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Title Version User
Rating
Geek Rating Status User
Plays
Comment
4
Jun 2004*
6.241
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*
6.165
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
7.341
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*
6
Feb 2010
7.343
20th Century (2010)
6
Jun 2011
6.470
7 Wonders (2010)
7
Jul 2015
7.798
Abandon Ship (2009)
8
Sep 2014
5.939
Owned
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*
7.460
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
6.041
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*
5.803
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*
7.507
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*
8.044

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*
5.927
More involving than you'd think.
2005-05-24*
7
Nov 2012
7.130
Owned
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*
Alhambra (2003)
9
Jul 2009*
6.969
Owned
Plays: 1
Amoeba Wars (1981)
3
May 2003*
5.660
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*
Amyitis (2007)
7
Jul 2009*
6.680
Andromeda (1999)
7
Oct 2004*
6.061
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*
6.901
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
6.556
Enjoyed it much more than the original. Much less turtling.
2014-03-18
Antiquity (2004)
4
May 2009*
7.254
9
May 2003*
5.993
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*
6.011
Great art. F-arking pain in the neck to figure out what cards may be played where and when and why.
2007-02-24*
Arkadia (2006)
10
Aug 2010
6.739
Owned
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*
6
Jun 2011
6.336
6
Jan 2011
6.904
Assyria (2009)
7
Jun 2011
6.439
Owned
5
Aug 2010
7.170
Atlantic Star (2001)
10
Jan 2007*
6.483
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*
Attika (2003)
7
Jul 2009*
6.854
Attribute (2002)
6
Dec 2009*
6.049
Fun, but scoring, though not complicated, kept causing minor problems during the game. I like Apples to Apples better.
2009-12-04
10
Sep 2014
5.989
Owned
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*
5.658
Not as good as Robo Rally, but still quite fun.
2003-05-07*
Ave Caesar (1989)
7
Nov 2005*
6.439
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*
6.209
Owned
Use only for nostalgia purposes.
2004-03-31*
Axis & Allies (1981)
3
Apr 2005*
6.342
Played once long ago, and nearly fell alseep. Maybe the new version is better?
2005-04-20*
8
Jan 2012
5.719
Owned
Balloon Cup (2003)
8
Jan 2010*
6.563
BANG! (2002)
5
Jul 2009*
6.516
Owned
Basari (1998)
8
Jul 2009*
6.376
Owned
Bah! Sorry!
2003-05-07*
Battle Cry (2000)
6
Nov 2005*
6.843
Speedy, somewhat 'germanized,' wargame.
2005-11-27*
Battle Line (2000)
10
May 2009*
7.289
BattleLore (2006)
6
Jan 2007*
7.241
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*
6
Jul 2009*
6.289
Biblios (2007)
7
Nov 2012
7.042
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Big City (1999)
7
Jul 2007*
6.557
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
5.923
Owned
Black Vienna (1987)
7
Sep 2012
6.060
I'd rather play Sleuth.
2003-05-07*
Blokus (2000)
8
Jul 2009*
6.901
Nifty game of colored geometric blocks that seem to hate each other.
2007-01-23*
Blokus 3D (2003)
8
Jul 2009*
6.613
Blokus Trigon (2006)
8
Jun 2007*
6.614
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*
8
Jul 2009*
6.901
Owned
La Boca (2013)
9
Sep 2014
6.445
Owned
Boccerball (1993)
5
Apr 2004*
5.579
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*
6.049
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*
5.992
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*
Boomtown (2004)
8
Feb 2007*
6.341
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
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*
6.457
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
7.858
Goes on too long for what it is. Edit: fantastic game. Doesn't go on long enough.
2015-04-06
6
Oct 2009*
6.438
Owned
British Rails (1984)
10
Sep 2014
6.093
Owned
Bruges (2013)
8
Jan 2014
7.278
8
May 2003*
5.746
Such hard decisions for a kid's game!
2003-05-13*
Ca$h 'n Gun$ (2005)
7
Jul 2009*
6.595
Cacao (2015)
8
Jun 2015
6.403
Owned
Carcassonne on Valium, but good Valium.
2015-06-02
7
May 2003*
6.288
Owned
Great artwork. Nice game.
2003-05-07*
7
May 2003*
6.076
Cultural stereotyping has never been so fun.
