Out of the Dust March 2018
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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

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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: Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5 – United Kingdom & Pennsylvania [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked]
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Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5 – United Kingdom & Pennsylvania - Dust Level: 1 year, 11 months, 1 day - I thought the Pennsylvania map was the superior map in this collection and had a chance to get it back to the table this month. The first time I played I didn't score any of the routes since those aren't printed on the board and I thought the only points came from the stocks at the end of the game. But we played correctly this time and wow, is this ever a high scoring map!

Mondo - Dust Level: 1 year, 10 months, 16 days - This is a fun game to play with my sons but I still have to adjust the scoring for them to be competitive. My youngest loves puzzles so I thought he might take to this one really well, but it looks like he'll need more time for it. It's a more surprisingly challenging game than it first appears.

Roll for the Galaxy - Dust Level: 1 Year, 8 Months - I'm super excited this is up at BGA now. This is going to get some more regular play from me since I like it better than Race for the Galaxy.

Vanuatu - Dust Level: 1 Year, 2 Months - I finally won a game of this after six tries. Everything fell into place for me this time and it was like I saw all the possibilities of my choices with perfect clarity. Additional plays will yield whether I really have it figured out or not, though.

Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu - Dust Level: 1 year, 1 month, 14 days - This is an addicting Pandemic spin-off and very challenging, even on easy mode. The only reason my wife and I stopped playing it a little over a year ago is because we got sidetracked by Pandemic Legacy Season 1. But I'm happy to report that after several more plays this most recent month, we finally won when everything fell into place for us!
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2. Board Game: Abalone [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1500]
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Abalone - 8 plays
First Published 1987
1 year, 5 months, 17 days
Current Rating -  8 

This combinatorial abstract with its satisfying clacking and tactile marble action roared back out of the dust this month to become my most-played game of March. We played with an assortment of variant setups, including The Octopus, Swiss Daisy, Irish Daisy, Dutch Daisy, and The Pyramid.


Machi Koro - 1 play
First Published 2012
1 year, 4 months, 18 days
Current Rating -  7 

I like Machi Koro ok, but I don't own it, and I've mostly played with expansions or the Machi Koro: Bright Lights, Big City alternate standalone. So I didn't feel at home in this play of the original base game. I was the only person to work seriously with the second die, and I didn't come close to winning.


Pharaoh - 1 play
First Published 2010
1 year, 0 months, 27 days
Current Rating -  7 

An old standby that got dusty.
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3. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:849]
Jerry Wilkinson
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I dusted off four games this month.

Tsuro - 8 years 7 months (My only other logged play was at GenCon 2009.)

Piece o' Cake - 7 years 11 months (Played with my friend
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almost 8 years ago, and again this month.)

Five Tribes - 2 years 2 months

Railways Through Time - 2 years 1 month
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4. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:133]
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Tichu - 1 play
First Published 1991
2 years, 2 months, 6 days
Current Rating -  8.94 

My wife actually asked to play!

Tales & Games: The Three Little Pigs - 1 play
First Published 2013
1 year, 8 months, 18 days
Current Rating -  6.66 


Medici - 1 play
First Published 1995
1 year, 5 months, 21 days
Current Rating -  6.6 

This is a really good game and deserves better.

Note: My ratings are to keep my games in order of my personal rank.
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5. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:618]
Tiago Perretto
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Curitiba
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Container - 1 play
First Published 2007
6 years, 10 months, 7 days


Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game - 1 play
First Published 2010
5 years, 8 months, 27 days


Game of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue - 1 play
First Published 2014
1 year, 8 months, 22 days


Urbion - 17 plays
First Published 2012
1 year, 3 months, 1 day


Troyes - 1 play
First Published 2010
1 year, 0 months, 20 days


Vikings - 2 plays
First Published 2007
1 year, 0 months, 2 days


Sail to India - 1 play
First Published
1 year, 0 months, 8 days
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6. Board Game: Mastermind [Average Rating:5.51 Overall Rank:15736]
 
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Mastermind was my only dusty game this month. I haven't played it since before I started recording plays, or even since BGG was a thing, so I'm not sure how long it's been. I'm guessing nearly 20 years. I played it with my daughter who's 9 and she loved it. It took me a while to guess her code, which was very amusing for her. I'm not sure I'd bother playing it with adults, but it was fun to play with my daughter.
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7. Board Game: Doubles Wild [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:11992]
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Doubles Wild, last played 2017-04-01

It was a good game to play when the power was out.
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8. Board Game: The Magic Labyrinth [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:913]
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As usual, I'm only reporting on games that have at least 5 years of dust on them.

