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Rating
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Plays
Comment
2 de Mayo (2008)
9.8
Apr 2013
6.543
Owned
Plays: 63
Meatiest filler I have, a real gem. Only reason it's not a 10 : takes 2 players only. A very good consim euro.
2011-05-23
Agricola (2007)
1
May 2011
8.045
Prev. Owned
Plays: 3
Meh + Blah + Zzzzzzzz = Agricola

THE most mindnumbingly boring, unnecessarily complex, scripted, and overrated waste of time and money ever created in the history of civilization. Period.
2013-04-23
Alhambra (2003)
8.5
May 2011
6.969
Owned
Clever & fun gateway game
2013-04-25
6.7
May 2011
7.378
Owned
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Deeper than Kingsburg, much more fun than Troyes.
2011-07-06
5
Apr 2013
5.608
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
Nearly impossible to hit & release the cage! Unless you're Babe Ruth or Robin Hood or Green Arrow or Daryl Dixon, looolz...
2013-04-23
9
Apr 2013
5.609
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
Want To Play
The coolest weapons ever! (even if the Gatling Gun suffers from premature ejaculation, and the Battering Ram experiences erectile dysfunction!!! - but the Orc Mortar has real balls!!! hehehe)
2013-04-23
9
Apr 2013
5.891
Wishlist(4)
 (Thinking about it)
Want To Play
Makes me feel like a 10-year old kid again! Better than Hormone Replacement Therapy or Botox! lololz! And which other wargame actually lets you shoot missiles at the opposing army?
2013-04-25
9.8
Apr 2013
7.705
Owned
Plays: 7
The only reason it's not a 10 : you gotta have the right crowd playing - Cylons can't be too obvious, Humans must be able to work together effectively. Have yerself a FRAKKIN GOOD TIME !!!

The best coop/hidden traitor game ever, IMHO. And the most thematically consistent game too.
2011-07-06
Blokus 3D (2003)
7.8
May 2011
6.615
Owned
Hey isn't this a 100% copy of Rumis???
2011-07-06
8.8
May 2011
6.903
Owned
Plays: 15
One word : BEAUTIFUL !!! Artwork, design, theme, gameplay.
2011-05-23
2
May 2011
6.796
Wishlist(5)
 (Don't buy this)
3D is VERY BAD, I can't even recognize things!
2011-05-22
Chinatown (1999)
7.9
May 2011
6.973
Owned
Something of a cross between Acquire, I'm the Boss & Catan? nevertheless it fills a nice little niche when I get the itch.
2011-07-06
8.9
Apr 2013
6.438
Wishlist(2)
 (Love to have)
Still the funnest & best zombie game IMHO, best thing to do while waiting for the next season of Walking Dead
2013-04-23
8.5
Oct 2013
6.438
Owned
Probably the best zombie game out there...lotsa interaction, zany characters, helluva lot of fun! (Just don't play it with people who take things too seriously!!!)
2013-10-20
Condottiere (1995)
7.2
May 2011
6.552
Owned
Great game in a very compact box
2013-04-23
Cubulus (2011)
7.5
Dec 2012
5.605
Owned
Plays: 2
Clever game, cool bits, can't keep your hands off it!
2012-12-02
Dixit (2008)
8
May 2011
7.324
Owned
Plays: 8
Dixit, or didn't it? One to bring out when the galpals come over, or the kids bring their friends... or the grandparents!
2011-05-23
10
Apr 2011
7.725
Owned
Plays: 33
Gaming heaven. Will write a detailed comparison with Agricola one day. Still exploring its many facets, but already the deepest, most engaging, intense, gamer's game in years. Maybe a little too heavy for the Spiel des Jahres, but all my money says it's the best bet for the Deutsch Spiel Preis. To those who complain about the length, I say : "The longer the better! Savor the length, prolong the pleasure!" (OMG! Did that comes across so porny? Ahh, as Gordon Gekko says, "It's better than sex!")

P/S - It's so good that I made a little "expansion" for 7 players, check out my thread on that.

