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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 13 - 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

Games on the Waiting List:
Taluva

Serious Contenders:
Currently none...

Try Before Deciding:
The Gallerist

Under Consideration:
Feudalia
Legends of the American Frontier *
Ortus Regni
The Pursuit of Happiness *
Ships

Unpublished (but on the horizon):
Chronicles: Origins
Ein Fest für Odin *
Guilds of London
Mi Terra (2nd Edition) *
Sails to Steam

Unpublished (but visible in the far distant future):
Black Diamonds
Burning Rome
Empire of the Dinosaurs
Escape Plan
Four Gods
King's Town
Merchants of the Federation

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

Bought & Succeeded:

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

Bought & Undecided:

Archipelago
Briefcase
Champions 2020
Clash of Cultures
Epic Resort
Helvetia
Impulse
Inhabit the Earth
Island Siege
Kashgar: Händler der Seidenstrasse
Limes
Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy
La Granja
Might & Magic Heroes
Rallyman
Pax Pamir
Praetor
Serica: Plains of Dust
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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201. Board Game: Railroad Barons [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:3398]
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Designer: Helmut Ohley
Publisher: Lookout Games
# of players: 2 (2)
Release: 2010
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Attraction: 18xx game for 2!

Comments: I want to explore the 18xx family of games, but being limited to 2 players makes this very hard, perhaps this is the place to start?

Comments would suggest that it is only 1/3 18xx, in which case we might as well start with the family proper.

Pros: 2 player 18xx.
Cons:

Links:
Review: Review after 2 plays
Rules: Revised (Direct Link)

Verdict: thumbsdown - we might as well begin with 18xx proper!
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202. Board Game: Railways of the World: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1396]
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Designer: James Eastham & Steve Ellis (II)
Publisher: Eagle-Gryphon Games / Wargames Club Publishing
# of players: 2-4 (2,3,4)
Release: 2010
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Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Railways of the World with cards!

Comments: Railways game in half the time. It seems to do a decent job of translating the RotW game into a card version, with inherent limitations.

Pros: Railways game.
Cons: Too simplistic, RotW game did not really work for us.

Links:

Verdict: thumbsdown - just a feeling it will not work for us.
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203. Board Game: Rallyman [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:540]
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Designer: Jean-Christophe Bouvier
Publisher: Rallyman
# of players: 1-4 (1,2,3,4)
Release: 2010
Shop: Rallyman Shop
Price: 44,90 €

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Fast and furious racing but with a twist.These comments by Patrick Korner.

Comments: Reading his experiences with the 2 player game I almost wet myself... it sounded so much fun so I had to dig deeper.

Pros: Thinking man's racing.
Cons:

Links:
Video: Essen Demo
Video: Games Overboard 30 Second Review
Video: Castelli Reviews Rallyman
Review: "Why I want this one." + Bonus points for solo play.
Review: 5, Gas, Gas!!!
Review: Risk and Reward... Push hard to gain valuable time.
Session: Rallye des Furieux - 110% fun
Session: 1st race
Session: 2nd race
Tournament: World Rallyman Cup Calender 2011

Verdict: thumbsup - SOLD!
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204. Board Game: Rattus [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:586]
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Designer: Henrik Berg & Åse Berg
Publisher: Z-Man Games
# of players: 2-4 (2,3,4)
Release: 2010
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Hot: Oregon
Not:

Attraction: Historical theme.

Comments: A different setting the idea sounded great on paper, but turned out to be a fizz for us.

Pros: Theme.
Cons: Plays best with many.

Links:

Verdict: thumbsdown - not all about theme.
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205. Board Game: Renaissance Man [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:5450]
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Designer: Anthony Rubbo
Publisher: Rio Grande Games
# of players: 1-4
Release: 2013
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Hot:
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Attraction: Thematic setting.

Comments: An interesting and somewhat novel take on card/ hand management. Actions are created by combining a worker in play with cards from your hand.

Your goal is to attract workers to help build a support system that will give you mastery of one of the 4 classes in the game. Mastery is achieved by building a pyramid of workers, two workers support one, building ever up.

