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Title Version User
Rating
Geek Rating Status User
Plays
Comment
N/A
5.581
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
5
Jun 2015
5.720
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
N/A
5.540
Owned
For Trade
Kickstarter version, new in shrink
2015-06-04
7 Wonders (2010)
7
Jan 2015
7.794
Owned
Plays: 5
N/A
6.356
Owned
7
Jan 2015
6.437
Owned
Plays: 2
N/A
5.993
Owned
Plays: 3
The Agents (2013)
N/A
6.116
Owned
9
Jun 2014
6.444
Owned
Plays: 3
This is the most immersive game I've ever played. It draws you right into the world of secret agents. The gameplay is superb!

Note: The gameplay ISN'T hard. However, the rulebook frankly sucks. One entire deck of cards isn't explained in the main rules at all, and isn't addressed in the FAQ. No. It is explained as a footnote at the end of the Appendix. After the list of Kickstarter contributors, even, which has nothing to do with how to play the game. Yes, really. I have never been so disgusted with a rule book! I should take off a point for the truly disorganized, crappy rulebook, but I just can't, because the game is so much fun!

Read through the rules and play a few rounds by yourself before teaching it to your friends. It's absolutely worth it.


*A WONDERFUL "thank you" surprise present from Frediccini! :-)
2013-12-27
N/A
5.702
Owned
N/A
5.614
Owned
N/A
5.629
Owned
N/A
5.615
Owned
N/A
5.596
Owned
Agricola (2007)
7
Dec 2013
8.041
Owned
Plays: 2
6
Dec 2013
7.356
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 3
10
Dec 2013
7.376
Owned
Plays: 8
N/A
6.251
Owned
Plays: 1
10
Dec 2013
6.855
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 1
Thank you Santa Shaminder. You rock! :-)

Note added: This expansion makes a perfect game even better!
2013-12-23
Andromeda (1999)
6
Dec 2013
6.061
Owned
Plays: 3
This has very cool mechanics. I'm so glad Frediccini put it on the table!!! Lightweight fun. Perfect for a relaxing evening of gaming after we've ploughed through rules for the five new heaviest Euros one week after another. A game needn't be complex to be fun and still involve some strategy.
2013-12-27
Antics! (2010)
10
Dec 2013
6.125
Owned
Plays: 3
Antics is original and fun. The ant hill mechanic is evil genius!
2013-12-23
6
Dec 2013
5.988
Owned
Plays: 4
Arkham Horror (2005)
7
Dec 2013
7.267
Owned
Plays: 4
On the first play we died horribly - it was over in 40 minutes. The second play took close to three hours, and while the first two hours were tense, by the end we won almost too easily - people were doing goofy things (let's all visit the carnival in Dunwich, I've never been there before), just because they had the leeway to do it. I liked that you can't predict how it's going to turn out and that each play had a very different feel. It was a truly immersive game.
2010-06-06
N/A
6.900
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 6
Post GenCon 2011 purchase. This was a hit with my entire GenCon group! Super fast game play and smooth mechanics make this a must have!
2011-08-08
3
Sep 2013
6.935
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
Post GenCon 2011 purchase.
I can't play it with the base game because the cards are not the same. The group I play with would always know when an expansion card was at the top of the deck, and with this expansion some of the card combos are killers. It only gets a 3 because it can stand on its own.
2013-12-27
N/A
6.105
Owned
Thanks, Frediccini. This adds a cool new dimension to the game!
2012-01-29
8
Apr 2014
7.169
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 1
6
Apr 2014
6.209
Owned
Plays: 1
From Frediccini...because I liked it more than he did...and he needed to make room for more games, lol! Thank you!

Tense two player.
2013-12-27
N/A
5.809
Owned
Own. Never played. :-(
2013-04-07
5
Dec 2013
6.757
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
7
Jun 2014
7.704
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 4
FUN, but a fiddly beast. It needs the right set of gamers to shine. With too many newbies it gets bogged down.
2013-12-27
Belfort (2011)
6
Dec 2013
7.111
Owned
Plays: 2
I like this game and enjoy playing it. I like worker placement and I appreciate the elves and gnomes, the polygonal city, and the humor in the rules and on the board.

But...it feels too much like all the other worker placement games out there with nothing unique in the gameplay to set it apart.
2013-12-23
10
Apr 2010
6.938
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 28
First edition. I don't care about the errata; the game is the most fun of any game I have ever played.
2011-02-04
N/A
6.938
Owned
Plays: 28
Second Edition, 2010
2013-12-23
Bora Bora (2013)
7
Apr 2014
7.381
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 2
Braggart (2010)
6
Dec 2013
5.914
Owned
Plays: 9
Look, Frediccini! I actually bought a card game!

