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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 Dec 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 (still) 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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26. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1103]
Board Game: Blue Moon
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Item for Geeklist "New to you Dec 10 => Best new game you played this month and why"

Last year I picked Cyclades as the best game, but that didn't see anymore plays (we don't own it), most of the new games of last December didn't. The only one I played again is Blue Moon and its expansions, so looking back, that was the most successful game. The different people decks add some nice variety.

Monopoly Deal is blurry, I don't really know which version of monopoly card game this is, or remember how it played. Evo I mostly remember for the artwork, I'm not sure what the game play was like. Knightmare Chess isn't my thing, but my husband has played that again, as he does like it.

And lastly the Power Grid map for Central Europe, though it isn't a bad map, we tend to prefer the Benelux side of the board if/when we use the expansion, so no extra plays there either (though we've played PG some more).

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27. Board Game: Key Market [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:1867]
Board Game: Key Market
Maarten D. de Jong
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Looking back at my entries elsewhere, the following games were new:

Key Market — I think I played this one or two more times afterwards, but the owner got tired of it and sold it off. The fact that in our games the market didn't really sparkle, nor that we could see an easy way around the Key Worker strategy, and that Richard Breese was somewhat patronising about a fix, bolstered his decision. Looking back I think that with more effort we could have mastered some guild combo strategies to make the game work as intended, but I'm not really sure all of the involved were convinced it would be worth the effort. Nice to have tried, yes; no regrets about not playing thereafter.

Dixit — Has not appeared on my table since, which I am not in the least regretful about. I will happily admit the core idea is very original, but since I do not treat this as a game one can play to win, it is not a title I want to spend much gaming time with.

Khan — Had no chance to try again; on my first play I was not aware of the possibility to discard any two cards to specifically move (or was that place?) a particular meeple (or chip?). Without it, the game is beyond silly. Still, as with most White Goblin games, this title has since dropped off the radar and table of many gamers: as the publisher is keen on putting out as many fast food burgers to feed the ever voracious appetite of undiscerning CotN-gamers, I doubt I'll get the chance soon.

Norenberc — A very unusual title in that my partner has now clocked about 4 or 5 plays, whereas I only have 1 which really didn't put me in mind of playing more often—at least not with 5 players. My partner informs me that she's pretty much done with this game at that number, too. Regrettably, the owner doesn't much care about player number and indiscriminately suggests it, so it's a bit iffy when I can try anew with less players.

Kingsburg + Kingsburg: To Forge a Realm — Nice to have tried, but the repetitiveness and length of the game (even with the expansion) did not wet my appetite for another session unless it would be a session with all bells and whistles of that expansion. Especially the extra buildings sound appealing.

Inca Empire — Did not play anew, but I did purchase a copy the other day as I thought the game deserved some further exploration. Looking forward to that experience.
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28. Board Game: Space Hulk (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:291]
Board Game: Space Hulk (Third Edition)
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A year ago I played 12 new games in December. Here they are:

Space Hulk
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Plays now: 6
Comments: I have been a little disappointed to not get this game out more often. For some reason it seems a little harder to get someone else to play this one than others but it still holds appeal and excitement for me.

Defenders of the Realm
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Plays then: 1
Plays now: 4
Comments: I like this game fine enough, still, but frankly the long playing time has caused me to drop the rating. I know it likely should not, but with so many wonderful games to play, I tend to want more plays of different games than only one play of one game. This might only be my own struggle of quantity over quality, I am not sure, but that's where I'm at for now.

The Mississippi Queen
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Plays then: 1
Plays now: 5
Comments: I liked this one enough to go out and buy a used copy on an auction list here. I have not had it long so it has not received a lot of plays yet. Admittedly the first play was the best, but, while it is relatively light, I love racing games and this one has enough stuff going on that makes it unique in my collection that I am sure it will get many more plays.

Pueblo
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Plays now: 1
Comments: I loved this then and, even more than the game above would love to own this. It is totally my kind of game.

