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Title Version User
Rating
Geek Rating Status User
Plays
Comment
Abandon Ship (2009)
8
Sep 2014
5.920
Owned
N/A
6.021
Owned
Acquire (1964)
10
Nov 2008*
7.242
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*
7.425
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
7
Nov 2012
7.115
Owned
Alchemists (2014)
10
Aug 2015
7.534
Owned
Alhambra (2003)
9
Jul 2009*
6.963
Owned
Plays: 1
Amoeba Wars (1981)
3
May 2003*
5.653
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*
9
May 2003*
5.946
Owned
Once played with 14+ people and the roof nearly caved-in from wild explosions of laughter.
2003-05-07*
Arkadia (2006)
10
Aug 2010
6.718
Owned
Assyria (2009)
7
Jun 2011
6.408
Owned
Atlantic Star (2001)
10
Jan 2007*
6.456
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*
10
Sep 2014
5.986
Owned
5
Mar 2004*
6.187
Owned
Use only for nostalgia purposes.
2004-03-31*
8
Jan 2012
5.716
Owned
BANG! (2002)
5
Jul 2009*
6.485
Owned
Basari (1998)
8
Jul 2009*
6.348
Owned
Bah! Sorry!
2003-05-07*
N/A
5.736
Owned
N/A
6.406
Owned
Big City (1999)
7
Jul 2007*
6.540
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 Box (1977)
7
Sep 2014
5.909
Owned
8
Jul 2009*
6.892
Owned
La Boca (2013)
9
Sep 2014
6.445
Owned
Boggle (1972)
7
May 2003*
6.044
Owned
Shake the box. Search for words. Lose to my wife. Fun though.
2003-05-07*
Bohnanza (1997)
7
May 2003*
7.004
Owned
Make people like beans. The world needs more of that.
2003-05-07*
8
Nov 2003*
6.431
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*
6
Oct 2009*
6.420
Owned
British Rails (1984)
10
Sep 2014
6.073
Owned
Cacao (2015)
8
Jun 2015
6.678
Owned
Carcassonne on Valium, but good Valium.
2015-06-02
7
May 2003*
6.277
Owned
Great artwork. Nice game.
2003-05-07*
Can't Stop (1980)
8
Jun 2011
6.723
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*
6.368
Owned
Rating may go up. (It went up last time I played anyway).
2007-10-29*
Carcassonne (2000)
9
Jan 2012
7.340
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*
6.996
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*
6.872
Owned
The confined play area increased the tension level for me, which is a good thing.
2005-01-27*
8
Dec 2015
7.972
Owned
9
Dec 2015
7.611
Owned
6
Dec 2015
6.231
Owned
Swans? Don't really care about them, and normally I like set collecting. Moats? I mostly play the game 2-players with a 3-player setup, and moats don't work with that. Also, I prefer seeing how castles sprawl. I have Factory Fun for confined puzzle fun when I want it. Secret Door? Haven't used them yet. So what do I like? The extra rooms. I shuffle them in and disregard the swans, for variety. And variety is good.
2015-12-10
Catan (1995)
8
Jul 2009*
7.184
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*
8
Mar 2004*
6.837
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*
6.265
Owned
More fun to look at after its done than to play, but still interesting.
2003-05-07*
Chaos (2010)
N/A
5.587
Owned
Chess (1475)
2
Jul 2007*
6.943
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*
6.970
Owned
Can be ruined by a disinterested players, but great fun with the right crowd.
2003-05-07*
Cinque Terre (2013)
9
Dec 2013
6.275
Owned
7
Mar 2012
6.238
Owned
nifty press-your-luck type game.
2007-07-15*
Citadels (2000)
7
Jul 2009*
7.093
Owned
Civilization (1980)
7
Jan 2012
7.261
Owned
Clans (2002)
8
Jul 2009*
6.401
Owned
The Climbers (2008)
8
Aug 2011
6.239
Owned
Codenames (2015)
10
Dec 2015
7.833
Owned
N/A
6.453
Owned
Coloretto (2003)
10
Jul 2009*
6.883
Owned
Simplicity made tense. Nice art too.
(zen question: if you tape two chameleons together, what color will they turn?)
2003-10-01*
Coup (2012)
8
Sep 2014
7.077
Owned
N/A
5.567
Owned
Credo (1993)
7
Jun 2003*
5.553
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*
7.585
Owned
Fun for young and old, and probably even the dead. It's *that* good.