Light weight beer and pretzel style fun, especially with non gamers.
2013-12-27
N/A
5.601
Owned
For Trade
Bruges (2013)
7
Mar 2015
7.280
Owned
Plays: 2
I love this game! Feld in an hour. A lot of hard decisions. Great characters to hire.
2013-12-21
6
Dec 2013
6.246
Owned
Plays: 2
A gaming buddy loaned this to me for AmeriTrash on American Independence weekend, and my family who all adore Buffy decided they had to have a copy to play. Yes, it just takes the right game to suck the non-gamers back in. (Insert evil laughter) Whaahahahaa!
2010-06-18
6
Jun 2015
6.276
Owned
Plays: 1
Rated as a fast paced, tight little filler that actually has depth of play! Hooray!
2014-10-08
8
Dec 2014
6.948
Owned
5
Dec 2013
5.573
Owned
Campy B movie horror game with silly humor.
2013-12-23
N/A
5.527
Owned
Plays: 1
GenCon 2013 purchase.
2013-08-19
Carcassonne (2000)
6
Dec 2013
7.346
Owned
Plays: 1
The perfect rainy day with a fire and a pot of tea or cocoa game.
2013-12-23
N/A
6.780
Owned
N/A
6.460
Owned
N/A
7.462
Owned
N/A
6.540
Owned
N/A
5.759
Owned
N/A
6.506
Owned
N/A
6.852
Owned
N/A
6.370
Owned
N/A
7.423
Owned
Cargo Noir (2011)
6
Dec 2013
6.259
Owned
Plays: 1
9
Apr 2014
6.273
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 3
N/A
6.251
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
Castle Panic (2009)
6
Dec 2013
6.595
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
8
Dec 2013
7.945
Owned
Plays: 5
7
Mar 2015
7.544
Owned
Plays: 3
By the designer of Suburbia.
2014-03-26
N/A
5.584
Owned
Catacombs (2010)
N/A
6.783
Owned
Want To Play
Use alternate and AWESOME stickers by Tzalem.
2012-08-18
Catan (1995)
6
Jan 2014
7.214
Owned
Plays: 1
N/A
6.848
Owned
Chez Cthulhu (2010)
4
Dec 2013
5.629
Owned
For Trade
Chez Geek (1999)
6
Jun 2014
5.655
Owned
House party edition
2014-03-09
6
Dec 2013
6.429
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
The game description says it "reimplements" Mall of Horror with some changes. I only know that I find it difficult to throw my friends to the zombie hoard to save my own hide, when I think we should all band together.
2013-12-27
8
Dec 2013
7.366
Owned
Plays: 4
Fantastic 2 player game. I like that both sides play differently, and that there are different scenarios to keep it fresh.
2010-07-14
Colosseum (2007)
8
Jun 2015
6.996
Owned
Plays: 1
N/A
5.612
Owned
N/A
5.936
Owned
Plays: 1
9
Dec 2013
6.449
Owned
Plays: 10
This game is FUN and plays equally well as a 2 player coop or a 3 or 4 player winner take all game! (I much prefer the coop game. It is tense and exciting every time.)

There are a huge number of Alien Faction cards, which are all great! The number of factions lend extra oomph to the replayability of the game. Fantastic sci-fi cartoon-ey art, and fantastic miniatures. Awesome game!
2013-12-27
7
Jun 2015
5.925
Owned
Plays: 1
The interaction in this game is phenomenal. I haven't played anything else that feels like this. Original, innovative, and FUN!

The special interests tie to the lobbyists during elections and the impact of protesters is gneius.
2013-12-27
Coup (2012)
N/A
7.106
Owned
Damage Report (2014)
8
Nov 2014
5.694
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 3
6
Apr 2014
5.974
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
Played with Jeremy and Shaminder the day before Halloween.
2013-11-09
9
May 2015
6.051
Owned
Plays: 2
Terrific cooperative game with some very innovative mechanics. It felt very original in the field of cooperative games many of which feel very "same-y."
Very tense game with tons of meaningful decisions.
Plus, you know, Pirates!
2015-05-27
9
Dec 2014
7.822
Owned
Plays: 6
This is a freaking amazing game. The game play is tight, and the tension is palpable.

(I do wish the card stock had been better, as this is going to see a LOT of play.)

