Yes! No! Maybe! I cannot make up my mind...
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Seriously though, I have been drawn in, resisted, investigated, checked reviews, links, comments and used a bit of common sense and realised that some of these games are not for our collection.

Then there are others that definitely belong in our collection - those I just need to convince my wife we need.

Finally there are those where I really don't know one way or the other, so I have gathered all the information I could find and hope to be able to make an informed decision at some point.

Our family:

Me - enjoys quick card games like Innovation, more meaty games like Puerto Rico and Troyes or long games like Merchant of Venus and Yedo
Wife - enjoys Innovation, Jet Set and Epic Resort
Step-son - age 14 - enjoys King of Tokyo, Saboteur and The World Cup Game
Step-daughter - age 12 - enjoys Dixit, Pickomino and Saboteur

NB: This process was previously split into 3 parts, but has now been consolidated here from Interesting games that I still need to research... and I need to convince my Wife....
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Games currently under consideration or awaiting arrival:

Games (Pre-)Ordered:
Hands in the Sea
Pax Pamir

Games on the Waiting List:
Limes
Taluva

Serious Contenders:
Currently none...

Try Before Deciding:
Currently none...

Under Consideration:
Feudalia
La Granja
Ortus Regni
Time of Soccer *

Unpublished (but on the horizon):
Loop
Nippon
Ships

Unpublished (but visible in the far distant future):
Black Diamonds
Burning Rome
Dilluvia Project
Empire of the Dinosaurs
Escape Plan
The Gallerist
Gloomhaven *
Guilds of London
King's Town
Lords of Baseball
Merchants of the Federation
Sails to Steam

* New to the list!
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So, what happened with games that got thumbsup?

Bought & Succeeded:
A Few Acres of Snow - sold!
Canterbury - sold!
The City
Eminent Domain
Glen More - sold!
Isla Tetra
JAB: Realtime Boxing
Key Market - sold!
King of Tokyo
Kingdom Builder
London - Ltd. Edition - sold!
Mage Knight Board Game
Neuland
Polis - Fight for the Hegemony
Sid Meier's Civilization
Suburbia
Troyes
Vinhos - sold!

Bought & Undecided:
Archipelago
Briefcase
Champions 2020
Dungeon Petz
Epic Resort
Impulse
Island Siege
Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy
Rallyman
Serica: Plains of Dust
Might & Magic Heroes
Praetor
Show Business
Signum Mortis
Snowdonia
Tanzania
Terra Evolution
Vanuatu
Zooloretto

Bought & Failed:
1860: Railways on the Isle of Wight
1989: Dawn of Freedom
Antics!
Dominant Species
Last Will
MUNERA: Familia Gladiatoria
Progress: Evolution of Technology
Puzzle Strike
Road to Enlightenment
Shipwrights of the North Sea
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151. Board Game: MIL (1049) [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1528]
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Designer: Firmino Martínez
Publisher: HomoLudicus
# of players: 2-5
Release: Essen 2011
Pre-order: Essen Preorder
Price: €40

Hot:
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Attraction: Medieval dynasty building!

Comments: Help you family thrive in the harsh medieval world. Marry off your daughters and ensure that son will follow father as knights die off and are replaced. Work the courts to gain favour.

I like the thematic approach to this game and think I would enjoy it. Personally, though, I am not convinced that it works as a 2 player. This seems like a game that plays best with 4 players. I would not settle for a lesser version of the promised lands.

Pros: Theme.
Cons:

Links:
Comments: Some impresions after a game (TDN 2011)
Comments: Pre-Release Predictions
Comments: 2 player Experience?
Rules: Direct
Video: Spiel '11 Demo
Review: Feudal living in the year 1000 (and 49)

Verdict: thumbsdown - not convinced by the 2 player game.
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152. Board Game: Milestones [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1601]
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Designer: Stefan Dorra & Ralf zur Linde
Publisher: eggertspiele
# of players: 2-4
Release: 2012
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Hot:
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Attraction: Video sucked me in...

Comments: Very little information, but does look interesting - or perhaps just old games in new clothes...?

More information available now the game has been released in Europe (and soon in the US), but still not enough to send me into raptures. A good and bad review has been released to counter each other, I am leaning towards giving this a miss.

