Max JamelliUnited States
#33 on the list - The Pillars of the Earth: Builders Duel
Builders Duel was a Christmas present last year from my sister. I had purchased The Pillars of the Earth at a WBC convention a while back and my wife really liked it. She also started reading the book and became even more intrigued by the game. When I saw a 2P mini-game was coming out, I figured it would be something she enjoyed.
Before I got the game I was able to see it in action by watching Tom Vasel's review. I like being able to see videos about games because for me it's easier to learn them that way than wading through a rulebook. (Thanks Tom!) I was intrigued by the coin flipping system and the tic-tac-toe mechanic as well.
The first time we played it, Jen and I killed the rules. We didn't play through an entire deck, we only played one tic-tac-toe board per round. (offhand, I think there are four in each deck, so we essentially skipped 6 rounds or so). We thought, there is NO WAY anyone can ever build these buildings. Then, we figured out how we screwed up and played again and really liked it.
I've since showed the game to my dad, and I think he enjoyed it as a lighter game but I don't think he'd be banging down the door to play it over some of our other favorites. I enjoy it as a change-of-pace game though, as does Jen. Jen's rating of 7 is slightly lower than my 7.5.
This game's flipping mechanics are really the only dexterity system I feel comfortable doing - although I did have to teach Jen how to flip a coin. I was amazed that she had never flipped a coin before playing this game.