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Rating
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8
Feb 2010
6.434
Owned
I love the indiana jones-ish-ness of this game. A fun romp through a temple race.
2010-02-17
7.5
Jun 2007*
6.650
Owned
Wonderful mixture of mechanics. gather treasure in the caves, buy abilities in the market, and collect artifacts in the palace. For some reason we have never used the magic in the game as the basic version works really well with mixed ages including young ones.
2007-06-04*
Alhambra (2003)
8
Apr 2009*
6.970
Owned
Our group really enjoys this one. Even my youngest daughter at 7 is easily able to play this game. (If fact she won the very first game we ever played) It's light enough to teach non/new gamers and has enough bite so regular gamers will enjoy it.
2006-01-23*
8
Feb 2010
7.109
Owned
7.5
Dec 2010
5.825
Owned
AquƤdukt (2005)
8
Mar 2008*
6.155
Owned
A very enjoyable push your luck game. Luck of the dice randomness coupled with solid decision making makes for a fun game. Do you set up good future growth spots and hope no-one steals them? Do you jump into that new development for some quick points? Do you cause an area to be reset and clear opponents point opportunities? A fun family game with a good mix of interaction and a smidge of "take that".
2008-03-04*
Arena Maximus (2003)
7.9
Jul 2008*
5.741
Owned
Great racing game. Sat unplayed in my collection for almost 9 months. I dont know why. Now I wish I had broke it out sooner. fun and can get a bit rowdy with the right crowd.
2008-07-11*
8
Jan 2007*
6.467
Owned
Another variation on the Carcassonne engine. But it's a good variation. The theme is lightly religious as it's only representative of a biblical area and time. There is no evangelizing in the game. It adds a few new mechanics (at least to us) like the ark moving along and scoring passersby points.
2007-01-29*
Arkadia (2006)
8
Mar 2008*
6.737
Owned
A very good light/medium game. The artwork and theme work well though the game mechanics could be wrapped into many themes. If really feels like a stock market kind of game. On your turn to you change the values to help yourself or hurt your opponents? Invest in workers (grow your investment in a particular "stock" by placing them strategically? Or "sell" your stock when the market is good for more VP? The placement of workers to try to apply them to as many valuable buildings as possible makes for a little AP nail-biting. Highly recommended and easy to teach.
2008-03-04*
Australia (2005)
7.5
Jun 2008*
6.155
Owned
A solid game with just the right amount of strategy and luck. multiple choices with limited actions makes for some nail-biting AP sometimes.
2008-06-19*
7.5
Apr 2009*
6.190
Owned
For Trade
Have only played 2 player games so far. We enjoy this one quite a bit. Definately a Knizia. Has a bit of LOTR feel to it for us. Will revisit after some plays with more folks.
2006-10-03*
7.5
May 2008*
6.944
Owned
I really really really wanna love this game more! I am a horror fanatic! If the rules weren't so confusing/vague so often this would be an 8 for me. If it didn't have so many boring round chits it would be a 9. After many more plays the game has definitely moved up in rank for us. With some house rules and a group with no hardcore rules lawyers, we have had a lot of fun with this. The 2 player variant works very well.
2008-05-14*
Blokus (2000)
8
Apr 2005*
6.898
Owned
Very enjoyable game. Works well with 6 year old and up. Very easy to teach. Have only played 4 player but should work ok with fewer. Just a relaxing game to sit and play. Like doing a group painting :-)
2005-04-11*
8
Feb 2010
5.866
Owned
I really like these mystery rummy games! The "move the car" mechanic that changes the scoring of the melds and layoffs is cool.
2010-02-17
7.2
Oct 2006*
5.736
Owned
Fun co-op family game to play with parents/kids. It also has the advantage of a hard stop time. 30 minutes exactly. Everyone works together to turn off the exploding safe. A frantic race against time.
2006-10-03*
Buccaneer (2006)
8
Jul 2006*
6.044
Owned
English Buccaneer. Great family game. Nice balance of strategy and and a little luck. Bonus for pirate theme! arrr! Works well even with our 7 year old.
2006-07-20*
Carcassonne (2000)
7.5
Mar 2007*
7.347
Owned
A definite classic. One of the top 10 gateway/intro games ever. There are a ton of expansions and spinoffs to this one. So far I actually enjoy the Hunters & Gatherers variant a tiny bit more.
2007-03-02*
8
Mar 2005*
7.008
Owned
This is a great version of the carcassonne line. Easy to teach and my 8 year old even figured it out quickly.
2005-03-08*
Cartagena (2000)
8
Mar 2005*
6.572
Owned
Great light group game. works well with 2 also but more is a bit better. Also easy to teach and quite a bit of strategy can be used. Can cause a bit of analysis paralysis in the wrong person..
2005-03-08*
7.5
Jan 2008*
6.023
Owned
A very good follow up to the original. Takes the original mechanics and adds a bit more variety. The boat and it's movement as well as moving opponents forward to gain cards (as opposed to the originals moving yourself backwards) are excellent additions!
2008-01-10*
Castle Panic (2009)
8
Feb 2010
6.595
Owned
A great light family co-op game. defend your castle from marauding orcs and goblins by working together (trading cards) and beating them back. Like most games of this type it can be dominated by one outspoken person.
2010-02-17
8
Jul 2006*
6.680
Owned
My wife and I enjoy this one quite a bit. It does use the Catan theme and resources but could have been made using other unique themes.
