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Barnes on Games- Barnes' Best Game of the Year Awards 2015

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31 Dec 2015 16:40 #218762 by Michael Barnes

The last best-of you need to read in 2015.

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31 Dec 2015 18:42 #218763 by Ken B.
Fuck yes, bro. Nice column. Damn fine year for board games.

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31 Dec 2015 18:43 #218764 by ChristopherMD
Good list and I like the format.

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31 Dec 2015 19:12 #218769 by repoman
Couldn't post what you honestly felt to be the best game of the year because MM doesn't stock it?

Hahaha.....so much for journalistic integrity.
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31 Dec 2015 20:24 #218772 by Ken B.
Also my favorite anecdote about the stock "Barnes lays down the law" photo above--I'm seated two to the left of Barnsey, about to play Cosmic Encounter for the very first time. Ah, memories.

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31 Dec 2015 21:28 #218775 by Cranberries

repoman wrote: Couldn't post what you honestly felt to be the best game of the year because MM doesn't stock it?

Hahaha.....so much for journalistic integrity.

The Friday Freak out is tomorrow. Unless you're posting from London.
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01 Jan 2016 05:50 #218792 by Black Barney
Who's the oily-haired nerd in the pic?

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01 Jan 2016 05:59 - 01 Jan 2016 06:43 #218793 by ThirstyMan
Barnes' avatar needs changing anyway. Mark E Smith got implants and now he has a brand new pair of choppers. He looks like a model for a fashion magazine (well maybe not).

6 months of surgery to correct a lifetime of abuse.
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01 Jan 2016 09:31 - 01 Jan 2016 09:35 #218798 by Chapel
A card game, a coop, and a underdeveloped craptastic plastic...uggg. And I still don't understand the geek draw to loopin louie, my four year old thought it was cool, but he's four! There was a lot of great games this year, but none from Barnes list. I guess Barnes simpatico to my Euroness has faded away in 2015. ;)
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01 Jan 2016 09:44 #218801 by DukeofChutney
Good list, surprised to see Cthulhu wars so high up, not that i've played it just unexpected.

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01 Jan 2016 10:39 #218805 by Gary Sax
I'm curious to hear your GOTY, Chapel. In the thread Legomancer created, maybe?
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01 Jan 2016 10:55 - 01 Jan 2016 10:59 #218807 by Josh Look
Listen. As someone who also contributed to the Loopin' Chewie Hype Machine of 2015, I'm going to shoot straight with you all here, and I doubt Barnes can dispute this. Yes, it a children's game and it's one that's been around for a long while. But here is the honest appeal.

Imagine Loopin Chewie doesn't exist. You've never heard of it nor have you ever even considered putting the words LOOPIN and CHEWIE together. Erase the whole thing from your mind.

Now imagine you work for Hasbro.

Now imagine that you've just put the words LOOPIN and CHEWIE together. It's so ridiculous, but there's simply no way it CAN'T exist now. You just think of it and say, "Of course. Loopin' Chewie."

That, my friends, is a paycheck you can be really damned proud of.

Is it a fun game? Yeah, for what it is, yes. But the appeal isn't the game (unless you have kids, which I then assume it's pure magic), but it's more that it does exist, and the mere thought of it guaranteed that it had to.
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01 Jan 2016 12:59 #218813 by SuperflyPete
SCAM should've been 1st or 2nd place. Bollocks.
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01 Jan 2016 17:24 #218826 by Hadik
Happy to see titles I can obtain/play for a decent price on this list. Though I will need to take your word for it in Cthulu Wars.
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01 Jan 2016 22:38 #218844 by Josh Look

SuperflyTNT wrote: SCAM should've been 1st or 2nd place. Bollocks.


Out of the games on the list, I have to agree. And I've actually played all of them this year!

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