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New to you a year ago Mar 12 => Has it stood the test of time?
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Grimwold's new-to-you geeklists are the highlight of my month on the 'geek. They motivate me to review the new games I've played (and recycle my entries as comments), and they allow me to read the thoughts of some of the most insightful 'geeks on new and classic games.

But the new-to-me list is inevitably full of first impressions. I'm interested in hearing how those games that seemed so great at the time stood up to multiple plays. Did you actually play them that much after the first month? Did a game you dismissed at the time turn out to be better in retrospect?

Add an entry with the same game you chose for the New to you Mar 11 geeklist. Link to your entry in that geeklist, then write down your thoughts on the game you chose a year on. If your impression of some of the other games you wrote up that month have changed, let us know about that too.

The big game that month was Mansions of Madness - has it stood the test of time?

I'll be starting these lists mid-month, so we don't have to keep up with this list and Grimwold's (and several other monthly ones) all at the same time. You can subscribe to the announcement thread for reminders.
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1. Board Game: Jacynth [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:5003]
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Item for Geeklist "New to you Mar 11 => Best new game you played this month and why"

Oh dear, this was not a good month for standing the test of time. I wasn't hugely impressed by anything at the time and haven't played any of the 10 new-to-me games again.

I had just acquired a Decktet and tried out a few games with it, and I have played with the deck some more since. A few months later I finally got around to acquiring the necessary components for Magnate, which I did rather enjoy.
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2. Board Game: Don Q. und die Vermessung von La Mancha [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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When I chose this game, there were actually two games I'd enjoyed enough to hold on to. But a year later, this is the only one still in my collection. And two of the four ratings for the game come from having played my copy (though I believe, oddly enough, that neither individual played the game with _me_).

I'm aiming to play every game I own in 2012. While I have 194 to go, I've already played Don Q. und die Vermessung von La Mancha - my fifth play of the game.
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3. Board Game: Macao [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:156]
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A diverse but disappointing month for me. Macao was much enjoyed at the time, but to be honest, although I've often felt amenable to playing it again, I've always managed to find something better. I'm not terribly convinced that the dice mechanic works as well as it should and elsewhere - well, it's just a standard 'combo-this-stuff-for-points' sort of Euro, isn't it?

Ebbe & Flut also hasn't had its second play, although that's more due to my wife's apathy towards deeply analytical games. JP, who I did play it with last March, has a friend who really like these puzzle-type games, so I was happy to let him have my copy as part of a trade for Big Shot.

Key Market has had plenty of games since. I enjoy it, but I think it's far from perfect: it's a combination of mechanics bundled together not quite well enough. Key Harvest remains my favourite of this series.

My first play of Thunderstone was a bit of a disaster. It was a VERY slow and laborious 5P effort at Cardiff games day, and pretty much put me off the game. Besides which, I can't rid myself of the opinion that all deck-building games are just inferior Dominion clones. And I've pretty much committed myself to Dominion now.

Infinite City was an optimistic five-hander and actually worked pretty well, although further plays have taken the gloss off. I've built groovy little lego tile-holders for this, so there's no danger of it getting traded away any time soon.

Canal Grande was intriguing at first, and earned half-a-dozen further plays, but there are some apparent flaws in the game (not least the card balance and the large number of non-district cards) and it was Geekgold-lotteried without regret.

Castle has also just gone off on trade. Not at all dissimilar to Infinite City, and the fact that I didn't need both of them was a deciding factor.

Caylus Magna Carta is a shadow of 'big boy' Caylus. It's had a play or two, but has largely sat right in the corner of my games shelves, untouched.

Day & Night is a third traded game over the last twelve months, and I don't regret trading it for Toledo, a game which has some merit. It held a lot of promise, but didn't deliver for us. Weak art and some vagaries in the rules didn't help.
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4. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:78]
Bill Kunes
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I acquired and played two new games last March. Both were games I recall reading much about and really wanting to own and play.


In my mind, Space Alert is still in a category all its own. I've played it a total of 14x, 9 of which were in March last year. Since then I've only played it 3x in May and 2x in Jun.

I still like the game, the problem is finding anyone else interested in it to play it with me. I plan to keep the game in my collection in hopes of seeing an occasional play here and there.



