Games I Never Heard of Before
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I've been hanging round the geek for most of this year, and I thought I'd seen every game I could ever be interested in. My wife thinks I've bought them all. I've seen Puerto Rico on a million geeklists, and added Citadels to a thousand myself. Yet I constantly find games for sale that I have never heard of. What could be the reason for this - they are not on enough geeklists!

This list is intended to correct those oversights. Your comments will help educate me.
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1. Board Game: Clash of the Gladiators [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:4540]
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As I play games with my 8yo son, gladiators are a good theme. This is designed by Reiner Knizia, so we all know that the theme is not "tacked on", it's just that the game mechanisms have been so streamlined that the game feels more abstract than it really is :-).
 
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2. Board Game: Cape Horn [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:4632]
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From the Kosmos series, so it must be popular, yet it escaped my radar. Maybe the sailing concept turned me off. The only thing ships are good for is putting pirates on.
 
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3. Board Game: Tyrus [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:5381]
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Apparently this is set in a middle eastern city, which always gets my interest. The esteemed GJ Schloesser thought the board was uninspiring, but it looks elegant to me.
 
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4. Board Game: FBI [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:6965]
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My son is very interested in spies, so this game will get his interest. Also, because it's a card game it's at least cheap if he doesn't like it :-).
 
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5. Board Game: Corruption [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:7014]
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I thought I'd researched all the Bruno Faidutti games, but here is one I didn't know about. The theme doesn't appeal to me much, and gameplay seems simple. For me, it's a fillter without the great art of Citadels or the children's appeal of Nobody But Us Chickens.
 
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6. Board Game: Submarine [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:9082]
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Salvage submarines is not a theme that I have felt is missing from my collection (not as much as, say, zombies running a pizza restaurant), but this game looks very nice so I might give it a go. It's by Leo Colovini who designed Cartagena amongst others.
 
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7. Board Game: Thieves of Bagdad [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:9500]
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I have been a fan of thief characters since my D&D days, so thieves in a middle eastern city appeals to me. There seems to be debate on whether this is any good?
 
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8. Board Game: Succession: Intrigue in the Royal Court [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:9596]
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It looks like a kids' game (designed by Antonio Gaudi), but the description of play sounds like a gamers' game (designed by Robert Dougherty & Chad Ellis). It seems to be interesting, but who would I play it against?
 
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9. Board Game: Realm Lord [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:10717]
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Only 10 people claim to own it, so ownership of it would place me in the BGG elite :-). Why is it so unpopular, it looks nice?
 
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10. Board Game: IGOR: The Mad Scientist's Lament [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:11195]
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Mad scientists are always popular in my house. This looks like the sort of light fun card game that we could easily play. Apparently I should be practising my maniacal laugh. Muahahahaha.
 
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11. Board Game: Time Pirates [Average Rating:5.54 Overall Rank:11847]
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Time travel AND pirates! Cool! So should I get this or Chrononauts?
 
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12. Board Game: Desperados [Average Rating:5.55 Overall Rank:12245]
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I never even aspired to research all of Reiner Knizia's games, so I am not surprised that here is another one I miseed. Allegedly his first published game. I am not sure about the mining theme, Diamant is probably as far as I am interested in mining.
 
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13. Board Game: Hector and Achilles [Average Rating:5.50 Overall Rank:12597]
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We've seen the movie "Troy", and this is the sort of thing we'd go for. I'm in the process of acquiring Scarab Lords and Minotaur Lords. How do they compare?
 
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14. Board Game: Armada [Average Rating:5.23 Overall Rank:14840]
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Saw this for sale on-line in Melbourne. Every pirate game I see goes immediately to my wishlist. Sometimes I reconsider later, sometimes the art sucks me in anyway.
 
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15. Board Game: The Prince: The Struggle of House Borgia [Average Rating:4.94 Overall Rank:15059]
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I once read a biography of Pope Alexander VI (IIRC!), who was Cesare Borgia's father. It was an absolutely awesome story of intrigue. Cesare was the model for Niccolo Machiavelli's "The Prince", and this game tries to recreate that intrigue. I'm intrigued.
 
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16. Board Game: The Haunting House [Average Rating:5.07 Overall Rank:15183]
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From the pictures, it looks a little dull? Haunted house games have a problem at our place, as 8yo refuses to play them after dark. Betrayal at House on the Hill and Gloom have both been declared daylight games.
 
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17. Board Game: Warriors [Average Rating:4.97 Overall Rank:15185]
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This one fulfils many of my requirements for a good game - Richard Borg, 2 players, 30 minutes, barbarians. Why don't I own it yet?
 
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18. Board Game: Tales of Ulysse [Average Rating:4.34 Unranked]
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A game about Ulysses for players 5 and up? I guess some 5 year olds are better educated than the ones I know, who can only handle chickens and fish and that sort of stuff. There's not much detail on this one, can someone fill in the blanks please? If you write a review, Aldie will give you some GeekGold.
 
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19. Board Game: Set Sail! [Average Rating:4.26 Unranked]
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Hmm, could be a New World exploration game, but there's not a lot of detail on the page. It's cheap, so what can you tell me about it?
 
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