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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
chris broadbent
United States
Covington (Kent (Seattle))
Washington
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Chris: 1x + RA
Colin: 1x + RA
 
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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
Warren Adams
Australia
Mt Lawley
Western Australia
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Well if this is a place for crazy ideas.....
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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
Mac Kern
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Bowling Green
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There's so much to explore in this game. Playing the same scenario multiple times can be quite rewarding, as there's always room to increase efficiency. I plan to pick up the &cetera expansion, providing even more incentive to play often.

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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
Nathan Ehlers
United States
Cleveland
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Become the King of Roads and Boats

Status: Open

This is a perennial goal for me. Log the most legit plays of R&B on BGG. Solo games don't count for this. I need real live opponents. I also don't play on any electronic medium. Last year I logged 6 plays. I'm hoping I can do more than that this year. As of writing this, I'm 3rd on the list with 35 logged plays. 2nd is only 1 play above me at 36 and the current king is at 44 plays. 10 this year could get me to the top!

#36. Canal Mania (3 players) - This play technically brings me to #2 on the big board. This was a really pleasant intro map. It might be my goto intro map from here on out if I have 3. It was huge, there's tons of space and resources, and you can really make what you want out of it. I picked it because James was learning the game for the first time and Brian ended up learning the expansion (art) for the first time. I just went traditional stocks. I had a bit of hiccup at one point when I was initially building for art and then consumed all my donkeys in the logistical industrial complex. I did make a single bit of art at the end though. James said he enjoyed it and would play again. Brian just showed up in town and already had a few plays on his belt. This could be a good year for Roads and Boats!
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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
Alex P
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La Plaine St-Denis
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I soloed this for the second time. With the knowledge that creating at least one stock was possible, I set that as my goal.

End result - a lower score than my first solo game! My movements seemed stilted and my buildings were likely badly placed (notably my raft factory and sawmill).

Still trying to acquire the vision to be able to tell how much time a thing should take, a key skill for the ultimate logistics game.
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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
Nathan Ehlers
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Cleveland
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Language: English/Int.

Condition: 4th ed, unpunched but not in shrink. Some minor wear to the box.
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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
Stephen Eckman
United States
Oviedo
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#17

Awards and Honors
2016 4G Top 25 Games of All Time
2016 Mr.X's Top 25 Games of All Time

4G Voting Stats
Points: 34
Votes received: 4
Highest vote received: #3

Mr.X Note
Every game after this one received 5+ votes and at least a #1 or a #2 vote.

Famous people born on January 8th
1935 – Elvis Presley, American singer, guitarist, and actor (d. 1977)
1942 – Stephen Hawking, English physicist and author
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1984 – Kim Jong-un, North Korean soldier and politician, 3rd Supreme Leader of North Korea

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1790 – George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address in New York City.
1835 – The United States national debt is zero for the only time.
1982 – Breakup of the Bell System: AT&T agrees to divest itself of twenty-two subdivisions.

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Have you played Roads and Boats?
Yes, I enjoy it.
Yes, it isn't for me.
No, but I would like to.
No, and I don't anticipate trying it.
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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
Drew
United States
Dallas
Georgia
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Only played a few times. Includes & Cetera expansion

Starting Bid: $10
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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
Mindy Kyrkos
United States
Sunnyside
New York
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I've been wanting to try this game out for a long time, so when I saw it on the epic games planning geeklist I signed up right away, and Vassili joined.

The players besides Vas and me were:
John Hathorn
United States
San Antonio
Texas
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Brooklyn
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The board had been set up for six players but only four plus one alternate showed up. The setup is kind of an arduous process so we decided to go ahead and play with five on the six-player setup. I enjoyed the game and its glorious complexity, but was a little overwhelmed in my first play and definitely made a bunch of mistakes.

Final Scores:

Spencer - 133
John - 121
Vassili - 71
Mindy - 70
Mac - 54

My rating:
Vas's rating:
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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
Steve Wardell
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Indianapolis
Indiana
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JANUARY 1 -

When I don't have any other plays for the day, I'm planning to work my way through the soloable games on my game shelves in order. Roads & Boats is in the top left corner of my shelf, so I pulled it out. This was my first time playing Roads & Boats solo, and I was quite happy with my score of 230. I could have been slightly more efficient, but a very good first try.



