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Yup, it's my turn. My first year on the Geek, my first "five and dime" list.
To mix things up a *little*, I'll also include my game comments.

Many of these games will get plenty of play in 2008, many I'm all but done with already, and since I didn't start on a serious Geek shopping spree until late in the year, many of the BGG standards are missing from this list, but will no doubt be there in '08.

Game listed in reverse order of plays, higher rating breaking ties. Enjoy - I did!

Questions, comments, concerns, criticisms? I want to hear them. Or just thumb me . . .
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1. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:359]
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5 plays.
8 rating.

"Gotta love a game that my wife not only enjoys, but *suggests*! Beautiful to look at. Deep without hurting my head."

This sure to get even more play this year, and that rating might climb, too . . .
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2. Board Game: Treehouse [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:4248]
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5 plays.
7 rating.

"Simple and attractive gateway game for the Icehouse system. Great in a bar/restaurant/etc. Light but great fun. I alway carry a tube these days, and a couple of games of Treehouse quickly turns into impromtu demos of other Icehouse games.

Rating is for the game on the tube. As a system it's a 10: I always want to play something using these "colorful gaming pyramids", and I always will. Treehouse even inspired me to design my first games."
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3. Board Game: Tanbo [Average Rating:5.12 Unranked]
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5 plays.
7 rating.

"A simple game, enjoyable in a zen way."
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4. Board Game: Volcano [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:2028]
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5 plays.
7 rating.

"Brain burning puzzle game which works with one player or many. Attactive coffee table distraction."
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5. Board Game: Alak [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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5 plays.
5 rating.

"Dry Mancala variant, interesting as an occasional look-ahead excercise."

Tried this one out a few times, but likely will not hit 5 plays this year.
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6. Board Game: Generatorb [Average Rating:6.14 Unranked]
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6 plays.
7 rating.

"Discovered this one in December, and still enjoying it so far."

Interested to see whether or not this one is a keeper - I'm pretty prone to missing an opponent's winning move . . .
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7. Board Game: Delta [Average Rating:5.42 Unranked]
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6 plays.
6 rating.

"Fast and furious abstract. Fascinating interactions."
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8. Board Game: Oust [Average Rating:6.44 Unranked]
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7 plays.
7 rating.

"Enjoyable placement game once you realise that the end game happens *way* before the end of the game."
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9. Board Game: Breakthrough [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:6003]
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7 plays.
5 rating.

"Tense buildup leading inevitable to a mess of exchanges."

Never feel the need to play this anyomore, despite it's admittedly elegant simplicity.
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10. Board Game: Sprawl [Average Rating:6.12 Unranked]
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7 plays.
4 rating.

"Interesting concept that actually appears to be broken - in real life play a draw is the most usual outcome. There are many "variants" which attempt to tackle this, but I have not yet found one which makes me want to revist."

*ugh*
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11. Board Game: Grim Reaper [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
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8 plays.
7 rating.

"A unique and entertaining game which is deep, without hurting my head."
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12. Board Game: Witch Stones [Average Rating:6.71 Unranked]
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8 plays.
5 rating.

"Can be effected by bad random layouts, but satisfying on occasion."

Another one I played some then got bored with . . .
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13. Board Game: Martian Chess [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:4493]
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10 plays.
5 rating.

"Dry and less 'chess-like' than Pikemen. Suceptible to draws."

I played this often early in the year until it became clear that it was not the game I wanted it to be.
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14. Board Game: Praetorian [Average Rating:5.64 Unranked]
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10 plays.
6 rating.

"Occasional 'change of pace' game."

Heavily influenced by the initial random setup, but in a balanced position, this is tense fun.
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15. Board Game: Knight Moves [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:6738]
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11 plays.
7 rating.

"Tournament rules make for a fun game. 'Lite' rules are less interesting."

Going to be playing some more of this since it is one of three games in this year's SDG Triathalon. (The others are Amazons and Entropy.)
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16. Board Game: Subdivision [Average Rating:6.11 Unranked]
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12 plays.
7 rating.

"Fun placement game, with surprisingly effective real estate theme."

One of a number of keepers from the Summer 2007 Icehouse Game Design Contest. Others I've enjoyed but can't get to the table often are Geomancy and (the eventual winning entry) Pylon.

Oh, and of course there's my own entry, Penguin Soccer (see entry below).
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17. Board Game: Pulling Strings [Average Rating:6.03 Unranked]
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12 plays.
7 rating.

"This game has grown on me."
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18. Board Game: Complica [Average Rating:6.44 Unranked]
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15 plays.
6 rating.

"Surprisingly good as a Tournament game. Glad I gave it a second look."
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19. Board Game: Aries [Average Rating:6.40 Unranked]
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15 plays.
8 rating.

"Simple rules, but fun gameplay keeps me coming back."
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20. Board Game: Homeworlds [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:2183]
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16 plays.
7 rating.

"Excellent theme and gameplay, gorgeous to look at, difficult to master. Extreme learning curve."

2 wins in 16 plays, both against absolute rookies . . .
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21. Board Game: Dipole [Average Rating:5.41 Overall Rank:8968]
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18 plays.
7 rating.

"This game fascinates me."

Having trouble with the recent "symmetrical" rule tweak - none of my strategies work any more! My most played game by Mark Steere.

Cephalopod, with it's genius non-random use of dice, is my favorite of Mark's games, but its long playing time means it's tough to hit 5 or more plays in a year.
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22. Board Game: Branches and Twigs and Thorns [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:7610]
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19 plays.
6 rating.

"Neat, simple little game, with surprising depth, and high replayability due to the various possible placements of Root and Null. Looks much prettier with real Icehouse pieces than on screen."
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23. Board Game: Cannon [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:3473]
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22 plays.
10 rating.

"A suberb and elegant game, beautiful to look at and enormous fun to play. I am playing this fanatically on SDG, and have just bought the neat "Boxed" version from the PyroMyth website. This game is an enduring classic."

My favorite game - try it! Currently participating in the 2008 Cannon Tournament . . .
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24. Board Game: Penguin Soccer [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:8309]
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27 plays.
9 rating.

"Very proud of my first game design. Plays fun and themey with kids and non-gamers, but also works very well as a pure abstract. Playing constantly, both in person and at SDG, and continuing to discover new positions and strategies."

The 27 plays are all after "publication" - these do not include playtesting sessions (and there were many . . .)

I will be running an IAGO World Tour event at Noncon in Poughkeepsie next month - The Penguin Soccer World Cup!
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25. Board Game: Robo Battle Pigs [Average Rating:6.32 Unranked]
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30 plays.
8 rating.

"Stoopid, mindless fun. About the only game I really don't mind losing!"

Robot pigs with lasers who hit each other with their snouts and have bits drop off. 'Nuff said . . .
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