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500 (1904)
6
Nov 2011
5.920
The best of the non-Gin Rummy variants.
2007-12-12*
7 Wonders (2010)
8
Dec 2010
7.795
Owned
Plays: 27
I like it better than Race for the Galaxy for sure. It has a much more strategic feel; it seems like there are truly multiple ways to victory that you can work towards.
2011-02-17
7
Oct 2011
7.626
Rating after one play. It's an interesting expansion, but doesn't seem to add much to me.
2011-10-06
Afrika Korps (1964)
N/A
5.769
Prev. Owned
Haven't played since high school, but I remember it being fun.
2007-12-12*
3
Dec 2010
5.990
Lots of pieces...very little fun. Seemed incredibly random to me.
2009-06-11
Agricola (2007)
7
Jan 2010
8.040
The first thing that strikes you about this game is all the bits. I mean, there are a LOT of bits. They all work together pretty well, though. I need to play it more to really decide if I love it or just like it.
2009-06-11
8
Aug 2011
7.129
Want In Trade
Want To Play
Plays: 2
Rating after one play at GenCon. I liked the scoring round mechanic. May drop to a 7 if I played more.
2011-08-08
Airships (2007)
6
Dec 2010
6.224
Prev. Owned
Need to play it a few more times to be sure, but I think it is a pretty good game. Not good enough to keep me from trying to trade in a math trade though. :-)
2010-11-12
Alhambra (2003)
6
Dec 2010
6.970
Owned
Want To Play
I think it is an excellent family game, but the hardcore gamer in me is liking it less and less the more I play it.
2009-03-20
5
Oct 2011
7.375
Prev. Owned
Plays: 5
There is such a thing as a game being TOO balanced, and I think Alien Frontiers is it. The final few turns just seem too close, regardless of what has happened earlier in the game. The more I play it, the less impressed I am with it. Also, the Shipyard mechanic is just way too important in the game; if you roll no pairs for the first four turns, I truly believe you are screwed.
2011-10-24
Amun-Re (2003)
8
Dec 2010
7.200
Want In Trade
Want To Play
I really like this game. It's a SERIOUS game, though...no chit chat, just people staring at the board and thinking about what to do.
2009-05-27
8
Sep 2011
6.139
Owned
Plays: 7
Very interesting, and the factions are VERY different. A unique game, I know of nothing similar.
2012-03-22
Arkadia (2006)
7
Dec 2010
6.736
Prev. Owned
I like it, but it will take a while to figure out how to play it; it's deceptively similar to other games, but the strategy is unique.
2010-05-14
Arkham Horror (2005)
N/A
7.268
Played once at GenCon, and found it all pretty pointless. The game looks good and the teamwork aspect makes it socially fun, but Pandemic can be played with half the pieces and in half the time. It struck me as a glorified version of Talisman without the fun of beating someone. I would try it again though, to give it a full play, since we didn't actually finish our game.
2010-01-20
German edition
Year: 2003
7
Dec 2010
6.853
Prev. Owned
I like the combination of Twixt-like making connections with the race to get all your tiles out. The balance between playing tiles outo f order to play them, versus saving them is also interesting.
2010-05-14
Automobile (2009)
7
Oct 2011
7.152
Plays: 1
Rating after one play. I want to play it more, to get a better feel for it, but I suspect it would always be #4 on my top 3 list of heavier economic games to play.
2011-10-06
Balloon Cup (2003)
6
Mar 2011
6.561
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Rating after one play. It' VERY reminiscent of both Lost Cities and Battleline. Problem is, if I'm going to play a two player game, I'd rather play a long list of games over this one. It just doesn't seem to offer enough that is different to me.
2011-03-19
BANG! (2002)
6
Jul 2009*
6.515
If you have lots of people, and need to play a game, this one is probably a good choice. However, with less than five people, I just don't think it works.
2009-06-22
Basilica (2010)
6
May 2011
5.965
Plays: 1
Rating after one play. I feel bad about giving this game a 6. If I had played it 8 years ago, I would probably have given it an 8. The problem is, this game would always be eleventh on my list of 10 games I want to play. It's perfectly fine, and suffers more from the fact that it is coming way to late to the tile laying game party to really be the life of said party.
2011-05-28
Battle Line (2000)
7
Jan 2010
7.288
Prev. Owned
It's good, but it occupies the same headspace for me as Lost Cities, and I think I like Lost Cities a bit more.
2010-03-01
8
Dec 2009*
6.274
Prev. Owned
The best set of miniatures rules I have ever played. I wish that I could have gotten it to the table more often.
2011-03-02
First Edition
Year: 2006
7
Oct 2014
7.239
Prev. Owned
Plays: 4
A fun, light wargame, once you work your way up to the full rules set. At first I thought it wasn't "fantasy" enough, but after more plays I find the Lore system works.
2010-12-03
6
Mar 2010
7.704
Plays: 1
I've played it enough now to know it just isn't my thing. It takes too long for what you get out of it.
2010-03-01
Ben Hurt (1996)
6
Dec 2009*
5.518
Prev. Owned
The race itself is pretty much all luck. The game is truly played in the auctions, by paying as little as possible for everything you get.
2007-12-24*
6
Dec 2010
6.943
Rating after 1.5 plays at GenCon 2010. The end game book is a really neat idea, but the game play up to that point seems directionless. Maybe if you played a lot you would learn the value of which floors to explore and when? I'd definitely play it again.
