Out of the Dust December 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.

Posters to the Geeklist are encouraged to write something about the games they brought out of the dust this month. Why did the game get dusty? Why did you decide to dust it off? How does the game compare to how you remembered it? Are you likely to play it more often in the future? These are the questions that we’re particularly interested in examining in the Out of the Dust Geeklist.

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 as a link here: Your Most Played Game GeekLists - Announcement Thread

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1. Board Game: Castellion [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1353]
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Castellion - Dust Level: 2 years, 0 months, 14 days - After playing through all the Onirim expansions, I thought I would try this one again. I remember not being too impressed with it on the beginner mode, so I decided to just jump into the standard mode this time. Turns out the game is much better and much more interesting with the special abilities of the tiles to manipulate.

Bling Bling Gemstone - Dust Level: 1 year, 8 months, 7 days - I'm shocked this is apparently a dusty play. I guess I've been playing Click Clack Lumberjack lately with the boys at the local board game cafe each month. I'd still like to add this to my collection sometime, though.

Castles of Caladale - Dust Level: 1 year, 5 months, 0 days - Another one I'm surprised got dusty because I swear I just got this for my son for Christmas last year. Must have been two years ago. In any event, we brought it our monthly UP Museum family night demo where it worked out well.

Opera - Dust Level: 1 year, 4 months, 15 days - This was one of my Top 10 New to Me games of 2017 and I still like this very obscure and unique game a lot. I'm very glad to have gotten it out of the dust with a play with my main game group recently. Got all the rules right this time too, which made it even better.

Deep Space D-6 - [b]Dust Level: 1 year, 2 months, 22 days - Seems like I've been waiting forever for that expansion to show up. Decided to play it with some of the other ships I haven't played before, which was an interesting experience. I wasn't expecting the variety of ships to feel so different from each other. The new expansion offers a satisfying and equally difficult challenge. I still haven't ever beat this game. The boss always does me in, if I even make it that far.

Ex Libris - Dust Level: 1 year, 0 months, 20 days - The wife and I had a fun time with this at the local board game cafe a year ago and it's been on my wishlist ever since. The cats were nice enough to get it for us for Christmas and it was one of the first games we played from the giant Christmas stack. I edged her out by just a single point!

Joraku - Dust Level: 1 year, 0 months, 18 days - A friend taught me this a year ago and I was impressed with it enough to add it to my wishlist. It connected with me in a math trade a few months ago and I got it off the Unplayed Shelf this month when I brought it to play with a couple my wife and I game with. It worked out well and we had an intense game of trying to outguess what we were all going to play from one trick to the next.
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2. Board Game: Fearsome Floors [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:989]
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I dusted off 5 games in December. I like all five of them.

Fearsome Floors - 5 years

Catan - 2 years 4 months

The Gothic Game - 1 year 11 months

The Rose King - 1 year 11 months

Acquire - 1 year 10 months
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3. Board Game: Caldera [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked]
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Caldera - 3 plays
First Published 2011
1 year, 6 months, 17 days
Current Rating -  8 

My logging of plays is a bit confused between Caldera and Volcano, but it had been since summer 2017 that I'd played either of them.
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4. Board Game: Jamaica [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:445]
N Jones
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Jamaica - 1 play
First Published 2007
2 years, 9 months, 9 days
Current Rating -  9.56 

Played with 6 players with 4 new to the game. Had a fun time with the whole experience. Need to get this to the table again sooner.

Love Letter - 2 plays
First Published 2012
1 year, 11 months, 26 days
Current Rating -  8.68 

I am genuinely suprised. I would have sworn this was not dusty... but nbers don't lie. This has been a very busy year... yet another thing that slipped by.

Chinese Checkers - 2 plays
First Published 1893
1 year, 7 months, 27 days
Current Rating -  7.32 

Another surprise. We play with the rules developed in China (not the place of origin of Chinese Checkers ironically enough) which speed up the game tremendously.

Codenames - 6 plays
First Published 2015
1 year, 1 month, 5 days
Current Rating -  9.1 

Yeah I knew this was a bit dusty. It certainly needs a bit more love.
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5. Board Game: Affenstark [Average Rating:5.14 Unranked]
David Fox
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Affenstark - 1 play - 3 years exactly

This was the forerunner of Animal Upon Animal and, by direct comparison, is awful. In the recent play, no-one ever failed to balance the bananas, so the entire game was decided by what was rolled on the die. No idea why I kept this: now stripped for gaming parts.

