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9
Jan 2015
7.135
Wishlist(1)
 (Must have)
Plays: 2
This is an absolutely fantastic strategic game. I absolutely love the way battles are resolved.

It would get a 9 or even a 10 if it weren't for the fact that it is possible for one side to have four turns in a row before the other side gets a turn.

In a game where it is possible to severely deplete the other side's armies in two consecutive turns to a point of almost not being able to recover (I've done this), the possibility of four turns in a row turns an otherwise strategic game into simple luck.

I'll be house ruling this so that if a player gets the last two turns in a round, at the beginning of the following round the first turn will only be drawn from the other players' dice. The second turn would return to normal with all three remaining dice.

Kudos for a job very well done, not withstanding the potential flaw.
2014-06-23
5
Jun 2015
5.725
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
9
Jun 2014
7.344
Plays: 4
7 Wonders (2010)
7
Jan 2015
7.798
Owned
Plays: 5
4
Dec 2013
5.596
6
Jun 2015
6.352
7
Jan 2015
6.440
Owned
Plays: 2
9
Jun 2014
6.435
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
Agricola (2007)
7
Dec 2013
8.045
Owned
Plays: 2
6
Dec 2013
7.352
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 3
10
Dec 2013
7.377
Owned
Plays: 8
10
Dec 2013
6.867
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
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
Andromeda (1999)
6
Dec 2013
6.064
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
6.131
Owned
Plays: 3
Antics is original and fun. The ant hill mechanic is evil genius!
2013-12-23
6
Dec 2013
5.996
Owned
Plays: 4
AquaSphere (2014)
3
Jun 2015
7.020
Plays: 2
Archipelago (2012)
3
Jun 2015
7.113
Plays: 1
Need more information or to see a video...
2012-10-22
Arkham Horror (2005)
7
Dec 2013
7.273
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
2
Dec 2013
6.034
Plays: 1
Negotiation and voting - left me cold. Not my cup of geek at ALL.
2012-12-16
3
Sep 2013
6.933
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
8
Apr 2014
7.171
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 1
6
Apr 2014
6.211
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
BANG! (2002)
4
Jun 2015
6.517
5
Dec 2013
6.760
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
5
Dec 2013
5.833
Plays: 1
7
Jun 2014
7.705
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
7.112
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
6.935
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
Bohnanza (1997)
2
Nov 2013
7.013
Tedious.
2013-11-23
Bomb Squad (2013)
6
Dec 2013
5.602
Plays: 1
Test played the prototype. I like it and will probably pick it up.

Pros: Fun filler, and the first training scenario plays especially fast and smooth.

Cons: In the second scenario, it feels like there should be a penalty for reordering the already programmed cards. It seems strange that you "program" the robot, but then can change the order of the cards with no penalty when you activate them. This actually felt like a disconnect from the theme. Savvy players will manipulate this. Also, the programming scenario slowed down the feel of the game play, despite the timer.

I will enjoy seeing the finished version.
2013-10-20
Bora Bora (2013)
7
Apr 2014
7.381
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 2
4
Dec 2013
6.300
Plays: 2
A friend Kickstarted this, so our group played it. There is very little game here, and not much fun.

Note: The friend who Kickstarted this was also unimpressed and traded it away already.
2013-12-27
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
Bruges (2013)
7
Mar 2015
7.277
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
6.249
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
6.270
Owned
Plays: 1
Rated as a fast paced, tight little filler that actually has depth of play! Hooray!
2014-10-08
8
Dec 2014
6.947
Owned
5
Dec 2013
5.574
Owned
Campy B movie horror game with silly humor.
2013-12-23
Carcassonne (2000)
6
Dec 2013
7.347
Owned
Plays: 1
The perfect rainy day with a fire and a pot of tea or cocoa game.
2013-12-23
Cargo Noir (2011)
6
Dec 2013
6.259
Owned
Plays: 1
9
Apr 2014
6.274
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 3
Castle Panic (2009)
6
Dec 2013
6.595
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
8
Dec 2013
7.941
Owned
Plays: 5
7
Mar 2015
7.522
Owned
Plays: 3
By the designer of Suburbia.
2014-03-26
Catan (1995)
6
Jan 2014
7.219
Owned
Plays: 1
1
Nov 2014
7.515
Horribly unbalanced. When I beat three of the smartest people I know (Full ride scholarship to Rice University, etc.), there's an issue. I'm not unduly modest, just honest.
Oh, and watching one of my friends have a horrible time as I played the game as it was meant to be played and beat the crud out of his faction, and there was nothing, absolutely NOTHING he could do, was awful. Worst time playing a game ever.
2015-07-26
Chez Cthulhu (2010)
4
Dec 2013
5.629
Owned
For Trade
Chez Geek (1999)
6
Jun 2014
5.658
Owned
House party edition
2014-03-09
6
Mar 2014
5.955
Plays: 1
Chinatown (1999)
7
Jul 2015
6.973
Plays: 1
Heavy pure negotiation.

