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Title Version User
Rating
Geek Rating Status User
Plays
Comment
4
Jun 2004*
6.244
Ack! I had trouble with the colors being too similar and with the tiny countries. And this game with four people didn't seem to be any fun.
2004-06-22*
7
Jun 2004*
6.168
Liked it much better than its Europa cousin. Colors and countries are easier to distinquish. Still don't think I'd like it with four people though. We play with the "switcher-oo" variant: you may spend a turn switching the postion of two cards in your rack.
2004-06-22*
3
Aug 2010
7.340
Almost unbearable as a board game. Way too slow moving. Like reading War & Peace, one word per day. But the computer version can be fun (rate it a 7, since it drastically speeds things up) if a bit ponderous.
2004-12-07*
Acquire (1962)
10
Nov 2008*
7.257
Owned
Thought it was a little dry the first time, but I enjoy it more and more. Rating could go up.

Edit: rating went up.
2007-07-15*
10
Nov 2009*
7.464
Owned
I never like to play the last two or three round because of how they drag, but until then it's a full-day's worth of fun. Edit: Not really my sort of game anymore, but fond memories keep it high in the rankings.
2015-04-06
8
Sep 2012
6.039
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
One play with slightly bungled rules. Quite fun lighter Wallace game. I like the speed and the random elements mixed in with the not-too-straining tactics and strategy. Nice interaction. Some take-that, but not too bad. Drawback, the graphic design is more suited for a heavier gamer game and so gives the wrong impression of what kind of game to expect.
2012-09-02
Africa (2001)
7
May 2003*
5.807
Very little chance for strategy, but the theme-ing is nice. More of a pleasant relaxation device than a game. Worth the time spent.
2003-05-07*
5
Aug 2010
7.439
A game about standing in lines. First you stand in a line to see who gets to choose which line they want to stand in first, then you choose among different lines that will eventually let you do exciting things like discover a confined space (where you can later stand and get points), or buy buildings (which give you more people, meaning more opportunities to stand in more lines). Just make your selection and wait for your selection to arrive or be delayed, and then find another line to stand in.

Edit: played again with 4 (rather than 5), and it's more bearable. Raised rating from a 2.
2007-08-04*
Age of Steam (2002)
7
May 2009*
7.508
Down from 7 now that I've played Railroad Tycoon. AOS seems harsh and deterministic and without possibilities of a "comeback" play, while Railroad Tycoon is a fun, freewill excursion full of possibilities.

Update: played 2-player a enjoyed it quite a bit. Rate a 7 for two.
2007-08-05*
Agricola (2007)
5
May 2008*
8.045

Caylus gone mad, with a side order of Magic the Gathering. Played only once and was the only newbie, so rating could change.
2008-05-19*
Air Baron (1996)
6
May 2005*
5.929
More involving than you'd think.
2005-05-24*
5
May 2003*
6.652
I always want to like this game more than I do, but I only have a wee-bit of fun when I play. Maybe I haven't played it at the right time or something yet.
2003-05-07*
Amoeba Wars (1981)
3
May 2003*
5.661
Owned
My memories of this one were larger than my current tastes. Fun to push the counters around for a while, but then deadlock sets in and you pray for the amoebas to wipe clean humanity from the universe. Great retro-scifi theme though.
2003-05-07*
Amun-Re (2003)
6
May 2009*
7.204
One play. Not willing to make the sacrifice yet, but willing to attend the meetings.
2004-03-30*
Andromeda (1999)
7
Oct 2004*
6.064
I like the trading. Always get burned by the damn randomizer. It's easy not to take a roll of the dice personally, but when a non-mechanical upturned cup starts dicating your fate, then you start to hold a grudge. :-) Fun despite.
2004-10-04*
Antike (2005)
3
Jan 2007*
6.903
Two plays. Both times I lost interest after thirty minutes when repetition set in. Could have crushed an enemy early, but took pity because I wanted the game to be fun for everyone. Then I grew bored and attacked someone else later just to spice things up even though I knew that holding my positon was the better thing to do. The winner of both games was involved in exactly one or fewer battles, so a lot of slow building and expanding without much else of interest.
2007-01-03*
7
Mar 2014
6.560
Enjoyed it much more than the original. Much less turtling.
2014-03-18
9
May 2003*
5.996
Owned
Once played with 14+ people and the roof nearly caved-in from wild explosions of laughter.
2003-05-07*
Ark (2005)
3
Feb 2007*
6.013
Great art. F-arking pain in the neck to figure out what cards may be played where and when and why.
2007-02-24*
Arkham Horror (2005)
4
Aug 2010
7.273
Played twice and nearing my fill. Too much figuring out how to play the game than actually playing the game. Also, the games feels like an annoying arcade game level where you just keep trying the same moves over and over again until you luck out or figure out the "trick."

2006-01-26*
Atlantic Star (2001)
10
Jan 2007*
6.489
Owned
More fun than an actual cruise. Tense decisions. Scales well from 2-6 players. Dread-filled 'dig-your-own-grave' mechanics.
2007-01-11*
Attribute (2002)
6
Dec 2009*
6.051
Fun, but scoring, though not complicated, kept causing minor problems during the game. I like Apples to Apples better.
2009-12-04
Automobile (2009)
8
Jun 2011
7.155
One play. Might be too serious and dry for what is essentially a speculation game. Want to try again, though. edit: Raised rating; more fun with less than 5 people.






2011-04-08
Autoscooter (1999)
8
May 2003*
5.659
Not as good as Robo Rally, but still quite fun.
2003-05-07*
Ave Caesar (1989)
7
Nov 2005*
6.442
No tough decisions, but this ain't chess -- it's chariot racing! Praise Rome and get out of my way!
2005-11-13*
5
Mar 2004*
6.211
Owned
Use only for nostalgia purposes.
2004-03-31*
Axis & Allies (1981)
3
Apr 2005*
6.341
Played once long ago, and nearly fell alseep. Maybe the new version is better?
2005-04-20*
Basari (1998)
8
Jul 2009*
6.379
Owned
Bah! Sorry!
2003-05-07*
Battle Cry (2000)
6
Nov 2005*
6.847
Speedy, somewhat 'germanized,' wargame.
2005-11-27*
BattleLore (2006)
6
Jan 2007*
7.243
Tentative one play rating. Could change drastically.