Time played today: 86 min
Total time played: 86 min
 
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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
Denis Begin
United States
Reno
NV
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We can't play that, ____ is not here! Do you have any games that you won't play without a specific player?
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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
Agent Emme
United States
Ohio
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Thursday:

I had used the BGG.CON Games Geeklist to sign up for a game of Roads & Boats in advance. Why? Because my ticket was an unexpected surprise from clydeiii, who had to cancel last-minute, and he loves this game. As an added bonus, Aaron Twin, who I met at BGG.CON Spring, had also signed up to play.

I think it took us 4 hours to teach & play? And I think Sterling won? Roads & Boats was fun to play, but boy did I suck at it. Also I wasn't a huge fan of its runtime.


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Longmont
Colorado
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Fun fact: Sterling, a BGG admin, loves Roads & Boats so much that he schlepped his copy, including handmade batik maps, from Colorado to the convention. Check out his beautiful creation!





 
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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
Dan S
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Menomonee Falls
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My wife bought Roads & Boats for me for my birthday this year. After playing Food Chain Magnate and describing Roads & Boats to her she was pretty excited to play this game too. We both loved it and it was the third unanimous choice for our list. This is a perfect 2 player game for us when we don't have any plans for the day. If I had played this game a little more I would probably rate it a 10.
 
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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
Ran Carnelaine
United States
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1–4 Players (1-6 Players with expansion)

EXPANSIONS:
& Cetera

PROMOS:
N/A

ACCESSORIES:
N/A
 
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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
Rahn
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Melbourne
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You sunuva b*tch you stole my geese! I was sure they were safe on that island but then you built that rowboat factory and rowboat and bam! I guess I won't be doing any more research this game...
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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
Kevin Erskine
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Alexandria
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#96 S 16


Number of Years in the Top 100: 2
Highest Ranking in Top 100: 80

2016
Score: 157
Avg. Vote: 9.8
# of Votes: 14
Highest Vote: 1
#1 Votes: 1

2015
Rank: 80
Score: 109
Avg. Vote: 8.9
# of Votes: 9
Highest Vote: 2
#1 Votes: 0

Historical Ranking
2016: 96
2015: 80
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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
Mac Kern
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#3 I already mentioned how much I love pick-up-and-delivery, and if you've made it this far, you know my love for resource management/resource conversion is very, very real. Roads & Boats' solo experiences are solvable puzzles, but good luck with that...I'm happy to score half of the highest-known score on any given map. The huge amount of terrain tiles and ability to create your own scenarios means there's always a new challenge waiting in this box. Also, while it's one of the deeper and heavier titles on my list, I can play a solo game in an hour or less, making it totally doable on weeknights. Roads & Boats may bone-dry, but to me, that just makes it the Cabernet Sauvignon of the solo gaming world.
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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
Stephen Eckman
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Oviedo
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#12, December 14th

Mr.X-It wrote:
What an amazing game! I really like how it starts off very simply, allowing you to keep to yourself and figure out what to do and how the game works. Then, over the course of the game, it ramps up to being a condensed board where you have really pay attention to what is going on or you'll miss something that could cost you the game.


Famous people born on December 14th:
1546 – Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer and chemist (d. 1601)
1895 – George VI of the United Kingdom (d. 1952)
1896 – Jimmy Doolittle, American general and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993)

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1287 – St. Lucia's flood: The Zuiderzee sea wall in the Netherlands collapses, killing over 50,000 people.
1782 – The Montgolfier brothers' first balloon lifts off on its first test flight.
1903 – The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
1911 – Roald Amundsen's team, comprising himself, Olav Bjaaland, Helmer Hanssen, Sverre Hassel, and Oscar Wisting, becomes the first to reach the South Pole.
1940 – Plutonium (specifically Pu-238) is first isolated at Berkeley, California.
1994 – Construction begins on the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze river.
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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
Michael Lange
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Finally managed to secure a copy so I spent an hour or two luxuriating in the goodness I've anticipated for so long.

The basics take very little time to learn, but there is a lot here to chew on with the & Cetera expansion - woot!


(Not my photo, I neglected to take on in my excitement.)

