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Stone Age Board Game
U ubarose March 08, 2019 841   0
The Anniversary Edition of Stone Age was recently released. That means this game is old, but clearly still popular enough that Z-man believes people will spend an extra $30 for a deluxe anniversary edition. Word is that the leather dice cup in the Anniversary Edition stinks just as much as it did in the original Stone Age.  But does the game stink too? What's your opinion? 
Tigris & Euphrates Board Game
U ubarose Updated February 28, 2019 1230   1
Considered by many to be Reiner Knizia's masterpiece, Tigris & Euphrates is a " tactically rich, intense strategy game with lots of conflict (unusual in a German game)."  Originally published in 1997 by Hans im Glück, it has been now been in print for over 20 years. Does that make it a classic? However, many are now saying that the recently released Yellow & Yangtze surpasses Tigris & Euphrates. What do you think? Is Yellow & Yangtze or Tigris & Euphrates the better game? Do you one, or both or neither? 
Cartagena 2nd Edition
U ubarose Updated February 27, 2019 1185   0
This pirate themed racing game was once the go-to filler game at every game day. Designed by Leo Colovini, and published in 2000, it was a Spiel des Jahres Recommendation in 2001. Cartagena's theme is the 1672 pirate-led jailbreak from the dreaded fortress of Cartagena. It came with a little story about it, so you got a little history lesson with the your game. It also included two variations, Jamaica and Tortuga, which play really quite differntly from each other In 2006 a sequel - Cartagena II was released. ...
S Sagrilarus Updated February 21, 2019 1234   0
Were you born 200 years too early, or 200 years too late?
Heroscape Master Set
U ubarose Updated February 19, 2019 1782   0
Heroscape, the game that made tabletop miniature gaming accessible and brought it to the masses. Along with prompting the sale of a butt ton of giant plastic tubs to store it in.
EL Grande Board Game
U ubarose Updated February 19, 2019 2226   0
 “It’s hard to overstate the significance of El Grande’s publication. It basically established a new kind of board game, one in which players strove to have the majority of pieces in different geographical areas of the board.”  - Larry Levy  
Twilight Imperium
U ubarose Updated February 19, 2019 2177   0
Twilight Imperium is an epic empire-building game of interstellar conflict, trade, and struggle for power. Being an "epic" game, it is also a game that can take hours to play, and often requires arranging a special game day just to play it.  Due to the length and complexity of Twilight Imperium,many players have looked to other games as a replacement resulting in heated  debates over whether games,such as Eclipse or Star Trek Ascendancy replaced Twilight Imperium.  Twilight Imperium recently got a new edition, which also resulted in some controvery over whether Twilight Imperium...
A AndrewMcAlpine Updated January 23, 2019 2893   0
Y'all, what a year it's been.
My Woefully Incomplete and Wholly Inaccurate Best of 2018 Guide
W WadeMonnig Updated January 23, 2019 3775   1
If you are searching for the definitive best of 2018 boardgame guide, look further. This isn’t it. This is a woefully incomplete and wholly inaccurate guide of the best and most notable games that I personally played in 2018. You won’t find your traditional categories here and, I would venture to say, you won’t find the traditional winners. This isn’t your father’s “best of” list…unless you happen to be one of my kids’ reading this, then, actually, this is your father’s “best of" list.
Barnes’ Best 2018
MB Michael Barnes Updated January 24, 2019 3203   0
Spoiler, it’s Root. 
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