2003-05-07*
Dark Cults (1983)
5
May 2003*
5.652
Owned
Seems too confining when compared to Once Upon a Time.
2003-05-08*
Daytona 500 (1990)
10
Nov 2008*
6.397
Owned
Not a NASCAR fan. Not impressed by the components. But the game-play rises above.
2005-11-13*
8
Aug 2003*
5.759
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*
6.886
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*
Dixit (2008)
9
Jan 2012
7.307
Owned
Domaine (2003)
10
Nov 2008*
6.770
Owned
Dominion (2008)
10
Nov 2008*
7.664
Owned
The first and still the best deck builder.
2015-04-08
N/A
6.854
Owned
10
Jul 2009*
7.718
Owned
10
Oct 2009*
7.897
Owned
Clever new cards to add to the game.
2009-10-21
10
Aug 2010
6.777
Owned
Dragon's Gold (2001)
8
May 2003*
6.240
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
5.913
Owned
Found it at a thrift shop. Yah!
2004-08-17*
Dream Factory (2000)
10
Nov 2008*
6.858
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
7.326
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*
6.654
Owned
One play. Overload of tiny rules. Was hoping for something more elegant in its presentation and play.
2007-01-23*
6
Jul 2007*
5.660
Owned
This games is like being called on in class, but in a good way.
2007-07-15*
Eleusis (1956)
8
Sep 2014
5.776
Owned
Fascinating idea. Want to play.
2003-05-11*
Elfengold (1999)
8
Nov 2004*
6.159
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*
6.621
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*
Elysium (2015)
N/A
7.057
Owned
10
Feb 2004*
6.537
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*
Eurorails (1990)
10
Oct 2009*
6.480
Owned
Evo (2001)
8
Aug 2010
6.679
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*
6.280
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
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*
Factory Fun (2006)
9
Jan 2011
6.632
Owned
Fairy Tale (2004)
8
Oct 2009*
6.676
Owned
7
Jul 2007*
5.970
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
6.297
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
N/A
N/A
Owned
Fauna (2008)
10
Sep 2014
6.771
Owned
7
Jul 2009*
6.523
Owned
8
Jan 2012
7.238
Owned
Rating could rise.
2011-12-22
Filthy Rich (1998)
6
Jan 2007*
5.906
Owned
Fun but klunky. I play with a number of variations.
2007-01-23*
3
May 2003*
5.969
Owned
Burn it. (looks cool though).
2003-05-13*
N/A
6.366
Owned
FITS (2009)
8
Jul 2009*
6.383
Owned
For Sale (1997)
7
Jul 2009*
7.108
Owned
Easy fun filler
2007-01-10*
8
Aug 2010
6.808
Owned
Fossil (1998)
6
Jan 2006*
5.460
Owned
Frank's Zoo (1999)
7
Oct 2005*
6.385
Owned
My favorite of the genre. Pleasing art. Like the team rules.
2005-10-02*
9
Jan 2014
7.027
Owned
Funkenschlag (2001)
8
Jul 2009*
6.477
Owned
World's most carefully spelled game.
2005-07-25*
Funny Friends (2005)
7
Nov 2008*
6.218
Owned
Rules are too much of a pain to nail down, otherwise rating might be higher.
2006-09-25*
3
Oct 2005*
6.297
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*
2
May 2003*
4.156
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*
Genius Rules (1987)
8
Nov 2008*
5.543
Owned
Fun if slightly strained introduction to Eleusis. Needs a little adjustment in the scoring if played with only two.
2003-05-13*
6
May 2003*
5.716
Owned
Silly fun if you enforce a rule that everyone must talk like a zombie. No strategy, just brains.
2003-05-13*
N/A
5.813
Owned
Go (-2200)
N/A
7.455
Owned
El Grande (1995)
10
May 2009*
7.709
Owned
Not quite a ten since it seems very group tempermental, meaning that playing with the wrong group kills the fun.
2003-05-11*
N/A
6.550
Owned
1
May 2003*
6.363
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*
N/A
5.860
Owned
Hanabi (2010)
9
Jan 2014
7.219
Owned
Hanafuda (1701)
N/A
5.870
Owned
Hansa (2004)
9
Jul 2009*
6.717
Owned
8
May 2003*
6.438
Owned
I go back and forth on this one. Get it? Back and forth?
2003-05-13*
8
Nov 2004*
7.152
Owned
Zippy 'war' game. Nothing deep, but it does the job well.
