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Title Version User
Rating
Geek Rating Status User
Plays
Comment
Abandon Ship (2009)
8
Sep 2014
5.941
Owned
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
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*
8
Jan 2012
5.719
Owned
Balloon Cup (2003)
8
Jan 2010*
6.563
Basari (1998)
8
Jul 2009*
6.379
Owned
Bah! Sorry!
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 3D (2003)
8
Jul 2009*
6.615
Blokus Trigon (2006)
8
Jun 2007*
6.615
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
Like it better than regular Blokus
2007-06-09*
8
Jul 2009*
6.903
Owned
Boomtown (2004)
8
Feb 2007*
6.340
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
8
Nov 2003*
6.459
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*
Bruges (2013)
8
Jan 2014
7.278
8
May 2003*
5.748
Such hard decisions for a kid's game!
2003-05-13*
Cacao (2015)
8
Jun 2015
6.380
Owned
Carcassonne on Valium, but good Valium.
2015-06-02
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*
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*
8
Mar 2004*
6.852
Owned
Liked it both times I played. Sure, slow players can drive you crazy, but that can happen in any game.
2004-03-31*
China (2005)
8
Jul 2009*
6.826
Clans (2002)
8
Jul 2009*
6.411
Owned
The Climbers (2008)
8
Aug 2011
6.264
Owned
Code 777 (1985)
8
Jun 2009*
6.329
Would buy a remake. Until then, Sleuth works for me.
2003-06-03*
Coup (2012)
8
Sep 2014
7.108
Owned
8
May 2003*
6.134
Fun trick-taking game, and I don't much like trick-taking games.
2003-05-08*
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*
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*
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*
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*
8
Dec 2009*
6.424
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*
Fairy Tale (2004)
8
Oct 2009*
6.688
Owned
8
Jan 2012
7.262
Owned
Rating could rise.
2011-12-22
FITS (2009)
8
Jul 2009*
6.411
Owned
8
Aug 2010
6.832
Owned
Formula Dé (1991)
8
Dec 2009*
6.827
Fun for a single lap race.
2007-01-09*
Fresco (2010)
8
Nov 2012
7.205
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
Funkenschlag (2001)
8
Jul 2009*
6.510
Owned
World's most carefully spelled game.
2005-07-25*
8
May 2009*
7.415
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*
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*
Goldbräu (2004)
8
Oct 2005*
6.091
I like that one brewery has my name.
2005-10-15*
Hab & Gut (2008)
8
Dec 2009*
6.560
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
Fast and easy stock game.
2009-12-04
Hacienda (2005)
8
Sep 2009*
6.752
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
8
May 2003*
6.448
Owned
I go back and forth on this one. Get it? Back and forth?
2003-05-13*
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
8
Nov 2004*
7.157
Owned
Zippy 'war' game. Nothing deep, but it does the job well.
2004-11-19*
High Society (1995)
8
Jul 2009*
6.599
Owned
High Tail It! (1995)
8
Nov 2013
6.162
Owned
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*
Hive (2001)
8
Dec 2011
7.259
Owned
Buzz. Buzz.
2007-07-15*
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*
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*
8
Sep 2009*
6.207
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
Jungle Speed (1997)
8
Jul 2009*
6.489
Owned
Kahuna (1998)
8
Jul 2009*
6.504
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*
Keythedral (2002)
8
Dec 2012
6.795
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
Kreta (2005)
8
Nov 2008*
6.398
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
8
Aug 2003*
5.603
Owned
My favorite 'normal' card game.
2003-08-11*
Las Vegas (2012)
8
Jun 2012
6.742
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
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
Jul 2009*
6.715
Owned
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*
8
Oct 2010
6.924
Owned
Love Letter (2012)
8
Jun 2013
7.347
Owned
Löwenherz (1997)
8
May 2003*
6.708
Played only once. Want to play again.
2003-05-15*
Magna Grecia (2003)
8
Jul 2009*
6.094
Owned
Mamma Mia! (1999)
8
May 2003*
6.348
Owned
Makes me hungry.
2003-05-16*
Mammut (2011)
8
Jun 2012
5.844
Prev. Owned
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
MarraCash (1996)
8
Jun 2011
6.248
8
May 2003*
6.052
Owned
Don't like it as well with four, though playing partners sounds like fun
2003-05-22*
Members Only (1996)
8
May 2003*
5.836
Like to see a reprint.
