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Mark's Boardgame Roundup part 1 by mark 04/27/2005, 12:50pm PDT
Here is a bit of what I have been playing lately:

Oasis

A German-style game from the States' premier designer is.... really okay. This is a guy who can make great games, but really gets off in stealing his own ideas. In this game, every player is a nomad who must do something in the desert. I can't really remember how the theme works. Basically, you play cards to increase you holdings in 4 different suits, each of which is divided into two sub-suits, the number of items you have in each sub-suit are multiplied together to get your score for that suit. Highest score wins at the end of the game. Each turn, players turn over some number of cards from their hand (you can opt not to play as many to refresh it). The current first player then gives up his right to be first player to which ever player he chooses in exchange for the cards they just displayed. And so one with the second player, etc. In this manner, you can bid to have priority in the next bidding round and potentially get cards in suits that you need. This is obstensibly a boardgame as the cards let you play tiles or small wooden camels onto the board, but really it is a heavily disguised cardgame. Which would be great, as it would probably play faster and be cheaper. Not bad, but nothing too special, and I understand one of the weaker Alan Moon's games.

Recommendation: A solid eh. I understand his Union Pacific is far superior.
Availabilty: Moderate.

1825

A distant revision to Francis Tresham's (of Civilization fame) 1829 which was a railroad game that spawned his classic 1830 (which was made into a great computer game). 1825 takes 1829 and strips it down to a 2-4 hour game, probably the first game on the long end and the later games on the earlier side. Many players say they finish it in about 2 1/2 hours after a few games. Players are all railroad tycoons in England during the 19th century. By purchasing stock and running companies (well or into the ground) your goal is to be the richest when the bank runs out of money. Aside from an initial deal of ownerships, the game is completely luck free. There is first a share dealing round as player dump and buy stock and possibly start new companies. Then there is the operation phase where-in each player with a company builds track, upgrades stations, buys trains and then runs them. After the money comes in, he can either distribute it equally among the shareholders (likely increasing the stock price) or alternately save the money for the companies future expensives (which causes the price to fall). This is a great great game that has the meat of an 80s/90s game without the excessive length.

Recommendation: Very good. Buying stock is tactical while running companies is largely strategic. Very deep game. Pretty cool.
Availability: Very low. Must be ordered directly from Mayfair's website if you live in NA

Acquire

This is a classic Sid Sackson game (a man who Monty once referred to as his hero, or something) from the 60s that still holds up today. Players are hotels moguls playing tiles onto a grid (which represent hotel chain) and wheel and deal trying to merge small companies with larger ones to get huge payouts. A really cool game that is a little unintutive at first, but really quite simple to learn and complex to master. Has been rereleased many times, more recently as a "new economy" game where players are running tech companies instead, which probably makes more sense. I like this a lot but not everyone in my group does.

