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Rating
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Plays
Comment
Z-Man Second Edition
Year: 2008
8.25
Jun 2010
7.345
Owned
Plays: 8
Amazing game, beatiful components, so many things to worry about, great cards and tense up until the very end.
2008-01-05*
7 Wonders (2010)
7.5
May 2011
7.797
Owned
Plays: 22
A great light civilization themed card game. I love artwork, I love how it scales up to 7 players, I love the drafting, and I love the variety of Wonders you can play as.
2011-04-04
Acquire (1964)
7.25
Aug 2010
7.259
Owned
Plays: 4
A pretty good economic game, pretty dry theme, a good amount of luck, but still impressive considering how old it is.
2011-04-04
Z-Man Games edition 2008 with Z-Deck and animeeples
Year: 2008
8.25
Mar 2009*
8.047
Owned
Plays: 27
Beautiful components, actually not as complex as I thought it would be. Great theme, plays a bit like Caylus or Goa.

Edit: the cards make it even better, allowing all kinds of special rules that makes the game more interesting.
2008-03-16*
N/A
7.350
Owned
Plays: 2
N/A
7.745
Owned
Plays: 1
English first edition
Year: 2003
7.75
Dec 2010
7.205
Owned
Plays: 4
Awesome with 5 players, a classic Knizia auction game with multiple methods of winning. Nice pieces, pretty easily to learn, but lots of strategic decisions. One of my favorites of Knizia's games.
2008-01-05*
6
Jul 2009*
6.000
Owned
Plays: 12
Fun party game, especially for non-gamers. It's a very light game, but fun as a social activity and as a conversation starter.
2008-09-21*
Z-Man Games First Edition
Year: 2009
6.75
May 2010
6.441
Owned
Plays: 10
A decent set-collection game. Very easy to teach. For such a short game it's bit of a pain to set up. Not a lot of tension.
2010-01-06
Aton (2005)
7.5
Apr 2011
6.663
Owned
Plays: 11
Beautiful game I love the interconnecting puzzle board. Easy to learn, but the scoring is a bit complicated. Seems simple, but there's actually a lot of strategy going on underneath. Also a pretty quick game, really does play in 30 minutes or less.
2008-05-21*
Bananagrams (2006)
6
Apr 2012
6.214
Owned
Plays: 24
First Edition
Year: 2006
7.5
Sep 2009*
7.244
Owned
Plays: 13
Awesome game! Lots of fun.

Update: Admittedly it takes way too long to set up. (a half an hour or more, whereas Manoeuvre only take five minutes) The plastic pieces are nice, but a lot harder to store and sort than chits. I don't get to play this very often, and the hype has worn off, but it's still a pretty good two player game. In short Manoeuvre scratches a similar itch, is more portable, and is easier to get out regularly.
2010-03-08
Blockhead! (1954)
6.5
Jun 2010
5.458
Owned
Plays: 3
A surprisingly fun little stacking game. The variety of structures that can be created with the different blocks continues to impress me. A great simple game that everyone can enjoy.
2010-07-06
Brass (2007)
7.75
Jul 2010
7.859
Owned
Plays: 4
Good game, but a little of minor rules inconsistencies that can be frustrating new players. At 2.5 hours I feel like it runs a little too long. I appreciate the elegance of the design and love the mechanics of flipping tiles, but it isn't quite as fun as I'd hoped.
2010-07-24
Carcassonne (2000)
7.5
Nov 2008*
7.348
Owned
Plays: 37
The original, and quite a good game, especially for new gamers. My favorite version of the game is with 2 players, where I don't have to worry about everyone ganging up on me. 3 players is still good, but 4-5 gets pretty chaotic.
2008-06-29*
7.75
Jun 2008*
7.464
Owned
Plays: 4
A great expansion to Carcassonne, doesn't make it too complicated, but adds a little more meat to the strategy, Big Meeples can make it more cutthroat, and inns and cathedrals give you an added incentive to finish your roads and cities. I like how having a few extra tiles gives you more possibilities when building the map.
2008-06-29*
English first edition
Year: 2004
7.5
May 2007*
6.920
Owned
Plays: 11
Best Carcassonne game I've played, I love how adding walls, tower and guards changes the strategy halfway through the game. It's fun to score another player just to speed up the wall building and get more points for yourself with guards.
2009-04-29
Catan (1995)
7
Jun 2010
7.223
Owned
Plays: 21
The classic. I've played it too many times, but it's great for introducing new player to euros. Great balance and lots of interaction.
2011-01-18
Multilingual second edition
Year: 2008
8
Nov 2009*
7.047
Owned
Plays: 13
Great train game. Beautiful components. Easy to learn, but very hard to master. packs a lot of strategy into about 60 minutes. It's all about changing alliances and maximizing the return on your investment.
2009-09-13
7.5
Jan 2010*
6.079
Owned
Plays: 2
Erie expansion: the Erie expansion provides an added twist to the game. 1 player controlling the Erie railroad makes the map even more crowded, and can easily block other railroads. Overall it adds some interesting new decisions to an already great game.