The Magic Labyrinth - 1 play
First Published 2009
7 years, 0 months, 7 days
Current Rating -  6 

When someone suggested this, I didn't remember having played it before, but I did indeed record a play back in 2011. I assigned it the same rating as I assigned it back then. I wouldn't complain about playing this, but I wouldn't seek it out either. It's mostly fun because of the novelty, and it's not novel after the first play unless you've waited long enough to have forgotten it!


Sindbad - 1 play
First Published 1990
6 years, 8 months, 13 days
Current Rating -  6 

I did remember this game. It's an "experience game", as they say, with a lot of luck, but there's skill in it as well. Our friend Marsha was visiting from Maryland, so we broke out this quirky game that both she and Joe Huber enjoy.
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9. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:210] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
Jefferson Krogh
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San Leandro
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Codenames - 1 play
First Published 2015
2 years, 3 months, 26 days


Small World - 2 plays
First Published 2009
1 year, 6 months, 1 day
Current Rating -  8 
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10. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:482]
Murray Fish
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The Downfall of Pompeii - 2 plays
First Published 2004
4 years, 3 months, 8 days
Current Rating -  8.6 


Carcassonne: The Castle - 3 plays
First Published 2003
1 year, 1 month, 6 days
Current Rating -  8.2 

Over four years since last I played The Downfall of Pompeii, Well, fixed that the other week with a couple of hilarious games. Plenty of trash talk and screaming was little wooden tokens found their way into Vesuvius. Terrific fun and one that should hit the table much more often.

The other week Mrs Fish and I were casting about for something a bit out of the standard rotation and gazing over the book shelf looking for something that fit the bill of "light but not too light, something I don't have to learn and something that we can play in under an hour" my gazed fixed on Carcassonne: The Castle. All boxes were ticked an a jolly enjoyable game was had - so much so that we played another game straight after the first.
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11. Board Game: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:78] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Pandemic: The Cure - 1 play
First Published 2014
2 years, 9 months, 22 days
Current Rating -  8 

After playing a bunch of Legacy games this one hit the table again.
I used to like this one more but prefer the boardgame now.

Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game - 1 play
First Published 2014
1 year, 7 months, 23 days
Current Rating -  9 

I tried to put this on the table a bunch of times but never succeeded.
Finally I managed to play it again although someone tried to steal my place.
Since I owned the copy I used my veto "no seat, no play".
Sometimes you don't find people and sometimes everyone wants to play.
Time to initiate Dead Of Winter: Warring Colonies
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12. Board Game: Dancing Eggs [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1983]
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Dancing Eggs - 1 play
4 years, 3 months, 2 days
Current Rating -  5.5 

Goofy fun with 7yo son and two 'middle-aged' grown-ups running, hobbling and laughing around a table in a large hall with plenty of room. The symbols need a bit of getting used to and I've lost one of the eggs, but still a right lark. That wooden egg is hard to hold: definitely worth 2 points! I don't know why my son has never wanted to play this in a 'party' setting: shame, I think it'd go down really well.

Incan Gold - 1 play
2 years, 11 months, 2 days
Current Rating -  8 

(Or Diamant, if you prefer.) Good to play this again after so long: I often put it in a bag for gateway game nights as it takes 8 quickly. This was the new EGG version: the tents are snazzier; everything else looks much the same. I hadn't shuffled the Idols into the deck before and liked that unpredictability. I played my usual game and came a good second, losing to someone scoring big on the very last turn. Solid PYL game.

Timeline: Music & Cinema - 1 play
1 year, 10 months, 16 days

Current Rating -  7 
I keep this separate from Timeline Challenge as the cards are all 20th/21st century and would be too obvious for the big game. This worked really well as a gateway while people were sitll eating their food and, while familiarity with the genre and the game helped me win, everyone had a good time.

The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow - 2 plays
1 year, 2 months, 10 days
Current Rating -  8 

Three players new to social deduction games in a large group meant Werewolf *had* to be played: it's so simple and allows for new roles to be added incrementally. A hit, as ever.

Love Letter - 1 play
1 year, 1 month, 15 days
Current Rating -  9.5 

The grandaddy of the microgame family, I was introducing several new games to a fairly withdrawn teen and this - along with THE GAME - brought her out of her shell nicely. She was soon 'reading' people (particularly her mother) and contesting a typically close game 2-3-4-3. Having played this many, many times, I still found another new situation: deliberately losing a round to the right player so that I could stay in the game. Great minimalist design.
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13. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:364]
Håkan König
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Not much dust this month: 2 games only.

