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New To You October 2007: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/25782

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1. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Switzerland [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
 
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Of course it is Spiel! Month. Second time for me and another great visit. But that's all in here. Let's just see the numbers. Not bad, a little up from last month:

Ticket to Ride: Switzerland 5*
Ingenious 4
Big John 2*
Mr. Jack 2
Through the Desert 2*
Amun-Re 1
Caylus 1
Cleopatra and the Society of Architects 1
Go-Go-Giraffe! 1*
In the Year of the Dragon 1*
Kingsburg 1*
Metro 1
Notre Dame 1
Pentago 1*
Power Grid 1
Princes of Florence, The 1
Puerto Rico 1
Robots 1*
Round The Bend 1*
Trias 1*
Wyatt Earp 1
Yahtzee 1
YINSH 1

Total: 33 games

I only log F2F games.
*New to me


September: Metro 6 of 23 games
August: Traditional Card Games 4 of 33 games

New Game of the Month: Essen! Hmmmm.... hard. But as it is most played as well: Ticket to Ride: Switzerland

New Game(s) in the Collection: Ticket to Ride: Switzerland, Kingsburg, Trias, Reef Encounter, Im Jahr des Drachen, Through the Desert, PowerGrid: Benelux/Central Europe, PowerGrid Plant Deck, Armada, Robots, Big John, Round the Bend, Go Go Giraffe.

Looking Back: Last year was my first Essen and Hermagor was the HotNewGame for me. Phoenix and Ticket to Ride were the big two-player games in our house and we started preparing for our move. In 2005 Chinatown was still hot with 11 plays in October and I just got Caylus & PowerGrid from the SpellenSpektakel.
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2. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:156]
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Mr. Jack and St. Petersburg tied for most-played this month, so I'll pick St. Petersburg, because I just got it this month and have already racked up five plays. It's really just a simple little efficiency engine, but there are some subtle things to keep track of. I'm really enjoying it. The only flaw I can see so far is that if you fall far behind, there's little chance to catch up. (Although I've seen it happen!)

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5 - Saint Petersburg [New this month] - I also got a chance to introduce it to another couple we know, and they really liked it and want to try it again very soon.
5 - Mr. Jack
2 - Factory Fun [New this month] - Well, this is a pretty awesome game. I love the "speed" mechanic, and the puzzle aspect. I am quite upset that it's now out of print, now that I've discovered its greatness. A friend bought two copies so he could play with more than four. Do you think I could coax one out of him?
2 - Thor (Loco!) [New this month] - Thor version of Loco. Pretty cards. Light. We played with five players. I understand this is better with fewer. But I'm not so sure I like it anyway.
2 - Ponte del Diavolo [New this month] - A really good abstract which lived up to the high expectations I had for it. Nicely thinky.
1 - Battle Cry [New this month] - A "minor grail" that I found at a thrift store this past summer and finally got to the table. Yes, it's essentially the same as Memoir '44, but I like the theme here better.
1 - Carcassonne: The Castle
1 - Carcassonne: The Discovery - A second play after about a year. I think I like this, but . . . wow, it's so very different than other Carcs. I have a hunch it didn't start out as a Carc game.
1 - Condottiere [New this month] - Excellent card game (with a board). There are so many possibilities for clever play to explore.
1 - High Society - The more I play this the less I like it. It's interesting, but not exactly "fun."
1 - Kahuna - This, however, may turn out to be my favorite of the Kosmos 2-player line after a few plays at Yucata.de. In the online implementation, cards drawn from the face-up piles are left face-up in one's play area, and that small change makes a huge strategic difference.
1 - Last Night on Earth, The Zombie Game [New this month] -My frustration with this game was chronicled elsewhere, and then deleted. Suffice it to say, it's a random dicefest with flaws so glaring even its most rabid fanboys are scurrying to fix it. thumbsdown
1 - Shadows over Camelot [New this month] - Better than Knizia's Lord of the Rings because of the Traitor aspect, but longer, too.
1 - Thebes - Another play, this time 2-player, and it only took an hour. But there was also not as much competition.
1 - Ticket to Ride (w/1910 Exp.)
1 - Unspeakable Words [New this month] - This is barely a game. Just pick a point value and roll the die to see if you can score it. Who needs the cards? thumbsdown
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3. Board Game: Carrom [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:866]
Giles Pritchard
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Shepparton
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Well, my most played game this month was this great dexterity game.