Played a senario without any objectives beyond killing the other guy's troops (I really need strategic objectives in a game of this type). I like the Lore system. I enjoy fantasy more than WW2, so I like the theme better here than in Memoir. However, I missed having numerous ranged units, as in Memoir. In fact, I missed them so much I think I like the ill-favored themed Memoir better, but more playings will tell.
2007-01-24*
6
May 2009*
7.705
Little long, but fun.
2009-01-12*
Bean Trader (2002)
5
Jun 2003*
5.628
Wanted it to be more fun. Not enough there to grab me. Rather play Empire Builder
2003-06-27*
Big City (1999)
7
Jul 2007*
6.560
Owned
Good game, but makes me impatient: oooh, can't wait for my turn . . . guess what I'm gonna do on my turn . . . oh, if it were only my turn I'd really do something, oh yeah. This is my problem; not really a downtime problem.
2007-07-15*
Black Vienna (1987)
7
Sep 2012
6.066
I'd rather play Sleuth.
2003-05-07*
Blokus (2000)
8
Jul 2009*
6.902
Nifty game of colored geometric blocks that seem to hate each other.
2007-01-23*
Blokus Trigon (2006)
8
Jun 2007*
6.615
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
Like it better than regular Blokus
2007-06-09*
3
Apr 2006*
5.756
Not my sort of game: wargamey with lots of dice vs. dice. Lots of downtime. Biggest fault, it doesn't much feel like a mafia type game. More like dressed up urban warfare.
2006-04-06*
Boccerball (1993)
5
Apr 2004*
5.580
Had fun, but I got all I'm going to get out of it after one play. Now where's that crokinole board?
2004-04-02*
Boggle (1972)
7
May 2003*
6.050
Owned
Shake the box. Search for words. Lose to my wife. Fun though.
2003-05-07*
Bohnanza (1997)
7
May 2003*
7.013
Owned
Make people like beans. The world needs more of that.
2003-05-07*
Bolide (2005)
6
Mar 2007*
5.994
Fun and interesting, but I rate it a bit lower than I would because I enjoy the similar Triplanetary (race game variant) more. The planet gravity hexes 'make it' for me.
2007-03-02*
Bootleggers (2004)
7
Nov 2012
6.443
Fun to play the part of a mobster, but the negotations are a bit too powerful when it comes to deciding the winner (he's gonna win! Let's make a deal and he'll be certain to lose). But still, a good time if not taken seriously

2006-01-27*
8
Nov 2003*
6.460
Owned
Played bunches online. One of the few 'standard' trick-taking games that's compelled me to figure out a strategy while playing it (usually, I couldn't give a . . . ) Great theme-ing, in my opinion.
2003-11-25*
Brass (2007)
10
Dec 2013
7.860
Goes on too long for what it is. Edit: fantastic game. Doesn't go on long enough.
2015-04-06
8
May 2003*
5.748
Such hard decisions for a kid's game!
2003-05-13*
Cacao (2015)
8
Jun 2015
6.383
Owned
Carcassonne on Valium, but good Valium.
2015-06-02
7
May 2003*
6.289
Owned
Great artwork. Nice game.
2003-05-07*
7
May 2003*
6.079
Cultural stereotyping has never been so fun.
2003-05-07*
Cairo (2002)
7
May 2003*
5.599
Tempted to say "are you kidding? This is a game?" But it can be quite fun if everyone gets into it.
2003-05-07*
Can't Stop (1980)
8
Jun 2011
6.733
Owned
Always fun to try to convince your opponent that the odds are in his favor when they're not. Or convince yourself.
2007-07-15*
Canal Mania (2006)
8
Nov 2008*
6.404
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Rating may go up. (It went up last time I played anyway).
2007-10-29*
Carcassonne (2000)
9
Jan 2012
7.347
Owned
I've migrated to Hunters and Gathers and I don't think I'll look back.

Edit: I looked back. Great game for first-timers. Rating up a notch.
2007-01-23*
9
Nov 2008*
7.009
Owned
Great re-themeing, re-ruling, and re-tiling of the original game. Me find fish. Me eat mammoth. Oh look, a mushroom! Better than reading Clan of the Cave Bear.
2003-05-07*
9
Nov 2008*
6.886
Owned
The confined play area increased the tension level for me, which is a good thing.
2005-01-27*
Cartagena (2000)
7
May 2003*
6.576
Fun game about polite pirates passing one another through a narrow passageway. Fills the gap between Hexen Rennen and Hare & Tort.
2003-05-07*
4
Mar 2013
6.023
Ack! Really don't like the move an opponent forward to get cards. Like the original much better.
2013-03-08
Catan (1995)
8
Jul 2009*
7.219
Owned
Can be lots of fun, but I'm not crazy about the fighting over the road space portion of the game.
2004-03-31*
5
May 2003*
6.683
Made me sleepy.
2003-05-22*
8
Mar 2004*
6.851
Owned
Liked it both times I played. Sure, slow players can drive you crazy, but that can happen in any game.
2004-03-31*
Cathedral (1978)
6
May 2003*
6.285
Owned
More fun to look at after its done than to play, but still interesting.
2003-05-07*
Caylus (2005)
3
Jul 2007*
7.784
It seems like a game I should really like, but I find I'm always ready for the game to be over before it's over.
2007-07-12*
5
Aug 2010
7.515
Had a pretty good time playing it, but it's not something I'd like to play often. The asymmetric victory goals for each race was too much to keep up with on first play. Too much ganging up on the leader (or perceived leader). But the game went faster than I expected, so that's a plus.
2010-07-16
Chess (1475)
2
Jul 2007*
6.947
Owned
Played since I was 4 years old (but I wasn't any good until I was 5 :-) ). Just don't care about it anymore. I prefer my games to be more social.
2007-07-15*
Chinatown (1999)
9
Nov 2008*
6.973
Owned
Can be ruined by a disinterested players, but great fun with the right crowd.
2003-05-07*
7
Mar 2012
6.251
Owned
nifty press-your-luck type game.
2007-07-15*
La Città (2000)
7
Oct 2003*
6.904
Played once and felt my position was too confined to do much. However, willing to play again and revise my rating.
2003-10-01*
Code 777 (1985)
8
Jun 2009*
6.330
Would buy a remake. Until then, Sleuth works for me.
2003-06-03*
Coloretto (2003)
10
Jul 2009*
6.889
Owned
Simplicity made tense. Nice art too.
(zen question: if you tape two chameleons together, what color will they turn?)
2003-10-01*
Concordia (2013)
9
Dec 2014
7.530
rating may go up with more plays.
2014-12-23
5
Jul 2007*
6.486
Played with 3. Might like it better (much better?) with more.

