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New to you a year ago Dec 11 => Has it stood the test of time?
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Grimwold's new-to-you geeklists are the highlight of my month on the 'geek. They motivate me to review the new games I've played (and recycle my entries as comments), and they allow me to read the thoughts of some of the most insightful 'geeks on new and classic games.

But the new-to-me list is inevitably full of first impressions. I'm interested in hearing how those games that seemed so great at the time stood up to multiple plays. Did you actually play them that much after the first month? Did a game you dismissed at the time turn out to be better in retrospect?

Add an entry with the same game you chose for the New to you Dec 10 geeklist. Link to your entry in that geeklist, then write down your thoughts on the game you chose a year on. If your impression of some of the other games you wrote up that month have changed, let us know about that too.

The big game that month was (still) 7 Wonders - has it stood the test of time?

I'll be starting these lists mid-month, so we don't have to keep up with this list and Grimwold's (and several other monthly ones) all at the same time. You can subscribe to the announcement thread for reminders.
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1. Board Game: I'm the Boss! [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:632]
Martin G
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Item for Geeklist "New to you Dec 10 => Best new game you played this month and why"

Played 6 times that month, 4 times since. I still really like this game, though the amount of fun in its free-form, real-time negotiations is somewhat group-dependent. I traded it away because I figured I would only ever play it at London on Board (where several others have copies) and with my sister (who bought her own copy). I kind of regret that now; it would be nice to have it around as it's unlike anything else in my collection and plays well with six.

Pickomino (mini edition) has had a couple more plays. It's a decent dice game and a cute package, but there are plenty of others I prefer.

No repeat plays for any of the others - it wasn't a vintage month.
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2. Board Game: Disorder [Average Rating:5.23 Overall Rank:9504]
Sharon Khan
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Shefford
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Item for Geeklist "New to you Dec 10 => Best new game you played this month and why"

I tried 6 new games this time last year, but have only played two of them again, and then only a handful of times between them. A very poor selection.


Disorder
Initial rating:
Current geek rating: 7
Plays in first 6 months: 3
Plays in next 6 months: 1

This showed promise as a quick filler word game, played with a crowd that likes party and word games, but in practice it's competing with too many other games of similar style, and just doesn't come out very often as a result. Also, the friend we would mostly play it with hasn't been over as often as usual this year, and we've not tried it with a different group. Is it still the best of the games tried last year? Probbly, as they weren't a particularly insprising collection, but that's not saying much - it was a bad month for trying new games!


Keltis
Initial rating:
Current geek rating: 7
Plays in first 6 months: 3
Plays in next 6 months: 0

At first the multiplayer Lost Cities idea intrigued me, and we played it three times in the first month, but it was just fairly dull, and although I've left it a 7 rating, it's a game I really wouldn't miss if I never played it again. Nothing wrong with it, just a bit dull. Would much prefer to play Lost Cities!

Not played since, and have no desire to:
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3. Board Game: Egizia [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:179]
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Item for Geeklist "New to you Dec 10 => Best new game you played this month and why"

Egizia
Was a new Essen game in 2009, but was also brought to yucata in 2010, and I learnt the game online before playing it F2F in December. It is one that I got for Christmas last year and has been pretty popular since, with 5 more plays F2F and countless plays on yucata.

plays then 3
plays since 5


Also new to me this month:

Endeavor
This was new the previous year but I hadn't taken the opportunity to play it... It was an interesting euro game, but not one that I felt the need to own, and consequently have not played it since.

plays then 1
plays since 0


Kachina
I was not very keen on this at the time, and so have not made any effort to play it again.
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plays since 0
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4. Board Game: Discover India [Average Rating:5.30 Overall Rank:9557]
Joe Huber

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As I noted at the time, I no longer owned Discover India when I entered it. I haven't played it again since, though I'd still be willing to - it's a far better game, IMHO, than the ranking on BGG would suggest.

