Out of the Dust October 2017
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"Out of the Dust" is a term referring to games we play that we haven't played in awhile - typically a year or more. Sometimes games get a little dusty if we leave them on the shelf too long between plays - hence they are removed from "out of the dust" when we brush them off to play them again. Like other monthly Geeklists, the Out of the Dust Geeklist serves as a dedicated place for board gamers to post the games they played in the previous month - in this case, the dusty games we played again. The Out of the Dust Geeklist is open to anyone who logs their plays and has played a dusty game in the last month.

Andy's handy tool will analyze a user's logged plays for a range of inputted dates and quickly identify any eligible "out of the dust" games. This tool also formats the results in handy BGG code that can conveniently be copy and pasted into a Geeklist entry! http://www.grimwold.org.uk/bgg/tools/dustyPlaysBGG.php (Note: Due to a recent change in BGG script, this tool may not always work for users who log a high quantity of plays in a month.)

If you want to be notified each month of when the Out of the Dust monthly Geeklist goes live, please subscribe to the Out of the Dust Subscription Geeklist

If you'd like to check out other fun monthly Geeklists, BaSL has a comprehensive list at his monthly Most Played Geeklist, the most recent iteration of which can be found here: Your Most Played Game GeekLists - Announcement Thread
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1. Board Game: Crafty Badger [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:13533]
Bryce Journey
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Crafty Badger - Dust Level: 3 Years, 3 Months - This isn't a very good game because it's almost entirely luck-based. But it's got a cute theme and nice bits so it comes out every now and then. My youngest son is starting to be able to play more games and this was next on the list for him to try. It worked out okay and he was able to participate with some help.

Pengoloo - Dust Level: 3 Years, 1 Month - I played this with both boys after our monthly demo at Spielbound, Omaha's local board game cafe. It kept both boys entertained and the youngest one even won once, which always thrills him to no end.

Notre Dame - Dust Level: 2 Years, 4 Months - I can't believe this got so dusty. It's so good. I have no excuse!

Rialto - Dust Level: 1 Year, 6 Months - I ran this at Nuke-Con. The last time I played this one was also at a local convention last year. I really love this game at five players and I got the max count at my convention session. It's so satisfying.

Kodama: The Tree Spirits - Dust Level: 1 Year, 5 Months - I thought this would be a fun way to wrap up Saturday evening at Nuke-Con and it worked out to be just that. I had a great group of players join me and we had a fantastic time growing trees and attracting kodama. Everyone took pictures of their trees at the end for posterity.

Orchard - Dust Level: 1 Year, 5 Months - This used to be my oldest son's favorite game for a long time. We played it nearly every day for a while there. But he's growing into more complex games now and it's been sitting idle waiting for the youngest to be able to tackle it, which we tried this month. Kudos to the oldest boy for always willing to join his little brother in a game.

Unspeakable Words - Dust Level: 1 Year, 1 Month - Haven't played this since last year's run of Halloween games. I always have a good time with this. Still love those fun little Cthulhus!

Kingsport Festival - Dust Level: 1 Year - Another annual October game. This is one of my wife's favorites and she won this time.

Witch of Salem - Dust Level: 1 Year - Another annual October game. This is my favorite Cthulhu game. We lost again, of course.

A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game - Dust Level: 1 Year - I think I found a new favorite character: Valeria, the Eternal. I helped my wife dominate the Gargoyle with her. Her healing ability was super handy and it was nice to get some free investigation every time the shadow level advanced.
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2. Board Game: The Great Khan Game [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:4079]
Scott Russell
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Rolling Japan - 3 plays
First Published 2014
2 years, 2 months, 26 days
Current Rating -  7 

This was the only one found by the tool. It's a decent enough little filler and has the bonus of a small footprint so it's good for taking places. Needing good light to play because of the small spaces is a strike against it being a bar game. Either way, my sister liked it enough that I sent it home with her.

The Great Khan Game didn't show up with the tool, because evidently my tracking started after my last play. We played a few times and I think it's fun for sentimental reasons rather than great gameplay. Love some of the concepts though and would love to see it updated with some streamlining!
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3. Board Game: Rummikub [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:1602]
Scott Daniel
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San Diego
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Rummikub - Dust Level 25+ years

I played this quite a bit with my grandparents in the 1980s. My wife and I visited my family in Florida and they broke this out after a nice dinner. Solid family game, not the first thing I'd ask for, but I enjoyed my play especially with the company.