I can't wait to see the next crossroads game in the series!
2014-08-10
N/A
7.096
Owned
For Trade
Own. Never played. :-(
2013-04-07
N/A
6.211
Owned
For Trade
Own. Never played. :-(
2013-04-07
9
Jun 2015
7.211
Owned
Plays: 2
This is simply the best adventure/fantasy board game I own.
2012-03-24
N/A
7.339
Owned
Dice Town (2009)
6
Jul 2015
6.677
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
Rating increases to a 7 with the expansion.
2015-07-21
7
Jul 2015
6.371
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
N/A
5.577
Owned
Own. Never played. :-(
2013-04-07
Draco Magi (2014)
N/A
5.925
Owned
For Trade
Kickstarted
2014-02-05
Dragonheart (2010)
N/A
6.360
Owned
Own. Never played. :-(
2013-04-07
Dragonscroll (2014)
N/A
5.765
Owned
Plays: 1
Dream Factory (2000)
6
Dec 2013
6.881
Owned
Thank you, Santa! You already gave me the best gifts of all (time with you and playing games), but this is super awesome!
2010-12-23
Drum Roll (2011)
8
Dec 2013
6.520
Owned
Plays: 2
10
Dec 2013
6.676
Owned
Plays: 2
This was a gift. A thousand thank you's! It will be put to good use!
2013-06-16
10
Aug 2015
6.130
Owned
N/A
6.251
Owned
Want To Play
Shaminder, thank you for going out of your way to indulge my quirky sense of the absurd by finding this oop game. "We're not worthy!"
2010-03-23
N/A
6.282
Owned
Want To Play
This expansion adds home bases for the teams, as well as new characters, items, etc.
2010-04-28
N/A
5.734
Owned
Want To Play
Thanks to Frediccini's sharp eyes at the FLGS and his generous nature!
2011-06-16
6
Dec 2013
6.588
Owned
Plays: 1
Dungeon Lords (2009)
10
May 2010
7.334
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 7
Dungeon Lords is absolutely one of the best games I have played. It combines the best of theme, resource management, strategy, and has a terrific battle payoff. It is different every time I play it.
2010-08-29
Dungeon Petz (2011)
8
Dec 2013
7.411
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 1
Dungeon Roll (2013)
7
Jun 2014
6.100
Owned
Plays: 5
There is a lot of game in this little box!

I like the way all the characters are broken in their own way, and that I get a fairly even fight with my gaming partners when everyone plays to their character's strengths.
I like that the game plays completely differently depending on which character I'm playing.
2013-09-21
N/A
5.963
Owned
7
Dec 2013
6.401
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 1
6
Dec 2013
6.800
Owned
Plays: 2
Earth Reborn (2010)
7
Dec 2013
7.310
Owned
For Trade
Eclipse (2011)
9
Jun 2015
7.934
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 2
N/A
7.802
Owned
Want To Play
N/A
6.702
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 1
Elfenland (1998)
7
Dec 2013
6.629
Owned
Plays: 3
Epic Resort (2014)
6
Jun 2015
5.870
Owned
Plays: 2
English first edition
Year: 2012
9
Mar 2012
6.283
Owned
Plays: 12
Epic Spell Wars should be rated for exactly what it is: the best of its class (exceptionally fun, light-ish card games). It's a perfect filler, or perfect for an evening when the crowd just wants to relax and doesn't feel like taking three hours for Arkham Horror, Twilight Imperium, or RuneWars.
The only reason it doesn't get a ten is that it does not fall into the rare category of "I would always want to play this game if asked, no matter how often."

The proof of how good it is? A friend of mine and his group were set to play Arkham Horror and then played Epic Spell Wars....for 5 hours!

P.S. The CEO of the company himself called my group back and answered a game-win-altering question when the geek was down. (Yes, we are a cheeky bunch.) Rather than being annoyed, he seemed pleased that we were having so much fun with their game. I am now a fan of Cryptozoic Games. :-)

Note: We went to the Cryptozoic booth at GenCon 2013 specifically to cheer for Cory and thank him for answering our question when BGG was down. The Cryptozoic bunch are as swell in person as they were on the phone.
2013-12-27
N/A
6.452
Owned
7
Dec 2013
7.022
Owned
Plays: 8
Awesome, frenetic game. It's a nice change of pace! It's fresh & original and the optional curses and treasures mean it won't get too easy or too stale with repeated plays.

ANOTHER gift from my BGG BF! Thank you! You are too thoughtful & generous by far.
2012-10-22
N/A
5.994
Owned
N/A
6.086
Owned
N/A
5.909
Owned
9
Dec 2014
7.091
Owned
Plays: 1
Evo (2001)
8
Dec 2013
6.700
Owned
Plays: 6
Thanks, Frediccini! I love it! It's SO MUCH FUN! I appreciate your taking the time to find the out of print, slightly goofy version.

Should evolved dinosaurs have parasols? YES!
Should players be able to make a dinosaur look like Ringo Star with a brand new mop of fur over the forehead if they like? Absolutely!

The new, serious version took all the fun out of it for me, so thank you SO much!


2013-12-26
7
Dec 2013
5.587
Owned
N/A
5.684
Owned
For Trade
4
Dec 2013
5.561
Owned
6
Dec 2013
6.531
Owned
Plays: 2
Filthy Rich (1998)
7
Nov 2013
5.926
Owned
Plays: 1
Traded away Endeavor to Frediccini for this. I like the unique mechanic. There's nothing else remotely like it, and it's fun.
2013-11-16
Fish Cook (2012)
7
Jun 2015
5.860
Owned
Plays: 1
Better than a beer and pretzels game, easy to teach, fun, decions that matter, reacting to the dice. Scratches the itch for a fun light game.