Telestrations - 1 play - 1 year 11 months 29 days

So this missed its annual party-game-season play last year; came back this year and was a laugh. It’s more of an activity than a game and, for some reason, the player whose words went round perfectly felt they had won. Not quite the point, as far as I can see.

Magic Maze - 1 play - 1 year 3 months 20 days

My son completely burned me out on this last year and I shoved it to the back of the Kallax, hidden by other games. A family at an introductory games day wanted to play, so I taught and sat in and, pleasantly, had some fun again. I could see the older family members getting frustrated at the red pawn being slammed on the table, but, overall, we enjoyed it.

Gambit 7 - 1 play - 1 year

OK, so really Wits'n'Wagers, but why quibble, it’s the same game, but with more relevant questions. Another ‘annual’ play: I love that this can involve an entire group and we had 28 people at our end-of-year session. A first for me, too... I (was in the team that) won!


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6. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:416]
Jeff Wolfe
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Columbus
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Pirate Fluxx - 3 plays
First Published 2011
5 years, 1 month, 23 days
Current Rating -  8 
I've played lots of other Fluxxes in the intervening time, but not this one. It came out at a gaming party and we played it.

Unspeakable Words - 1 play
First Published 2007
4 years, 8 months, 25 days
Current Rating -  7 
I bought this for friends as a Christmas gift and we played it. I had to delete it from my list of games to undust in 2019 because I got there 2 days early.

ICECOOL - 1 play
First Published 2016
1 year, 4 months, 21 days
Current Rating -  6 
This just randomly came out both times, so there's no real significance to the dustiness.

No Thanks! - 2 plays
First Published 2004
1 year, 1 month, 25 days
Current Rating -  8 
I noticed this on my list of game played in 2017 but not 2018, so I brought it out. It passed 100 all-time plays in 2017.
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7. Board Game: Coney Island [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2913]
Stefaan Henderickx
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3 all-time favorites with a little bit of dust:

Coney Island - 1 play
First Published 2011
1 year, 10 months, 12 days
Current Rating -  8.5 
This game is underrated in my opinion: interaction, clear rules and a fun theme, all of that in 1 hour: seldom seen.

Gipsy King - 1 play
First Published 2007
1 year, 7 months, 10 days
Current Rating -  8 
Turn order: the boardgame. Played with my kids for the first time, they liked going for the fish.

Memoir '44 - 1 play
First Published 2004
1 year, 3 months, 8 days
Current Rating -  9 
Always good fun playing this with my wife. We took the agressive playingstyle to a new level.
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8. Board Game: Ascension: Rise of Vigil [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:1115] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
Håkan König
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Ascension: Rise of Vigil - Dust Level 4 years 1 month


Risk Legacy - Dust Level 2 years (exactly, NYE both times)

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9. Board Game: Kleine Magier [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:9414]
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Still nice, but my nieces are too old now to play this in a normal way

En Jenga. cool
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10. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:147]
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Minnesota
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Ra - 1 play
First Published 1999
1 year, 1 month, 22 days
Current Rating -  7 

Woo my account is finally old enough to be able to participate in this geeklist and I am happy to have undusted this gem. I actually had been trying to get this tabled for the past few months but I think my group likes a more free wheeling feel to our auction games. Still great to have in the collection, though.
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11. Board Game: Freedom: The Underground Railroad [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:347]
Wim Verwerft
Belgium
Berlaar
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Freedom: The Underground Railroad - 1 play
First Published 2012
2 years, 3 months, 12 days
Current Rating -  8 


One of the best euro mechanics co-op games. Not easy to win but we managed it. Almost hard to believe that this one stayed on the shelf for more as 2 years.


Hit Z Road - 1 play
First Published 2016
1 year, 0 months, 5 days
Current Rating -  8 


A fun filler with very nice components if you’re in the mood for dice chucking. Still enjoy this game.
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12. Board Game: Pocket Imperium [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:3761]
Brendan Riley
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Chicago
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Beyond Baker Street x3 (last play 11/11/17 → 12/14/18, 1 year, 1 month, 3 days)

Beyond Baker Street feels a bit like someone said "What if we take the cool card-holding mechanism from Hanabi and made a better game out of it. And they did. We like the variable challenges and the overall feel of BBS, and were happy to play it again. The overall feel of the game is great, and the theme gives just enough direction to make it feel like you're doing something rather than just matching numbers. That said, the color design on the game makes it hard to tell the cards apart sometimes. A decent game, and recommended if you don't have hanabi already.