Pros:
Cons:

Links:
Video: Nürnberg (YouTube link)
Video: Walkthrough
Review: Milestones review
Review: A Pro-Wrestler's Review: Milestones
Rules: Milestones - English rules (by eggertspiele)

Verdict: thumbsdown - nothing to WOW me.
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153. Board Game: Monster Factory [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:2940]
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Designer: Nina Paley/ Donald X. Vaccarino
Publisher: Rio Grande Games
# of players: 2-6
Release: 2012
Pre-order:
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Hot:
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Attraction: Designer.

Comments: Tile-laying game featuring monsters. Players place tiles to build their own or opponents monsters. Make them big, but not too big or they will never be finished.

Perhaps too simple? Or one to play with the kids.

I have watched the demo from Essen and it is some boast, implied that of all his games Dominion is Donald X. Vaccarino's 2nd best game...

The game is very simple. It gas cute artwork. A killer is the fact you can place tiles on other players monsters/ minions. The kids don't like the destructive aspect of games like that. Sure, we could houserule it out, but that would take a lot of the fun out of it I think.

Pros: Very simple game.
Cons: Very simple game. Player interaction.

Links:
Video: Spiel'12 Demo

Verdict: thumbsdown - cute but not enough.
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154. Board Game: Mousquetaires du Roy [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1240]
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Designer: Gilles Lehmann & François Combe
Publisher: Asmodee/ Rio Grande Games/ Ystari Games
# of players: 1-5
Release: Essen 2010
Pre-order: Ystari
Price: Eur 40.00

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: The Three Musketeers!

Comments: The Musketeers fight against time and Milady trying to find the Queen's pendant before they run out of time. Milady does her best to stop them, throwing them off course.

In our situation we are likely to play 2 player, Milady against the Musketeers - no co-op obviously but very chess like (unsure if this is a plus for us) according to this thread - Best with # players?!

Pros: Possibility for co-op play and interesting theme.
Cons:

Links:
Comment: Re: What is the gameplay like?
Rules:Direct link
Essen demo: Ystari head

Verdict: thumbsdown - as I am unconvinced we will enjoy it, let alone play it.
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155. Board Game: MUNERA: Familia Gladiatoria [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:5550]
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Played verdict: thumbsdown Wonderfully thematic, but fails as a 2 player game. REALLY needs 4 players to shine.
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Wife's verdict: Ok, I know you are a Roman history geek...
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Designer: Matteo Santus
Publisher: Albe Pavo
# of players: 2-4
Release: Essen 2010
Pre-order: Re: I want it!
Price: Eur 39.90

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Gladiators in Imperial Rome!

Comments: Head of a gladiatorial school and in charge of picking the right fights and the best fighters. The board looks gorgeous. It might turn into a whole series!

Pros: Everything!
Cons:

Links:
Rules: MUNERA: Familia Gladiatoria english rules v. 1.1

Verdict: thumbsup - if only for the theme and to support the great vision of a whole series.
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156. Board Game: Myrmes [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:297]
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Designer: Yoann Levet
Publisher: Ystari Games
# of players: 2-4
Release: 2012
Pre-order:
Price:

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Controlling ant colonies...

Comments: Players control ant colonies, trying to get ready for the coming winter. Explore, harvest, fight, dominate the world. A civilization game in a very different format.

Very little information, but the theme is certainly original, even if the mechanics may not be. The prototype shots do look very busy, so it will be interesting to see the final artwork.

Reading the session report and considering the theme, I am very interested in this game - I hope it does well.

We played it once online and though we enjoyed it we didn't feel the need to explore it further for now.

Pros: Theme.
Cons:

Links:
Session: AAR at ParisEstLudique
Session: An early online session (from a playtester)
Review: Ants bugging
Review: Opinionated Gamers
Rules: Preview
Rules: Official (pdf)
Online: Play online

Verdict: thumbsdown - not digging it.
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157. Board Game: The Mystery of the Templars [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:7084]
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Designer: Silvio Negri-Clementi
Publisher: Stratelibri
# of players: 2-4
Release: 2013
Pre-order:
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Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Templars theme.

Comments: I have a fascination with the Templars. In high-school I wrote a big history report on them. It is still early days, so I am looking forward to reading more about the game. Area movement and route building, hopefully the theme comes across.

Watched the video preview and seems to be very thematic but tells very little about the actual gameplay. My interest is dropping, if only because I have a hard time figuring out what the game wants to be and at what player count it will be best.

I am not sure what I expected. It turns out after reading the rules and comments from geekbuddies that it is not something I find enticing. Players play Knights to get relics and transport them to safe places across Europe when the roof comes in on the Templars.