Suburbia - Dust Level, 1 year, 2 months

Broke this out a change of pace for my solo gaming. It will likely get a little more play going forward as I enjoyed the Lone Architect solo variant. I'd been playing the other version, but like the engine building in this one. I last played when I taught a friend the game last August. I'd like it more except for the 7-step process to score after you place each tile. I do like the thematic negative impact the growth has on your suburb.
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4. Board Game: Piece o' Cake [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1608]
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Piece o' Cake - last played 2013-11-30 (almost 4 years!)

Roll to the South Pole - last played 2015-10-25 (2 years)

No Thanks! - last played 2015-11-21 (1 year, 11 mos)

Tsuro
- last played 2016-02-20 (1 year, 8 mos)
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5. Board Game: Innovation Deluxe [Average Rating:8.36 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.36 Unranked]
Larry Rice
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Irvine
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Innovation - 1 play
First Published 2010
1 year, 4 months, 8 days
Current Rating -  8 

Only one game out of the dust this month and really, it wasn't out of the dust as it was the new deluxe edition. Twas good to play again even though I got beat despite having a much more interesting tableau than my opponent who was able to ride his more focused engine to victory since I couldn't seem to stop his leaf majority.
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6. Board Game: Valdora [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1405]
Stefaan Henderickx
Belgium
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Only one dusty game this month but what a layer of dust!

Valdora - 1 play
First Published 2009
8 years, 1 month, 9 days
Current Rating -  8 

I bought this second hand and only realised I played it years ago when I added it to my bgg-collection. Good game. Michael Schacht rarely ever fails to deliver a good game for me.
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7. Board Game: Spyrium [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:560]
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Spyrium - 1 play
First Published 2013
3 years, 4 months, 10 days
Current Rating -  7.2 

During my time at CinCityCon I ended up choosing Spyrium from the impressive library. My copy has long sat idle on the shelf at home, but the convention offered an opportunity to play it again.

It took me a while to refresh my memory on the setup, rules and gameplay. So we treated it as a learning game. It took three rounds to overcome inertia before things started to pick up. By the time we got to the last round it was a matter of who had money and spyrium. My prior experience gave me the advantage, 69-54.

Ultimately I think my friend and I both learned a few things and would make wiser decisions next time. It offers some interesting worker placement and removal decisions where timing plays a significant factor. I can also see how some people would just get confused and paralyzed in this game, especially if they were AP-prone. I for one liked it and hope to play it again whether in person or online.


Pandemic Survive - 1 play
First Published 2008
1 year, 0 months, 6 days
Current Rating -  8 

Another CinCityCon opportunity that shows up on this list is Pandemic Survive variant where teams of 2p play the very same scenario with the winner being the last team standing or the first to find all cures.

My wife and I were partners. My goal was to do better than I did last year which went well in my mind but very much to my surprise a team won much earlier than my partner and I felt was even physically or logically possible. We did do better than my team last year, in the sense that I was less suspect of the other teams playing but I still don't know how we finished last with 5 outbreaks and 2 cures when two couples won with 4 cures and fewer outbreaks??? Much like last year I'm baffled at how two experienced Pandemic players can finish that far behind others.

My wife enjoyed the experience which is what is important at the end of the game. I'd play again, I just wish there was better accountability for the actions folks are taking so you felt everyone was taking legal turns and actions. How in the world folks can aggressively pursue cures and have significantly fewer outbreaks, once again is beyond me.


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8. Board Game: Dice Town [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:776]
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The Hanging Gardens - 1 play
First Published 2008
7 years, 5 months, 2 days
Current Rating -  6 

This game is ok. I sold it years back, but some people at a game night wanted to play. I could probably lower the rating to 5, which is take it or leave it, I think.


