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Beware! You've found my semi-hidden blog. So that I have an idea of how many people have made it here, please recommend the list. (I like this recommendation feature - now I can see who y'all are... B^)

Unfortunately for you, all that's here is a bunch of random ramblings.

I'd just as soon this list not be publicly announced if possible - thanks!

(Note - this is no longer active. And recommendations are now thumbs, but who's counting...)
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51. Board Game: Big City [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:661]
Joe Huber

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I played Big City at lunch yesterday, my first play this year. It's held up quite well - it's almost, but not quite, an experience game at heart, and it's one of those games that I always enjoy. And, unlike some, enjoy even with more than three players. Though I will grant that it is better with fewer...
 
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52. Board Game: Kardinal & König: Das Kartenspiel [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:3092]
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And this we played today. (Also played Control Nut yesterday, and Die Steven Seagal today, but both tend to hit the table more frequently.) I still love this game; I really wish I could figure out how to publish a game this way. Of course, given how many people seem to be unwilling to put the game together, maybe it's just as well I can't...
 
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53. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:107] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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Just seen, on a GeekList (not one of mine):

(By the way, since I got my Avatar, I judge peoples worth soley by whether or not they also have one. If you have a GeekBadge or UberBadge..then thats even better. Almost like notches in a bat.)

You know, it's things just like this that convince me I'm right not to want an avatar, badge, uberbadge, designer badge, supporter badge, etc. It's altogether too easy to judge people for what they have, rather than what they do. (And, to be fair, I do recognize that "having" an avatar, for instance, is a function of "doing" a number of things, typically.)

On other matters, we played Banditos at lunch today - very enjoyable as always, though the three way tie was new. In the first half of the year, I played 221 different games (=last year), 480 plays (down 102), with 91 new games (up 8).

Oh, one more thing - I'll be out of town (playing games - hurrah!) this weekend, so there likely won't be an update here until next Wednesday.

Oh, and why not one more still - we played King Solomon's Mine on Saturday, and discovered that I have a wrong tile mix. My email to Clementoni has gone unanswered, unfortunately. Seems like a good game with the right tile mix...
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54. Board Game: Outpost [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1045]
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OK, since it's been a while, I'll provide a whole list today... http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...

July's going to be a great gaming month for me - 40+ games played already, a game session mid-month, and Gulf Games to cap the month.
 
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55. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:325] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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I played this twice at lunch today, making it one of the few two player games _ever_ to hit a 5 & 10 list for me (and it's got a real chance at making it to 10 or more...). Could be my favorite two player game _ever_.

Joe (in a very good mood, as yesterday's good news - my family returning home safely, a colleague _not_ leaving, and the possible sale of a game - having made the annoyances seem trivial)
 
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56. Board Game: Kreta [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:895]
Joe Huber

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Joe's LabCon report...

I attended Bruce Linsey's LabCon for the first time last weekend. What I played, and brief thoughts...

Bonaparte at Marengo - eh; I don't see the appeal
Geshenckt (x2) - remains one of my favorite fillers
Mississippi Queen - remains an underappreciated SdJ winner
Kreta (x2) - went over very well; a winner in my book
Outpost - I was pleased by how well it went; has gone back ahead of Das Zepter von Zavandor in my book
Brettfussball - good soccer simulation; only a fair game
Ticket To Ride Europe - good fun; still not sure why I own both
Odin's Ravens - I'm really becoming a fan of Thorsten Gimmler's games; this one pleasantly surprised me, as well
Four prototypes - one of which I'd buy now...
Quincunx - my prototype; worked better with 4, so I'm wondering if 6 just isn't the best number
Jambo - enough said recently; I like it...
Goa - has stopped growing on me, but safely a keeper
Heckmeck - good fun; I had unbelievable luck
Merchant of Venus - I really enjoy the game; my luck caught up with me and then some. When you need 4 dice to roll an 8, you know you're in trouble
Itinerary - still good fun
Louis XIV - completing the Dorn good-game-trio...
Extrablatt - boy is this a good game
Sixteen Thirty-something - 60 minutes of good game in a 3 hour package
Flaschenteufel - very good trick taking game
Saint Petersburg (x2) - Remains a favorite. And in spite of predictions to the contrary, it's already on my 10+ list for 2005...
Zum Kuckuck - great game; I need to play this more than 1-2 times a year
Attribut - fine game for the type - just not my type

The best game new to me was one of the prototypes. Odin's Ravens is now on my buy list, as well...
 