2010-08-11
Out of the Box box edition
Year: 2002
3
Dec 2010
5.790
Owned
For Trade
Any game that you can play in under 5 minutes and still have some fun can't be all bad.
2007-12-12*
7
Sep 2010
7.357
Only played via computer implementation. I'm surprised by how much I like this game. I love the turnover concept, and the way it forces you to seriously consider the order in which you take actions on your turn.
2010-09-16
8
Nov 2011
7.211
Want In Trade
Want To Play
Plays: 1
I was very surprised by this game, and how much I enjoyed it on my one play so far. Thematically it is perfect, but there is actually a real game there, I think. I want to play this again soon.
2011-11-18
Fantasy Flight English Edition
Year: 2006
7
Feb 2011
6.899
Owned
I love this game, but still haven't figured out the strategy. Spread contributions out, or concentrate? Go for scales, or not? Use all your cards or save some? I've played a number of times now and still don't have a feel for it.
2007-12-12*
Bohnanza (1997)
8
Jul 2009*
7.012
Owned
Plays: 2
I expected silly. I got silly theme, but very interesting game play. There is a lot of thinking that goes into playing this game well.
2008-03-07*
Brass (2007)
9
Dec 2010
7.857
Want In Trade
Want To Play
Plays: 1
Wow, I loved this game. I didn't expect to; my expectation going in to it was that it would be overly complicated and simulation-y. But it is neither. Sure, it's got complication, but all the complication seems to be DOING something; it's not just there for bragging rights.
2010-05-13
Carcassonne (2000)
8
Dec 2010
7.347
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
I love how it has two modes; social and cutthroat. The more I play it, the more I see just how cutthroat cutthroat can be!
2009-06-11
8
Aug 2009*
7.463
Excellent expansion.
2009-08-05
6
Aug 2009*
6.508
Neither new component seems to add anything of interest, but they don't hurt the game either.
2009-08-05
8
Aug 2009*
6.776
Prev. Owned
Much better to start than the base game.
2009-08-05
8
Aug 2009*
7.424
Excellent expansion.
2009-08-05
Carson City (2009)
8
Dec 2010
7.093
Want In Trade
Want To Buy
Want To Play
Plays: 1
I really like it; like a non-dry, exciting version of Caylus, with cowboys! A 7 with the dice, though, the 8 is for the variant with the numbered chits for the duels.
2011-03-16
Casino (1800)
5
Dec 2010
5.667
Probably one of the better two-player games that can be played with a standard deck of cards.
2009-06-22
Catan (1995)
6
Dec 2009*
7.214
Prev. Owned
The trading makes this game. The dice almost ruin it for me. I either feel like I'm winning because the dice went my way, or losing because the dice are against me.
2008-03-07*
5
Aug 2009*
6.849
Prev. Owned
I really don't like it with more than 4 players. It just seems too random with the dice rolls.
2009-08-05
5
Dec 2014
8.069
Plays: 1
This game is like Agricola, but with more of the stuff I don't like about Agricola.
2014-12-07
Cavum (2008)
7
Dec 2010
6.278
Plays: 1
Rating after only one play. It is very fiddly, but it seems like a much better game than I expected. The basic problem of finding the best path to get the most gems each turn is interesting, and I want to play more. I expect my rating might increase to 8 if a second play is as fun as the first.
2010-12-26
Caylus (2005)
6
Feb 2011
7.781
I like it, don't get me wrong. Something about it just seems sort of, I don't know...sterile. It just doesn't sing for me. I think I prefer Pillars of the Earth, but couldn't put into words why.
2009-06-11
4
Dec 2010
6.783
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Rating after only one play. Takes an already dry game and dessicates it until it is shriveled and mummified. It really feels like all you are doing is moving little cubes around pointlessly.
2010-12-26
Checkers (1150)
4
Dec 2010
4.889
Good to play with my kids, but not as good as Othello.
2006-11-01*
Chess (1475)
5
Jan 2010
6.947
What can I say, I just never really got into it.
2009-06-22
China (2005)
6
Feb 2011
6.820
Rating Based on only one play. It might grow on me with more plays. It seemed like a fun game, but it hit the same buttons for me as Ticket to Ride, so I'm not sure owning both would be worth my time and money.
2009-03-20
Citadels (2000)
6
Jan 2010
7.112
Prev. Owned
At first I really liked this game, but after more plays I like it less. I would rate the two-three player version a 7.5, but the rating drops with more players, simply because it takes so LONG to pick roles, and people sit around doing nothing far too much.
2009-06-11
6
Jan 2010
6.807
Prev. Owned
Good extra roles, and the new cards are interesting.
2009-08-05
8
Dec 2010
6.673
Owned
Plays: 14
While the game is simple, this game really gets me thinking. It has just the right mix of available and secret information. The end comes up FAST!
2011-06-12
Days of Wonder English Edition
Year: 2007
8
Aug 2010
6.995
Owned
Plays: 6
This is a great looking game, but beneath the cool bits is a fun auction/set making game. I've now seen at least two different viable strategies in the game, so it has even more depth than I thought it might.
2011-01-01
Corsairs (2000)
6
Mar 2008*
5.737
A bit too much randomness for my taste.
2008-03-07*
6
Feb 2011
7.470
Prev. Owned
It's a fun game, but I don't think it is really my style. It's very chaotic. The Flare and Artifact cards seem to have a disproportionate impact.