Played with more. Didn't change my opinion.
2007-07-15*
4
Jul 2009*
6.662
Played three different versions and can't see what the big deal is. It's all right for twenty minutes, but the game keeps trucking on for much longer.
2004-01-25*
Credo (1993)
7
Jun 2003*
5.559
Owned
A '7' for effort. Facinating theme, and fun to pretend that there really is a good game here.
2003-06-03*
Crokinole (1876)
10
Jul 2009*
7.594
Owned
Fun for young and old, and probably even the dead. It's *that* good.
2003-05-07*
Dampfross (1979)
7
May 2003*
5.888
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
Like the racing element. Wish some of the drawing rules were better handled
2003-05-08*
Danger 13 (2007)
7
Jul 2011
5.620
Not much here in terms of a game, but fun to watch the wheels go round.
2011-07-28
Dark Cults (1983)
5
May 2003*
5.660
Owned
Seems too confining when compared to Once Upon a Time.
2003-05-08*
Dark Shadows (1968)
N/A
N/A
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
Played it endlessly when I was a kid.
2011-05-23
8
May 2003*
6.133
Fun trick-taking game, and I don't much like trick-taking games.
2003-05-08*
Daytona 500 (1990)
10
Nov 2008*
6.443
Owned
Not a NASCAR fan. Not impressed by the components. But the game-play rises above.
2005-11-13*
8
Aug 2003*
5.774
Owned
Fun! Fun! Fun! Can't wait to get the Space and Ogre expansions.
I play with the variant that each player tosses two dice onto the table at the same time with no shooting, and then go from there.
2003-08-11*
Diplomacy (1959)
2
Jun 2006*
6.901
Owned
I love the idea of secret conferences, but hate that your odds of winning/losing are overwhelmingly increased if the other players favor/don't-favor you personally. There should be much more "game" reason for winning or losing, especially in a game this long.

Also: the fun of stalemates, joint-victories, non-binding negotations, arbitrary ally selection, player elimination, and 1 or 2 players almost always get beat down early and have a long boring game ahead of themselves.
2006-06-20*
5
Oct 2010
7.724
Too much counting and re-counting of dominance. Too long for me, for what it is.
2010-10-23
Dominion (2008)
10
Nov 2008*
7.695
Owned
The first and still the best deck builder.
2015-04-08
6
May 2010
6.850
I found these cards to be much more a mixed bag for me than the other sets. I like the gimmick of needing to buy a potion more than I thought I would, but only a few of the action cards catch my eye. But the jury is still out, so rating could swing wild.
2010-05-08
10
Oct 2009*
7.915
Owned
Clever new cards to add to the game.
2009-10-21
2
Jun 2006*
6.665
Pretty fun for the first hour, but in the end the dice have more fun than the players do (since the dice make all the important decisions while the players watch).
2006-06-03*
Dragon's Gold (2001)
8
May 2003*
6.249
Owned
Fun theme that reminds me of the troubles of dividing up Smaug's treasure in the Hobbit. Wish the art was better though.
2003-05-08*
Dragonmaster (1981)
N/A
5.930
Owned
Found it at a thrift shop. Yah!
2004-08-17*
Dread Pirate (2003)
1
Feb 2006*
5.356
Might as well just have everyone put on a pirate hat and roll a die; high roller wins.
2006-02-26*
Dream Factory (2000)
10
Nov 2008*
6.884
Owned
Great theme. I've modernized my bits. Players can draw from a huge number of recent movies.
2003-05-22*
Dungeon Lords (2009)
9
Feb 2010
7.335
Owned
Wow--a worker placement that I fully enjoy! But since the placement is modified by a pre-programming phase, it's more of a worker ambush game, which neatly avoids the tedious, repeatitive single placement of workers.
2010-02-24
6
Jan 2007*
6.678
Owned
One play. Overload of tiny rules. Was hoping for something more elegant in its presentation and play.
2007-01-23*
6
Jul 2007*
5.678
Owned
This games is like being called on in class, but in a good way.
2007-07-15*
6
Jun 2011
6.467
I rank Basari higher due to its quicker play.
2003-05-11*
7
Jan 2007*
6.467
One play. Rating could rise.
2007-01-10*
Elder Sign (2011)
6
Sep 2011
6.881
Not bad. Fun for a couple of time. Prefer Witch of Salem for a shorter Arkham Horror.
2011-09-19
Eleusis (1956)
8
Sep 2014
5.797
Owned
Fascinating idea. Want to play.
2003-05-11*
Elfengold (1999)
8
Nov 2004*
6.186
Owned
Good addition. Turns a nice 'lunch' of a game into a full three-course dinner. So it just depends what you're hungry for.
2004-11-19*
Elfenland (1998)
10
May 2003*
6.632
Owned
My copy of the game got lost in the post and I tracked it through nearly as many cities as one has to go through when playing the game. I thought it very fitting.
2003-05-11*
10
Feb 2004*
6.558
Owned
Plays: 1
Fun game that happily accepts variants. We sometimes play that you can buy a second train. Not sure I'd like it with more than 3 players unless they were very fast players.
2004-02-18*
En Garde (1993)
8
Nov 2003*
6.151
Reminds me of the 'poison' scene in Princess Bride: "If I do this, then I bet you'll do that, so I know that I can do this and be safe. Or..."
2003-11-26*
Endeavor (2009)
6
Oct 2009*
7.301
Ranked higher on first two plays, but after third play I'm already getting my fill.
2009-10-12
4
Mar 2014
5.662
Not a fan. Much prefer the regular game.
2014-03-15
Evo (2001)
8
Aug 2010
6.701
Owned
I like the 'one-less' variant during the auction, but feel that it makes the game go a bit too long. Still fun to play now and then.
2003-10-01*
Expedition (1996)
10
May 2003*
6.311
Owned
Each turn can be a minor puzzle. Oh the joy when one sees how to make a loop to a green dot and gain two extra moves. Play only with the 'build off of the loop' variant.
2009-12-30
7
Jul 2015
5.901
I rate the original Expedition a 10. The colors of this version are so garish/vivid that I find it hard to see what's going on. Still, a great game.
2015-07-02
N/A
N/A
Owned
Oh dear, I won't rate this since I haven't played, but after reading the rules I doubt I ever will play. It seems to be of a style of educational game that was in vogue in the 70's: middling components, lots of "relevant" chrome, a spot of math for credibility, but everything bows to the whims of unmodified die rolls and wildly swinging event cards. I may be wrong, but I can't see anyone willingly playing this more than twice, if that many times.
2004-04-20*
7
Jul 2007*
5.973
Owned
Watching a whole bunch of mobsters bite it when up against the wall is fun to see, but it's still just a simple "take that!" game.
2007-07-15*
Fantastiqa (2012)
10
Jun 2013
6.291
Owned
Love the spatial element added to deck building: how your route planning shapes your deck. Quirky theme with non-modern fantasy feel is a plus for me.
2013-06-24
8
Jan 2012
7.261
Owned
Rating could rise.
2011-12-22
Filthy Rich (1998)
6
Jan 2007*
5.926
Owned
Fun but klunky. I play with a number of variations.
2007-01-23*
3
May 2003*
5.973
Owned
Burn it. (looks cool though).
2003-05-13*
Fish Eat Fish (2003)
5
Oct 2003*
5.614
I love the pieces and how they stack, but it's a little fish of a game in a big spielfrieky ocean.
2003-10-25*
For Sale (1997)
7
Jul 2009*
7.111
Owned
Easy fun filler
2007-01-10*
Formula Dé (1991)
8
Dec 2009*
6.827
Fun for a single lap race.
2007-01-09*
Frank's Zoo (1999)
7
Oct 2005*
6.395
Owned
My favorite of the genre. Pleasing art. Like the team rules.
2005-10-02*
Fresh Fish (1997)
5
Jan 2007*
6.147
A somewhat fluffy game once you understand how the somewhat baffling mechanics work. A lot of work to understand where the fun hides. Now that I know, rating could go up.
2007-01-23*
6
Nov 2005*
6.279
Short and harmless. A little too random to think you've accomplished anything by winning, but some minorly fun screwage moments crops up.
2005-11-20*
Funkenschlag (2001)
8
Jul 2009*
6.508
Owned
World's most carefully spelled game.
2005-07-25*
Funny Friends (2005)
7
Nov 2008*
6.237
Owned
Rules are too much of a pain to nail down, otherwise rating might be higher.
2006-09-25*
3
Oct 2005*
6.332
Owned
Very 'wow!' on it for a long while, but now I'm discouraged at how Dracula can spend seemingly endless stretches in hiding. A game that looks like its over in 1 1/2 can easily double that time if Dracula slips away. Pity, cause everything else about the game is nifty-keen cool.