2004-11-19*
N/A
6.971
Owned
High Society (1995)
8
Jul 2009*
6.584
Owned
High Tail It! (1995)
8
Nov 2013
6.138
Owned
Hilarium (2001)
5
May 2003*
5.495
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*
6.610
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*
Hisss (2001)
N/A
5.535
Owned
10
Nov 2008*
6.835
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
7.245
Owned
Buzz. Buzz.
2007-07-15*
Ikusa (1986)
5
Jun 2011
6.721
Owned
Illuminati (1982)
5
May 2005*
5.976
Owned
Fun in it's day, but too many mechanics that I find dull/annoying now.
2005-05-22*
7
Oct 2009*
6.652
Owned
Inca Empire (2010)
N/A
6.520
Owned
Incan Gold (2006)
7
Jul 2009*
6.688
Owned
India Rails (1998)
10
Oct 2011
6.057
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 2010
5.467
Owned
Insecta (1995)
6
May 2003*
5.598
Owned
Buggy mechanics, but great theme
2003-05-15*
N/A
N/A
Owned
Iron Dragon (1994)
10
Nov 2008*
6.366
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*
5.647
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*
Jambo (2004)
9
Jul 2009*
6.927
Owned
Java (2000)
7
Jul 2009*
6.718
Owned
Jungle Speed (1997)
8
Jul 2009*
6.466
Owned
Kage (1986)
N/A
N/A
Owned
8
Nov 2003*
5.676
Owned
I like it better than you do (if the average rating is to be a guide)
2003-11-26*
7
Jul 2009*
6.292
Owned
5
Feb 2012
6.015
Owned
Fine for up to four. Can be interminable with more.
2003-05-15*
3
Mar 2005*
N/A
Owned
Kingdoms (1994)
9
Jul 2009*
6.433
Owned
7
May 2003*
5.879
Owned
Not as tense as Schotten-totten, or even Lost Cities, but enjoyable.
2003-05-22*
N/A
5.694
Owned
N/A
5.567
Owned
N/A
6.076
Owned
8
Aug 2003*
5.592
Owned
My favorite 'normal' card game.
2003-08-11*
Lewis & Clark (2013)
N/A
7.442
Owned
Liar's Dice (1987)
7
Nov 2012
6.806
Owned
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*
5.325
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*
8
Oct 2005*
5.780
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
Jul 2009*
6.697
Owned
8
Nov 2008*
7.010
Owned
Spiffy! But I wish it felt a bit more expansive.
2003-12-03*
8
Oct 2010
6.953
Owned
Lost Cities (1999)
10
Nov 2008*
7.040
Owned
Bit worn out on it now, but I got my money's worth and then some.
2003-05-15*
Love Letter (2012)
8
Jun 2013
7.300
Owned
Die Macher (1986)
10
Jun 2003*
7.349
Owned
Words fail me.
2003-06-07*
Magna Grecia (2003)
8
Jul 2009*
6.063
Owned
Mamma Mia! (1999)
8
May 2003*
6.334
Owned
Makes me hungry.
2003-05-16*
Manhattan (1994)
9
Nov 2008*
6.467
Owned
Played it after years of not playing it and liked it better than I remembered.
2003-05-16*
Manila (2005)
7
Jul 2009*
6.779
Owned
5
Oct 2011
7.223
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
N/A
5.778
Owned
N/A
5.604
Owned
Martian Rails (2009)
9
Sep 2014
5.956
Owned
Masons (2006)
10
Nov 2008*
6.291
Owned
8
May 2003*
6.039
Owned
Don't like it as well with four, though playing partners sounds like fun
2003-05-22*
N/A
6.574
Owned
7
Jul 2009*
6.243
Owned
Medina (2001)
10
Jul 2009*
6.714
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*
7
Jul 2009*
6.312
Owned
Merkator (2010)
10
Jan 2011
6.595
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
Mermaid Rain (2003)
N/A
5.734
Owned
5
Jan 2007*
5.720
Owned
Had fun with it in its day. Still like the goofy art.
2007-01-23*
Mille Bornes (1954)
4
May 2003*
5.596
Owned
Drab. There are so many more exciting games in the universe.
2003-05-16*
MindTrap (1991)
N/A
4.978
Owned
N/A
6.103
Owned
8
May 2003*
6.216
Owned
Cheerful fun. Too inconsequintial for some, but I like it.