I am a fan of the LOTR books and movies as well as cooperative games, so I was hopeful that Lord of the Rings would be a good fit. It's a challenging game, which I only managed to win 1 of 8x I got to play it.

I played it 3x last March with my wife and a trickling of plays after that. However, similar to Space Alert, it just didn't keep the interest of any of my gaming partners. Although, I feel it is a good game, I want to trade it so it might see more play time elsewhere.

meeple Keep playing...
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5. Board Game: Dominion: Intrigue [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:21] [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked]
Ben Lott
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Mason
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Here is my original entry to the geeklist: Item for Geeklist "New to you Mar 11 => Best new game you played this month and why"

Dominion: Intrigue (Played 17 times since March 2011) - Dominion is fast approaching my second favorite game of all time. It is variety, like the stuff that was added in this expansion, which keeps it fresh and exciting for me. Some of the cards in this expansion are awesome, but it is still my least favorite big box Dominion expansion. Of course that's like saying "this is my least favorite piece of chocolate," it's still chocolate after all. I just don't love the AP that can occasionally occur with my family when they get the choice cards. Still, as I say, it's an expansion I enjoy and I've never regretted adding to my collection.


Stomple (Played 6 times since March 2011) - This was probably one of my better blind purchases. I bought it without knowing a single thing about it other than what it shows on the box. The game isn't great, but it is good. It is strategic, but not brain-burning. I enjoy playing it with most of my family members, and they all request it quite frequently. It's not superb, but it holds my interest and is rather short. I can't really complain about that. I'm pretty sure this simple little game (with excellent components) has earned its spot in my permanent collection.
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6. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:55]
Peter Brahan
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I'm a big railroad fan. I grew up playing Rail Baron and Railway Rivals and more recently Ticket to Ride, my first gateway game. I'm building my third model railroad layout. I like trains. After agonizing over the decision, watching Tom Vasel's review and listening to other reviews, I decided to pick up the game. It was expensive, but I thought it would be a good choice.

Overall, I like it. It's a nice and modern pick up and deliver game.

What do I like about it?

Attractive "epic" game: This is definitely an engine building game that starts off slow but builds nicely as the game goes on.
High quality components: The components in this game are top notch. Okay, besides the paper money. But everything else is great.


What are some gaps in this game?
Mediocre support for two players: While billed as a two player game, I think that the play support for two is pretty poor. If one person grabs the east coast, you're just done. The Mexico map (which is included) helps this out, but when I pay $55 for a game, I expect the main game to support two players.
Poor rules: The rules for this game are awful. I mean really bad. Thank God for BGG, otherwise I'd be lost.

Plays in March '11: 3
Plays since then: 8
Overall rating (out of 10): 8
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7. Board Game: Travel Blog [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:2579]
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Clemson
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Well, there were three games I played for the first time a year ago and haven't played since.

Travel Blog is a good game and should have seen the table, but the last time we played, our son got bent out of shape about the competitive final round or something like that.

Skittles isn't really something you can just pull out easily.

Alaska will not come out again.
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8. Board Game: The Speicherstadt [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:398]
Steve Duff
Canada
Ottawa
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In order of the original entry

The Speicherstadt
Plays since: 2

Easily still the best of the month. I know some want more game, but there's enough here for us. Acquire contracts, get ships, fulfill contracts, sure it's a middleweight, but not everything has to be a long slog. Looking forward to the expansion, which will add variety.


Venture
Plays since: 0

This was a test play, to see if the game was worth acquiring. At that time, it was hard to find. With the upcoming reprint, it'll be possible, and might make the cut.

Mykerinos
Plays since: 0

This was also a test play. It was ok, but I haven't felt the need to purchase it.

Cargo Noir
Plays since: 0

Better than generally perceived around here, but again no need to add this to my collection. The inclusion of ivory in the game would make my wife extremely angry if I did purchase it.
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9. Board Game: Mr. Jack Pocket [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:419]
Murray Fish
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That was then

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Plenty of new games this month! When the family is away there are a lot more opportunities for gaming!

New to me

Mr. Jack Pocket


Great little game! This game plays really well over lunchtime. It has surprising depth and top notch components.

If you're looking for something that's a easy to play, quick two player game you can do a lot worse than this little gem.

Alien Frontiers


Another very good game. Lots of dice rolling but it's all about decision making. Very good components and a rather fun theme all make a very worthwhile gaming experience.

