New to you a year ago Nov 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 Nov 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 7 Wonders - 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: Alien Frontiers [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:191]
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I played Alien Frontiers once that month and four times since. That's a good record for a game I don't own. It's one I'm always happy to pull from the stack at London on Board because it works well with most players. For a new, independent publisher, it's a fantastic production. The most common complaint is analysis paralysis, but when I play, we tend to go semi-cooperative, pointing out options for someone on their turn. I can see why some gamers would hate that, but we find it fun. The endgame is very bash-the-leader/kingmakery, but I don't mind that either. The last time I played, I was way behind, managed to metagame the others into attacking the leader and then rolled a ridiculously lucky last couple of turns and won. This has stood the test of time, and is up from a 7 to an 8.

I played 7 Wonders twice in November 2010 and 13 times since, also very good for a non-owned game! But I still don't like it quite as much as Alien Frontiers. Despite being billed as a family game, I find it quite fiddly to explain to non-experienced gamers. And because of the simultaneous play, it's hard to catch errors; players have often built the same building twice and had to backtrack, for example. But I do like that it genuinely scales up to 7 players, without adding much play time, though at the expense of interaction with the other side of the table. I've played once with Leaders, and that seemed to add a nice bit of strategy that was lacking. It will be interesting to see where the system goes from here.

The rest have not been replayed, and I have no great regrets about that.
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2. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:48]
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Hot from Essen a year ago, we got a rules explanation from Tony Boydell where the last line was along the lines of 'green cards have complicated scoring which I won't explain right now' and dived right in. Guess who won on science cards, hmmm.

Cynicism about Tony's rules teaching aside, 7 Wonders got a fair few good plays. Is it going to carry on getting those plays? No. Even with expansions, we've seen and done everything that's been done with this game. I predict its ranking will drop off big-time over the course of the year (despite my tentative plans to run a 7 Wonders tournament at next year's Expo).

Also new...

For Sale: Awesome auction filler with great art. Happy to pull this out at a moment's notice still, and I don't see that changing.

London: A year on, I still feel the same now as I did then: it's just a little bit too sterile and procedural to be a great game. Awful downtime while you wait for other players to run their cities. Nice art and theming, but that does not make a game on its own.

Busstop The Boardgame: Only the one play, but it's not for want of trying. Fun little family game with blind bidding - not a million miles from For Sale, but with the added twist of set collection.

Innovation: I still think the game's great fun, as I did then, but this is the one that has lost the most over the course of the year. I just can't credit good or bad play to anything more than the luck of the card draw, which is a shame.

Agricola Gamers Deck: I'm not sure I'd still be playing Agricola now if it wasn't for the G-Deck. Bring on the G2 Deck please!
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3. Board Game: Small World: Be Not Afraid... [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
Jason Lott
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I had a handful of games on my list a year ago, and sadly I've not played a single one since then.

I have tried to play this expansion for Small World. It's not a big expansion, as it really just adds more races and powers to the mix, but if we're tackling the base game, I always want to throw these in. But just due to luck of the draw, none of those tiles came up in our plays. I have no doubt that we'll keep on playing this expansion, however.

Other games on my list that I haven't played since because I don't own them were Galaxy Trucker and Camden. I'd certainly love to play the latter if given the opportunity.

I do own Times Square, but sadly haven't brought it to the table in a year. I'll try to correct that in the near future.

Lastly there is Tally Ho! which every time I play on Yucata, I still find it to be a dud. Far, far too luck-based for my preference.
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4. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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A year ago I actually got to play three newish Essen 2010 releases, all of which I enjoyed out of the box but that have had very different paths in terms of my plays since. The same month I also downloaded and printed my second, and first solo, P&P game - something I haven't done at all since.

At the time, it's safe to say Fresco was my favourite. I only got to pay it once at Cambridge's monthly games group, but it was a really fun worker placement experience that had great theme. However, I haven't played it since and have not got round to buying it, despite it hovering around on my wishlist ever since - it just hasn't pushed its way to the top.

The reason, I think, is twofold. First, I haven't seen it at a good price (probably due to its popularity). This wouldn't normally matter, but I've found so many bargains in the last year I've bought few full price games. Second, worker placement is a niche we have pretty full up already, compared to others. I've got Stone Age, Endeavor and Macao (and now Cuba) that I enjoy a lot, while a friend also has Agricola. Like Pillars of the Earth, I'm sure it would get played if I owned it - it just hasn't made it into the cart yet.

Next was Rattus, played on the same day. This one I really enjoyed too and couldn't wait to get home and order - a little game with so few pieces had to be cheap, right? Wrong! I got so mad when I saw the UK price, which was around £30 - a good £10 too much.