Dice Town - 1 play
First Published 2009
2 years, 11 months, 6 days
Current Rating -  8 

It had been too long since I played this! Still so much fun.
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9. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:210] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
Jason Lott
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Cheverly
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Small World - 1 play
First Published 2009
2 years, 1 month, 28 days
Current Rating -  8.5 

Only got to play one game this month (ugh), but it was nice to revisit this old favorite. Easy to teach for casual gamers. If anything I sort of wished I'd just dropped in the expansions.
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10. Board Game: Kraków 1325 AD [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:3454]
Wim Verwerft
Belgium
Berlaar
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Kraków 1325 AD - 1 play
First Published 2008
1 year, 10 months, 2 days
Current Rating -  9 

I still love this game. It was definitely time to hit the table again.
Perfect mix of area control, trick taking and semi-coop.
Very underrated in my opinion.
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11. Board Game: Last Will [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:374] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
Bryan Thunkd
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Northampton
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Last Will - 1 play
First Published 2011
3 years, 11 months, 22 days
Current Rating -  7 


Navegador - 1 play
First Published 2010
2 years, 10 months, 19 days
Current Rating -  7 


Drum Roll - 1 play
First Published 2011
2 years, 0 months, 4 days
Current Rating -  7 


Caverna: The Cave Farmers - 2 plays
First Published 2013
1 year, 8 months, 4 days
Current Rating -  8 


Scoville - 1 play
First Published 2014
1 year, 5 months, 21 days
Current Rating -  6.9 


Celestia - 1 play
First Published 2015
1 year, 0 months, 24 days
Current Rating -  6.5 
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12. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:14]
Jeff Wolfe
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Columbus
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The Castles of Burgundy - 1 play
First Published 2011
4 years, 11 months, 23 days
Current Rating -  6 
I had only played this once before. Someone in the group I was with that day suggested it and we played it. Lots of iconography.

Rococo - 1 play
First Published 2013
2 years, 9 months, 12 days
Current Rating -  6 
I had only played this once before. Someone in the group I was with that day suggested it and we played it. I won. Sometimes it goes that way when you don't really know what you're doing.

7 Wonders - 1 play
First Published 2010
1 year, 9 months, 27 days
Current Rating -  6 
I really didn't want to play 7 Wonders, but I decided playing 7 Wonders was preferable to going home for the evening. Sometimes I surprise myself and have fun playing this. This time, the experience was mostly neutral.

Zeus on the Loose - 1 play
First Published 2006
1 year, 6 months, 23 days
Current Rating -  7 
The game club was selling its copy so I bought it. I brought it out at a non-club games night. It's supposedly a kids game, but I enjoy it.
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13. Board Game: Churchill [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:514]
Ron A
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California
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Churchill - 1 play
First Published 2015
1 year, 7 months, 25 days
Current Rating -  10 

I really like this game, but it's not easy to find like-minded people. When I had a chance to play this live over Vassal, I jumped. Took 2 sessions to finish, but it was a hugely enjoyable experience, as always.
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14. Board Game: Formula Dé [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:637]
David Fox
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Formula Dé - 4 plays
First Published 1991
7 years, 5 months, 27 days

Seven years... yikes! It's a shame that a game I played a ton for two decades should have had that long a hiatus between plays, but I'm glad to have dusted it off at last. One game-group play with four players, two cars each, for two laps around Nevers Magny-Cours (good circuit, boring board art): and we ran the whole gamut from feeling victimised by the dice, to gambling on low sixth gears, to spinning out at the final corner, only for the leader to have two cars come by at the last. Then, three plays with my son who singularly failed to realise I was teaching him probability (muahaha!) while rolling much better than me around Interlagos. Great fun, as ever.



Killer: Vanilla - 1 play
First Published 2013
2 years, 2 months, 20 days

Missed this play when the Out of the Dust tool went down: a game I designed for a one-off back in the 90s (it shows) and has been pretty much played ad nauseam by one group ever since. It's a straight take-that game akin to Lunch Money, but with more depth, combos and overlapping attack/defence cards. A few years back we tweaked the end game rules so that, even with player elimination no-one sits out, and also added a hidden role Team variant. This was a Solo mode play and - as is common with groups that play one game many times - we were back in the groove quickly, picking on our favourite foes and hoping not to get smacked by the Orbital Laser. Which I did: ouch!