Funny Friends


Not a bad game at all. Beneath the amusing theme there lies a rather elegant mechanism. Great art also enhances the gaming experience.

Say Anything


A solid party game. Lots of fun. Simple enough to play with non-gaming friends and enough in it to make me want to play again.

Isla Dorada


I think I should like this game more than I do. It is a bit too luck heavy and can drag a little. The card would benefit from maps showing where the locations are.

An amusing distraction, but not a game I am desperate to play again.

Poker


A very abstract game without much of a theme. Not sure if this one will ever catch on.

Actually, played it at a end-of-season-trip for my cricket team. Everyone else wanted to gamble, but it's not really my thing. Played one game and came second (doubling my stake) and then watched Sri Lanka demolish England.

Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization unrated


I have only played this game once and have not rated it as yet as I would want to play a few more times to really work out how I feel about it.

My(so far) only play was good, but a bit frustrating as I made a few rookie mistakes in the midgame which crippled me at the end. Will play again for sure as I sense there is something good here.

Sort-of new to me

Black Powder


I developed a Franco-Prussian war variant for this and played it a couple of times. Worked quite well and once a few more bugs are worker out it should be apretty solid set of rules for the period which will allow large games to be concluded in 3ish hours.

Here's a session report from my first game Battle of Colombey 1870 - Franco Prussian War



This is now

It hasn't changed that when the family is away I do a lot more gaming. whistle

I really like Mr Jack Pocket and picked up a copy. Oddly enough, my wife who likes both detective stories and abstract/problem solving games really struggles with this one. We play it occasionally, but she has such a bad record with it that she will not play this one as a first choice game. Nevertheless, I still rate it as a very good game and one I am happy to own.

I have not played Alien Frontiers again. I would play if the chance arose as I liked the few games I played and think the system itself has a fair bit to an essentially simple mechanism. Would consider purchasing at the right price.

I have thought a bit about Funny Friends and ended up passing up the chance to purchase it on sale. I am not sure I'd play it that often so maybe an occasional play on some-one else's set would suffice for me. I still really like the artwork, but that's not enough of a deal-clincher to get this over the line for me.

Say Anything is a pretty good party game and one I have given as a present to non-gamers. A good way to end an evenings gaming.

I know a lot of people really like Isla Dora, but I'm afraid it leaves me a bit cold. Maybe it's the frustration of trying to find silly place names upside down in poor light or the whole feeling of wandering about looking for stuff in random locations. It just doesn't rock me. I have knocked back a few offers to play this in favour of games I either haven't tried or know and like.

As suggested above, I am not sure that Poker will catch on much. A very weak abstract with variable production values and no real theme. Have not played since.

No more plays of Through The Ages, which is a pity, but there is only so much time a new parent has for gaming and, alas, the opportunity to try again has not yet presented itself.

As for Black Powder, well, I have been rebasing my 15mm Franco-Prussian War miniatures to suit this set of rules, so it looks like I have 'bought in' at least a little bit to this one. Actually, have played a few times in different periods and found all games to move quite well and be reasonably satisfying. One day i hope to finish my crimean War Russians and get them onto the table of honour.

Chance would be a fine thing.

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10. Board Game: Inca Empire [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:675]
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Inca Empire was my big winner for a year ago, and I'm sorry to say that I haven't played it since. This isn't for a lack of wanting to -- it's a game that feels a lot like games such as Age of Steam and Container -- but it's a long game, and I either (a) don't have the time to play it often, or (b) forget to bring it out when I do. Either way, it's been neglected, and I'd like to get it back out and give it a whirl.

The rest of the games from that month were mediocre, at best, and I haven't really followed up with them at all. I've played them, but my opinion of them hasn't changed all that much.
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11. Board Game: Container: The Second Shipment [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
Andrew
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San Francisco
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Another year gone by.

Favourite Now
Based on the strength of the base game, I'm still enjoying Container: The Second Shipment, and still struggling to understand what's going on. This is a game about interaction and economics, so it's tougher to work out than the standard Euro.

Standout Now
I still don't quite understand how to play Black Friday but that doesn't prevent the occasional online game.

Decent Now
I haven't played Tigris & Euphrates in ages; it's a marvel of design, but I think it's a bit too aggressive and tactical to be part of my regular line-up. I've been meaning to come back to it, but there's always so much else to play...

