BGA Challenge: Learn and Play Every Game on Board Game Arena
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[ABANDONED UNTIL FUTURE NOTICE]: I realized that the experience on BGA is not an accurate portrayal of how much I would enjoy the game in real life. I also found that I tended to enjoy the experience on BGA much less than in real life and found that because of that, my opinions on these games was diminished somewhat as a result.


I've challenged myself to learn and play every game on Board Game Arena...with a few exceptions. There's no time limit to accomplish this task, it's just over time.

If you would also like to take this challenge as well, please make a separate geek list.

Criteria:
-Traditional and abstract strategy games are (mostly) excluded (any game that uses a regular deck of cards or is cosnidered traditional. Things like Hearts, backgammon, chess, etc. or any game that is purely abstract strategy.)
-Games I've played in real life are excluded.
-I will only add a game to the list once I have played it.
-If I play a game in real life before playing it on BGA, it will be added to the excluded list.
-I might exclude the abstract strategy games as I have disliked the majority that I've played in the past.

Learned (Unplayed)
In the Year of the Dragon
K2 (I played once, but I don't remember it or if I finished it.)
Race for the Galaxy
GOSU
Tournay (I watched a video on how to play. Didn't read the rules)

Excluded:
Played in Real Life:
Takenoko
Tokaido
Jaipur

Traditional/Abstract Strategy:
Yahtzee
Perudo (Perudo)
Brain Trainer
Chess
Hearts
Backgammon
Checkers
Kalah
Go (Gomoku)
Neutreeko
Uncle Chestnut's Table Gype
Pylos
Quarto
Quoridor
Gyges

Completed: 10/55
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1. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:183]
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Would I Play Again?
No, but only because the Temporal Boots card ruins the game. (Ends the game prematurely, and is bullshit).

Would I own it?
Not unless I found it on sale for a very good price.

Thoughts After a Few Plays:
I'm noticing that it's very possible to be a dick to people in this game. I'm also noticing that it's possible to feel like you can't do anything for several rounds. Especially gain more cards. And this makes the game feel dull or even annoying at times.

It's weird, because the first time I played it, I loved it. I thought it was an amazing game, but then I kept playing and started hating it more and more with each play.
 
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2. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:92] [Average Rating:7.59 Unranked]
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Would I Play Again?
Yes. It's pretty fun. A bit too much math for my liking, but that's what's good about playing on BGA, is that it does all the math for you.

Would I own it?
Probably not. Too much math involved and I'd rather play Lords of Waterdeep if I'm gonna play a worker-placement game, plus I own Lords of Waterdeep.
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3. Board Game: Dragonheart [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1487]
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Would I Play Again?
Yes. It's a nice, quick 2-player game. It's somewhat luck-based, but I really like it.

Would I own it?
Probably, if I found it for a decent price.
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4. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:223]
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Would I Play Again?
Probably not.

Would I Own It? No
It's cool, but it feels like chess to me, like I'd have to spend a lot of time studying strategy to get good at it.

I might pick it up if I found it at the thrift store or for a really good price, but otherwise no.
 
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5. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:515]
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Would I Play Again?
Sure. It's a decent little filler game.

Would I Own It?
Only if I found it for a decent price. I probably wouldn't pay full price, even if it's cheap.
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6. Board Game: Quantum [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:421]
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Would I Play Again?
Yes.

Would I Own It?
I'm not sure yet.

I'm not really sure how I feel about it. It's like if you have the better strategy from the beginning, you'll win. And it feels like an area control game in some ways, which I don't like. Overall, I've had fun playing it, but I've also had a bad time with it.
 
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7. Board Game: KoryƏ [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1777]
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Would I Play Again?
Yeah, sure. It's a nice little filler game. Nothing too special about it. I like the system it uses, it's very unique.

Would I Own It?
I wouldn't buy it for full price. If I found it cheap, I'd probably pick it up.

Thoughts After A Few Plays:
-It's just not exciting. Nothing that happens really feels satisfying, and it usually ends up just feeling like dull. I guess there's some strategy to it, but it's also luck based. I dunno, it's just not super enjoyable. I'd play again, but I wouldn't suggest it.

I feel like one wrong move could ruin the entire game for you. And I don't like that.
 
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8. Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:614]
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Would I Play Again?
Yeah. The game I played was the advanced version, and I really didn't have a firm graps on what was going on. I should have made sure I played on the basic mode first. I'd play again, but I think I'd like to play in real life and have someone there in person to walk me through it.

Would I Own It?
Not at the moment, no. I'd need to play a few more times to make this decision.

Other Thoughts:
One thing I will say is that, without having a firm grasp on the whole game, it felt like there was too many things I could do, and I didn't know what a good move was. So it was quite overwhelming in that regard.
 
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9. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:49]
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Would I Play Again?
-Probably not. There's too much going on at once. The iconography isn't intuitive and the game feels to fast-paced to keep up with all the iconography. It's a good system, but I don't like the game.

Would I Own It?
-No. I'd rather own something that has simpler gameplay and more clear iconography.

 
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10. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:686]
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Would I Play Again?
Probably not. It fell pretty flat for me. Just kind of boring.

Would I Own It?
If I found it at the thrift store for a decent price, yes, I would pick it up.
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