2010-08-26
Cyclades (2009)
7
Apr 2011
7.354
Prev. Owned
Plays: 5
When I read the rules, I was worried that the combat would make the game way too random. But in fact, there wasn't really that much combat. As Ares and Poseidon can only be played by one person each a turn, the game is much more about managing your wealth and winning the right auction at the right moment.

I don't think it is a very good two or three player game, so far; playing it with that number seemed meh. My two five player games were much more fun. That being said, the finishes so far have all been, to my mind, quite random as to exactly who won. TIf every game ends with that much randomness, I think I will not like the game in the long run.
2011-07-03
Diplomacy (1959)
6
Dec 2010
6.900
This one is a hard one to rate. Do I think it is a great game? Yes, one of the best many player games. Will I ever play it now that I am 40 years old, long out of college, and don't have 10 hours to spend backstabbing my friends? Not a chance.
2009-11-26
7
Nov 2011
6.943
Owned
Plays: 9
I'm calling it a 7 for now, because the two player games have been a bit one-sided. But the three player game was an 8.
2011-11-06
9
Oct 2014
7.725
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 7
It's three hours long, so it probably won't ever be a top game for me simply because I would so rarely be able to play it. However, of all the multi-player long games I know of (Twilight Imperium, Game of Thrones, etc.), this one is the best. I really, really, enjoy this game, even though my brain hurts and it frustrates me no end.
2011-10-19
English first edition
Year: 2008
8
Oct 2014
7.691
Owned
Plays: 79
Probably the best card game ever made. Now that I have played a LOT, I find that the game with just the base set has finally (after playing literally hundreds of times) gotten a bit stale. This is no criticism of the game, in fact it's a testimonial to how good it is. But I have reached the point where I need to throw in Intrigue for it to still be totally fun. Intrigue, mind you; I haven't even begun to plumb the depths of enjoyment of the other expansions.
2011-06-02
8
Oct 2014
7.740
Plays: 2
Although there are the same number of attack cards in this set as the base set, it just seems, well, nastier, as a standalone. In combination, if you choose more attack cards it is EXTRA nasty.
2009-08-05
N/A
8.115
Only played with four cards so far, but those cards were very interesting. Look forward to playing more.
2011-02-22
8
Oct 2014
7.912
A lot of very interesting cards. Not quite the heavy hitters that Intrigue brought in, but that's ok; sometimes a slower game is good too.
2010-03-01
Asmodee English Edition First Printing
Year: 2005
8
Feb 2011
6.672
Owned
Plays: 7
I love the fact that this game has almost no random elements, except for the initial placement of the 8 boards. And yet, it doesn't feel abstract at all, even though it really is very abstract. Only French version for Trade, not English.
2011-02-11
8
Sep 2011
6.455
Owned
Rating after one play. Really nothing not to like. More of the same, but good more of the same.
2011-09-11
7
Aug 2011
7.009
Plays: 1
Rating after one play at GenCon. It seems fun, and I might give it an 8 if I played more, but there didn't seem to be much depth for strategy, and Lord of the Rings the Card Game scratches the same itch better.

I'd rather actually play D&D 4th Edition as well.
2011-08-08
En Garde! (2005)
4
Dec 2010
5.623
Prev. Owned
Draw card, play card. The art is fun, but mostly it's just a way to waste time when you don't want to commit to anything more detailed.
2010-04-06
8
Oct 2011
7.258
Plays: 2
It might be a 9 after more plays, I certainly wanted to play it again immediately.
2015-01-02
Five Tribes (2014)
6
Dec 2014
7.602
Plays: 1
The Slave card is an example of willful ignorance, and pretty inexcusable.
2014-12-04
6
Mar 2011
6.828
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
Rating after one play. I feel bad about giving this game a 6, because it really is a pretty fun little coop. The word "little" is the problem, though. It just felt like there wasn't much there, especially when compared to Pandemic. This game is very similar to Pandemic, but Pandemic isn't so much harder than this game that I can think of a situation where I wouldn't choose to play Pandemic over this one. However, maybe with more players and higher difficulty I will like it better.
2011-03-07
Formula Dé (1991)
6
Jan 2010
6.824
Prev. Owned
It's a fun, light game that has just enough decision making that I might stay interested. The sexist imagery on the Monaco board is a bit unfortunate, though.
2009-06-11
Fortress (1985)
5
Mar 2011
N/A
Plays: 1
A blast from the past game that I played for the first time 26 years after it's creation. Not quite as old school as it first seems when you pull out the dice and Ral Partha figures. At first I though, "Oh great, Talisman reprise", but it's really not bad at all. There are dice, but in the end what really matters is positioning and speed. If I'd played it in 1985, I probably would have given it a 7.
2011-03-19
Fresco (2010)
6
Feb 2011
7.201
Prev. Owned
Because of better integration of the theme, this game seems less sterile than the similar Pillars of the Earth or Caylus, and the theme is cool. I traded it because it just didn't sing for me (and because I got something really good for it) but it is a good game. Only played as a two player game.
2010-12-01
7
May 2009*
7.414
Want In Trade
I'm surprised by how much I like this game. It is so very, very, random, and yet it doesn't bother me that much. I need to play it more to really decide my feelings on it. With more plays, the randomness might get too much, or I might see areas for tactics and strategy that weren't immediately obvious to me.
2009-06-22
6
Feb 2011
7.161
I've only played twice, and keep getting my behind handed to me. For some reason, in any diplomacy-based game I play, people just mistrust me big time. Ah well; it is a great game, but just takes too much time and too many people for me to rate it higher.