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57. Board Game: Consensus [Average Rating:8.25 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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I hosted a small gaming session with folks from work this past Tuesday (as we had the day off). What we played:

Cronberg - an OK filler; I'm not sure how long I'll keep this...
Mall World - lost something on this play; I agree that there is too much information around for the game's own good
Consensus - there's an interesting game there, but it really needs a spreadsheet to help keep things moving
Black Vienna - for the record, played with no errors
Saga - I don't care for "take that" games; for those who don't mind such things, Saga's a decent one
Saint Petersburg - still loving it
Lost Valley - I really enjoy this game, and would like to play it more often
Outpost - again, back in front of Das Zepter in my book
Hotu Matua - interesting abstract for the first 2/3, then bogs down entirely
22 - prototype of mine, which I need to find a real theme for. Anyone have a good, small historical battle (3 units/side) to use?
Mad Mate - interesting Chess variant; I'll probably keep it more as a nice chess set for Knightmare Chess than for Mad Mate
Lines of Action - a second play confirmed my opinion - it's a very good abstract, and one I enjoy
Jambo - a very good, close game; I pulled off the win by _tying_ the game after my opponent reached 60+
 
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58. Board Game: Gods [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:6192]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Anyone else have the situation where you play a new game, enjoy it some, don't play it again for ages - and can't figure out what you ever saw in it?

That happened with me twice recently; once with Gülle Gülle, and just yesterday with Gods. (I'd be really worried about games starting with a G, but two games of Geschenkt yesterday were very enjoyable, and my most recent play of Goa was as well.) Gods just fell completely flat - we abandoned it mid-game because it just wasn't working at all. We checked the rules - including the German rules - multiple times, but couldn't find anything we were doing wrong. Oh well - we played Quacksalbe after, which helped clear the palate.
 
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59. Board Game: Caramba! [Average Rating:5.50 Overall Rank:8847]
Joe Huber

Westborough
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I played another Spiele Aus Timbuktu release at lunch today, the fourth recently, so some brief thoughts on the series:

Banditos: good timing game; a definite keeper
Coloretto - die Extrakarten: doesn't improve a fair game
Contra: bland abstract
Crazy Race: fair blind play game; the boxed version improves matters
Das grosse Fressen: bland abstract
Gods: needs more religion
Kardinal & Koenig - Das Kartenspiel: great game; best of the series
Mogul: stock market game that's less interesting than first appears
Station Manager: OK rummy variant; weakest artwork in the series
Die Tafelrunde 2 - Auf der Flucht: not a bad little game at all

On the whole, a great game, a couple of good ones, and a few fun for a play or two is a pretty good return on a modest investment...
 
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60. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:84]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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I realized today that I have too many favorite games (rated a 9 or 10) I've yet to play this year:

10 rated games:

Ticket To Ride
2038
Euphrat & Tigris
Advanced Civilization
Freight Train
La Citta

9 rated games:

Mamma Mia
Entdecker
Imperium
Acquire
Battle Cry
Elfenroads
Funkenschlag
Timbuktu
Time Agent
 
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61. Board Game: Indus [Average Rating:5.61 Overall Rank:7580]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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I think it's very interesting that Jay is importing Indus; given the lukewarm (or worse) reactions it's received, it seems unlikely to be a big hit. OTOH, it seems to be a distribution deal moreso than a case of picking and choosing the titles.

That said, I like the game. (I also see that the only other person to rate it above a 7 played, Ryan Wheeler, played it with me; I definitely think that games come off best when played with an enthusiast.)