I would play this often with the right group, but
I would never want to play this with the wrong group, which says more about me as a player than it does about the game. Negotiation isn't my favorite mechanic, and this game was made for those who love negotiation and interaction. I prefer either cooperation or being the master of my own fate.

I had a lot of fun playing this game and can admire it for what it is.
2015-07-12
6
Dec 2013
6.438
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
7.365
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
9
Dec 2013
6.451
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
5.929
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
3
Sep 2011
7.466
Plays: 1
Clunky, awkward mechanics, stilted gameplay, and poorly worded cards and rules made this game lag. It was no fun at all, and I say that even though I collect thematic games and even though I "won."
2011-09-11
2
Dec 2014
6.662
Plays: 1
Damage Report (2014)
8
Nov 2014
5.685
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 3
6
Apr 2014
5.979
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
Played with Jeremy and Shaminder the day before Halloween.
2013-11-09
5
Dec 2014
6.627
Prev. Owned
Plays: 3
9
May 2015
5.978
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
7.833
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
Deadwood (2011)
6
Jun 2014
6.137
Plays: 2
5
Dec 2013
5.674
9
Jun 2015
7.213
Owned
Plays: 2
This is simply the best adventure/fantasy board game I own.
2012-03-24
Dice Town (2009)
6
Jul 2015
6.673
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
Rating increases to a 7 with the expansion.
2015-07-21
7
Jul 2015
6.362
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
Dominion (2008)
3
Sep 2013
7.695
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
Playing simultaneous solitaire with other people and then checking to see who played best when it's over is not my idea of great gameplay. I'm afraid that both times I played this I had a "This is torture, can someone please just make it end NOW" experience. Others love it, and more power to them.
2010-06-10
Dream Factory (2000)
6
Dec 2013
6.884
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
6.526
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
6
Dec 2013
6.586
Owned
Plays: 1
Dungeon Lords (2009)
10
May 2010
7.335
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
7.408
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 1
Dungeon Roll (2013)
7
Jun 2014
6.102
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
DungeonQuest (1985)
7
Jun 2014
6.378
Plays: 1
7
Dec 2013
6.402
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 1
6
Dec 2013
6.803
Owned
Plays: 2
Earth Reborn (2010)
7
Dec 2013
7.306
Owned
For Trade
Eclipse (2011)
9
Jun 2015
7.937
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 2
Elder Sign (2011)
1
Dec 2012
6.881
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
There are too few decisions (1. Which card do I try to defeat? 2. Do I heal? or 3. Do I buy?). After that it's just dice. Normally I don't mind dice, but there has to me MORE to a game than that.

A friend compared the phone app to a slot machine. He meant it as a compliment, but I think it's a huge detraction - just luck of a dice roll and little more to the game. The "slot machine" comparison is just as apt in the board game itself as it is for the app.

There is far too little interaction or collaboration for a "cooperative" game.

Finally, it felt dry as the Atacama desert. Which is the driest desert on Earth.