Pros: Theme.
Cons: 2 player goodness?

Links:
Video: Preview
Rules: Official site

Verdict: thumbsdown - not what I expected.
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158. Board Game: Nations [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:42]
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Designer: Rustan Håkansson/ Nina Håkansson/ Einar Rosén/ Robert Rosén
Publisher: Lautapelit.fi
# of players: 1-5 (1,2,3,4,5)
Release: 2013
Pre-order:
Price:

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Civilization theme.

Comments: I had the opportunity to playtest this game but due to personal issues I never had the time to play it. Still, it goes to show how interested I am in the game and based on my reading of the rules, I have high hopes for it.

Reading the description makes it sound like Sid Meier's Civilization and though it has combat it seems to be about more than just that and in a way which does not involve one player pounding another.

I can't wait to see more as we get closer to release.

Have now read the final rules and still interested in the game. I am a little unsure about the 2 player game because it might run the risk of falling into predictable patterns though that would be our group-think rather than the game itself. That said, the rules do state that the 2 player game is more fierce - there will always be 1 winner and 1 loser in terms of events.

I like the ideas presented in the game and how they have mixed them together. Looking forward to seeing the game in action and reading a few reviews.

This game has been sitting on this list for a long time now. Comments have come and gone and I haven't felt the urge to explore the game further. There are voices for and against the 2 player game, as to be expected.

I am thinking the military aspect of the game would actually work to our favour, however, the game seems competitive and fierce. Plus, we are cutting back on those longer games...

Pros: Civilization card game.
Cons: 2 player goodness?

Links:
Diary: Designer Diary overview
Preview: Nations preview in 10 points [April 2013, near print-ready rules] (Prototype)
Review: NATIONS PREVIEW FROM A PLAYTESTER (Prototype)
Review: When good is not enough.
Review: Mikko's quick review: Nations
Video: Game Overview Nürnberg 2013
Rules: Official (direct link)
Comments: N/A
Comments: 2p Nations - take note of the comments at the back of the rules!

Verdict: thumbsdown - to much civ, too little time.
 
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159. Board Game: Nefarious [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1382]
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Designer: Donald X. Vaccarino
Publisher: Ascora Games
# of players: 2-6 (2-6)
Release: 2011
Shop:
Price:

Hot: Dominion
Not:

Attraction: Quick card game with theme.

Comments: I know this is an "old" game, but I stumbled upon it again today and decided to take a closer look. We enjoy Dominion, but rejected Kingdom Builder. A geek buddy said that if we enjoyed those games, he would recommend it... otherise not... not sure what to think now.

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Ok, so the review on the 2 player game kills it for us.

Pros: Quick card game with variability.
Cons: We have a lot of card games.

Links:
Comment: Comment
Review: They called me mad! A Nefarious review.
Review: User Review: Buttered cats and maniacal laughs.
Review: A Light Review of a Light Game after Thirty 2P Games.

Verdict: thumbsdown - plenty card games and limited longevity.
 
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160. Board Game: Neuland [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1350]
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Wife's Verdict: Fair enough - for this price let's give it a go.
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Designer: Peter Eggert & Tobias Stapelfeldt
Publisher: eggertspiele / Z-Man Games
# of players: 2-4 (2,3)
Release: 2004
Shop: 12spiel
Price: Eur 10.00

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Logistics game.

Comments: A game about logistics and planning - perfect game for me. String together a production chain to score VP.

Pros: Great sounding mechanics
Cons: Will it get to the table - we rarely play Roads & Boats!

Links:
Review: A Much Needed Positive Review
Osirus: Comment

Verdict: thumbsdown - and the comment by Osirus makes it a no!

2nd Verdict: thumbsup - as the game sounds promising and the price is too good to miss!
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161. Board Game: Neuroshima Hex! [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:159] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Designer: Michał Oracz
Publisher: Portal Games / Z-Man Games
# of players: 2-4 (2,3,4)
Release: 2006
Shop: BoardGameGuru
Price: GBP 33.99

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Post-Apocalyptic strategy game!

Comments: Tile-placement, hand-management, short playing time, great with 2 players!

Yet, there is something in my gut that tells me we will not get many plays out of it... and I was right. I showed my wife the Castelli review and she seemed very quiet. She then said there was too much to keep track of in her head to play well enough - and gave it a no, but thanks.

Pros: Cool theme, great execution.
Cons: Gut feeling...