Random other observation for the day - I haven't played San Juan yet this year - and don't really miss it. I'm not getting rid of the game either - I will play it again - but I'm more interested in playing Indus again...
 
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62. Board Game: MarraCash [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1173]
Joe Huber

Westborough
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And then there was one...

There are only 6 games I had a chance of playing every year for a decade, going into this year - Bridge, Settlers, The Great Dalmuti, Hare & Tortoise, Marracash, and Can't Stop. An odd mix, I know, but it works for me.

At lunch today, I played Marracash, leaving just Can't Stop (oddly enough) unplayed this year. I have no idea just how that's happened, but it won't last...

On the subject, I made some comments on Mark Jackson's blog recently which may or may not be of interest:

http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12366201&postID=1120...

http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12366201&postID=1120...
 
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63. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:145]
Joe Huber

Westborough
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Well, that worked...

Since listing them last week, I've played Ticket To Ride, Imperium, Acquire, and Timbuktu, as well as Can't Stop.

I also signed a contract this weekend, the fifth time I've licensed one of my designs. Of course, Cubicle Crunch / Corporate Beehavior never saw the light of day, but still...

I played 22 games on Saturday - right up there among the most I've ever played - including a few that hadn't been played for some time.

A quick list, then: games returning to the table this year after at least a 1 year absence:

Control Nut
Black Vienna
6 Tage Rennen
Bakschisch
Breaking Away
Princes of Florence
Dschungel (Pelikan) - an accident, really...
Fette Baeuche
Flickwek
FlowerPower
Gods
Lang lebe der Koenig
Monopoly
Mystery of the Abbey
Nanuuk
Pico
Pico 2 (my first 3 player game of it - not recommended...)
Ra
Siesta
Sindbad
Sixteen Thirty-something
Stimmvieh
Street Soccer
Tante Tarantel
Troia
Tyros

I will be away next week, and not making any updates; updates between now and the end of this week are likely to be sparse, as well. (And probably for the week after, for that matter...) I will get back to regular updates eventually, I promise...
 
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64. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:325] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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I played my 100th game in July at lunch today. Appropriately enough, it was Jambo, which I've somehow played 16 times this month. My 101st, 102nd, and 103rd games played were Mamma Mia, Early American Chrononauts, and For Sale, FWIW.

My all time record for games played in a month (recorded since 2000) is 144, in April of 2002. With 4+ days of Gulf Games still to go before the month is over, I could well top that. My second highest total for a month is 124 (April 2003 and April 2004 - notice the pattern?), a total I should easily surpass.

July has been a decent, but unspectacular month the last few years, though often that's when I've played my annual game of Civilization. My previous record for July was 96 games played.

As long as I'm at it:

January: 78 (2000)
February: 106 (2003)
March: 121 (2004)
April: 144 (2003)
May: 105 (2004)
June: 93 (2003)
July: 103+ (2005)
August: 118 (2002)
September: 75 (2002)
October: 90 (2004)
November: 95 (2004)
December: 101 (2004)

With a 2004-like end to 2005, I might even still make it to 1000+ games played again, but I'm not counting on it. I have played a wider variety of games than in 2004, and am at an all-time record pace for new games played.
 
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65. Board Game: Lawless [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:3539]
Joe Huber

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I'm drowning in new games...

Well, not literally - I'm in CA right now, with only only two recent purchases with me. But I have received a bunch of games recently, many of them steeply discounted:

Lawless - sounded interesting enough to try on the cheap
Castle - worth another play, I decided
Atlas & Zeus - did I mention these were cheap?
Odin's Ravens - less cheap, but I wanted a copy
Jambo - making my existing copy into my work copy
Dracula - seems interesting so far
Kontor Expansion - Event Cards - maybe I'll finally play...
Dragon's Gold - bought for $5 Cdn for the parts
Bonobo Beach - trade bait
Industria - likewise
Das Spiel - on sale, but still more expensive than most of my purchases
Pool Position - I've been enjoying Gimmler's games
Euphrat & Tigris PC - I'm looking forward to trying this
Nuggets - cheap
Xe Quao - cheap, and it's Alex Randolph
Input - cheap, and it looks quite interesting
Autoscooter - the less expensive version; will travel better
Enix - looks really interesting; I'm looking forward to translating the rules...
Truffeln Schnuffeln - pigs - truffles - Hoffman - what's not to like?
Prestel Saeulen Spiel - Looks good, and I like the series...
Weg Damit - sounds interesting - Murmel's got some odd & interesting stuff out there...
Rat Hot - the best of the new Queen small box games, IMHO
Throneworld - need to give it another try

I'm missing a few, but that's the majority of them...