Edit: Played again. Starts out fun, but then it again went way too long, became too slow moving, and suffered from annoying card play and die rolls. A frustrating experience.
2005-10-30*
6
May 2011
7.058
Not any better than the first edition. Takes ages (if ever) to get your own particular piece anywhere near Dracula, so there's a lot of very slow wandering, and then Dracula can slip away with the play of a card or chit. The art of the first edition is move evocative. Edit: raised rating when played with 2 or possibly 3 people, more interesting for all players that way. With 5 players is a 3.
2011-05-09
G.E.V. (1978)
7
May 2003*
6.210
Game of the future that's become a memory of the past. Fun way back when.
2003-05-13*
2
May 2003*
4.135
Owned
Great fun when I was a kid, but so were cardboard boxes. I still play with cardboard boxes, but not with this game.
2003-05-13*
5
Nov 2005*
7.162
Plays: 1
Hard game to judge. I like the mechanics and theme, but like Dipolomacy there's little in-game reason to ally with someone over someone else, so there's a lot of arguing and conjoling (where I'd prefer something like trading and bribing). Also, it didn't help that our game ended in a kingmaking situation, and that I was out of contention after the fourth round and left with little to do. Want to play again, but I'm liking these 'he who plays the personality game better' less and less.
2005-11-06*
Genius Rules (1987)
8
Nov 2008*
5.547
Owned
Fun if slightly strained introduction to Eleusis. Needs a little adjustment in the scoring if played with only two.
2003-05-13*
7
May 2003*
5.572
Nice, but I like Modern Art and Traumfabrik better.
2003-05-16*
6
May 2003*
5.734
Owned
Silly fun if you enforce a rule that everyone must talk like a zombie. No strategy, just brains.
2003-05-13*
Glory to Rome (2005)
8
Nov 2013
7.382
More fun than Race for The Galaxy. The card powers are more dynamic, and the inclusion of a "steal the game" mechanic (via the Forum) keeps the game from becoming a slow grind for victory points.
2008-07-04*
Goa (2004)
5
May 2009*
7.541
One play. Had a nice time playing but felt the random elements had too much influence compared to how much fun they brought to the game. Would be cool if some elements could be turned into a proper boardgame with physical exploration and such, but now I'm dreaming. Will play again.

Edit: now had a second play a couple of years later. The random bits didn't bother me this time. I enjoyed the game more, even though the scores were extremely close (would have been 23, 23, 23 if not for a late game misunderstanding which brought one score down). Wondering if the game might be a bit *too* balanced. But I'm not really worry about that yet, since I had fun.

Played again. Brought rating back down. Just can't make up my mind on this one.
2007-01-10*
Goldbräu (2004)
8
Oct 2005*
6.091
I like that one brewery has my name.
2005-10-15*
El Grande (1995)
10
May 2009*
7.723
Owned
Not quite a ten since it seems very group tempermental, meaning that playing with the wrong group kills the fun.
2003-05-11*
6
Nov 2005*
6.282
I prefer to jump right into "vanilla" El Grande than muck around with building a deck before the game.
2005-11-18*
2
May 2003*
5.516
Very disappointing. Get's a '2' instead of a '0' because after I read the rules I had at least a few hours to imagine that it would be a fun game until I actually played it.
2003-05-13*
1
May 2003*
6.374
Owned
The game that wouldn't leave! Fine for fifteen minutes, but the game has the ability to possess people and make them play hand after hand after hand . . . Had my fill and then some the first time I played it. Much rather play Frank's Zoo.
2003-05-13*
Guillotine (1998)
6
Jan 2007*
6.446
Fine the first few times.
2007-01-23*
Hab & Gut (2008)
8
Dec 2009*
6.560
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
Fast and easy stock game.
2009-12-04
8
May 2003*
6.448
Owned
I go back and forth on this one. Get it? Back and forth?
2003-05-13*
4
Jun 2006*
5.806
More fun than I expected, but noting great. STill, much rather play this than watch baseball.
2006-06-18*
8
Oct 2014
6.620
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
Quick, clever reworking of Le Havre for two players. I have some qualms about the determined way the buildings come out. In Ora, there's so many buildings this doesn't seem to matter, but here it might make the game become rote. But for now I'm liking the game quite a bit.
2014-10-14
Heave Ho! (2002)
4
Jun 2003*
5.893
Found it too fragile in the face of serindipity.
2003-06-03*
Hera and Zeus (2000)
4
May 2003*
6.326
Didn't work for me.
2003-05-13*
8
Nov 2004*
7.157
Owned
Zippy 'war' game. Nothing deep, but it does the job well.
2004-11-19*
Hexen Rennen (2001)
7
May 2003*
5.624
Not gonna strain any brain cells with this one, but fun to play.
2003-05-13*
Hilarium (2001)
5
May 2003*
5.494
Owned
The one game I played nearly caused a watching cat to have a stroke. Utter madness. Might be better with fewer people so you have a chance to see what everyone else is doing and enjoy their theatrics.
2003-05-13*
Himalaya (2002)
8
Jul 2009*
6.637
Owned
I liked it a lot, and we even had a rule wrong (we played that a player takes all his movements at once, before the other players go). Either way, it works. Great artwork too.
2003-10-03*
10
Nov 2008*
6.853
Owned
Play 2-player with my wife: use one color each, as normal, but each player gets two cards a turn and decides which one to use.
2007-07-15*
Hive (2001)
8
Dec 2011
7.259
Owned
Buzz. Buzz.
2007-07-15*
Hoity Toity (1990)
5
May 2003*
6.393
Fast moving, but much ado about nothing. The similiar mechanic in Basari is more fun.
2003-05-07*
I'm the Boss! (1994)
7
Jul 2007*
6.582
I'd give it another shot to see if I like it better.