Narrow gague: haven't played yet
2010-01-06
Chrononauts (2000)
N/A
6.086
Owned
Plays: 9
Coloretto (2003)
7.5
Jan 2009*
6.889
Owned
Plays: 24
Great card game with some hard decisions. Easy to learn, quick to play, but requires some thought and luck to win.
2008-05-04*
Fantasy Flight English Silver Line edition
Year: 2007
7
Oct 2009*
6.675
Owned
Plays: 4
Fun card game, beautiful artwork, has a lot of rules and exceptions for such a short game, so it's a little hard to teach. New edition with small box is very nice. I like how having a different group of monsters each game adds some variation to the game.
2008-06-29*
Crusader Rex (2005)
8
Jun 2008*
6.488
Owned
Plays: 1
A great theme, and a beautiful game. More complicated than Hammer of the Scots, with exceptions to most of the rules. But I like the more complex battles, with storming castles, and sallying forth with knights charges. (cause rolling tons of dice is just fun!) The map is a little crowded, but by rules version 1.4 the game seems to have good balance.
2008-06-06*
English first edition
Year: 2008
9
Jul 2009*
7.696
Owned
Plays: 69
This game plays fast, is pretty easy to learn, has good artwork, has some interesting deck-building strategy, but most importantly, it has a ton of diversity. It's quick enough that it's easy to play a series of games, and they can play very differently. I played one game that was treasure poor, and one that was overflowing with treasure. You can have a lot of cut-throat interaction, or almost none at all. Overall it's a blast to play. The box is a bit big, but the insert does a good job of holding all the cards in seperate groups, which makes setting up a lot easier.
2009-05-11
8
Oct 2009*
7.746
Owned
Plays: 35
A great expansion on the original. Cards require more thought, and are harder to chain, but all the new combos do a good job of keeping the game fresh.
2009-08-25
8
Jan 2010*
7.916
Owned
Plays: 22
Good variety of new cards. Beautiful metal coins. A good expansion, with some new strategies required. I really like the duration cards.
2010-04-15
7.25
Jan 2009*
6.425
Owned
Plays: 7
A mix of a Euro and wargame, this is one of the best balanced 3 player games I have seen. The strategy is complex, but the play time is actually pretty short. The multiple victory routes keep things interesting. I love the game mechanics, and how you get compensation if you lose a province.

Update: Having played this a few times I see that the 3 player balance means that players keep going around in circles, with 2 players constantly trying to "bash the leader", depending on who he is. Gameplay is a little repetitive, as you gain and lose the same provinces over and over. The main victory strategy I've seen is positioning yourself to win two elections, although canny players can win a military victory if they are sneaky enough.
2008-06-10*
English Edition
Year: 2009
7.75
Jul 2010
7.303
Owned
Plays: 18
A wonderful medium weight game. Great with 5, okay with 2 (using the variant). Beautiful components, really easy to teach, and plays pretty fast. It's a euro with all the problems of a pasted on theme, but it's very well designed.
2009-11-05
Z-Man Games edition
Year: 2004
6.75
Jul 2010
6.685
Owned
Plays: 16
Beautiful artwork, easy to learn. I like the drafting mechanic, but if players don't play many shadow cards, there isn't much interaction.

Update: the Expert Version of the game is much better. All the conditional tale cards add more conflict and suspense to the game as player struggle towards their goals.
2010-07-27
6.75
Nov 2009*
6.449
Owned
Plays: 7
Beautiful large cards (similar size as Lost Cities), plays a bit like For Sale, but all the exceptions make the rules a bit harder to learn. Take some learning to figure out when to play each of your cats, more bluffing is involved than other auction games. Still overall an entertaining game.