(I fear my Gulf Games wrap-up will have to wait until I get back to Massachusetts - but I should be able to update more frequently next week...)
 
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66. Board Game: Pool Position [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:7111]
Joe Huber

Westborough
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I got to play a few games last night, including a few I hadn't played previously...

Razzia (Knizia) - not played previously, but entirely equivalent to Ra. In other words, not bad but not great, for me at least.

Ricochet Robots x2 - I love the game, and was thrilled to get to play it not once but twice.

Unpublished Prototype - not one of mine, so I won't say more.

Pool Position - decent little game; small enough that it might survive a purge or two even if I don't like it more on further play.

Xe Queo! - Finally, another game starting with X that I enjoy. Abstract, but quick and with a strong bluffing element. Good game.

Tally Ho! - It's been too long since I played this with another adult; it reminds me of why I enjoy the game so much.
 
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67. Board Game: Bread [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
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I hate being on the road and not being able to find a game.

I'm in CA until next Sunday, and while I'll get plenty of gaming in out here, last night and today I couldn't find any gaming; this always has me more focused on missing my family, and today was no exception. As a result, instead of gaming, you're going to get way more typing on random topics than anyone should be subjected to...

A. G. Ferrari Foods makes the best bread I've found. Specifically, their Pane Pugliese is incredibly good - great to eat and great for toast. www.agferrari.com

I went to a Giants game today. SBC park is quite nice - more traditional than the OP@CY and Jacobs Field types. What used to be Candlestick Park is now Monster Park, and was empty, which just seemed wrong somehow.

I would like to purchase a pocket knife with, ideally, a blade, scissors, flat-head screwdriver, phillips-head screwdriver, tweezers, toothpick, and nothing else. I've been looking for a month now, with no luck.

I _told_ you this would be boring.

I'm going to watch either Death on the Nile (an A&E production) or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind tonight; not sure which.

I'm seriously considering writing more game designer articles this week. I've already started on one for Thorsten Gimmler; I'm planning articles on Reinhold Wittig, Andrea Meyer, and Ruediger Dorn. I've played enough games (often more than enough) from Wallace, Ernest, Colovini, van Moorsel, Palesch, Staupe, Garfield, Bromley, Erhard, Breese, Siegers, Panning, and Riedesser to justify articles, but haven't enjoyed enough of their games to meet my other standard requirement. (Al Newman and Frank Branham are special cases; I've played enough of each of their games, but too many of them as prototypes.) So - any of these articles you think would be interesting to read anyway?

It was odd to see Omar Vizquel playing for the Giants. I realized, around 1998, that he was likely to get to roughly the same career statistics as Ozzie Smith, and as such may make the Hall of Fame. Not that he's really deserving of it - at least not currently, though if his career goes on long enough he _could_ get there - but superficially his career looks a lot like Smith's.

While at Gulf Games, we went to a used bookstore in the French Quarter with a _great_ selection of books on Bridge. I managed to keep myself to just 12 or so, including a book on Flannery by Flannery and one on Schenken by Schenken. (Which I think may run through all the names for 2D conventions... B^)

I played Roma in New Orleans, and it's a good game with a big problem - unless played regularly by both players, there will simply be too much lookup going on. Somehow, it's bad when a multi-lingual edition (including English) is really begging for an English edition...

That's enough babbling for now...
 
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68. Board Game: Ice Cream [Average Rating:5.48 Overall Rank:9003]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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I didn't get to game again yesterday, so y'all are going to have to put up with more off-topic blather...