GenCon 2013 purchase. Signed by James Ernest.
James Ernest was a super-fun person who I'd like to sit down and play a game with!


Update: we played this and liked it so much that we bought color coded dice to dress it up!
2015-06-14
N/A
7.210
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
N/A
7.232
Owned
Want To Play
6
Dec 2013
6.829
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 4
N/A
5.756
Owned
6
Dec 2013
6.704
Owned
Plays: 3
GenCon 2011 purchase. This was the game I was most excited about at GenCon 2010. Great theme, and a great adventure mechanic where failure has actual consequences for the player...and yet, -4 for completely cumbersome minutia in the rules that slow down gameplay and that keeps this game from ever getting on the table!

Some careful streamlining would have helped enormously.
2013-12-27
N/A
5.964
Owned
GenCon 2013
2013-08-19
Francis Drake (2013)
7
Jan 2014
7.042
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 2
There is (just) enough going on to keep the players engaged and busy thinking about they want to do next, but it is a pretty simple game.
Smooth, streamlined mechanics.
Fantastic production value.

Downside: Only medium replayability. Everyone really liked it, but every game will feel exactly the same.
2014-01-21
N/A
5.659
Owned
N/A
5.671
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
7
Dec 2014
6.991
Owned
Plays: 2
This game was done exceptionally well. When i first heard the name and that it was coop, I cringed, hoping that it was NOT an all against one game with someone playing the opposition...which would have been WRONG.

No need to worry, the game is a fantastic pure coop, with real historical characters and events. The economic weight of the underground railroad is felt as the players try to support their mission to free people in every way possible. It is a very strategic game. I have to admit I hate losing this one more than a normal game, but it creates renewed respect for the people who championed this cause.
2013-12-27
8
Dec 2013
6.331
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 1
Christmas 2010 - original version

Fantastic hidden movement game. Very weighty, and strategic. I love this even though I lost every game!
2013-12-27
9
Dec 2013
7.415
Owned
Plays: 5
This game is the ultimate in brain burning fun!
2013-12-23
Glen More (2010)
8
Dec 2013
7.161
Owned
Plays: 2
I like the dice as the third "player" in a two player game to add to the tough decisions and unpredictability. Genius. (It worked so well that they've picked it up to create a two-player alternative for Francis Drake.)

This is now my favorite two-player game.

I appreciate the decisions of what to pick up and where to play it, and when to take the chieftains off of your map so that they can score. This is a thinking game all the way through.
2013-12-27
N/A
6.257
Owned
Plays: 5
GOSU (2010)
7
Dec 2013
6.369
Owned
Plays: 3
Gosu: Kamakor (2011)
6
Dec 2013
5.979
Owned
Plays: 1
5
Dec 2013
5.603
Owned
Plays: 2
Thank you once again, Frediccini! I love the campy theme AND the game play. Pure fun!
2012-03-04
Grimoire (2010)
5
Jun 2015
6.110
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
GenCon 2011 purchase.

This is a light weight tactical game with a great deal of interaction. It is mostly about out-guessing your opponents moves.
2013-12-27
Guillotine (1998)
5
Dec 2013
6.447
Owned
Plays: 4
N/A
N/A
Owned
Plays: 18
This was a favorite of my family on game night.
2010-06-10
N/A
5.633
Owned
For Trade
N/A
7.159
Owned
Hey Waiter! (2010)
7
Dec 2014
5.713
Owned
Plays: 1
Horse Fever (2009)
8
Dec 2013
6.415
Owned
Plays: 1
5
Jun 2015
5.782
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 3
I Drank What? (2008)
N/A
5.498
Owned
N/A
N/A
Owned
Inkognito (1988)
5
Jun 2015
6.314
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
Inn-Fighting (2007)
6
Dec 2013
5.693
Owned
Plays: 1
Isla Dorada (2010)
7
Jun 2015
6.412
Owned
Plays: 3
Jaipur (2009)
N/A
7.393
Owned
Plays: 4
Jamaica (2007)
6
Jun 2015
6.895
Owned
Plays: 4
Good light game. Player decisions + easy set up + quick & easy rules explanations + great art + engaging theme to pull in the non-gamers = terrific gateway game.

This is a light family-style game. This game generates a huge amount of laughter (and groans).
2014-06-28
Jambo (2004)
N/A
6.945
Owned
Plays: 3
N/A
5.391
Owned
Jungle Ascent (2013)
N/A
5.757
Owned
For Trade
Kemet (2012)
8
Mar 2015
7.484
Owned
Plays: 4
4
Jun 2015
6.029
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
I like that you can deal someone in late and it doesn't break this game at all. This attribute makes Kill Doctor Lucky perfect for a game group when two or three members arrive and are waiting for more members to arrive.

