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Title Version User
Rating
Geek Rating Status User
Plays
Comment
Animalia (2006)
4
Feb 2011
5.822
Plays: 1
Automobile (2009)
4
Jul 2011
7.155
Plays: 1
4
Mar 2007*
4.653
Why am I actually rating this?
2010-09-14
Container (2007)
4
Oct 2010
6.807
Plays: 1
Yeah, we probably played it wrong, but if that's the case, the mechanisms shouldn't make it so easy to play wrong. We couldn't see how the factory and harbor goods could ever move much out of their lowest-priced spots.
2014-04-10
Gamewright edition 2002
Year: 2002
4
Jun 2012
5.493
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
Evolution (2014)
4
Nov 2014
6.786
Plays: 1
This mechanisms of the game do a very fine job of representing its theme of evolution. However, they are also not all that fun.
2014-11-11
4
Feb 2014
5.440
Plays: 1
4
Mar 2008*
5.835
Plays: 1
I think my tolerance for games based completely on luck is diminishing, even when the theme is great. For me, if a game is going to be this light strategy-wise it also has to be fiddle-free, and there's a bit of fiddliness here with the card texts and figuring out couterattacks.
2008-03-30*
Lewis & Clark (2013)
4
Aug 2014
7.447
Plays: 1
This game has some good ideas. I especially liked the way that players must switch to an entirely different engine in order to cross the mountains. That was very nicely thematic.

However, the game design goes out of its way to make it difficult to accomplish anything. L&C needs a few fewer mechanisms and a bit more player interaction. I want my battle to be with the other players, not the game design itself. As it stands, this game just grinds my mental gears in a way I find unpleasant.
2014-06-28
4
Jan 2013
5.081
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 8
I loved this game when I was a kid, but not so much now.
2013-01-11
4
May 2013
5.529
Owned
Plays: 3
Mount Drago (2011)
4
Aug 2013
5.627
Plays: 2
Navegador (2010)
4
Feb 2011
7.366
Plays: 1
This was my first exposure to the rondel. I liked the rondel mechanism itself, but the rest of the game didn't do much for me, even though on the face of it this game does some things that usually appeal to me, such as market economies. However, this game has a lot of "bad Euro" characteristics, the most severe of which in my opinion is that there is a lotta math here, and it's bad math because you actually have to work it out turn to turn. You (or and least I) can't just make an intuitive play and be confident the scoring will reward that choice.

I also, in principle, like the idea of multiple scoring paths, so that players can do entirely different things and be competitive. However, here this is done in an unexciting way. This isn't the first recent Euro in which I felt that everything was oh so carefully balanced that it didn't really matter what I did, as long as I did it efficiently and kept up with the math to make sure to squeeze out every last point. Yeech.

Overall, this game was a tedious experience for me and I have little desire to replay it. The board is gorgeous though.
2011-02-07
Operation (1965)
4
May 2013
4.367
Winning Moves Classic Edition 2011
Year: 2011
4
Dec 2014
4.889
Owned
Plays: 7
I find it a better game when all deals must be discarded at the end of each month!
2013-01-19
Phoenix (2003)
4
Mar 2009*
5.939
Plays: 1
Seems like a nice 2-player challenge, but so far it strikes me as highly dependent on your pawn draw. I think it might be better if there were more cards that let you alter the center spectrum. The cards that let you swap pawns with the other side tend to just get used in succession by both players until one person runs out. Also, I think "Spectrum" would have been a much cooler name for this game
2007-01-20*
Quietville (2006)
4
Mar 2009*
5.886
Plays: 1
Played with both 3 and 5, and neither time did I feel I had much control at all. You can do a lot of thinking on your turn, but the outcome seems largely random. I'm very disappointed, as I was really looking forward to this one. Maybe I just don't get it though.
2011-03-11
Parker Brothers Edition 1965
Year: 1965
4
Apr 2013
5.494
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
Roma (2005)
4
Mar 2009*
6.635
Plays: 5
Tried this one quite a few times, as it seems to be liked by many, but we just didn't care for it. It seems as though you are very much at the mercy of card draws and die rolls. In Jambo, for example, I think you can make due with whatever cards you draw, and if you can't, then that difficulty feels like a fair part of the game (you gambled and lost). In Roma, I usually feel that one player gets trapped due to nothing more than bad luck, and then can't do much to get out of the hole. The game is very fast, which is usually a plus, but the game ends before you can develop your strategy.

UPDATE: After some more plays, I continue to be frustrated by the randomness and lack of even pacing. There's a lot of cool ideas here, but all too often the game is over before anything interesting can develop. I've often seen losses that were apparently unavoidable given the die rolls and card draws. Dropped rating to a 4 and traded the game.
2007-07-26*
Scrabble (1948)
4
Aug 2006*
6.265
Owned
Plays: 1
There are games that I am not good at that I still like quite a bit. There are also games that I am good at that I nonetheless dislike. I both stink at Scrabble and hate it.
2006-08-14*
Sorry! (1929)
4
Nov 2012
4.634
Plays: 1
Splendor (2014)
4
Sep 2014
7.466
Plays: 1
Utterly soulless. Feels more like an activity than a game.
2014-09-30
Milton Bradley English First Edition
Year: 1979
4
Jun 2014
5.540
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
This game is surprisingly similar to Star Trek: Fleet Captains!
2012-12-16
Torres (1999)
4
Oct 2012
7.010
Plays: 2
This just does not connect with me at all. I can see it is a well designed game, but I find it utterly devoid of fun.
2012-10-04
Tripoley (1830)
4
Sep 2010
5.477
Plays: 1
I dislike the way you have almost no control over most phases of the game - you just mechanically play your cards without having any choices to make. It just made me want to play real poker, as if I was being allowed to lick a pizza but not eat it. On the other hand, it's a good game to play if you don't want to bother your brain with thinking and stuff.
2005-05-31*
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