I gave my copy away to someone who I sincerely hope will like it more than I did.
2015-07-26
4
Dec 2014
7.717
Plays: 1
Elfenland (1998)
7
Dec 2013
6.632
Owned
Plays: 3
Elixir (1987)
7
Dec 2013
5.554
Want In Trade
Wishlist(2)
 (Love to have)
Plays: 2
En Garde! (2005)
4
Dec 2014
5.625
Epic Resort (2014)
6
Jun 2015
5.863
Owned
Plays: 2
English first edition
Year: 2012
9
Mar 2012
6.266
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
6
Jun 2014
6.094
Plays: 2
7
Dec 2013
7.026
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
9
Dec 2014
7.089
Owned
Plays: 1
Evo (2001)
8
Dec 2013
6.701
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
3
Dec 2013
6.549
7
Dec 2013
5.588
Owned
4
Dec 2013
5.567
Owned
6
Dec 2013
6.529
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
5.852
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
Fleet (2012)
6.5
Jun 2015
6.748
Plays: 1
Nice filler, and a good game with a lot of important decisions to make. Explained and played in less than an hour.
2013-12-27
6
Dec 2013
6.832
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 4
6
Dec 2013
6.703
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
Francis Drake (2013)
7
Jan 2014
7.034
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
7
Dec 2014
6.978
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
6.332
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
2
Dec 2014
5.801
Demoed at GenCon 2013. It might well be the worst game I played there. The description sounded great, and it was on my list to find and play...but the game play was so bad it defies description.
2014-12-20
Ghost Stories (2008)
4
Jun 2014
7.275
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
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
Gloom (2005)
4
Jun 2015
6.291
Goblins, Inc. (2012)
3
Jun 2015
6.067
GOSU (2010)
7
Dec 2013
6.376
Owned
Plays: 3
Gosu: Kamakor (2011)
6
Dec 2013
5.984
Owned
Plays: 1
5
Dec 2013
5.602
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
6.115
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
Ground Floor (2012)
7
Dec 2013
6.613
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
Plays: 2
Super Crunchy!!!

You have to pay attention and think ahead in this game. It is a tense worker placement.
2013-12-27
Guillotine (1998)
5
Dec 2013
6.446
Owned
Plays: 4
Hey Waiter! (2010)
7
Dec 2014
5.712
Owned
Plays: 1
Horse Fever (2009)
8
Dec 2013
6.418
Owned
Plays: 1
5
Jun 2015
5.779
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 3
3
Jul 2015
7.439
Plays: 1
Tedious, boring, without any innovation.

Adding insult to injury, this game is easily twice as long as it needs to be due to players having to wait a round to build after trading for goods....which does not alter the game in any way other than making it excruciatingly longer. Excruciatingly because nothing interesting is happening in that time. I'll play Twighlight Imperium, Die Macher, etc., so length of game isn't an issue as long as the game play is INTERESTING.

Plus, don't let the cute artwork fool you, if played the way it is designed, this is a vicious game.

Bottom line, other games do the economic/civ engine much better.
2015-07-12
3
Nov 2014
7.272
Plays: 1
Inkognito (1988)
5
Jun 2015
6.318
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
Inn-Fighting (2007)
6
Dec 2013
5.696
Owned
Plays: 1
Innovation (2010)
2
Sep 2013
7.137
Plays: 1
6
Dec 2013
6.331
Prev. Owned
Plays: 3
Isla Dorada (2010)
7
Jun 2015
6.413
Owned
Plays: 3
Istanbul (2014)
9
Jul 2015
7.338
Wishlist(1)
 (Must have)
Plays: 2
Love at first play.

Easy to teach rules.
Depth of gameplay.
Innovative movement mechanic that increases need to strategize and increases game tension.
The right kind and right amount of interaction.
Beautifully produced.
Fun!