I brooded on this for months; three months, in fact, until a friend went to the States and brought me back a copy at a reasonable price. It has been played more than 10 times since and remains a game I'm always happy to play. And yes, I'd love the expansions but no, I'm not paying the stupid money they're asking for them.

And then there was 7 Wonders. Our group loves this for almost a whole evening before the gloss started to wear off. A friend picked it up and we played three games in the one evening, by which time we'd seen through it. We played twice more in December which pretty much sealed its fate, before one last hurrah (or boo, depending on how you look at it) in July this year before it was traded away.

I love BGG, but the fact this is just outside the top 10 really shakes my faith in you guys! Sure, I can see its a good filler in an room with a large number of people, but a "very good game, I like to play. Probably I'll suggest it and will never turn down a game" - as an average?! Please. It gets a 5 from me.

Which leaves my P&P download, D-Day Dice. I played this once in November and thought it was a really tight, incredibly hard and thoroughly enjoyable game. And no, I can't really explain why I haven't played it since.

Probably, it's because the idea of playing this kind of game solo isn't overly appealing. If I do get some time on my own, I tend to fire-up a computer game (preferably an MMO, or maybe Yucata if away from home) so until I'm in a situation where I'm interwebless, I doubt this will see the table again. It's great though.
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5. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:213]
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Dungeon Lords was the top game of the list and is a game I am still playing a lot of. After I played it that one time, it went on my next game order to be added into my collection. I have 15 plays total, and it is always requested with one of my groups anytime we have only 4 players. One of the guys wants to get Dungeon Petz, which may steal some of its thunder, but I know I will still play it when I can.

My next game is Cyclades which is a game I have 9 plays of. One group has cooled off on it, but I still play it now and then, and am extremely excited for the expansion, if it ever becomes available.

I have played Kingsburg 5 times, all within the first couple of months of playing it, and haven't played it since. I enjoy the game and would still gladly play it, but the owner doesn't come to the board game meetups as often as he used to.

The same player also owns Chaos in the Old World which I haven't played since that one time. Not sure if I will play it again, it seems to be a game you need to know pretty well to get good, which I haven't played enough to do.

Gold Mine is the game my wife won in a contest and I have 5 plays total. It is something I play now and then with my parents, brother, and sister-in-law, but is a little too light for my main gaming groups. It's a well made game though, and still fun.

I haven't played Acquire since my first play, but wouldn't mind trying it out again.

Stone Age is another game I haven't played since. I was initially underwhelmed by it, it seemed to light without a lot of options compared to other worker placements I had already played at the time, like Pillars of the Earth and Caylus.

The final four games, Mystery Express, Balloon Cup, Hey That's My Fish, and Guillotine have not been played since. They were all fun, and I would definitely give mystery Express another spin. The others were fun fillers and I would play if offered, but aren't necessarily anything I would search out.
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6. Board Game: Steam [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:145]
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Plays since - 4
Current Rating - 9

Steam was an easy pick last year and has certainly stood the test of time for me (I would have played about twice as many games since, but didn't get my own copy until about 5 months ago) Steam is one of the few games I rate a 9 and having a solid place on my top 10. In addition to last year's comment: "...Variable turn order, role selection, interaction on the board for the best routes, making money, churning out victory points, pushing cubes... its all here!" I've come to appreciate how easy it is to explain the rules for this quite deep game. Unless you have a strong phobia of trains this is a game you really must try!



Plays since - 4
Current Rating - 7

Ticket to Ride: Europe was a game I wasn't all that excited about after my first play. A new map to explore was nice after so many games on the original and I really liked the ferries... but I don't really like the tunnels and the stations still feel like cheating (oh... I waited to long and got myself blocked out of a city I really needed? Ho Hum... I'll just drop this building on the map...)... but my wife was in that first game and thought this would be a better two player experience and got it for me for Christmas. It has indeed become our go to 2 player TTR game and therefore has stood the test of time better than I expected.



Plays since - 6
Current Rating - 6

Word on the Street is still well summed up by my comment last year: "...tagline of "The Hilarious Tug of Words" isn't quite accurate... as you're only tugging letters... and its not that funny." We still haven't broken this out as a party game so perhaps there is more fun to be had with a rambunctious group... but we still occasionally bring this out as a fairly relaxing two player word game (though those last few rounds racking your brain are more work than they need to be...). For the most part this has been eclipsed by What's My Word? as our word game of choice.

In addition to the fun games above I had very bad first experiences with the games below... would they redeem themselves in subsequent play?