Now - every time I mention Carrom I must add: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE change the representative image of this game.

It really is like having this for Crokinole:


Thanks to MK-Ultra71

or this for Chess:


Thanks to Patrel

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Now on with business:

I played:

5 Carrom
4 Coloretto
3 Blink!
3 Street Soccer*
2 Amazing Labyrinth
2 Cartagena
2 Neuroshima Hex
1 Alhambra
1 Aquadukt
1 Battlelore
1 Bohnanza
1 Can't Stop*
1 Clans
1 Cleopatra and the Society of Architects
1 Duel in the Dark
1 Perpetual Commotion*
1 Ra
1 Tannhauser*
1 Techno Witches
1 Ubongo*
1 Yspahan
1 Zooloretto*

36 plays

I only log F2F games.

Of these my favourite game session was probably the game of Battlelore I played with my wife - a very close game that ended in a victory to her at 7 banners to my 6. It was a close run game and very fun - plenty of lore and creature action!!

My favourite games played this month would be:

Duel in the Dark
Neuroshima Hex

& Battlelore

Of the new games my favourite is probably Street Soccer. I also enjoyed a game of Tannhauser very much - an interesting squad level tactical game and quite interesting - plenty of room for future development. Zooloretto was my wife's favourite (and I enjoyed it too).

New Games in my Collection: Hmm. Well i got a copy of Archaeology: The Card Game, which I'm looking forward to playing soon, otherwise I can't think of any others... I am saving to get the great many games I am salivating over from Essen. The next months should be more interesting in this sense.

Looking Back: October was the worst month for me last year (although I don't log all my plays - this month in 2006 was spectacularly bad - and what's worse I can't remember a good excuse to salve my bad geek conscience. Last year, October 2006, I managed to log a pathetic three games - Ticket to Ride, Bang!, and Citadels... Thank goodness the month is better this year!
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4. Board Game: Zendo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:500]
Jeff Wolfe
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Columbus
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Yay! More Zendo. After a drought between Origins (early July) and the Buckeye Game Fest (late September), it's my most-played game for the second month in a row. Well, OK, there aren't many plays, and there are 3 other games tied for first, but still.

TransAmerica has been getting a lot of plays recently because of the Vexation expansion, although I played it once in October without the expansion because we had a bunch of newbies.

I finally got another play of Railroad Tycoon. My friends usually exclude me from their plays of it because they think it's not my type of game. Ordinarily they would be right, sort of. I prefer lighter games, but I've been wanting to play Railroad Tycoon again since the first time I played it (I think it was a year ago). It's just that I have to be in the mood for a longer game, which doesn't happen all the time. The stars finally aligned and I got in a game, and ... I sucked. At least I didn't finish last.

Euchre 3
Liar's Dice 3
TransAmerica 3
Zendo 3
10 Days in Asia 2
No Thanks! 2
Notre Dame 2
Quoridor 2
Scotland Yard 2
Amun-Re 1
Aquädukt 1
Bull in a China Shop 1
Buy Low Sell High 1
China 1
Chopstick Dexterity MegaChallenge 3000 1
Chrononauts 1
David & Goliath 1
Give Me the Brain! 1
Leonardo da Vinci 1
Portobello Market 1
Ra 1
Railroad Tycoon 1
Shadows over Camelot 1
Struggle for Rome 1
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Pizza Power Game 1
Twin Win 1
Unpublished Prototype 1
Unspeakable Words 1
Warp 6 1
Yellowstone Park 1

- New to me
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5. Board Game: Cold War: CIA vs KGB [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:799]
Robert Rossney
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San Francisco
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This is a terrific little game, though not, as the box has it, "a card game of covert intelligence and intrigue in an age of fear." That would be a different, probably less fun game.
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6. Board Game: Taluva [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:314]
Virre Linwendil Annergård
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Stockholm
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This game has been putting up some speed in our gameing group lately. Mostly thanks to it's qualitys as a good filler (and personally, I really like that game)... So

5 of those

6nimt/Category five has a few

as does Ingenious, Samurai, Sankt Petersburg and Loot?