2003-05-07*
Cairo (2002)
7
May 2003*
5.598
Tempted to say "are you kidding? This is a game?" But it can be quite fun if everyone gets into it.
2003-05-07*
California (2006)
9
Nov 2008*
6.004
5
Nov 2012
6.446
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*
6.399
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Rating may go up. (It went up last time I played anyway).
2007-10-29*
Capitol (2001)
7
Jul 2009*
6.400
Carcassonne (2000)
9
Jan 2012
7.348
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*
6.884
Owned
The confined play area increased the tension level for me, which is a good thing.
2005-01-27*
Carson City (2009)
6
Nov 2012
7.091
Cartagena (2000)
7
May 2003*
6.573
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
5
Jun 2011
6.499
7
Feb 2015
7.943
Owned
Catan (1995)
8
Jul 2009*
7.218
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*
6.682
Made me sleepy.
2003-05-22*
7
Jun 2011
6.475
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*
6.283
Owned
More fun to look at after its done than to play, but still interesting.
2003-05-07*
5
Jul 2015
8.068
Cavum (2008)
6
Jul 2009*
6.276
Caylus (2005)
3
Jul 2007*
7.783
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
Jul 2009*
6.786
5
Aug 2010
7.517
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*
6
Jul 2009*
7.043
China (2005)
8
Jul 2009*
6.824
Chinatown (1999)
9
Nov 2008*
6.971
Owned
Can be ruined by a disinterested players, but great fun with the right crowd.
2003-05-07*
Cinque Terre (2013)
9
Dec 2013
6.268
Owned
7
Mar 2012
6.249
Owned
nifty press-your-luck type game.
2007-07-15*
Citadels (2000)
7
Jul 2009*
7.114
Owned
La Città (2000)
7
Oct 2003*
6.902
Played once and felt my position was too confined to do much. However, willing to play again and revise my rating.
2003-10-01*
Civilization (1980)
7
Jan 2012
7.277
Owned
Clans (2002)
8
Jul 2009*
6.408
Owned
7
Nov 2008*
6.654
The Climbers (2008)
8
Aug 2011
6.260
Owned
Code 777 (1985)
8
Jun 2009*
6.326
Would buy a remake. Until then, Sleuth works for me.
2003-06-03*
Coloretto (2003)
10
Jul 2009*
6.887
Owned
Simplicity made tense. Nice art too.
(zen question: if you tape two chameleons together, what color will they turn?)
2003-10-01*
Colosseum (2007)
6
Jun 2011
6.994
Concordia (2013)
9
Dec 2014
7.530
rating may go up with more plays.
2014-12-23
Condottiere (1995)
7
Jul 2009*
6.551
5
Jul 2007*
6.482
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*
6.661
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*
4
Jul 2009*
7.469
2
Jun 2011
6.383
Coup (2012)
8
Sep 2014
7.113
Owned
6
Aug 2013
5.577
Credo (1993)
7
Jun 2003*
5.560
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*
Cuba (2007)
7
Jul 2009*
7.028
4
Nov 2012
6.451
Dampfross (1979)
7
May 2003*
5.884
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
5.619
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*
5.659
Owned
Seems too confining when compared to Once Upon a Time.
2003-05-08*
8
May 2003*
6.131
Fun trick-taking game, and I don't much like trick-taking games.
2003-05-08*
Daytona 500 (1990)
10
Nov 2008*
6.438
Owned
Not a NASCAR fan. Not impressed by the components. But the game-play rises above.
2005-11-13*
9
Jul 2009*
6.237
Diamant (2005)
7
Nov 2012
6.533
Diamonds Club (2008)
4
Aug 2010
6.592
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
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*
6.902
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
7.324
Owned
Domaine (2003)
10
Nov 2008*
6.793
Owned
5
Oct 2010
7.725
Too much counting and re-counting of dominance. Too long for me, for what it is.
2010-10-23
Dominion (2008)
10
Nov 2008*
7.693
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
Jul 2009*
7.745
Owned
10
Sep 2010
8.118
10
Oct 2009*
7.915
Owned
Clever new cards to add to the game.
2009-10-21
10
Aug 2010
6.806
Owned
2
Jun 2006*
6.662
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*
6.246
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*
Dread Pirate (2003)
1
Feb 2006*
5.358
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*
6.883
Owned
Great theme. I've modernized my bits. Players can draw from a huge number of recent movies.
