16297Walter H's Top 10 for 2003, so far
- Apr 30, 2003Well, I rarely have time to get to top 10s, but Dave's inspired me. This
list includes a few new things I played at the Gathering, along with
some old favorites that have come out at MVGA.
So here goes:
10. Amun-Re. On Dave's list as well, it's a good little Knizia game with
an interesting bidding mechanism and a nice division into two halves
that lets you get back in if you lost out the first time. It's not Taj
or E&T, but I like it.
9. Europa Tour. Also on Dave's list. I've won more often than lost, and
played it several times at the Gathering. Yes, it's Rack-O in Europe,
but I like geography. The best thing about it is that it's quick and
fun, so it's another in the "filler" arsenal (especially for people who
have tired of TransAmerica).
8. Tigris & Euphrates. Still my favorite Knizia game. We played it at
the recent Masonic games night run by MVGA.
7. Canal Grande. Got a lot of play during my recent trip. It's 2-player
San Marco, and I bought it from AS on a recommendation from Scott
Henshaw. I haven't played the partnership 4-player, but I think that
there's a board game for that :-) There's one flaw in Canal Grande -
there's no good way to reply if you don't have one card of the
appropriate region. It would be nice if there was a wild card or
preemptive "steal a card" or "cancel a vote" card to prevent someone
from dominating, but hey, it's only a card game.
6. Puerto Rico. Never goes out of style. At JerseyDevilCon I sat down
with someone who announced to the table that he hadn't lost yet (in a
half-dozen playings). He lost. Just doing my part, thanks.
5. Age of Steam. Martin Wallace's new game. I haven't figured out how to
play it well but have enjoyed 3 playings and bought a copy that I'm
looking forward to trying. If you own an earlier edition with the
misprinted city hex, Bohrer will provide a label free on request; I got
the new edition and it appears to be corrected.
4. Funkenschlag. Still lots of fun, though it doesn't come out much in
Unity circles since UGers' eyes glaze over at 75 minutes and it's 2 1/2
hours minimum. The closest most of us get to a crayon rail game these days.
3. Odin's Ravens. A Kosmos 2-player card game, with interesting twists
and turns in strategy. Lisa and I like this one a lot, and I can even
play it (with some simplification) with my 6-year-old. Gorgeous art on
2. Edel, Stein & Reich / Basari. The card game has some improvements on
the board game, notably that there's an option you can pick when other
options are likely to lead to negotiation - and there are some "gotcha"
cards that keep a player from making the outcome obvious halfway through
the round. I still like the original board game, but may pick this one
up as well.
1. Alhambra. "Stimmt So" with a nice tile-laying system. I played this 5
or 6 times at the Gathering and will buy it when it's available. It's
fast and fun.
Honorable mention: Phoenix, a new game not quite out from Jeux
Descartes. Use card play to order colored pawns on a little board. I
want this one too, but it's not available yet :-(
And yes, Crokinole was intentionaly left off this list :-)
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