I'd really like to redo the graphic design on this, but it's a long project and I've very little spare time anyway these days, even for new design work.
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15. Board Game: Catan Dice Game [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:5849]
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United States
Michigan
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Catan Dice Game - 1 play
First Published 2007
3 years, 9 months, 0 days
Current Rating -  4 


Dungeon Fighter - 1 play
First Published 2011
2 years, 10 months, 20 days
Current Rating -  9 


The Hanging Gardens - 1 play
First Published 2008
2 years, 0 months, 6 days
Current Rating -  7 

Ratings still appear to be valid.

Catan Dice sucks - anybody who owns this probably still has most of the pad unfilled. It's only worth a couple of plays.

Dungeon Fighter is still really entertaining and one of only 2 co-ops that I enjoy. (Knizia LOTR is the other).

Hanging Gardens is still a 7 for me, although probably best with 2 players. Some people at a recent game night wanted to play, so I was coerced into playing with 4.
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16. Board Game: Dice Town [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:776]
Joerg Schaefer
Germany
Frankfurt
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Dice Town - 1 play
First Published 2009
8 years, 7 months
Current Rating - 6
I'm thinking about upgrading my rating. I really enjoyed my play. Might have been the right group for this game. Now I have to find a chance to play the expansion which I've never played.

Jet Set - 1 play
First Published 2008
2 years, 2 months
Current Rating - 8
The only game from Wattsalpoag that ever interested me. Now a very good game that comes to the table every couple of years. Too many very good games and too many new games.

Love Letter - 1 play
First Published 2012
2 years, 1 month
Current Rating - 8
Really, two years? Such a shame. The best game that can be played in 15 minutes. I brought it with me at least ten times without playing but nowadays my regular game group isn't into fillers anymore. Getting older, going home after a big game.
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17. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: 10th Anniversary [Average Rating:8.29 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.29 Unranked]
N Jones
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Richardson
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Gold West - 1 play
First Published 2015
1 year, 4 months, 21 days
Current Rating -  8.16 
This is so much better than I always remember it to be. Everything works together well and it just can't outstay its welcome.

Ticket to Ride: 10th Anniversary - 1 play
First Published 2014
1 year, 4 months, 11 days
Current Rating -  9.64 
I had a lot of fun with this. We play the app quite a bit, and this just feels so much better. Pulling new tickets have a little more weight in person than on the tablet. However, my wife & son suffered from impatience due to too much app play.

One other note, this was 3 player (most cutthroat) and quite a few routes were cut off and threats of leaving the game. Still fun.

Note: Rating are to keep games in ranked order (each level = 0.02)
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18. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:850]
Jeff Miller
United States
Ogden
Utah
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Tsuro - 1 play
First Published 2004
4 years, 0 months, 13 days
Current Rating -  7 

Only one game pulled from the dust this month. It's a little surprising that, when I got this game, I thought it would be a great scaling filler that would be easy to get out when I needed something quick. Well it served that purpose this month and if it only does that once every four years, I'm not sure how much it's worth keeping around. Probably need to lower the rating a tad as I'm not immediately inclined to bring it out again soon even though it was ok enough to play again.
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19. Board Game: Wildlife Adventure [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:2715]
Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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Wildlife Adventure - 1 play
First Published 1985
15 years, 2 months, 8 days
Current Rating -  6 

I often have games for this list that are quite dusty, but often the really dusty ones were last played before I started recording my plays on BGG. This one is different -- I last played it in 2002, the first year in which I recorded plays, so it's 15 years dusty. I had previously really disliked it, but this time I didn't hate it, though I didn't love it. Perhaps in the 15 years since I last played, I've learned a bit of the patience you need in order to enjoy this game!


Reluctant Enemies - 3 plays
First Published 2014
6 years, 3 months, 5 days
Current Rating -  8 

I played this game before it was published, using a PnP version that Andy Young made up. This time I'm using the published game. My son-in-law and I are playing it as he learns the OCS system and I blow the dust off my knowledge. This is an excellent game to use to learn OCS; it's of manageable size, and it's pretty clear what you have to do (doing it is not so easy, though.) So far we've played 3 sessions and have just finished Turn 5.
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20. Board Game: Klunker [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:3395]
Andy
United Kingdom
Manchester
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Klunker - 1 play
First Published 1999
9 years, 11 months, 13 days
Current Rating - 6
I was given a copy of this by an old gaming friend, and was able to fit in a play of it this month. It has been a loooong time in the dust. It might see a bit more play in the coming months, we'll see.