2003-05-22*
Dune (1979)
5
Aug 2010
7.287
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
Dungeon Petz (2011)
6
Nov 2012
7.410
6
Jan 2007*
6.677
Owned
One play. Overload of tiny rules. Was hoping for something more elegant in its presentation and play.
2007-01-23*
6
Jul 2007*
5.677
Owned
This games is like being called on in class, but in a good way.
2007-07-15*
6
Jun 2011
6.463
I rank Basari higher due to its quicker play.
2003-05-11*
Egizia (2009)
3
Jun 2011
7.185
7
Jan 2007*
6.464
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
5.793
Owned
Fascinating idea. Want to play.
2003-05-11*
Elfengold (1999)
8
Nov 2004*
6.179
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*
6.630
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*
6.556
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*
6.147
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*
8
Dec 2009*
6.421
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
5.661
Not a fan. Much prefer the regular game.
2014-03-15
Eurorails (1990)
10
Oct 2009*
6.513
Owned
Evo (2001)
8
Aug 2010
6.700
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*
6.307
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
5.900
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
Factory Fun (2006)
9
Jan 2011
6.654
Owned
Fairy Tale (2004)
8
Oct 2009*
6.687
Owned
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
Fauna (2008)
10
Sep 2014
6.767
Owned
7
Jul 2009*
6.528
Owned
8
Jan 2012
7.261
Owned
Rating could rise.
2011-12-22
Filthy Rich (1998)
6
Jan 2007*
5.922
Owned
Fun but klunky. I play with a number of variations.
2007-01-23*
Finca (2009)
6
Aug 2010
6.843
6
Aug 2010
6.680
3
May 2003*
5.969
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*
FITS (2009)
8
Jul 2009*
6.406
Owned
For Sale (1997)
7
Jul 2009*
7.110
Owned
Easy fun filler
2007-01-10*
8
Aug 2010
6.832
Owned
Formula D (2008)
9
Jul 2009*
6.980
Formula Dé (1991)
8
Dec 2009*
6.824
Fun for a single lap race.
2007-01-09*
Fossil (1998)
6
Jan 2006*
5.462
Owned
6
Jun 2011
6.528
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
Frank's Zoo (1999)
7
Oct 2005*
6.393
Owned
My favorite of the genre. Pleasing art. Like the team rules.
2005-10-02*
9
Jan 2014
6.983
Owned
Fresco (2010)
8
Nov 2012
7.202
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
Fresh Fish (1997)
5
Jan 2007*
6.144
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*
6.278
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*
6.504
Owned
World's most carefully spelled game.
2005-07-25*
Funny Friends (2005)
7
Nov 2008*
6.235
Owned
Rules are too much of a pain to nail down, otherwise rating might be higher.
2006-09-25*
3
Oct 2005*
6.328
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
7.057
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*
6.206
Game of the future that's become a memory of the past. Fun way back when.
2003-05-13*
8
May 2009*
7.415
2
May 2003*
4.141
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*
4
Nov 2012
7.622
Genius Rules (1987)
8
Nov 2008*
5.546
Owned
Fun if slightly strained introduction to Eleusis. Needs a little adjustment in the scoring if played with only two.
2003-05-13*
Genoa (2001)
6
May 2009*
6.994
Gheos (2006)
4
Jul 2009*
6.237
7
May 2003*
5.572
Nice, but I like Modern Art and Traumfabrik better.
2003-05-16*
6
May 2003*
5.737
Owned
Silly fun if you enforce a rule that everyone must talk like a zombie. No strategy, just brains.
2003-05-13*
Glen More (2010)
5
Nov 2012
7.161
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*
7.539
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*
6.088
I like that one brewery has my name.
2005-10-15*
6
Jun 2011
6.273
Goldland (2002)
6
Jul 2009*
6.254
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*
6.279
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*
5.515
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*
6.373
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*
Greed Quest (2004)
2
May 2009*
5.294
5
Sep 2005*
5.500
Guillotine (1998)
6
Jan 2007*
6.447
Fine the first few times.
2007-01-23*
Hab & Gut (2008)
8
Dec 2009*
6.557
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
Fast and easy stock game.
