays last October, 0 plays since.
Not a bad abstract/tile drawing game (and it cost me nothing) so no complaints, but it probably won't see the light of day anytime soon either.

Heroes of Graxia: 1 play last October, 0 plays since. Another failed deckbuilder for us. Far too mathy.

Truth be told, I probably wouldn't miss most of these games if I got rid of them.
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22. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:658]
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My entry on New to You October 2010 was Forbidden Island, the lighter version of Pandemic. It was one that I subsequently bought and have played a few times. I definitely prefer Pandemic, but this works ok as an introduction to co-operative games.

Plays in October 2010 - 1
Total of all Plays - 4
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23. Board Game: Dominion: Prosperity [Average Rating:8.27 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.27 Unranked]
 
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October was a very good month last year, to look at it now it is hard to believe how many games I was playing that month compared to what this month is going to look like, I will be lucky to play a third as many new games this month.


Dominion: Prosperity x9 in October, x30 since
 

Rating: 8
What I said then:
Ah, Dominion, how do I love you, how do I hate you. I still love dominion but not as much as my lunchtime group which wants to play it every day.
with 400+ plays I think I could be happy never playing it again but a new expansion does help.
It is a great expansion, as far as I have seen so far all of the cards are useful, this is the first expansion I can say that about. Filling the 7 hole was a brilliant move.
The only complaint is it make the game longer and we can only get in one lunch time game now instead of 2 put that is not all a bad thing.

Now
Still enjoying it, it is the second hardest expansion to include in normal games as you have to dicide, platinum or no platinum so it gets less plays than the other expansion but it is great that just adding platinum and colonies can give you a totaly new experience.

Defenders of the Realm x 8 in October, x1 since

Rating: 8
What I said then:
I knew I had to buy it after my first play. It is meaty enough that my game group likes it, light enough that my kids can play it and a lot of fun. This has already gotten more plays than games I have had for years.

Now
I would still play it but not eager to.


Delve the Dice Game x 7 in October, x7 since

Rating: 6 (droped by .5)
What I said then:
Saw this on the Golden Geek Awards list and thought it sounded fun. It is simple but well done, felt similar to Zombie in my pocket for solo fun.

Now
I think I am played enough for a while.


Warhammer Invation Expansions x 4 in October, x3 since

Warhammer: Invasion - Arcane Fire, rating: 6.5
Warhammer: Invasion - March of the Damned, rating: 6
Warhammer: Invasion - Path of the Zealot, rating: 6
Warhammer: Invasion - The Burning of Derricksburg, rating: 6
Warhammer: Invasion - The Deathmaster's Dance, rating: 6
Warhammer: Invasion - The Fall of Karak Grimaz, rating: 6
Warhammer: Invasion - The Skavenblight Threat, rating: 5.5
Warhammer: Invasion - Tooth and Claw, rating: 6

What I said then:
I was very disapointed the lizard men were not a stand alone race but having played with them a dwarf lizard man deck can be very svagae, so to speak.
The Sakven and vampires also work well togeather. Overall very happy with the expansion and now have enough cards I can field multiple decks for each race.

Now
My kids don't ask for it any more so it has moved to the back of the self for now. The Lizardman proved to be quite good in the last few games.


Dutch Blitz x2 in October, x3 since

Rating: 4.5
What I said then:
Watched Tom Vassel's review and knew it was on BSW so I thought I would give it a try. I am guessing I will be bad t the real life version but at the virtual version I am beyonf terrible. I never had a possitive score in any set. I am way to slow.

Now
Get worse with each play. It is rare I get postivie points.


Dominant Species x1 in October, x1 since.

Rating: 7.5 (+.5)
What I said then:
Great game, complex worker placement with plenty of place to go butkey places can fill up quick. The two levels of area control seemed very original to me. Some combat but it did not overwhelm the rest of the game. We played a couple of rules wrong so I would really like to play again.
Unfortionlly the person who owned the game has traded it away already and everyone else who I played it with thought it was to long.

Now
Bought the game in June and managed to get one play since, really want more.

Egizia x1 in October, x1 since

Rating 8
What I said then:
Great worker placement game, thought the mechanic of going down the river was great.
The winner was able to use a combination of special actions at the end to cause major famine.

Now
Need to play this one a few more times, it is one I have almost bought half a dozen times but it just never makes the cut.