And really there most be a better way do find this out then using the games played and get the day for day function?
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7. Board Game: Circus Flohcati [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1172]
Andy
United Kingdom
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Total plays were up again this month on last month. My most played game is one that's gone down really well with my work buddies, and gets a lot of play during the week!

16x Circus Flohcati
10x Dancing Dice
7x Breakaway Rider
5x Saboteur
4x Give Me the Brain!
2x Animalia
2x Ave Caesar
2x Diamant
2x Klunker
2x Mall of Horror
2x Thebes
1x Betrayal at House on the Hill
1x Blokus
1x Caylus Magna Carta
1x Cuba
1x Eketorp
1x Formula Dé
1x Giganten der Lüfte
1x It's Alive!
1x King's Breakfast
1x Mississippi Queen
1x Mykerinos
1x Nexus Ops
1x Ra
1x Red Dragon Inn
1x Settlers of Catan
1x Shadows over Camelot
1x Shogun
1x Tongiaki
1x Vikings
1x Yspahan
1x Zombies!!! 3: Mall Walkers
1x Zooloretto


Total Plays: 76

I only log face to face games. Games marked with star were new to me this month.

September: Dancing Dice 15 of 64
August: Breakaway Rider 9 of 82
July: Diamant 4 of 36
June: It's Alive 9 of 33
May: Give Me The Brain 7 of 35
April: Give Me The Brain 5 of 44
March: Arkham Horror 8 of 39
February: Ra 3 of 34
January: Mah-jongg 10 of 38
December: Saboteur 4 of 25

New Game of the Month: Cuba
New in the collection: Cuba, Mykerinos: The Nile
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8. Board Game: Claim It! [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:3991]
Suzan
Netherlands
Enschede
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My total is 46.

Claim It! 4 *
Fluxx 4
Black Box + 3 *
Pyramiden des Jaguar, die 3 *
TZAAR 3 *
GIPF 2 *
Online: Internet Card Game 2 *
Spank the Monkey 2 *
Tichu 2
Arkadia 1 *
Balloon Cup 1
Betrayal at House on the Hill 1
Castle 1 *
Daedalus 1 *
Drunter und Drüber 1
Elfenland 1 *
Frank's Zoo 1
Imperial 1 *
King of the Elves 1
Liebe & Intrige 1 *
Oil Field 1 *
Pillars of the Earth, The 1
Railroad Tycoon 1 *
Rotterdam 1 *
StreetSoccer 1
Thurn and Taxis 1
Ticket to Ride: Switzerland 1 *
Torres 1 *
Where's Bob's Hat? 1
YINSH 1

* new to me

I only log F2F games.
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9. Board Game: Kontor [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:3166]
Christopher Gritt
United Kingdom
Brighton
East Sussex
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Kontor 4 (new to me- excellent 2 player)
Café International - Das Kartenspiel 4

Elfenland 3
Factory Fun 3 (3 times in one month- pity my poor brain)
Pickomino 3
Yspahan 3

Anno 1503 2
Arkham Horror 2
Bucket King, The 2
Coloretto Amazonas 2
Die Siedler von Catan – Das Würfelspiel 2
Mamma Mia! 2
Megastar 2
Notre Dame 2
Patrician 2 (another new-to-me Schacht game that's great with 2)
Rosenkönig 2
Ticket to Ride: Europe 2
Vikings 2

Alhambra 1
Blue Moon City 1
Café International 1
Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers 1
Carcassonne: The Castle 1
Caylus 1
Corsari 1
Ebbe & Flut 1
Fettnapf 1
Im Bann der Pyramide 1
Limits 1
Puerto Rico 1
Rat-a-Tat Cat 1
Sakkara 1
Thebes 1
Thurn and Taxis 1
Thurn and Taxis: Power and Glory 1
Ticket to Ride: Märklin Edition 1
Tier auf Tier 1
To Court the King 1
TransAmerica 1

Only f2f plays logged.
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10. Board Game: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:345]
Rik Van Horn
United States
Livonia
New York
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I think I taught 6 or 7 different people to play Netrunner last month.
My favorite 2 player game of all time.