If anyone knows of other games that people can join after the game has been going a few rounds, please send me a geekmail. :-)

Update: It doesn't work as I had hoped, because it goes on far too long for what it is.
2013-11-02
5
Jun 2015
5.673
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
Very cute quick filler with a lot of interaction. GenCon 2013
2013-08-21
King of Tokyo (2011)
7
Dec 2013
7.322
Owned
Plays: 15
N/A
6.634
Owned
8
Dec 2013
6.914
Owned
Plays: 3
The "costumes" in this expansion are monstrous!

Even better, they really add to the gameplay.
2013-12-23
8
Dec 2013
7.450
Owned
Plays: 7
The unique powers in this expansion made this game so much better!
2013-12-23
Kingsburg (2007)
8
Dec 2013
7.147
Owned
Plays: 6
9
Dec 2013
7.457
Owned
Plays: 2
Can an expansion be rated higher than the base game? YES, when it makes the entire game better!
2013-12-23
Koryŏ (2013)
N/A
6.273
Owned
For Trade
Labyrinth (1986)
7
Jan 2014
6.210
Owned
Plays: 1
Rated 7 for being good at what it is: a children's game that adults can enjoy playing, too. Each player moves and changes the maze on their turn as they try to make their way to the treasures they need, making this much more strategic and engaging than the vast majority of children's games out there.
2014-01-06
N/A
5.696
Owned
GenCon 2011 purchase.
2011-08-08
N/A
5.832
Owned
Plays: 1
GenCon 2011 purchase.
2011-08-08
N/A
5.908
Owned
N/A
5.826
Owned
Feral Zombies. Must have.
Edit: Preordered At GenCon 2013
2013-08-19
N/A
7.060
Owned
N/A
6.453
Owned
GenCon 2011 Purchase
2011-08-08
10
Jan 2013
6.617
Owned
Plays: 5
This may be the best expansion I have ever played simply because it adds to s to the base game while retaining everything good about the base game.
-It adds more mechanics. The barricades and sewers add a fresh new feel to a game that comes off the shelf constantly.
-It adds new scenarios, a huge plus on a scenario driven game.
-It adds to the theme so seamlessly that it could have come with the base set. And, it's huge fun! Simply brilliant - great job Flying Frog!
2013-12-23
10
May 2011
6.922
Owned
Plays: 13
If a perfect 10 is the game that you are always up for and never say "no" to, then this is definitely a 10! LNOE anyone? Sure!
2012-02-16
10
Mar 2013
6.503
Owned
N/A
7.071
Owned
Want To Play
Lie Detector (1960)
N/A
5.533
Owned
5
Dec 2013
5.791
Owned
GenCon 2011 Auction purchase. CheapAssGames version.
2011-08-08
Lost Cities (1999)
6
Apr 2014
7.042
Owned
Plays: 6
Love Letter (2012)
6
Dec 2013
7.340
Owned
Plays: 3
After reading the synopsis of the game play and reading dozens of comments in which all the guys are raving about the lightning quick game play, the multiple repeat plays, and "laughing their asses off" it seems like a must have "quickie." I enjoy it very much, but it is a light filler.
2013-12-23
Luna (2010)
7
Feb 2014
7.006
Owned
Plays: 3
Macao (2009)
10
Dec 2013
7.228
Owned
Plays: 3
There is enough going on in this game that a player could pick a different strategy nearly every time they play it, which means a) I can always think of something I should have done differently, and b) I always want to play it again. I love playing this one. The wheel is very innovative and adds to the strategy! This is perhaps my favorite Euro tied with Power Grid.
2012-10-27
Machi Koro (2012)
7
Nov 2014
6.814
Owned
Plays: 3
SO much FUN!!!

Machi Koro is super easy to teach/learn, and the play goes very fast, but it is surprisingly "thinky." A light weight brain burner? Yes!

With 100% player engagement, no downtime, highly interactive strategic play, this may be the best filler game I've ever played.
2014-03-27
N/A
6.850
Owned
5
Dec 2013
5.450
Owned
Plays: 3
9
Aug 2013
7.629
Owned
Plays: 1
GenCon 2013
2013-08-19
N/A
6.731
Owned
Preorderedat GenCon for the a amazing alternate art.
2013-08-19
N/A
7.309
Owned
Plays: 1
I enjoyed this a LOT as a pre-packaged deck game when we played a five color/player game from promo decks at GenCon 2011. But. There's no way I'm getting sucked into a CCG money pit.
2011-09-08
7
Dec 2013
7.242
Owned
Plays: 4
I like it, but some of the scenarios are much better than others. And, of course, the set up is so laborious that it doesn't get played as often as it might otherwise.
2013-12-23
N/A
6.631
Owned
N/A
6.321
Owned
N/A
6.074
Owned
N/A
5.669
Owned
For Trade


2014-12-29
Martinique (2009)
7
Dec 2013
5.951
Owned
Plays: 3
I really enjoy this game. The map is great, the point mechanism is good, and the movement mechanic is genius.
2013-12-23
8
Dec 2013
6.873
Owned
Plays: 1
This is definitely what I term an "event" game.