I hit three game stores today: Endgame in Oakland (highly recommended - it's a gorgeous store), and Gamescape in San Rafeal (good; easiest parking of the three) and San Francisco (eh; the used games have disappeared). (I also visited the Gamescape in Palo Alto, which is closing, yesterday.) I picked up a couple of small things - two games (Gavitt's Stock Exchange - which really deserves it's own entry here, IMHO, as it's similar to Pit but _not_ the same game - and Rival Den of Thieves), some large pawns, a deck of dice, Fluxx blank cards (just for the bonus Chrononauts card), and a cool little Warhammer coin I think might have other uses.

While Endgame would probably get a fair amount of my business were it my FLGS, my actual FLGS doesn't carry nearly so much (though it is getting better). So I order online a lot. I've had good luck ordering from:

Boulder
FunAgain
Gamefest
RC Hobbies
GameSurplus
PlayMe
AdamSpielt
MNG-AJM
Le Valet d'Couer

...and probably others I can't remember. I've never actually had a _bad_ experience ordering online in the past decade; it's just a question of where I go for what.

GameSurplus is my default choice. I know Sarah & Thor, and consider them friends, so I tend to order from them by default. They also are closer than any of the other online sellers, resulting in something closer to instant gratification. B^) Finally, it's nice getting a personal note along with the games...

AdamSpielt is my default choice for imports. I've been ordering from them for years now, and their packing & service is impeccable, and there prices excellent.

Boulder often has games that GameSurplus doesn't, and runs sales, so I'm often involved in orders there - though I don't often initiate them.

FunAgain carries used games no one else has, and occasionally has excellent sales, both of which have enticed orders from me before - and no doubt will again.

Gamefest is just too far away to get me to order regularly, though the service I received was excellent.

I just placed my first orders with PlayMe and Le Valet d'Couer. The PlayMe order went better than I'd been led to expect it might, and they carry games the others don't. My package from Le Valet d'Couer got punctured, but they have been most helpful in getting things straightened around with minimal effort on my part.

Andy Merritt occasionally has oddball items of interest, so I buy them. B^)

I mostly buy from Ron Charity in person, but have ordered from him online with no problems.

As I was driving back down from San Francisco yesterday afternoon, I took 280 instead of 101 - and as a result, passed Westborough Blvd. I was somewhat tempted to stop, until reality kicked in.

Speaking of somewhat tempted - whenever I see Ice Cream and Scream Machine in stores (both were in Endgame; Ice Cream was in GS San Rafael, Scream Machine in GS San Francisco) I have the briefest of temptations to mention the fact that I designed the games to the store clerks, before humility returns. That and the realization that they likely won't care anyway... B^)

I'm going to get to try a new Tom Lehmann prototype tomorrow. B^)

That's enough for now - and mostly game related, even...
 
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69. Board Game: Friends [Average Rating:4.32 Overall Rank:10575]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Of the 75 Geekbuddies I current have:

* I have played a game (usually far more) with all but 12 of them.

* I have visited the homes of 10 of them. (I have driven to, but not entered, the home of one more.)

* Only 7 of them have visited my home. (I am now convinced that more people need to travel to New England.)

* I have played games designed by 14 of them.

* I have read books written by one of them.

OK, contest time - name them. Best entry between now and August 19th wins a copy of Femto, with all three expansions. (Femto is a two player design of mine with a design goal of a complete game using only 8 cards. The first two expansions make simple modifications to the game; the third turns it into an evil, 5 minute brain burner involving prime numbers.) A correct entry should have exactly 12 names for geekbuddies I haven't gamed with, 10 for buddies whose houses I've visited, 7 for buddies who've visited my house, 14 for buddies who's game designs I've played, and the 1 geekbuddy whose book I've read. FWIW, I think the last is a freebe, the ones who've visited my house are 6/7ths easy, and the rest are reasonably hard.

I'm going to throw caution to the wind, and enable the use of comments on this list. Feel free to post your entry here or send me a note.
 