Update: Better with more people, an interesting mix of luck and strategy, as you don't know what is in the sack, and at the same time you try to match the cat you played against your bidding strategy. Too complicated to be the classic For Sale is, but still a fun auction game. Unlike For Sale, since winner takes all, for sacks of really good cats it's easy to be outbid by the player with more money than you, which makes bidding less interesting.
2010-08-14
Fjords (2005)
7.5
Sep 2010
6.440
Owned
Plays: 24
Simple game, but some nice strategy. Very easy to teach, quick to play, but a nice area-control game, with a developing world. Not that complicated, but overall a nice package. Update: there's actually some deeper strategy with the limitations on where you can place tiles, which allow you to influence how the map gets built. The game is requires more skill than I originally thought.
2008-06-10*
Überplay edition 2005
Year: 2005
7.5
May 2007*
7.112
Owned
Plays: 69
Fun bidding game, easy to learn, actually quite deep strategy, great bluffing/auction mechanics and very beautiful cartoony cards.
2007-05-27*
Gheos (2006)
7.25
Jun 2010
6.240
Owned
Plays: 14
Rather chaotic game, and the strategy is a bit hard to grasp, but still a lot of fun. Takes a while to learn, but high on tactics and low on long-term strategy, which is why I like it. The high amount of randomness makes some games more satisfying than others. Can be a bit of a brain burner.
2008-06-10*
Cambridge Games Factory Black Box Edition
Year: 2012
7
Dec 2008*
7.381
Owned
Plays: 3
A fun game with a lot of things going on. More chaotic than Race for the Galaxy, but more player interaction. The building powers do shake up the game a lot, changing rules left and right. I like how the most expensive buildings are also some of the more useful actions. Using the merchant over and over seems to trump building powers, but I've only played two games. Sure the graphics take some getting used to, and it seems quite complicated at first, but if it's not as "elegant" as RftG, it's still a fun game.
2008-07-11*
English first edition (second printing from China)
Year: 2006
8
May 2010
7.542
Owned
Plays: 11
Sort of a cross between Ra and Puerto Rico, this is a great mix of auctions and building an economic engine. Nice components, great with 2 players, this game stays tense until the end. Like most euros there are never enough turns to get everything done.
2008-03-07*
7
Mar 2013
6.446
Owned
Plays: 2
Haggis (2010)
7
Apr 2011
6.788
Owned
Plays: 7
A neat climbing card game. Nice card artwork, and some very interesting tactical plays. I really liker how the J/Q/K cards are available immediately, both as bombs and as wilds they allow all kinds of interesting card plays. It's still just a card game, and doesn't have the longevity of more complicated games, but it's very well done for what it is.
2011-04-04
Überplay English Edition
Year: 2004
7.25
Jun 2010
6.730
Owned
Plays: 8
A bit dry thematically, but a fun game, good for 2 or 3 players. I like the mild screwage, and the mechanic of trading and competing for markets while your movement is dependent on the boat's location.

Update: there's a lot more strategy to this game when you place the good tokens on the board face up instead of face down. It's a fun medium-weight game for 2 players, and the final scores are usually pretty close.
2008-03-02*
Gryphon Games bookshelf edition
Year: 2009
7
Jan 2011
6.692
Owned
Plays: 7
A great light card game, good for parties, or with lots of players. Lots of luck, not much strategy, but pretty components makes this a good game for non-gamers. (and I like the small box)
2011-04-04
Jambo (2004)
7
May 2009*
6.948
Owned
Plays: 7
Economic games that seems similar to Magic with lots of special cards that do cool things. Still it suffers from being stuck with bad cards, and feeling like you only have a few options. Hard to formulate a long term strategy.
2008-01-01*
Kahuna (1998)
7
Sep 2009*
6.502
Owned
Plays: 9
A fun strategic 2 player game. Easy to learn, beautiful pieces. A decent amount of take-that gameplay, and some long term planning required.
2008-05-21*
7.75
Sep 2011
7.126
Owned
Plays: 3
A good wargame about the recent US/JIhadist conflict. But a bit long and a bit dry.
2011-09-18
KOSMOS/Rio Grande English first edition
Year: 1999
7.75
Jul 2010
7.040
Owned
Plays: 57
Beautiful cards, great component quality. The gameboard is superfluous, but really pretty and gives the game a nice feel. Overall easy to learn, can be casual or confrontational and underneath it all there is some nice strategy. Often you have to make hard decisions.
2007-09-06*
Mahjong (1850)
7
Feb 2008*
6.793
Owned
Plays: 1
Manoeuvre (2008)
8
Jan 2009*
6.810
Owned
Plays: 10
After a solo play it runs pretty smoothly, and is a lot of fun. Quick turns, nice appearance, I can't wait to play this with an actual opponent.

