Bobby's Games Played for the First Time: 2009 Edition
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Here are the games which I played for the first time in 2008 with various comments on each one.

In the end, I decided to go for rating the games with one of three ways:

thumbsup => A game I like and will be willing to play most of the time.
=> An okay game, but not one I would request to play.
thumbsdown => Don't like it. Don't want to see it.
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76. Board Game: Keltis [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1027]
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Played: 12/04/08
Owner: Mike (Mikeg99)
Times Played: 1
Last Played: 12/04/08
Current Rating: thumbsup

After my one playing, I moved it up my to-buy list, though I haven't bought it, yet.
 
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77. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: The Dice Expansion [Average Rating:5.71 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.71 Unranked]
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Played: 12/04/08
Owner: Mike (Mikeg99)
Times Played: 1
Last Played: 12/04/08
Current Rating: thumbsup

One playing with three players on the US map isn't enough to really judge this, though the game went about as expected, though we were able to fill in the longer routes a little easier than I thought we would.
 
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78. Board Game: Sushizock im Gockelwok [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1255]
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Played: 12/13/08
Owner: Me
Times Played: 7
Last Played: 12/27/08
Current Rating: thumbsup

A sequel to Pickomino. It also has dice and dominoes and you can steal things from other players, but it really has a different feel while still being fun. It seems to me like it is less-likely to drag on than Pickomino is. So far, no one has released this in the U.S., which is a shame.
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79. Board Game: The Settlers of Catan: The Great River [Average Rating:6.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.01 Unranked]
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Played: 12/13/08
Owner: Dave and Kris
Times Played: 1
Last Played: 12/13/08
Current Rating:

This was used in the game which had me deciding I didn't need to own Catan any more. The one advantage of The Great River is it lets you score more VPs which ends the game sooner.
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80. Board Game: 2 de Mayo [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:691]
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Played: 12/18/08
Owner: Mike (Mikeg99)
Times Played: 1
Last Played: 12/18/08
Current Rating: thumbsup

I saw the end of a game played by Rick and Michael and a couple of weeks later Mike had picked up a copy so we played. I decided to play the good guys, i.e., not the French, and really enjoyed this pseudo-wargame. The price is a little high and the components aren't the best, but it is a very good two-player game.
 
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81. Board Game: Funkenschlag: EnBW [Average Rating:8.36 Overall Rank:1663]
Bobby Warren
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Played: 12/19/08
Owner: Me
Times Played: 2
Last Played: 12/27/08
Current Rating: thumbsup

I wanted this as much for being able to get a second box for the expansion maps as being able to play on the Baden-Württemberg map.

The rule changes, though seemingly minor, do change the flow of the game a bit. I also like the layout of the Baden-Württemberg which doesn't have that one great set-up spot, nor does it have any bad starting spots.
 
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82. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:51]
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Played: 12/26/08
Owner: Mike (Mikeg99)
Times Played: 2
Last Played: 12/26/08
Current Rating: thumbsup

Mike and I got around to trying this after Christmas and I really liked it. We played two scenarios and I won the first one. In the second, I learned that the Americans are imbalanced, over-powered, and broken! That, or I just didn't play the end of the scenario right. Since it can't be my fault, I blame the design.
 
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83. Board Game: Chicago Express [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:260]
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Played: 12/26/08
Owner: Mike (Mikeg99)
Times Played: 1
Last Played: 12/26/08
Current Rating: thumbsup

I was looking forward to trying this out since Wabash Cannonball was so highly praised. I was quite disappointed in the game because it ended too quickly, just as the game started rolling. I'd play it again, but don't see the need to pick up a copy.
 
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84. Board Game: Control Nut! [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:3755]
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Played: 12/26/08
Owner: Charles (Tatsu)
Times Played: 1
Last Played: 12/26/08
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Control Nut! is a partnership trick-taking game. I have had this for a while, but never played it. Charles broke out his copy and we played a game. Initially, 300 points sounded like it would take forever to reach, but in the end it only took three or four hands.

The game works, but just isn't memorable enough in the sea of already-existing trick-taking games.
 
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85. Board Game: Agricola X-Deck [Average Rating:6.14 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.14 Unranked]
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Played: 12/27/08
Owner: Tom (neuroicurn)
Times Played: 1
Last Played: 12/27/08
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I wasn't too interested in getting this, and after seeing it and using it in a game, I can't say my interest in it has grown at all. It adds chaos to an otherwise orderly game which really didn't need chaos to improve it at all.
 
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86. Board Game: PitchCar Extension 2 [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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Played: 12/27/08
Owner: Me
Times Played: 1
Last Played: 12/27/08
Current Rating: thumbsup

More PitchCar goodness. The primary focus of this extension is tight curves.
 
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87. Board Game: Zooloretto: The Gorilla [Average Rating:6.66 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.66 Unranked]
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Played: 12/27/08
Owner: Me
Times Played: 1
Last Played: 12/27/08
Current Rating: thumbsup

We played with this expansion from the newest package from Rio Grande and also used the Petting Zoo and the Polar Bear. It's a nice little reward for being the first person to fill their six-space enclosure.
 
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88. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1558]
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I played seven different prototypes which haven't seen print as of now.
 
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