I got Kogge in a math trade and it's become my recent favorite.

Notre Dame has been a favorite of late as well.

Netrunner 14
Kogge 3*
Notre Dame 3
Citadels 2
Ys 2
Alhambra 1
Ark of the Covenant, The 1*
Bootleggers 1
Carcassonne 1
Elfengold 1*
Elfenland 1
Fiji 1*
Giganten 1*
Jambo 1*
Khronos 1*
Mystery of the Abbey 1*
Ra 1
Settlers of Catan, The 1
Ticket to Ride 1
Tsuro 1
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11. Board Game: Zooloretto [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:437] [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
Tom Madden
United States
Saint Louis
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Only 26 plays total this month.

Most played was Zooloretto with 4 plays. Picked this up in the Octoberfest Math Trade (with expansions!). The SdJ Winner was a big hit with my whole family -- and that's not easy.

Other games that had more than one play were:

All Wound Up: 3 plays. Hey, it's Halloween!

Aton: 3 plays. Always a favorite.

Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game: 3 plays. My youngest daughter loves this.

1960: The Making of the President: 2 plays. I love this new game and hope to play it much more.

Hamsterrolle: 2 plays. Introduced to us by a friend.

Knock! Knock!: 2 plays. Hey, it's still Halloween! This is a tradition for us.
 
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12. Board Game: Catan Card Game [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:531]
Matt Sears
United States
Adrian
Missouri
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After picking this up in a math trade, my daughter has fallen in love with it. 7 plays this month and she's saving up her money to buy the expansion.
 
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13. Board Game: Spy [Average Rating:5.51 Overall Rank:9060]
Neil Cook
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Burton on Trent
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Suprisingly enough, this little filler comes out on top for me in October. I played 3 quick games with my parents at the start of the month, which wasn't topped for the rest of the month. I only log F2F games too.

Spy 3
Agricola 2
Mr. Jack 2
Old Town 2
Amyitis 1
Antike 1
Diamant 1
King of Siam 1
Kingsburg 1
Mississippi Queen 1
Power Grid 1
Roma 1
Rosenkönig 1
Saboteur 1
Tempus 1
Yspahan 1

= new to me
 
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14. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:338]
Gary Heidenreich
United States
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
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This is the face to face game I've played the most this month. New to me in red. Slow month.


micropul 3
No Thanks! 3
Faces 2
Atlantic Star 1
Balloon Cup 1
For Sale 1
Hey! That's My Fish! 1
Ingenious: Travel Edition 1
King Oil 1
Ponte del Diavolo 1
Rat Hot 1
Survive! 1
Thebes 1
TransAmerica 1

 
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15. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:40]
Jay Borden
United States
Somerset
Massachusetts
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Another light playing month for me with only 21 games played.

6x Crokinole
5x BattleLore
5x Maus nach Haus
2x Factory Fun
2x Taluva
1x Ra

Nothing new played.
 
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16. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:149]
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Las Vegas
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So I dragged Acquire back out of the closet dusted it off and had forgotten what a gem I had there. New games are listed in bold. I also only log games where nuns or grizzly bears were present.

Acquire 15
HeroScape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie 8
Elk Fest 6
Manila 5
Apples to Apples Kids 4
Wits & Wagers 4
Balloon Cup 3
Formula Dé 3
Thurn and Taxis 3
Zombies!!! Second Edition 3
Bang! 2
Battleball 2
Blokus 2
Bohnanza 2
Cold War: CIA vs. KGB 2 (Rated:10)
Descent: Journeys in the Dark 2
For Sale 2
Formidable Foes 2
Hey! That's My Fish! 2
Lost Cities 2
Marvel Heroes 2
Mmm... Brains 2
Mystery of the Abbey 2
Once Upon a Time 2
Poison 2
Stratego 2
TransAmerica 2
Before I Kill You, Mr. Bond 1
Boomtown 1
Colosseum 1
Doom: The Boardgame 1
Fairy Tale 1 (Rated: 10)
Fury of Dracula 1
Great Dalmuti, the 1
Gulo Gulo 1
Himalaya 1 (Rated: 8)
Kids Of Catan, The 1
Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot 1
Lego Explore: My First Builder 1
Liar's Dice 1
Nertz 1
Nexus Ops 1
Phase 10 Masters Edition 1
Pirate's Cove 1
Power Grid 1
Pretty Pretty Princess 1
Puerto Rico 1
RoboRally 1
Samurai Swords 1
Save Doctor Lucky 1
Settlers of Zarahemla, The 1
Super Munchkin 1
Ticket to Ride 1
Tide of Iron 1
World of Warcraft: The Boardgame 1

Total Plays for October 2007: 116 (5 plays short of my record, rats!)