2003-05-16*
Metropolys (2008)
8
Oct 2009*
6.778
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*
8
May 2003*
6.229
Owned
Cheerful fun. Too inconsequintial for some, but I like it.
2003-05-16*
Montage (1973)
8
Sep 2014
5.810
Owned
Muscat (2001)
8
May 2003*
5.720
Rock-paper-scissors made strategic.
2003-05-16*
Myrmes (2012)
8
Sep 2014
6.990
Owned
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*
No Thanks! (2004)
8
Jul 2009*
6.938
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
Oltre Mare (2004)
8
Jul 2009*
6.444
Owned
8
Sep 2014
N/A
Owned
8
Aug 2013
6.336
Password (1962)
8
May 2003*
5.803
Owned
Retro Fun
2003-05-22*
Pick Two! (1993)
8
May 2003*
5.680
Owned
High-speed crossword game. The scoring can really leave you behind though.
2003-05-22*
Pit (1903)
8
May 2003*
6.293
Owned
Manic, pointless, but still fun to play.
2003-05-22*
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*
8
Sep 2009*
6.504
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*
8
Jun 2011
6.452
Owned
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*
8
Jan 2010*
6.682
River Dragons (2000)
8
May 2003*
6.208
Owned
Kind of a crapshoot to win, but fun none-the-less.
2003-05-08*
Roma (2005)
8
Jun 2014
6.636
Owned
Rosenkönig (1997)
8
Oct 2009*
6.450
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
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*
8
Apr 2014
6.686
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*
Scotland Yard (1983)
8
Jul 2009*
6.417
Owned
Shipyard (2009)
8
Jun 2011
6.940
Owned
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*
Skybridge (2006)
8
Sep 2009*
5.607
Speculation (1992)
8
Sep 2014
6.005
Owned
Squint (2002)
8
May 2003*
5.767
Owned
Sucker for good party games.
2003-05-22*
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*
8
Jun 2015
6.143
Owned
Sylla (2008)
8
Jan 2009*
6.448
Ta Yü (1999)
8
Feb 2007*
6.445
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Played once and enjoyed it. Great bits.
2007-02-01*
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*
8
May 2003*
6.302
Owned
The 'game' part is 80's-random flowchart nonsense, but the storytelling part can be lots of laughs.
2003-05-22*
Thebes (2007)
8
May 2009*
7.041
8
May 2003*
6.961
Owned
Candy Camels by Knizia
2003-05-22*
8
Jul 2009*
7.050
Owned
8
Jul 2009*
7.418
Owned
8
Jan 2007*
7.491
Nice variant of TTR.
2007-01-10*
Tobago (2009)
8
Aug 2010
6.971
Owned
Triplanetary (1973)
8
May 2003*
5.651
Owned
Played only as a race game. Great movement system.
2003-05-22*
Turn the Tide (1997)
8
Mar 2007*
6.554
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
one play. I think I like it even better than Raj or 6 nimmt. Another cool twist on the genre.
2007-03-18*
8
Nov 2013
7.834
Owned
Union Pacific (1999)
8
Jan 2007*
6.999
Tense moments anticipating the scoring phase, but the luck of when it comes up worries me a bit. Still, glad to play.
2007-01-10*
Walnut Grove (2011)
8
Nov 2012
6.517
Owned
We the People (1994)
8
Jan 2010*
6.594
Web of Power (2000)
8
Nov 2008*
6.968
Filling as a breath mint, but leaves you with a nice feeling afterwords.
2004-03-30*
Werewolf (1986)
8
May 2003*
6.518
Owned
Great to play once every three months or so. No real game here, just finger pointing. But darn fun finger pointing.
2003-05-28*
8
May 2003*
5.572
Owned
Tightly integrated system. Maybe too tight. But great theme and I always have fun playing it.
2003-05-28*
WildLife (2002)
8
Nov 2008*
6.281
8
Dec 2009*
5.520
Owned
Sorry, but I like the game. Dated mechanics, poor source material, but the team play of 'find/hide the baby' is a lot of fun.
2007-07-15*
Witch Trial (2001)
8
May 2003*
5.832
Great if you get into it -- playing your part.
2003-05-28*
8
Jul 2011
6.968
Wyatt Earp (2001)
8
Jul 2009*
6.613
Owned
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