This week’s Explorable Favorites (Feb 3)

Posted by Jim {Power Gamer} | 3-Feb-14 | 18 comments

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This Week’s Explorable Games

This round of Explorable Favorites is from BoardGaming.com member Martin. The two games selected from his favorites shelf were:

  • Amun Re
    Rio Grande Games
  • (working on this one, it might be tough to fully explore)

  • Avalon
    Indie Boards and Cards

These games will be explorable until next Monday, February 10th.

After you’ve explored these games, let us know what you think about them in the comments below!

Comments (18)

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Mask of Agamemnon
Paladin
The Gold Heart
Cooperative Game Explorer

I’m still trying to give Amun Re a chance to play but I lose interest every time.

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El Dorado
I'm a Gamin' Fiend!
Rated 100 Games
Paladin

I think Avalon is a big improvement on the original Resistance. For me, the change in theme is a big bonus, but I think the added game mechanics really help flesh out the game.

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8
Intermediate Reviewer
Copper Supporter
Viscount / Viscountess

I think we could use some kind of voting system to select the explorables.

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9
USA
Platinum Supporter
Petroglyph
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester

Avalon is pretty much Resistance with King Arthur… awesome! Amun Re came out during Knizia’s run of perfection (or close to it). Both are worthy of a few plays to find out if you like them.

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8
I play purple
Football Fan
Movie Lover

Both great games and very different. Amun Re was one of my first medium weight games! I do agree that if all of the games on the randomly selected person were already explored, just ask them for two. I may get this game out to play tonight so I can write a review.

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10
Gamer - Level 8
Explorer - Level 5
Critic - Level 3
Junior

Avalon had been on my watch list for a few months but then a friend of mine bought a copy, but I’m really looking forward to play it.

I really like the idea of exploring older classics like Amun Re. It’s a reminder for myself not to forget them as well as a chance for newer players to discover them.

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Denmark
Paladin

I didn’t know any of them nor can I say I have any thing against Amun Re being hard to get the exploration quest done. I have unfollowed one of the games I know almost to death to follow this one and through upcoming reviews get a better knowlge of Amun Re.

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Miniature Painter
Rosetta Stone
Advanced Reviewer
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester

I happen to agree with Account Deletion. I have enjoyed seeing games chosen from user’s favorites shelf. If some of them have floated under the radar and lack reviews, well, that is kind of the point. I doubt many of us here need to explore Dominion to “discover” it. Even if the game does not get enough reviews to score me some points now, I may still find a gem worth getting and playing that I otherwise might have missed.

Keep up the good work!

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9
I play blue
Football Fan
USA
Advanced Reviewer

Looks like I need to break out Amun Re and get a review going! It is a cool little game. I hate when these little gems go OOP.

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9
I play black
Guardian Angel
Platinum Supporter
Marquis / Marchioness

@Jim –

I don’t think you should change a thing regarding how these are selected. Amun Re looks like a great game, and yet it’s largely ignored by the members of this site. These are exactly the kind of games you want to expose us to through the Explorable Favorites, and it would be a shame if we start getting a stream of over-reviewed games at the expense of games like this.

I think some users may fail to understand why it was selected. @Martin Syvertsen was randomly selected this week to have his favorites shelf explored; he has 7 games on his favorites shelf, and 4 of them are either currently explorable (Pandemic as part of the Cooperative Collection) or were recently explorable (Puerto Rico on 11/4, Mage Knight on 12/16 and Agricola on 1/27). That left Jim with 3 choices, and only Avalon had breathing room regarding explorable content. The choice for 2nd explorable game came down to Amun Re and El Grande, each with only 3 reviews.

I hope we get a 4th review up before the end of the week, but even if we don’t we still got to learn about a game we otherwise would have continued to ignore. The current system does a perfect job of highlighting these hidden gems and boosting their content and visibility. It would be a shame to lose that.

Also, I get really excited every Monday morning to log on and see if this is the week I get selected. It’s just another fun part of our “game” that we should cherish rather than nit-pick.

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Mask of Agamemnon
Paladin
The Gold Heart
Cooperative Game Explorer

Two different games and good to be explored.

Good choices.

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8
United Kingdom
Advanced Reviewer
Knight-errant
Tinkerer

I always feel a bit uncertain about rating tips for games I don’t know. I can’t usually tell if something is actually useful or completely obvious. How can I tell, for instance, if this tip that draws attention to a rule is just repeating the rulebook or if it is really pointing out something that often gets missed in play and makes a big difference if you pay special attention to it?

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Knight-errant
Old Bones
The Silver Heart

I like the idea of more tips counting to the exploration quest.

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6
Pick a Favorite LGS
Robots on the Line fan
Miniature Painter
I play blue

We’ll do better next week 🙂 Added the rulebook link to Amun Re. Thanks!

Maybe we should have some explorable favorites be user requests, instead of random picks?

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Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
Australia

It is a little perplexing as to why Amun Re is explorable this week. Unfortunately the ‘Official Site’ does not make reference to the game at all (maybe because it is quite old?).

Here is a rule book PDF link: http://www.world-of-board-games.com.sg/docs/AmunRe.pdf

Enjoy!

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6
Pick a Favorite LGS
Robots on the Line fan
Miniature Painter
I play blue

Just updated Avalon so it’s now explorable 🙂

@thegordonshow, I hear what you’re saying about games not possible to complete. Part of the idea of the explorable games is to encourage users who have played the games to add reviews & tips.

Another possible solution may be allowing reading and rating more tips (maybe 2 or 3 instead of just 1) to count towards exploration, though you learn a lot more about a game by reading reviews than you do by reading tips. In the end, the goal is for the experience to be fun and rewarding while you’re discovering new games!

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Rosetta Stone
Football Fan
Explorer - Level 5
Junior

This is an opportunity for someone that has played Amun Re to post a Review and get a lot of looks. I think it balances things out so that newer people to the website can still get people looking at their reviews. I doubt anyone new will ever see hundreds of views like they did back when the website started, but it definitely helps to complete quests.

I just haven’t played Amun Re, or I’d add one of my own.

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El Dorado
I'm a Gamin' Fiend!
Rated 100 Games
Paladin

Avalon is not actually explorable. The usual Explore tab at the bottom is not showing up.

(As a side note, can you stop picking games like Amun Re to explore where there are very few reviews? It makes it impossible to complete and this is the third week in a row that this has happened.)

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