Helt genialt! - 1 play
First Published 2004
7 years, 6 months, 5 days

Die hängenden Gärten - 1 play
First Published 2008
3 years, 3 months, 15 days
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14. Board Game: Carson City [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:381]
Jeff Wolfe
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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Carson City - 1 play
First Published 2009
7 years, 5 months, 13 days
Current Rating -  5 
I vaguely remembered the title and didn't really remember the game at all. But there it was on the table and I played it. Still not enthused.

Power Grid - 1 play
First Published 2004
4 years, 10 months, 25 days
Current Rating -  7 
I played Power Grid deluxe a few months ago, so this doesn't really count. Of course, when I played deluxe, it showed up on my New list instead of here. So yeah, now it's thoroughly undusted.



Twin Win - 1 play
First Published 2007
1 year, 6 months, 0 days
Current Rating -  7 
World War 5 - 1 play
First Published 2008
1 year, 4 months, 12 days
Current Rating -  6 
Martian Chess - 1 play
First Published 1995
1 year, 4 months, 12 days
Current Rating -  6 
A bunch of pyramid games came out one day--at two different times with two different opponents. Some of them had gone dusty. Here they are.

Pirates Dice: A Game of High Seas Deception - 1 play
First Published 1800
1 year, 2 months, 3 days
I own Pirates Dice. I played Liar's Dice. I think it was barely dusty the last time I played it too.
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15. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:344]
Andreas Pettersson
Sweden
Arvika
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Friday - 4 plays
First Published 2011
1 year, 4 months, 25 days
Current Rating -  7 

Broke it out for solo play and lost a number of times in a row before the first win. Better than I rembered it, should be played more.
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16. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:73]
Bryan Thunkd
United States
Northampton
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Eight-Minute Empire: Legends - 1 play
First Published 2013
4 years, 2 months, 12 days


Eggs and Empires - 1 play
First Published 2014
1 year, 1 month, 20 days


Puerto Rico - 1 play
First Published
1 year, 1 month, 0 days


Trajan - 1 play
First Published
1 year, 0 months, 27 days


Paris Connection - 1 play
First Published 2010
1 year, 0 months, 8 days


Cinque Terre - 1 play
First Published
1 year, 0 months, 5 days
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17. Board Game: Genial Spezial [Average Rating:5.97 Overall Rank:8171]
Laszlo Molnar
Hungary
Budapest
Hungary
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Genial Spezial - 1 play
First Published 2009
4 years, 3 months, 23 days
Current Rating -  7 
It's a fine mix of Through the Desert and Ingenious, two great Knizias. While probably not as great as either, its main problems are the somewhat counter-intuitive rules and that it was sold under the Ingenious label, and a TtD-like no-luck abstract with a completely different feel wasn't what fans of Ingenious expected. Too bad, as it is a rather underrated and largely unknown game because of this. On the other hand it opened up for me as it was the first time I played it with more than two - and it's better with more than two.

6 nimmt! - 1 play
First Published 1994
4 years, 2 months, 12 days
Current Rating -  6.9 
I always liked this game but was never a fan of it. However I always appreciated the way it engages non-gamers at parties. It seems to me I enjoyed it more than before now. Will see if I have to adjust my rating.

Through the Desert - 1 play
First Published 1998
1 year, 3 months, 9 days
Current Rating -  8.4 
Three new fans for this great little game. They liked it so much that this was the game that opened up the possibility to play Genial Spezial aswell.

Oceanos - 1 play
First Published 2016
1 year, 0 months, 24 days
Current Rating -  7 
Still can't decide if it's just okay or a good family game. I mean I like the mechanism ideas... But the game is so... little for the complexity and the set-up time. My kids weren't that enthusiastic, but it needs a few more plays before I can decide if it should stay or it should go.
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18. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:25]
Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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I just played this today, and I was surprised to discover how long it has been since I last played it. It qualified me for another entry on this list.

Agricola - 1 play
First Published 2007
8 years, 6 months, 21 days
Current Rating -  7 

I ran off 22 plays in a few years, but then I suddenly stopped. If you had asked me to guess, I would have guessed that it had been 3 or 4 years since my last play.
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19. Board Game: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:69] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
Matthieu Lamontagne
Canada
Matane
Quebec
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Sherlock Holmes Détective Conseil - 1 play
First Published 1981
1 year, 3 months, 22 days
Current Rating -  10 


Les Chevaliers de la Table Ronde - 1 play
First Published 2005
1 year, 3 months, 19 days
Current Rating -  9 


Bohnanza+ - 1 play
First Published 1997
1 year, 2 months, 3 days
Current Rating -  7 


Carcassonne - 1 play
First Published 2000
1 year, 1 month, 2 days
Current Rating -  7 
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20. Board Game: 6-Tage Rennen [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:4224]
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At least a year dusty. I am fond of race games and this is great one. No luck at all.
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21. Board Game: South African Railroads [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:5602]
Dave Peters
United States
Belmont
California
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Looks like I've managed to play 2 things that I'd not played for at least two years. (I acknowledge that the restriction is quite arbitrary; but I might as well be consistent.)