I could easily see playing this as much as Castles of Burgundy. (high praise, indeed!)
2015-07-12
Jamaica (2007)
6
Jun 2015
6.893
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
K2 (2010)
5
Jun 2014
6.960
Plays: 1
Kemet (2012)
8
Mar 2015
7.476
Owned
Plays: 4
4
Jun 2015
6.031
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
5.667
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
Very cute quick filler with a lot of interaction. GenCon 2013
2013-08-21
1
Apr 2013
5.439
Plays: 1
This is a time killer, little else. Random in the extreme. Lots of "screw you." This is entirely NOT my box of cardboard. I won't be playing again.
2013-04-26
2
Dec 2013
5.487
Plays: 1
King of Tokyo (2011)
7
Dec 2013
7.330
Owned
Plays: 15
8
Dec 2013
6.909
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
7.146
Owned
Plays: 6
9
Dec 2013
7.454
Owned
Plays: 2
Can an expansion be rated higher than the base game? YES, when it makes the entire game better!
2013-12-23
Landlord! (1992)
6
Dec 2014
5.716
Wishlist(2)
 (Love to have)
Plays: 1
Frediccini introduced me to Landlord, andI really enjoyed it!
2012-07-05
10
Jan 2013
6.621
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
6.928
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
1
Feb 2015
N/A
One dimensional gameplay, and mechanics that are too much like Sentinels of the Multiverse for Last Starfleet to be considered only "inspired by Sentinels" cast a shadow over this game.

First, the gameplay:
Players try to put people on the planet. The planet does damage not to the ships, but only to the people. This is very linear and one dimensional, when the theme cries out for multiple branches of play.

Also, while the turn mechanics are almost exactly copied from Sentinels, in Last Starfleet the players are only battling the planet (environment), while in Sentinels the players are up against both a Villain and an environment. The combination of different villains and environments and how their attacks work together lend depth and replayability to Sentinels which is missing in Last Starfleet. Since players only battle the environment in Last Starfleet, one would think Last Starfeet would have many unique and amazing planet environments to fight to keep it fresh. But no, there are only a few.

The turns:
Ships have individual powers and a deck.
Play a card.
Draw a card.
If you die, turn your card over and there are two powers for you to use to aid the remaining players.
Then it is the planet's turn.

To the designer: I understand being inspired by other works, but for heavens sake, make an effort to branch off of it enough to make it something new and something uniquely your own. Just beacuse they are ship captains rather than Superheroes doesn't mean you aren't plagiarizing in a way that reflects badly on you even if it isn't illegal. Do other people do this? Yes, but that doesn't make it right. And if you do borrow ideas, try to make them into something MORE, so that you are helping board games progress rather than giving people less (in this case, half of the game that was borrowed from).
2015-02-16
Lifeboats (1993)
3
Dec 2013
6.404
5
Dec 2013
5.793
Owned
GenCon 2011 Auction purchase. CheapAssGames version.
2011-08-08
3
May 2012
6.715
Plays: 1
This was such a disappointment. Lord of the Rings has beautiful game boards. The boards progessively follow the story, which is nice, but the game play is dry, repetitive, and tedious. It is also one of the least truly cooperative "cooperative" games I've played, in that a bare minimum of interaction or group decisions are necessary. This is only my opinion, of course. It may fit someone else's ideal perfectly.
2012-05-27
6
Dec 2014
6.924
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Plays: 2
7
Dec 2013
7.706
Plays: 6
Streamlined and very strategic. The theme isn't terribly present in gameplay. Appeals to AmeriTrash lovers AND Euro lovers.
2012-10-27
Lost Cities (1999)
6
Apr 2014
7.041
Owned
Plays: 6
Love Letter (2012)
6
Dec 2013
7.347
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
7.010
Owned
Plays: 3
Macao (2009)
10
Dec 2013
7.227
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
Die Macher (1986)
9
Aug 2013
7.373
Plays: 1
This is an EPIC game! I expected it to feel at least a bit dated, given both the year it was produced and that games, in general, keep getting more refined over the years as designers build on what works and get rid of mechanics that don't. I was surprised to find that this is pretty much perfect.

We played a 5 1/2 hour game with 5 players which is a true tribute to our teacher, since three of us were new to the game. (You rock, Melissa!). It didn't feel like five hours at all - THAT'S how engaging the game is.