2006-07-27*
Cheeky Monkey (2007)
8
Jan 2008*
6.073
Owned
This rating is from playing with my family of 4. kids and adults mixed. We have a great time playing this game. It plays quickly and the continuous stealing of others tiles is a lot of fun. It is often played at least twice in one sitting.
2008-01-10*
7.8
Apr 2006*
5.671
Owned
Components definately show their age in quality. Very enjoyable thematic game as is. Would be awesome with a modern redesign. Even my 7yo likes it and has requested it.
2006-04-07*
Citadels (2000)
8
May 2007*
7.112
Owned
fun, cutthroat, reasonably easy to learn and teach. scales very well from 2-7.
2007-05-04*
7.8
Feb 2007*
6.654
Owned
Great family game! My 7 (almost 8yo) got it immediately. Very easy to teach. The theme is very well portrayed and my family all got into the game. The feeding of the "most corrupt" to the croc may be a bit harsh on a younger one. Build up your materials by collecting cards in the market. Use those materials (possibly combined with shady stuff) to build parts of the palace and collect money. Using shady materials and folks to help will get things built faster, but may cause your corruption to rise higher then your opponents. Recommend highly!
2007-02-14*
7.5
Jan 2007*
6.192
Owned
Fun, light, deduction game. One person sneaking around the art museum while everyone else tries to figure out where they are from the clues.
2007-01-12*
Coloretto (2003)
7.5
Jun 2006*
6.885
Owned
Light family filler card game good for several rounds of play. Has a bit of 6 Nimmt (Category 5) feel to it but a bit easier to teach and play. collect sets of colored cards. 3 colors can be positive points, rest are negative.
2006-06-28*
Colosseum (2007)
8
Oct 2007*
6.995
Owned
A solid family game. Not too heavy not too light. Everyone picked up the play easy enough. The entire theme of the game goes well and the components are of course beautiful as normal for Days of Wonder. Why couldn't it be circuses instead though?
2007-10-22*
Cosmic Cows (2001)
7.5
Jul 2007*
5.652
Owned
A fun dice game with a yahtzee feel. What a theme! aliens competing with their tractor beams to gather cows from a field! perfect! Push your luck and go for the big pulls or play safe and make little mooooves.
2007-07-11*
8
Mar 2008*
5.450
Owned
The rating of this game is when playing with kids in the 8-12 age group. The game is well made and a fun family experience. A light Settlers of Catan feel of building resources and trading them in to buy animal exhibits. First to 4 exhibits wins. Avoid stormy days and benefit from sunny days.

It's a roll and move at heart but there is so much more good stuff added on that it doesn't seem to matter.

Without kids I'd rate it about 6.
2008-03-26*
8
Jan 2008*
6.444
Owned
A unique feeling dungeoncrawler without the actual dungeon crawling. The mechanics for piling on the attack and trying to manipulate the damage to be the one to deliver the killing blow is unique. The varying person damaged by the encounter also adds fun. Top this off with the randomness of the encounters and this game has quite a lifespan to it. Add the expansion and.....
2008-01-10*
7.2
Oct 2007*
5.601
Owned
A good family light game.
There is no doubt it's a Knizia when you learn this game. a bit of blind bid, compare numbers, hi/lo events occur. But it all wraps nicely around the theme and has nice components to boot. It was quite easy to teach to my group and even the 8yo grabbed it quick.
2007-10-08*
Dead Money (2006)
7.5
Jan 2007*
5.493
Owned
Yay! more give me the brain action. We love these games! They just work really well in out group. This one adds a poker hand mechanic to it that adds a nice twist. The artwork is standard for the series and the humor is on par. The phrases on some of these cards become family catch phrases here.
2007-01-29*
Diamant (2005)
7.5
Apr 2006*
6.532
Owned
My own version due to difficulty to find and too expensive when found, so can't comment on components. (mine are nice tho)
Anyway, a 'push your luck' game of mining for gems. do you risk it all at each bend of the mine hoping to strike it richer? or take what you have and run and hope you don't have to watch your opponents get richer? fun, slightly tense and social game.
2006-04-07*
7.2
Jun 2007*
N/A
Owned
A kids roll and move with a dinosaur theme. But it's also a bit better than your average RnM. It's not a game the adults are going to want to break out without kids, but with kids it's a fun game that doesn't feel tedious like some of the kids games. the tracker cards are kinda cool with the mechanic of exposing bones as your dino takes injury.
2007-06-26*
8
Feb 2009*
6.660
Owned
Great beer and pretzel game! But, I have been a Doom fan since the first pc game. played them all for hours. heck I even own the novels... Playing with a group of people who were also big doom fans may have added to fun factor. Rating might drop after a little more replay.
2008-07-11*
7.5
Jun 2007*
6.314
Owned
Yep they improved on second edition. The artwork and minis are beautiful. The game is a blast to play. everyone introduced picks it up right away. Someone can still build a quick gold route and efficiently block off everyone for a quick win but by using the "find the gold AND escape with it all" rules it helps.
2007-06-06*
7.5
May 2007*
5.726
Adds new variety and interesting new strategies to an already enjoyable game. New tiles include secret passages, and new ways to foil your opponents. and of course, the dragon himself (herself?)
2007-05-24*
8
Apr 2005*
6.248
Owned
Love it! Just heavy enough to not feel overwhelming to me. Can be taught reasonable easily and heavy enough that heavy wargamers aren't bored. I love the combinations of people and items that come together. Team play is the best part!
2005-04-08*
8
Apr 2005*
6.276
Owned
See Worldspanner for my opinion on the game in general. This is almost a must have expansion. tons more stuff is added! People, items, adventures!