Fresco x1 in October, 0 since

Rating 7
What I said then:
Played just the basic game, love the mood track. Clever game but maybe not enought to it. I hear the expansions round it out.

Now
Have not really thought about since the one play, would happily play if offered but not seaking it out.


Mouse in the House x1 in October, 0 since

Rating: 5.5
What I said then:
Simple dexterity game, I am very bad at dexterity games and so were my opponents. The hoop keeping knocking our mice out of the way.

Now
Have not thought about it since

Invasion from Outer Space: The Martian Game x1, 0 since

Rating: 5.5
What I said then:
A little more invovled than Last night on earth but pretty much the same. A fine once in a while game theme game but nothing I will seek out.

Now
I could play it again, it really had the feel of a B Alient movie but game play was forgetable so leave it at that.


Lord of the Fries x1 in October, x0 since

Rating: 5
What I said then:
I liked it more than I thought I would. It is a straight forward trick tacking game but the goofytheme sort of works.

Now
Have not thought about it since, to many other trick tacking games for this one to be of interest.


Resident Evil Deck Building Game x1 in October, x1 since

Rating: 7
What I said then:
I don't need another deck building game but it was pretty good. Somewhat similar to thunderstone but with a completely random monster deck. Some how I liked the random deck better than the reveal three as it seem less like you were waiting for the right hand. Also you can both buy and explorer and can get abilities to increase either phase.
I don't know if I will buy it but I will play it again.

Now
It had some interesting things I had not seen in deck building games before like the different starting cards but didn't grab me enough with the onslaught of deck building games vying for attention.

Successors (3rd Edition) x1 in October, x0 since

Rating: 6
What I said then:
Solid game, not overly complex with good interaction between the players. I did seem hard to catch the leader as he had defeated the nearby generals and we could not get anyone else in place in time. Some of the events may not be balanced. Needs more than 1 play but for now I prefer Sword of Rome.

Now
Didn't appeal to me enough to get played again as it is such a long game.
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24. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:51]
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THEN:
Here's what I had to say about this game last year:
Item for Geeklist "New to you Oct 10 => Best new game you played this month and why"

This one is easy. This is, hands down, the best game experience I had this month. This game is mind bending and amazing! A single choice can send shock waves across the entire board! The game is easy to learn and largely intuitive, IMO. This is possibly a game of the decade from my first impressions. A real gem. I can't stop thinking about it, and can't wait to play it again.

NOW:
Nothing has changed. This is one of the best games I have played. Ever. Each time has been different and memorable. I cannot think of another game that is so enjoyable and yet so draining. By the time I'm done, I'm spent, but in a good way. The game is epic and has such a clear narrative that I can still clearly remember details from each game I have played. This game is spectacular, and I will never turn down a chance to play it. I'm also greatly anticipating Urban Sprawl, and can't wait to try out the latest from Mr. Jensen

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25. Board Game: Dominion: Prosperity [Average Rating:8.27 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.27 Unranked]
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Here is my original entry to the geeklist: Item for Geeklist "New to you Oct 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 = Dominion: Prosperity (Played 5 times since October 2010) - While this isn't my personal favorite of the Dominion expansions yet, that is not a knock against it. I love what this expansion adds to the game and will obviously always be in the mix when we're randomly selecting kingdom cards. And this expansion gets some extra love from me because it was my first play with this expansion that convinced me that Dominion had more to it, and I needed to share it with my family. Fast-forward to now, and it's not only one of my favorite games but it's loved by most of my family and friends.



2 = FITS Official Expansion (Played 11 times since October 2010) - Well, we really needed variety with the base game because we had played it so much. These boards deliver that in spades. Some really interesting stuff in this expansion, and it just builds on the fun that my family already has with the base game. We usually don't play boards 1 through 8 all in one sitting, but we will sometimes play just 1-4 or just 5-8 or even a random mix of any four boards. This expansion does what I wish all expansions would do...it adds variety without changing the feel of the base game.



3 = Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League (Played 1 time since October 2010) - I've said it a number of times before but I'll repeat it again, this is one of the games that makes me wish I had more opportunities to play 2-player games. I really enjoy the theme, and find the mechanisms unique. The game is lots of fun, and is one that I will always suggest when I'm at a game day and only 2 of us are looking for something to play. Can't say much more, because I don't remember all the details of the game (haven't played since February,) but I know that this is a game I can recommend to all people who regularly play 2-player.


Not played since October 2010, but would like to play again





Not played since October 2010, and no interest in playing again





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