There are different ways to acquire workers - merhcants hire them, knights compete for them, bakers offer food in exchange and scholars educate them.

Read the rules and very simple they seem, though I am not saying the game is simple. I think I expected different. The game seems abstract.

Pros: Theme.
Cons: Abstracted theme.

Links:
Comments: Gen Con 2013
Rules: Official site (pdf)
Video: The Game Boy Geek Reviews

Verdict: thumbsdown - not what I expected.
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206. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:226]
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Designer: Don Greenwood, Richard Berthold & Robert Haines
Publisher: Valley Games, Inc. (Avalon Hill
# of players: 1-6 (4,5,6)
Release: 2009 (Originally 1990)
Shop: BoardGameGuru
Price: GBP 46.99

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Roman Republic theme - playing senators!

Comments: Fight together against the Barbarians and against each other for control over Rome.

Pros: Fantastic theme.
Cons: Awful rulebook and works best at high player count.

Links:
Review: It came, I saw it, It conquered me
Review: 0.0.0: The Republic of Rome, a Review (part 1)
Review: 0.0.0: The Republic of Rome, a Review (Part 2)
Republic of Rome Core Rules - Streamlined
English Rules - Valley Games Edition

Verdict: thumbsdown - as it will never hit our table.
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207. Board Game: Revolver [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1028]
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Designer: Mark Chaplin
Publisher: White Goblin Games
# of players: 2 (2)
Release: Essen 2011
Pre-order: White Goblin Games
Price: €17.50

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Western Theme.

Comments: A new implementation of a highly rated 2 player print and play game. Thematically set in the Wild West and promises to deliver plenty of 2 player goodness.

I read the excellent designer diary and was entertained, it gives a great insight into the development of the game. Then I read the rules and was less thrilled with the game. It seems to be "only" a series of confrontations determined by playing ards. Now I am sure there is a lot more to it than that, but based on the rules alone I would give this game a miss as something not quite up our alley.

Perhaps reviews/ session reports will change that.

Ran the idea by my wife as a teaser and she was not interested. Coupled with my own misgivings about the concept working for us I will give it a miss. That said, hopefully more to come, as strictly 2 player games are always welcome.

Pros: 2 player goodness!
Cons: Theme.

Links:
Preview: Boardgames n Blighty news - Preview – Revolver, a non-collectible Wild West card game - an upcoming Essen release from White Goblin Games
Preview: Designer Diary
Rules: English rules for Revolver

Verdict: thumbsdown - no can do with the missus.
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208. Board Game: The Rivals for Catan [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:490]
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Designer: Klaus Teuber
Publisher: KOSMOS/ Mayfair Games
# of players: 2 (2)
Release: 2010
Shop: BoardGameGuru
Price: £13.99

Hot: Catan Card Game
Not:

Attraction: Re-implementation of a favourite game.

Comments: Medieval theme turned into various eras. Less cards, shorter playtime - still fun?

We have practically given up on the original, which is due to the play time - it takes us about 2½ hours to complete a game - so this could be a great alternative. Then again, despite the great price, I am not really tempted.

Pros: Shorter playtime.
Cons: Worth the price of admission when you own the original?

Links:
"Review": My initial thoughts of the game
Review: The enemy within: A review of The Rivals for Catan (with images!)
Designer series: The Reform of the Card Game

Verdict: thumbsdown - as the game has lost its allure.
 
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209. Board Game: The Road to Canterbury [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1337]
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Designer: Alf Seegert
Publisher: Eagle-Gryphon Games
# of players: 2-3 (2,3)
Release: 2011
Pre-order: Kickstarter
Price: $45+

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Interesting, different theme!

Comments: Have you ever dreamt of playing a medieval pardoner... perhaps not, but the premise sounds intriguing and as a medieval history buff this sounds like something for me.

The rules are available now. It is an interesting project with a very different theme. I am still thinking about the game, which is a positive, but I am not sure if this is something that will actually play well - for us at least.