Links:
Review: Neuroshima Hex: For people who think Carcassonne needs more guns
Review: There's a room full of mousetraps. And someone throws in a ping pong ball...
Review: Thiessi’s Thoughts: Neuroshima Hex! - Fast, Fun and Furious
Review: Vitruvian Review: Neuroshima Hex!
Review: [Review] Neuroshima Hex
Review: And There’s This One Unpleasant Dude Who Traps You in a Net and Then Punches You Three Times!
Review: Neuroshima HEX - fast, furious, fun.
Video: Review by Castelli
Video: Review: Spock sez:

Play: Neuroshima Online

Verdict: thumbsdown - because I feel it...

2nd Verdict: Try first, decide later...

Final Verdict: thumbsdown - wife rules!
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162. Board Game: The New Science [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:2134]
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Designer: Dirk Knemeyer
Publisher: Conquistador Games, Inc.
# of players: 2-5 (2,3,4,5)
Release: 2012
Shop: Brave New World
Price: €49.99

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Theme.

Comments: Players control a scientist in the 17th century. Use your time to make discoveries and become famous in order to become the first president of the Royal Society.

I have read the rules twice now and must say that this is a very interesting game. Based on that and the theme I will already place it on my must-buy list.

Still waiting for the game to arrive in shops here in Europe...

I have seen the game a few places now at decent, though high-end prices. Reviews and comments are beginning to gnaw at my confidence in the game as a fit for us. Solely on theme I would get it. 2 player opinion is divided (though a small sample) and I have my doubts to the number of plays we might get from it.

Pros: Theme.
Cons: 2 player goodness? Long-term value?

Links:
Rules:The New Science Final Rules PDF
Comments: How well will this work for 2 players
Preview: Dice Tower
Review: Some thoughts after 4 plays
Review: The New Science: Thematic but too Random
Review: The New Science Review : Kickstarter Success Story
Review: Thoughts after one play
Video: Dice Tower Review

Verdict: thumbsup - LOVE the theme.

2nd Verdict: thumbsdown - theme versus value - value won.
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163. Board Game: Nippon [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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Designer: Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro & Paulo Soledade
Publisher: What's Your Game?
# of players: 2-4
Release: 2015?
Pre-order:
Price:

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Economic game set in Japan.

Comments: Interesting sounding economic game set in Japan. I have nod had a great interest in the designers previous efforts, Madeira and Panamax, though some have praise for the former and the latter intrigues me, though not as a 2 player game.

I will keep an eye on this one.

Pros:
Cons: 2 player goodness?

Links:
Designer: Official blog

Verdict:
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164. Board Game: Nostra City [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:2906]
 
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Designer: David Rakoto & Sébastien Gigaudaut
Publisher: Asmodee
# of players: 3-5 (3,4,5)
Release: 2009
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Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Mob game.

Comments: Card game with bidding and partnerships.

Pros: Who doesn't like playing cops and robbers from time to time.
Cons: High player number needed.

Links:

Verdict: thumbsdown - plays best at 5!
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165. Board Game: Offerings [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2947]
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Designer: Cédric Lefebvre
Publisher: Ludonaute
# of players: 3-5 (2,3,4,5)
Release: Essen 2010 (English version)
Pre-order: Item for Geeklist "Essen 2010 Preorders for Essen non-attendees"
Price: Eur 29,-

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Cool cover!

Comments: Auction game with great graphics and historical setting. Intense bidding system and some direct confrontation.

Pros: Great graphics and historical theme.
Cons: 2 player not the same game, repetitive gameplay.

Links:
Rules: Offrandes rules in english
Offical 2-player variant: 2-player game adaptation

Verdict: thumbsdown - as the game would not really appeal to us!
 
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166. Board Game: Olympos [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:562]
Nicolai Broen Thorning
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Designer: Philippe Keyaerts
Publisher: Rio Grande Games/ Ystari Games
# of players: 3-5 (2,3,4,5)
Release: 2011
Shop:
Price:

Hot:
Not: Small World

Attraction: Civilization game in 90 minutes.

Comments: The box says 3--5 players, but the official 2 player variant is here already, making this game an interesting option for us. Develop your people, make discoveries, conquer the world or pray to the gods. It is all possible in Olympos.

Recently sat down and read the rules. Not wowed by a long shot. It felt somewhat similar to how I felt about Small World, rampaging across the board. I read comments on how the different technologies could work together and feel giddy, because it just sounds cool, but that is just one aspect. The rest of the game feels like a rush to acquire resources, save enough time to spend them and move on.