I did play Railroad Barons further, though after a few plays I believe I'm completely done with it - I'd much rather play Discover India at this point.
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5. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:362]
Laszlo Molnar
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Budapest
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The only game I replayed since dec 11 is Coloretto. To put it short, it's still a great light filler.
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6. Board Game: Macao [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:154]
Chris Marling
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December 2010 saw me enter the Dice Tower Secret Santa for the first time, which helped me add four new games to my collection within the month. Two were massive hits, the other two not so much.

Macao was on my wishlist and picked out by my Secret Santa. We managed to get four plays in before the end of December and it has been a really big hit, with another 13 plays so far in 2011. It's different enough from the other games in my collection to be a breath of fresh air, with the clever dice mechanism really driving the game along nicely. The huge array of cards ensures every game is different, while it plays well with anywhere between two and four. Macao remains one of my favourite games in my collection.

My generous Secret Santa also added Archaeology: The Card Game to my box of gifts. I'd never even heard of it, but it was another big success - six games in December, with another 14 in 2011. It's a really nice little push your luck set collection game that packs into a small box, so is great for travelling with too. It plays fast, is again good with any anywhere between two and four and all of our group enjoy it as a filler. In fact, two couples we play with have since bought their own copies. Thanks again Santa!

On a trip to London I picked up Mr Jack Pocket on a bit of a whim. My girlfriend and I played it five plays in December, but while we both enjoyed it there seems to be a bit of an identity crisis at work. It packs into a small box and is just for two players, so would seem to be good for travelling. However, despite packing it a few times this year we've not really played it - we had three more games in June, but otherwise it hasn't hit the table. Mr Jack Pocket is a real brain burner, more a puzzle than a game, that plays fast. If we want a quick filler, we don't tend to want something this thinky - if we do want something deep, we'll go for a longer game. It's really good though and will be staying in my collection.

Slightly more well known, I'd never really considered buying Settlers of Catan until a really cheap version turned up in TK Maxx. I played it twice within a week, with the two different groups of people I play with regularly, but it went down really badly. We've not really been introduced to negotiation games before, and it showed - no one wanted to trade, the games really dragged and no one got into it. No one has wanted to play since, so it has just sat on the shelf. We haven't tried any other negotiation games either - suggestions welcome!
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7. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:89]
Rick Holzgrafe
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San Jose
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Item for Geeklist "New to you Dec 10 => Best new game you played this month and why"

This one has held up very nicely. We were solidly impressed the first time we played it, and a dozen plays later we are still impressed. The recent release of the expansion Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game – Fame and Fortune has made it even better. True, there are some concerns about overall balance, both with and without the expansion; but the amount of spirited discussion on that subject leads me to think that there's plenty of depth to be explored before jumping to conclusions.
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8. Board Game: Go Away Monster! [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1982]
J. Jefferson
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Columbus
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This game continues to be a huge hit for my daughter, now 2 and a half. She insists on it more than any other game, probably about once a week. Over the past year she has gotten much better at it. A 1.5 year old is really quite different than a 2.5 year old, but at both ages this game works just great. I'd guess that a year from now we will be getting close to retiring it, but it's had a pretty good life span with well over 50 plays.

Aton: A year ago I said:
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I think I will like this one. Sort of like Ra Dice but with bidding instead of dice? I've only gotten a single play so I'm still not sure about it.

I never got another play. For some reason I didn't mention that my wife hated it. It's not worth me keeping a game around if she doesn't like it unless it's so good that I will definitley bust it out when I have more players. So I traded Aton away.

Genji: A year ago I said:
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What an oddball game--great flavor. It's not great with two players, which is the only way I've tried it, but I'd like to give it a shot with more.

Never got that shot either as I traded Genji as well. I liked my one play, but it was sort of a long game, and in the 45 minute range, there are just so many other games that I reach for first.

Ingenious: A year ago I said:
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I think I'll like it.

It's ok. I've played it a few more times. It's a fun but fairly light and tactical abstract. When I play abstracts, I want deep, and this just doesn't seem to satisfy. When I want something ligher and faster, I'm usually playing with non-gamers and I'm not reaching for an abstract.