Plays since - 1
Current Rating - 5 (a tad more with certain expanions)

I had a very bad group for my first play of Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game. I also was a pilot who started every one of my three turns in sickbay. My second play was much better as we were using the Exodus Expansion so pilots were much more intersting and I was playing with a much harder to read group. I still don't think there is enough game play here even with the expansions to be worth the time expenditure... especially when I can just play The Resistance to experience the best part of this game in under half an hour.



Plays since - 0
Current Rating - 3

I had an even worse first experience with Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game than I did with BSG (we hated the card combat and abstracted armies... we were also bummed at the limitations on building new cities... and that first play would have taken over 8 hours at the rate we were going...) but figured due to a couple folks in my group owning it I would get some more chances for a better game. Unfortunately my first play is still regarded as one of the better expereinces with the game in my group and the group's copies have all been traded or sold. Such a disappointment with a game we were very excited about around here.
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7. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:231] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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Of the three new games I played last November, Dixit is the only one I've played since or care to play again. I've got all three decks of cards now and am looking forward to playing again with non-gamer friends on Thanksgiving day. They love it.

I like Dominion and Dominion: Intrigue well enough, but Dominion: Seaside struck me with that "more is less" feeling. I gave it a good shot, playing nine times in one sitting. Luckily it was a friend's copy. Unfortunately, I later bought Dominion: Prosperity and felt the same way about it. When will I ever learn?

I played Triumvirate twice last November but not since. It's a nice enough little game I guess, but nothing about it is pulling me back.
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8. Board Game: Wok Star [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1988]
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Item for Geeklist "New to you Nov 10 => Best new boardgame you played this month and why"

I've actually replayed three games from a year ago: Wok Star, Ascension, and FITS. I've played each one of them twice since then. If I had to choose again, I'd probably put Ascension ahead of Wok Star.

Wok Star is fun, but it can depend on the group. Unlike other cooperatives in which the stronger players can lift up the weaker players, the timer means you don't have time to help the weaker players and so you're only as strong as your weakest link.

As I said before, Ascension is no Dominion, but it's a fun deck-builder, different enough to be worth playing. One bit of trivia I noticed as I was reviewing my logs: I am undefeated after three plays.

FITS is the third repeat performer. It's one of those games that I'll let you talk me into playing, but I'm unlikely to bring it out myself.

Edit: forgot the link to last year.
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9. Board Game: Liberté [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:812]
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Item for Geeklist "New to you Nov 10 => Best new boardgame you played this month and why"

This was my entry last year. I have only been able to play it two more times since I first got the game, but I still feel it is a winner. The game is different each time, and the number of players has a huge impact on the game as well. This is one I appreciate more the more times I play it. As I said in my initial entry, the game is subtle, and takes some getting used to. It can appear quite chaotic, but underneath there is a depth of planning and strategy that is possible. The game is also very cut-throat which I like as well. This one has stood the test of time!
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10. Board Game: DungeonQuest (third edition) [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1432]
Jerry Wilkinson
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It was the only new game, but it was a hit for us. We have played it 7 more times since. We will probably play it again soon.
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11. Board Game: Thunderstone [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:607] [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked]
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About a year ago I was mainly playing the games that we bought at Spiel 2010. Only two games of that crop are still hitting the table quite often.

The first is Thunderstone. Since then, we've bought a couple of expansions, and we've got a couple of other players enthousiastic for this game. It is currently my girlfriends' favorite game, and we really enjoy playing it. Because of the theme and flavor, it's superior to Dominion, although that game is shorter and more streamlined. However, the beautiful art, the storyline (although simple and straightforward), the variation and nice (but also straightforward) combo's make for a very enjoyable game. Total games played: 17. Initial rating: 8. Current rating: 7.

The second game we still play from the Spiel '10 crop is Dixit. Literally everybody we teach this game to loves it, and we also very much enjoy it. It needed both expansions, which make the game even better because of increased variation. Total games played: 22. Initial rating: 9. Current rating: 8.

We also bought Isla Dorada, a game we now rarely play, but we've definately had our fun with this one. It is also one of the first games we'll pull out if we're playing with people new to board games. Total games played: 6. Initial rating: 7. Current rating: 7.

7 Wonders was the hit of the show in 2010 and I didn't buy it or played it, I just wasn't interested. However, I got seduced into trying it out and I was instantly hooked. Luckily, everybody I played it with immensely enjoyed it, and we're still hooked! This is one of the best lighter games I own! Total games played: 17. Initial rating: 7.5. Current rating: 8.5

Gosu is a battle-driven cardgame that seems to have it all: a scarce number of cards in your hand which makes for tough and interesting decisions, great artwork, a unique tableau-system, a unique feel, and it's expandable. However, there seems to be something missing. My main gripe with this game is that there always seems to be a phase in the game in which one player is done with the turn and the other is able to keep playing and mutating cards. When one player has a better engine, it just keeps getting better, while the other just keeps getting behind. In my opinion, there are much better duelling games. I say duelling game, because I can't imagine playing this with 3 or 4 players. I'm selling this one off, although I've had my fun with it. Total played games: 6. Initial rating: 8. Current rating: 6.5.

