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Best Game of 2008?
Yes, you read right. I am wondering what your favourite game was last year. Can't do this year yet as it hasn't finished or at least Essen 2009 hasn't happened yet...
I reckon Pandemic was my favourite last year. And yeah, I know I can have a look at Stats but this may have changed.
Comment by Tel
Since I've had to seriously reduce my game playing time, it is a lot harder to choose a game of the year. I haven't managed to play too many games from last year and those I have played only got limited plays.
The obvious contender was Dominion. Now I only managed play this the once and I suspect it needs a few games to be able to see how the cards work together. Given how well its been received (ranked 7 on the geek), it seems churlish to criticize it. But I felt I was forced to spend too much time shuffling and not enough time following what others were doing.
Le Havre is another possible contender. I think the game works well and I've enjoyed both games I've played of it. But I think it just plays too long for me, on the whole I tend to prefer games that play in 45-90 minutes. I dont know what you lose playing the shorter version, but it may be worth giving that a go at some point.
A couple of Treefrog games also in the running, the first being Tinners Trail. After my 1 game of this I was expecting it to be a regular visitor to the table and am very surprised to see it has only been played once. Going to have to rectify this.
Steel Driver is the other Treefrog contender and that has had a couple of games. I've found both games interesting and entertaining but that last round can be prone to be a tad slow.
Finally the Fragor offering for 2008 was Snow Tails. A race game with nice movement mechanism.
Gievn that I've only played each game once or twice its a tough call, but I'd probably give the nod to Tinners Trail.
Essen Buys 2008
The Guys very kindly brought me back:
Sushizock im Gockelwok
The Princes of Machu Picchu
I loved Wasabi and it has played quite differently the few times I have played it, which bodes well.
Sushizock I think I prefer to HeckMeck but I think that is because it is a quicker game and doesn't outstay its welcome and offers more opportunities to steal dominoes.
I have still yet to play the other two but suspect Machu will be played next as I have read the rules and it doesn't seem as foreboding as trying to play Space Alert despite my excitement of a co-op game.
We shall See
Comment by Paul
Don't worry Steve. Princes and Space Alert aren't as daunting as they look.
You're clearly mad though. The Sushi game better than the Wormy game? Heresy!
Is THIS the card that Oggie always has in his hand?
Found this on BGG tonight. I am assuming you guys have seen this before...
Comment by Boog
That would indeed explain a lot. Of course, Oggie would have it on a permanent basis so it would break the game...