I like that Merchant allows a player to formulate and actually carry out a plan, but it does it at the price of a long playing time and tons of chits. I loved the way it felt while playing -100% engaging (What will I do next? What will my best route be? How can I get the resources/upgrades/fame/income that I need???)

On the other hand, I would need plano boxes or the set up and break down time alone would deter me from ever playing! (It would be the best game just sitting on the shelf, but still.)
8-24-3013

*update 10-7-13 bought two weekly pill organizers for the 14 races, a plano box for everything else, and took the plunge!
2013-12-23
8
Jun 2014
7.272
Owned
Plays: 2
N/A
6.155
Owned
6
Jun 2015
7.343
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
6
Dec 2013
6.146
Owned
Plays: 2
6
Dec 2013
6.699
Owned
Plays: 2
I'm taking care of this untie Frediccini needs to play it again...
2012-03-11
N/A
5.844
Owned
For Trade
9
Dec 2012
6.210
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 4
8
Dec 2013
6.806
Owned
Want To Play
3
Dec 2013
5.844
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
Help each other, then stab each other in the back. This is not for me.
2013-12-23
8
Dec 2013
5.889
Owned
Plays: 1
For a game that looks as childlike and simple as it does, this game keeps you thinking furiously all the way to the end!
There is no "down time" as a player is always thinking of what to do next, which I like a lot.

I like that MushMush! gives a lot of the feel of RoboRally without the interminable stopping to see who has the highest number on a card and therefore gets to go first. This is streamlined fun, Fun, FUN!

Note: I have never played the original Snow Tails.
2013-12-27
8
Dec 2013
6.373
Owned
Plays: 1
I was demoing children's games for my local (now defunct) game store, and this was hands down the most popular. The children would play a game, then immediately get in line and wait for another turn. They loved placing the tiles, and they watched like hawks for the roads to close, even if it was to help their opponents place their meeples.

The thing is, it wasn't boring for the adults, either. Gsmes that can bridge that gap are rare.

A charming little game to pull out when there are kids over.
2013-06-16
5
Dec 2013
6.314
Owned
For Trade
5
Dec 2013
5.577
Owned
6
Dec 2013
6.420
Owned
Plays: 1
Christmas 2010
2010-12-25
Notre Dame (2007)
7
Mar 2015
7.268
Owned
Plays: 1
N/A
5.662
Owned
8
Dec 2013
6.398
Owned
Plays: 6
Surprise homecoming gift from my wonderful non-gaming husband who has been listening more than I realized to which games I enjoy most. I am blessed beyond belief.
2010-06-18
N/A
6.373
Owned
Want To Play
Thank you so much, Frediccini! I couldn't find Once Upon a Time in English anywhere. I love the art work and the idea of this game. Once again, your kindness and thoughtfulness humble me - you are beyond awesome.
2010-05-09
Pandemic (2007)
7
Dec 2013
7.582
Owned
Plays: 4
Panic Station (2011)
6
Jul 2015
5.967
Owned
Plays: 3
This game is SO MUCH FUN!!! The mix of objective, paranoid interaction, and exploration is sheer genius!
2013-02-09
7
Dec 2013
5.570
Owned
Plays: 4
Penny Arcade is quick playing and fun, with decisions that matter.
2013-12-23
Penny Press (2015)
N/A
5.870
Owned
Kickstarter edition
2015-06-08
5
Dec 2014
5.783
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
This is a solid, fun, light filler. It's easy to teach, and easy to play. It will be a great addition to the games our game group can play when we are waiting for another table to finish a longer game.

(Yes, it is Robo Rally as a quick game with dice instead of cards, and I think there's a definite place for that.)

Christmas 2012 - gift from Chelsea.
2013-04-13
Pirateer (1978)
5
Dec 2013
5.442
Owned
Plays: 8
Pit (1903)
6
Dec 2013
6.293
Owned
Plays: 1
Frenetic fun. There's no other game quite like it, with everyone trying to trade at once. It is fun with a big crowd.

