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Title Version User
Rating
Geek Rating Status User
Plays
Comment
5
Aug 2010
7.436
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*
Agricola (2007)
5
May 2008*
8.039

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*
5
May 2003*
6.650
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*
5
Aug 2010
7.168
5
Mar 2004*
6.207
Owned
Use only for nostalgia purposes.
2004-03-31*
BANG! (2002)
5
Jul 2009*
6.515
Owned
Bean Trader (2002)
5
Jun 2003*
5.631
Wanted it to be more fun. Not enough there to grab me. Rather play Empire Builder
2003-06-27*
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*
5
Nov 2012
6.444
5
Jun 2011
6.496
5
May 2003*
6.680
Made me sleepy.
2003-05-22*
5
Jul 2015
8.069
5
Jul 2009*
6.783
5
Aug 2010
7.519
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
5
Jul 2007*
6.477
Played with 3. Might like it better (much better?) with more.

Played with more. Didn't change my opinion.
2007-07-15*
Dark Cults (1983)
5
May 2003*
5.657
Owned
Seems too confining when compared to Once Upon a Time.
2003-05-08*
5
Oct 2010
7.725
Too much counting and re-counting of dominance. Too long for me, for what it is.
2010-10-23
Dune (1979)
5
Aug 2010
7.287
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*
Fresh Fish (1997)
5
Jan 2007*
6.142
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*
5
Nov 2005*
7.161
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*
Glen More (2010)
5
Nov 2012
7.160
Goa (2004)
5
May 2009*
7.533
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*
5
Sep 2005*
5.500
5
Nov 2012
7.446
Hawaii (2011)
5
Nov 2012
6.919
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*
Hoity Toity (1990)
5
May 2003*
6.392
Fast moving, but much ado about nothing. The similiar mechanic in Basari is more fun.
2003-05-07*
Ikusa (1986)
5
Jun 2011
6.744
Owned
Illuminati (1982)
5
May 2005*
5.991
Owned
Fun in it's day, but too many mechanics that I find dull/annoying now.
2005-05-22*
Industria (2003)
5
Jul 2009*
6.219
Innovation (2010)
5
Nov 2012
7.135
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
Key Harvest (2007)
5
Jul 2009*
6.396
5
Feb 2012
6.029
Owned
Fine for up to four. Can be interminable with more.
2003-05-15*
5
Jul 2009*
6.213
5
Aug 2009*
6.920
Not terrible. Just not my favorite type of game.
2009-08-13
Last Will (2011)
5
Nov 2012
7.088
Long Shot (2009)
5
Jun 2011
6.413
5
May 2015
7.709
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
5
Jul 2009*
6.947
5
Jan 2006*
6.435
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*
5
Apr 2008*
5.967
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
5
May 2010
5.969
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
5
Jan 2007*
5.725
Owned
Had fun with it in its day. Still like the goofy art.
2007-01-23*
Metro (1997)
5
Jan 2006*
6.236
Mykerinos (2006)
5
Jul 2009*
6.674
Othello (1883)
5
May 2003*
5.944
Played lots in my youth. Can't imagine playing it again now though.
2003-05-21*
Paris Paris (2003)
5
Jul 2007*
5.926
Poker (1810)
5
May 2003*
6.550
Sigh-inducing game. Love Lamarkian Poker though.
2003-05-22*
Powerboats (2008)
5
Jul 2009*
6.367
Prophecy (2002)
5
Nov 2008*
6.331
Quarriors! (2011)
5
Nov 2012
6.770
Owned
5
Aug 2010
6.844
Rune Age (2011)
5
Nov 2011
6.618
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
5
May 2003*
6.494
A game that feels like a long prelude to a game, and then its over.
2003-05-22*
Speed Circuit (1971)
5
Jul 2009*
6.263
Owned
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*
5
Nov 2005*
6.590
Fun a few times, but not enough tactical maneuvers to make it lasting.
2005-11-29*
5
Jan 2007*
5.984
Owned
Interesting system, but shouldn't Star Wars' combat be fast and furious?
2007-01-23*
5
Nov 2005*
6.918
Fun a couple of times, but nothing I'll ever pine for.
2005-11-29*
5
Jul 2009*
7.084
5
Jul 2009*
7.163
Sunrise City (2012)
5
May 2012
6.145
5
Nov 2013
8.061
Torres (1999)
5
Jul 2009*
7.008
5
May 2003*
5.197
Owned
Either you know it or you don't. Where's the game in that?
2003-05-22*
Twin Tin Bots (2014)
5
Oct 2014
5.895
Didn't seem like I did much before winning (twice). obligatory Robo Rally comment: I'd much rather play Robo Rally.
2014-10-14
Urland (2001)
5
May 2003*
6.049
I felt a bit too detached from the game while playing. I was more a Prime Mover than an actual participant
2003-05-28*
5
Nov 2005*
5.654
Felt like one playing was all I'd ever need. There just isn't much interesting to do, except a lot of busy work. The first 4/5ths of the game seemed to work on autopilot, and the ending came by way of luck of the draw.

Good points: it has a fun theme, but there wasn't enough 'game' for me.
2005-11-20*
Wiz-War (1983)
5
Mar 2005*
6.419
Owned
It's just never as much fun as I hope. Mabye I'm doing something wrong.
2005-03-29*
Wizard Kings (2000)
5
Apr 2005*
6.214
Owned
Got my value out of it playing solitaire. Rating may go up if I actually get to play it with another player. Some head-scratching rules that need interpreting

moved rating down because too many fiddly rules to remember and to hash out.
2005-04-21*
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