I made mistake after mistake, but had a blast!
2013-08-06
Machi Koro (2012)
7
Nov 2014
6.820
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
5
Dec 2013
5.450
Owned
Plays: 3
3
Nov 2014
7.962
Plays: 1
9
Aug 2013
7.633
Owned
Plays: 1
GenCon 2013
2013-08-19
Mai-Star (2010)
4
Dec 2013
5.959
Plays: 1
7
Dec 2014
6.443
Plays: 3
4
Jun 2015
7.266
Plays: 1
7
Dec 2013
7.241
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
Martinique (2009)
7
Dec 2013
5.952
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
6.880
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: 1
6
Jun 2015
7.352
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
6
Dec 2013
6.148
Owned
Plays: 2
Mille Bornes (1954)
5
Dec 2013
5.598
Plays: 3
6
Dec 2013
6.696
Owned
Plays: 2
I'm taking care of this untie Frediccini needs to play it again...
2012-03-11
9
Dec 2012
6.217
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 4
8
Dec 2013
6.806
Owned
Want To Play
Munchkin (2001)
4
Dec 2013
5.873
Super cute art, funny card text, and gameplay that is easily accessible to even non-gamers, guarantee that this card game has its place.
However...
Leveling up and "kill the leader," now "kill the new leader" that sometimes goes on for FAR too long ensures that I'll only play this once or twice a year.
2014-03-28
3
Dec 2013
5.849
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
5.894
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
6.371
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
6.313
Owned
For Trade
5
Dec 2013
5.576
Owned
6
Dec 2013
6.422
Owned
Plays: 1
Christmas 2010
2010-12-25
Nexus Ops (2005)
6
Dec 2013
7.101
Want To Play
Plays: 1
I like this even though I don't usually care for direct attack oriented multiplayer games.
2013-12-27
Ninja Burger (2003)
5
Dec 2014
5.580
5
Dec 2013
5.935
Prev. Owned
Plays: 3
GenCon 2011 purchase. Stealthy, hidden ninja's and team play. The teams don't work particularly well, and the game fell flat. There are better hidden movement games available.
2013-12-27
Norenberc (2010)
3
Oct 2013
6.290
Complexity does not equal depth of play.
Complexity does not automatically equal a great game.

Tried to play, but it was needlessly and awkwardly rules minutiae heavy for a game that was simple set collection at its heart.
I committed the unforgivable sin of quiting a game before it was over. Heck, we had only completed the first round.
The components were beautiful, but the game was NOT.
2013-10-26
Notre Dame (2007)
7
Mar 2015
7.266
Owned
Plays: 1
4
Dec 2014
5.982
8
Dec 2013
6.395
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
Ora et Labora (2011)
5
Jun 2015
7.574
Plays: 1
Good game, but very limited replayability. Although, people who like games where they know exactly what will come up every time may love it.
2015-06-14
Pandemic (2007)
7
Dec 2013
7.583
Owned
Plays: 4
Panic Station (2011)
6
Jul 2015
5.975
Owned
Plays: 3
This game is SO MUCH FUN!!! The mix of objective, paranoid interaction, and exploration is sheer genius!
2013-02-09
6
Dec 2013
7.335
Want To Play
Plays: 1
Gamers seem to either love this or hate this. I need to play to decide.
2013-11-27
7
Dec 2013
5.570
Owned
Plays: 4
Penny Arcade is quick playing and fun, with decisions that matter.
2013-12-23
4
Dec 2013
5.697
I played this once and hated it. It didn't turn out to be as strategic as I had hoped.
2013-12-27
5
Dec 2014
5.781
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
7.056
Owned
Thanks for the CoolStuff certificate Patricia and Michael! Start your engines...
2013-06-09
7
Dec 2013
6.284
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
5.545
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
7.923
Owned
Plays: 1
My favorite Euro...until Feld started producing his new classics.
2013-12-27
English second edition
Year: 2007
6
Dec 2013
6.339
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
8.050
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
Quarriors! (2011)
6
Jun 2015
6.776
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
7
Dec 2013
6.371
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
5
Dec 2013
7.414
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
Signed copy from its Essen release
2015-06-04
8
Dec 2013
7.677
Owned
This is everything I originally hoped that The Resistance would be!
2013-12-23
Revolver (2011)
7
Dec 2014
6.368
Wishlist(2)
 (Love to have)
Plays: 1
River Dragons (2000)
6
Dec 2013
6.208
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
4
Dec 2014
6.099
7
Jun 2015
7.897
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
7.105
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 4
It's tons of fun! This one always produces a lot of laughter
2013-12-23
Rococo (2013)
8
Jan 2015
7.128
Plays: 2
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
6.531
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
5
Jun 2015
6.732
Owned
Plays: 1
Ruse (2014)
4
Jun 2015
5.499
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
Safranito (2010)
8
Nov 2013
6.253
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
5
Dec 2014
5.708
Seasons (2012)
7
Dec 2013
7.336
Owned
Plays: 3
6
Dec 2013
5.355
Owned
Plays: 2
8
Dec 2013
7.271
Owned
Plays: 9
7
Dec 2013
6.700
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
7
Dec 2013
7.051
Owned
Plays: 2
2
Jan 2013
5.698
Plays: 1
Shear Panic (2005)
8
Dec 2013
6.239
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
3
Jan 2015
7.307
Plays: 2
Repetitive. I wanted to like it, but there wasn't enough to it. It's like one of those pop tunes with a catchy beat but only one line repeated over and over. (Put cards in sack and bluff/tell the truth. Repeat.)