I wouldn't play it all the time, but it adds some variety to the types of games that are available to play.
2013-12-27
PitchCar (1995)
5
Dec 2013
7.059
Owned
Thanks for the CoolStuff certificate Patricia and Michael! Start your engines...
2013-06-09
7
Dec 2013
6.298
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 1
6
Dec 2013
5.527
Owned
Plays: 1
Thank you Frediccini! You are miraculous!
2012-03-03
6
Dec 2013
5.544
Owned
Plays: 1
Thank you, Frediccini! I told you the year of the rat was lucky...lucky for me!
2012-03-03
6
Jun 2015
6.047
Owned
Plays: 3
Power Grid (2004)
9
Oct 2012
7.919
Owned
Plays: 1
My favorite Euro...until Feld started producing his new classics.
2013-12-27
N/A
7.502
Owned
Plays: 1
English second edition
Year: 2007
6
Dec 2013
6.335
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
I like it even thoughI can see its flaws. I always enjoy playing this.
2013-12-23
Puerto Rico (2002)
6
Dec 2013
8.047
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
Quarriors! (2011)
6
Jun 2015
6.771
Owned
Plays: 8
GenCon 2011 purchase. Ten minutes into the demo, my friend and I both knew we were buying it1 Three plays so far, and it's slightly different each time. Can't wait for the expansions!

I feel this game should have a higher win condition. It would allow for a fuller strategy to be developed and implemented.
2013-12-23
N/A
6.918
Owned
N/A
5.990
Owned
GenCon 2011.
2011-08-08
7
Dec 2013
6.363
Owned
Plays: 6
My daughter, who doesn't like games, ASKS to play this! This game was a gift from an awesome friend.

"Beer and Pretzel" gaming at its best. Second only to Epic Spell Wars in this category for me.
2013-12-23
N/A
6.476
Owned
Plays: 2
N/A
6.314
Owned
Plays: 1
Post GenCon 2011 purchase
2011-09-03
5
Dec 2013
7.410
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
Signed copy from its Essen release
2015-06-04
8
Dec 2013
7.670
Owned
This is everything I originally hoped that The Resistance would be!
2013-12-23
N/A
5.988
Owned
Rialto (2013)
N/A
6.692
Owned
For Trade
N/A
6.796
Owned
For Trade
Risk (1959)
N/A
5.472
Owned
River Dragons (2000)
6
Dec 2013
6.212
Owned
Plays: 1
Rated for what it is supposed to be: a light weight, fun, family style filler with meaningful decisions. It does all of this well.
2013-10-20
7
Jun 2015
7.887
Owned
Plays: 3
Enjoyment of this game varies more than most based upon the people one plays with.
2014-03-27
RoboRally (1994)
9
Dec 2013
7.103
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 4
It's tons of fun! This one always produces a lot of laughter
2013-12-23
Roma (1986)
6
Dec 2013
N/A
Owned
This is a solid little two player game.
2013-12-23
Room 25 (2013)
5
Dec 2013
6.520
Owned
For Trade
It fell flat as a coop. I need to play it as a hidden traitor game, and then re-rate.
2013-12-23
Rosenkönig (1997)
N/A
6.450
Owned
For Trade
I found it being sold new at COAS bookstore for two dollars, and looked up the comments on board game geek on the spot. It seems worth trying...it was never produced in english, but still ranked high on the geek for abstract game, AND has it's own iPad app which won best abstract game app of the year last year. Sounds promising.
2013-01-02
5
Jun 2015
6.730
Owned
Plays: 1
Runewars (2010)
N/A
7.455
Owned
For Trade
Ruse (2014)
4
Jun 2015
5.499
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
Safranito (2010)
8
Nov 2013
6.254
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 3
Rated 8 as lightweight fantastic fun that everyone loves! I'd play this almost anytime someone asks. Original theme and mechanics, beautiful components. Never giving this one up!
2013-11-18
Seasons (2012)
7
Dec 2013
7.337
Owned
Plays: 3
N/A
6.829
Owned
6
Dec 2013
5.353
Owned
Plays: 2
8
Dec 2013
7.262
Owned
Plays: 9
N/A
7.117
Owned
Plays: 2
N/A
7.284
Owned
Plays: 2
Thank you, friend! Proof that a delayed Christmas present can sometimes be the best. :-)
2013-01-09
7
Dec 2013
6.701
Owned
Plays: 12
This gets requested on meetup game days more than any other game. It has wide appeal. I know of three people who went out and bought it immediately after playing my copy.

It has an interesting hidden team mechanic.
2013-12-23
N/A
6.339
Owned
Plays: 3
N/A
7.064
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 3
N/A
6.863
Owned
7
Dec 2013
7.050
Owned
Plays: 2
Shear Panic (2005)
8
Dec 2013
6.236
Owned
Deceptively simple and even innocently childlike in appearance. The Fragor Brother's evil genius at work again to burn brains everywhere!
2013-12-23
10
Jun 2015
7.461
Owned
Plays: 1
Dead. Solid. Perfect.

For the first time since joining BGG six years ago, I tried to give a game a 10.5! BGG wouldn't allow me to do this, and I understand that it would skew the ratings...but the game deserves it!