Recommendation: I like it, but some people find it a bit alienating or confusing. Might seem luck driven for a while until strategies start to cement.
Availabilty: Still available in stores I think. It's is always on ebay for not much money, but make sure all the tiles are included or the game will be unplayable.
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Boardgame roundup: Vol. 1 by FABIO 04/26/2005, 10:56pm PDT NEW
    Re: Boardgame roundup: Vol. 1 by Entropy Stew 04/27/2005, 12:08am PDT NEW
    Volume 2, right now! by FABIO 04/27/2005, 3:30am PDT NEW
        Re: Volume 2, right now! by Choson 04/27/2005, 6:47am PDT NEW
            Re: Volume 2, right now! by theemu 04/27/2005, 11:52am PDT NEW
                Re: Volume 2, right now! by FABIO 04/27/2005, 1:43pm PDT NEW
                    Re: Volume 2, right now! by Choson 04/27/2005, 2:40pm PDT NEW
                        Re: Volume 2, right now! by laudablepuss 04/27/2005, 2:56pm PDT NEW
                            Re: Volume 2, right now! by Choson 04/27/2005, 3:01pm PDT NEW
                            laudablepuss says dice are random NT by binkbot 04/27/2005, 4:57pm PDT NEW
                                Like football! I also said that. Also ballooning. And then I said comma. NT by laudablepuss 04/27/2005, 5:09pm PDT NEW
        Re: Volume 2, right now! by mark 04/27/2005, 12:10pm PDT NEW
        Wow by Arbit 04/28/2005, 12:27am PDT NEW
            ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE THAT FABIO NT by the CROWD 04/28/2005, 12:43am PDT NEW
                *shrug* NT by FABIO 04/28/2005, 12:54am PDT NEW
    Re: Boardgame roundup: Vol. 1 by Bill Dungsroman 04/27/2005, 7:54am PDT NEW
        Re: Boardgame roundup: Vol. 1 by FABIO 04/28/2005, 2:44pm PDT NEW
            Fortress America in ACTION! by FABIO 04/29/2005, 1:20pm PDT NEW
    Re: Boardgame roundup: Vol. 1 by mark 04/27/2005, 11:56am PDT NEW
        Re: Boardgame roundup: Vol. 1 by FABIO 04/27/2005, 1:52pm PDT NEW
        Scott Orr disagress with you! by FABIO 05/09/2005, 9:20pm PDT NEW
            Man who made game that sucks, sucks :( NT by mark 05/09/2005, 11:10pm PDT NEW
        Memoir '44 by fabio 01/24/2012, 9:50pm PST NEW
    No Dark Tower? No Stop Thief? by laudablepuss 04/27/2005, 12:31pm PDT NEW
        Re: No Dark Tower? No Stop Thief? by mark 04/27/2005, 1:02pm PDT NEW
            Re: No Dark Tower? No Stop Thief? by FABIO 04/28/2005, 2:45pm PDT NEW
                yes. by mark 04/28/2005, 3:20pm PDT NEW
    Mark's Boardgame Roundup part 1 by mark 04/27/2005, 12:50pm PDT NEW
        For the love of God can no one stop these boardgame roundups??? by Ray of Light 04/27/2005, 1:16pm PDT NEW
        Re: Mark's Boardgame Roundup part 1 by theemu 04/27/2005, 1:22pm PDT NEW
        Mark's Boardgame Roundup part 2 by mark 04/27/2005, 6:11pm PDT NEW
            Settlers counter rebuttal by FABIO 04/27/2005, 6:35pm PDT NEW
                Re: Settlers counter rebuttal by Quentin Beck 04/27/2005, 6:47pm PDT NEW
                    actually that was me (that's the new mysterio name? I thought he was a poster) NT by mark 04/27/2005, 6:47pm PDT NEW
                Re: Settlers counter rebuttal by Choson 04/27/2005, 7:55pm PDT NEW
                    Re: Settlers counter rebuttal by Pre 05/10/2005, 11:14am PDT NEW
            I can't believe I never heard of Arkham Horror before. by Fullofkittens 04/28/2005, 9:28pm PDT NEW
    Re: Boardgame roundup: Vol. 1 by mark 04/28/2005, 12:32am PDT NEW
    Vol. 3 by FABIO 05/09/2005, 11:29pm PDT NEW
        Thanks! by laudablepuss 05/10/2005, 7:21pm PDT NEW
        suggestions by my$terio 05/10/2005, 9:20pm PDT NEW
        Dark Tower sells for hundreds on ebay? by extarbags 05/12/2005, 4:08pm PDT NEW
            I shot mine full of BBs. Along with all my classic GI Joes. :( NT by laudablepuss 05/13/2005, 11:11am PDT NEW
                I demolished my star wars toys in my sand box or fed them to my guniea pig :( NT by Mischief Maker 05/13/2005, 1:58pm PDT NEW
                    "Putting away childish things" turned out to be a really stupid idea. by laudablepuss 05/13/2005, 4:47pm PDT NEW
            Mine sold for $130 by fabio 05/26/2011, 11:14am PDT NEW
    Arkham Horror: Making Pen & Paper games obsolete by FABIO 02/13/2008, 9:51pm PST NEW
        That should read 1d8 people :( by Erratard 02/13/2008, 10:05pm PST NEW
        Wait'll you discover "How to host a murder mystery!" NT by Mischief Maker 02/13/2008, 10:22pm PST NEW
            ^ roleplaying =( NT by FABIO 02/14/2008, 4:20am PST NEW
