User Profile for msaari
Mikko Saari
Finland
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I'm about 34, have a wife and two kids. For living I understand WordPress.

I'm a bit of a Finnish board game scene busybody: I translate games, write a lot on the Finnish Board Game Society forums, have a game blog (called Gameblog) since 2002 and I also run the biggest Finnish board game site, Lautapeliopas.

My taste in games
– I prefer bland and calculating euro games to colourful and aggressive ameritrash.
– Shorter games rather than longer games, but that's mostly because that's what I get to play more often.
– I loathe conflict and excessive take that games - to me in an ideal game the game state can never go backwards, but must progress all the time
– I don't like double guessing or games that unjustly destroy what I build (In the Year of the Dragon is a good example, then again I love Age of Steam for its brutality - it doesn't destroy what I've built).
– Since I play lots of games with my eight-year-old son, I really like clever casual or family games. Language indepence is a great feature.
– Trains are always a good theme for a game.

My Top 100 list
Mikko's top 100 — 2014 edition

Top 10 and Hot 10
My Top 10 list is my all-time top 10 hot games, Hot 10 is the hottest games in the last year. Both are calculated using Matthew Gray's hot games metric and updated every now and then.

My rating scale
I'm using this rating scale:

* Enthusiastic: I'm enthusiastic about this game, would suggest it just about any time and really like it (9-10).
* Suggest: This is a good game and I like playing it. I wouldn't turn it down and if I'm in the mood, I'll suggest it (7-8).
* Indifferent: Not bad, but I'm not terribly keen on playing this game. If somebody else wants to play, I can play, if there's nothing better available (5-6).
* Avoid: I'd rather not play this game; either I think it's a bad game or it's just something I don't like at all (1-4).

The point where these verbal ratings have most significance is the border between 6 and 7, and I use these ratings as a guideline for choosing the correct rating. So, a 6 may be a decent game, but it's something I personally don't want to play. 7 is something I don't really need to own or anything, but thinking about playing the game does not fill me with dread.



Achievement unlocked 14.8.2014: 1000 BGG ratings

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User Details for msaari
Registration Date: 2002-06-24
Last Profile Update: 2015-04-21
Last Login: 2015-08-30
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Website: http://www.lautapeliopas.fi/
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Collection Summary for msaari
Board Game
Owned   355
Previously Owned   500
For Trade   20
Want In Trade   7
Want To Buy   1
Want To Play   5
Preordered   4
Wishlist   10
Commented   1131
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   1274
Board Game Expansion
Owned   99
Previously Owned   64
For Trade   12
Want In Trade   1
Want To Buy   1
Want To Play   0
Preordered   1
Wishlist   2
Commented   121
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   193
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For Trade   0
Want In Trade   0
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Want To Play   0
Preordered   0
Wishlist   0
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All   2
Fandom
Board Game 20
Board Game Publisher 1
Board Game Implementation 3
Marketplace
For Sale 0
Sold 8
Rating 15
Plays
Board Game Plays 6611 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Board Game Expansion Plays 54 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
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Trade Rating (28) Propose A Trade With This User
Ratings
Board Game Ratings 1108
Average Rating 6.21
10 4   (0.4%)
9 37   (3.3%)
8 165   (14.9%)
7 228   (20.6%)
6 433   (39.1%)
5 104   (9.4%)
4 80   (7.2%)
3 44   (4.0%)
2 9   (0.8%)
1 4   (0.4%)
Board Game Expansion Ratings 109
Average Rating 7.29
10 0   (0.0%)
9 16   (14.7%)
8 42   (38.5%)
7 23   (21.1%)
6 22   (20.2%)
5 2   (1.8%)
4 1   (0.9%)
3 2   (1.8%)
2 1   (0.9%)
1 0   (0.0%)
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Top 10
#1: Go
#2: Dominion
#3: Oregon
#4: Carcassonne
#5: Battle Line
#6: Mahjong
#7: Puerto Rico
#8: San Juan
#9: Age of Steam
#10: Tarock
Hot 10
#1: Coconuts
#2: Splendor
#3: Castles of Mad King Ludwig
#4: Agricola
#5: The Magic Labyrinth
#6: Lewis & Clark
#7: Subdivision
#8: Love Letter
#9: The City
#10: Suburbia
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