South African Railroads -- (1 this month; 4 plays 33 months ago) _9_
(images by rockusultimus & lorna)

This is one of (if not my very favourite) of the Winsome games. It's not terribly long; occasionally a bit subtle; and quite amsuing. This was the first time I'd ever played with 6: and it worked well at that count.

I'd be delighted to play it more often!


TZAAR -- (2 this month; 20 plays 30 months ago) _8_
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Surprised it was so long for this one; subjectively, it hadn't been more than a year. My esteemed opponent (son #2) and I had no trouble recalling the rules: and it was fun.

Admittedly, it seems quite fluffily simple compared to many (most?) of it's GIPF Project siblings. Both lookahead and branching factor appear to me to be smaller than the rest of the family. But it's still cool.


Thanks again to my youngsters, the BAP attenders, the Lunch@Work folk, and the Wednesday Night gang for some great game experiences.
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22. Board Game: La Città [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:645]
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Two classics! La Città shows its age, but was fun for one play. Citadels is still cool.
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23. Board Game: Clans [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1267]
Larry Rice
United States
Irvine
California
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Clans - 1 play
First Published 2002
11 years, 0 months, 9 days
Current Rating -  5 

When I brought this out, everyone else wanted a card game. It was late. It took a bit for the game to develop. It wasn't a hit. I think it is a creative and interesting design for 4-5 players.

Bamboleo - 1 play
First Published 1996
9 years, 7 months, 19 days
Current Rating -  4 

It was fine. I was more impressed that Mike consistently set up the board every round with no problems. I remember that being hard for me to do almost 10 years ago! I don't need to own but am happy to play from time to time.

Star Wars: Imperial Assault - 2 plays
First Published 2014
2 years, 6 months, 19 days
Current Rating -  5 

Since a friend forgot to bring his new Gloomhaven character deck and cards that he had taken home to organize and learn, we revisited this title using the app. I do think the app improves the experience - this one had faded for us because no one really enjoyed being the Imperial player.

Blokus Trigon - 1 play
First Published 2006
2 years, 2 months, 8 days
Current Rating -  8 

While I only own the base Blokus game, I'll happily play any Blokus game at any time. It is well designed and I am always curious to see different play styles compete.
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24. Board Game: Las Vegas [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:478]
Mike Jones
United States
Gainesville
Florida
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[imageID= square]Vegas - 1 play
First Published
2 years, 4 months, 21 days
Current Rating -  6 

Fun filler. Pulled it out while waiting to see who was going to show for gaming night. It was well received.

(I only log FtF games. I do play this on Yucata, but I do feel that FtF gaming and on-lime gaming has a much different feel)

Diamonds Club - 1 play
First Published 2008
2 years, 3 months, 3 days
Current Rating -  7 

Two years? Again another game that I feel I have played in the past year, but hey time does fly.

[imageID= square]Endeavor - 1 play
First Published
2 years, 0 months, 12 days
Current Rating -  7 

I don't know why I don't pull this out more. Simple but interesting game. For some reason, I feel I can't teach this one.

[imageID= square]Arkham Horror - 1 play
First Published
1 year, 2 months, 29 days
Current Rating -  6 

Ok, I think it's got it's one play for the year


Elysium - 1 play
First Published 2015
1 year, 1 month, 22 days
Current Rating -  8 

Really? I feel that I had pulled this out in the past year.


[imageID= square]Pow Wow - 1 play
First Published
1 year, 0 months, 26 days
Current Rating -  7 

So much fun. Daughter is happy that she has finally won it too.
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25. Board Game: Antiquity [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:198]
Garret Wehrman
United States
Garden Grove
California
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Antiquity - 2 plays
1 year, 11 months, 1 day
Current Rating -  8 
Antiquity is just as brutal as I remember but I was able to pick up two wins this month with San Christofori and Santa Barbara respectively. Also, my first and last time playing with four players.

Loopin' Chewie - 3 plays
1 year, 5 months, 22 days
Current Rating -  6 
Totally forgot that I owned this one so I expect it to make an appearance more often now.

The Castles of Burgundy - 1 play
1 year, 0 months, 18 days
Current Rating -  7 
This used to hit the table consistently around here but that hasn't been the case as of late. It was nice to revisit this at two players, probably my favorite player count.
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