Pros: Theme.
Cons:

Links:
Gryphon Games Takes to Kickstarter for Montage, The Road to Canterbury
Preview: State of Play
Video: Introduction
Rules: Rules (English) for The Road to Canterbury

Verdict: thumbsdown - because I don't feel like it.
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210. Board Game: Road to Enlightenment [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:5292]
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Designer: Dirk Knemeyer
Publisher: Conquistador Games, Inc.
# of players: 2-7 (2-4 pocket version)
Release: 2012
Pre-order: Kickstarter
Price:

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Theme.

Comments: European monarchs struggle to lead their nations on the road to enlightenment in a battle of arms and ideas. The game is currently on kickstarter and comes with the full game (3-7 players) and the pocket version - a short 30 minute card game using a central part of the full game - playable for 2-4 players.

The designer has committed to creating full 2 player rules for the game at some point this year.

Pros: Theme.
Cons: Player count.

Links:
Rules: Pdf-file
Video: Intro

Verdict: thumbsup - because I love the ideas.
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211. Board Game: Rococo [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:187]
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Designer: Matthias Cramer, Louis Malz & Stefan Malz
Publisher: eggertspiele
# of players: 2-5
Release: Spiel 2013
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Hot: Glen More
Not:

Attraction: Theme and name.

Comments: Players prepare for the big ball, managing employees and their own affairs. Deck-building is all the vogue right now and in this game too.

Standard worker placement Euro? Looking forward to more information.

Read the rules and nothing stands out aside from the theme. So, not worker placement as such, instead it uses the deck building aspect. That said it just seems like something we have seen before, just dressed up in new clothes...

Pros:
Cons: 2 player goodness.

Links:
Rules: Rules (English) - eggertspiele

Verdict: thumbsdown - nothing to tempt me.
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212. Board Game: Ruthenia [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:5902]
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Designer: Denys Lonshakov
Publisher: Unpublished
# of players: 2-4
Release: No details yet
Pre-order: No details yet
Price: No details yet

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Medieval wargame.

Comments: Early Middle Ages wargame with an interesting new theme - at least for me. Area control, card driven.

Early signs are this is not a game for our taste and so I think I will remove it from the list - although I wish Denys all the best in getting it published.

Pros: Theme and card driven play.
Cons: Not really our cup of tea...

Links:
Blog: Prototype pics
Comments: Comment
Designer site: Description
Designer site: Overview
Interview: Designer (German)
Essen demo: Designer
Rules Draft: Ruthenia rulesbook. Draft v1.0
Brief Rules Draft: Brief rules of Ruthenia. Draft v1.0
Video: Essen demo

Verdict: thumbsdown - not really our cup of tea...
 
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213. Board Game: Sails to Steam [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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Designer: Matt Tolman
Publisher: Roxley Games
# of players: 2-5
Release: 2016
Pre-order: Coming to Kickstarter late October, 2015.
Price:

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: THEME!

Comments: Civilization game playable in 90 minutes. Players build their empire and strive to take over the world in meager sailboats and canoes.

There seems to be ongoing playtesting going on in the forum, so we can listen in.

The game seems to have changed significantly. A European publisher is interested and work has been progressing on that front for an extended period of time. That is the good news.

The bad news is (for us and the game) that the designer has gone back to school (good for him) and that has put the design on the back-burner, where it seems to be stuck at the moment.

The designer seems very enthused about the new direction of the game so that is a plus - hopefully we all get to see it at some point.

Picked up by publisher and coming to Kickstarter late October, 2015.

Pros:
Cons:

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214. Board Game: SeaRovers [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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Designer: Van Overbay
Publisher: History In Action Game (The Galactic Attic)
# of players: 1-4
Release: 2006/ 2013 (re-release)
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Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Pirate theme.

Comments: A highly regarded pirate game about making it big in the Golden Age of Pirates. It has been sold previously in various forms and is rumoured to be heading for Kickstarter this year.

Could be the pirate golden grail game.

It seems the last sight of this game was 2012 - so I think it about time it was put to rest on this list too.