2005-04-08*
8
Apr 2005*
6.061
Owned
See Worldspanner for my opinion of the game itself. This is another must have expansion! Adds a huge pile of areas and keys for your worlds.
2005-04-08*
8
Apr 2005*
6.038
Owned
A perfect wrapup for the game of Duel of Ages. A great rules manual that is probably one of the best I have ever read. Makes it very neat and easy to follow. And of course adds more characters and items!
2005-04-08*
7.5
Jan 2007*
6.672
Owned
A fun strategy heavy (read no luck) game for 2 with a chess like feel to it. With a football feel to it. Theme and bits are great. I look forward to trying the game with the expansions.
2007-01-29*
8
Mar 2007*
5.948
Owned
It took a few times playing and the availability of the v2.2 rules to get our heads around the total gameplay. It's really a fairly easy game to play once you make it through the rules confusion. Since then we have fallen in love with this game. We used minis and red/green glass stones. I keep up with all the sets and we are working through them. Then we'll mix em up! can't wait.
2007-03-23*
Dwarven Dig! (2003)
7.5
Apr 2005*
5.498
Owned
Had a lot of fun with this one. Only 2 player so far. I imagine more people would make it more fun. For some reason it seemed a bit overwhelming when I first read rules. Went back a few days later and breezed it. Need more play time to figure out all strategies. Split up/stay together.. etc.
2005-04-15*
Elfenland (1998)
8
Oct 2006*
6.629
Owned
An enjoyable mix of luck and strategy. collect your travel tokens and use them to travel about the elfenland visiting as many cities as you can. Beautiful components! A fairly easy to teach game but may run longer than the younger ones can sit still for.
2006-10-03*
Eye To Eye (2004)
7.8
Dec 2005*
5.671
Owned
Great family and party fun. Very easy to teach. The game is very lavishly over produced! It could just as easily be a $12 card based game. But since I got it in trade, it was well worth it. The junior expansion works well if you have younger ones than say 10 around.

A category is read from the card and everyone has to try to come up with answers that someone else also came up with. Match anyone else and it's good. no one matches your answer? take a wood block. first person to collect predetermined number of blocks ends the game. fewest blocks win.
2005-12-05*
Factory Fun (2006)
8
Jun 2007*
6.651
Owned
Very puzzley game. I can't seem to nail down my exact feelings on this game though. I enjoy it a lot when we play but I often feel like we're not playing it right or something. we seem to get bogged down in the scoring somehow. I am rating it now for how I feel when I play it and am enjoying it. My score will probably move a bit depending on future plays if the enjoyment stays but the scoring bog goes away or not.
2007-06-14*
Fairy Tale (2004)
7.8
May 2006*
6.681
Owned
Very fun game! a bit of a ccg feel to it with a good card drafting mechanic. 2 player benefits from a house rule of extra cards in the initial "pass back and forth" decks.
2006-05-23*
8
Mar 2005*
6.530
Owned
Great fun for 2 or more. more people, more fun. have played 2 and 4 player. Can cause a bit of analysis paralysis in the right person. Also, has a great screwage factor if you like that. If not you may hate the game :-)
2005-03-14*
8
Jan 2008*
6.446
Owned
A fun bidding game where players bid mice for a chance to win a particular sack of cats. The cats can have a mix of good cats, bad cats, and dogs (one can be good 2 is neutral).
2008-01-10*
Finca (2009)
7.5
Feb 2010
6.842
Owned
I thought fruit farming in a game would be lame. but the mechanics come together to make an enjoyable light game. The "wheel of fruit" and delivery mechanics work well together. I also like the "stop the hoarder" mechanic.
2010-02-17
FITS (2009)
7.8
Feb 2010
6.402
Owned
Tetris comes to the board game table. a lot of fun though it is basically 4 player solitaire.
2010-02-17
For Sale (1997)
7.2
Aug 2005*
7.107
Owned
Great light bidding game. plays fast and is easy to teach.
2005-08-31*
Formula D (2008)
7.6
Feb 2010
6.978
Owned
This game is a blast. the more players the better though.
2010-02-17
7.2
Apr 2006*
6.278
Owned
An enjoyable light card game. very popular with my wife and daughters. collect sets by taking a pot (of three) by going over 13 in points. lowest points at the end win.
2006-04-07*
8
May 2006*
7.055
Owned
A very enjoyable, thematic game. Though it is definately misnamed. it should be the Flight of Dracula. I never played the original so I cant compare but there is no fury to dracula in this game. quite a tense struggle for dracula to stay out of trouble with the hunters. Playing as dracula definately has a "whole world out to get me" feel to it. Though I did win once as dracula by taking mina out in a major battle.
2006-05-23*
Gheos (2006)
7.5
Mar 2008*
6.236
Owned
Only ever played this with 2 players. Not sure if my rate will change up or down with more as the board would get a lot more chaotic with more players. A solid mixture of luck (tile draw), strategy (placement chosen from 3 tiles), and point maximizing yourself (growing colonies) or hurting your opponent (causing wars and migrations).
2008-03-04*
Ghost Stories (2008)
8
Feb 2010
7.278
Owned
co-op ghost battling goodness asian style!
2010-02-17
Ghosts! (1980)
7.1
Apr 2006*
6.031
Owned
try and sneak your good ghosts past your opponent while trying to trick your opponent into capturing your bad ghosts. A simple yet strategic bluffing game that is enjoyable for any age.