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9. Board Game: Navegador [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:98]
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Navegador was my pick, and would be my pick if I picked today. I've played it 12 times and it's still a game I'm looking forward to playing again. I've been thinking about it recently, I want to get it back to the table.

Glen More was a close second, and would still be second. We've since gotten the chance to play it 4p, and it worked well.

Key Harvest had too much screwage for us, and has since left our collection.

FITS - I tried to win the expansions on the G4GG lottery last month. I enjoy the feel of the pieces, and have tried it 3p with my dad. I like "everyone plays every turn" games like this with light gamers.

Rivals for Catan - enjoyable, but something else always seems to get picked instead.

Drive and UNO Hearths - I'd like to get these to the table again soon.

Rapelli - We ended up trading this.

Sole Mio - We ended up selling this.

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10. Board Game: Animal Upon Animal [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:579]
Bryan Maxwell
United States
Burtchville
Michigan
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Last year I chose Animal Upon Animal as my best new game and it remains such.

Animal Upon Animal: 21 plays last December, 59 plays since.
It's light, it's fast, it's accessible and it's super fun! I mostly play it with adults who are being cutthroat assholes, trying to sabotage the entire thing with every placement (me too). Love this game.

Key Harvest: 3 plays last December, 3 plays since. All of my plays have been 2-player games with my wife. I really like this one a lot. There's the psychological element of trying to price things that you want and hope your opponent won't match that price, or putting a tile they want up for sale and trying to extort money out of them. There is a strong spatial element as well with the crop tiles and the workers. I also like the endgame scoring where your largest contiguous group of crops are worth 1 point each and your second-largest is worth 2 each. Key Harvest doesn't get much love on here, but I like it a lot and so does my wife (even though she calls me a dick every time we play).

7 Wonders: 10 plays last December, 6 plays since. I find this to be a competent, unremarkable game. Its best feature is that it scales from 3-7 very smoothly. I'm baffled that this is in the top 20. This must be how other people feel about Dominion I guess...

RattleSnake: 2 plays last December, 15 plays since.
I got this for $6 in last year's FFG holiday sale and it was an excellent value. It's a fun, quick children's game that isn't too bad for adults. It involves placing powerful magnets on the board without moving the ones that are already there. Good family game.

The Resistance: 4 plays last December, 17 plays since. I started off kind of lukewarm towards this game, but it has since grown on me. It was touted as a BSG-killer, which it is not. What it does it take the deception, betrayal and teamwork elements of that game and distills them into a 20-minute card game (which is a real blast when you get a group that knows each other and the game well). The tension and betrayal don't carry the same weight as in a 3-hour game (and it isn't reasonable to expect that). Good party game.

Zitternix: 2 plays last December, 6 plays since. Children's game where you're pulling stick out and trying not to knock the structure down. Nice enough for a kid's game, but not a favorite of mine or my daughter's.

Sid Meier's Civilization the Board Game: 2 plays last December, 2 plays since. It does a fine enough job of distilling the excellent PC series into a board game, but the downtime and annoying combat keep me from being a fan of the game. I'll play it if nudged, but won't suggest it.

Mystery Express: 1 play last December, 0 plays since.
It's not my kind of game (lots of deduction) and our 1 play was a train wreck.

Revolution!: 1 play last December, 0 plays since.
Didn't like it then, won't play it again if at all possible.

Aquarius: 1 play last December, 0 plays since.
See above.