This is so much fun as a cooperative game. My family called an intermission, intending to continue the next day, but twenty minutes later my daughter sat down next to me and initiated a conversation sorting through all the possibilities that went on until we all decided to take our chances against Holmes.

The game plays absolutely fair, but it IS tricky!

Highly recommended for all who-dunnit fans. The game puts the gamer INTO the mystery!

2015-06-13
Shinobi Clans (2013)
8
Jun 2014
5.696
Owned
Plays: 1
I played this at GenCon 2013 and bought it immediately afterwards. Very tight mechanics, easy to teach, real choices, strategy, and tense gameplay.

On top of having very sound gameplay it has the most stunning artwork I've seen in a game.

This one will appeal to new gamers AND veteran gamers.
2013-08-19
Small World (2009)
7
Jun 2015
7.344
Owned
Plays: 5
5
Jun 2015
7.196
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
They were just grabbing for more of their "cash cow" woth this one. Unecessary expansion.
2015-06-14
N/A
7.338
Owned
Yet another gift from a friend who, if all he ever gave me was his friendship and some time to play games, it would be more than enough...but then he goes and does things like this, too!
2010-11-10
N/A
7.263
Owned
N/A
7.180
Owned
N/A
6.239
Owned
N/A
6.007
Owned
Plays: 1
Smash Up (2012)
7
Dec 2013
6.827
Owned
Plays: 10
Fast and fun. The combination of races makes this more interesting and challenging than it might be otherwise, and has the added benefit of keeping this fresh, since they randomly change each game.
2013-12-23
N/A
7.089
Owned
Plays: 3
(Thank you!)
2013-05-01
N/A
6.902
Owned
Plays: 2
Snake Oil (2010)
6
Dec 2013
6.288
Owned
Plays: 2
Good party game.
2013-12-23
Space Alert (2008)
7
Jun 2015
7.443
Owned
Plays: 7
I love this game even though I stink at it!
2013-12-23
8
Jun 2015
7.082
Owned
Spellbound (2012)
N/A
5.870
Owned
Plays: 2
6
Jun 2015
5.522
Owned
Plays: 10
Splendor (2014)
7
Jun 2014
7.468
Owned
Plays: 9
Spyfall (2014)
N/A
6.947
Owned
Plays: 4
N/A
6.008
Owned
Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) - Your legacy lives on - in a board game, no less! Thank you for The Door Into Summer, Friday, Citizen of the Galaxy, The Star Beast, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, Space Cadet, Have Spacesuit Will Travel, Stranger in a Strange Land, and so much more. I opened your books and you opened my mind.
2010-06-18
Steam Park (2013)
7
Jun 2014
6.794
Owned
Plays: 3
N/A
6.424
Owned
Stratego (1947)
5
Dec 2013
5.919
Owned
Summoner Wars (2009)
5
Dec 2013
7.098
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
N/A
6.576
Owned
Want To Play
8
Jun 2015
7.075
Owned
Plays: 6
Birthday Present from Paul.
2015-04-21
Takenoko (2011)
7
Dec 2013
7.214
Owned
Plays: 3
English first edition
Year: 2009
6
Feb 2013
7.097
Owned
Plays: 4
This would be a perfect ten if they would revise the encounter book to make sense. No more being in a desert and having an "ocean" encounter! Also, they desperately need to fix such problems as:
- players should NOT be able to spend three hours in jail in one game.
- players should be more able to get rid of curses
- there should be a GRAND END ENCOUNTER to wrap up the "story" instead of an abrupt, random "oh, I've got points, the end, I win." This is too abrupt and jarring and is just a let down in such a thematic game.

Agents of Smersh puts this game to shame, and yet...I love Tales of the Arabian Nights. I hope they make it right someday.
2013-02-24
Terra Mystica (2012)
9
Jun 2014
8.141
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 2
N/A
7.337
Owned
Much appreciated Birthday present - 2015. Thanks, Frediccini!
2015-05-24
6
Jun 2015
6.834
Owned
Plays: 4
Rated as a family game with adult appeal. This is fun!
2013-12-23
Till Dawn (2014)
5
Jun 2015
5.664
Owned
Plays: 2
Fun, light, push-your-luck party game. There is a lot of laughter when we play.

This game is a nice change of pace in between heavier games, or at the end of a long gaming session.

Also, Till Dawn is perfect for when a number of non-gamers are at the table. It can break the ice and help non-gamers feel comfortable enough to try something a little bit more meaty for the next game.

Highly recommended!
2014-12-07
6
Dec 2013
7.111
Owned
Plays: 3
Good party game for a large group.
2013-12-23
Tobago (2009)
8
Jun 2014
6.973
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 3
I really like the theme, the art, and the unique process of elimination gameplay
2013-12-23
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