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Title Version User
Rating
Geek Rating Status User
Plays
Comment
Acquire (1962)
10
Nov 2008*
7.253
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*
7.454
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
Alchemists (2014)
10
Aug 2015
7.520
Owned
Arkadia (2006)
10
Aug 2010
6.737
Owned
Atlantic Star (2001)
10
Jan 2007*
6.480
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
5.992
Owned
Battle Line (2000)
10
May 2009*
7.287
Brass (2007)
10
Dec 2013
7.857
Goes on too long for what it is. Edit: fantastic game. Doesn't go on long enough.
2015-04-06
British Rails (1984)
10
Sep 2014
6.091
Owned
Coloretto (2003)
10
Jul 2009*
6.885
Owned
Simplicity made tense. Nice art too.
(zen question: if you tape two chameleons together, what color will they turn?)
2003-10-01*
Crokinole (1876)
10
Jul 2009*
7.593
Owned
Fun for young and old, and probably even the dead. It's *that* good.
2003-05-07*
Daytona 500 (1990)
10
Nov 2008*
6.433
Owned
Not a NASCAR fan. Not impressed by the components. But the game-play rises above.
2005-11-13*
Domaine (2003)
10
Nov 2008*
6.792
Owned
Dominion (2008)
10
Nov 2008*
7.690
Owned
The first and still the best deck builder.
2015-04-08
10
Jul 2009*
7.740
Owned
10
Sep 2010
8.115
10
Oct 2009*
7.913
Owned
Clever new cards to add to the game.
2009-10-21
10
Aug 2010
6.801
Owned
Dream Factory (2000)
10
Nov 2008*
6.879
Owned
Great theme. I've modernized my bits. Players can draw from a huge number of recent movies.
2003-05-22*
Elfenland (1998)
10
May 2003*
6.629
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*
6.553
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*
6.510
Owned
Expedition (1996)
10
May 2003*
6.301
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
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
6.761
Owned
El Grande (1995)
10
May 2009*
7.721
Owned
Not quite a ten since it seems very group tempermental, meaning that playing with the wrong group kills the fun.
2003-05-11*
Le Havre (2008)
10
Jun 2011
7.882
10
Nov 2008*
6.848
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*
India Rails (1998)
10
Oct 2011
6.070
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
Iron Dragon (1994)
10
Nov 2008*
6.387
Owned
Plays: 1
Play with 2 or 3. I prefer to not use disasters (!), and not use the boats (!!!)
2004-07-06*
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*
Lunar Rails (2003)
10
Nov 2008*
6.003
Die Macher (1986)
10
Jun 2003*
7.365
Owned
Words fail me.
2003-06-07*
Masons (2006)
10
Nov 2008*
6.315
Owned
Medina (2001)
10
Jul 2009*
6.727
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*
Merkator (2010)
10
Jan 2011
6.600
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
Modern Art (1992)
10
Jan 2005*
7.182
Owned
Classic
2005-01-07*
10
Nov 2008*
6.657
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*
Nippon Rails (1992)
10
Oct 2011
6.014
Owned
10
Nov 2008*
6.373
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
7.572
Owned
Patchwork (2014)
10
May 2015
7.350
Owned
For what the game is, it is as good as is can be.
2015-05-14
10
Sep 2014
6.150
Owned
Power Grid (2004)
10
Nov 2008*
7.918
Owned
Plays: 2
Equal to Funkenschlag.
2005-07-25*
Pueblo (2002)
10
Nov 2008*
6.499
Owned
Love the pieces. Love my lazy susan I bought for it.
2007-10-17*
Qwirkle (2006)
10
Jul 2008*
6.717
Owned
Ra (1999)
10
Nov 2008*
7.371
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*
10
Sep 2014
6.702
Owned
10
Jul 2009*
7.536
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
Dec 2011
7.536
10
Oct 2009*
6.960
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*
10
May 2003*
6.793
Owned
A great leap forward in puzzle gaming.
2003-05-22*
RoboRally (1994)
10
May 2004*
7.102
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*
10
Nov 2008*
7.227
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*
6.767
Owned
10
Mar 2011
6.861
Owned
One of my favorite 2-player games.
2004-03-04*
Taboo (1989)
10
Jan 2004*
6.157
Owned
Proof that even Hasbro can do something right ;-}
2004-01-09*
Telestrations (2009)
10
Jun 2011
7.180
10
Nov 2005*
7.651
Owned
Tikal (1999)
10
Nov 2008*
7.231
Owned
Time's Up! (1999)
10
May 2003*
7.059
Owned
Volcanos of laughter!
2003-05-22*
10
Nov 2008*
7.104
Owned
10
Nov 2008*
7.176
Owned
Plays: 1
10
Jun 2003*
5.811
Owned
We only use categories with lists usually. Literal explosions of laughter. Can be wonky though if played with people from other cultures, since their answers rarely match up and score points.
2003-06-03*
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