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Ah yes, the second time I've managed to put together a "Games Played" listing for the prior year. I thorougly enjoy reading through everyone else's lists, be they long or short, using whatever format or ranking system. I'm doing mine a little different from last year's, hopeful that this will be more useful for other readers (comments one way or the other are appreciated).

I've split my list into wargames (consims) and all the rest. I know there are some games such as History of the World that blur this distinction, but it's still clear and meaningful enough to me. For both lists, I show the name of the game, the number of times I played it in 1998 (with a + symbol if I played it at least once last year, too--supposed to give some crude measure of a game's staying power), an A-F letter grade, and a one-liner comment. On the latter, of course there's no way to say something particularly insightful in such a small space, but at the least it could spark further conversation (public or private). Oh, and for those of you that prefer 1-10 ratings, figure A=9, B=7, etc.

I know I played some hearts, cribbage, and poker so on during the year, as well, three classic games that I thoroughly enjoy (A ratings, all). Mexican Train dominoes gets special mention since it's something I get to play with my in-laws! :-)

P.S. In case you're wondering, the games are sorted first by wargame/non-wargame, then letter grade, times played, and finally title.

Wargames
Game
Times Played
Rating
Comment
Gettysburg ('88 ed.)
4+
A
Just a great light hexmap wargame
Napoleon
1
A
Might not withstand replay, though
Victory
1
A
Shot onto my wishlist in a heartbeat
We The People
3+
B
Xmas present! Will probably rise to A
Olympica
2
B
Microgame! Often overlooked
Black Hole
1
B
Another micro, gamey but fun
Down In Flames (campaign)
1+
B
Where this game really shines
Guerilla
1
B
I enjoy card-based wargames
Starship Troopers
1
B
As light as fluff, but still fun
Storm over Arnhem
1
B
I wish Breakout Normandy was this quick
Up Front
1+
B
Only once?!? Must do better next year
Down In Flames (dogfight)
2+
C
Less real, more gamey (but quick)
Austerlitz
1
C
Dated, but still enjoyable
Lee vs Meade
1
C
More interesting than good
Scotland the Brave
1
C
A little top-heavy on the chrome
Shapeshifters
1
C
Would improve with for better scenarios
The Castle
1
C
Fun for what it is
Victory in Normandy
1
C
Good ideas, but looped over & over
Twilight's Last Gleaming
1
F
Computer game minus the computer
Note: + means I want to play the game again soon

Board/Party/Card Games
Game
Times Played
Rating
Comment
Bohnanza
18+
A
A bit played out, but still popular
En Garde
9+
A
My favorite filler of all
Entdecker
9+
A
Less luck than many think, I feel
Mississippi Queen
5+
A
see above
Can't Stop
2
A
Classic!
Euphrat & Tigris
2
A
A rare mind-bender I enjoy
Marracash
1
A
Colors! Bidding! Colors!
Medici
2+
A
Overshadows Modern Art
Settlers of Catan
2+
A
Still has some life left
Survive!
1
A
Might drop, but has wife-potential
Get The Goods/Reibach & Co
10
B
The distillation of several good ideas
Musketiere
9+
B
Semi-brainless, mucho fun
For Sale
5+
B
Best strategy/minute game around
Dragon Dice
3
B
A surprise gift, and surprisingly fun
Detroit/Cleveland GP
2+
B
Gotta play this more, could be an A
Durch Die Wuste
2
B
Best bits of 1998
El Caballero
2
B
My friends groan, but I like it
Lamarckian Poker
2+
B
I think there's something to this one
Modern Art
2
B
A more cerebral Medici
Schnappen Jagd
2
B
Will go A or C with more plays
Wildlife Adventure
2+
B
Great theme/presentation, ok game
Air Baron
1+
B
Under played! Very competitive
Bohnanza (La Isla Bohnita)
1
B
Too much of a good thing, perhaps
Elfenlands
1
B
Played the old -roads game with it
Fossil
1
B
Kind of dry, but looks & plays nice
Hattrick
1
B
Unassuming, but worthwhile
Hornoschen
1
B
Take 6 and then some
Kohle, Kie$, & Knete
1
B
A good 'un, will probably go up
Liar's Dice
1
B
Another classic
Member's Only
1
B
Better than I'd thought
Palmyra
1
B
Got creamed, gotta try again
Razzia
1+
B
Dropping, but useful for big groups
Samurai
1
B
Randomness makes the game
Streetcar
1+
B
Underrated? Maybe
Svea Rike
1
B
Problems? Yea, but what a great game!
The Great Dalmuti
1+
B
Great for what it is
WizWar
1
B
Getting creaky? Still interesting
Zum Kuckuck
1
B
Replayed hands make game good, long
Dominoes (Mexican Train)
7
C
A favorite of my in-laws
Airlines
3
C
A little dry & drawn-out for me
Dune
2
C
Recent games have been weird
Katzenjammer Blues
2
C
I'd rather play Lamarckian Poker
Settlers (Stadte & Ritter)
2
C
Way too much of a good thing
Take It Easy
2
C
More puzzle than game, for me
12 Caesars
1
C
Not bad for mainstream America
Auf Asche
1
C
Better than crayon rails, at least
Auf Heller und Pfennig
1
C
Nice-looking, but flavorless
Ben Hvrt
1+
C
Mucho problems, mucho fun (tweak it)
Blockade
1
C
A good abstract is only so-so w/ me
Condotierre
1
C
Can go loooooooooong
El Grande
1+
C
It just doesn't work for me
Groo
1+
C
Too darned random, yet worthwhile
Iron Horse
1
C
Makes my eyes hurt, but pretty good
Junta
1
C
Very dated, still has great ideas
Lowenherz
1
C
Water! Water! It's so dry!! :-)
Manhattan
1
C
As above, really
McGartlin Motor Sport
1
C
Good card-race game (with 3-4)
Monster Derby
1
C
Clunky game--almost works great
Quarter Latien
1
C
A bit too thin
Raj
1
C
Good bits, good price
Screaming Eagles
1
C
Fluffy, but wait til my son grows up!
Settlers (card game)
1
C
I didn't like the tenor of play
The Last Paradise
1
C
Neat theme+mechanics <> a neat game
Titan: The Arena
1
C
Too long for what it is
Tractix
1
C
Good bits, good abstract
Tutanchamun
1+
C
Dryness can't kill a unique game
Ursuppe
1
C
Spot-on theme for me, but mechanical
Venture
1
C
Mid & end-game are too calculating
Viva Pamplona
1
C
Too random? Fun anyway.
Waldmeister
1
C
Great green theme, but clunky
Der Ausreisser
3
D
I don't understand the appeal
Express Chess
2
D
I didn't give it much of a chance
Give Me The Brain
3+
D
Good until the jokes run out
Cathedral
2
D
Competitive puzzle--no thanks
Before...Mr. Bond
1+
D
See Brain, above
Honor of the Samurai
1
D
6 players = long & boring
Kill Dr. Lucky
1
D
More strategy, fewer jokes
Princess Ryan's SM
1
D
Total blowout, should try again
Undercover
1
D
There are better fillers around