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Hey, guys and gals. This is a list of all my boardgame reviews/run-throughs/synopses. I don't know what to call them exactly.

My goal is to illuminate what the back of the game box doesn't, so you can make a better decision as to whether the game's a good fit for you. For example:
* What's the overall goal and theme?
* What does a typical turn look like?
* What kinds of decisions will I be making?
* What type of game is it in terms of mechanics?
* Who's it good for?

You can subscribe to this list to receive a subscription notification whenever I post a new review on BGG.

All of these reviews were first published in Here Be Books & Games' monthly newsletter and/or on my blog The Glass Meeple.

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Abracada...what? - A spell-casting deduction game for the whole family

Now is the time for all ye wizards and would-be wizards to grab your wands and don your pointy thinking caps for some spell-casting, deductive fun in Abracada...what?...
 
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Bohnanza: Pirates Expansion - Bean Trading on the High Seas

Bohnanza, the classic bean-trading card game by Uwe Rosenberg who later would design Agricola, has had almost 30 expansions and spin-offs published in Germany since its debut in 1997. A relative few have made the voyage across the ocean to the United States. One of the newest immigrants, La Isla Bohnita, comes bundled with a partner in Rio Grande Games' Bohnanza: Princes & Pirates...
 
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Carcassonne: Hills & Sheep Expansion - The hills are alive with the sound of baaa-ing... and tie-breaking...

The tile-placement game Carcassonne just got a new expansion: Carcassonne: Hills & Sheep (July 2014). This full-sized expansion for Carcassonne adds shepherd meeples, sheep and wolves, hills and vineyards, and 18 new Land tiles (identified with a little sheep icon)...
 
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Carcassonne: The Phantom, A Must-Have Mini Expansion for Carcassonne

Carcassonne: The Phantom is my favorite mini expansion for Carcassonne. I consider it a must-have, though it's now out-of-print and hard to find.

The Phantom shadows your followers...
 
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Carcassonne: South Seas - First Stop Around the World

Carcassonne fans and newbies alike will love this stand-alone addition to the Carcassonne family of games. Carcassonne: South Seas features gorgeous artwork depicting an island paradise, new Islander meeples, and 60 wooden wares (bananas, shells and fish) in two sizes. As in the original Carcassonne, up to five players can build the landscape, tile by tile, placing meeples to claim features...


 
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Coal Baron - Working in the Coal Mine, Goin' Down Down

"Working in the Coal Mine, Goin' Down Down..." Coal Baron is a medium-light worker placement game in which your goal is to become the richest Coal Baron. To accomplish this you'll need to acquire and fulfill orders for specific combinations of four types of coal: yellow, brown, grey and black...
 
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Cthulhu Die! A review of Cthulhu Dice

The name of this very portable game is a misnomer as it consists of a single, large, beautiful custom 12-sided die with Lovecraftian symbols: Yellow Sign (5 sides), Tentacle (4 sides), Elder Sign (1 side), Cthulhu (1 side) and Eye (1 side). The single die is all you need to play...
 
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Dimension - That's How the Ball Stacks

Dimension is a real-time puzzle game in which players, racing against the clock, attempt to build an 11-ball pyramid without breaking any of the current 6 rules. The player who's the most successful at this over 6 rounds of play, wins the game...
 
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Elysium - Nobody can play just one

I propose a new classification of board games: nobody can play just one. It should be applied to games that you immediately want to play again, even after just finishing a game. The most recent game to earn nobody-can-play-just-one status is Splendor published by Space Cowboys and Asmodee. And now they've got a new game hitting U.S. shelves in May called Elysium, which from all the reviews and player comments I've read so far, promises to be the next game to earn the status of nobody can play just one. Let's take a look at it...
 
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Firefly Fans Rejoice! There's a New Game in the 'Verse!

Aim to Misbehave as a captain of your very own Firefly class ship. Hire some crew, take on jobs and keep flyin'. That's the aim of Firefly: the Game.

Firefly: The Game is a highly thematic game with heavy pick-up-and-deliver mechanics...
 
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Istanbul - A Lesson in Efficiency

I first played Istanbul at Atlanta Game Fest last year. It's Euro-style play, colorful tiles and bits, and puzzley immersive play quickly enraptured my mind. After many plays since, I've decided that Istanbul boils down to a lesson in efficiency. Let's see why...

 
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Nanuk: A Quick Review

In Nanuk, hunters boast how many animals they can acquire in so many days...
 
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Pandemic: Legacy - Write Your Own Legacy in This Campaign-Style Cooperative Board Game

Pandemic: Legacy, designed by Matt Leacock and Rob Daviau, is scheduled to hit game stores worldwide October 8. Each group of gamers that plays the game will write their own Pandemic: Legacy as the game unfolds, campaign-style, in literally unique ways based on how each session ends. Because Pandemic, with the On The Brink Expansion, is my favorite cooperative game, I've been avidly following all information released about it. Following is a summary of the most interesting tidbits I've found. Don't worry, there aren't any spoilers. The designers and publisher have been quite careful not to leak any details that could ruin the surprises in store for us...
 
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Pandemic Legacy - A Story Unfolds

Pandemic Legacy, designed by Matt Leacock and Rob Daviau, hit game stores worldwide October 8, I received my copy October 9. I couldn't wait to unwrap its mysteries and proceeded to open the box and examine and inventory its immediately visible contents - and read the rulebook...

...What follows are my impressions of Pandemic Legacy thus far - redacted. That is, I've hidden any spoilers so you can safely read the unhidden parts without having any surprises ruined - with one caveat: I don't consider anything visible when you open the box, look at the contents, examine the board and cards, and read the rulebook to be a spoiler. Anything hidden inside the boxes or behind "doors" in the Top Secret Dossier, however, that I feel helpful to share (I'm still keeping some secrets), I will hide in spoiler boxes. Fair enough? Here goes...
 
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Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island - A Cooperative Game Filled with Euro Game Goodness

Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island is a cooperative, worker-placement game that I'd had my eye on for over a year. When it finally released in the U.S. I grabbed a copy immediately: it was totally worth the wait!
 
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The Stars are Right for this fun puzzle game

The Stars are Right is kind of like those slide puzzles with numbers that you push around to try to get all the numbers in order or graphics that you move around to form a picture. The artwork in The Stars Are Right, however, is much more colorful and interesting. Plus, it has the popular Cthulhu theme Lovecraftian fans love...
 
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Valdora - Gorgeous Medieval-Themed Pickup-and-Deliver Game with Books!

Hidden far away from our time lies a valley of unimaginable riches, where gold, silver, and precious jewels lie strewn along the roads, seemingly just waiting for you to scoop them into your rucksacks so you can fulfill commissions for wealthy patrons. The name of this wondrous place is Valdora.

Valdora is a pickup-and-deliver game with straightforward rules, a beautiful board and bits, and a unique "book" mechanism. While play is simple and shouldn't cause much analysis paralysis (there're only 5 possible actions you can take each turn), strategy, timing and efficiency will determine the winner...
 
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Shotgun Review of Zombie Dice

This humorous game with a zombie theme consists of a colorful dice cup containing 13 special dice in 3 different colors, green, red and yellow.

Players take the part of Zombies trying to get as many brains as they can while avoiding getting shotgunned...
 
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