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61 out of 77 gamers thought this was helpful

I’ve played MtG on and off for at least 5 years and thoroughly enjoyed it. Unlike a lot of games, this never got boring or old to me, and I believe that a lot of this has to do with the fact that the game changes and evolves every year.

This game does not have to drain your bank account.

I have not spent a single cent on MtG. Granted, I have friends and know people who have spent hundreds and even thousands of dollars on rare cards, counters, mats, fancy card sleeves, and all sorts of crazy stuff. However, I’ve had more fun playing with decks that I borrowed than I have with a lot of the games I have owned.

building decks adds another level of gameplay and strategy to some people, and that’s cool, but the game is just as much enjoyable on it’s own. And that doesn’t require you spending your life savings on it. I wish I still had friends around to play this game with.

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Cranium

7 out of 30 gamers thought this was helpful

I brought this little gem with me to college and aside from video games, this was played the most. It takes a bit longer to complete than I think would be ideal, but we all somehow managed to make time for it. I haven’t played it since getting out of school, but I am hoping to find a group I can pick it up with again.

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Blokus

34 out of 57 gamers thought this was helpful

I purchased this game a couple years ago to teach to my younger siblings/cousins over the holidays. I thought, from all the things I had heard, that it would be a hit with the kids. However, that was only half true. The older kids (ages 10-13) really enjoyed playing and kept coming back to it over the holidays, however the younger kids (8-10) found it to be boring or too difficult for them to grasp and play effectively. I still think it was worth the money I spent, seeing as it did get played a good bit, but it didn’t quite live up to the expectations I had for it.

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Apples to Apples

58 out of 71 gamers thought this was helpful

My family bought this game a few years ago, after my sister and I played multiple round at school (myself in college, she in middle school). We both had exceptional game experiences with our respective social groups, however, the game wasn’t quite as fun when we got the family together to play. For me, the game relies heavily on “inside jokes” and doesn’t play well across different generations. Fun game though.

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Phase 10

49 out of 68 gamers thought this was helpful

I remember learning Phase 10 about the age of 12 or so, and have played it countless times since. My family and I would spend hours playing against each other at the beach, and everyone from my grandmother to my cousins now play when we all get together for the holidays. While the game is aged for players 12 and up, I really think that games are more fun when played exclusively with a group of adults. This will always be a favorite of mine and the go-to game for my family.

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62 out of 96 gamers thought this was helpful

Played this the last two weeks with some friends over vassal. I enjoyed pretty much everything about it. The miniature ships are adorable (though I would have rather they not be bright, brash, red-yellow-blue-green) and I think the unique captain cards force you to play a different tactic each game. This is also one of the few games I have played that allows you to simply pick right back up if you are defeated (after losing gold and cargo, of among other things). Altogether, I think that this game was rather fun, and really fills the voids for pirate themed boardgames.

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Small World

28 out of 59 gamers thought this was helpful

I got this game a couple weeks back and it took me awhile to get around to playing it. Luckily my roommate punched out all the little chits and organized everything before we played or I don’t think I would have touched it at all. It took a couple of games for us to really get the hang of things, the first few games we played completely wrong, and I think that this is the fault of a poorly written rulebook. I love the light-hearted, almost comical artwork in the game, and as one who isn’t really a fan of map control type games, I rather enjoyed it.

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Stone Age

36 out of 65 gamers thought this was helpful

I got this game a couple of weeks ago and have managed to play it twice since with my room mate. It is a very nice worker-placement game with a beautiful board. The addition of a leather dice cup is cool, but seems kinda useless. The only drawback I see here is how heavily the game relies on math. Granted, it’s basic addition, multiplication, and division, but having to add things up and divide for resources becomes a pain about halfway through the game, or about halfway through a case of beer. However, this isn’t enough to really deter me from the game, and I still enjoy it.

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Earth Reborn

68 out of 122 gamers thought this was helpful

First of all let me say that this game is HUGE. There are TONS of pieces and very nicely cast miniatures. The theme is deep and rich, and the initial scenarios really help connect the players to the game/characters. However, you practically have to set aside a whole weekend to learn all the rules of the game.

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Arkham Horror

36 out of 74 gamers thought this was helpful

I first played this game with a group of 6 people, all new to the game. We carpooled to the local gameshop, bought a freshly wrapped box and brought it home to unveil all it’s glory. In truth, the game met all of my expectations. I absolutely love the theme, and while proper cast miniatures would have been wonderful, I think the game does rather well in the components department. Only quip I had with the game was the sheer amount of time involved to finish it. We set up around 8pm and were barely halfway through by 2am. Granted all 6 of us were learning the game at once, but even still I was expecting something around a 2-4 hour range. I would still love to play a few more games to see if the time issue resolves itself with more experienced players.

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Puerto Rico

27 out of 71 gamers thought this was helpful

This was the first “real” board game I had ever played. (I say “real” as to not include things such as Monopoly, Parcheesi, etc.) Was a very easy game to pick up, I had the mechanics down in the first couple turns, and even though I was the only newb at the table, I feel like I had a fair chance at winning, even against old board game pros. Though I tend to like more theme-driven games, this was definitely something I’d play again.

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