Talisman - 2 plays
First Published 1983
5 years, 11 months, 12 days
Current Rating - 7
My brother got this out at our mum's house as something to play with my 7 year old... who really enjoyed it and requested it again the next time we visited as well. My kid played as the Troll as we figured that was the easiest character to play.



Survive: Escape from Atlantis! - 1 play
First Published 1982
3 years, 0 months, 24 days
Current Rating - 8
We had a couple of friends round for games one Friday night in the month and we played a 4 player game of Survive. I thought I was doing quite well, but ended up finishing third.
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21. Board Game: Tammany Hall [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:649]
Tiago Perretto
Brazil
Curitiba
Parana
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Some very nice games came out from the dust this month.

Tammany Hall - 1 play
First Published 2007
2 years, 5 months, 12 days

A superb game - mean and tense as hell. It is so simple in rules and, yet, has so many layers and decisions. But, since it works better with 5 or 4, it isn't always the main choice and people often prefer, even when in 4, to play something else less interactive.


Android - 1 play
First Published 2008
1 year, 8 months, 19 days

Good game, but once or twice per year is enough. A good match for the movie Blade Runner.


Sewer Pirats - 1 play
First Published 2012
1 year, 3 months, 21 days

A neat and well done game that suffers because of its theme - people simply see it and consider a bad game.


Madeira - 1 play
First Published 2013
1 year, 0 months, 25 days

Just made the cut. Very good game, a ahead of Panamax and around the same as Nippon.

And that was it!

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22. Board Game: The Resistance: Avalon [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:99]
John Aronis
New Zealand
Christchurch
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The Resistance: Avalon - 1 play
First Published 2012
1 year, 1 month, 23 days
Current Rating -  6.5 

Good game. It has dropped in rating because it is more complex to explain than resistance (thus not as quick to play as a quick game) and I have rapidly become burned out on social deduction games (although this has some more meat on it).


Betrayal at House on the Hill - 1 play
First Published 2004
1 year, 0 months, 0 days
Current Rating -  5 

I only play this once or twice a year. Unfortunately I did get a haunt I was familiar with, but I was fortunate in that it worked pretty well (except one player character who was eliminated 30minutes before the end). Kind -of played this one out early in my board gaming life and would like to try Widows Walk or Betrayal at Baldurs Gate instead.
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23. Board Game: Fleet [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:785]
Fernando Robert Yu
Philippines
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Fleet - 1 play
First Published 2012
1 year, 3 months, 24 days
Current Rating -  8.5 

This is in my top 10 best games and should get played more often! One of the best multi use card games out there with an auction mechanic to boot.

bo bing - 1 play
First Published 1660
1 year, 0 months, 5 days
Current Rating -  4 

Our annual family traditional game which gets played to celebrate the Autumn moon festival.

Zombie Dice - 1 play
First Published 2010
1 year, 0 months, 13 days
Current Rating -  7 

Surprised it took over a year to get this simple push your luck game back to the table!
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24. Board Game: XCOM: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:567]
Jason
United States
Irvine
California
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XCOM: The Board Game - 1 play
First Published 2015
2 years, 6 months, 0 days
Current Rating -  7.0 

Actually kind of surprised its been this long since I last played this game. We played with the expansion, which I did think makes the game more interesting. Without the expansion, I do think my rating probably would have dropped to a 6.
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25. Board Game: Callisto: The Game [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:4221]
Stephen Roney
United States
Ladera Ranch
California
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Callisto: The Game - 3 plays
First Published 2009
5 years, 7 months, 29 days
Current Rating -  6.5 
My six-year-old granddaughter saw this while looking for some other game and it was a hit with her, so it will get more plays.

Candy Land - 2 plays
First Published 1949
2 years, 4 months, 23 days
Current Rating -  4 
I managed to avoid this for a while, but she wanted to play, so we did. She is starting to like better games, so maybe this can get dusty again.

The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet - 1 play
First Published 2013
1 year, 4 months, 20 days
Current Rating -  8 
This was a factor of not playing as much this year. Normally it would have gotten to the table faster.
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