Update: Played twice. It has a very quick set-up time, the rules are pretty easy to learn. The components are good, but getting some plexiglas would improve the board greatly. I like the battlefield tactics, positioning of units becomes important. My first game was about an hour, but my second stretched to two hours, so it can run a bit long. Overall a good light wargame.
2009-08-26
5.5
Jun 2010
6.115
Owned
Plays: 3
Pretty light set-collection game. Getting lots of money doesn't have much to do with winning. Okay game that has the advantage of playing quickly.
2010-04-15
Mr. Jack (2006)
8.25
Apr 2009*
7.004
Owned
Plays: 24
Intense 2 player game of maneuvering and deduction. Can get very tense, even with the same starting positions, there are lots of options. Yes, it's easier to play the inspector than Jack, but it's still lots of fun. Beautiful components. Great theme.
2008-02-03*
8
Sep 2009*
6.528
Owned
Plays: 13
A good expansion for the base game. Choosing different suspects each time and placing them yourself makes things more complicated and less balanced. The game requires even more thought, some of the new abilities may seem overpowered until you get used to them. It's a bit expensive, but it injects new challenges into an already great game.
2009-08-25
7.5
Mar 2011
6.807
Owned
Plays: 4
No Thanks! (2004)
7
Jan 2008*
6.938
Owned
Plays: 14
Very easy to learn, lots of fun with social gamers. I love the mix of simple rules and a decent amount of strategy. Cute small box as well, good packaging.
2008-01-01*
Rio Grande Games English Edition
Year: 2007
8.25
Feb 2011
7.266
Owned
Plays: 11
A classic cube farmer, Notre Dame's variety of possible strategies keep the game interesting. The components are good, especially the cards, and the cute wooden pieces. The theme is pasted on, but I don't care. The drafting card mechanic is probably the best part of the game, forcing you to change you strategy based on the available cards.

Update: A good bit of luck in the cards you draw each turn, and with larger numbers of players there isn't much you can do to hurt players across the table from you. But it's still a fun euro. Plays a bit mechanically, with the similar actions each game, kill rats, get points, buy workers. Downgrading from 8 -> 7.5.

Update: There's more strategy and less luck in the 2 player game. 7.5 -> 7.75

Update: I do like the variety of how many ways you can get points. Lots of different strategies. 7.75 -> 8
2010-09-04
Odin's Ravens (2002)
6.75
Oct 2009*
6.470
Owned
Plays: 6
Pretty good 2-player game. Lots of options, a decent mix of tactics and luck. With multiple rounds you can recover from a bad hand, game went on a bit longer than I was expecting. Encourages you setting up moves in advance. Nice game design, but not very deep.
2007-09-24*
7.25
Apr 2012
5.999
Owned
Plays: 7
A good solitaire game, illustrating the difficulties of the Ottoman Empire and the Eastern battles in World War I. In terms of gameplay I really like how the game is about more than just pushing back various fronts, you have to keep your National Will up, and prevent the british from running the narrows. I like how different tracks will change strength, appear and disappear throughout the game. The chaos helps ensure that no two games are alike.
2012-04-28
English first edition 2007
Year: 2007
8
Jul 2009*
7.585
Owned
Plays: 40
A great coop game, relatively short play time, great theme, beautiful components. The pieces are oversized, but I like the huge pawns. Some nice strategy required to win the game, I've found 4 players is definitely harder than 2. Gets a bit familiar over time, but it's a great game for sucking in new players.
2008-04-20*
8
Oct 2009*
7.916
Owned
Plays: 16
This expansion makes Pandemic so much more exciting. New roles, new special events, new diseases. The added randomness makes the game seem new and exciting again. A great deal for its price.
2009-10-08
Piece o' Cake (2008)
7
Aug 2010
6.272
Owned
Plays: 11
Beautiful components, very easy to learn, a nice fast filler. I'd buy this just to play with non-gamers if I could buy all the games I wanted.
2011-04-04
Rio Grande English edition 2007
Year: 2007
9
Dec 2010
7.924
Owned
Plays: 21
Great game, awesome mix of a solid theme and several different mechanics. Looks like an ameritrash, plays like a Euro.
2008-01-01*
7
Feb 2010
7.537
Owned
Plays: 5
7.5
Nov 2010
7.011
Owned
Plays: 7
7.25
Feb 2010
7.443
Owned
Plays: 4
8
Dec 2009*
7.472
Owned
Plays: 7
An easy to learn expansion to the base game. Both are good maps.
2011-09-18
7.5
Feb 2010
7.380
Owned
A nice variation on the original power plant deck. The new power plants are a lot more powerful.
2011-09-18
Überplay edition 2006
Year: 2006
9
Mar 2009*
7.375
Owned
Plays: 28
Fun theme, great auction game, nice mix of luck and strategy.

