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Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3033]
Ted Webster
United States
Owosso
Michigan
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3M love. A mere $0.99 at GW. Everything accounted for including a busted egg timer and ultra-fine blue sand all over the box. Can anyone tell me how long each round is supposed to take. I'll put a note in the box and just have a smart phone or tablet nearby if I ever pull this off the shelf.
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Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3033]
Richard Irving
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Salinas
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On to Facts in Five, an event I was the top laurelist in, but never won with three seconds.

I did not win this year, nor finished second and I'm guessing I am not top laurelist anymore either. MY BRAIN WAS NOT WORKING THAT NIGHT! It is the stuff you know you know, but can't remember in time.

As usual a great job by John Corrado and crew!
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Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3033]
Andrew Drummond
Canada
Burlington
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(Can't believe that I forgot this game...)

One of the highlights of the week is the annual Facts in Five tournament. 100 people gather in a room and answer trivia questions that the GM has come up with by using letters and categories.

It is a spectacular experience mainly because John, the GM, puts in incredible amount of effort into drafting the powerpoint slide that goes along with the questions and has meticulously researched all of the answers.

There are 2 drawbacks however to the event. One, we are jammed into a room intended for 60 people (this should get better next year) and two, the event runs slowly because people like to pick fights over the answers and that ends up sucking the time away. That said, it's an incredible event and I love it every year (It's also one of the few inviolable things on Nick's schedule for the year)

I had a ridiculously good round 1 with 19 out of 25 answers, but it dropped off from there. I think I only got 3 in round 3 (who knows anything about Wrestlemania). But apparently I came in 19th overall of 108 which was an improvement over last year :-) I also got 5 for 5 on the NFL category which made me happy.
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Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3033]
J. R. Tracy
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New York
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Saturday night Tildy and I headed down to Hopewell with Campo for our annual exercise in abject intellectual humiliation, aka Facts in Five. This year's most embarrassing oversight - NBA Hall of Famers under 'J' (Michael Jordan, anyone?). I did at least sweep Roman Provinces and New UN Members Since 1990, but managed only a meager 60 points overall. Still, good fun and I appreciate the hard work the organizers put into it.

Packed house
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Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3033]
Adam K
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Tulsa
Oklahoma
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Condition: Components good, box is rough.
 
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Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3033]
Jason Strong
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Sammamish
Washington
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$1.99 from VV. If not complete, then it'll be a parts copy...
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Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3033]
Alex Radcliffe BoardGameCo
United States
Charlotte
North Carolina
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Soft Reserve: $6

BIN: $10

Condition: Very Good
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Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3033]
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1969 3M edition. (best I can tell as it has copy-write 1969 on the lid)
Has worn edges on box and corners. Also has damage from previous price sticker.

Components are great given their age. Comes with authentic sand timer made in West Germany. whoa!!

I believe to be complete. 30 letter tiles (A-Z + 4*s). 56 cards. Two score pads. One "catalog" booklet(sales). One other sheet. One score pad has had a few pages used.
 
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Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3033]
Chris Kizer

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Games played: 1
Game type: Trivia
Other games like it: Trivial Pursuit
This is barely a board game. I only play this at WBC. In this game, each player is given a 5x5 grid. At the top, the 5 columns are labeled with categories, such as “Hockey players” or “Academy Award winners for Best Costume Design.” The 5 rows are labeled with 5 letters of the Alphabet. Within 5 minutes, players must find 1 thing that starts with the letter of the alphabet for each category. At WBC, we play 5 rounds of this, highest score wins. I like trivia games, so I enjoy this a lot, even though I’m pretty terrible at most of the sports questions.
 
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Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3033]
Jason Strong
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Sammamish
Washington
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$1.99 from VV Missing two tiles. Otherwise in excellent condition. 3 of 8...
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Jason Strong
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Washington
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$4.19 from VV. Complete and in very nice shape.
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Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3033]
Adam Phelps
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Houston
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$2.99 at GW (complete and unplayed; the cards are still in shrinkwrap and the number tokens are unpunched).

There's even a little card which reads:

Merry Christmas Dick,

...and Happy New Year too!

All my love.

Nancy


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Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3033]
The MrSean
United States
Wauwatosa
WISCONSIN
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$2 at GW. 3M bookcase edition to complement my Avalon Hill bookcase edition.
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1969 3M edition. (best I can tell as it has copy-write 1969 on the lid)
Has worn edges on box and corners. Also has damage from previous price sticker.

Components are great given their age. Comes with authentic sand timer made in West Germany. whoa!!

I believe to be complete. 30 letter tiles (A-Z + 4*s). 56 cards. Two score pads. One "catalog" booklet(sales). One other sheet. One score pad has had a few pages used.
 
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Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3033]
Adam K
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Tulsa
Oklahoma
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Condition: Components good, box is rough.
 
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Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3033]
M. Tamin Yurcaba
United States
Lansdowne
Pennsylvania
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I love this game and don't mind picking up another copy.
Particular since I've never come across this 3M "Red Box" version before.

This appears to be a 1971, or so, unplayed copy. At least, based on the latest copyright date and the fact that the cards are very crisp and the neither of the scoring pads have ever been used.

$2.40 with Old Geezer discount from local GW. There is some shelfwear scuffing to the box but that's about it. Oh, it was missing a letter "S" but I just happened to have one from a parts stash I had on hand. Woot!
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Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3033]
Alex Radcliffe BoardGameCo
United States
Charlotte
North Carolina
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Soft Reserve: $6

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Condition: Very Good
 
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Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3033]
Adam Hamm
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Delaware
Ohio
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Finally found a parts copy to complete mine. It was $2.99. More than I wanted to spend, but it really bugs me to have an incomplete game. If anyone needs anything from this game let me know and I will see if I can help you out.
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Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3033]
Ryan
United States
Coeur d'Alene
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Condition: This is the AH bookshelf version (1976). Not quite sure if everything is there. All of the alphabet tiles are there and I have the same number of each card type. Box shows some shelf wear.