Perhaps we are not the target group here, the conflict aspect for sure is off-putting, even if the nature of it perhaps is different and you give and take instead of pulling down. Still, based on the rules (and the reviews) I will give this a miss.

Pros: Technology aspect.
Cons: Conflict, give-and-take aspect and overall feel.

Links:
Rules: English
Variant: 2 player
Preview: Ystari Invite Players to Mount Olympos
Review: Multiple Player Review: Olympos
Review: First impressions after a gaming night with Olympos
Review: Back when being Greek wasn't a riot... (short review)
Review: That's How I Roll 4 - Olympos
Video Review: AWRAM #88

Verdict: thumbsdown - listen to your gut.
 
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167. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:47]
Nicolai Broen Thorning
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Wife's Verdict: It's Uwe Rosenberg!
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Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher: Lookout Games/ Z-Man Games
# of players: 1-4
Release: Essen 2011
Pre-order:
Price:

Hot: Agricola, Le Havre, At the Gates of Loyang
Not:

Attraction: Uwe Rosenberg game.

Comments: Head of a monastery, Le Havre like but even better, rondel mechanic for resources - it all sounds good!

I really like the sound of this one and I am almost tempted to put it on auto-buy. Who am I kidding - info so far looks great and this is an auto-buy for us.

On second thought, reading the rules, the game does very little for me and we have come to realize that games like At the Gates of Loyang and Le Havre are just not for us. We will take a pass on this one.

Having read Jesse's review and watched the walkthrough I am more upbeat about this release. It seems to hit a lot of the right buttons for me - but, I can also see myself not playing this game because it is just not the kind of game we enjoy right now.

When/ if we return to this kind of games along the lines, then I will come back to this one.

Geekbuddy LOVE for this game is overwhelming, so I am putting it back on the list. The gameplay seems to be very different from what I initially expected. I am still eager to hear more and to get a feel for the play time. If it can be played in 90 minutes of less...

Pros: Everything available so far!
Cons: Just not our fancy at the moment.

Links:
Video: German Preview
Video: Transcript
Video: 2P Walkthrough
Interview: Uwe Rosenberg
Rules: Z-Man (Direct)
Review: The Return of Uwe Rosenberg

Verdict: thumbsup - it's Uwe Rosenberg!


2nd Verdict: thumbsdown - been there, done that - playing something else.


3rd Verdict: thumbsdown - should have stuck with the 2nd...
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168. Board Game: Ortus Regni [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:4485]
Nicolai Broen Thorning
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Designer: Jon Sudbury
Publisher: Jon Sudbury Games
# of players: 2-6 (2,>2)
Release: 2014
Shop: Official
Price: $45+

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Theme.

Comments: Research for the BGG contest lead me to the game and I was intrigued.

It has a great theme and seems to reward continued plays. It features a great deal of direct interaction, which is not always a plus. The theme though is really enticing.

The base game is for 2 players only, expansions add extra players.

Furthermore, the game is only available in the US, so it will be expensive importing it...

Pros: Theme.
Cons: Direct interaction.

Links:
Review: An Illuminating Game
Rules: English PDF (direct link)
Video: Run Through Part 1/2
Video: Run Through Part 2/2

Verdict:
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169. Board Game: Pantheon [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:935]
Nicolai Broen Thorning
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Designer: Bernd Brunnhofer
Publisher: Hans im Glück Verlags-GmbH
# of players: 2-4 (2,3,4)
Release: 2011
Shop: Spiele Offensive
Price: €30.49

Hot: Saint Petersburg & Stone Age
Not: Saint Petersburg & Stone Age

Attraction: Designer pedigree and theme.

Comments: Family game that plays in 90 minutes with an interesting theme. Luck plays a big part in the game according to some comments - others state otherwise - or comment that such luck can be mitigated, thereby rewarding experienced gamers.

Pros: GeekBuddy acclaim!
Cons: Just another EURO!?!

Links:
Review: 'Pantheon' - A candidate for 'Spiel Des Jahres'
Rules: Rules clarifications from HiG

Verdict: thumbsdown - not being wowed here...
 
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170. Board Game: PAX [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1457]
Nicolai Broen Thorning
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Designer: Bernd Eisenstein
Publisher: Irongames
# of players: 1-4
Release: Essen 2011
Pre-order: Irongames
Price: €13

Hot: Peloponnes
Not: Peloponnes

Attraction: Card management game with Roman theme.