2003-05-16*
Modern Art (1992)
10
Jan 2005*
7.174
Owned
Classic
2005-01-07*
Monkey Mayhem (2009)
N/A
N/A
Owned
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Monopoly (1933)
4
Feb 2005*
4.375
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*
Montage (1973)
8
Sep 2014
5.790
Owned
Morels (2012)
7
Sep 2014
6.811
Owned
Mr. Jack (2006)
7
Nov 2008*
6.983
Owned
Munchkin (2001)
6
Nov 2008*
5.839
Owned
Won't mind a
2003-05-16*
N/A
N/A
Owned
Mutabohn (2001)
N/A
5.579
Owned
Myrmes (2012)
8
Sep 2014
6.982
Owned
Mysterium (2013)
N/A
7.107
Owned
Mysterium (2015)
8
Nov 2015
7.253
Owned
6
Jul 2009*
6.407
Owned
10
Nov 2008*
6.640
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*
Nanuk (2009)
N/A
5.820
Owned
Nautilus (2002)
8
May 2003*
6.042
Owned
Great themeing. Not quite as gripping as it should be some times, but fun and worthwhile.
2003-05-21*
N/A
N/A
Owned
Nippon Rails (1992)
10
Oct 2011
5.997
Owned
Nuclear War (1965)
3
May 2003*
5.997
Owned
Fun theme, boring game. No reason to play this one anymore.
2003-05-21*
9
Apr 2010
6.371
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
Ogre (1977)
6
Nov 2012
6.526
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*
Oltre Mare (2004)
8
Jul 2009*
6.425
Owned
10
Nov 2008*
6.354
Owned
Excellent, but like a blind date, you have to have the right people involved or it's a disaster.
2003-08-11*
Ora et Labora (2011)
10
Oct 2012
7.555
Owned
Pacal (1999)
7
May 2003*
5.581
Owned
I like it better than most people I know.
2003-05-22*
Pandemic (2008)
9
Jul 2015
7.588
Owned
N/A
7.911
Owned
7
Dec 2011
6.309
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
Pantheon (2011)
7
Sep 2014
6.354
Owned
8
Sep 2014
N/A
Owned
Parfum (2015)
N/A
5.913
Owned
Parts Unknown (1999)
N/A
5.598
Owned
Waiting to play. Better than the sum of its part?
2003-05-22*
Password (1962)
8
May 2003*
5.801
Owned
Retro Fun
2003-05-22*
Patchwork (2014)
10
May 2015
7.587
Owned
For what the game is, it is as good as is can be.
2015-05-14
N/A
5.590
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
Pick Two! (1993)
8
May 2003*
5.668
Owned
High-speed crossword game. The scoring can really leave you behind though.
2003-05-22*
Pictionary (1985)
N/A
5.737
Owned
never had a chance to play! Looks fun, but what's with all these unnecassary rules?
2007-01-23*
9
Nov 2013
7.189
Owned
7
Oct 2015
6.143
Owned
9
Dec 2012
7.046
Owned
Pit (1903)
8
May 2003*
6.288
Owned
Manic, pointless, but still fun to play.
2003-05-22*
Polarity (1986)
9
Jul 2009*
6.112
Owned
Pony Express (1991)
3
May 2003*
5.468
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*
7.908
Owned
Plays: 2
Equal to Funkenschlag.
2005-07-25*
N/A
6.635
Owned
8
May 2003*
6.767
Owned
Eat, poop, evolve -- great stuff!
2003-05-28*
8
May 2004*
6.353
Owned
Fantasic addition! Note, the first edition mispelled Threat Display).
2004-05-06*
Principato (2011)
N/A
5.908
Owned
Probe (1964)
7
May 2003*
5.583
Owned
Nice Wheel Of Fortune type wordgame.
2003-05-22*
Pueblo (2002)
10
Nov 2008*
6.487
Owned
Love the pieces. Love my lazy susan I bought for it.
2007-10-17*
Puerto Rico (2002)
8
Dec 2013
8.032
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*
Quarriors! (2011)
5
Nov 2012
6.739
Owned
Quirks (1980)
N/A
5.664
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*
Quoridor (1997)
7
Jul 2009*
6.464
Owned
Qwirkle (2006)
10
Jul 2008*
6.706
Owned
Ra (1999)
10
Nov 2008*
7.360
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*
8
Jun 2011
6.430
Owned
Rage (1983)
2
Apr 2004*
5.901
Owned
Pointless as a marble.
2004-04-01*
10
Sep 2014
6.663
Owned
10
Jul 2009*
7.518
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*
10
Oct 2009*
6.935
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*
5.890
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*
6.792
Owned
A great leap forward in puzzle gaming.
