Published in 2011: Best and Worst games I've played and what remains to be tried. Opinions & suggestions are welcome!
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Published in 2009: Best and Worst games I've played and what remains to be tried. Opinions&suggestions are welcome!
Published in 2010: Best and Worst games I've played and what remains to be tried. Opinions&suggestions are welcome!
Okay, now it starts to be a tradition. And as even the jury of the Spiel Jahres has already chosen the best games of the year I guess it's really time to make my (as usual, half-year-late) list of the games published in 2011 that I have played.


The numbered ("ranked") games in this list (first two pages) are these games. You can comment why you agree or why you think I'm stupid to think a game is good when it's terrible.

Then (pages 3 and 4) you'll see the games I still would like to try. You can tell me why I should avoid them based on the first page or why I should choose one to be the next one I try.

The rest is for your suggestions: If you think there are other games not listed that I should try (published in 2011 according to BGG) based on my opinions about the games I played.


Just some notes:
1. I usually try to choose to learn games that I guess I would like. So I like the majority of the games listed - actually, I would happily replay the first 30-35 games or so and wouldn't mind having them in my collection.
2. I don't think complexity or weight has anything to do with quality. You'll see I prefer some ultra-light fillers over complex games. I don't think that's an outrage.
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76. Board Game: Principato [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2070]
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Hey, another game by the designer of Eclipse...
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77. Board Game: Fealty [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1583]
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I have no idea what it is but it looks interesting.
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78. Board Game: Castelli [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:6218]
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So does this one, although with a lot lower rating.
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79. Board Game: Casa Grande [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:2973]
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Another game from the designer of Kupferkessel Co., Herr der Ziegen and Maori where a marker is moving around rows and columns of tiles, but this time it has a 3D construction element. It deserves a try.
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80. Board Game: Lords of Scotland [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1243]
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Well, it's another card game from the designer of Court of the Medici so I'm definitely interested.
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81. Board Game: Rails of New England [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:3110]
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Trains, history, economic.
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82. Board Game: Poseidon's Kingdom [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1646]
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Let's go to the sea! Lamont Brothers' games always have an extreme look and quite usually the mechanism is also unique, although more often than not the end result isn't as good as it should. But the ratings are good here and those animals just look great!
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83. Board Game: Mondo [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:972]
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I'm not sure if I should try this one or Mondo Sapiens instead but it seems to be a nice family game.
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84. Board Game: Coney Island [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1813]
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And another game by Michael Schacht. I don't know why I get a Zooloretto feeling when I look at the "tiles+Schacht" combo (and why don't get the same from Mondo) but for some reason this title seems to be a bit as uninteresting as the big Z felt during play. Reports don't confirm it so I have to give it a try.
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85. Board Game: Vanuatu [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:411]
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And another island game: A kickstarted game that I have heard lots of good things about. Had it been cheaper, I would have kickstarted it as well.
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86. Board Game: Palenque [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:6350]
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Okay, the cover alone makes me want to try this game. Looking at the game board I'm less convinced but still.
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87. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:245]
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Still on an island. As soon as I can find an English copy in a FLG I'm going to buy it.
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88. Board Game: Colonial: Europe's Empires Overseas [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:1081]
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I don't know much about it but it looks nice and exciting.
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89. Board Game: Mundus Novus [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1102]
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A shorter, lighter version of Mare Nostrum? Is it? I don't know, the 45 minute timetag is convincing.
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90. Board Game: Singapore [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:3195]
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And this one also has a ship on the cover! Reports and buddies say it's (a bit?) broken but still as it's a game from the designer of King of Siam I should give it a try.
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91. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:171]
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Exciting theme, good ratings, I want this!
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92. Board Game: The City [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1266]
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They say it's like Race of the Galaxy made simpler and lighter. That sounds fine. Maybe I would be one of the few players who enjoy this one more than the big brother.
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93. Board Game: Gold! [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2592]
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Hey, another Michael Schacht game here! This time it's a card game and I think he's a really good card game designer...
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94. Board Game: Res Publica [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:3260]
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Revised 2011 edition - I haven't even played the original but I'd guess this one is better than that.
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95. Board Game: Mammut [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:2431]
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Another game I don't know much about, but it seems to be a fine family game.
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96. Board Game: Tricky Bid [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:6502]
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I don't know how good a designer Hilko Drude is but I like light card games and he's a nice guy (who seemingly knows way too many card games) so I want to try it!
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97. Board Game: Pelican Cove [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1310]
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For some reason it seems to me this game is trying to build on the Ubongo success - maybe it's the name or maybe the fact that it's a real-time puzzle solving experience. What's sure is I would like to try it.
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98. Board Game: Monster-Falle [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:3601]
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Okay, I want to try some children's games as well, with my son, especially this one that was nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres last year (and designed by this year's Kennerspiel des Jahres winning duo. )
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99. Board Game: Da ist der Wurm drin [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:3229]
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An innovative and fun-looking children's game that won Spiel des Jahres and can be played by 4-year-olds? Okay, I have to buy this one as well...
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100. Board Game: Electronic Labyrinth [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:5489]
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Okay, you might say I'm out of my mind but I like the original Labyrinth. And this one has the electronic gimmick that has already made two Kinderspiel des Jahres-winners for Ravensburger (this year and Whoowasit?). These are obviously fun additions to the games (especially for children). If only they thought about making these games easy to translate (I mean the voices)... This is the reason why the one and only Knizia I sold was Die Insel with its German speaking volcano...
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