Pros: Theme.
Cons:

Links:
Review: You Gotta Have Heart...and Pirates.
Review: Searovers Review
Review: Historically Accurate and Fun
Preview: Designer comments on new version

Verdict: thumbsdown - sunken treasure.
 
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215. Board Game: Serica: Plains of Dust [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:7152]
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Designer: Todd Sanders
Publisher: (Self-Published)
# of players: 2
Release: 2011
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Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Theme.

Comments: I like the ancient theme and this one looks solid. A number of different mechanics seem to make for an interesting game.

Now that I have read the rules I am very intrigued by the ideas of the game. Players compete, but also by doing so, help each other, as goods traded at either end of the trade route can then be used by the other player to further their own ends.

I will have to see if I can get a copy...

Pros:
Cons:

Links:
Review: Serica: Plains of Dust - A Rambling Review
Rules: Serica Rules & Player Aid

Verdict: thumbsup - thematic 2 player game.
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216. Board Game: Ships [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:1462]
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Designer: Martin Wallace
Publisher: Treefrog Games
# of players: 2-5
Release: 2014
Pre-order: Treefrog Subscriptions
Price:

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Shipping through history.

Comments: Exploration and trading. From the Phoenicians to the present day. Resources can be traded but also used as special abilities. Ships are upgraded making older ones obsolete.

I am loving it so far. Only thing left is to determine if it plays well with just 2 players.

Pros:
Cons:

Links:

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217. Board Game: Shipwrights of the North Sea [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:2665] [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked]
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Designer: Shem Phillips
Publisher: Garphill Games
# of players: 2-6
Release: 2014
Pre-order: Kickstarter
Price: NZ $52 (incl. shipping)

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Name of the game and Viking theme.

Comments: Worker placement game with a very interesting theme from my point of view. The game looks gorgeous and is humming along nicely. Players hire shipwrights, gather resources and strive to build Viking ships to win the game.

Hopefully it will stand out in the crowd.

I have been following this game for a while, the graphics are wonderful to my eyes and the game seems to be right up our alley. Given that the game will also ship from within the EU from the Kickstarter I owe it to Shem to back it.



Pros: Theme and graphics.
Cons: 2 player goodness and enough to make it stand out?

Links:
Blog: Design blog

Verdict: thumbsup - theme and artwork.
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218. Board Game: Show Business [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:5145]
Nicolai Broen Thorning
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Wife's Verdict: She digs the theme - and the premise - all in.
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Designer: Grzegorz Majewski
Publisher: SINONIS
# of players: 2-5
Release: Essen 2010
Shop: BoardGameGuru
Price: £42.99

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Cool graphics and interesting theme!

Comments: Economical tactical game where you are the manager of your own band and compete with other managers for fame and money. 5 different music styles, tend to the togetherness of your band and even sabotage other bands.

Comments on the game page indicate it may be very chaotic, but the designer is aware there could be issues with high interaction (screwage) and has given suggestions to this effect in article 5.

Pros: Excellent demo by the designer and great support on the forum.
Cons: Pricey game as I have some doubts.

Links:
Designer demo: GeekBuzz
Rules: Show Business [EN] - English rulebook
Strategy: CHAPTER 1- HOW TO CREATE AND MANAGE MUSIC BAND IN “SHOW BUSINESS”
Strategy: CHAPTER 2 – HOW TO WRITE POPULAR SONGS AND WIN IN “SHOW BUSINESS”
Strategy: CHAPTER 3 – WHO ARE CHARACTERS AND HOW TO USE THEIR SKILLS TO WIN IN SHOW BUSINESS.
Strategy: CHAPTER 4 – CASE STUDY - WHY SHOW BUSINESS IS PRETTY CHALLENGING AND COMPLEX GAME
Strategy: CHAPTER 5 – WHAT TO WITH SHOW BUSINESS IF YOU DISLIKE ITS NEGATIVE INTERACTION

Verdict: thumbsup - as the theme seemed interesting and the game demo/ articles convinced us.
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219. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:108]
Nicolai Broen Thorning
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Wife's Verdict: Don't you already have that? (No dear, that's the PC version!)
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Designer: Kevin Wilson
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
# of players: 2-4 (2, 3, 4)
Release: 2010
Shop: BoardGameGuru
Price: £39.99

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Sid Meier's Civilization!