2003-05-22*
River Dragons (2000)
8
May 2003*
6.210
Owned
Kind of a crapshoot to win, but fun none-the-less.
2003-05-08*
7
Jul 2013
6.186
Owned
RoboRally (1994)
10
May 2004*
7.092
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*
6.899
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*
6
Sep 2014
5.576
Owned
Roma (2005)
8
Jun 2014
6.609
Owned
Rubik's Race (1982)
6
May 2003*
5.564
Owned
Fun every once in a while.
2003-05-22*
N/A
6.101
Owned
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
6
May 2003*
5.517
Owned
More atmosphere than game. Still, I'm glad I've played it.
2003-05-22*
10
Nov 2008*
7.219
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*
10
Nov 2008*
6.749
Owned
Salmon Run (2013)
7
Sep 2014
5.952
Owned
Samarkand (1980)
8
May 2003*
5.978
Owned
Are we there yet?
2003-05-22*
Samurai (1998)
8
Nov 2008*
7.298
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*
Santiago (2003)
9
Oct 2009*
6.906
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
6.849
Owned
One of my favorite 2-player games.
2004-03-04*
8
May 2003*
5.961
Owned
Can be a 10 with the right crowd, or a 5 with a people who take it too seriously.
2003-05-22*
Scotland Yard (1983)
8
Jul 2009*
6.413
Owned
Senet (-3500)
6
Jun 2003*
5.617
Owned
Nice to imagine that Egyptian pharohs played this long ago, otherwise it's just an ok game.
2003-06-07*
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*
Shear Panic (2005)
7
Jul 2009*
6.228
Owned
3
Jun 2011
7.532
Owned
Thought I would love the game.
2016-01-04
Shipyard (2009)
9
Nov 2015
6.948
Owned
Skyline 3000 (2009)
N/A
5.824
Owned
Sleuth (1971)
9
May 2003*
6.482
Owned
The journey is better than getting to the end, but I like the journey.
2003-05-22*
4
Oct 2003*
5.878
Owned
Original edition. More fun to think about than to play.
2003-10-23*
Speculation (1992)
8
Sep 2014
6.006
Owned
Speed Circuit (1971)
5
Jul 2009*
6.241
Owned
Spyfall (2014)
N/A
7.121
Owned
Squint (2002)
8
May 2003*
5.738
Owned
Sucker for good party games.
2003-05-22*
Stack Market (2004)
N/A
5.515
Owned
5
Jan 2007*
5.974
Owned
Interesting system, but shouldn't Star Wars' combat be fast and furious?
2007-01-23*
7
Jul 2007*
6.572
Owned
Sure it has problems, but this is the final frontier we're talking about!
2007-07-15*
Steam (2009)
9
Apr 2011
7.505
Owned
Prefer the basic game
2015-05-17
8
Oct 2009*
6.512
Owned
Only played once.
2003-05-22*
Stone Age (2008)
8
Jul 2011
7.552
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*
8
Jun 2015
6.123
Owned
Taboo (1989)
10
Jan 2004*
6.153
Owned
Proof that even Hasbro can do something right ;-}
2004-01-09*
Take it Easy! (1983)
8
Oct 2005*
6.276
Owned
Hyper-easy game to explain, play, and push aside when you're ready for bigger things.
2005-10-02*
Takenoko (2011)
7
Sep 2014
7.229
Owned
8
May 2003*
6.264
Owned
The 'game' part is 80's-random flowchart nonsense, but the storytelling part can be lots of laughs.
2003-05-22*
6
Sep 2014
5.812
Owned
Telepathy (2008)
9
Jan 2010
5.559
Owned
Tenjo (2001)
2
Mar 2005*
5.408
Owned
Long. Amorphous. Sprawling but without majesty. Crazy swings of randomness.
2005-03-29*
N/A
6.033
Owned
8
May 2003*
6.945
Owned
Candy Camels by Knizia
2003-05-22*
8
Jul 2009*
7.044
Owned
8
Jul 2009*
7.411
Owned
10
Nov 2005*
7.632
Owned
Tikal (1999)
10
Nov 2008*
7.224
Owned
Time's Up! (1999)
10
May 2003*
7.047
Owned
Volcanos of laughter!
2003-05-22*
10
Nov 2008*
7.118
Owned
Tobago (2009)
8
Aug 2010
6.969
Owned
Top Dogs (2005)
N/A
5.451
Owned
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