2006-04-07*
Gloom (2005)
7.5
Jun 2005*
6.286
Owned
I actually really like this game! unique mechanic of the clear cards and the great humorous dark art and text. Has a great feel to it and fairly easy to teach. Interesting thing also is that it definately falls into the "take that" genre yet you play happy stuff to hurt your opponents and bad stuff to help yourself. cool! woulda been a solid 8+ if the text wasnt so hard to read.
2005-06-14*
8
Apr 2008*
5.676
Owned
A great addition to the series and adds a lot of variety when shuffled in with the base Grave Robbers. Doesn't add any new rules but adds a lot of good cards.
2008-04-24*
Guillotine (1998)
8
Oct 2005*
6.447
Owned
A very enjoyable light card game. No big brain burner and the theme could have been just about anything, but it works! funny. Very easy to teach and play.
2005-10-03*
Gulo Gulo (2003)
7.9
Aug 2005*
6.580
Owned
Great game to play with kids. No handicapping needed and they can very likely beat you at it. requires dexterity and little fingers. Good for family laughs .
2005-08-15*
HeroQuest (1989)
8
Sep 2005*
6.723
Owned
One of my favorites. A classic that is still fresh enough by today's standards, Nothing ground-breaking just good ole fashioned dungeon crawling fun. Also, very open to majing your own campaigns and addons.
2005-09-30*
8
Feb 2010
6.043
Owned
Love the jungle trees!
2010-02-17
8
Feb 2010
6.109
Owned
8
Sep 2006*
6.649
Owned
I can finally build some structures! Yay!
2006-09-11*
8
Sep 2006*
6.304
Owned
Very good expansions to the base game. Almost doubles the figures in the game. Not required to make the base game playable but definately adds more variety and choices.
2006-09-11*
8
May 2008*
6.523
Owned
Very good expansions to the base game. Almost doubles the figures in the game. Not required to make the base game playable but definately adds more variety and choices.
2008-05-13*
8
Feb 2007*
6.360
Owned
Snow, ice, and abominable snowmen! Love what this adds to maps.
2007-02-08*
8
Sep 2006*
6.441
Owned
More little dudes!
2006-09-11*
8
Sep 2006*
6.268
Owned
hot lava death! and little lava dudes! woot!
2006-09-11*
8
Feb 2007*
6.212
Owned
ooooo cowboys! A lot of good figures added to this set.
2007-02-08*
8
Jun 2008*
7.158
Owned
We have a lot of fun with this one. Just wish it was easier to set up and take down and store. It would definitely come out more often if it was. When I set it up it usually stay up for days so we play several games :-)
2008-06-06*
7.9
Feb 2006*
6.746
Owned
excellent light non-gamer friendly game that is still enjoyable by gamers. In all honesty it's a thin theme stretched over a simple abstract mechanic, but it does it well. penguins gobbling up fish. Even my 7yo "got it" in about 30 seconds. Can cause a little paralysis for some folks.
2006-02-19*
Hisss (2001)
8
May 2008*
5.544
young kids eye rating. Another favorite of my little ones. I would rate it around 6 myself but they have a lot of fun playing it and often request it so it gets a higher rating.

I don't think we would play this if no-one was under 6 in the group.
2008-05-13*
I Go! (2003)
8
Jun 2007*
6.009
Owned
A good rummy style card game with a pirate theme. Try to be the first to build the best prisoner/crew/stowaway combination and set sail. It seems it can also be advantageous to build up and wait for someone else to set sail so you can dump a few more cards to their crew. This only works well if you build to the tavern well. If the sailer changes the tavern and sails immediately you can get stuck.
2007-06-14*
Igloo Pop (2003)
7.4
Jan 2008*
5.970
Owned
Fun light family game of guessing the number of beads in plastic igloos by shaking them. Very easy to teach but very tough to learn to identify by sound the correct number. It is interesting to see what you are sure of the number be revealed as WAY off.
2008-01-10*
Incan Gold (2006)
8
Feb 2010
6.694
Owned
Push your luck. push it hard. not too hard.
2010-02-17
8
Oct 2007*
5.752
Owned
Goblins building wacky machines and trying to break each others machines. What's not to like in that theme? A fun chaotic take-that kind of card game where hand management and managing your machine build is key to winning. Luck of the draw is big but not too big. protect those powerful cards that do damage to your opponents every time.
2007-10-22*
Ingenious (2004)
8
May 2005*
7.106
Owned
Great abstract game! very easy to teach. even my 6 year old was fully playing in about 2 minutes. Light enough but also has a ton of depth and strategy.
2005-05-23*
Key Largo (2005)
8
Aug 2008*
6.042
Owned
We have a LOT of fun with this one and everyone we have taught the game has enjoyed it. The basis of the game is the players are treasure divers in Key Largo. A hurricane is coming and so you only have about 9 days to earn as much money as you can. There are different activities you can do each day. One in the morning, one in the afternoon. The amounts earned when selling, and the amount cost when buying are often dependent on how many people choose the same activity. hire divers, equip divers, dive wrecks for treasure, sell treasure, visit the bar and buy drinks for clues from old captains, and take tourists dolphin watching. Very easy to just get the game started and "teach as you go".
2008-05-06*
8
Feb 2007*
5.835
Owned
These add split beams to the game which adds more fun variety to the game. also can add quite a bit of analysis paralysis as well. :-)
2007-02-08*
8
Jan 2006*
6.305
Owned
My wife and I love this game! It feels like chess and ricochet robots all mashed up with lasers. How cool is that. Try to be the first one to move your pieces and cause your laser to hit your opponents pharoah! Don't be suprised if you hit your own and lose! :-)
2006-01-04*
8
Jan 2008*
6.029
Owned
Rating is for Titanic full color edition. Great game that feels like clue in reverse. the strategy of card play and movement makes for a lot of fun in trying to get yourself alone with Dr. Lucky for an attempt to take him out. Have the director's cut edition as well as full new edition from Titanic.