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70. Board Game: The Scepter of Zavandor [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:524]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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I finally got a game in again - Das Zepter von Zavandor. And I'm convinced - while the changes made may be improvments, I prefer the original, and will be going back to it. The fact that our game ran nearly 4 hours didn't help, but mostly it's a matter of the theme of the original being of more interest. I would be tempted to apply the discounts/penalties from DZvZ to Outpost, but that's easily enough done...
 
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71. Board Game: Eurorails [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:723]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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I've added comments to a couple of other lists that might interest. However, they might also bore you silly, so seek them out at your own risk.

The last two nights I've played:

Xe Queo! (decent abstract)
Pool Position (will play again with players choosing cards)
Tuchulcha (fair Parcheesi variant; needs better balance)Quincunx (my prototype; some good comments)
Another prototype (not mine)
Louis XIV (I do like this game; my best score ever - 68)
China (I do prefer Kardinal & Koenig)
Eurorails (I even won, with minimal track save for the Aberdeen-to-Napoli track I started with)
 
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72. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1547]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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I only played prototypes last night: one that's not mine, and then Cycladean Isles twice. I'm getting towards happy with Cycladean - for those who've played it, praying now costs money but not time, gold doesn't take up a hold on a ship, and I'm mulling over suggestions for a prayer in Sifnos & a modification to the time costs for actions such that they're relative to the number of holds involved.

Oh - because of a change to hidden lists such that they're actually hidden, I've unhidden this one (and requested a way to have lists open, but unannouced).
 
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73. Board Game: 2038: Tycoons of the Asteroid Belt [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1851]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Yesterday I had a very enjoyable time at Bay Area Games Day XL. I continued my tradition of playing 2038 at every one I've been to (not that impressive since I've been to only two).

The most interesting aspect of the day for me was the disproving of various theories.

There were two explicitly stated there were Lost Valley ("Dynamite always wins") and 2038 ("TSI always wins"). In Lost Valley, the players without dynamite finished 1st and 3rd. In 2038, the players with light TSI holdings finished 1st and 2nd. In addition, Goa was won by the player with the least advancement on the exploration track, Saint Petersburg _wasn't_ won by the player who got the Mistress of Ceremonies in the first round, and Puerto Rico wasn't won by the corn shipper. I fear nothing so interesting happened in Stephensons Rocket and Gavitt's Stock Exchange, the only other games I played during the day.
 
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74. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:154]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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I got to play Saint Petersburg & Louis XIV tonight, my only gaming for the week.

I'm closing in on my 50th play of Saint Petersburg (not counting thousands of plays of the computer version); it's held up just fine for me. In contrast, while I enjoy Louis XIV, _if_ it makes it to 50 plays (not impossible), it won't be for another 10 years or so.

So what are my favorite 2005 releases? Louis XIV, Heckmeck, Control Nut, Kreta, Verflixxt!, and 1846. Oh, and Ticket To Ride Europe - which I have a hard time really counting as a 2005 release. Ignoring it, then, I'd have to choose Louis XIV or Control Nut, but I'm not sure which. Not the best year - but much like 2003 the _average_ has been quite good. It's just that there while there are _keepers_, I'm not sure there are any _classics_.
(Control Nut has a chance, I suppose; Louis is not, IMHO.)

I'm at 35 games played for the month (including 5 I'd never played previously and another 3 I hadn't played this year); I'll be lucky to make it to 50 games played for the month. July was so good that that will still leave me on track for 1000 games played for the year...

Oh - and I also designed two games today. They'll have to wait until I'm back in MA to get the prototypes together, But I think they'll both work.
 
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75. Board Game: Lawless [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:3539]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Back again...

I got to try Lawless yesterday - knocking one game off of a growing stack of recent acquisitions I need to play - and wasn't very impressed. The basic idea and mechanisms work just fine - but the "sneaky tricks" are just too varied & variable in power.

I also realized that it's the _6th_ Bruno Cathala design I've played.

I have the Thorsten Gimmler article about ready, but need to figure out where best to post it. Suggestions welcome...
 
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