Board Game Geek Top 100 Checklist, Part 8

I have written a series of posts looking at the Board Game Geek (BGG) top 100 games, checking to see if I had the game in my collection and talking a little bit about each one, if I could. At the end of the first seventy games covered I owned 27 for a 39% ownership rate. I also have had four games that I formerly owned but had sold, so they didn’t get counted. Today I will cover games ranked from 30 up to 21.

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Board Game Geek Top 100 Checklist, Part 7

I have written a series of posts looking at the Board Game Geek (BGG) top 100 games, checking to see if I had the game in my collection and talking a little bit about each one, if I could. At the end of the first sixty games covered I owned 23 for a 38% ownership rate. I also had one game that I formerly owned but had sold, so it didn’t get counted. Today I will cover games ranked from 40 up to 31.

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First Impression: Calico

Calico box cover art
Calico
“A puzzly tile-laying game of quilts and cats!”

…and with that introduction we meet Calico, one of the newest (and recent favorite) games in my collection. I happened upon this game completely by accident, and I am very happy that I did! I was going through the pledge manager process (part of a Kickstarter program) for a new Tetris-style (aka polyomino) game called Planet Unknown. As I was completing the final payment, this super-cute game box popped up. It had a cat on the cover along with other beautiful colors. It got my attention! I watched a short “how to play” video. Then I bought the game. Do I like it? Yes! I think it broke the record for most plays within the first week of acquiring the game. Continue reading “First Impression: Calico”

Board Game Geek Top 100 Checklist, Part 6

I have written a series of posts looking at the Board Game Geek (BGG) top 100 games, checking to see if I had the game in my collection and talking a little bit about each one, if I could. At the end of the first fifth games covered I owned 19 of them, for a 38% ownership rate. I also had one game that I formerly owned but had sold, so it didn’t get counted. Today I will cover games ranked from 50 up to 41.

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Board Game Geek Top 100 Checklist, Part 5

I have written a series of posts looking at the Board Game Geek (BGG) top 100 games, checking to see if I had the game in my collection and talking a little bit about each one, if I could. At the end of the first forty games covered I owned 14 of them, for a 35% ownership rate. I also had one game that I formerly owned but had sold, so it didn’t get counted. Today I will cover games ranked from 60 up to 51 and see where the ratio ends up.

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Board Game Geek Top 100 Checklist, Part 4

I have written a series of posts looking at the Board Game Geek (BGG) top 100 games, checking to see if I had the game in my collection and talking a little bit about each one, if I could. At the end of the first thirty games covered I owned 11 of them, for a 36.9% ownership rate. I also had one game that I formerly owned but had sold, so it didn’t get counted. Today I will cover games ranked from 70 up to 61 and see where the ratio ends up.

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Board Game Geek Top 100 Checklist, Part 3

I have written a series of posts looking at the Board Game Geek (BGG) top 100 games, checking to see if I had the game in my collection and talking a little bit about each one, if I could. At the end of the first twenty games covered I owned 8 of them, for a 40% ownership rate. Today I will cover games ranked from 80 up to 71 and see where the ratio ends up.

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Board Game Geek Top 100 Checklist, Part 2

Last week I started looking at the Board Game Geek (BGG) top 100 games. I looked to see if I had the game in my collection and talked a little bit about each one, if I could. At the end of the first ten games I only owned 3 of them, for a paltry 30% ownership rate. Today I will cover games ranked from 90 up to 81 and see if I can improve that ratio.

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The Story Behind the Takenoko Collector Edition

Takenoko aka The Panda Game
Takenoko aka The Panda Game

Recently on Board Game Geek someone asked about the collector edition of one of my favorite games: Takenoko. Someone from the game company provide an official answer, which was fun to read.

Actually the original idea was just to make a limited series hand made and assembled for conventions (Tiles were produced internally and we just got the wooden pieces made in a factory, the Panda and Gardener were plastic toys). We used it and people were asking for a chance to buy the game. We then produced a few hundred thanks to Asmodee North America who offered them to their best retaillers [sic] (as far as I understand that right), the leftover couple hundred were meant to be sold at Essen and they did. When we thought about reprinting we could not see the market and after months of considerations going nowhere, we finally got help via Collector’s shelf crowdfunding.

Read the original question (and subsequent discussion) on BoardGameGeek.com.

I participated in the recent KickStarter campaign where they reissued the collector edition once again. I did not buy it (I thought about it!) simply because it would take so much shelf space, and it would not be very portable. I did buy the lower tier option which came with a wooden insert for the regular game and a beautiful play mat.

Board Game Geek Top 100 Checklist, Part 1

One of my favorite resources for getting exposed to, learning how to play, and discussing board games is Board Game Geek affectionately known as BGG. They have been around for a long time, especially counting in Internet Years. One of the things they do is provide an interesting mechanism for ranking games. Some people like it, some people don’t, but for the sake of this post I will leave that behind and just talk about a different topic.

Suppose I had a goal of owning all of the games in the BGG top 100 list, what would that look like? What’s on the list, what do I have, and if I don’t have something, will I eventually? If I owned a game and then sold it, does that count? Is this the questions only game? Continue reading “Board Game Geek Top 100 Checklist, Part 1”