Comments: Another conversion of the famous PC game. It looks awesome from the pictures and info released. Hopefully it can live up to the hype.

I am seriously in doubt about this game. The videos look great, the idea about the game entice me, the whole deal makes it look like something I want to sink my teeth into.

Then there are voices saying it is too restrictive - certain nations play the same way, multiple paths are not really so, they are restricted from early on. Still, I want to at least try the game, play it, but I cannot right now sanction a game of such conflicting emotions at this price...

I have had issues with the way military/ combat was handled based on reviews/ videos - those have been dispelled.

On a personal level I think we are not hooked on direct conflict. I think the game will lack (as mentioned in the comments) a very important dimension if we try to play without military conflict.

Pros: Everything!
Cons: How good will it be - and will it be great with 2?

Links:
Review: Rules Summary and 2-Player Game Impressions
Review: Notes on Gencon demo
Review: A new Civilization on the horizon
Review: Great game, some silly minor issues
Review: Almost too close to call?
Review: I'm going to try to NEVER PLAY this game with 4 again!
Review: A Simple Review on SM's Civilization from a Non Hardcore Strategy Gamer
Review: My Informal Review of Civ
Review: Why I don’t like Civilization; or, please prove me wrong
Review: An Average Joe Review
Review: From CIV PC player to CIV board game player
Video: Drakkenstrike's Components Breakdown - Part 1
Video: Drakkenstrike's Components Breakdown - Part 2
Video: Essen demo
Impressions: First Impressions
Comments: worth it for 2-players only?
Comments: 2 Player thoughts...worth owning?
FFG: Designer Diary 1
FFG: Designer Diary 2
Rules: FFG

Verdict: thumbsdown - as we are not militaristic.

2nd Verdict: thumbsup - because I found it at a great discount.
 
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220. Board Game: Signum Mortis [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked]
Nicolai Broen Thorning
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Designer: Hajo Peters
Publisher: Saladin Games
# of players: 3-6
Release: 2012
Pre-order: Essen
Price: 49€

Hot:
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Attraction: Backstabbing and intrigue in Ancient Rome!

Comments: Can you say THEME!!!

I know I will probably never play this game, but just reading the description makes my mouth water. Taking on the role of Chief of one of the many gangs profitting from the proscriptions during the terror reign of Sulla in 82 BC following the civil war.

Ok, coming to my senses, I will strike it off the list, but if I ever find the group for it I will be all over it.

Lost my senses and ordered a copy - my wife will love me...

Pros: THEME
Cons: No 2 player love, naturally.

Links:

Verdict: thumbsdown - no group for it!

2nd Verdict: thumbsup - gotta love the theme.
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221. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:435] [Average Rating:6.96 Unranked]
Nicolai Broen Thorning
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Designer: Paul Peterson
Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group
# of players: 2-4
Release: 2012
Pre-order:
Price:

Hot:
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Attraction: Theme.

Comments: Various factions fight to come out on top. Pirates versus Dinosaurs. Zombies versus Aliens. It looks and sounds like fun and something for the family. Only downside could be if the game is overly language dependent, which it seems to be.

Could be a rival for King of Tokyo.

I have read the rules and seen the cards, read the reviews and find it very interesting - but, the game is full of text, none of which my step-kids would be able to understand - at least not yet.

We might re-visit this in a few years time.

Pros: Cool theme and quick gameplay.
Cons: Language dependent.