Pocket Imperium (last play 07/15/15 → 12/27/18, 3 years, 5 months, 12 days)

A delightful take on the 4x experience in 30-45 minutes. This game really fits the "pocket" premise, coming in a box smaller than the "tiny epic" series, and packing an interesting strategic punch. The overall game play involves choosing what order to do the three actions (explore, exterminate, expand) and trying to do them in a different order than your opponents do. While it has a hint of Rock Paper Scissors to that choice, it's a nice bluff. And then you have to make the most of the new ships and with your expansion/exploration actions. I'm going to try to break this out more often -- it's a nice little game.
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13. Board Game: Rummikub [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:1602]
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Rummikub - 3 plays
First Published 1977
2 years, 0 months, 0 days

December means visiting families, which in turns means playing this at my mother in laws. HHmmmm, guess we missed this last year, no worries, we got to it this holiday season. The rug rats go all out trying to take down the grown ups (ie: me).
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14. Board Game: The Stars Are Right [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2748]
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It was a month of looking back. Our Wednesday night boardgame club of the last 8+ years wound down, because Endgame in Oakland is closing. We brought out a number of older games to commemorate the things we have played there over the years....

The Stars Are Right - 1 play
First Published 2008
4 years, 6 months, 28 days
Current Rating -  7 


Ticket to Ride: Europe - 1 play
First Published 2005
7 years, 11 months, 22 days
Current Rating -  7 


Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries - 2 plays
First Published 2007
4 years, 2 months, 5 days
Current Rating -  7 


Tokaido - 1 play
First Published 2012
3 years, 5 months, 29 days
Current Rating -  6 


Colt Express - 2 plays
First Published 2014
2 years, 8 months, 23 days
Current Rating -  7.5 


[imageID= square]Zombie Dice - 2 plays
First Published
1 year, 5 months, 19 days
Current Rating -  6 


[imageID= square]The Settlers of Catan - 2 plays
First Published
1 year, 5 months, 10 days
Current Rating -  7 
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15. Board Game: D-Day Dice [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:991]
Tiago Perretto
Brazil
Curitiba
Parana
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D-Day Dice - 6 years, 0 months, 29 days

Got two plays of DDD - both were more enjoyable than my first experience.


War of the Ring (Second Edition) - 3 years, 11 months, 17 days

As usual, WotR is too good of a game to be in the dust for so long.


You're Bluffing! - 2 years, 4 months, 2 days

Now this one is in my Coffee library, so the chances of it being played will be much better.


London (first edition) - 1 year, 11 months, 13 days

One of Wallace`s best.


Coal Baron - 1 year, 8 months, 19 days

Such a smart and enjoyable euro.
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16. Board Game: Samarkand [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:2885]
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Samarkand - old sid sackson filler I traded away and recently reaquired. probably 10-15 years since I played it. I quite like it now.


Fool! - probably 5 years since last play. It's fun but not as strong as my favorite euro card games. the new edition's artwork is much less charming than the original's
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17. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:558] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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 6   Jambo x1 (27 all-time)
First Published: 2004
Dust Level: 6 Years, 7 Months

Jambo is a fast, two-player game that both my wife and I enjoy. Like At the Gates of Loyang, a favourite of ours, it's a trading game but it's faster paced and has a bit more interaction. Nevertheless, it's not quite as deep as Loyang and neither of us enjoy it as much.

My wife and I played this on New Year's Eve after I did a quick refresher of the rules. Didn't take her long to relearn it and she crushed me.



 8   IKI x1 (9 all-time)
First Published: 2015
Dust Level: 2 Years

The artwork in IKI is quite evocative of the period (Tokugawa Japan). In some ways, it reminds me of another favourite of mine, this one set in Medieval France, Troyes. It's this artwork that always draws me to the game, but the game-play is equally compelling. At it's heart, it's a rondel game of goods collection and conversion, as well as a bit of set collection and area influence. Great game, and one that I had the opportunity to play as a four-player this time.
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18. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:221] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
Lee Benson
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Portland
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Dixit - 1 play
First Published 2008
4 years, 7 months, 28 days
Current Rating -  6.5 
This was played at a casual game night. It was fairly enjoyable. The cards weren't as ornate as I remember so it was sometimes hard to come up with clues.

