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?


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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Boardgame Geek Top 100 – Played or Play? 100-91

It’s no secret that I’ve been in a bit of blog doldrums over the last couple of weeks. The social isolation and not playing many games (none until last weekend, actually) except the apps that I do asynchronously, plus getting really busy at work (not that I’m complaining about that because at least I have a job that I can do remotely) has caused the number of posts on this blog to plummet.

But then I started trying to catch up on some of the blogs that I follow but haven’t been reading as much as I should have, and I happened upon a post at the Boards & Bees blog by Asutbone (Jesse Hickle on Twitter).

(By the way, he runs a great blog and you should check it out).

The series of posts in question consist of Jesse going through the BGG Top 100 games and talking about the ones that he hasn’t played yet.

Because I take inspiration from wherever I can get it, and because I’m nothing if not original (Editor: *cough* *cough*), I thought I would expand on that idea and use it to get me through what has become a tried and true funk.

Why don’t I go through the Top 100 games on BGG and comment on all of them? The ones I’ve played, the ones I haven’t, the ones that I may want to play some day and the ones that I have absolutely no interest in?

And, just to avoid looking like a copycat, I’ll be original and count down from #100 rather than counting up from #1.

Because that’s how I roll.

So with all of that being said, let’s get this show started!

After I’ve had my nap.


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New to Me – December 2019

Happy New Year!

As we start the new year here at the Cult of the New to Me, we want to look back at the previous month, because looking back is what we do!

That’s right. We never talk about the new to me games that we’re going to play. We always look at what we just did.

Some would say that we’re stuck in the past, but I say those who don’t study the past are doomed to repeat it!

Yes, I just made that up. Insightful, isn’t it? (Editor – Hey, Dave. George Santayana on Line 1)

I think I’m pretty much as insightful as Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln Quotes

Anyway, we do like to look back here at Cult Headquarters, and right now we’re looking back at December!

So without further adieu (all of my adieu got traded at some Baghdad market stall for a gold guild ring anyway), let’s get this show on the road!

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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!


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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Review – Le Havre : Inland Port

I’ve never done well with a number of Uwe Rosenberg’s “big” games (A Feast for Odin, Agricola, Caverna, etc), which I’m sure is my problem and not his. I can see the good design in them, but they’re just not for me (though I don’t mind Caverna that much).

One of the cool things about him and these games, though, is that he often later creates 2-player versions of them that are slimmed down and perhaps more appealing to those of us who bounce off of the originals.


Le Havre: Inland Port is an example of what I’m talking about, at least thematically (the description says that it shares design elements with Ora et Labora, but I’ve never played that so I couldn’t comment).

Le Havre: Inland Port was designed by Rosenberg with art by Klemens Franz. It was published in 2012 by Z-Man Games.

Yes, I know! A timely review!!! (Editor- you’re going to review Chess next, aren’t you?)

Anyway, let’s see how it works.

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New to Me – May 2019

It’s hard to believe we’re almost half-way done with 2019 already.

Where does the time go?

I know where my time didn’t go last month: playing new to me games. I only have three games to tell you about!

However, as the Cult of the New to Me bylaws go, if you play fewer new games, you have to make sure they’re old enough. I think 2007, 2005, and 2012 qualify!

Where did my time go in May?

I was attacked by assassins in an attempted coup!

Wick horse

Thankfully, I dealt with it.

I’m posting this two days early because I won’t be playing any more new games until Sunday. Besides, my father (or mother, or maybe just somebody I heard on the street, I can’t remember) always said that if you can’t do it better, do it early.

I live by that motto!

Anyway, without further adieu (all of my adieu was accidentally donated to a presidential campaign anyway), let’s get started!

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New to Me – March 2019

It’s March! Or it was March. This post is about March, at any rate.

What was I saying?

Oh yeah, I played lots of new to me games last month because last weekend was a convention weekend. I played a total of eight new to me games!

This made all of my fellow cult members happy.

In fact, they were so happy that they baked me cookies!

This is a subliminal message to get you reading this post and wanting cookies. Did it work?

They didn’t have to do that.

I’m not sure what’s in them, though.

Hmmmm….maybe that’s why I’m so tired.

I’d better finish this one before I pass out.

So without further adieu (all of my adieu was thrown over the barricades to mollify the Soviets anyway), let’s begin!

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