I still want to learn Magic Realm but I think I've forgotten what I learned last time already... More likely I'll just buy Mage Knight Board Game.

Indifferent Now
Family Business lasted as a filler for another month before disappearing. I really don't like these kind of "take that" games that lean heavily on metagaming.

I'm still just as unmoved by Pit; play Wheedle instead.

Unplayed Positive
The cultural aspect of Koi-Koi keeps the game in positive territory; Scopa reminded me a lot of it.

Unplayed Indifferent
* The Great Fire of London 1666
* Battlestar Galactica: Exodus Expansion
* Ticket to Ride: Märklin
* Steam
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12. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:256]
Stephen Sanders
United States
Henderson
Texas
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Late comer to this last year in March, played twice and liked it.

Only played once more since then. Would play again, but have not had great interest in this SdY game obviously.
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13. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:75]
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Rijen
Noord Brabant
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Only that one play!

Want to play this again!
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14. Board Game: Luna [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:283]
Laszlo Molnar
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Budapest
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Luna is a great game with a strange theme and an almost abstract feel. I have played it on-line at yucata.de since but no face to face games since last March. I'm still open to further "live" plays.
Hive: The Ladybug As I wrote back then, Hive: The Ladybug is a perfect 2-tile expansion for Hive and I thought it would be used in each of my Hive games from back then. And that's what happened. I really like this piece.
Kunterbunte Autorelli A simple roll and move race game for the smallest kids - while my son has his new favorites now he still likes playing it again and again.


No plays since:
Die Burgen von Burgund
Kingsburg and Kingsburg: To Forge a Realm
Liar's Dice (Perudo) (It's strange - I thought I have played it since. Maybe I didn't record the later play? What's sure is I have bought the game for myself later.)
Civilization
Olympus
Asteroyds (another game I bought - cheap in Essen)
Glen More(I've grown to really appreciate Cramer's games since; I was sure a year ago I should replay this one and I'm even more sure I would enjoy it more than back then.)
Charon, Inc.
Sun, Sea & Sand
Hive: The Mosquito (as I said - a good expansion but is different from the rest of the tiles so it's not used every time we play Hive)
Heckmeck Junior

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15. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:310]
Chris Marling
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There was only one new game for me last March and that was Alhambra. We played it three times in March, twice in April and another six times since (but just once this year so far).

Until today I had it rated at 8, but looking at it in comparison to other games I now own I've downgraded it slightly to a 7. I still really enjoy a game of Alhambra and don't see it leaving my collection, but the shine has come off a little.

I've used this one a few times as a gateway game and it has worked well. While it's nice to play a game of Ticket to Ride or Carcassonne with some new gamers, if they show enthusiasm and we have another session this is a good game to throw in and add variety. I think it ticks all the gateway boxes well in terms of length, openness and randomness while having enough strategy to rise it above your bog standard high street rubbish.

But if anything there may be little bit too much luck - I've certainly had games where I really don't think I could've won whatever I'd done. Also my other half isn't too good at it, so it's not one she asks to play. In January I picked up an expansion for Alhambra (Power of Sultan) but haven't got it to the table since - hopefully this will reignite my interest in the game and maybe it'll help Zoe too enjoy it a bit more. We'll see.
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16. Board Game: Pop to the Shops [Average Rating:4.79 Unranked]
Sharon Khan
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Shefford
Bedfordshire
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This time last year I played 4 new games, but 3 of them were children's games. The only adult game, Livingstone I haven't played again since - it was ok, but nothing particularly special, so I haven't actively tried to play again. One of the children's games, Bewitched the children were slightly young for, so we haven't played that again, although they've had lots of fun playing with the bits.

That leaves two other games, both children's ones:


Monopoly Town
Initial rating:
Current geek rating: 5
Plays in first 6 months: 15
Plays in next 6 months: 1

Although this isn't a great game for adults, I would recommend it for any 3 or 4 year old. The electronic man that replaces a dice is very funny, if not very accurate, and the game itself is a very simple game of building towers/houses and claiming them, which is just right for 3-4 year olds. My children had lots of fun with it, and I'm sure when my 2 year old is a bit older it'll start coming out again - now they've moved onto more grown-up games, so we've only played it once recently.