2009-06-11
Ghost Stories (2008)
N/A
7.278
Want In Trade
Want To Play
I'd really love to try this game, but the card art makes it essentially a no-go for me to buy. I'll take a traded copy, though. :-)
2010-01-20
Glory to Rome (2005)
9
Apr 2011
7.380
Owned
Plays: 155
Despite the fact that the art is just better than Munchkin level, the game itself is really very deep and strategic, just like the box asserts. It's now in my top ten, after more plays.
2011-09-29
3
Dec 2010
5.582
After one play with incorrect rules I can say it's better than Risk. But that is damning with faint praise.
2009-12-30
Command Magazine edition
Year: 1999
6
Jun 2009*
N/A
Owned
For Trade
Only played once. Typical wargame faire. I only played it because I own it, but I would play it again.
2009-08-05
5
Oct 2011
5.466
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
I can't in good conscience give this game better than a 5 because it just isn't my style of game at all. In fact, if it weren't Discworld, and had a typical boring fantasy theme, I'd probably only give it a 4. Strictly as a game, it's better than Talisman, but not so much better I would get excited about it. Sort of a high rent neighbor to Talisman.

That being said, the art is great, the card quotations are funny, and my girls and I laughed like crazy while playing, especially every time the luggage ran over someone, so that's worth something.
2011-10-24
Hacienda (2005)
7
Dec 2010
6.748
Rating after only one play. I liked this more than Tikal, of course I won, so that helps with my opinion. It just seems more streamlined than other, similar games; all the extra not-so-cool stuff has been sliced away, leaving only the cool center.
2009-10-05
Hamburgum (2007)
6
Feb 2011
6.761
Finally, a Reformation themed game!

Only played once so far, but it seemed enjoyable, with lots of interacting systems to keep track of.
2008-03-05*
7
Jul 2011
7.446
Plays: 1
Rating after one play. It seems like a Frankenstein monster of a game, with bits from all sorts of other games (Thurn and Taxis, Blue Moon City, Ticket to Ride, etc.), but the combination feels unlike any of it's influences. If I play more, I may raise to an 8.
2011-07-29
8
Jul 2009*
6.747
Enjoyable abstract game, just about perfect to fill ten or fifteen minutes between other games.
2010-05-18
High Frontier (2010)
N/A
6.741
Want To Play
I saw this at TABScon in December, and I have to say it had THE COOLEST BOARD I HAVE EVER SEEN! The board itself made me want to play this immediately.
2010-12-07
7
Jan 2010
5.852
I like it a lot so far, but suspect it will pale with multiple plays. I'd love to try with all five players. Every game I've played so far has been very close. I'm not sure if this is because we were all playing equally well, or because it doesn't really matter how you play.
2009-07-19
6
Jul 2009*
6.101
Only played once, seemed fun, but with a LOT of randomness.
2008-03-07*
Illuminati (1982)
6.5
Aug 2009*
5.991
Rated a 6, but 0.5 points for nostalgia value, for all the times I played it in college. There really is a good game in there, but the problem is that if everyone is playing skillfully, the game will go on FOREVER!
2009-08-26
6
Feb 2011
6.674
Owned
For Trade
I like it, but it could be more elegant. All the bits seem sort of randomly thrown in. The aging mechanic is cool, though.
2010-05-14
Ingenious (2004)
7
Feb 2012
7.106
Plays: 3
Only played online so far. Definitely makes you think.
2008-03-07*
Innovation (2010)
7
Jan 2012
7.135
Owned
Plays: 30
I've played it a lot now, and like it a lot. With four players, the end game is very random, but with two players I think it is a very solid game.
2011-11-25
Rio Grande edition
Year: 2004
7
Aug 2011
6.943
Owned
Theme is usually not that important to me, but in this case, I really like the theme, and tips an otherwise ok game into the pretty neat category. Cries of "Jambo" fill our house whenever we play. And we play a lot; I think it i my 13 year old daughter's favorite game.
2010-07-05
Java (2000)
8
May 2010
6.736
Want In Trade
Want To Play
Rating after one play. As good as Mexica and probably better than Tikal for me. I love the way the game looks as well.
2010-05-25
Jungle Speed (1997)
6
Jul 2009*
6.488
Its fun for a party, but any game that requires me to demonstrate my non-existent dexterity is no real keeper for me.
2009-01-03*
Keythedral (2002)
7
Dec 2010
6.790
Rating after one play. I'd give it an 8, except something about it really frustrated me, so I am not certain it will actually be a truly good game for me with multiple plays. Very confrontational.
2010-04-06
5
Nov 2009*
6.029
Prev. Owned
One of the few games I know that can be won on the first turn by the first player who takes a turn. I've seen it happen twice. I used to love it...now I find it just a bit random.
2008-03-07*
Kingmaker (1974)
4
Dec 2010
6.153
I used to love this game in high school, but now it seems dated. There don't seem to be many tactics besides "make big army, don't get hit by the plague".
2008-03-07*
5
Dec 2010
6.213
Only played once. An old-school Games Workshop experience it was, too. I'll be interested to see what changes, if any, are made in the new version.
2009-06-11
London (2010)
8
Feb 2011
7.205
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 3
It reminds me a lot of Race for the Galaxy, except without the "race" feel. I think I like it better than Race, even though in my first game I forgot that you took poverty for every card in your hand at the end...lost 21 points!