Intrigue is an evil game and that's what I like about it. The games' components are minimal and there is very little game, so it's all about the interaction. I really like it, but the people I play with either don't like the metagame because of its cruel nature, or they don't like the rules and the games' system. A pity, because it's standing on the shelf unplayed. Therefore, I'm selling it of. Total played games: 3. Initial rating: 7. Current rating: 7.
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12. Board Game: Zero! [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2486] [Average Rating:6.96 Unranked]
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Last November was the 1st and only month since being on the Geek that I did not play any new games.

Tragic. shake

EDIT - I feel like lady McBeth...I'm never going to get this stain out.
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13. Board Game: Thunderstone [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:607] [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked]
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Last November, after doing some research on BGG, I decided that Thunderstone would the first deck-builder that I'd add to my collection with the intention of playing it primarily with my wife. She liked it so much, a week later I bought the expansion: Thunderstone: Wrath of the Elements. My wife continues to enjoy it as much as she ever did so it still gets to the table once in awhile, but I'm less interested in it now than a year ago. In fact, my initial "8" for the game has dropped and it now hovers somewhere between a "7" and "6".


Played a couple six-player games of For Sale that month too after giving it to a friend for a birthday present. Wasn't that excited by it then, my friend has since moved away, so haven't played it since. A "5" for me.


High Frontier and its expansion were the last new games I played last November and I really enjoyed my few plays of them. Alas, neither my wife nor any of my other gaming buddies were that thrilled by it so it has not hit the table since. I still think the game without the expansion is a "7" and with it, it's an "8".
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14. Board Game: Hey Waiter! [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:5504]
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I didn't replay anything from this month last year, except for one game of solo Prolix online. That said last year's games don't really excite me.

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* Amun-Re
* Master of Rules

I traded away Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League and The End of the Triumvirate because they weren't compelling enough to be part of my ruthlessly trimmed collection.
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15. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:243]
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November 2010 saw my first contribution to the New to You series.

1. Endeavor (played last November: 1, since: 1.5)
Endeavor was my favorite game of last November and still holds the title now. After that initial play, we tried to get together to play it again - one game was paused midway and, despite our well-intentioned plans (including taking photos of the board so we could set it up again!), that game was never completed. Fortunately we did get to try it again, another 5 player fun-packed game that confirmed all I liked about the game. I like it for all the things I have to think about, all the balance of pushing here and there, what everyone else is doing, etc, etc. It plays quickly (smoothly was the word I used last year and it is very appropriate), for a game with much going on. Its drawback is twofold - I don't own it and it doesn't play 2-player! But if offered, I will gladly play it.

2. Agricola: Through the Seasons (played last November: 1, since: 0)
This might get me in trouble with the Agricolites and it causes me some pain to rate an expansion for one of my favorite games so low, but I just didn't take to this. It seems pretty simple but the extra fiddle and some powerful actions spoiled the game experience for me. Farmers on the Moor also increased the fiddliness but gave you more interesting things to do as well. This didn't do it for me.

3. Zombie in my Pocket (played last November: 1, since: 1)
My first foray into print and play and it was quite fun. I had planned to play it for Halloween, so it is a game that still is in my consciousness. The trouble is I won both times I played and so there is a slight sense of mastery - I've done this and I'm ready for the next level of challenge. But I'll say it is worth playing, a few times at least. I'm not done with it quite yet.
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16. Board Game: Funfair [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:7876]
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Item for Geeklist "New to you Nov 10 => Best new boardgame you played this month and why"

Funfair (Rummelplatz)
I have played Funfair once after playing it last November. I liked the other games as well (you play only 4(5) of the 8(9) mini-games in one play) but somehow it was enough. It's a very entertaining game but I just can't see myself playing it a lot - maybe when the kids will be the appropriate age for this.

Alea Iacta Est
It might be the first dice-heacy, dice-based Euro I played. (I learned many others like Kingsburg, Burgundy, Troyes since). Contrary to what BGG says I still think it's a better game than Troyes. The only thing that I don't like is that the game gets a lot more luck-dependent with the minimum number of players.

Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age
I played this game only on-line when this geeklist entry was written. But I bought the game and played it a few times since. It's still a nice&short civ dice game but I'm more and more waiting for the time I can try the Late Bronze Age.