The best Evolution themed game, ever. IMHO American Megafauna is more educational BUT less playable.
2011-07-06
Dominion (2008)
3
Jul 2011
7.695
Boreminion...ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz......
2011-07-06
8
Oct 2011
7.261
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Plays: 2
Bizarre marriage of drafting & wargame, but it seems to work, despite many cries of "brokenness".
2011-10-28
Five Tribes (2014)
8
Dec 2014
7.564
Owned
Plays: 2
Fun, seemingly light, but actually medium depth pure euro! Has a mishmash of mechanics, which results in a smooth blend of brain-burning goodness! Might replace staples such as Stone Age in my collection. Did I also mention nice bits?
2014-12-02
9.168
Oct 2011
5.510
Owned
Plays: 3
Hard to beat in the "addictive light filler" & "casino substitute" categories.... like your favourite sinful snacks, once you start you can't just stop at one play.
In fact I have never rated a mere card game so high (2 de Mayo is NOT a pure card game okay?) Very soon you'll find your Dominion & RFTG expansions gathering dust, so might as well sell em off & buy this! ^_^

And for the introductory RRP, it's a real steal!
2011-10-13
El Grande (1995)
9.5
May 2011
7.724
Owned
Plays: 18
Perfect area control game, innovative design. Perhaps now superseded by Dominant Species in my collection.
2011-05-22
9.5
Apr 2013
6.738
Owned
Plays: 3
The best heavy euro from Splotter since Indonesia! Cost me an arm & a leg, but finally picked this up. Tacked on theme, but innovative mechanics, asymmetrical powers, self-balancing VCs, and very well balanced despite the asymmetry. Excellent brain-burner, and highly interactive play. Oh, btw you need the right kind of gamer, too... no intellectually retarded wimps, pleeze!
2013-04-09
Indonesia (2005)
9.5
May 2011
7.212
Owned
Plays: 6
Best trading/economic game, a bit longish. Oldie but goodie.
2011-05-23
8.8
May 2011
6.558
Owned
Plays: 6
Best 3-player symmetrical area control.
2011-05-23
N/A
5.528
Owned
For Trade
Chinese version of Bang! Based on Chinese History... but half the game is about guessing who is who, and then gang bashing based on your deductions... not my cuppa.
2013-04-23
Liberté (2001)
10
Oct 2013
6.767
Owned
Plays: 3
Probably my favorite Martin Wallace game! The perfect blend of theme, history, mechanics, and gameplay! 3 possible ways to win, 2 different ways to get points... only points may not always win you the game!

As always, the hallmark of a superlative game is simple rules, and yet great strategic depth arising from the mechanics, map, different strategies, inter- & intra- faction conflicts, the co-opetition between players, and sometimes sudden, dramatic about turns.

None of your damn cube pushing, multi-level upgrading, card-drafting, dice-rolling, monster generating crap. Only the best, streamlined, finely balanced mix of faction, region, type, and timeline concentration of the cards.
2013-10-20
Manila (2005)
8.5
May 2011
6.787
Owned
Plays: 25
Best betting game ever. Loads of fun, quite unique in its class, high replayability, lovely bits, suits all ages & types.
2011-05-23
Maria (2009)
8.8
May 2011
7.224
Owned
Better than Friedrich? Very interesting consim with asymmetrical powers, Well designed euro-wargame.
2011-05-23
6
Apr 2013
5.842
Want In Trade
Want To Buy
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Awaiting expansion : George Dubya Bush Menaces America!
2013-04-23
8.2
Oct 2011
N/A
Wishlist(2)
 (Love to have)
Great but heavy deduction game, best of its category, refer to my mini-review for more details.
2011-10-17
Neue Heimat (2007)
10
May 2011
6.092
Owned
Plays: 23
The most underrated abstract euro ever, beautifully fluid competition-cooperation game, unique mechanics, one of my favorite games for all types of gamers, very simple rules, very deep gameplay, and so meaty for a 30-minute game. Huge replayability.
2011-05-23
Ninjato (2011)
8.8
Nov 2012
6.852
Owned
Plays: 15
Stone Age sans dice & plus Ninjas! Gambattei! Very high fun factor - raiding enemy strongholds, fighting deadly warriors, executing killer kungfu moves, stealing treasures, bribing envoys, etc etc...what's not to like?
2012-11-16
No Thanks! (2004)
5.5
May 2011
6.938
Wishlist(3)
 (Like to have)
Yes, Thanks!
2013-04-23
9.5
Mar 2013
6.664
Owned
Plays: 6
Wickedly thematic euro with a lot of interaction & "take that"! If only all the corporate climbing & backstabbing at your office were this fun... not to mention the hidden archenemy factor - so much evil goodness in one box!
2013-03-25
2.5
Nov 2012
7.727
Prev. Owned
You're supposed to simultaneously track all the special features of all your cards, your opponents' cards, the possible combos, what they are doing, and second guess what they intend to do, all in color coded, tiny, text, and often upside down on the other side of the table.