Wasabi!
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Plays then: 2
Plays now: 24
Comments: This one has received lots of playing time because I have 3 daughters who all love it. It is a good game, but after this many plays, I have dropped the rating down just a little.

Atlantis
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Plays then: 6
Plays now: 26
Comments: If anything, I feel like upping the rating on this game. It is not a heavy game at all, in fact, quite light, but something about it makes it Leo Colvini's best game for me. Maybe it was just because of how I received it that makes it so special. To find out or be reminded go here.

Fresco
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Plays now: 1
Comments: I almost bought this for this year's Christmas. What kept me from it was the concern over how well I would like it as a 2 player. I have never played it that way but would love to try it. Still thinking about this one!

Wings of War: Miniatures
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Plays then: 1
Plays now: 1
Comments: Can you believe that I still have not payed my own copy of this? I have made a beautiful aerial photo map of England for it and foam flames to attach to the planes but I have not yet played. blush Is this a sign that I should stop buying games? Too late, I have 11 new games coming for Christmas! whistle

Power Struggle
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Comments: I have never played again due to inaccessibility but I would love to. This is another game that I think of often and with fondness. I would love to play again and have not ruled out getting a copy.

Ark
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Plays then: 2
Plays now: 28
Comments: One of my daughters really loves this game. Due to that I have played it more often than I probably would have chose myself. I still like it but am happy to give it a little more shelf time between plays.

Chateau Roquefort
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Plays then: 3
Plays now: 30
Comments: This is a really good game. It may be called a kids game but I find it most enjoyable, and, really, there is enough thinking here that it can feel like much more than a kids game. After 30 plays I have increased my rating on it.

Small World
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Comments: For whatever reason, this game did not overly appeal to me and since there are so many other games within my reach to play, I have no hankering to play it again. Still, if it came up I would be willing to play again, and, in fact feel I might like it better after more plays since I felt very 'out of the know' when playing it that first time.
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29. Board Game: Gonzaga [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:2941]
Board Game: Gonzaga
Jason Ober
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Indianapolis
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New to you Dec 10

Gonzaga was my choice for December 2010, and it's seen a single play since. I still quite enjoy it, but we tend to have more than 4 players, so that makes it tough to get to the table.

Neuroshima Hex! 3.0 has seen two additional playes since last December, so I guess this is the one I should have picked. I think I like it as well as Gonzaga, but that one is just so damned easy to teach, I think I'll still give it the nod over Neuroshima Hex! 3.0. Couple that with the fact that of my two player game opponents, neither my wife or son were quite taken with it, it remains hard to get to the table.

DungeonQuest (Third Edition) was the final game, and while I still enjoy it, the combat is hard to teach to new players, and not interesting enough to make the extra complexity worth it. I really wish they had just included 6 extra cards for the old RPS combat instead of having to tack it onto an online variant. Meh.
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30. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:50]
Board Game: 7 Wonders
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First up on my list was 7 Wonders, and it has gone over extremely well. It's become one of the most requested games in my collection, we play it often, and it's easily made it into my top 20 ever. A great, light, fast game that works with larger groups.

Both Lords of Vegas and La Strada have gotten a few plays over the past year, but I'd like to get them to the table more. And especially for the latter, I've never played it other than 2p, and want to change that!

The Pillars of the Earth: Builders Duel was fine, but I now realize I haven't touched it in a year. No particular reason, I think it's just that when it's a 2p night, we reach for something else.

I really liked Arkham Horror: Innsmouth Horror Expansion, but it hasn't hit the table in a year. This is more a symptom of the fact that we haven't played the base game as much lately. It's just been a tough year to plan an AH day, but the game guild is clamoring for it, so I expect to rectify this situation soon!
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31. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:134]
Board Game: Hansa Teutonica
I can't believe it's been a year already! (But I say that every month...)