Pop to the Shops
Initial rating:
Current geek rating: 4
Plays in first 6 months: 5
Plays in next 6 months: 0

I really dislike this children's game, but can see the educational value in making change and role-playing going shopping, so I suffered through it 5 times. It's now buried in the back of the cupboard, and I'm happy for it to stay there, although I'm keeping it for now.
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17. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:86]
Lloyd
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Sidcup
Kent
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Galaxy Trucker was new to me a year ago and it quickly became a favourite. I love the chaos of the build followed by the despair of the race.

After 8 or so plays it was starting to seem a little easy so I added the expansion which put all the chaos back in to the game.

I played the base game again just a few days ago with 1 newbie, 1 person who'd played a few times and two of us who have played a lot and are *pretty* good. To balance it, the 2 of us added a rule whereby the universal connectors were not universal for us, but were for everyone else. This resulted in a few illegal builds from one of the experienced players and a few unexpected gaps as well. Such a simple rule change that makes the game balance nicely.

I still love this.

It has been a year since my two plays of König von Siam which I quite enjoyed (and won one of). In hindsight the game is a little overly complex with too many permutations that can lead to AP and while I liked it at the time, I'm not particularly bothered about playing it again.

I was taught Zendo by a new friend who'd just arrived from Canada. The first play annoyed the hell out of me as I was terrible at the game and it didn't seem fun in any way. I've since played it a bunch more times, have got the hang of it and love it. If I ever find a copy, I'll certainly pick it up. It is one of the few times I can feel really stupid, but still be enjoying myself.

My first play of A Castle for All Seasons was also a year ago. It covers many of the areas I most enjoy in gaming - simultaneous role selection, a medium/light resource collection game that plays in a hour. It was one of my favourites from that first play and still remains my highest rated game.
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18. Board Game: The Swarm [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:2140]
Mike Jones
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Gainesville
Florida
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Well, I started the entry last year with:
"This is a really tough month. Nothing really 'stand out' to me"

I've suggested playing The Swarm a couple times in the past year, but it didn't 'fly' and I haven't pushed it because, well just because I'm not 'hot' for it.

I listed 2 8's that month that I didn't list as my lower rated Swarm. But, that was because one was Imperial 2030 and felt it wasn't truly 'new'. I've since played Imperial a few times, but haven't felt the need to play 2030 again.

Also, Braggart had just been published March of last year, but I had been playing a play test for some time. Although, it has only gotten 4 plays since March.

I had a whole slew of 'meh' games. Lost Cities, Campaign Manager 2008, High Society, The Resistance, Conquest of Planet Earth: The Space Alien Game and Stronghold. Only Campaign Manager has gotten a 2nd play and that was shortly after the first play.

Stronghold made the list of 'meh' mainly because of the rulebook and the hard time we had learning the game. We talk about playing that one again, but haven't been motivated to.

Other then Braggart, Excape is the only one that has 'seen' any play to speak of in the past year. Also, with 4 plays since my 5 plays in last March.

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19. Board Game: Letters from Whitechapel [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:125]
Bryan Maxwell
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Burtchville
Michigan
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Last March's games is a small crop that I am impressed with, but hasn't seen much play unfortunately. This is mostly due to circumstances rather than the quality of the games.

Letters from Whitechapel: 3 plays last March, 2 plays since.
Quite possibly them most intense game I've ever played. We have a 5-year old and an 8-month old, and so intense games that last 2 hours or more don't see the table very often. Whitechapel is definitely a keeper, though.

King of Siam: 4 plays last March, 4 plays since. This is a terrific little quick (~30 minutes) brain melter that scales well from 2-4 players. not sure why this one fell out of the rotation. It nails the "simple rules, tough game" thing perfectly. My only gripe is the tiebreakers - the game always ends in a tie, so understanding the convoluted tiebreaking system is a must.

Inca Empire: 1 play last March, 0 plays since. Our 1 play was pretty good. There is no 2-player game, and my opportunities for 4-player games are pretty limited. Still, this one has been requested a couple of times since, there are just always headcount problems or something new and hot, etc.

Villa Paletti: 6 plays last March, 4 plays since. Another good game, this one's biggest problem is that it competes directly with Animal Upon Animal for table time.