It is obviously a lot of other people's cup of tea. More a party game that doesn't play a whole party of people, but only four.
2015-01-12
10
Jun 2015
7.444
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
5.692
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
Skyline (2012)
3
Dec 2013
5.843
Plays: 1
Small World (2009)
7
Jun 2015
7.348
Owned
Plays: 5
5
Jun 2015
7.198
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
They were just grabbing for more of their "cash cow" woth this one. Unecessary expansion.
2015-06-14
Smash Up (2012)
7
Dec 2013
6.832
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
Snake Oil (2010)
6
Dec 2013
6.274
Owned
Plays: 2
Good party game.
2013-12-23
Space Alert (2008)
7
Jun 2015
7.442
Owned
Plays: 7
I love this game even though I stink at it!
2013-12-23
8
Jun 2015
7.080
Owned
Space Cadets (2012)
3
Dec 2014
6.490
Plays: 1
Watch for more information, videos, etc.
2012-07-01
3
Dec 2013
6.814
Plays: 1
Space Maze (2011)
2
Jun 2014
5.638
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Absolutely no fun. Everyone at the table wanted it to be over.
2014-06-28
6
Jun 2015
5.521
Owned
Plays: 10
Splendor (2014)
7
Jun 2014
7.461
Owned
Plays: 9
5
Jun 2015
7.087
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Steam Park (2013)
7
Jun 2014
6.793
Owned
Plays: 3
Stone Age (2008)
4
Jun 2015
7.565
Plays: 1
Stratego (1947)
5
Dec 2013
5.918
Owned
Suburbia (2012)
6
Mar 2015
7.578
Such a Thing? (1989)
2
Dec 2013
5.767
Plays: 1
This simply doesn't work as a game. The play mechanics are very subjective and built for Kingmaking.
2013-12-23
Summoner Wars (2009)
5
Dec 2013
7.102
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
4
Dec 2013
7.202
Plays: 2
Sushi Go! (2013)
6
Jul 2014
6.964
Plays: 2
8
Jun 2015
7.051
Owned
Plays: 6
Birthday Present from Paul.
2015-04-21
Takenoko (2011)
7
Dec 2013
7.214
Owned
Plays: 3
Z-Man First Edition
Year: 2009
6
Feb 2013
7.094
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
4
Dec 2014
6.011
Terra Mystica (2012)
9
Jun 2014
8.134
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 2
6
Jun 2015
6.842
Owned
Plays: 4
Rated as a family game with adult appeal. This is fun!
2013-12-23
5
Dec 2013
7.418
3
Sep 2014
7.652
Till Dawn (2014)
5
Jun 2015
5.656
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
7.107
Owned
Plays: 3
Good party game for a large group.
2013-12-23
Tobago (2009)
8
Jun 2014
6.971
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 3
I really like the theme, the art, and the unique process of elimination gameplay
2013-12-23
Tokaido (2012)
8
Jun 2014
6.793
Owned
Plays: 4
Very Zen and restful game with numerous decisions that matter.

I played this for the first time after a three hour beast of a game and felt refreshed enough afterwards to immediately tackle Kemet. The heavy gamers and new gamers in our group all like this very much. Plus, it is easy to explain to non-gamers.