2008-01-10*
7.8
Jul 2006*
5.442
Owned
Another "take that" game, but somehow has a different feel to it. A lot of fun and variety in the cards. if it gets stale there a a bajillion expansions that can add life. A lot of interesting card mechanics that mix with sometimes silly results. he have a lot of fun describing the events in story style.
2006-07-17*
Kingdoms (1994)
8
Dec 2005*
6.443
Owned
a solid 8! very enjoyable. can either get cutthroat or not. do ya go for the points or block your opponent. a lot of neat things to consider in the interaction of the tiles horizontally and vertically.
2005-12-05*
8
May 2005*
5.836
Owned
Excellent "take that!" game. a blast for 2, 3, or 4 players! Very easy to teach and enjoyed by every one I have taught it to.
Recommend!
2005-05-31*
7.4
Sep 2006*
5.597
Owned
either a 2 player game or a 2 teams of 2 game. players compete to build either rivers or trails. block each other with strategic tile placement. a whimsical fantasy theme that is well presented in the artwork. can cause a bit of AP in younger kids or folks prone to sweat placement decisions.
2006-09-12*
8
Apr 2008*
5.645
Owned
A great addition to the series. The "legendary" equipment is powerful and the quests are tough but you're playing as a higher level character anyway so....

The master villain goddess is pretty much impossible to beat. The usual excellent art is present as well. I love just looking at these cards.
2008-04-24*
Letter Head (2000)
7.9
Aug 2005*
5.548
Owned
A great collection of word games. my wife stomps me at these. I enjoy them ok. she seems to REALLY enjoy them... :-)
2005-08-15*
Loopin' Louie (1992)
8
Jan 2008*
6.799
Owned
I can't help it. I know it's a simple kids reflex game. I admit I was first made aware of this one due to silly discussion on the geek. found a copy out of curiousity. WHAT A BLAST! we sit and play round after round of this game laughing like maniacs! Simple fun for all ages.

If you're a grumpy stuffed-shirt forget it.
2008-01-16*
Loot (1992)
7.6
Jan 2006*
6.183
Owned
Arrreee! Me pirate side enjoys the game. Me non pirate side says more people would be more fun. have only ever played it 2 player. I can see it posibly jumping to an 8 after games with more folks.
2006-01-23*
8
Aug 2008*
5.790
Owned
We're big fans of the "brain" series here. In this game players are again zombies working in a restaurant. This time though they are competing to complete meal recipes.
2007-03-07*
8
Mar 2005*
7.025
Owned
Great stratego type game with a theme I really like! Light enough to teach yet choice of moves are deep enough for a good thought provoking game.
2005-03-16*
Lost Cities (1999)
8
Mar 2005*
7.041
Owned
One of my wife's favorites. I really enjoy it as well. Super easy to teach and outcomes can be pretty suprisinf sometimes.
2005-03-14*
Lucky Loop (2003)
7.5
Nov 2007*
5.440
Owned
Sadly, this game gets a bum rap on the BGG usually at no fault of it's own. It ended up being a bit of a mystery item on Tanga and many folks got stuck with multiple copies of it in german. no big deal since it's components are language independant and there's a great english manual on the geek.

Anyway, it's a fun light game about stunt plane flying though in honesty the theme could have been about lots of things. But it works. build stunt routines then try to fly them. score for successes. high score wins. A lot of dice rolling and luck in this game so if you dont like da bones back away.
2007-11-04*
MidEvil (2005)
8
Oct 2005*
5.522
Owned
A great Zombies!!! spin-off. In fact I think I like it better. At least for 2 players. I didn't really enjoy zombies for 2. but they streamlined this somewhat. The only complaint I have is the "grey men" life tokens. They add confusion tot he board. I replaced with red glass stones.
2005-10-03*
8
May 2005*
6.417
Owned
Had a lot of fun with this deduction game with my family. The 8 year old won! Great theme!
2005-05-04*
8
Nov 2007*
6.165
Owned
Another great game in the Mystery Rummy series. This one adds set bonus points for collecting all of one gangster. Sets have different counts. There are gavel cards that allow you abilities to grab what you need to complete a set. Al Capone trumps all and with a complete set you shut out opponent. My copy is damaged from shipping and has some marked cards but still fun.
2007-11-08*
7.8
Jul 2007*
6.657
Owned
I'm not much for rummy but this is a very enjoyable card game that my wife and I have played a few times. Somehow doesn't feel like just a card game of rummy. Looking forward to some of the others in the series now.
2007-07-23*
8
Nov 2007*
6.093
Owned
Another great game in the Mystery Rummy series. The "feed the orangutan" kitty is a cool idea. This one seems a bit lighter to play then the others.
2007-11-08*
8
Apr 2006*
5.636
Owned
Love this game! a lot of fun with 2 players but really shines with 4. Granted the theme may be pasted on but it fits perfectly. Fairly easy to teach but can be a bit overwhelming for new non-gamers when they see it all spread out on the table for the first time. There are a ton of card piles to this game. But once you get it, it all plays smooth. A lot of decisions to mull over each round...
2006-04-07*
7.5
Feb 2010
7.224
Owned
more abstract than I expected but a very good game anyway.