Update: I've played this many times and it's still fresh and exciting each time. A real classic that stays interesting.
2008-01-01*
First Edition
Year: 2007
9
Oct 2010
7.726
Owned
Plays: 49
Difficult to learn, but a myriad of cards and different strategies. I especially like the different economic and military tracks, and blind role selection.

Edit: even batter with 3 players, fun guessing each other's role selections. Variety of cards really allows a multitude of strategies and helps make each game different. Beautiful artwork and a neat theme.
2008-02-06*
8.25
Sep 2010
7.641
Owned
Plays: 24
Another great expansion.
2011-09-18
8.5
Oct 2010
7.862
Owned
Plays: 34
The victory point goals add a lot of new strategy to the game. Winning 2-3 of them can allow you to win, even with a mediocre tableau. Improved Logistics really helps military players rush the endgame, but otherwise doesn't seem overpowered. The starting world are fun, but without any markets on them I found myself playing several games market poor. I start to understand how balanced and more accessible the normal starting worlds are. Overall a good expansion.
2008-10-20*
Saboteur (2004)
6.75
Jul 2007*
6.584
Owned
Plays: 9
Wonderful social card game, especially for people who prefer lighter games. The cooperative play allows for easy decisions, except that not knowing who the saboteurs are makes people constantly second-guess their neighbor. Not much strategy. The gold scoring is a bit random (winning as the saboteur is probably too hard) but you should play this for the experience, and not worry about who wins or loses. Beautiful artwork on the cards. It's bets with lots of players, and great for non-gamers, because it's similar to Werewolf/Mafia.
2009-03-08
Soviet Dawn (2009)
N/A
5.996
Owned
Taluva (2006)
7.75
Feb 2009*
6.970
Owned
Plays: 29
Beautiful pieces, easy to learn, but it does values euro mechanics over theme. Rules restrictions may seem a bit arbitrary for some, but most love the beautiful pieces and simple gameplay. A great example of a game that is "easy to learn, but difficult to master".

Update: This is my most popular game among my non-gamer friends (except for For Sale) and it's certainly the prettiest. A great 3-4 player game, quick to play, with the chance to make some cool moves, and mess with your opponents. A nice break from my other low-interaction euros.
2008-01-01*
Thebes (2007)
7
Feb 2009*
7.040
Owned
Plays: 3
English-title multilingual edition 2005
Year: 2005
8
Jul 2009*
6.960
Owned
Plays: 19
Cute camels, great strategy game, easy to learn, hard to master
2008-04-26*
7.75
Aug 2010
6.469
Owned
Plays: 14
A light card game, by the designer of R-Eco. Nice small box, great graphic design, nice wooden ships and baord, although the cards are a bit thin. Neat game system, not much theme, but a lot of interesting decisions to make. Elegant, but perhaps a bit dry.
2008-10-16*
TransAmerica (2001)
7
Jan 2008*
6.523
Owned
Plays: 11
Light train game, but pretty board, and very easy to learn. Also plays well with lots of players, nice and fast. Not much strategy, but a good filler. Great intro game for new gamers.
2008-01-01*
9
Nov 2010
8.221
Owned
Plays: 4
Vexation (2007)
7.25
Jan 2008*
6.299
Owned
Plays: 5
A big improvement to TransAmerica, it makes it less friendly, but it's neat to see the more convoluted development of the train network as various people try to cut off areas for themselves. A clever placement of colored track can make a big difference. When you've gotten tired of TransAmerica, try Vexation.
2008-01-01*
8
Dec 2012
6.318
Owned
Plays: 4
N/A
5.923
Owned
Plays: 3
N/A
5.628
Owned
Wits & Wagers (2005)
7.5
Oct 2007*
6.892
Owned
Plays: 3
Great party game, nice mix of trivia and betting. A party game with some strategy, woah!
2007-10-16*
Yspahan (2006)
8
Dec 2007*
7.000
Owned
Plays: 13
Beautiful game, lots of way to win, nice mix of luck and strategy. Rolling the dice each turn is fun. However there are a lot of rules and exceptions to the game, so explaining all the rules to new players can get a bit overwhelming.
2009-03-08
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