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Stephen Breton
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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Just in the thinking stage here. I welcome any advice!

I was trying to do Macao but my card-fu was not working out.

As you all know, Roads & Boats is currently out of print, though could be gotten for a fair price. I'm still weighing doing that because of hurdle #2 below.

Advantages to DIY:

1. The game is mostly counters. Even if there are about 2K counters in the full set, this is firmly in my DIY wheelhouse.

2. Hexes instead of boards. I'm through the woods on my Magic Realm pnp and the hexes were the most delightful part to craft.

Hurdles for DIY:

1. Accounting for all the river pieces seems doable but difficult.

Edit: I found an account of the 2nd ed river tiles:

Quote:

- 30 sea tiles (blue)
- 23 desert tiles (yellow): 21 plain tiles, 2 river tiles (one sharp bend, 60 degrees, and one "large" bend, 120 degrees)
- 13 rock tiles (grey): 10 plain tiles, 1 straight river, 1 sharp bend and 1 "large" bend
- 21 mountain tiles (brown): 18 plain tiles, 3 river sources
- 22 woods tiles (dark green): 15 plain tiles, 3 straight river, 1 sharp bend, 3 "large" bends
- 35 pasture tiles (light green): 22 plain tiles, 1 "Y"-river, 3 sharp bends, 6 straight rivers, 3 "large" bends



2. The published set has sweet wooden meeples for all the transports. Donkeys, wagons, trucks, rafts, rowboat, steamers, planes. This is the most significant obstacle to a DIY R&B.

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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
Michael Lange
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2016 proved to be the year I fell for boardgames in a big way. Prior to this year I enjoyed playing boardgames, but my exposure to the hobby was largely limited to very mainstream titles, (i.e. Catan, Ticket to Ride, Diplomacy, etc.) PC video games, particularly strategy and wargames were my thing. I think I have 80% of the games Paradox, Matrix/Slitherine published between 2004 and 2014 and my Steam collection is an embarrassment to my wallet and conscience.

With that said, I rediscovered BGG in late 2014 after wanting to spend my hobby game time with family and friends instead of a screen. I found several fantastic games in 2014-2015 such as Combat Commander: Europe, Wing Leader: Victories 1940-1942, Ora et Labora, and Steam and I've had a wonderful time exploring new designers and genres in the past year. Here are my ten favorite discoveries in 2016 (not in order of preference):

1. Roads & Boats


2. Terra Mystica


3. Mage Knight Board Game


4. Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar


5. 18xx


6. Dominant Species


7. A Feast for Odin


8. War of the Ring (second edition)


9. Shadows of Malice


10. Silverton

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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
Dimitris Paraskevopoulos
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Γλώσσα Αγγλικά
Κατάσταση άριστη, 1 play
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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
Shawn Baldwin
United States
Daytona
Florida
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First item up for the ThanksgamingCon...

The last time I played this was 11 December 2009, in Fairbanks, Alaska....wow!!

Since that time R&B has lived in Missouri, Kentucky, and (currently) Daytona Beach, Florida. Talk about a well traveled game!

Over the past week I have played this five times. Two of those being today (Turkey Day).

So here are the "impressive" stats:
•Game #1 Final score 40ish? points

•Game #2 Final score 56pts (getting better)

•Game #3 Final score 88pts (I see a trend)

•Game #4 Final score 81pts (got cocky)

•Game #5 Final score 119pts (yay me!!)

This game is all about optimization, efficiency, and planning. None of which I am very good at, but I got better and the games got shorter so there's that.
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Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:201]
Felix Rodriguez
United States
Somerville
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I love Roads and Boats. Its the ultimate logistics game, and I love logistics. Unfortunately, I have a hard time getting it played partly because its a very mean game and I can't help but be mean.

A friend requested this game, however, so I was very happy to oblige. Its been too long. I think I solved the mean problem as well because we tried the map "Draw a Line" and it is a very passive map. Essentially were were both playing separate solo games. Which is good, because I kinda knew what I was doing and the other person didn't (I ended up with 277 points, a new record for me and nearly 200 points ahead)

I feel that map will get old after a while without the interaction, but as a learning map its the best. Plus I got to play roads and boats. Thanks Shrey!!

Rating: BUY (But, of course, I already have it)
 
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