Favourite Now
The depth and variety of Hansa Teutonica has allowed it to remain the month's favourite and indeed allowed it to ascend into my top 3. I'm no longer the worst player in the group, but still I have a lot to learn!

Decent Now

I managed to get Small World: Be Not Afraid... to the table when combined with Small World Underground. This expansion definitely contains many of the more interesting races/powers, but I'm finding it difficult to Game: Small World to the table at all, thus the fall in my rankings.

Adaptoid is perhaps the most strongly-themed abstract I know of! Nevertheless my tastes are sliding away from abstracts, so while it's a great design I don't expect to play it much.

Indifferent Now

6 nimmt! slipped down my rankings; a second play felt very chaotic, and there are tonnes of more interesting games to play in this niche.

The Princes of Florence lost my interest in the second play. While I've been told that you need to construct an overarching strategy, the game wasn't engaging enough for me to attempt such an investment.

Unplayed Positive
* Chinatown - Great negotiation game that I'd willingly play again.
* Bonnie and Clyde - I'm a sucker for these themed card games.
* K2 - Seemed like a well-designed, thematically faithful, low-interaction game that wouldn't take too many plays to figure out.
* Hey, That's My Fish! - This is a good game, though I'd be reluctant to play it 2p "seriously".

Unplayed Negative
* Dune - It's a fine design, but too long for me.
* Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game - This is most likely a poor design, and too long for me.
* Eurorails - I did play Australian Rails in the meantime, but this whole genre is not what I enjoy: lots of calculation and looking through long lists, rushing along to keep the game moving.
* The Downfall of Pompeii - Nice to play once, but I don't see any reason to play it again.
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32. Board Game: Jaipur [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:131]
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Brian Boyle
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The number one spouse-friendly game in our household has remained the number one spouse-friendly game.

It doesn't come out regularly - about 5 times since last December, but it is still simple-but-moderately-interesting to pass a few fun minutes. It started as an 8 but never trended to a 9 - more to a 7.5.
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33. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:248]
Board Game: Ghost Stories
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GHOST STORIES! When I received this game last year I believe it was about the twelfth game in my collection, maybe the tenth. Now I own about 25 games closer to 30 (not that 30 is a SHOCKING number, it's just more than I expected I would have). For a year of collecting GHOST STORIES remained my favorite game. I love everything about this fantastic co-op, thematic, strategic wonder game. It's a work of art. The only problem I have with it is the rulebook as published. It's confusing, but the game is so worth getting to that you know, who cares?

It was the ONLY game I received/bought that month (It was a Christmas present) It almost made a full calendar year of being at my number one. Now Belfort has taken that place, BUT, not by a lot. Ghost Stories will always be that game that I played with my best gamer buddy. We had a blast losing probably eight games before we ever won and when we did . . . that is a gaming moment I will never forget.
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34. Board Game: Agricola: The Legen*dairy Forest-Deck [Average Rating:6.38 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.38 Unranked]
Board Game: Agricola: The Legen*dairy Forest-Deck
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December seems to be quite a heavy gaming month for me, so there's a lot here:

The Legen*dairy Forest Deck still makes an appearance when we fancy something silly or different. Agricola is one of the few games we play often enough to make dabbling in expansions worthwhile.

Much the same applies to Through The Seasons, although it needs a little tweak to make it properly playable. I actually think it plays better advancing the season marker every two rounds.

Cathedral has a bit of a checkered history in my house. I went to a lot of trouble and expense to make a Lego Cathedral set, before having an original wooden one presented to me at no cost. So I had to dismantle the lego. Grrr.

There's no doubt that Cathedral will retain its place as one of the best abstracts in my collection, and deservedly so.

Die Fugger is a delightful little market-manipulation game, and one which I am still happy to put into the card-game filler section of the night. I particularly like the scalability of this one; it plays excellently with 2, 3 or 4.

Livingstone did not stand the test of time well. Shortly afterwards, I picked up Yspahan and realised it was almost exactly the same thing done slightly better. Livingstone quickly became redundant and was traded in short order.