        My group hit a bunch of obstacles with Arkham Horror. by Last 05/25/2011, 7:14pm PDT NEW
            Re: My group hit a bunch of obstacles with Arkham Horror. by fabio 05/26/2011, 12:06pm PDT NEW
                My group is having fun now with a play-by-email setup in google docs. by Last 07/27/2011, 9:16pm PDT NEW
    Boardgame roundup: Pandemic, Longshot by Last 05/26/2011, 10:33am PDT NEW
        +1 on Pandemic, it's very fun by Fullofkittens 08/07/2011, 6:14pm PDT NEW
            Apparently the expansion is worth it if you like the core game NT by Lizard_King 08/07/2011, 8:29pm PDT NEW
    Battlestar Galactica by Lizard_King 08/03/2011, 9:09pm PDT NEW
        Re: Battlestar Galactica by fabio 08/04/2011, 12:58am PDT NEW
            Re: Battlestar Galactica by Lizard_King 08/04/2011, 5:41am PDT NEW
                Re: Battlestar Galactica by fabio 08/04/2011, 8:31am PDT NEW
                    Re: Battlestar Galactica by Lizard_King 08/05/2011, 4:32pm PDT NEW
        Tried Exodus by fabio 08/25/2011, 11:52am PDT NEW
    Citadels by Lizard_King 08/04/2011, 6:26am PDT NEW
        Needs the expansion by fabio 08/04/2011, 8:40am PDT NEW
            The expansion comes with every version of the game currently available by Lizard_King 08/05/2011, 4:04pm PDT NEW
    Totally worth it by fabio 08/27/2011, 7:44am PDT NEW
    Cosmic Encounter by NDD 08/28/2011, 5:23pm PDT NEW
        Re: Cosmic Encounter by NDD 08/28/2011, 5:31pm PDT NEW
    The best board game review by fabio 01/24/2012, 8:34pm PST NEW
    War of the Ring by fabio 01/24/2012, 10:09pm PST NEW
    Age of Wonders - Positive! by Last 01/31/2012, 10:29am PST NEW
        *80% to 120% NT by Last 01/31/2012, 10:31am PST NEW
        I liked this one by fabio 01/31/2012, 7:30pm PST NEW
    Review request: REX by fabio 02/24/2012, 5:56am PST NEW
        Haven't played it, but I have no faith in FFG NT by mark 03/13/2012, 8:33pm PDT NEW
            Why's that by fabio 03/14/2012, 5:42am PDT NEW
    Going Cardboard by Souffle of Pain 02/24/2012, 7:10am PST NEW
    Ever wish there was a simplified version of Arkham Horror? by fabio 03/23/2012, 12:41pm PDT NEW
    REX, aka Dune 2.0, aka Cosmic Encounter Obsolescence by fabio 04/12/2012, 8:01pm PDT NEW
        UPDATE: default rules broken, needs fixing NT by fabio 08/23/2012, 8:42am PDT NEW
    Ticket to Ride: Steam edition by fabio 08/23/2012, 8:47am PDT NEW
        How is that different from the boardgame version? by Last 08/23/2012, 9:14am PDT NEW
            Never played the boardgame version by fabio 08/23/2012, 10:49am PDT NEW
                Oh, I have the version set in Europe and they fixed that. by Last 08/23/2012, 1:42pm PDT NEW
                    Great, no one ever plays the other maps online =( NT by fabio 08/23/2012, 5:43pm PDT NEW
    Vassal by fabio 05/04/2013, 2:43pm PDT NEW
    Fucking iPads by fabio 06/11/2013, 3:32am PDT NEW
    Did you want to like Arkham Horror but couldnt? by fabio 12/12/2013, 8:02pm PST NEW
        Thanks, I'll get it. NT by Last 12/13/2013, 8:44am PST NEW
    Alhambra - Positive! Guillotine - Positive! by Last 12/13/2013, 9:00am PST NEW
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        In the land of the video gamer, the board gamer is king by motherfuckerfoodeater 12/19/2013, 10:47pm PST NEW
            I'd invite you over but I only have one game port on my soundbalaster :( NT by PC GAMING FUCK YEAH!! 12/20/2013, 12:29am PST NEW
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    Gaming with family by skip 08/04/2016, 7:07am PDT NEW
        Re: Gaming with family by laudablepuss 08/04/2016, 8:45am PDT NEW
            Re: Gaming with family by laudablepuss 08/04/2016, 8:47am PDT NEW
        There is no reason to ever play Ticket to Ride or Dixit by fabio 08/04/2016, 3:56pm PDT NEW
            The reason is that they're great family games by skip 08/04/2016, 5:28pm PDT NEW
                The Pink Panther remake is a great family film! NT by fabio 08/04/2016, 9:48pm PDT NEW
                    Fabio has never had to game with relatives and it really shows. NT by skip 08/05/2016, 6:06am PDT NEW
                        What kind of family get togethers mandate boardgames? by fabio 08/13/2016, 6:16pm PDT NEW
                            The kind where we're inside and just need an activity to do? NT by Picionary < Dixit 08/13/2016, 7:54pm PDT NEW
    Hey this game is coming out with an expansion. Look at the scenario writers by skip 08/13/2016, 7:59am PDT NEW
 
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