Comments: Very little information available, but looks like a quick-playing card game with a bit of a twist. Will you, as part of the rebel army fighting the Romans do your best to beat them - or will you through intrigue join them.

I have now read the rules 3 times and while I do feel a slight interest in the game, it is not by a long stretch enough to make me want to pursue it. The game seems abstract by nature, though the theme is felt throughout.

Pros: Theme.
Cons: Gameplay.

Links:
Rules: English

Verdict: thumbsdown - because theme is not enough.
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171. Board Game: Pax Pamir [Average Rating:8.29 Unranked]
Nicolai Broen Thorning
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Designer: Cole Wehrle & Phil Eklund
Publisher: Sierra Madre Games
# of players: 1-5
Release: 2015
Pre-order: May 2015
Price: € 29,00

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Geekbuddy tip.

Comments: A geekbuddy directed me to this game that builds upon the foundations of Pax Porfiriana that I have yet to play but have heard great things about.

Interesting historical setting and eager to follow the game onwards.

Pros:
Cons:

Links:
Rules: Pax Pamir Rules

Verdict: thumbsup - SMG game, enough said!
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172. Board Game: Pax Romana [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:1318]
Nicolai Broen Thorning
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Designer: Richard H. Berg
Publisher: GMT Games
# of players: 1-4 (2,4)
Release: 2nd Edition P500
Pre-order: Details
Price: $48.00

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Rome!

Comments: Roman history, need I say more...

Pros: Theme!
Cons: Wargame...?

Links:
Review: The Thing About Pax
Review: Big, historical boardgaming at its most raucously enjoyable.
Review: Dice, chits and 4 euroguys - Our first wargame
Review: Why You Should Waste More of Your Life

Verdict: thumbsdown - because I would never play it - solo or with my wife.
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173. Board Game: Peloponnesian War [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:2352]
Nicolai Broen Thorning
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Designer: Mark Herman
Publisher: Victory Games (I)
# of players: 1-2 (1,2)
Release: 1991
Shop: BGG Marketplace (OOP)
Price:

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Historical war on the High Seas.

Comments: Ancient warfare strategy game where you play both sides in the solo version.

Pros: Cool, unusual theme.
Cons: There appears to be some problems with the gameplay.

Links:
Review: The struggle to dominate ancient Greece!

Verdict: thumbsdown - this quote turns me off!

Quote:
I’ve never really had a bad experience with this game but, after some plays, you will notice a need to make some judgement calls and adjustments to keep the game in balance from time to time. So long as a player is willing to do that, the system works just fine and it rewards with a good gaming experience!
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174. Board Game: Pergamemnon [Average Rating:5.47 Overall Rank:9331]
Nicolai Broen Thorning
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Designer: Bernd Eisenstein
Publisher: Irongames
# of players: 2-5
Release: 2011
Pre-order: Irongames
Price: €13

Hot: Peloponnes
Not: Peloponnes

Attraction: "Eurotrash" card game!

Comments: Deck-building game with plenty of direct conflict putting the powerful ancient nations up against each other. Something completely new.

Having read the rules twice now I can safely say that this is a non-starter for us. The gameplay just does not excite me, nor does the inclusion of mythical creatures.

Pros: Theme.
Cons: Direct conflict!

Links:
Comment: Re: News ?
Rules: English

Verdict: thumbsdown - just not for me.
 
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175. Board Game: Pergamon [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:669]
Nicolai Broen Thorning
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Designer: Stefan Dorra & Ralf zur Linde
Publisher: eggertspiele
# of players: 2-4 (2,3,4)
Release: 2011
Shop: Spiele Offensive
Price: €14.99 (DE)

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Quick game with very interesting theme.

Comments: Excavate the remains of ancient Pergamon. Gather grants to continue work and display the best and finest back home.

Pros: Quick and interesting theme.
Cons: Perhaps too light?

Links:
Blog: Designer Diary: Digging Through the History of Pergamon
Session/ comments: Comparing the 4p and 2p games.
Review: A Comprehensive Pictorial Overview: Yes we dig it! - the new and richly themed archaeology game from the designer of For Sale
Review: To beat the Recession take up Archeology
Review: Easily the best archaeology game of the year.
Review: a short review of Pergamon

Verdict: thumbsdown - I am not wowed by it!
 
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