Elves & Shelves was a delightful little print-and-play which naturally made the journey to our Christmas Party. We enjoyed the doublethink aspects, although the leader became clear too early. It got a second play on the night, but none since.

The Manneken Pis was played on the same night. I snatched this one purely for the free beer aspect which is, frankly, awesome.

Dixit has become a staple for us, and is my wife's favourite. There's no way this is going anywhere except back to the table again and again. I'm a bit cynical about some of the aspects, but will gladly concede that the art is utterly glorious.

Mini FITS hasn't lasted the year. It was traded, along with the home-printed expansions, due to poor component quality and a feeling that Knizia was just mailing it in.

Small World: Be Not Afraid was an excellent demonstration of gamer sympathies from Days Of Wonder, and is part of the Small World collection which still gathers at least a play every month,

Pocket Pro Golf has become my solitaire game of choice. Surely the best golf mechanics in any game?

The Rivals For Catan replaced the original Catan Card Game on my shelves. It's hard to work up the enthusiasm for it sometimes, considering that a 2P game can take well over an hour, but there's enough lingering interest for me to want to pick up the expansion.
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35. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:50]
Board Game: 7 Wonders
I am one of the 7 Wonders people.

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7 Wonders - 1 play - 8/10

This was a fantastic game. I don't see it going up my rankings much higher than this but I think that reflects that it is a great game right out of the gate! One play with my wife and brother-in-law and that seemed to indicate that playing with more will play just as fast, but be that little bit more fun! When there's less chance of a card making it back to you (or no chance in a 6 or 7 player game) then decisions will get a lot harder.

Although I don;t see it getting stale I also don;t see me getting any more excited about the game. We'll see though, Puerto Rico and Power Grid had a fair to middling first impression on me and definitely shot up my ranking after a few plays.
Still loving 7 Wonders but don't get to play it as much as I would like. I have managed to get a couple of friends to get it as well though. I think this is one I want to start rotating at work it is so good.


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Sorry! Sliders - 3 plays - 7.5/10

Another great game. This time one that my kids (6 and 3) absolutely adore and can play along with us. We don't get bored by it (3 plays in less than half an hour is phenomenal) and the kids can fairly compete with us, without us having to handicap ourselves too much. I hope to get this out a lot more often for the boys.
Yeah this has gotten a lot more plays. I really want to get my kids the Cars 2 version as well. The in laws love to play this with the kids and will request it on occasion.



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7 Wonders
Sorry! Sliders
Endeavor
Acquire
Betrayal at House on the Hill
Beyblade
Gobsmacked!
Hisss
Of these games I have yet to play - Endeavor; Betrayal at House on the Hill; or Gobsmacked!.
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36. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:236]
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The two 2-player games of Sid Meier's Civ back in Dec 2010 were all I have played, my copy of the game sits glum and unloved. I'm not quite sure why, but I haven't been drawn back to the game. Being a reasonably long game it takes a little effort to get it played, and no-one else has suggested playing it. I don't think I can fairly criticise it because I haven't played enough, just hasn't grabbed me, (as I said a year ago, the theme and player interaction seem relatively thin for what I'd be looking for in a game like this). A year later, Eclipse is a game of a similar weight/length/feel which I'm enjoying much more.

First Train to Nuremberg, on the other hand, I have played three more times since my initial play a year ago, and enjoy it more with every play. It does take a while before the strategies come through and one appreciates the depth. I hope to play this more in the coming year.

2011 saw one more play for Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game, again solo. Reasonably diverting as a solo experience, I'm probably not keen enough on it to suggest playing it with a group when there are other games on offer.

After my one play of Magnum Sal last year, I did acquire it in a trade, but only managed one play of it, 2-player this time. It's a perfectly good game, but to be honest I have plenty of other worker placement games I'll usually choose in preference. Remains to be seen whether this one gets a few more plays.
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