2010-02-17
7.5
Feb 2010
6.195
Owned
Yep. It's carcassonne. no denying it. but I do like the surveyor mechanic.
2010-02-17
English first edition
Year: 2005
8
May 2006*
7.098
Owned
Have only played this 2 player but both my wife and I enjoy it a lot. My wife was actually suprised to like it as much as she did due to the theme and initial description. But she really likes it. A space mining exploration themed game with light wargame mechanics.
2006-05-23*
No Thanks! (2004)
8
Jul 2007*
6.939
Owned
A great filler! A perfect blend of luck and strategy. take the card or place a chip on it. press your luck and find the balance between taking cards and taking chips. cards add up to positive points, chips add up to negative points. card runs equal the value of the lowest card in the run. low score wins.
2007-07-11*
Oceania (2004)
7.5
Aug 2005*
5.670
Owned
A good light nautically themed game of tile laying to explore an ocean. Very good for light casual play.
2005-08-15*
7.5
Jun 2006*
6.139
Owned
A lot of good cards to mix in with the base game and add more variety! A few may be a bit too dark for younger ones but only about 3 or 4.
2006-06-28*
8
Jun 2006*
6.373
Owned
My wife and I have a LOT of fun with this one! You have to be creative and a bit of a fast thinker to play. Having solid fairy tale experience helps :-)
Can be very humorous to listen to others play.
2006-06-28*
Orcz (2000)
8
Jun 2007*
5.495
Owned
I really like the mechanics of this game. the balance between either building your strength to beat opponents or keeping the numbers even to beat the battle is an interesting challenge. The artwork and theme works well. plays a bit long but doesn't feel overly so. This one will come out occasionally.
2007-06-26*
8
Mar 2006*
5.695
Owned
we had a lot of fun with this. only played 2 player but it was very enjoyable. I love the mechanics in this game. Very unique theme and mechanics seem to be this publishers (8 foot llamas) forte. boy does this puppy eat up some table! all of it in fact, that's the idea.
2006-03-16*
Phoenix (2003)
8
Apr 2006*
5.936
Owned
A very solid unique 2 player game. Can either be a bit cutthroat or not depending on moods. make your color spectrum match the center first to win.
2006-04-07*
Pick & Pack (2007)
8
Jan 2008*
5.996
Owned
A fun solid 2 player game that is an abstract game with a pleasant apple crate theme applied. The mechanics of moving the picker and utilizing the outer "ability" tokens makes for a fun game with a bit of "think ahead".
2008-01-10*
Pick Picknic (2001)
8
Oct 2005*
6.308
Owned
Fun! Great with any mixed ages. easy to teach and just play. 6 and up are no problem. (havent tried younger) The -2 card was of course a hit with the little ones. the instructions call it a "fast" bird. my kids call it "bird poo". Look at the picture.. lol.
2005-10-03*
8
Oct 2007*
7.199
Owned
beautiful and engrossing game. We have never read the books nor seen any movies etc so there is no pre-expected love. The turn counter mechanism of building the cathedral is perfect. the phases and smoothness of play are just right. A lot of choices but only a few seem to be relevant at the time so little AP.
2007-10-22*
Pirate's Cove (2002)
8
May 2005*
6.481
Owned
Very enjoyable. Good use of theme. It really seems to all mesh together. Initial set up is a bit intimidating for new players but it all quickly makes sense. This one will see many rounds at the table. Not to mention I'm a pirate freak! ARGHH
2005-05-31*
Plunder (2004)
8
Aug 2005*
5.808
Owned
Arrrgghhh!!! Me pirate side be yearnin' to play anythin' piratey! This little beauty fits the bill quite well. I really look forward to more time in this game. really wanna try 4 player. then i will revisit this review. Grab a couple packs of PoTSM and replace the little paper standups in the game!
2005-08-15*
7.5
Feb 2010
6.110
Owned
A unique (atleast for me) abstract of bridge and island building.
2010-02-17
8
Aug 2005*
6.181
Owned
Love this game! Don't be afraid! it's a great game! We've had a lot of fun with it. Plays very quickly, in fact it feels too quick! usually end up playing a few games at once because it seems to just get going and it ends.
2005-08-15*
7.5
Jan 2008*
6.361
Owned
A fun silly game of push your luck. great artwork and funny card interaction makes for a great light game for a group who like to laugh.
2008-01-10*
7.5
Oct 2008*
5.520
Owned
An enjoyable "dungeon crawly" type game with a Christian theme. Enter the city and battle the evil and try to rescue lost souls. This is using card enhancements and die rolling. My 6 and 8yo daughters were able to pick it up fairly easily. Had to read the cards for the 6yo as they are text heavy. The bible verses on each card also have a good match to the action using the card.
2005-10-03*
7.9
Jan 2007*
6.960
Owned
Great game! I have the newer Z-Man edition. Love the new look and art SO much more. Quite confusing at first to learn until you get a grasp of the cycle of actions to choose from. But once it clicks, smooooth play. A lot of fun! Not a non-gamer friendly game though.
2007-01-29*
8
Mar 2005*
6.225
Owned
Only played with 2 player so far, but was a lot of fun. First game went for 3 hours but the first hour was spent figuring it out! Easy enough to teach once someone knows how it works. The confusion comes with which counters/tokens/tiles/ go where/when. The end was a bit anticlimatic but probably due to avoidance and thus super power ability by the time the end was faced.
2005-03-14*
RoboRally (1994)
8
Dec 2007*
7.102
Owned
Love this game. The more people the more chaos. racing around the factory with programed robots that you programmed 5 steps at a time. one goof and the rest of your program causes you go haywire. if the robots are all close you could also cause havoc due to unexpected behaviour thus pushing others robots out of whack. a riot with the right crowd!