2015-01-02
Long Shot (2009)
6
Oct 2011
6.413
Plays: 1
Rating after one play. I would gladly play with a large group of people, or with family, but it's not something I would choose to play when I want to play a game.
2011-10-09
6
Feb 2011
6.713
Played twice, once at 15 and once at 12. Seems pretty random, and a bit easy with Sauron at those levels. The cooperative aspect is fun at the social level, and sort of dull at the game playing level.
2010-01-20
8
Jun 2011
7.455
Owned
Plays: 24
I'm convinced...this is the new Thunderstone for me in terms of a strong desire to buy up all the cards I can. This is a fantastic coop game; deep, very evocative, and tense. Difficulty 4 on the 2nd Scenario has proved to be difficult indeed with the starter decks.
2011-07-26
7
Dec 2010
7.026
Prev. Owned

Super Stratego! Very tense game. I prefer the base edition over the deluxe, because the extra bits in the deluxe don't seem that good to me, the art on the original edition is better, and the box is much smaller.
2011-04-28
7
Dec 2010
7.213
Prev. Owned
Super Stratego! Very tense game.
2010-04-06
KOSMOS/Rio Grande English first edition
Year: 1999
8
Dec 2009*
7.042
Owned
Excellent quick two player card game. Every game includes some hard choices.
2009-12-06
Louis XIV (2005)
6
Feb 2011
6.931
Prev. Owned
A fun game, once you get past all the fiddly bits and figure it out. Has a fair amount of strategy, but also a fair amount of luck, especially in the mission cards you draw. Not a game for people who like simplicity; my wife decided she hated it about the time I had explained the third of four different decks of cards.
2010-01-20
8
Jul 2009*
7.311
One of my favorite games, and just about the best game in the world for regular lunchtime play at the office. It just costs too much money!
2008-03-07*
4
Jun 2011
6.038
Plays: 1
Rating after one play, and I don't need to play it again. Chosing the characters adds just enough interest to keep this above snakes and ladders territory, but only just. It's just not my thing.
2011-06-12
7
Dec 2010
6.947
Only 2 plays. I might like it more after more plays and I figure out what in Sam hill I'm doing. It makes my brain ache; that may be a good thing.
2009-10-28
Manhattan (1994)
7
Jul 2009*
6.479
After only one play. I like the building up that happens, it's visually cool to look at (although the board and color selection is just plain horrible). It reminds me of other area control games, but the ability to both add a controlling piece and at the same time cancel out an opponent's makes it a bit different.
2009-05-27
Marvel Heroes (2006)
N/A
6.176
Only played once at GenCon, and didn't get to finish. A lot of pieces, but maybe some fun to be had? I'd love to try a full game. I think it is a 7, but since I didn't finish, I'll forego a rating.
2009-07-10
Parker English First Edition
Year: 1970
3
Jul 2009*
5.439
Owned
What I'd like to do sometime is come up with a totally different game that uses the same pieces as Masterpiece, but is actually a game worth playing. Until then, it will continue to gain dust on the shelf, more a collectible than a game.
2009-06-22
English-only first edition
Year: 2002
8
Dec 2010
6.707
Prev. Owned
Want In Trade
It seems like a great, deep area conrol game with the interesting twist that you are also building the areas themselves as you go.
2010-12-08
English first edition
Year: 2005
7
Jul 2009*
6.698
Owned
It is sort of a mish mash of different things, but good looking and requires thought. The more I play this game, the more I like it, and the less I know about how to win it.
2009-07-10
Mr. Jack (2006)
7
Aug 2008*
6.998
Ah, a game about Jack the Ripper, what a wholesome theme.
It really makes you think HARD. I'm very prone to analysis paralysis with this one.
2008-08-21*
Munchkin (2001)
3
Dec 2010
5.868
Prev. Owned
It was funny the first five times I played it. Now it's just a time waster.
2009-06-11
N/A
5.413
I am more sheep than pony...
2011-11-18
Rio Grande English/French Edition
Year: 2006
7
Dec 2010
6.674
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
It's sort of a hodgepodge of things, and yet I found myself really thinking hard about what to do. The choice between taking cards or putting cubes in the museum is a tough one.
2010-07-05
Navegador (2010)
7
Aug 2011
7.364
Want In Trade
Want To Play
Plays: 1
Rating after one play at GenCon. Could go to an 8 if I played more. I liked the interaction between the various strategies for making points.
2011-08-08
Netrunner (1996)
7
Oct 2014
6.931
Prev. Owned
Plays: 4
Rating after only two playes so far. This game makes me wish I hadn't spent all that money on magic cards back in the day. What a fascinating game! I love the asymetrical nature of it. It seems very deep, and I want to play it a lot to learn more. I suspect this will go to a 9 before I am done, and that's with only 130 cards I got through math trading.
2011-06-19
English edition 2.5
Year: 2008
8
Apr 2011
7.224
Owned
Plays: 1
Just about the most unique game I own. The cycle of buildup followed by battle is fascinating, as is trying to visualize the patterns forming on the board.
2010-01-20
Ninjato (2011)
8
Sep 2011
6.851
Want In Trade
Want To Play
Plays: 1
The game looks good, and plays very well. I enjoyed it. While it takes things from a lot of other games, it's not exactly like any of them. And it's NINJAs!
2011-10-24
Rio Grande Games English Edition
Year: 2007
9
Feb 2011
7.266
Owned
Plays: 5
This is a game where every choice you make seems to make a big difference. Simpler than Puerto Rico or Louis XIV, both of which it feels a bit like while playing, and with less player confrontration than in either of those games. It also plays FAST, once you get the hang of it. Plays well at any number of players.