Pinguin Party
Nice little idea. It didn't get a lot more interesting with repeated play but it can be played as a fast filler once in a while.


No plays since (but I'd like to):

Marco Polo Expedition
Pack & Stack
Gargon
Gravediggers

No plays since (and one/two plays were enough):
Era of Inventions
Junta: Viva el Presidente!
Isla Dorada
Torches & Pitchforks
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17. Board Game: London (first edition) [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:314]
Dave Peters
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Belmont
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A year ago this month I'd played nine new games: a mark which seemed pretty good at the time (as well as in retrospect; that's significantly more than my "normal" month.) It amused me that I'd only bought three of those nine titles. Somewhat strangely, I still own three of the titles - though a different three than last year.


London (first edition) -- (3 plays last November; 4 plays in next 11 months) _8_ (No change)
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I'd given this a couple awards: the coveted Most vestigial board, and additionally a Most ways to employ a Pauper.

Having tried it now with several different audiences, I'm still finding it quite appealing. It's not earthshakingly compelling or anything, but manages to pull off something like charmingly pleasant. Happy when it manages to get to the table.


Poseidon -- (1 play last November; none since - despite my best efforts) _8_ (No change)
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While not really fair, I'd given this a Best abridged 18xx award. In retrospect, it only uses some similar concepts (modulo the change of setting from railroads to merchant galleys) in a much more constrained package.

I'd bought a copy after playing: so I'm still hoping to get my copy into play.


Grand Cru -- (1 play last November; none since) _7.7_ (Up one place.)
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I'd given this one a Most indecipherable tokens award. I found myself saying "And what does this token do" again and again.

I think this one is hanging on to its rating mostly on the "no plays since" clause; I suspect (without much justification; but that's the nature of the internet) that another play of this would feel somewhat similar to the first outing. I paradoxically find myself (despite that observation) tempted to pick up a copy - perhaps on the hope that the game has more legs than are apparent.


Gulf, Mobile & Ohio -- (1 play last November; none since) _7.3_ (Up one place.)
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I'd grumpily given this a Greatest violation of Winsome's clarity aesthetic award. Indeed, in the intervening months, I've found myself contemplating how to enhance the components to make it a bit clearer: I like the game, and its concept - but I'd prefer to minimize the "What railroad is this blob of cubes, again?" feeling on a subsequent play.

Hoping to get this one back to the table, too.


Byzanz -- (2 plays last November; 2 plays since) _7_ (Up one place.)
(images by olafv & cookinjr)

This one had won my Biggest surprise of the month. It hadn't been on my game-radar at all - and I rather enjoyed the experience.

After a few more plays, it still appeals. It's possible it's a bit under-rated at present; I'd be very happy to play again.


Saboteur -- (2 plays last November; none? since) _6.7_ (Up two places.)
(images by samoan_jo & mikehulsebus)

This one was son #2's game: so it won Best game selected by a family member. I'm a bit surprised, in retrospect, that we've not got it back to the table. (I may have missed a play or two in my accounting!)

I need to push the youngster to play it again; I think it's the kind of game he enjoys today.


Tammany Hall -- (1 play last November; none since.) _6.7_ (No change.)
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This one had earned a Biggest disappointment of the month: based on BGG.commentary, I had huge hopes for it. But it looked like the result of our game was the inevitable consequence of the first few blind bids of influence.

Yeah, we could have "played better". But it seemed (uncharitably) to me that the initial-and-crucial objective function was very opaque: it's an easy game in which to find oneself out of the running early.

To make matters worse/better, I traded my copy away. So despite the fact that it might improve with practice, I'm content to not bother. There's a bunch of other games out there that I do find entertaining; spending a bunch of time rehabilitating a game that presented badly the first time out (however virtuous) is not always well-considered.


Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game -- (1 play last November; 1 play since) _6.7_ (Down five places.)
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This one snatched Longest playing time for a single game (for the month) from Dominant Species. Interestingly, in retrospect, I've played longer things without complaint too. This one somehow felt longer-than-it-should-be.

I'd acknowledged that my early _7.7_ rating was somewhat in flux. I'd thought the likely vectors for change would be learning the game enough to get the time down to a relatively tractable 3h. Instead, it became apparent that the endgame is weak. (It wasn't terribly compelling in the first game - but the buildup was so cool that I forgave it.) In the second game, if anything, the endgame was even less satisfying. (And the game not significantly shorter.) It's possible that the rating could/would fall further on subsequent exploration - but I don't expect to have the opportunity.


Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game -- (1 play last November; none since) _6_ (No change.)
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I'd snarkily given this my Best new co-op game of the month award: no competition, and a genre that doesn't usually work for me. This one was a distinctly imperfect experience the first time out: I was granted a bunch of helpful suggestions from my colleagues that had played before. Since I had no idea of whether there were better possibilities, I ended up "playing" as a fairly passive proxy and mostly just observed the game unfold. While it was slightly amusing, I've had lots better gaming experiences. (And I acknowledge this sells the game short. The fact it didn't work for me doesn't begin to imply it won't work for someone else. And, of course, that applies to all the previous games on this list too!)


Thanks to my youngsters, the BAP attendees, I've Been Diced! crew, and no-longer-on-Fridays gang for some great games.
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18. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:75]
Bryan Maxwell
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Burtchville
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Last year I chose Crokinole as my favorite, narrowly edging Power Struggle. I still admire both greatly, though I don't play either as much as I'd like to. I'd place both in my top 20.

Crokinole: 34 plays last November, 20 plays since. Crokinole really got me interested in flicking games, and helped open the door for current favorites like Ascending Empires and Catacombs. It would get played more except that it isn't very portable and needs exactly 4 players (or at least is better w/4).

Power Struggle: 2 plays last November, 1 play since. There are so damned many great 4-5 player games and so little time to play them. I have a group that enjoys Power Struggle, but I get ~3 hours per week with that group, the number of players varies from week to week and there is a wealth of choices. No matter, Power Struggle is worth keeping around.

Leaping Lemmings: 3 plays last November, 0 plays since.
This one is on the bubble for me. Neat, unique game that never claws its way to the top of the pile.

The Climbers: 7 plays last November, 3 plays since. Cute little spatial/abstract game. I don't play it too often, but it's neat and I have nothing else that feels like it so it stays.

Twilight Struggle: 1 play last November, 3 plays since. I understand all the love, but it just feels more like work than play to me. I have a friend who loves it and whups me at it, so it stays.

Eminent Domain: 2 plays last November, 0 plays since. The version I played was just the PnP early prototype, but I have enough card games I love that I can safely give this one a pass. It feels like it borrows elements from other games but ends up being less than the sum of its parts.

Dragons of Kir: 2 plays last November, 0 plays since.
I don;t own this and see no reason to play it again. Perfectly acceptable, harmless and forgettable.

Mammoth Hunters: 1 play last November, 0 plays since.
See my entry for Dragons of Kir.
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19. Board Game: Beowulf: The Legend [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2095]
Henrik Havighorst
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Haltern am See
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Beowulf ! Yes it did indeed stand the test of time. I have played it seven times since and it is still firmly nestled into my Top 10. A great, fun auction game and one of Knizia's best in my opinion.

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20. Board Game: Glen More [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:287]
Steve Duff
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Ottawa
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November is always a great month, a ton of games played due to bgg.con. In order of the original entry:

Glen More

Plays since: 3
Still one of the top two, I'd say, but challenged by Egizia for top spot here.

Navegador

Plays since: 1
I really enjoyed my plays of this, and still have it on my "tentative purchase list". Probably the only thing holding me back is that we own Hamburgum, so aren't looking for more rondel games.

Egizia

Plays since: 3
As mentioned above, we really like this one. Definitely worth it.

Vinhos

Plays since: 0
I still can't believe I passed on purchasing this at Essen 2010, because a domestic release was due soon. Over a year later, still nothing. But coming Real Soon Now. whistle

Mali Powstańcy: Warszawa 1944

Plays since: 0
Well, I did like it enough to track down a copy to buy. As I've said before, much of the appeal was the "hard to get" factor. Will have to get it to the table again.

Luna

Plays since: 0
I enjoyed it, it is a Feld after all. Getting hard to find, so have probably missed my chance at buying it.

Factory Fun

Plays since: 7
Definitely worth it. We don't play it as speed demons, so it's not a "twitch" reflex game for us. There's a good 10-15 seconds to think and look at the pieces before choosing. Most of the fun is figuring out how to best make your machine. Just puzzley goodness.

Atlantic Star

Plays since: 3
Really glad I tracked this one down at Essen.

Keltis

Plays since: 1
We've played the expansion since, but not the base game. I think I like the base game better. Need to play this with more than 2.

7 Wonders

Plays since: 6
The big mover down the list. After those 6 more plays, we're basically done with this game, and have rated it very low. Each play is an absolutely unmemorable experience, indistinguishable from the last play, doing the same thing over and over again. It's mindless gaming, devoid of any real experience. I can remember many individual Fluxx games that happened years ago. 7 Wonders? Not at all. Can't recall a single interesting thing ever happening. Once I scored 42 points. Once I scored more than that. Once I won. Once I lost. BOOOORING.

