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13 out of 42 gamers thought this was helpful

Not a whole lot to say about Lost Cities as it is a fairly simple two player game. Its a great game to play with wives and girl friends and is easy for kids to.

The only problem I have as the game can easily be replicated on a deck of regular playing cards. The only difference is Lost Cities has 5 different suites (dictated by color), and a deck of cards only has 4 (by suit).

If you need a quick filler while you wait for friends to arrive to play the main game, Lost Cities is a pretty good candidate.

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64 out of 98 gamers thought this was helpful

I got this game because I was looking for a short game to play that had a lot of re playability. Dominion hit both of those requirements out of the park.

While I wont go into how to play the game (as I’m sure many reviews have done) I will say that this game is great to play with the GF. This game was actually a very good gateway game for my girl friend and she now plays a lot more board games with me than she originally did.

If you want a fast deckbuilder that feels very satisfying to win, than you can’t go wrong with Dominion

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Cosmic Encounter

57 out of 87 gamers thought this was helpful

I picked this game up for a New Years Party out at a friends house. I expected to play the game once or twice perhaps and move on to something else. This wasn’t the case, and once this game hit the table it never left. With over 50 aliens (I got the Cosmic Conflict expansion as well) all of them with hugely different tactics we really didn’t play the same game twice. After our first game everyone was eager to sift through all the aliens to find one they wanted to play the most. It wasn’t until 4 in the morning that we decided to finally stop playing and hit the sack,

I don’t need to explain how to play the game, as I’m sure many of these reviews have done that for me. There is only one thing you need to know about this game though:

This game is stellar.

Just look at all how long the game has been around and all the positive reviews. Do yourself a favor and GET THIS GAME, and both(soon to be 3!) expansions as well!

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Dungeon Run

32 out of 39 gamers thought this was helpful

For 2011 Dungeon Run was the game I was most excited to get. After playing a few games it was very apparent to our group that some more content would kick this game up a notch. Don’t let this get you down though, this game is very good. It will take a few times through to get the rules down, but once you do this 45 min dungeon crawl will have you and your friends howling at each other. The solitaire mode is also pretty fun if you have some time to kill and want to see how good of a solo adventurer you are.

To begin the game you pick a hero as well as some matching skills to go with them and your off. Each new tile explored offers you a different challenge to complete, wither its an tundra orc or an acid pit. Each encounter that you beat gives you experience which you can turn in and level your character up. The name of the game is to get to the end of the dungeon and defeat the boss which is very hard to do solo so make sure you didn’t stab all your friends in the back at this point. Once the boss is beaten the player who dealt the deathblow is given the summoners orb. The first player to escape the dungeon with the orb is the winner!

Overall its a very good game, but it does need some expansions. However the game is very easily expendable with additional dungeon tiles, bosses (the original game comes with 4!), characters and items. Plaid Hat has even mentioned that they have begun work on expansions already.

If you want a fast paced competitive dungeon crawl than Dungeon Run will fit the bill.

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Small World

32 out of 45 gamers thought this was helpful

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got Small World, but after playing it several times I can safely say that if you enjoy board gaming that you will enjoy Small World.

Each game gives the races and powers are combined randomly and each player has the option to pick the combo they think works the best. The players than try to take control of as much of the board as they can with this race. Once they feel that their race is spread to thin, they select another one and begin their conquest again. The game comes with so many races and powers you will see different powers with different races in almost every game. You’ll see the wealthy wizards in one game, and you may than see the wealthy ratmen in the next.

Small World is simple to learn and very easy to play once you get the hang of it. Its light-hearted art style is very inviting to new players. If you’re on the fence on Small World just buy it, you won’t regret it.

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11 out of 28 gamers thought this was helpful

To begin I love playing Talisman and it is one of my groups favorite. While we aren’t the most hardcore board gamers, we also don’t mind sitting down for 4 hours and cranking a game out. Talisman is very basic, and the mechanics are aged, but this doesn’t mean its a bad thing. Its simple mechanics make it very easy to learn, but player politics and various expansions make the replay value very high.

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