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Title Version User
Rating
Geek Rating Status User
Plays
Comment
N/A
6.309
Prev. Owned
Want In Trade
Afrika Korps (1964)
N/A
5.769
Prev. Owned
Haven't played since high school, but I remember it being fun.
2007-12-12*
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
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
7
Oct 2014
7.982
Prev. Owned
Plays: 4
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
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
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
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
N/A
5.610
Prev. Owned
N/A
5.632
Prev. Owned
N/A
5.623
Prev. Owned
N/A
5.603
Prev. Owned
N/A
5.598
Prev. Owned
First Edition
Year: 2005
N/A
5.634
Prev. Owned
N/A
N/A
Prev. Owned
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
First Edition
Year: 2007
N/A
6.619
Prev. Owned
N/A
5.864
Prev. Owned
N/A
5.948
Prev. Owned
First Edition
Year: 2007
N/A
6.572
Prev. Owned
N/A
6.290
Prev. Owned
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*
Blitzkrieg (1965)
N/A
5.592
Prev. Owned
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*
6.776
Prev. Owned
Much better to start than the base game.
2009-08-05
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
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
N/A
5.498
Prev. Owned
Chrononauts (2000)
4
Dec 2010
6.084
Prev. Owned
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
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
N/A
5.835
Prev. Owned
N/A
6.234
Prev. Owned
Cross of Iron (1978)
N/A
6.512
Prev. Owned
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
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
N/A
5.483
Prev. Owned
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
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
N/A
6.032
Prev. Owned
N/A
5.514
Prev. Owned
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
7
Mar 2012
7.461
Prev. Owned
Plays: 1
N/A
5.390
Prev. Owned
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*
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
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
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
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
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
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
Other: Command magazine #45 version, only tradeble with Yarmuk
N/A
5.533
Prev. Owned
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
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*
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
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
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*
English edition 2002
Year: 2002
N/A
5.752
Prev. Owned
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
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
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
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
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
Space Dealer (2006)
N/A
6.263
Prev. Owned
Squad Leader (1977)
N/A
6.973
Prev. Owned
5
Mar 2011
5.612
Prev. Owned
Rating after one play.
2011-03-09
N/A
5.652
Prev. Owned
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
6
Oct 2014
7.059
Prev. Owned
6
Oct 2014
7.063
Prev. Owned
Tempus (2006)
N/A
6.304
Prev. Owned
4
Jan 2010
5.826
Prev. Owned
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*
Yarmuk (1997)
Other: Command magazine #45 version, only tradeble with Operation Sea Lion
N/A
5.513
Prev. Owned
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
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