What we play at Pixar!
Chris Chua
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Hey boardgame geeks!

Thanks for stopping by to check out my geeklist! Just a little about myself. I've been an animator at Pixar since 2007. I've worked on several films: Wall-e, Up, Cars 2, and I'm now currently on Brave (Pixar's first fantasy fairy-tale set in medieval Scotland). I've always loved games of all kinds but have a real soft spot for boardgames in particular.

Each week, myself and a few fellow co-workers get together for game night. We usually have a role-playing campaign going on (D&D, DragonAge, GammaWorlds to name a few) but that's another story for another time. Occasionally, though, we'll play some boardgames to mix things up and I thought I'd share, celebrate, and highlight some of them here today on the Geek!

It's been such a blessing to be surrounded with such artistic people everyday but what's even more exciting is the ability to interact with them through boardgames. As much as we love animation and film, our passion for comic books, boardgames and all things geeky run just as deep!

I've been a member of BGG since 2008 and have always enjoyed geeklists so now I thought I'd pay it forward and contribute one of my own! This is my first one so please feel free to leave comments, thoughts, or just say hello!

"You and me, me and you, both of us together!" -Mike Wazowski
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1. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:67]
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We've only gotten to play two games of this but it's quickly become a hands down favorite among our group. I've also picked up both Cosmic Incursion AND Cosmic Conflicts so that we can get up to 7 players into the mix!

"I need to repair my turbo boosters. Are you still using fossil fuels, or have you discovered crystallic fusion?" -Buzz Lightyear




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2. Board Game: Cutthroat Caverns [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:781]
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Our group has played this twice over lunch but we've yet to finish a whole game. The one-upmanship and screwage factor is really fun but we really need to set some time aside to face all 9 encounters and see who REALLY wins!

"But I promise I'll slow up. I'll only be the best by a tiny bit."
-Dash
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3. Board Game: Formula D [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:295]
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I had gotten this one as a Christmas gift to myself knowing it would scale well with our large group. Now, if I can only find some super tiny Cars characters to use with the game, it would be complete.

"Kachow!"
-Lightning McQueen

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4. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:143]
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Hive has been on my radar for awhile now so I was really glad when fellow animator Dovi brought it in. We played two games over lunch. I lost my first learning game but caught on quickly and beat him on the next game.

The game is brilliant so I'll be picking it up soon to not only play with the guys here at work, but also at home with my wife!

"Grasshoppers are coming. We've been forced to prepare all this food!" -Flick
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5. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:173]
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Don't let the cute wooden meeples fool ya. This is one of the most cutthroat games out there at the moment which means it's PERFECT for our group

"HEEERE'S BRUCIE!"
-Bruce the shark


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6. Board Game: Zombie Dice [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:1284]
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There's always a bit of downtime as we wait for everyone to arrive or get food before our weekly role-playing sessions. It's portable and the laughs you get from this push-your-luck dice fest never fails! zombie

"I can smell you!" -Dug
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7. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:2518]
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This one fell a bit flat with our group. It felt a bit repetitive and we all thought that maybe playing a variant with Zombie Dice would make it more fun. I know you'll probably recommend Last Night On Earth but I feel like we're zombie'd out at the moment.

"Hey, did you lose weight, or a limb?" -Sulley

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8. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:133] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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We're all HUGE fans of the Cthulu mythos so this was an absolute blast to play. It can get a bit fiddly and if the dice gods are not kind to you, the game can be BRUTAL. That's why I love it ninja

"It's bigger. It's badder. Ladies and gentlemen, it's too much for Mr. Incredible!"
-Syndrome
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9. Board Game: Star Wars: Epic Duels [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:611]
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If there's one thing an animator loves more than cartoons, it's Star Wars! This game is sadly out of print but my coworker Austin still owns it and we got a chance to play it during lunch one day.

The game comes with some nicely sculpted minis but we've elected to play it with these cute Star Wars themed hippo minis that Austin's friend gave him awhile ago.

What could be more epic?!

"Years of Academy training wasted!" -Buzz Lightyear


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10. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:198]
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Probably the most complicated game I've EVER played. The rulebook is dense and near indecipherable but I was lucky enough to have played it with a few guys here at work who taught me how to play. With 5 players, the game absolutely shines.

We played for 6 hours. It was epic, tense, bloody and just brilliant. Sadly, it's a real time commitment which makes it hard to get to the table more often.


"First rule of leadership. Everything is your fault."
-Hopper

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11. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:29] [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
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Another hit with our group! It's amazing how easy it is to teach AND also get an entire game finished in about an hour. We've got Seaside waiting in the wings so I'm really looking forward to getting that one played soon!

"Money money money money!!" -Dr. Evil Porkchop
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12. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:163]
Chris Chua
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Boardgames and dungeon crawling?

YES please!

I wasn't part of it but there was apparently a weekend long campaign of Sea of Blood that happened some time ago. And it's STILL going surprise

"He starts monologuing! He starts like, this prepared speech about how *feeble* I am compared to him, how *inevitable* my defeat is, how *the world* *will soon* *be his*, yadda yadda yadda." -Frozone
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13. Board Game: Yomi [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:396]
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Ok, I've only got 4 decks: Grave, Jaina, Rook, and De Gray but I'm pretty content with having just these and not needing the others for some odd reason.

I like Yomi because it's a light two player game you can easily play during lunch and there's a real neat back and forth as you and your opponent try to read each other's next move.

Whether I complete the set remains to be seen. Maybe one day!

"Speed. I AM speed!" -Lightning McQueen




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14. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:115] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Getting a bunch of creative people in a room and playing Dixit has got to be one of the most fun gaming experiences EVER!

Have I shown you our favorite card in Dixit? Pixar, baby!

"For a clown fish, he's not that funny."


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15. Board Game: Carson City [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:224]
 
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How could I forget about this one?!? After the first two turns, the mechanics clicked for all the players and soon, everyone was jockeying for position! I love how the euro aspect of this one melds with the western theme. One of my favorites!

"Look at me, I'm Sheriff Woody... 'Howdy' 'Howdy' 'Howdy'!!"



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16. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of Ashardalon Board Game [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:319] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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Castle Ravenloft was released and quickly sold out. When it was announced that Wrath of Ashardalon would be the next in line, my friend Everett picked it up and we finally got a chance to play it!

Are we looking forward to the Drizzt module? Did I happen to mention we liked boardgames and dungeoncrawls?

"Thanks for the adventure. Now go have a new one." -Ellie

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