Die Fugger

Plays since: 0
I love these little Adlung card games, but don't end up playing them that much, as we usually pull out a mid to heavy weight euro when it's game time.

If Wishes Were Fishes!

Plays since: 0
It was much deeper game than the worms lead you to believe. Need to get this to the table again, I enjoyed it.

Assyria

Plays since: 0
Didn't pass the "need to buy" test. It was fine, but not different enough to buy.

Crows

Plays since: 0
Much the same. Fun, but can't buy everything.

Rattus

Plays since: 0
Same as above, haven't purchased it.

Tikal II: The Lost Temple

Plays since: 0
Same as above, haven't purchased it.

London (first edition)

Plays since: 2
This one came a little closer to the purchase state, but haven't pulled the trigger yet. I could see owning this in a flea market/math trade situation down the road sometime.

Betrayal at House on the Hill

Plays since: 0
Hasn't seen play since because I have version 1, and our first game really pointed out the need to update the scenario books. Just too many problems in the printed ones. Will get to that someday.

Norenberc

Plays since: 0
Our 2 player experience was so disappointing that we have no interest in buying it now.

Era of Inventions

Plays since: 0
I'm still interested in this one. Would like to try it with 2 players some time.

Glory to Rome

Plays since: 0
Well, I wasn't a huge fan when we played, but the black box version made me buy a copy. Will see how it plays 2 player for us.

Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game

Plays since: 0
Wasn't my kind of game to start, so no interest in ever playing again.

Winner's Circle

Plays since: 0
Wasn't too bad, but really needs more than 2 players, so won't ever be a purchase for us.

Livingstone

Plays since: 1
Ultimately a disappoint for us with 2 players. Just not enough compelling choice in the dice taking with 2. Sold a few days ago.

Castle Panic

Plays since: 0
Again, not really our kind of game.

Eminent Domain

Plays since: 0
Wasn't impressed the first time, so nothing has changed.

Hansa Teutonica

Plays since: 0
Again, didn't care for it the first play, not going to play it any more.

The Mines of Zavandor

Plays since: 0
And ditto for this one.
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21. Board Game: Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe [Average Rating:8.03 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.03 Unranked]
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Item for Geeklist "New to you Nov 10 => Best new boardgame you played this month and why"

Last time I picked 2010 Swedish Parliament as the best game, and it is still on my want to play list, but we haven't managed to get it back to the table yet. The game (or rather expansion) that was the biggest success when it comes to actually playing the game (and adding something to the base game) is the Benelux map of Power Grid. So I picked that one as the best game this time around.

I changed my mind about Le Havre, it got played again, and it's not my thing. I don't really care about the buildings and the goods and whatever else you can do. It was boring, and took way too long. Maybe this would work with 2...

The End of the Triumvirate is still on the 'should try again with the right rules' list, but as we don't own the game, it will probably take some time before it actually gets played again.

The Boss never got another play, and I didn't really give it another thought since last november.

We still want to try 2010 Swedish Parliament again (preferably with more than 2), but it hasn't happened yet. It is still on my want to play list.

Hive: The Mosquito, and Hive: The Ladybug are still ok additions to hive.

Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe got some more plays. The Benelux version really works for fewer players and it speeds up the game. We only played the Central Europe side of the map once, and I don't really remember much about that... Still, this was a good buy, and we bought another extra map (China/Korea) in Essen this year.

Kingpin: Colombian Cartel got some more plays, it really is just another faction to play with, which works for variation.

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22. Board Game: London (first edition) [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:314]
Mike B
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In nov 2010 I played 9 new games. 3 of them were great then, and still are now: London, Inca Empire and Namibia.

I picked London as my nov 2010 game of the month because I figured out of those three it would get played the most. I did indeed, I played London 8 times in total so far. Which is a lot in my book. Me and my wife like it a lot as a 2-player, which is pretty rare for a Wallace that wasn't specifically designed for two. Gamewise it's not as great as (Age of) Steam or Brass, but so far I've been enjoying every play.

Runner up Inca Empire got played 2 more times, and I wouldn't have minded to play it more. I still think it's a great game. Too bad it doesn't play with 2, otherwise it might have gotten a lot more plays.

I haven't managed to get Namibia back on the table again. It's the heaviest game out of these three, and your first game is bound to be a learning game. (I'd love to play again, it's more an 'old-style-Wallace game than London)

Edit: almost forgot to say something about 7 Wonders. I guess that's saying something. Bought it at Essen 2010. Became an instant hit among my more casual playing friends, and an 'filler after something meaty' for gamer friends. I've played it 11 times, so almost once a month. I think it's quite ok as a filler: it's short and captivating enough for the time it takes. Definitely not one of my favorite games, but sofar it's seems captivating enough, so it'll last at least a couple more plays.
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23. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:48]
Bruce Miller
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Grand Rapids
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7 Wonders has stood the test of time. The game is the only new one played last November which I continue to play.