Super Why ABC Letter Game: 1 play last December, 0 plays since. Daughter should be old enough to see some use out of this now.
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11. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:29]
Joe
United States
Maple Valley
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Battlestar Galactica – Having not seen a single episode of the new series, and not having seen many of the old episodes in reruns, I really had no feel for the theme. It felt really long to me and seemed like one or two players made all the decisions, but I guess, thematically speaking, that would be the command structure at work. I kind of half-heartedly said I would play again, but with less players (I think there were 6 or 7 of us). The group member who owns the game has listed it in this GeekList Auction, if you like this game or you’re interested in picking up a copy. PLAYS SINCE: 0


Warrior Knights – Played two player and l enjoyed it, but feel it needs more. I have tried to get it out a couple other times with blank stare results. PLAYS SINCE: 0


London – The only new to me game still in play, I like card drafting mechanic and the way you can use it with other card powers to manipulate the end game. PLAYS SINCE: 9
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12. Board Game: Alea Iacta Est [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:878]
Steve Duff
Canada
Ottawa
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In order of the original entry

Alea Iacta Est

Plays since: 2
Still the easy winner of the month. I like a wide variety of dice games, this is pleasing. I made up my own set of bonus cards, using English instead of the icons.

Tribune: Primus Inter Pares

Plays since: 0
Haven't played it, but did enjoy it. Have a feeling this might be one of those games that just works better with more than 2 players, and might explain why I've grabbed other games off the shelf first.

Manhattan

Plays since: 0
Played at a friend's house, of course there are no further plays.

On the Underground

Plays since: 0
Played in the same session as above, same situation.
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13. Board Game: Say Anything [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:537]
David
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DURHAM
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Item for Geeklist "New to you Dec 10 => Best new game you played this month and why"

Say Anything was my unexpected winner last year. It still holds the prize now. I love how it generates conversation and laughter, rewards creative thought and keeps everyone involved.

Two other party games on the list: Wits & Wagers and GiftTRAP. I have not actually played either since, though I remain a fan of W&W. My wife (who called it a game of lucky guessing) was less keen, thus its lack of reappearance. Don't own GiftTRAP but found its end game scoring odd. It was fun enough though.

And finally the game that was supposed to win last year and didn't, Phoenicia. Haven't played it since but it did get me to play The Scepter of Zavandor again, with a good amount of success. I retain my conviction that Phoenicia is just not good for 2 players, but would try it again with more.
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14. Board Game: Say Anything [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:537]
Zack Stackurski
United States
Mankato
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Say Anything was my top choice a year ago and would still be today! I bring it with me to every party I am invited too (along with Wits and Wagers). As Say Anything is a bit group dependent W&W gets played a bit more, but I think Say Anything is my favorite of the two as when you are rolling all you do is laugh! It certainly has replaced our old perenial party favorite Apples to Apples as our go to game with at least semi-creative people.



The Resistance still holds is #2 spot on this list... but I have had very few chances to play since last year's holiday party where it was such a big hit (I finally purchased my own copy last month to change that). So I hasn't really been tested much... though I have found I don't like playing with less than 7 people... so this pretty much only comes out when we have too many to play 7 Wonders and too little time to split into smaller groups for longer games.



No Thanks! - Not owned and I haven't played since. I really don't need to as I have a bunch of other fillers that are at least as good in my collection... but it moves up a bit as the other two games haven't lived up to their promise...



Manhattan looks great in play and I thought I would get a lot of use out of it, but it hasn't really stood the test of time with only two plays since last December. I really haven't given Manhattan a fair chance with my group... but it honestly seems a bit light for them (we play Torres for this kind of thing right now...). It was fairly successful with my father-in-law but he prefers TTR... so that's what we play. A local church is starting up a family themed game night... so perhaps that will be a group where I can fall in love with this again.



Dixit is another I haven't given a fair shot with only 1 play since December last. The problem is the groups I would play this with are perfect for Say Anything... and in my limited experience this one is more brain bender than fun... so I pull out the pink box of fun instead! My wife won't let me trade this since she does like the art... but until I in get a game of Dixit that wows me I'm going to keep giving it sideways glances every time a new math trade is posted...
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15. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:277]
Bill Kunes
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Cincinnati
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Bohnanza was the biggest hit out of the bunch and appealed to everyone receiving 3 plays.

Bohnanza has continued to be a hit (21x), especially with non-gaming friends we have introduced to new games at our monthly Game Nights. ...now if only I could get more interest to play it with Bohnaparte. Oh! We just recently learned that we have been playing it wrong as well... we had been playing you are forced to play your top "two" (not one) cards. On the corrected path now.