2008-03-05*
7
Oct 2011
6.397
Want In Trade
Want To Play
Plays: 3
This game is a riot. It's almost a role-playing game in the way you identify with your nun sneaking about to get that bottle of brandy (or whatever).
2010-08-25
Othello (1883)
6
Mar 2008*
5.945
Owned
Easy to play against children by giving them corners to start with; give a child three corners and even the best player will have a challenging game ahead.
2008-03-07*
Pandemic (2007)
8
Dec 2010
7.583
Owned
Plays: 5
I really didn't think I would like this. Cooperative games...meh. But this one really is a lot of fun; it does a good job of building tension and making everyone think. And with 6 epidemic cards, wow, it is hard!
2009-05-20
N/A
7.910
Want In Trade
Want To Play
Played with the extra roles and event cards, but not with the bioterrorist yet.
2010-03-01
Parts Unknown (1999)
N/A
5.609
I know I have played this and remember it being fun, but can't remember anything about it now.
2010-01-20
Peloponnes (2009)
6
Mar 2011
6.776
Plays: 1
Rating after one play. My rating might go to a 7 if I played it again. It has some depth, and I like the way the scoring works, but it also really felt like something I had played before.
2011-03-07
7
May 2010
7.198
Prev. Owned
It fills the niche of Agricola, Puerto Rico and Caylus in my mind, but in a way that is somewhat less complicated and maybe more accessible.
2009-07-10
Pirate's Cove (2002)
4
Jan 2010
6.481
There just aren't enough interesting decisions in this game.
2008-03-07*
6
Mar 2008*
6.195
Only played twice. One reviewer said that it felt like the game was playing itself, and I agree with him. Most of the time there are several equally good moves, with no real reason to pick one over the other.
2008-03-07*
Power Grid (2004)
8
Oct 2014
7.918
Want In Trade
The theme is just about the most boring of any game I've played, but who cares! Its all about efficiency, I think; paying the least amount for everything you can.
2010-03-01
8
Feb 2011
6.753
Want To Play
Plays: 1
Rating after only one play. I may like this more than Power Grid, but I'd need to play a few more times. It's shorter, which is both a plus and a minus.
2011-02-15
Z-man edition with DSP logo
Year: 2004
8
Aug 2009*
6.785
Owned
Plays: 1
I usually could care less about theme, but this is one game where the theme and the mechanics are thoroughly integrated in a really neat way. I love the way a whole ecology develops on the board.
2009-09-25
6
Jun 2009*
5.350
Owned
For Trade
I personally enjoyed this game, but my gaming friends and family found it too much reliant on voting for the Pope at the end. I don't sense much interest in them in playing it again.
2006-11-01*
7
Dec 2010
7.499
Prev. Owned
This is a very in-depth game. You build up your strategy right from the first turn. But definitely not for the casual gamer.
2008-03-07*
Puerto Rico (2002)
7
Dec 2010
8.046
As my friend said, all the fun of colonial management without the malaria.
2008-03-07*
Quarriors! (2011)
6
Mar 2012
6.770
Prev. Owned
Plays: 15
Rating after two plays. It could be an 8, or it could be a 6, depending on whether it is really a very light strategy game with dice, or a random dicefest with a hint of strategy. It is a good looking game.
2011-09-11
Ra (1999)
8
Dec 2010
7.371
Want In Trade
Want To Buy
Want To Play
This game is intense, serious, and excellent. Like a lot of Knizia games, it's all about the scoring.
2009-09-25
7
Dec 2010
7.725
Prev. Owned
I've played it a whole lot now. At first I loved it, and then I just liked it. I think the the bit that soured me slightly on it that eventually cropped up is that it really is a race. If you treated as a civilization building game or a deep strategic game, you will lose. The goal is to win fast, not build lots of stuff and get lots of points. It's the card game equivalent of a real-time strategy "twitch" game.
2011-03-07
7
Dec 2010
7.860
It's worth buying just to add a fifth player, but the goals are cool as well.
2009-08-05
8
May 2009*
6.960
Prev. Owned
Want In Trade
I loved this game, but couldn't get anyone else to agree with me. It is VERY deep (no pun intended).
2008-03-07*
RoboRally (1994)
8
Oct 2014
7.102
Plays: 1
One of my favorite games. Every time I play it I love it.
2010-03-01
8
Dec 2010
7.228
Prev. Owned
Plays: 14
I've played a fair amount on BSW now, and I really like this game. Pure efficiency, sort of like Power Grid in card form.
2009-09-20
English edition
Year: 1998
8
Dec 2010
7.300
Owned
Plays: 1
Definitely a thinker, not a social game. People are very quiet while playing Samurai, and there is can be a lot of analysis paralysis. But the elegance of the rules and the interesting choices to be made make it a favorite for me.
2009-06-11
San Juan (2004)
6
Feb 2011
7.218
Prev. Owned
I like the way, in comparison to Race for the Galaxy, that you must choose actions jointly among the players, instead of pick the thing you want from your own set of action cards. However, I think I would rather play Race over this almost every time.
2010-03-01
Santiago (2003)
7
Jun 2011
6.922
Plays: 1
Rating after one play. Another game that, if I had played it five years ago, I would have thought was fantastic, but now, with so many good games in the world, I found simply enjoyable and fun. I do like the nasty streak in it, and the way you really do have to pay attention to what the overseer might want out of the irrigation step.