Edit: liked it a bit better.
2007-07-15*
Illuminati (1982)
5
May 2005*
5.994
Owned
Fun in it's day, but too many mechanics that I find dull/annoying now.
2005-05-22*
Imperial (2006)
8
Nov 2008*
7.437
One playing. Didn't like how investors could buy late into a stock and still reap big rewards (and I'd like to have been able to sell shares to make things more dynamic). Military part of game seemed largely like a red herring (eg time waster) to the "real" game. End game was a disappointment of calculations. Might try again, but not hopeful.

edit: raised rating a notch. Still not crazy about the game, but I have to admit I enjoyed it more than last time.

edit again: raise rating another notch. Am I actually starting to like this game?
2008-05-13*
India Rails (1998)
10
Oct 2011
6.078
Owned
The scale is smaller than the others in the series, so that the map fits on a 4-panel board instead of the usual 6-panel. This makes things seem unnecessarily cramped, and distances are not as intuitively judged for those of us used to the other boards. The game itself seems fine (I give the others in the series a 10), but the board spoils it for me somewhat. Edit: now that I'm used to the board, I raised rating.
2011-10-29
7
May 2003*
6.351
Good, clean fun
2003-05-15*
Infarkt (2011)
7
Oct 2011
5.868
More 'theme' than game, but that's what it sets out to be; and for what it is, it pushes the right buttons.
2011-10-26
Innovation (2010)
5
Nov 2012
7.137
The game keeps insulting me. Collect cards for points? Well you're stupid. Collect cards in hand? Well you're stupid. Try to plan around what your opponent is doing? Well you're stupid. The game gives me a complex.
2011-07-28
Insecta (1995)
6
May 2003*
5.606
Owned
Buggy mechanics, but great theme
2003-05-15*
Iron Dragon (1994)
10
Nov 2008*
6.395
Owned
Plays: 1
Play with 2 or 3. I prefer to not use disasters (!), and not use the boats (!!!)
2004-07-06*
Isfahan (1999)
8
Nov 2004*
5.660
Owned
Samarkand is great either way, but I give the nod to this very minor expansion, mainly because it adds a bit of variation from turn to turn, and it lets you avoid the issue of what happens when you want to sell only two units of a depressed commodity.
2004-11-23*
It's Mine! (1998)
7
May 2003*
5.696
I hear there's a Simpson version.
2003-05-15*
Ivanhoe (2000)
6
Jan 2007*
6.241
Good default game to play when you can't agree on what to play next.
2007-01-23*
Junta (1978)
2
May 2003*
6.574
Each turn is like starting over. Three hours of Deja Vu interupted periodically by a mini-wargame.
2003-05-15*
8
Nov 2003*
5.681
Owned
I like it better than you do (if the average rating is to be a guide)
2003-11-26*
5
Feb 2012
6.031
Owned
Fine for up to four. Can be interminable with more.
2003-05-15*
King of Tokyo (2011)
6
Apr 2015
7.330
Yahtzee variant with a capital WHY? Edit: raised rating. I like it better now, but still not a favorite game.
2015-04-06
8
Dec 2011
6.939
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
Spiffy little game. Can somewhat see it as spatial Dominion. Rating could rise.
2011-12-01
7
May 2003*
5.891
Owned
Not as tense as Schotten-totten, or even Lost Cities, but enjoyable.
2003-05-22*
Kontor (1999)
7
Jul 2007*
5.738
Enjoyed the one time I played.
2007-07-15*
Kremlin (1986)
2
Mar 2005*
6.648
Would like to see it boiled down into something simple and fast.
2005-03-29*
8
Aug 2003*
5.603
Owned
My favorite 'normal' card game.
2003-08-11*
5
Aug 2009*
6.928
Not terrible. Just not my favorite type of game.
2009-08-13
3
Dec 2003*
N/A
Owned
Looks nifty, but it's a #@&?! pain to slide the &*#@#! letters together, and then to take them apart again at the end. Seemed like more of a challenge to deal with the components than to actually play the game.
2003-12-04*
3
Apr 2004*
5.311
Owned
Played once. Rates a Three instead of a One because we enjoyed some unexpectedly odd storylines and unfortunate misspellings in the text.
2004-04-02*
Loopin' Louie (1992)
3
Jun 2006*
6.798
Good once. Not *that* entertaining.
2006-06-13*
8
Oct 2005*
5.793
Owned
One of my favorite Cheapass games. I usually play only three rounds at a time regardless the number of players.
2005-10-02*
8
Jan 2006*
6.872
An expansion that I'll play or not play, so I give it an ambivilant '7.'

edit: raised to an 8 using the Black Gate card with the Watchful Peace as a bonus instead of Military Victory
2006-01-23*
8
Nov 2008*
7.027
Owned
Spiffy! But I wish it felt a bit more expansive.
2003-12-03*
5
May 2015
7.706
The Barry Manilow of worker placement. Mindlessly pleasant, yet vaguely irritating. Not too taxing. Strong branding. Will sell a lot. Ultimately forgettable. Edit: I was a little harsh, I see, now that I've played more. It's more of a Phil Collins of worker placement.
2015-04-06
Lost Cities (1999)
10
Nov 2008*
7.041
Owned
Bit worn out on it now, but I got my money's worth and then some.
2003-05-15*
Louis XIV (2005)
6
Aug 2010
6.936
Interesting second cousin to El Grande (a mutated cousin, that is).
2005-08-06*
Löwenherz (1997)
8
May 2003*
6.708
Played only once. Want to play again.
2003-05-15*
Die Macher (1986)
10
Jun 2003*
7.373
Owned
Words fail me.
2003-06-07*
5
Jan 2006*
6.443
After one play....

Good points: great theme integration.

Bad points: you go to the wrong place and die through no fault of your own; you go to the right place but we decide to "vote" you to be eaten, through no fault of your own; someone wins, because everyone else was hurt through no fault of their own.

However, I want to play again in the hopes of changing my opinion about the game.