Super Motherload - 1 play
First Published 2015
1 year, 1 month, 25 days
Current Rating -  7.5 
I'm surprised that it had been so long. This is a fun game!

Nemo's War (second edition) - 1 play
First Published 2017
1 year, 0 months, 7 days
Current Rating -  7.5 
I'm also surprised here. I was really into this solitaire game last year. It was nice to get it back to the table. I remembered nearly all the rules so it was easy to jump into.
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19. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:24]
Justin Wawrzonek
United States
Amsterdam
New York
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Mage Knight Board Game - 1 play
First Published 2011
3 years, 4 months, 7 days
Current Rating -  8 

I can't believe it's been so long!!! I still remember the last game I played of this 3 years ago. My wife and I played basically the same scenario all day while having a Firefly marathon (This may have made our turns take a bit longer than intended). That said a friend of mine wanted to give the game a try before he bought it, so I obliged. We played the tutorial mission, and he really seemed to like it. He even won. I need to make it a point to play this one more often.
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20. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:133]
Chris Trimmer
United States
Houston
TX-Texas
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Tichu
First Published 1991
6 years, 5 months
Current Rating -  7 

Way too long between playes. Twice the starting cards sniffed out opposing bombs for much hilarity and cursing.

Ponzi Scheme
First Published 2015
2 years, 1 month

Another game where humor can reign.

Crokinole
First Published 1876
1 year, 1 month
Current Rating -  8 

A holiday classic.
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21. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:68]
Garret Wehrman
United States
Garden Grove
California
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Great Western Trail - 1 play
1 year, 6 months, 12 days
Current Rating -  5 
Great Western Trail is just too solitaire for my liking. I enjoyed the addition of the expansion board and the ability to customize your destinations but ultimately the game is still terribly repetitive and uninteresting.

Troyes - 1 play
1 year, 1 month, 8 days
Current Rating -  9 
It was great to get Troyes back to the table; I forgot how much I enjoy this game and hopefully it doesn't take as long to play it again. This session was incredibly difficult as our first event, the first red action card and the first yellow action card all relied on influence, making it an incredibly valuable and scare resource throughout the beginning of the game.
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22. Board Game: Dominion: Alchemy [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked]
Andreas Pettersson
Sweden
Arvika
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Thickest layer of dust reported from me at more then three years! Probably need to play more Dominion...

Dominion: Alchemy - 5 plays
First Published 2010
3 years, 1 month, 7 days
Current Rating -  7 
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23. Board Game: 1754: Conquest – The French and Indian War [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:1715]
John Aronis
New Zealand
Christchurch
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1754: Conquest – The French and Indian War - 1 play
First Published 2017
1 year, 0 months, 17 days
Current Rating -  8 

Played this one again. Still enjoyable but limited table opportunities will likely see this one on the trade pile soon.
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24. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:215]
Murray Fish
Australia
Canberra
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They explained everything in detail and at great length. After they finished I sat, despondent, contemplating a bleak and empty future. "I’m glad you’re depressed" said one. "It means you’ve understood the situation.”
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Hive - 1 play
First Published 2001
2 years, 4 months, 2 days
Current Rating -  7.8 

I gave Hive to Mrs Fish some years ago confident that it would be right up her alley. Quite short, abstract and fun. Sadly, for whatever reason, she just does not 'get' this game and consequently is loathe to play.

We dragged it out again after a couple of years of hiatus and, again, it just didn't work for her. The Little Fish might get more use from Hive than her over the next few years.
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25. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:227]
Jeff Spencer
United States
Marquette
Michigan
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Acquire - 1 play
First Published 1964
5 years, 3 months, 22 days
Current Rating -  9 
Kind of embarrassed it's been so long.


Cards Against Humanity - 1 play
First Published 2009
3 years, 11 months, 11 days

My second play ever.


Star Realms - 3 plays
First Published 2014
2 years, 9 months, 21 days



TransAmerica - 1 play
First Published 2001
2 years, 7 months, 24 days
Current Rating -  9 

I keep bringing this to board game day at the store, and it finally hit the table.

Qwirkle - 1 play
First Published 2006
2 years, 7 months, 24 days



UNO - 3 plays
First Published 1971
1 year, 3 months, 12 days
Current Rating -  8 

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