When I look for a new boardgame to buy I would like the following questions answered:
Ideal number of players
Gametime first playthrough
Complexity of the rules
Number of games until the average player feels skilled (aprox)
How easy for the participants to cooperate bringing leader down?
Level of luck (rating of the following regarding luck: Importance of starting position/order, dicerolls, shuffled cards/markers, how large luckfactor increases with one or more beginners and/or their location around the table)
Let's do an illustrative example using one of your 10's, Carcassonne.
Ideal Number of Players: 2
Gametime: 45 minutes your first ten plays about 30 minutes after that.
First Playthrough: 1 hour (farm scoring is hard)
Ages: 8 and up (4 and up if the rules explainer is competent)
Complexity: easier than monopoly but harder than chess.
Games to skilled: about 6-10
Leader co-op: pretty easy, but you'll wind up causing yourself to lose in the process
Start Position: irrelevant
dicerolls/card draw: GAME BREAKING
(if your opponent only draws monasteries and you only draw tiles
that do not connect...)
shuffled tiles: HUGE
beginner chaos level: HUGE
table position effect: high
So, is this review useful? accurate? (it is accurate in my point of view)