2011-06-02
Fantasy Flight Silver Line Edition 2005
Year: 2005
6
Dec 2010
5.891
Prev. Owned
Plays: 2
Only two plays. Not a bad game, but not Knizia's best. It seems like if you get the early card drawers (either economic supremacy or a God that draws for you), you win, otherwise you lose.
2010-12-20
6
Feb 2011
6.680
Prev. Owned
Rating after one play. Reminiscent of a number of other games, with a few features that make it unique, especially the "quantized" nature of the energy and the hand limit.
2010-03-12
Ravensburger 20th Anniversary Edition
Year: 2004
7
Dec 2007*
6.416
Owned
For Trade
I can really only play this game as Mr. X, but it is a lot of fun.
2009-06-11
English edition 2005
Year: 2005
7
Nov 2010
7.050
Prev. Owned
Seems like a solid cooperative game, and it seems pretty hard to beat.
2010-08-26
Shogun (2006)
N/A
7.439
Want To Play
Only played half of a game, so can't really rate it. However, first impression was not favorable, maybe a 5 or a 6. It just seemed too much like Risk with some extra economic stuff and the tower replacing the dice. However, I want to play it again, to confirm or refute my initial assessment.
2010-03-01
8
Feb 2012
7.392
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 7
One of the best long games I've played in a long time. Only Dominant Species gives it a run for it's money in the "over three hours play time" category.
2012-02-06
Small World (2009)
7
Nov 2014
7.342
Prev. Owned
Plays: 6
It seems slightly superficial at first, but after playing a few times, I see the appeal. The decline mechanic is very interesting.

NOTE: The more I think about this one, the more the fact that Amazons are the only females IN THE GAME and are sexy bugs me.
2014-11-21
2
Jul 2009*
3.406
There really needs to be a "Trivial" Game Play Weight option, for things like this, Hi Ho Cherry-O, etc.
2009-07-10
Snow Tails (2008)
7
Aug 2011
6.764
Owned
Plays: 4
This game is much more my style than Formula De. 1st, I much prefer the "do the best with what you have" idea of cards in Snow Tails over the "gamble on the dice" idea of Formula De. 2nd, dogs and sleds are just a cool theme. I like the way the curves force you to drift, and the bonus speed mechanic adds another layer of depth.
2011-06-17
Space Alert (2008)
8
Oct 2014
7.441
Owned
Plays: 8
My favorite coop game, until Sentinels of the Multiverse came out. It's a good thing it only lasts about 10 minutes, because otherwise the stress would cause heart attacks.
2015-01-02
7
Apr 2011
6.812
Plays: 2
Rating after 1 complete play and two partial plays. First two times I played it I played it horribly wrong. Third time I only played it a bit wrong. The rules need a serious rewrite, I think.

Game itself is fun, though, Not quite Space Alert or Pandemic level of fun, but fun all the same.
2011-04-08
6
Mar 2011
6.843
Plays: 1
Rating after one play. It's a good game, but doesn't really have anything new to it, it seems to me. I can't seem myself buying it or playing it a lot, compared to other games I have. I'd rather play Notre Dame over this in every circumstance.
2011-05-27
4
Dec 2010
6.217
Owned
At the time, I thought this game was fantastic. As life moved on, I realized that was mostly because I hadn't actually played it very much. In the end it's a lot of effort for not much payoff.
2011-03-09
5
Mar 2011
5.612
Prev. Owned
Rating after one play.
2011-03-09
Summoner Wars (2009)
7
Nov 2010
7.095
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
It seems like a cool game, with surprising depth for what is essentially chess with dice. However, I'm worried that the depth is just a red herring, and really it's about who gets the champion down first and then rolls better.

2011-03-07
Rio Grande English first edition
Year: 2006
8
Aug 2008*
6.964
Owned
Gorgeous looking game. Pretty abstract, but a lot of fun. One of those games where reading the rules will tell you how to play, but almost nothing about what you should actually do to win.
2009-11-26
6
Jan 2010
6.099
It seems interesting, but it just didn't sing for me. I can't really picture taking it off the shelf to play it given the other games I or my friends own.
2009-06-22
7
Apr 2010
8.061
Want In Trade
Now played twice. On the 2nd play, I realized it's probably the best 6 hour game I have played in a long time. Problem is, I don't really want to play 6 hour games that much anymore.
2010-04-06
English-title multilingual edition 2005
Year: 2005
8
Jan 2010
6.957
Owned
Plays: 3
One of my favorite abstract games. And who couldn't love those camels!
2009-06-11
Thunderstone (2009)
9
Feb 2011
6.928
Owned
Want To Play
Plays: 53
I've decided I like it more than Dominion, but in a different way. Dominion is faster, and more analytical; the goal is simple. Thunderstone plays out in stages and thus feels deeper, even though it might not be. I've already purchased three expansions and counting.
2011-06-17
9
Apr 2011
6.996
Owned
If you like Thunderstone, you will like Dragonspire more. 'nuff said.
2011-06-13
First Printing
Year: 2010
8
Dec 2010
7.007
Owned
Well worth the cost, another set of cards greatly improves the base game, adding good variety. Some of the new monsters are VERY tough to beat. The box alone is worth $7 of the $30 I paid for it.
2010-11-11
8
Jul 2009*
7.050
Want In Trade
Want To Play
It fills the same "head space" for me that Ticket to Ride fills, but I like it a bit more. The diminishing returns on most of the scoring opportunities is a nice touch.