2007-12-31*
7.9
Oct 2006*
6.729
Owned
Oh yea! little plastic dudes now! I like this game a little more each time I play. The second edition is a worthwhile upgrade. the changes made are very good. The game can run quite long sometimes but we always seem to play it kinda co-op anyway so it's like a team effort. I look forward to adding in some of the expansions!
2006-10-03*
Saboteur (2004)
8
Feb 2007*
6.580
Owned
Another great game I ALMOST didn't buy! I decided at the last minute to pick this up. Boy am I glad I did. great game! Whose the saboteur?? is there a saboteur??
2007-02-14*
Samurai (1998)
8
Oct 2006*
7.300
Owned
An abstract game that looks very cool being played. Basically playing different tokens around cities trying to be the one with the most influence over it when it is surrounded. If you do, you capture the piece. Has that wierd Knizia scoring thing. Fun and scales very well. More people, more islands.
2006-10-03*
Say Anything (2008)
7.5
Feb 2010
6.669
Owned
A lot of laughs with the right party group.
2010-02-17
Scriptorium (2007)
English first edition
Year: 2007
8
Feb 2008*
7.053
Owned
First off. let me say I got this game from the designer in a "free just pay shipping" try it promotion. I asked for it because it sounded interesting. This game is VERY good! We have only played it 2 player so far but it was a lot of fun. the mechanics are solid and the game seems well balanced as games always seem to come out close. The choices during the donation phase can be almost AP causing in a fun way. The "one card at a time" draw is what does it. Keep it? auction it? give it away? Arrgg..

The quality is very good for a self-publish. I really like the card quality. There are a few of the cards that are cut off center causing a white edge on some of the backs but it's not too big a problem and I would imagine would be addressed in a bigger print run. Which I hope this game gets. It is worth it.

The game plays in a relatively small space. My wife and I played it a few times on a 2 person cafe table while our kids were in a pottery class and there was room to spare.
2008-02-08*
8
Jun 2008*
6.136
Owned
A great Settlers of Catan variant! It's much easier to setup and teach. I like the already fixed board for a quick game launch. Also, the stone of jerusalem is a nice addition.
2008-06-06*
8
Feb 2010
6.702
Owned
Shazamm! (2003)
8
Oct 2007*
5.830
Owned
Upon opening this game we were afraid it was a variant on Duell! but gladly it isn't. It's a great part/luck part strategy game of "figure out your opponents choice and barely beat it". The spell cards and mana interaction are great. the game plays quickly and had beautiful components and artwork.
2007-10-29*
Skallywaggs (2005)
7.3
Jan 2007*
5.566
Owned
We enjoy this reasonably light card game. It can sometimes take a bit long to finish a game sometimes but we've never had the urge to just quit. It has always been fun. The artwork looks great. The title text colors on the cards could use a little adjusting, but nothing we couldn't get used to quickly. The cards combine through set collection into usable and sometimes un-usable pirates. be the first to build a complete crew and win. play the good crewmembers to your crew and the bad to your opponents. There are also some interesting event cards that can drastically alter the game. Can get very cutthroat indeed. There are also some interesting combinations of cards that can be played with amusing results. I also like how some simpler memory type rules were included so the little ones aren't left out.

one last comment. argghhh! it's a pirate's life for me!
2007-01-29*
Slide 5 (2007)
8
Feb 2009*
6.104
Owned
Plays the same as Category 5 but with a skier theme as opposed to a hurricane theme. It's a solid fun card game. The additional cheater game in the box is a crazy rule changing game as a bonus.
2008-05-14*
Small World (2009)
8
Feb 2010
7.342
Owned
Snorta! (2004)
7.2
Jan 2006*
5.871
Owned
A fun silly party game that can be played with all ages. very easy to teach. match recognition and memory elements to the game. Animal sounds galore!
2006-01-04*
Snow Tails (2008)
8
Feb 2010
6.764
Owned
A racing game with a great "drift" mechanic.
2010-02-17
Sole Mio! (2004)
7.5
Apr 2008*
5.873
Owned
A second game in the pizza series. It builds on the mechanics of mamma mia and adds a bit more challenge to the game. We have yet to mix it in with the original and try grande. Once we do that a bit I will revisit the rating.
2008-04-24*
7.9
Jan 2007*
5.751
Owned
I dont know why we seem to like "take that!" game so much, but we do, and this one is a great variant of the genre! build up your junk piles and protect them while trying to knock down your opponents. be the first to "spank the monkey" off his pile, and you win.

Now about that name... I know it's funny.. but it makes it difficult to introduce it to some of the more "senstitive" friends and family who would otherwise really enjoy it.. too bad.
2007-01-29*
Sunken City (2004)
7.5
Feb 2007*
5.854
Owned
A solid family game themed around collecting treasure from a sunken city. The city is guarded by neptune. It is almost an abstract game but the theme and components wrap the game perfectly. Dont pass this one by if it sounds like something you might enjoy. It's a hit in my group.
2007-02-14*
8
Jun 2005*
7.205
Owned
great fun! This game was WAY before it's time. If it came out today it would sell like crazy with the eurogamers.
2005-06-13*
7.5
Mar 2008*
5.826
Owned
In all honesty, I put off playing this game for quite a long time because I was afraid it was going to be too much like Wreckage from Fantasy Flight (silver line) which for some reason we hated. Once we actually broke it out and figured it out and played some rounds, I am bummed I let it sit that long. It's actually a lot of fun. It has a very Roborally feel to it as you build up your "programmed moves" and then execute them and hope it all works out without crashing. Fun silly times had by all.