The 7 Wonders: Leaders expansion has added to the life of the game as has teaching it to new people. One family I introduced the game to has used every score paid included with the game and is using photocopies.
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24. Board Game: Hermagor [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1324]
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Link to my entry: http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/61050/item/1486306#item148...

Hermagor was my favorite game of the month, and one I'd like to get back to the table.

Atlantis was second in line, and it has earned its place as a keeper. My dad even enjoyed it in a 3p game. Maybe we can plan again at Thanksgiving.

Key Market was noted as my "only splurge on the Essen crop". I was glad have the opportunity to play it, especially given how hard it was to get a copy. I ended up getting a generous offer and selling it.

Oregon - this one is still on the fence for me. We've tried it a couple of times.


The ones I didn't expect to keep:

Magic Hill - a thrift find that I later traded.

Innovation - sold

Dominion - we gave it one last chance by adding Prosperity, then sold both of them.

Treasure Chest- sold

Blackout - I noticed this on the shelf the other day and thought we should play this again. It's so small I don't mind keeping it around as a filler.
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25. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:48]
Sharon Khan
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Shefford
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7 Wonders

Initial rating:
Current geek rating: 10
Plays in first 6 months: 37
Plays in next 6 montths: 28

This was my top pick last year and was a good choice - 65 plays over the year, and our most popular filler for most of the year. The fact that it scales so well from 3 to 7 helps it get play whenever a filler is wanted. I also have the PC version, and although it doesn't compare to the real game, it's a nie time filler there too!

London (first edition)

Initial rating:
Current geek rating: 8
Plays in first 6 months: 9
Plays in next 6 months: 2

I really enjoy this, particularly with 2 players, but after its initial burst it hasn't been getting so much play mutliplayer.

Troyes

Initial rating:
Current geek rating: 7
Plays in first 6 months: 3
Plays in next 6 months: 2

What that play data doesn't show you is how those plays were distributed - we played three times in a week when we first got it, but then it didn't really grab any of us, although neither did we dislike it, and it got forgotten about until mid-August, when we suggested we should try it again. Two plays in a week, and it has sat on the shelf since. I think we can safely say that this game just doesn't really appeal to us, although there's nothing really wrong with it.

Navegador

Initial rating:
Current geek rating: 7
Plays in first 6 months: 4
Plays in next 6 months: 1

I was surprised to find I'd only played this the same number of times as Troyes, as I would have said we'd played it a lot more, and we certainly enjoyed it more. I said last year that it just felt like the next rondel game, and that's still true, but if I had to pick a rondel game this would probably be my first choice, and it works well 2 player. I think it's just been competing with too many other games to get much play.

Key Market

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

This one didn't grab me as much as I hoped. There are aspects I enjoyed, but the game feels very slow to me and drags, and as a result it's not something that I'm desperate to play too often.

20th Century

Initial rating:
Current geek rating: 6
Plays in first 6 months: 2
Plays in next 6 months: 0

After our first play it almost went on our buy list, but after the second play, where I got in a big hole and really didn't enjoy it, it was crossed off it and the game's owner has since sold it too. Some nice aspects, but somehow it doesn't grab me as a whole.

Age of Discovery

Initial rating:
Not played again since

This game got played once then forgotten about on the shelf. Probably should dig it out again. It didn't seem like a great game, but it wasn't bad either.

Ubongo 3-D

Initial rating:
Not played again since

I was ready to throw this game out of the window halfway through my first play, and although I did then get it and did every remaining puzzle fastest and even rated the game a 7, it left me with a very frustrated feeling that I'm not keen to have repeated if I yet again can't "get it". I've never been a fan of 3D puzzles, although Ubongo itself is a favourite of mine.

Dorn

Initial rating:
Current geek rating: 7
Plays in first 6 months: 4
Plays in next 6 months: 2

We bought this cheap as a 2 player dungeon crawler option, and I was not particularly positive about it at this time last year. However since then it's been played in our Friday night games group many times (I've probably been in less than half of them), and actually comes third to 7 Wonders and London in terms of play even for me! Although it's quite a light dungeon game, it is actually quite fun, although it is one of the few games where my husband goes into brain-freeze trying to work out the possibilities at times - I remember one game where he spent nearly half an hour trying to work out a way to keep one of his two heroes alive in a game, which was very boring for the rest of us! I think I'd like it more if I could guarantee it would keep moving every game, but even when it is a bit slow at times I still enjoy playing it.
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