Thanks, but if I needed a headache that badly, I'll go to a heavy metal concert & stand right next to the bass speakers.
2012-11-16
4.5
May 2011
7.230
Owned
Prev. Owned
Gets boring after a while, too scripted.
2011-05-23
Saturn (1997)
9
Apr 2013
5.723
Owned
It does double duty as both a conversation piece & a game in & of itself, plus it's so cool & OOP, you just can't help putting out your hand to touch & move the rings around a bit, just to upset the equilibrium!
2013-04-25
Shear Panic (2005)
5
Nov 2012
6.239
Prev. Owned
Cute & clever game, formerly owned coz my ex has it, it's a chick magnet! lolz
2012-11-16
Shogun (2006)
9
May 2011
7.442
Owned
Plays: 5
Fun area control euro-wargame
2011-05-23
Stone Age (2008)
8.5
May 2011
7.565
Owned
Plays: 22
The most fun you can legally get rolling dice...oh wait, there's Manila too. As a bonus, you can also get in the "baby shack" & shag your meeples...
2013-03-25
9
Nov 2012
7.171
Owned
Plays: 6
Oldie but goodie from the incomparable Wallace. They don't make em like they used to, eh?
2011-07-06
8.2
May 2011
6.675
Owned
Alexander turns in his (unmarked) grave....
2011-07-06
7.9
Apr 2013
7.202
Owned
Who can resist? Volcanos...whirlpools...sea monsters...Titanic...

You jump, I bring the sea monster over
2013-03-25
8
Jul 2011
7.418
Owned
Plays: 9666
Simple & fun, as befitting a SDJ winner. I was a top 200 player in competitive ranking, but haven't played much since 2008.
2011-05-23
10
Dec 2014
6.123
Owned
Plays: 2
Great fun! Feels like Dominant Species lite. Or a non-offensive Tomorrow. Which is actually a compliment - almost no luck, no multiple action selection pawns, and... tahdah!!! it has cute, cuddly, colorful dinosaurs!
Very streamlined, easy to "get" the rules, yet a lot of variety & depth despite the fixed board & 6 staple actions. And did I mention cute dinosaurs? Darwinism in motion!
2014-12-02
Troyes (2010)
4
Jul 2011
7.570
Plays: 1
Take Alien Frontiers. Add plethora of Rube Goldberg contraptions which churn out some equivalent of VPs at the end. Remove all fun & randomness from the dice rolls. Throw in unreadable medieval text & barely discernible yellow & white colors on the board & cards. Voila! You get Troyes.

A very troying dice game. Beware of Geeks bearing gifts. This Trojan Horse hides an army of modifiers who will massacre any semblance of chance in your dice game. Why bother with dice at all???
2013-04-09
Vinhos (2010)
3.5
May 2011
7.154
All your vineyards are belong to us !!! Harhuahahrr!
2011-07-06
Virgin Queen (2012)
9
Apr 2013
6.992
Wishlist(2)
 (Love to have)
Want To Play
Heard & read good things about it... although the length & complexity will deter all but the most dedicated gaming connoisseurs (a bit like eating fugu?) Provisional rating based upon similar CDGs I have played
2013-04-25
8.5
Apr 2013
6.318
Owned
It's a kickstarter, and on the surface appears to be a social/party game... but underlying this cutie is a medium weight euro that's actually consistent with its theme, and also emphasizes the high interaction so often absent in heavier euros, plus the cooperative/competitive element that makes a certain type of game so fun. Many many opportunities, for working together or alone, piggybacking, screwage, and putting on bets. In fact, the betting aspect reminds me of Manila & Stone Age, only here there is (surprise!) no dice! Although, coming from Dice Hate Me games, it should be no surprise. Reading your opponents/ collaborators/ friends well is at the heart of this game, and so is calculating your odds rationally & playing a good poker game.
2013-04-09
10
Dec 2014
6.692
Owned
Plays: 1
A unique game which cleverly weaves mechanics & theme in an amazingly satisfying way. It fills a very unique niche - both in the historical category & in the genre. Actually it straddles and incorporates several different mechanics in a very homogeneous whole. But just don't try this with your average party gamer/noob crowd. In the planning stage, it gets so quiet you could hear a pin drop! A Thinker's Game. Deep strategy & reading your opponents. It feels almost Martin Wallace-ish.
2014-12-02
Ys (2004)
9
Jul 2011
6.624
Owned
Plays: 5
Like Noah, I collect games by ""best of breed". Discovered this gem (pun intended, haha) yesterday night. This goes to the top of my Auction/Bidding game list, displacing games like Modern Art et al, which are showing their age. Besides the very clever half open/half hidden bidding mechanics for almost everything, it also has a lot more going on, and all of those mesh beautifully for a game with strategic depth, yet plays well within an hour. The minor complaints of tacked-on-theme, moldy bits, and hence my nickname of "Yeast" for that unpronounceable title, do not detract from my lofty rating.
2011-07-06
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