Boardgame Geek Top 100 – Played or Play? 90-81

With the previous post in this series doing so well, I guess I should do more of them and finish the job, eh?

Last week’s post was a lot of fun and I got some great feedback. Thanks to those of you who stopped by and left your thoughts.

This week (assuming I don’t do two posts a week) we’re going to be looking at #90-81 of the Boardgame Geek Top 100 and we’ll see just how many of them I’ve played before.

And how many I just don’t want to play.

Spoiler: there’s a couple in this one!

In the comments last week, I said that I thought I’ve played 40 of the Top 100 games. Anyone want to hazard a guess whether that’s a low or a high estimate?

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Lay your bets! Lay your bets, but don’t bet on red…

Now that you’ve blown all of your money on me, let’s get started.

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New to Me – September 2019

It had been a quiet September at Dude Central. There was a birthday party that nobody came to (it’s not my fault I accidentally put September 9, 2018 on the invitations. How was I supposed to know that everybody would actually look at the year and think the party had already happened?)

My birthday post did get some traffic, though, so that was nice.

There was almost an insurrection (yet again) because the only three new to me games had been from 2018 and 2019.

The Cult of the New to Me was not happy.

There was a lot of yelling!

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But then, just as the month was about to end, I played a 2016 game and a classic from 2009.

Everybody was happy (or at least appeased) and we could all go down to the bar and drink our mineral waters.

Until next month, at least.

So, without further adieu (I had to use all of my adieu to turn the power back on anyway), let’s begin!

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Top 25 Games Played of All Time (25-21)

It’s been almost three years in the making, but I almost hit 300 games played since I started recording plays and I thought it would be a great idea to give you what my top 25 games played are.

Thanks to Pub Meeple for the marvelous (if extremely time-consuming) ranking engine! It took 2050 comparisons and about 2 hours of swiping right or left (it’s like Tinder for your boardgame collection if Tinder had a “which person would you rather meet?” comparison function) but I broke them all down.

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Spoiler: neither of these games is on the top 25.

Just a note before you get outraged. There are tons and tons of games out there. I’ve played 295 of them (as of the ranking). There are some “classics” that are not on there because I’ve never played them. No Blood Rage or Rising Sun, or even Gloomhaven.

Also keep in mind that many of these I’ve only played once. Thus, subsequent plays may affect how I feel about them. These are not reviews or based on some kind of objective value.

These are just the games that appeal to me the most.

Hopefully you’ll find this list interesting. Let me know what you think or what your rankings are like in the comments!

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Can Stefan Feld Turn US Politics into Point Salad?

It’s been a busy week at Dude Central, so I wasn’t planning on posting anything this week.

Then I happened to check my Inbox (Editor – Always a bad move).

What was this email that made me have to hop on my computer and post something quick?

Renegade Game Studios has announced a new Stefan Feld game coming in April 2019.

About US politics.

Thankfully not current US politics (I don’t like orange in my point salads), but the election of 1828.

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(Picture from the Renegade Games web site)

Revolution of 1828 is going to be a 2-player game about the election between John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson with the candidates vying for people’s votes.

It’s a no-holds barred election, too (you thought today’s smear campaigns were bad).

I have to be quick, so let’s blurb this puppy from the web site.

“In this two-player game, you are trying to become the next President of the United States! To reach this lofty goal, each player will try to take Election tiles that suit you best and hinder your opponent’s campaign. Election tiles allow you to garner the allegiance of Electors and use the power of Smear Campaigns to skew the populace in your favor. If you also use the powerful Campaign Actions to your advantage and have the press look the other way, nothing should stand in your way!”

This sounds so intriguing, even more so because it’s a Feld game about a subject that doesn’t seem up Feld’s alley.

Maybe he can prove me wrong?

We’ll find out in April.

New to Me – October 2018

Holy moley, true believers!

October is usually a quiet month, but a gaming marathon at the beginning dumped five “new to me” games all in one day and it was only upwards from there!

That was the exciting part of the month. I was going to share it far and wide to the rest of the Cult of the New to Me, but unfortunately they all took great advantage of Canada’s new cannabis legalization laws and, well, this happened…

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That seems to happen a lot when I’m talking, actually.

It’s obvious that fatigue is an on-going problem in our society.

Anyway, with nine “new to me” games on the list, my pal David over at Roll to Review should be happy.

So without further adieu (all of my adieu was taken by some dwarf and used to forge some stupid hammer named Mjölnir anyway), let’s get started!

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New to Me – June 2017

It was a pretty lean month in June for new games. There were a few that I played for a second time, but that doesn’t count (or so the mean-looking guy behind me holding the truncheon says).

Only three new games in June, which is a pretty poor record. I will have to do better in July (he says, having played two non-new games on the first weekend of the month)

Still, the three that I did play were very good, with only one that I’m lukewarm on, and that could be because Martin Wallace is a sadist (I kid, though I wouldn’t be surprised if when he makes his kids clean their rooms, there is a way they could do it where they’re stuck doing it for months and can’t come out until they’re done).

So why don’t we start with that game?

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New to Me – May 2017

After a week of being away, how about a big “New Games I Played in May” post as a return?

May was a good month for new games for me, and three of them were actually 2016 games! That’s kinda new, right?

Anyway, on to the list. There are definitely some good games on here.

Imhotep (2016 – KOSMOS Games) – 3 plays (owned)

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This one has to be my favourite new game of May, though some of the others are damned close.

In this one, each player is trying to help build various monuments in ancient Egypt and get the most prestige/glory/whatever the heck they call it in this game (it would be nice if games picked one name for victory points and kept it).

The game is interesting because each player is building on the same thing. Players have their own stone quarries that they get stone from, then put on ships that will be going to four of the five locations. One of the locations, the Market, gets you cards that you can either save for later, you have to use immediately, or get you end-game victory points.

The others have various ways to place your stones to get the most victory points, but stones are unloaded from boats from front to back, so where you have your stones on the boats can be very important.

And you don’t even have to have stones on a boat to ship it to one of the locations, so you can seriously screw with somebody if you really want (though that does waste a turn where you’re not getting any benefit, so it’s not something to do willy-nilly).

I love that these decisions on what to do on your turn (get stone from your quarry, place a stone on a boat, send a boat to a location, or play a blue card) can be quite difficult sometimes.

And it’s such a simple game! Non-gamers can easily play it (one of the players I introduced it to, and who loved it, thought another fairly simple game looked way too complex, so that tells you something). It teaches fast, it plays fast (40 minutes easily), and it’s interesting.

What’s not to like?

You can find my full review here.

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