This does not feel like a "filler" even though the play time is short.

I now believe that Antoine Bauza is a genius. I wanted him to sign my copy at GenCon in the worst way, but my schedule and his never matched.
2013-12-23
4
Jun 2015
6.640
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
I really wanted to love this, but it fell flat both times we tried it. Far too much time is spent running around essentially leveling up.
2013-12-23
Trains (2012)
6
Dec 2014
7.099
Owned
Plays: 1
Trajan (2011)
10
Oct 2013
7.608
Owned
Plays: 2
It may be Feld's best game, smooth, perfectly balanced, and genius....but not my favorite.
That honor still goes to Macao. :-)
2013-12-23
TransAmerica (2001)
6
Dec 2013
6.524
Plays: 1
Played well as a two player with Patricia. Simple, fast, light, fun.
2013-11-02
Tsuro (2004)
5
Dec 2014
6.573
Owned
Plays: 5
Quick, simple filler, beautifully rendered.
2013-12-23
8
Dec 2013
7.833
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 2
This is a great worker placement with a unique worker movement mechanic. It is a lot of fun. It looks intimidating though, and I have trouble getting people to play, even when I know they love games that are even harder than this!
2013-12-23
6
Dec 2013
5.832
6
Jun 2014
7.023
Plays: 1
Via Appia (2013)
8
Jun 2015
6.069
Wishlist(1)
 (Must have)
Plays: 2
1
Dec 2013
5.472
Village (2011)
9
Mar 2015
7.447
Owned
Plays: 2
I love this game! It is fun and fresh every time!
2013-12-23
Village Inn (2013)
7
Dec 2013
7.030
Wishlist(1)
 (Must have)
Viticulture (2013)
3
Jul 2015
7.264
Prev. Owned
Plays: 3
This is the game that convinced me that a huge economic machine building game should never come down to sheer luck. The card draws in this game will make or break everything else you do, and some cards are vastly overpowered compared to others. Most importantly, the card draws aren't always the type you can plan around, which means the game comes down to luck. If you get the grapes that match your sales cards you are going to do well. If you can't get matching grapes and sales cards, all of your building will come to naught, and there is nothing you can do. (And a game spent madly trying to draw cards to get what you need to no avail is not much fun.)

I love the building up of the vineyard. I love growing and harvesting the grapes. But I really wish they had created a permanent sales board with all the types of wine you could sell to the side. Then you could plan for your sales, and it really would be an excellent strategy game.

2015-07-17
Werewolf (1986)
8
Jun 2015
6.518
Owned
Plays: 12
The perfect party game.
2013-12-23
Witch Trial (2001)
6
Dec 2013
5.832
Depends on the group. With the right group it is a 7.
2013-12-31
Witch's Brew (2008)
8
Dec 2013
6.766
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 1
An amazing and unexpected Christmas present!!!

This is just a lot of fun!

Note: Six players (with the expansion) is too many for this game. It gives too much downtime, and makes the game longer than it should be.
2013-12-23
10
Oct 2012
6.836
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 5
Lightening fast game play, great mechanics, real strategy, and an awesomely integrated theme make this a favorite! There are good reasons that there have been eight editions of this game! It has definitely withstood the test of time.
2012-10-27
3
Jul 2014
5.612
Plays: 1
Hopefully, never again...this is a "everyone beat on everyone else and constantly thwart their plans" game. I actually wound up in a position to effect who of thee players might win, so it can also be a king maker game.
2014-07-02
Wok Star (2010)
9
Feb 2013
6.257
Owned
Plays: 3
My rating is for what Wok Star is and intends to deliver as a game:
Fast, frenetic, simultaneous action, cooperative play. This game is tons of fun! (This rating is based on the original game/rules.) One of the best coops I hope to own (c'mon kickstarter!)

Also, it is worth noting that one person can NOT shanghai (heh!) this game and take over.
2013-02-24
5
Jun 2015
5.958
Owned
Plays: 1
Yedo (2012)
3
Dec 2014
6.939
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Traded
2014-06-28
Yggdrasil (2011)
4
Dec 2014
6.787
Plays: 2
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