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Tobago was fun and has some potential. My youngest and I snuck a play in before wrapping it just so she would know how to play when we opened it later (a ploy to hopefully get her more interested in playing with us. She got to pick this game from a few I showed her.)

This one has reached the table 9x in the past year. It has panned out to be a short, (semi-)fun game for the family. It is not my first choice on family game night, but it usually means some sort of fresh baked cookies that cause us to lack focus on the game where at least one person isn't paying attention and loses an opportunity or two.

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We are Killer Bunnies fans and the kids got the Green BOOSTER Deck and the Twilight White BOOSTER Deck

Killing bunnies has slid down the hot list as we've added more games. The girls play it more with their friends but we've only played 4x since getting these boosters as a family. Not a big fan of the Zodiac cards, and I have never really taken the time to sort it out in my head either. More than anything else, I'm interested in trying out some revised rules one of these days.

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16. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:19]
Jeff Wolfe
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Columbus
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Item for Geeklist "New to you Dec 10 => Best new game you played this month and why"

This was the choice last year, out of three games, and it is the only game I've played again since last December.

As predicted, I have had many opportunities to play it since last December. So far, I have 19 plays this year, making it my 3rd most played game of the year.

The thing is, I'm not a huge fan. I've passed up quite a number of play opportunities along the way, too. I don't dislike it, exactly, I just don't get what all the fuss is about. Or rather, I do get what it's about, I just don't share in it.

If you want to play it, yeah, I guess I'll play it. Expansion? Sure.

That's actually a small step up from the low point of my opinion, so I'll say that it has, barely, stood the test of time.
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17. Board Game: American Rails [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:888]
Mike B
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In december 2010 I played only 3 new games. But they we're all great.

1856 is probably quite a tough game to play as your first 18xx. I still liked it. Haven't played it again, and the geekbuddy that owned it has sold it (somebody outbid me...). Instead I have bought the reissue of 1853 instead. And 1830 is on my wishlist as well. I'll only buy more 18xx games if these get played.

I quite enjoyed Power Struggle as well. And thanks to this geeklist I just realised I haven't played it again. Which I want. Luckily the year is not over yet, so I might choose this for coming saturday's session. Or this one:

American Rails is currently one of my top 10 games (out of the 450+ that I own). It's like an improved version of Chicago Express. I've played it 4 times this year (which is already pretty good for a gamer's game, although I would like to play it more)

American Rails is a tiny publisher effort. It seems to be in it's 4th and final small edition (why?). I've 'sold' 5 of my geekbuddies to this great game, which is still my pick of the month. And in hindsight my favorite new game of 2010 (tough competition from Moongha Invaders and Glory to Rome) If you like Chicago Express, you owe it to yourself to get it now before it's too late!
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18. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:107]
Stephen Sanders
United States
Henderson
Texas
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Sorry I didn't participate in Grimwold's Dec. 2010 list of new games, but I did play Cyclades for the first time that month 4 times. My initial rating was higher than my final 6, and I played only once more in January before trading it away.

While I enjoyed the auction mechanic, building, and tactical maneuvering, I simply became frustrated with the inevitable outcome of positioning yourself to win the final bid for Pegasus so you could swoop down on some distant island to get one of the two mega cities. Anyway, great bits in this game!
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19. Board Game: Homesteaders [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:282]
Stephen Sanders
United States
Henderson
Texas
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I really wouldn't mind playing Homesteaders again after that one and only play, but as the owner of too many games the 7's just don't get picked that often.
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20. Board Game: Ugg-Tect [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1525]
Dave Peters
United States
Belmont
California
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A year ago this month I'd only played four new games plus two fine expansions. I was pretty happy with all of them, and my children had fun with all of the new titles too. I'm a bit surprised that my relative rating for all the games has remained pretty constant - though I admit that my rating for 7 Wonder[/colors] has atrophied somewhat over the year.