Best New Play of the Month: Cold War: CIA vs. KGB

While some can easily write it off as "Blackjack-ish", there is a lot more to this little gem. The theme is great; and like most CCGs the theme and the randomly drawn cards can make for some silly situations (military cards fighting each other to win the influence of a "Live Benefit").

Worst New Play of the Month: Himalaya
This is really the worst of the best. I really enjoyed it. It is a little bit like Colosseum in that it has several great mechanisms from other games squished into one game.

Best Play of the Month: Samurai Swords

Another game that I dusted off and played again; this time with my son. It was a short game, but we really enjoyed it and it was fun teaching my boy bushido; Samurai Swords style.
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17. Board Game: Rage [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2117]
Ben Lott
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Mason
Michigan
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Not the greatest gaming month for me, but certainly good for new games. I had a tie for the #1 spot and chose Rage as the representative image because someone had already used No Thanks.

My games played in October 2007 ( = New to me)

Rage = 4
No Thanks! = 4

Ca$h 'n Gun$ = 2
California = 2
Escalation! = 2
Limits = 2
Moods = 2
What's It To Ya? = 2
Yahtzee - Texas Hold'em = 2
Bohnanza = 1
Carcassonne = 1 (with the River expansion)
Electronic Catch Phrase = 1
Ido = 1
Rubik's Revolution = 1
Uno Blitzo = 1
Unspeakable Words = 1
Vegas Showdown = 1
Zombie Fluxx = 1

Total Games Played for October 2007 = 31
 
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18. Board Game: Monad [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2839]
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United States
Clemson
South Carolina
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Our most played game was also a "new to us" game (which many were this month, noted with an asterisk):

--6 plays--
Monad*
--4 plays--
Bali*, Formula Motor Racing
--3 plays--
Downfall of Pompeii*
--2 plays--
1500 Gold*, 5ive Straight*, Jockey*, Perquackey, Scrutineyes*, Tutankhamen
--1 play--
Bakschisch, Balmy Balloonists*, Bingo, Blue Moon City, BuyWord, Close Encounters of the Third Kind*, Drive*, En Garde, Executive Decision, Gardens of Alhambra, Holiday, In a Pickle*, Kunst Stücke, Mad Dash!, Maptitude*, Mona Lisa Mysteries*, Montgolfiere*, Nerdy Wordy Crossword Game, New York*, Octrix*, Od*, Olympia 2000, Rumis*, Scotland Yard, Shakespeare: The Bard Game*, Sharp Shooters*, Sixmix*, Spy*, Sudoku Challenge*, Thief of Baghdad*, Tier auf Tier*, Travel Blokus, World Dash, World of Wall Street*, Yucata
 
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19. Board Game: Terra [Average Rating:5.70 Overall Rank:5725]
'Bernard Wingrave'
United States
Wyoming
Ohio
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This month, I played games on a lot of different days and ended up playing a bunch of shorter (30 min or less) games. It was a good month -- lots of fun gaming. In the list below, "*" indicates a game that was new to me this month.

Terra* (5x)
TransAmerica (5x)
China (2x)
Ingenious* (2x)
Bang! (with Dodge City expansion)
Black Death
For Sale*
Image*
 
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20. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:144]
Tom Verdonck
Belgium
Edegem
Antwerp
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21 games played :

10 x Hive (new to me)
4 x Carcassonne
3 x Territories (new to me)
1 x Der Markt von Alturien (new to me)
1 x Yahtzee
1 x UNO - Spider-Man
1 x Kiki Ricky

New Game of the Month: Hive

New Games in the Collection:
Aqua Romana
Boa
Bohnanza
Caprice
Gheos
Gipsy King
Hive
Territories
Through the Desert
Tichu
 
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21. Board Game: Mission: Red Planet [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:514]
Thomas Eager
United States
Portland
Oregon
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cool A slow month for us, given Ken's new bundles of joy. Faidutti's new game has really "taken off" with my crew. I quite enjoyed UR, which I tried for the first time.