Shipping: Anywhere in the USA
 
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Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3033]
Derek Atlansky
United States
Portland
Oregon
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Edition: Avalon Hill Bookshelf Edition 1976
Condition: In shrink, but shrink coming off on top
Shipping: Free shipping to continental US
 
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1969 3M edition. (best I can tell as it has copy-write 1969 on the lid)
Has worn edges on box and corners. Also has damage from previous price sticker.

Components are great given their age. Comes with authentic sand timer made in West Germany. whoa!!

I believe to be complete. 30 letter tiles (A-Z + 4*s). 56 cards. Two score pads. One "catalog" booklet(sales). One other sheet. One score pad has had a few pages used.
 
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Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3033]
Adam K
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Tulsa
Oklahoma
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Condition: Components good, box is rough.
 
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"You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him fill the balloons."
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Finally there was this, also for $2.99. The game is complete although the box shows minor shelf wear on the edges and corners.

So now I have nine of the 3M bookshelf games. Actually, this is the 1976 Avalon Hill edition, although there is a sentence in tiny type on the cover that says this used to be a 3M game.

And that's my birthday/Father's Day haul. Not a big one, or great games, but I had fun, and got three really nice tropicals for later this summer.
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Robin Levins
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Round Rock
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Top 5 Games That Do Something That Feels Very Unique

This is somewhat of a difficult list, as it's somewhat moment-dependent. After all, for a window a few years ago, Dominion would be a shoo-in for this list. Perhaps there's an argument that it still deserves to be here, but Dominion has moved from the only deck-building game of it's kind to being the forerunner of a host of deckbuilding games. Invariably, when a game does something truly unique, other games will try to use the mechanic or idea that makes a game unique and appropriate it for their own, diluting the uniqueness of the original idea. There's nothing inherently wrong with this, it's the nature of game development. Given this premise, I present to you my own Top 5 Games That Do Something That Feels Very Unique (as of this moment in 2015):



5. 7 Wonders
Alright, bring on the haters. I pondered what to put in this last spot for a long while before I settled on 7 Wonders. The card drafting isn't unique by any stretch, nor is the tableau building, but the scalability to 7 players is, absolutely. I remain fascinated by the ability of this game to remain as deep and satisfying with 3 players as it is with 7. For someone that hosts large game nights and needs a good 7 player game from time to time, playing this game with 7 players in relatively quick speed makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.



4. Witness
Every game I've played of this so far has seen players smiling and giggling. the stories and clues and mysteries fit together so neatly that it's just a gem of a game.



3. Tragedy Looper
Co-op puzzle-solving, where you rewind time after bad things happen and try to stop them from happening the next time. (Oddly, some bad things can happen, you just want to make sure the right bad things don't happen.) I don't know of any other game that plays like this one does. It wouldn't surprise me if someone comes up with a more streamlined version of this in the next few years, but for now nothing else does what Tragedy Looper does.



2. Roll for the Galaxy
To me, this is the most innovative use of dice I've seen in a game to date. How they are used in action selection, as well as how you can tailor the kinds of dice you get to ultimately affect your later rolls, is incredibly creative. It blends the luck of the dice with strategic and tactical choice so smoothly that it demands a place on this list.



1. Bridge
I prefaced this list talking about how situated in time this list would be. That said, I have a hard time imagining Bridge ever leaving this list. Other trick-taking games exist in a wide variety of forms, and some look remarkably similar to Bridge. For example, Spades is a much simplified form of Bridge that mechanically does most of what Bridge does, except for the bidding. But as I said in the GCL Madness 2015 rounds earlier this year:

Thesp wrote:
The mechanics of the game are very easy. It's the conventions of bidding that are indeed complex, and moreso than Tichu. (How do you convey just how good or bad your hand is, and what suits you're good in, when everything you communicate potentially increases your commitment to the number of tricks your team will take? It's delightfully tense.) However, I have found that exploring the game and its complexities is incredibly rewarding. If you find someone who can teach you and is willing to be patient (as most people are), it's worth a couple of hours learning to see if it's for you.


I think that there are fewer "lifestyle" games being devised now than ever there were before, which is understandable. I think for something to do what Bridge does, it likely would need its own conventions to naturally develop over time, which I don't see happening any time soon. Compound this with the number of different possible conventions out there for Bridge (some play Goren, some American Standard, some other offshoots like Every Hand an Adventure, and even more I'm sure I'm not aware of), all within the same fixed game space, it's like people learning to speak beautiful languages with a very restrictive set of tonal sounds to work from. It's a masterpiece we shall not see again in our lifetimes.


Honorable Mentions
Agents of SMERSH
Agricola
Don
Hanabi
Lords of Vegas
Neuroshima Hex!
Pit
Pizza Box Football
A Study in Emerald


What do you think? Is there something I have that doesn't deserve to be here? What have I totally overlooked that deserves a spot on the list?
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Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3033]
Jim Storch
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$0.99 at East Side GW. 1976 Avalon Hill edition. Box has considerable shelf wear, but sound. Cards and tiles were all there, along with the timer and rules. A good chunk of the score pads were still blank, too, but I'll probably laminate a few before giving the game a try.
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