2008-03-04*
That's Life! (2005)
7.5
Jan 2007*
6.255
Owned
Great family/gateway game. Has a bit of feeling like Tutankhamen for tile collection except the last person to leave a tile MUST take it and there are both positive and negative score affecting tiles. Luckily there is also some reversal tiles that will convert neg to pos. unfortunately they will also convert pos to neg if you dont have enough negatives.

Anyway, this has been a pretty easy to teach game that ages 7 - adults have all enjoyed and picked up fairly easily.
2007-01-29*
7.5
Feb 2007*
6.958
Owned
mmm pastel camels! and a great "basically abstract" game to go with them! This is a fun "build your lines longer" game with a theme that works well. This one will be popular with us for a long long time.
2007-02-14*
8
Mar 2005*
7.417
Owned
great family and friends game! easy enough to teach. Even my 6 year old was able to get a decent grasp of the basics. highly recommend! I have the mystery expansion but have not tried it yet.
2005-03-08*
7.5
Aug 2008*
6.073
Owned
A fun card game in the TtR franchise. Has a very "Mamma Mia" feel to it with the memory element.
2008-06-15*
8
Jul 2007*
5.993
Owned
Another solid Knizia card game. plays smoothly and works well with mixed ages and gamers and non gamers. As with most Knizia's the theme is thin but it works.
2007-07-11*
8
May 2005*
5.495
Owned
Had a blast with this one! theme is perfect for me. I love cheesy monster movies! I truly hope to see some expansions on this one someday! It's a monster version of munchkin but a lot more fun..
2005-05-04*
Torres (1999)
8
Aug 2008*
7.007
Owned
A game that is abstract at it's heart. Players compete to build up towers higher and higher and move their knights to those towers to collect points.
2008-05-21*
Tsuro (2004)
7.2
Feb 2007*
6.574
Owned
A beautiful abstract game. scales well from 2 - 8. play cards that extend your looping path while trying to make your opponents run into the edge of the board (think tron). Very easy to teach and gets a lot of attention when being played.
2007-02-14*
Tumblin-Dice (2004)
7.5
Feb 2010
6.748
Owned
silly light fun.
2010-02-17
Turn the Tide (1997)
8
Oct 2007*
6.552
Owned
Great light card game for the whole family. Save the sheep!
2007-10-22*
8
Oct 2007*
5.954
Owned
A fun word game with a cthulhu spin. Use the letter cards to build words, score the words by the angles in each letter. I'm glad they have the number score for each letter printed ont he cards because I have a heck of a time remembering them. Once you score your word, roll a d20 and meet/beat your score or go insane and lose a cthulhu figure of which you start with 5. Run out of cthulhu-ettes and you are out of the game.
2007-10-29*
Villa Paletti (2001)
7.5
Sep 2006*
6.308
Owned
This one brings out the loud laughter and nail biting tension. We have a lot of fun with this one! Very easy to teach. Steady hand a requirement! Would make a great party game with more people if possible. The limit of four is kinda sad but fun just to watch others play.
2006-09-12*
7.5
Oct 2007*
5.513
Owned
Fun take that card game. I really hope the developers create more decks.
2007-10-22*
Walk the Dogs (2005)
8
Feb 2007*
5.744
Owned
Great family game! kids love the little dogs too. it's a set collection type game where you play cards to grab numbers of dogs from the front, back, or both ends of a long line of dogs. trying to make your own dog line. You can only add your new dogs to the front or back of your own line. the bigger groupings of same breed earns more points. but beware the dogcatcher. he will steal you biggest exposed group of dogs in your line.
2007-02-14*
8
Feb 2006*
5.518
Owned
Spooky? check. co-operative? check. rpg-ish? check. lots of expansions for replay value? check. my perfect combination. I really really like this game. haven't tried the DM mode though. The dice rolling scheme takes a little to get used to but works well once you learn it. great components!
2006-02-28*
8
Aug 2005*
5.547
Owned
Anything that expands this game system works for me! see my comments on the base game.
2005-08-15*
8
Aug 2005*
5.550
Owned
Anything that expands this game system works for me! see my comments on the base game.
2005-08-15*
8
Aug 2005*
5.572
Owned
Anything that expands this game system works for me! see my comments on the base game.
2005-08-15*
8
Aug 2005*
5.573
Owned
Anything that expands this game system works for me! see my comments on the base game.
2005-08-15*
Wits & Wagers (2005)
8
Mar 2008*
6.893
Owned
Great party game that uses trivia but is not automatically won by the "supa-genius" trivia head. Placing the odds on answers and letting you bet on who you think is right is a lot of fun. This one will come out often for group/family events.
2008-03-26*
Wyatt Earp (2001)
8
Jan 2008*
6.610
Owned
A great (should be) addition to the mystery rummy series! The meld play building up the reward for the matching outlaw as well as other card play interactions adding rewards or meld sizes as well as some negative effect cards works very well. Whoever has the highest score meld per outlaw gets the reward.
2008-01-10*
7.2
Jan 2007*
5.703
Owned
Another family card game in the gamewright card game series. This one is a lot of fun with mixed age group. As per gamewright it's very easy to teach and get started. It quickly becomes a laughing grabbing moaning and groaning good time. plays well with the listed age group of 8 and up. Perfect for a quick 15 minutes of fun before kids are off to bed.
2007-01-29*
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