2010-03-01
Tichu (1991)
7
Oct 2011
7.478
Want To Play
Plays: 1
Rating after one play. Probably the best game that I have played that can be played with a slightly modified deck of standard playing cards. I might raise it to an 8 after more plays.
2011-10-09
English first edition 2004
Year: 2004
7
Dec 2010
7.417
Owned
Just about the perfect family game. Playable by almost all ages, without sacrificing enjoyablility.
2006-11-01*
7
Feb 2011
7.491
Plays: 1
Pretty much the same thing as the base game. The bonus of the stations is counteracted the annoyance of the tunnels.
2010-03-01
7
Feb 2011
7.757
Almost worth it just for the large format cards, not to mention the extra tickets and other stuff.
2009-08-05
Mayfair English edition 1999
Year: 1999
9
Feb 2011
7.651
Owned
Plays: 4
I've played this one enough now to know it is near the top of my list.
2009-06-11
Tikal (1999)
7
Dec 2010
7.231
Complicated but fun. Very different with differing numbers of players.
2010-01-20
Tobago (2009)
7
Nov 2011
6.974
Owned
Plays: 6
I wouldn't exactly call it a "deduction" game; deduction implies that there is some preexisting truth that you are deducing, and that doesn't happen in Tobago. But it is unique, and I bet it would be a fantastic family game, although I haven't played it with a family yet.
2010-03-01
7
Oct 2014
5.840
Owned
7 just for the monkey
2014-10-02
Troyes (2010)
7
Dec 2010
7.570
Want In Trade
Want To Play
Rating after only one play. I think the rating will go up if I could play it more often; the first game was mostly figuring out what I was doing. I like the dice mechanic for action selection, and the ability to buy other people's dice. It's like Yspahan on crack. It feels less dry than Caylus, but I think Carson City is probably a better fit for me.
2010-12-07
7
Jul 2011
N/A
Plays: 1
Very light and quick abstact game.
2010-11-09
6
Jul 2009*
7.690
A game I would love to play occasionally, but can't imagine owning. More of an investment than a game.
2008-03-07*
9
Dec 2010
8.223
Owned
Plays: 4
I can see why this game has ended up as the top wargame. Game play-wise, it is very elegant and smooth, with all kinds of tough, tough choices. Theme-wise, you really feel like you are seeing the Cold War unfold on the table in front of you.
2011-06-17
Vikings (2007)
7
Dec 2010
7.121
Rating after only one play. Wow, this is a weird game. I liked it a lot, but it is strange. The whole Island mechanic, where the different types of vikings are in different rows, is counter intuitive to the theme and hard to explain, and the scoring is simply bizarre. But the wheel is just incredibly cool. My rating is liable to drop with more plays, but at first glance I was very intrigued.
2009-07-09
Vinci (1999)
N/A
6.873
Can't see owning this whith Small World around.
2010-01-20
6
Feb 2011
5.995
Rating based on multiple plays many years ago. I remember this as being a fun game, but difficult for the fellowship to win. The newer War of the Ring game is clearly better, but this one was very good for it's time.
2011-02-24
8
Feb 2011
7.639
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 2
Rating after one play. I enjoyed it tremendously, but wonder if it plays well multiple times. Corruption can KILL the Free Peoples...I should have figured out the average corruption before heading in to Mordor.
2011-02-22
Wasabi! (2008)
7
Aug 2011
6.408
Owned
Plays: 5
Rating after one play. I would probably rate this a 7 if it were just me. It's fun, and pretty to look at, but nothing particularly challenging or unique. However, it is a game both my non-gamer wife and non-gamer daughter thought looked neat, and actually wanted to play. For that, it gets an 8.
2011-06-13
Waving Hands (1977)
8
Jul 2009*
5.595
Played at games.ravenblack.net
2008-10-21*
4
Dec 2010
6.779
Plays: 1
I really don't like this game. I only play it because other people force me to, and then they lynch me. It can be ok if people are treating it more like a humorous, high interplayer conflict, rules-lite RPG than a party game.
2010-12-20
6
Dec 2010
6.662
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
It seemed a bit trivial to me, and the damage cards seem overly random. It is neat how the planes fly around, but I'm not sure there is enough tactical interest in it to make it worth playing often. It's no Ace of Aces, that's for sure.
2010-12-26
Witch Trial (2001)
7
Nov 2009*
5.828
Prev. Owned
It's all about the deal.
2008-03-07*
Witch's Brew (2008)
6
Dec 2010
6.764
Plays: 1
Rating after one play. The role selection seems cool on reading the rules, but in practice it seems too chaotic to really matter; all that really matters, I suspect, is whether the person to your left goes first, and you have little control over that.
2010-12-20
6
Dec 2010
5.953
Rating after only one play. It get an extra 1 rating just because it is so big and pretty, and sometimes you just want to play a big and pretty game. Other than that, sort of like an improved version of Talisman. I'd play it again, but I wouldn't want to play it often.
2010-12-26
Yspahan (2006)
7
Mar 2010
6.992
Prev. Owned
The way the dice work is very interesting. I'm a bit worried that there isn't really all that much strategy to the game; it seems like it's either camels or neighborhoods. I do like it, just not as much as other, similar games.
2010-03-01
Zooloretto (2007)
7
Jul 2009*
6.792
The little animals are cute as all get out. I haven't played it enough yet to know if it has much repeat playability, but it seems fun enough.
2009-05-26
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