2006-01-16*
Mamma Mia! (1999)
8
May 2003*
6.348
Owned
Makes me hungry.
2003-05-16*
Manhattan (1994)
9
Nov 2008*
6.483
Owned
Played it after years of not playing it and liked it better than I remembered.
2003-05-16*
5
Apr 2008*
5.963
First hour, I was ready to buy it. By the third I was ready for it to be over. The funky themeing and overmass of critical die rolls was fun for a short while but didn't grab me for the long haul.
2008-04-04*
5
Oct 2011
7.241
Owned
Where's the Cthulhu? He's just phoning it in, apparently. Might as well just be a dungeon crawl board game.
2011-10-30
Mare Nostrum (2003)
4
Apr 2005*
6.486
Based on one play. Never felt exciting to me. Progress felt too slow. Rather play Wallenstein.
2005-04-20*
Martian Dice (2011)
6
Dec 2011
6.170
Fun for what it is. Made me sad to think about all the abducted chickens in the world, though.
2011-12-09
8
May 2003*
6.052
Owned
Don't like it as well with four, though playing partners sounds like fun
2003-05-22*
5
May 2010
5.974
I prefer economic games of this length to have some sort of spatial component/mechanic -- something to tickle 'that part of the brain.'
2010-05-07
Medici (1995)
7
Aug 2005*
6.914
Haven't played it enough. Rating could go up.
2005-08-19*
Medina (2001)
10
Jul 2009*
6.734
Owned
Can be skewed by someone else's bad play, but still interesting.
(edit): moved rating up a notch because I'm enjoying the game more and more.
2005-05-16*
Members Only (1996)
8
May 2003*
5.836
Like to see a reprint.
2003-05-16*
Memoir '44 (2004)
7
Jan 2007*
7.408
Short and sweet, though a bit too one dimensional. I think I'll like Battlelore's theme better when I try that one.
2007-01-10*
7
Oct 2012
6.787
A little too 'yesterday' for me.
2003-10-29*
Merkator (2010)
10
Jan 2011
6.605
Owned
The Uwe game for people who aren't crazy about Uwe games? Works very well 2-player. Waiting to play with more. Prefer to play without the 'loss of goods' variant. Edit: upped rating a point. Played 13 times over a couple of weeks and still enjoying the game (even though I'm not very good at it).
2011-01-03
5
Jan 2007*
5.729
Owned
Had fun with it in its day. Still like the goofy art.
2007-01-23*
Metropolys (2008)
8
Oct 2009*
6.777
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Clever, but maybe a smidge too abstract for what I was hoping
2008-07-08*
Mexica (2002)
8
May 2003*
6.710
I liked it better than I thought I would.
2003-05-22*
Mille Bornes (1954)
4
May 2003*
5.598
Owned
Drab. There are so many more exciting games in the universe.
2003-05-16*
8
May 2003*
6.229
Owned
Cheerful fun. Too inconsequintial for some, but I like it.
2003-05-16*
Modern Art (1992)
10
Jan 2005*
7.186
Owned
Classic
2005-01-07*
Money! (1999)
6
May 2003*
6.322
I keep wishing I was playing Lamarkian Poker instead.
2003-05-16*
Monopoly (1933)
4
Feb 2005*
4.395
Owned
I'm beyond rationally judging this game. I played it so many times as a kid, when I thought it was great, that I now go numb even thinking about playing again. It spurs very anti-nostalgic feelings in me.
2005-02-14*
Munchkin (2001)
6
Nov 2008*
5.873
Owned
Won't mind a
2003-05-16*
Muscat (2001)
8
May 2003*
5.720
Rock-paper-scissors made strategic.
2003-05-16*
10
Nov 2008*
6.660
Owned
Never played with more than two. Staple at my house.

A 'ripping' good time! (ugh, even I think that's a stomach turning joke).
2003-11-07*
3
Jan 2006*
6.192
Two plays. Not taken with the one (though I like other MR games). I feel like I'm just waiting for the right cards to show up rather than proactively playing a game.
2006-01-31*
Nautilus (2002)
8
May 2003*
6.061
Owned
Great themeing. Not quite as gripping as it should be some times, but fun and worthwhile.
2003-05-21*
New England (2003)
8
Jun 2003*
6.238
Game nicely chugs along. Thought I was winning until the very end.
2003-06-27*
Notre Dame (2007)
8
Nov 2013
7.266
Fun first time, then quickly grew bored with the possibilities. edit: raised rating. Liking it better now. Maybe because I'm growing a hump.
2010-12-28
Nuclear War (1965)
3
May 2003*
6.004
Owned
Fun theme, boring game. No reason to play this one anymore.
2003-05-21*
9
Apr 2010
6.395
Owned
Been a hit with both groups I've played with so far. It's not as analytical as Scotland Yard, but it's more fun. Heaps more fun than Ghost Chase, too. Great idea to have the majority of player move secretly, rather than the usual reverse. It's not a game where you're going to find a lot of hidden strategies with multiple playings, but it doesn't pretend to be. It's simply nuns being naughty, and you have to catch them.
2010-04-11
Nur Peanuts! (2001)
7
Jun 2003*
5.632
Finally, a game to pull out when people come to your door asking to play a game that has a giant peanut printed on the board! Don't be cautious when playing this game. Always go for broke, otherwise why play?
2003-06-03*
Oasis (2004)
7
May 2004*
6.432
One play. More of a game of hoping that other people will/won't do a particular thing, than a game of being a prime mover yourself, but I still had fun.
2004-05-26*
Odin's Ravens (2002)
7
May 2003*
6.472
Wonder about the luck factor, but like playing it anyway.
2003-05-21*
Ogre (1977)
6
Nov 2012
6.553
Owned
Haven't played it in years. Wonder if I'd still like it. Always liked the theme of a gigantic monstrous death-starish mecha-brute rolling across the wasteland.
2003-05-21*
7
May 2003*
5.649
Nice blind bidding game
2003-05-21*
1
Jun 2004*
5.867
Oh man you got to be kidding me. Usually the electronic device in these types of games makes the game interesting (in a retro 'hey wow' type of way), and that usually somewhat makes up for the obligatory brainless mechanics. But the brainless mechanics in this game are a god-send compared to the annoying electro-virus voices that they put in this turkey. Avoid, or bring asprin.
2004-06-29*
10
Nov 2008*
6.376
Owned
Excellent, but like a blind date, you have to have the right people involved or it's a disaster.
2003-08-11*
Othello (1883)
5
May 2003*
5.945
Played lots in my youth. Can't imagine playing it again now though.
2003-05-21*
Outpost (1991)
7
May 2003*
6.314
Lots of fun for me, but I can see problems with the runaway leaders and hopelessly behind followers.
2003-05-21*
Pacal (1999)
7
May 2003*
5.585
Owned
I like it better than most people I know.
2003-05-22*
7
Dec 2011
6.301
Owned
Wish the game part was just a wee bit more involved, but fun as a party game pretending to be something a wee bit more.
2011-12-07
Parts Unknown (1999)
N/A
5.611
Owned
Waiting to play. Better than the sum of its part?
2003-05-22*
Password (1962)
8
May 2003*
5.803
Owned
Retro Fun
2003-05-22*
Pastiche (2011)
4
Sep 2011
6.476
Surprised by how much I didn't like the game play of this one. I enjoy Fresco and the idea of mixing paints to make paintings, but here it's an annoying mental exercise of referencing paint charts and scanning a bunch of multi-colored splotches. Will give it another chance, just in case something clicks and I 'get' it.
2011-09-24
Patchwork (2014)
10
May 2015
7.223
Owned
For what the game is, it is as good as is can be.
2015-05-14
Pick Two! (1993)
8
May 2003*
5.680
Owned
High-speed crossword game. The scoring can really leave you behind though.
2003-05-22*
Pictionary (1985)
N/A
5.749
Owned
never had a chance to play! Looks fun, but what's with all these unnecassary rules?
2007-01-23*
Pig Pile (2001)
7
May 2003*
5.551
Cute pigs push up rating. Play it. Have fun. Then forget about it until next time.
2003-05-22*
Pirateer (1978)
7
May 2003*
5.442
Expect little and be pleasantly surprized. I feel no need to buy it though.
2003-05-22*
6
Apr 2015
5.848
Doesn't really work as a game or a dexterity challenge. Edit: raised rating. It is what it is and it can be fun.
2015-06-01
Pit (1903)
8
May 2003*
6.293
Owned
Manic, pointless, but still fun to play.
2003-05-22*
6
Jan 2006*
5.976
By the end of two games I felt the strategy seemed a little by the numbers, but the game is fun enough if not taken too seriously.
2006-01-02*
Poker (1810)
5
May 2003*
6.548
Sigh-inducing game. Love Lamarkian Poker though.
2003-05-22*
Pony Express (1991)
3
May 2003*
5.466
Owned
I tried hard to have fun with this one. It just doesn't come together.
2003-05-22*
Power Grid (2004)
10
Nov 2008*
7.923
Owned
Plays: 2
Equal to Funkenschlag.
2005-07-25*
6
Aug 2010
6.759
Feels a little like St. Pete to me.
2010-01-15
8
May 2003*
6.790
Owned
Eat, poop, evolve -- great stuff!
2003-05-28*
8
May 2004*
6.385
Owned
Fantasic addition! Note, the first edition mispelled Threat Display).
2004-05-06*
6
May 2009*
7.506
Always feel a bit lost in this game. I can follow all the mechanics, but I lack an emotional drive to figure out how to use them to my advantage. Not sure why.