Legitimacy: 1 play last March, 0 plays since. Didn't care for it then, no need to revisit it.
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20. Board Game: Reiner Knizia's Decathlon [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2391]
Jeff Wolfe
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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I've played this a couple of times since my first play a year ago, and I've enjoyed each of them. Nice if you don't mind rolling lots of dice. And you can't beat the price. I printed out the rules, took some dice I had laying around and threw them in a tuckbox I had laying around.

I haven't played any of the other new-to-mes from a year ago, so this one is the only one that's had the chance to stand the test of time and it hasn't done too bad.
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21. Board Game: Leaping Lemmings [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1503]
Zack Stackurski
United States
Mankato
Minnesota
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Leaping Lemmings has definitely stood the test of time for me and jumps to #1 on this list. Scampering lemmings over a cliff is fun... feeding lemmings to the eagles is fun... making jokes about lemmings in piles is fun... this game is just fun (and I fortunately haven't had to play with anyone who lets their AP ruin the game...) Its not for everyone, but if you like light tactical movement games and enjoy a bit of screwage (in a pile of lemmings...) this is a solid game.



Ad Astra drops to #2. I had a chance to play once more in the past year and that verified that this is a decent game... and I found that a little experience goes a long way to build a resource engine here. I like the action selection mechanic... but like RftG find that we often double up (and triple... and quadruple...) certain actions as relying on someone else to have played a key action is a good way to waste a whole round... and I think next time we play we'll be looking for a trading variant as the trade action mostly only gets used to let the person who played it trade 2:1 with the board... but I'll be happy to play this one again any time it is offered.



Mini FITS did not stand the test of time. It seemed fun but didn't wow me. I ended up playing a couple of more times before I played the original "big fits" and was amazed how much more there is to the base game! I traded my small one away... just go get the big version if you are interested in playing FITS!



We Didn't Playtest This At All sort of stood the test of time. That first play let me know that this is something I should avoid... and subsequent plays (when I failed to avoid them) confirmed my opinion. I still would much rather have short conversation with someone between games than bother breaking this out. Barely a game at all...
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22. Board Game: Rolling Stock [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:3226]
Dave Peters
United States
Belmont
California
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A year ago this month, I'd played six new games, plus something that counts as an expansion due to its categorization in the BGG database. Strangely, perhaps, I've got none of them back to the table in the intervening year. So there hasn't been much change in my rankings. I'll list things in decreasing order of current ranking, games followed by expansion.


Rolling Stock -- (1 play last March; none since) _8_ (no change in rating.)
(images by Hatfielder & Ursus Corvus Lapis)

I'm a bit sad I've not got this back to the table. Some of the trouble is that I don't yet have a copy: without a Windows machine, I don't have the ability to customize the current print-and-play cardset to my satisfaction on artscow.com. Still, the play last year was memorable and cool - even if I failed to demonstrate any skill with the system whatsoever. I'd given this most clearly non-commercial presentation of a game system last year, and see no reason to change the label. Still, if it were ever commercially printed I'd be delighted to pick up a copy.


Navegador -- (2 plays last March; none since) _7.7_ (again no change.)
(images by Peter D & nickmcelveen)

I'd given this my Daughter #1's Best Game of the Month award. Unfortunately, though, we'd not got it back to the table. I'll have to bug her about it when I get home from my current business trip. My summary a year ago was "nice tension; reasonably tractable decision set; doesn't overstay its modest duration" - and that still sounds good to me.


Successors (third edition). (2 plays last March; none since) _7.3_ (no change.)
(images by raphaelt & take5150)

I'd given this a biggest ruleset blunder on first play - with a note claiming we'd got it right the second time out. I'd found it quite entertaining - to the point that I'd buy a copy were there colleagues that wanted to play that didn't already own it.


Conquest of Planet Earth: The Space Alien Game. (1 play last March; none since) _6.3_ (no change.)
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I'd given this one the Master of Economy-memorial Glossiest Game Parts award for the month. In some respect, it also reminded me of Munchkin - in that we found several of the cards amusing enough to read aloud for the amusement of our peers. Whether that translates to staying power as a game, though? Dubious.


Witch's Brew. (1 play last March; none since) _5_ (up one place, through no fault of its own.)
(images by starwarsgolfer & Jasly)

This won the Most Blind-Bidding in a Game survived that month. Since that's absolutely not my favourite game mechanism in existence (particularly not, as in this case, where collision is worse than non-collision.) In principle, I'd be willing to give this a try on another occasion: but I can't claim I was so taken with it as to want to look for a copy myself.