For Sale 3
Mission: Red Planet 3
Augsburg 1520 2
Puerto Rico 2
Um Reifenbreite 2
Leonardo da Vinci 1
Mare Nostrum 1
Mare Nostrum - Mythology Expansion 1
Notre Dame 1
Ra 1
UR 1 cool
 
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22. Board Game: Times Square [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:1855]
Stven Carlberg
United States
Decatur
Georgia
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Auf der Reeperbahn


Auf der Reeperbahn, the superb two-player game by Reiner Knizia, tops my playlist for the fifth month running with 7 plays in the month of October.

Also in the lists:

Wordsearch - 3 - An interesting game of moving letters to make words which I just picked up a copy of.

Ta Yü - 3 - The connections game. Angelika demanded an extra playing of this yesterday for pedagogical purposes.

Palazzo - 2 - Rated for 2-4 players, we're playing this half-hour-ish Knizia game often for two.

Thurn and Taxis - 2 - I like this for two, but it actually sees more table time with the Thursday night guys as a 3- or 4-player game.

Hangman - 2 - My nephew insisted we play this, so I obliged.

Blue Moon City - 2 - Another Knizia for 2-4 that gets played a lot by just Angelika and me.

Cartagena II - Didn't work well for 2. Hoping for better with more players.

And a bunch more good games with one play each during October:

Corsari
Union Pacific
Europa Tour
Flowerpower
Taluva
Freibeuter
Zirkus Flohcati
On the Underground
Big City
Bucket Brigade
Die Siedler von Nürnberg
Cartagena
Tutankhamen
Black Vienna
Take It To The Limit
Zoff in Buffalo
Masons
 
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23. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:352] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
Matt King
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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Sadly, I didn't get as much gaming as I hoped to this month, as I had to spend my Fall Break going to an academic conference. Anyway, I'm trying to introduce my friends to "better" boardgames, and it's taking quite a while. Hopefully, I can get my number of played games per month up as more people want to play more of my games (also, not playing so many wargames helps this), decrease the number of unplayed games I have sitting under my bed, and increase the variety of games that I play.

I introduced LNoE to two groups of my friends. When I went over to the first group's apartment, I only took that and China with me. They really enjoyed it (to say the least), and we ended up playing it 4 times that night. The other group enjoyed it as well, but the main focus of that day was Diplomacy (so we didn't get to spam-play LNoE).

Anyway, here's the list.

Last Night on Earth, The Zombie Game x6
Twilight Struggle x4 sauron
China x2
Settlers of Catan, The x2
Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery x1 sauron
Diplomacy x1

sauron = new to me.
 
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24. Board Game: Warriors [Average Rating:5.02 Overall Rank:11038]
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United States
Slidell
Louisiana
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This month was pretty slow for game playing, primarily because of work and other concerns (finishing WH40k DoW: Dark Crusade).

Warriors 15
Double or Nothing 6
Gammarauders 4 (This one may very well get more play. I forgot how fun it was).
Minion Hunter 2
The Hobbit 2
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25. Board Game: Cinch [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]

Lacombe
Louisiana
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Most played for October for me was "Cinch" (AKA "Piedro" in Southeast Louisiana, where it is played most often... this is what I know it as) at 8 plays. I visited my in-laws, who moved from the southeast to another part of the state, this month, and we played a lot of games. They are big card players and this is their game of choice. We probably played more than 8 games, but that's all I remembered to put down. We played some other card games with them, too, including a full game of Canasta (we NEVER finish a full game in one sitting, but we did this time!) and a couple games of Phase 10. We also brought along a few of our "weird" games with us and played a number of those with them as well, including two games of Settlers Of Catan (one with Seafarers added in) and a game of Traders Of Genoa. All in all, a good visit with lots of good gaming.

Not much else played this month. It's been a very busy month working toward finishing up this semester of my Masters.
 
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