Played again and enjoyed myself more than I thought I would. Push rating up a notch.
2007-07-15*
Probe (1964)
7
May 2003*
5.586
Owned
Nice Wheel Of Fortune type wordgame.
2003-05-22*
Pueblo (2002)
10
Nov 2008*
6.504
Owned
Love the pieces. Love my lazy susan I bought for it.
2007-10-17*
Puerto Rico (2002)
8
Dec 2013
8.050
Owned
Love the role selecton idea. Not crazy how a move made for one's own purpose can inadvertently cripple someone else -- often the person who's already struggling. Still, it's a well built game and I think I'll keep coming back to it off and on, as long as I don't start to take it too seriously.
2007-03-02*
1
May 2003*
5.059
One time I played nearly caused a couple to get divorced.
2003-05-22*
Quirks (1980)
N/A
5.678
Owned
First game was abandoned before we started because the other players didn't like the rules. I still want to try though.
2003-05-22*
Quo Vadis? (1992)
7
May 2003*
6.195
I like playing it, but good negotation all the way through can be foiled right at the end, I feel. Not that I mind much, because I'll still play it.
2003-05-22*
Ra (1999)
10
Nov 2008*
7.374
Owned
Not as gripping as Modern Art, but I like the Can't Stop-ish decisions involved in the tile drawing

Edit: re-found this game. Rating up!
2007-07-15*
Rage (1983)
2
Apr 2004*
5.910
Owned
Pointless as a marble.
2004-04-01*
9
Feb 2008*
7.330
Great to have a variant map! For 4-6 players the original is still my fav (love the 'open' feel, the need for bigger trains, and the arc of the game), but this map is the go-to for 2-3 players (no requirement to battle for the NE, more chances for interaction among all players), and good to use for a change with more players.

The games ends quicker, so less need to upgrade. There's a decison to make of when to 'go across the mountains' and seek more cubes, but it's not as drastic as the in RRT. The costs of building and the special cards encourage shiping smaller
runs, but I think it's still worth it to build a 3-train as fast as possible. The Major Lines are now a fix entity on the board, which makes them more fair but not as fun: I liked the tension in their randomness in the earlier game. The map seems more balanced with some outlying towns that may/may-not see action, but nothing like the wasted SW land in RRT. All in all, I'm happy with my purchace.
2008-02-15*
10
Jul 2009*
7.540
Owned
My favorite of this genre of train games. Very glad I played it, since I'm lukewarm on its forerunner Age of Steam.
2007-07-13*
Rat Splatter (2001)
1
Jun 2004*
5.418
Blocked it out of my memory. With a name like Rat Splatter you'd think something about it would stick in my head.
2004-06-29*
Räuber (2006)
5.5
Feb 2008*
N/A
Good for a play or two. Maybe I took my memory pills or something, but I wasn't *that* flummuxed by the memory element: the buried 'second' card usually matches the top card. It's feasible to focus on just one or two bags and remember their totals, instead of worrying about them all. Keeping track of which cards have been played isn't necessary except in a loose intuitive fashion. Not bad.

Still, there are too many cards, I think, which makes the early part of the game sort of pointless; you're just laying down cards pretty much haphazardly. This could have been boiled down to tighter system.

Note: played with correct '6-card hand' rules.



2008-02-29*
8
May 2003*
5.848
Like the idea of running your own horse into the ground just because you've bet on another.
2003-05-22*
10
Oct 2009*
6.965
Owned
Mechanics are interesting and involved, but the game has a very compressed playing arc. Just when you think the game is about to kick things into high gear, it winds down quickly and its over.



Note: this isn't to say it's a short game. I'm saying that on average you'll have about 8-10 turns to get through the beginning, middle, and end, so the up and down feeling of dramatic tension feels rushed.
The length and "weight" of the game doesn't come from it's playing arc, but from the analysis needed to play each turn.