Mansions of Madness. (1 play last March; none since) _5_ (down one place, on reflection.)
(images by Surya & simonjay77)

I'd thought this should win Most Impressive Game Bits Still In Search of a Game. Or something like that. It definitely provided attractive bits, but the gameplay was perplexingly schizophrenic: unclear as to whether it wanted to be an experience or something competitive. For my part, I found that the two possibilities warred against one another in counterproductive ways: I found that the behaviours that enhanced my enjoyment of the experience were precisely not those that promoted winning.


High Frontier Poster Map. (1 play last March; none since) (_7.7_ on a technicality.) (no change.)
 
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This one wins the Most Unexpectedly Large Mutation To the Base Game award for expansions. (Though, of course, the lack of play of any other new expansion weakens the award somewhat.) The outer planets deltas are really cool, and the presentation of the game on the big poster map is excellent. Despite lack of follow-through, I'd expect to want to play High Frontier on the poster map in future.


As always, thanks to my youngsters; the no-longer-on-Friday Lunch folk; the I've been diced gang; and the BAP attenders for some great games.
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23. Board Game: El Caballero [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1364]
David
United States
DURHAM
North Carolina
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My entry for last year was as much about some older games as new ones.

The true blue new to me game was El Caballero, which we only played an abbreviated version of and haven't played since. I don't own it and the opportunity to play other people's game that last over an hour has been sparse. This is me reminding myself to suggest it though, as that first taste was intriguing.

My other entries were technically new to me but I hadn't logged the plays previously. In both cases we weren't talking about many anyway.

The keeper is The Scepter of Zavandor. Our unlogged play was epically long and unsatisfying but I persuaded my good lady to give it another try with a better grasp of the game's flow. That went over well, we played it twice last March and it has been played once more since. I still feel like we are somewhat feeling around for the good plays and I am quite sure it would be better with a few more at the table, but I am still a fan.

The snoozer is Lord of the Rings: The Search, with a bizarre implementation of its theme, some random tile drawing to determine the winner and a pile of much better 2 player games on my shelf. Pass.
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24. Board Game: Pergamon [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:661]
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Netherlands
Enschede
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Pergamon was my pick for game of the month last year, and I still think it's a really nice game. It's pretty easy to teach, and the theme really works for me. I decided I'd like a copy of it, but we had a lot of trouble finding it (friends of ours brought us back a copy from Germany in the end, because we couldn't find it here). We played this 9 more times since that first play at Noorderspel, so no regrets about my pick/purchase.

Forbidden Island also got 3 more plays, though we didn't buy this one. It is a really nice game, another one that's easy to explain and a lot of fun to play.

The last game we played was Two Crowns, which was in the last stages of development according to the designers. I haven't heard from it since, but haven't really looked either.



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25. Board Game: Earth Reborn [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:123]
Jason Ober
United States
Indianapolis
Indiana
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Earth Reborn (3 Plays in March, 5 Plays Since): This was my top choice a year ago, and I completely stand by the choice. It is a fantastic game with really great choices and a ton of variability. I wish more people would fall in love with this so we could see some expansions! My only problem with it is that it's hard to get to the table. Other than that, it's a tremendous game.

Mansions of Madness (2 Plays in March, 6 Plays Since): This has lost a lot of it's shine for me. The set up and the linearity of the stories really ended up bugging me. I still enjoy it, but it's not the must play it was when I first got it.

Haggis (2 Plays in March, 3 Plays Since): My wife and I both still really enjoy this one, but it takes longer than we often have on a weeknight, and weekends we tend to have other stuff going on or more than 3 people, so it doesn't get as much love as it deserves.

Asteroyds (2 Plays in March, 1 Play Since): This is not as much fun as Roborally, and while the pressure of the clock at first is entertaining, it devolves into just making a few moves each turn to make sure you don't blow up. This one will not last in my collection.

RoadZters (2 Plays in March, 1 Play Since): The biggest problem with this one is that it only plays 4. Races are way more fun with 6-8 people on the track.

Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game (3 Plays in March, 0 Plays Since): I have no interest in this at all. Boring boring boring.

Cargo Noir (1 Play in March, 0 Plays Since): Another snooze fest, but beautifully produced. I'd play it again if someone wanted, but I'd never pick it out myself.
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