2009-12-04
Hacienda (2005)
8
Sep 2009*
6.750
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
Hamburgum (2007)
6
Nov 2008*
6.764
Hamsterrolle (2000)
6
Jun 2011
6.437
Hanabi (2010)
9
Jan 2014
7.258
Owned
6
Jul 2009*
6.434
Hansa (2004)
9
Jul 2009*
6.729
Owned
5
Nov 2012
7.448
8
May 2003*
6.446
Owned
I go back and forth on this one. Get it? Back and forth?
2003-05-13*
4
Jun 2006*
5.807
More fun than I expected, but noting great. STill, much rather play this than watch baseball.
2006-06-18*
Le Havre (2008)
10
Jun 2011
7.887
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
Hawaii (2011)
5
Nov 2012
6.923
Heave Ho! (2002)
4
Jun 2003*
5.891
Found it too fragile in the face of serindipity.
2003-06-03*
Hera and Zeus (2000)
4
May 2003*
6.325
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*
5.621
Not gonna strain any brain cells with this one, but fun to play.
2003-05-13*
7
Jul 2007*
6.750
High Society (1995)
8
Jul 2009*
6.596
Owned
High Tail It! (1995)
8
Nov 2013
6.158
Owned
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*
6.851
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*
6.394
Fast moving, but much ado about nothing. The similiar mechanic in Basari is more fun.
2003-05-07*
Homesteaders (2009)
4
Jun 2011
7.006
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*
Ikusa (1986)
5
Jun 2011
6.747
Owned
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*
7.438
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*
7
Oct 2009*
6.675
Owned
7
Dec 2011
7.272
Incan Gold (2006)
7
Jul 2009*
6.693
Owned
India Rails (1998)
10
Oct 2011
6.074
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
Indonesia (2005)
6
Aug 2010
7.211
Industria (2003)
5
Jul 2009*
6.217
7
May 2003*
6.349
Good, clean fun
2003-05-15*
Infarkt (2011)
7
Oct 2011
5.869
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
Ingenious (2004)
7
May 2009*
7.109
7
May 2010
5.459
Owned
Innovation (2010)
5
Nov 2012
7.138
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*
6.390
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*
5.658
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*
5.695
I hear there's a Simpson version.
2003-05-15*
Ivanhoe (2000)
6
Jan 2007*
6.239
Good default game to play when you can't agree on what to play next.
2007-01-23*
Jaipur (2009)
7
Nov 2012
7.388
Jambo (2004)
9
Jul 2009*
6.946
Owned
Java (2000)
7
Jul 2009*
6.741
Owned
8
Sep 2009*
6.205
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
Jungle Speed (1997)
8
Jul 2009*
6.490
Owned
Junta (1978)
2
May 2003*
6.570
Each turn is like starting over. Three hours of Deja Vu interupted periodically by a mini-wargame.
2003-05-15*
Kahuna (1998)
8
Jul 2009*
6.502
8
Nov 2003*
5.680
Owned
I like it better than you do (if the average rating is to be a guide)
2003-11-26*
Key Harvest (2007)
5
Jul 2009*
6.396
Keythedral (2002)
8
Dec 2012
6.794
7
Jul 2009*
6.311
Owned
Khronos (2006)
6
Nov 2008*
6.126
5
Feb 2012
6.030
Owned
Fine for up to four. Can be interminable with more.
2003-05-15*
3
Mar 2005*
N/A
Owned
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
Kingdoms (1994)
9
Jul 2009*
6.443
Owned
5
Jul 2009*
6.217
Kingsburg (2007)
6
Nov 2008*
7.147
7
May 2003*
5.889
Owned
Not as tense as Schotten-totten, or even Lost Cities, but enjoyable.
2003-05-22*
Kontor (1999)
7
Jul 2007*
5.734
Enjoyed the one time I played.
2007-07-15*
Kremlin (1986)
2
Mar 2005*
6.645
Would like to see it boiled down into something simple and fast.
2005-03-29*
Kreta (2005)
8
Nov 2008*
6.395
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
8
Aug 2003*
5.602
Owned
My favorite 'normal' card game.
2003-08-11*
Las Vegas (2012)
8
Jun 2012
6.749
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
5
Aug 2009*
6.927
Not terrible. Just not my favorite type of game.
2009-08-13
Last Will (2011)
5
Nov 2012
7.091
7
Sep 2009*
6.578
Liar's Dice (1987)
7
Nov 2012
6.818
Owned
Libertalia (2012)
6
Nov 2012
7.104
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