Links:
Video: UK Expo Demo
Video: DriveThruReview
Video: Dice Tower Reviews
Review: Who's down for some 'Smash Up'?
Review: Arrrgh....We Stomp In Peace. A Smash Up Review.
Rules: Smash Up Rulebook

Verdict: thumbsdown - not suitable for non-English speaking kids.
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222. Board Game: Sneaks & Snitches [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:2038]
Nicolai Broen Thorning
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Designer: Vlaada Chvátil
Publisher: Eagle-Gryphon Games
# of players: 2-5 (2,3)
Release: 2010
Shop:
Price:

Hot: Galaxy Trucker, Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
Not:

Attraction: Gangsters theme.

Comments: Card game with a heavy bluffing element. Reminding me of Citadels to some extent and Pick Picknic.

Pros: Playable with the kids, quick and fun!
Cons: Already done before, only different theme?

Links:
Review: A Comprehensive Pictorial Overview: The new psychological filler from successful designer Vlaada Chvátil

Verdict: thumbsdown - as it is not something the adults will play, nor something we are likely to play with the kids.
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223. Board Game: Snowdonia [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:286]
Nicolai Broen Thorning
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Wife's Verdict: Interesting theme...
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Designer: Tony Boydell
Publisher: Surprised Stare Games Ltd/ Lookout Games
# of players: 1-5
Release: 2012
Shop: Various
Price:

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: Worker placement in a different setting.

Comments: Players work together, while at the same time competing to extend the tracks to the top of Snowdonia. Interesting looking worker placement game that I will eagerly follow towards publication.

I really like the ideas represented in this game and the theme. Right now, though, we do not have room for another worker placement game and I will give this one a miss - perhaps later on when the shelves have been emptied a bit...

Given the buzz on this game from geekbuddies and in the GCL I think perhaps we should make room for love...

Given the 2nd edition coming I have made plans for someone to pick up a copy for me...

Pros:
Cons:

Links:
Rules: DRAFT Ruleset
Review: Pre Launch Review of Snowdonia
Review: Snowdonia Review
Review: Little Metal Dog looks at... Snowdonia
Video: UK Expo demo
Video: Spiel'12 demo

Verdict: thumbsdown - loving the theme, but no room for love.

2nd Verdict: thumbsup - on second thought, making room for love.
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224. Board Game: Space Colonies [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Nicolai Broen Thorning
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Designer: Łukasz S. Kowal
Publisher: (Unknown)
# of players: 2-4
Release: No details yet!
Pre-order:
Price:

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Attraction: Space game with city building and exploration.

Comments: Strategic card game set in space. Build your Empire and conquer the space frontier.

Initially the theme made me look, but I am finding lately that the space theme does not really hold me for the long term - I am more historical.

Pros: Theme.
Cons: Theme.

Links:

Verdict: thumbsdown - nothing for the long-term.
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225. Board Game: Space Empires: 4X [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:348]
Nicolai Broen Thorning
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Designer: Jim Krohn
Publisher: GMT Games
# of players: 2-4
Release: 2011
Shop:
Price:

Hot:
Not:

Attraction: The PC Game connection!

Comments: eXplore, eXpand, eXploit and eXterminate - Space Empires on the board, rich in theme, easy to get into, hard to master. One of those PC games I've always wanted to play and master, but never had the patience to sit down and learn.

I fear the same may hold true for the board game version. The board looks dull, but reading some of the comments of the designer gets my blood flowing... there is still hope.

The session reports were very interesting to read, but having read the rules I am fairly certain this is a game - albeit great - that will not work for us. The space theme just doesn't work for us. Give me ancient history any day and I will jump right in...

... ok, so we might not go for space, but we could go for a great game and the buzz around this one suggest the latter.

Pros: Space Empires
Cons: Theme

Links:
Rules: N/A
Unofficial FAQ: Space Empires: 4X Unofficial FAQ, Version 1.5
Interview: Designer
Session: A Playtest Session Report
Session: Space Empires Small 2 Player Map Session Report
Session: Space Empires Normal 2 Player Map Session Report
Session: Space Empires Large 2 Player Map Session Report
Comments: The Economics of Space Empires
Comments: Who will like this game?

Verdict: thumbsdown - because we don't go for space.

2nd Verdict: thumbsdown - as I haven't been bothered to look further since my re-opening of this item.
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