Ugg-Tect -- (3 plays last December; three since) _7.7_
(no change.)
(images by GiochinScatola & Guantanamo)

I'd awarded this one The most astonishly dorky game I've played in a long while, and it's still that title-holder. It's possible that Toc Toc Woodman might take the award this year, but I doubt it'll claim the all-time title.

I'd noted that it was so silly, I'd have a hard time explaining it to my mother...

I wrote:
"Well, Mom, it's a game where you must speak in a rather limited dialect of grunts."
"Why would I want to do that, David?" (My mother is the only one in the world that calls me 'David'.)
"The game is about directing your teammates to perform a simple construction out of blocks: you want them to perform the correct construction as quickly as possible while directing them in caveman-speak."
"Oh, dear. And what if someone misunderstands?"
"Then you need to bop them on the head with a spiked club."
"!?"
"It's inflatable, so it doesn't do too much damage. And you can bop them on the head when they get an instruction right too! One bop for 'good', two for 'bad'."
"I don't think I'd like to play that one."


My mother's hypothetical opinion notwithstanding, it's been very popular over the course of the year. I'd expect it's something that will keep being played in our house as long as the clubs will inflate.


Kaleidos -- (2 plays last December; four plays since) _7_ (up one place.)
(images by Juzam & haarrrgh)

I'd given this The Qwirkle Memorial Award last December. I'm not completely clear what I'd meant: I rather expect my analogy was Scrabble is to Qwirkle as Boggle is to Kaleidos - though I'm probably less convinced today that makes any sense than when I wrote it in the first place.

Still, Kaleidos is a cool thing. my youngsters have enjoyed playing, even though some combinations of pictures and letters still leave us with very short lists of findings.


7 Wonders -- (3 plays last December; five since) _7_ (down one place, and down from a _7.7_.)
(images by a_traveler & stadi)

While I was tempted by a Most Derivative game award last December, I ended up giving it Best Scaling of the game experience. Though I admit that seems today a bit like damning with faint praise. Still, the game has become less interesting as I've played it, so I can live with that, too.

I think my difficulty is that despite the color, theme and presentation (all of which are great) we're finding the game less engaging than Fairy Tale. It works; but there's less game (that is, in the presentation of interesting choices whose answers have material effect on the results) here than I'd prefer. In the end, it's very rock-paper-scissory - though dressed up in attractive period costume. The "short but compelling Civilization-themed game" is still, as far as I'm concerned, an unrealized ideal.


Bisikle -- (2 plays last December; three plays since) _7_ (no change.)
(images by William Hunt & Firepigeon)

I'd given this one a Biggest mass of plastic of the new games I'd seen, and hoped it wouldn't prove too fragile. On that front, at least, it's done well: the game is still as viable today as it had been when it was first opened.

I'm not sure where it ranks with respect to PitchCar. There are things it does better; other things that are noticeably worse. In the end, I think this one comes down to the Z-Ball: if one likes it, one notices that it permits greater subtlety of shot; if one doesn't, it's just another irritation that permits the shot to go somewhere other than you expected. I think I fall into the former camp.


The expansions were cool, too: even if different sorts of experiences. The first breathed new life into a game that I'd ignored; the second made a game I mostly liked more entertaining. Both are good.

Hamburgum Expansion: Antverpia -- (1 play last December; none since) _7_ (no change.)
(image by Peter D)

This one won Expansion that requires the fewest new rules. Admittedly that's trivially true: Antverpia reduces the ruleset from the base game - and possibly for the better. This one was particularly relevant to me because daughter #1 enjoyed it.

Kingsburg: To Forge a Realm -- (1 play last December; one since) _7_ (no change.)
(images by JayB & happycamper)

This one, in contrast, won Expansion that adds the most replayability. Here it was son #2 that found the game newly interesting with the expansion added. I can't blame him: I found the expansion improved my enjoyment of the base game (to the degree that I can't imagine playing without.)



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21. Board Game: The Scrambled States of America [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:7693]
Randy Cox
United States
Clemson
South Carolina
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Last year, we broke out this game with the kids and since then, we played six times in January, twice in February, and once in April. Nothing since. I guess the kids pretty much know the states now.