edit: enjoying it more now. Raised rating.
2007-01-15*
7
May 2003*
5.907
Owned
I could fall either way on this one. (Get it? *Fall* either way. Yeah, I know, it ain't that funny). Now that I've scored a perfect '0' on my last game, I don't know if I should quit while I'm ahead.
2003-05-08*
10
May 2003*
6.796
Owned
A great leap forward in puzzle gaming.
2003-05-22*
Risk (1959)
2
May 2003*
5.475
Game of my youth that never grew up.
2003-05-22*
River Dragons (2000)
8
May 2003*
6.208
Owned
Kind of a crapshoot to win, but fun none-the-less.
2003-05-08*
RoboRally (1994)
10
May 2004*
7.105
Owned
I always play with a 45 second timer and limited board space. Would rate it much lower if played without either.
2004-05-03*
7
Jul 2007*
6.949
Owned
Not so good for me, since I like to play with a timer and many of the options just can't be worked with a timer. A few of the boards are fun to use though, so it's not a total waste of an expansion for me.
2007-07-15*
Rubik's Race (1982)
6
May 2003*
5.573
Owned
Fun every once in a while.
2003-05-22*
Rune Age (2011)
5
Nov 2011
6.622
Had fun playing it, but felt I got all I'm going to get out of it with one playing. Too little variety; too little chance to break of a scripted 'race' cards.
2011-11-16
6
May 2003*
5.517
Owned
More atmosphere than game. Still, I'm glad I've played it.
2003-05-22*
10
Nov 2008*
7.230
Owned
2-player. Nice "busy-body" game (always something to do). Have a slight concern that the scores in the two games I played were very close and thus the game was decided by a lucky/unlucky last draw. Need to play more to see if this pattern hold up (or if I can find a new strategy).
EDIT: upped rating. "Lucky" last draw can be mitagated by careful play. Though interaction is indirect, there's a lot to think about it terms of how many cards to take in order to control the flow of cards (at least in 2-player). A real "you outsmarted me" feeling to this game. Oh yeah, wife likes it a lot too -- another plus!
2004-11-02*
Samarkand (1980)
8
May 2003*
5.996
Owned
Are we there yet?
2003-05-22*
Samurai (1998)
8
Nov 2008*
7.303
Owned
Interesting to play, but I always feel a bit betrayed when scoring comes around. Don't expect to laugh while playing; it has a chess-like seriousness about it.
2004-06-22*
8
Oct 2009*
6.218
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Don't expect an Expedition feel to the game or you'll be thrown off. Want to play it again with an open mind.

2007-01-23*
Santiago (2003)
9
Oct 2009*
6.927
Owned
Solid aucton game. Too few novel circumstances during the game to make it one of the greats, but I like playing it. Edit: Shine is wearing off. Moved rating down a notch.
2007-01-15*
10
Mar 2011
6.866
Owned
One of my favorite 2-player games.
2004-03-04*
8
May 2003*
5.979
Owned
Can be a 10 with the right crowd, or a 5 with a people who take it too seriously.
2003-05-22*
Senet (-3500)
6
Jun 2003*
5.626
Owned
Nice to imagine that Egyptian pharohs played this long ago, otherwise it's just an ok game.
2003-06-07*
5
May 2003*
6.502
A game that feels like a long prelude to a game, and then its over.
2003-05-22*
6
Mar 2004*
6.326
Loved the theme, enjoyed the mechanics, but I didn't like how hurtful the desert tiles could be (and I was the one doing most of the hurting). Mixed feelings.
2004-03-30*
7
Jan 2014
7.051
Owned
Haven't yet played with the traitor. Figure I'll like it more with it.

Edit: have now played with the Traitor
2007-01-10*
Sheepzzz (2013)
7
Dec 2013
5.519
Shares much in common with 6 nimmt, but adds a few cute mechanics. Didn't seem like there was much control, but our group had fun with the game.
2013-12-07
Shipwrecked (2000)
4
Nov 2003*
5.584
I was very keen to play this but when I did I found it more annoying than fun. I want to try again though, just in case I was in a mood or something that day.
2003-11-28*
Shogun (2006)
8
May 2009*
7.442
One play. (Rate Wallenstein a 9)

Thoughts on differences between this and Wallenstein:

Bidding for turn order and bonuses: I enjoy the quickness and randomness of Wallenstein's system. Though it doesn't take long to choose a bonus/turn-order in Shogun, it adds negatively to an already longish game.

Components: some warping on the personal boards. The building tokens are a little too similar and "photo shoppy." Nice coloring on the map and tower. Wish they added the grain/gold numbers on the map (to improve on Wallenstein's lack).

Map: I like Wallenstein's grand open feel. The Shogun map felt a little limiting, even with sea attacks.







2007-07-15*
Silverton (1991)
4
Nov 2008*
6.371
Like the idea of it. Don't mind the luck. But could do without the constant upkeep/bookeeping (mindless rolling for mines and prices), endless money shuffling, and long downtime.
2006-09-20*
Sisimizi (1996)
7
May 2004*
5.669
Simple game of lining up ants to their anthills. No entomology experience required. Not a lot of depth but fun.
2004-05-02*
Sleuth (1971)
9
May 2003*
6.486
Owned
The journey is better than getting to the end, but I like the journey.
2003-05-22*
Smash Up (2012)
4
Oct 2014
6.832
Takes away what I like about Dominion (gradual deck build-up, deck management, and playing the probabilities through many shuffles), and gives me cards that play me more than I play them. Some fun to work through some of the combinations, but not enough for me.
2014-10-12
4
Oct 2003*
5.890
Owned
Original edition. More fun to think about than to play.
2003-10-23*
5
May 2004*
N/A
Fun to smell the spices. Game part grows dull. I'd prefer to just push aside the game and bet on who can identify the most spices.
2004-05-20*
Squint (2002)
8
May 2003*
5.767
Owned
Sucker for good party games.
2003-05-22*
5
Nov 2005*
6.591
Fun a few times, but not enough tactical maneuvers to make it lasting.
2005-11-29*
5
Jan 2007*
5.991
Owned
Interesting system, but shouldn't Star Wars' combat be fast and furious?
2007-01-23*
5
Nov 2005*
6.930
Fun a couple of times, but nothing I'll ever pine for.
2005-11-29*
7
Jul 2007*
6.588
Owned
Sure it has problems, but this is the final frontier we're talking about!
2007-07-15*
Steam (2009)
9
Apr 2011
7.541
Owned
Prefer the basic game
2015-05-17
Steam Barons (2009)
9
Sep 2009*
6.358
Played prototype. Very enjoyable stock market addition. Think I like it even better than the base game. Comment vs. 18xx? I'm not at all a 18xx fan. I find those games to be slow and a chore to play, but I found Barons to be dynamic and fun.
2009-09-21
8
Oct 2009*
6.541
Owned
Only played once.
2003-05-22*
Stone Age (2008)
8
Jul 2011
7.565
Owned
One play. Rating may rise. Had more fun with it than most action-placement games, but I still got a little antsy by the processional nature of the mechanic. The die rolling and cards added some much needed surprises for this type of game, and there are a few nice decision points where I had to shift into a different strategic mode as the game went on. More plays will show if I feel like I'm only trying to 'do the same sort of thing but just a little bit better' or if I feel like the game is an open and expansive experience.
2008-07-02*
Suburbia (2012)
6
Jul 2015
7.578
A sim city like boardgame that works! Rating may go up. Edit: Played some more. Grew tired of it quickly. Rating went down.
2015-07-27
Ta Yü (1999)
8
Feb 2007*
6.445
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Played once and enjoyed it. Great bits.
2007-02-01*
Taboo (1989)
10
Jan 2004*
6.159
Owned
Proof that even Hasbro can do something right ;-}
2004-01-09*
Taj Mahal (2000)
9
Nov 2008*
7.171
Sure, you can get screwed near the beginning and never get back into it, but other than that . . .
2003-05-22*
Take it Easy! (1983)
8
Oct 2005*
6.300
Owned
Hyper-easy game to explain, play, and push aside when you're ready for bigger things.
2005-10-02*
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