We also played Bezzerwizzer that month and haven't since. It's really tough to get a trivia game back to the table, as they're just not all that exciting to most people. And this one was worse than Trivial Pursuit, or maybe current Trivial Pursuits are geared toward the young set, too.
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22. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:26]
Jerry Wilkinson
United States
New Castle
Indiana
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I liked El Grande so much my wife and daughters bought me a copy for Father's Day 2011. I have played it 3 times since, and want to play it more.

I played 7 Wonders 2 times since then. I just don't care for it.

Everything else on the list I haven't played since: Hive, Carcassonne-Wheel of Fortune, Mr. Jack, Cyclades, and Scene it: Sports.
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23. Board Game: High Society [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:611]
Ben Lott
United States
Mason
Michigan
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Here is my original entry to the geeklist: Item for Geeklist "New to you Dec 10 => Best new game you played this month and why"

High Society (Played 2 times since December 2010) - A great filler that I do enjoy quite a bit. It gives me a similar feel to Cleopatra and the Society of Architects, but plays in much less time. I don't think I've ever won the game, but I'm anxious to play again and try.


Quicksand (Played 2 times since December 2010) - I would play this a lot more if I had my way. I like hidden role/goal games, and this is a fast one that is really easy to teach. Unfortunately Rikki isn't so keen on these games, so I have to find the right group to get it played.


Archaeology: The Card Game (Played 1 time since December 2010) - I need to suggest this one more often. Somehow Rikki has avoided it both times we played, but I think she'd enjoy it. I really like it, and will gladly play it any time.


Parade (Played 2 times since December 2010) - I can't get over the flaw in this game so I'm planning on trading it. The way it is designed players literally cannot plan ahead for their turns. As a result everyone just sits and calculates what move is most advantageous. It turns a fast filler into a boring slog.


Dixit (Played 3 times since December 2010) - There are 2 types of people in this world...those who can come up with clues for Dixit, and people like me. I do just fine guessing other people's clues, but I just get aggravated when my turn rolls around and I can't think of any good clue to give. This is another one I would gladly trade.



Not played since October 2010

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24. Board Game: Glen More [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:193]
Albatros
Canada
Victoria
British Columbia
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Glen More was the only "new to me" last December. Since then, I've played it 20 times (mostly as a two-player game with my wife). My initial impressions were that it was a good game, but not great and after a half dozen plays, I grew a bit tired of it. But then I started to just have fun trying different strategies - whiskey production/taverns, chieftains and villages, cattle and sheep and butchers....

Also played it a few times as a three-player and four-player game which added a new twist and our friends bought themselves a copy after that.

All in all, the good little game has been a great little investment. I recommend it to anyone whom likes light-to-medium weight Euros.
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25. Board Game: Age of Industry [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:248]
Ingmar Hauge
Norway
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December 2010

Of the 5 New to me games I played a year ago, 3 of them has hit the table again.

Age of Industry

Rating then:

Although I've only played AoI once more the following year it did make Brass hit the table again. Although these games are similar there are enough differences to make for a complete different game. What has been said before can be said again. Brass is a lot tighter and less forgiving then AoI.

Rating now:


London

Rating then:

London has seen 4 more plays the last year and has continued to impress me. Despite being relatively simple it's getting more and more engaging for each play and it has turned out very different depending on the number of players taking part as it changes a lot how many times you'll be able to run your city.

Rating now:


Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game

Rating then:

Totaling this together with Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of Ashardalon Board Game I've turned in 12 plays over the last year, 6 (Recording plays depending on which adventure taking place). 5 of the Ravenloft games came during last December on two different nights. At first I thought it was great but it rather quickly lost a bit of its appeal and everytime I play it I think how much more I'd like to play Descent: Journeys in the Dark.

My latest play also happened to be with 5 players which was at least one to many and maybe even two, it really turned out to be way too long for what it is. With the third installation ready we'll probably soon get it to the table again.

Rating now:
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