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The 2020 Non-Gathering Special

Still giving away games.

Here are the rules for The Great and Terrible Games Give Away of 2020.

I'll name a game in a blog post. I'll tag the game in the post. You'll see the post.

If you want the game, leave a comment below stating that you want the game. By leaving a comment that you want the game/item, you are pledging that you will play that game sometime within the next year. If you fail that pledge, you must pass the game on. Honor system. I'd love to have people come back to this blog and leave comments about the game played, but that is also completely unneccessary.

One week after the post, I'll randomly choose a person to give the game to by rolling a die.

The person who wins the game agrees to pay shipping. This helps me from losing lots of money in being too stupidly generous. It also allows me to ship games internationally without being afraid of those shipping costs. If you're willing to pay for international shipping, I'm willing to otherwise send the game to you for free.

After I choose the winner out of any comments, I'll send a geekmail to get a shipping address. Once I've shipped the game, I'll send another geekmail with my paypal info so that the new game owner can pay whatever the actual shipping costs were.

If no one leaves a comment wanting the game, then I'll just throw it in a box for the thrift store. No "backsies" for me. Once I say I'm going to get rid of a game like this, it's gone.


Today, I'm giving away A Game of Games. This was given to everyone who attended Alan Moon's Gathering of Friends in 2008. I was there. I received this game. In the 12 years since, I have never played it.

If this game sounds good to you, keep in mind that it was released in 2008. All of the games referenced in this game that you need to be familiar with in order to even begin playing were all published prior to 2008.

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    Penny Rails for Postage

    Still giving away games.

    Here are the rules for The Great and Terrible Games Give Away of 2020.

    I'll name a game in a blog post. I'll tag the game in the post. You'll see the post.

    If you want the game, leave a comment below stating that you want the game. By leaving a comment that you want the game/item, you are pledging that you will play that game sometime within the next year. If you fail that pledge, you must pass the game on. Honor system. I'd love to have people come back to this blog and leave comments about the game played, but that is also completely unneccessary.

    One week after the post, I'll randomly choose a person to give the game to by rolling a die.

    The person who wins the game agrees to pay shipping. This helps me from losing lots of money in being too stupidly generous. It also allows me to ship games internationally without being afraid of those shipping costs. If you're willing to pay for international shipping, I'm willing to otherwise send the game to you for free.

    After I choose the winner out of any comments, I'll send a geekmail to get a shipping address. Once I've shipped the game, I'll send another geekmail with my paypal info so that the new game owner can pay whatever the actual shipping costs were.

    If no one leaves a comment wanting the game, then I'll just throw it in a box for the thrift store. No "backsies" for me. Once I say I'm going to get rid of a game like this, it's gone.


    Today, I'm giving away my copy of Penny Rails. I didn't like it. Maybe you will.

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    2020 is the Year of EPIC Games Giving

    Here are the rules for The Great and Terrible Games Give Away of 2020.

    I'll name a game in a blog post. I'll tag the game in the post. You'll see the post.

    If you want the game, leave a comment below stating that you want the game. By leaving a comment that you want the game/item, you are pledging that you will play that game sometime within the next year. If you fail that pledge, you must pass the game on. Honor system. I'd love to have people come back to this blog and leave comments about the game played, but that is also completely unneccessary.

    One week after the post, I'll randomly choose a person to give the game to by rolling a die.

    The person who wins the game agrees to pay shipping. This helps me from losing lots of money in being too stupidly generous. It also allows me to ship games internationally without being afraid of those shipping costs. If you're willing to pay for international shipping, I'm willing to otherwise send the game to you for free.

    After I choose the winner out of any comments, I'll send a geekmail to get a shipping address. Once I've shipped the game, I'll send another geekmail with my paypal info so that the new game owner can pay whatever the actual shipping costs were.

    If no one leaves a comment wanting the game, then I'll just throw it in a box for the thrift store. No "backsies" for me. Once I say I'm going to get rid of a game like this, it's gone.


    Today, I'm giving away my copy of Epic Card Game. I bought this for half off at my flgs. It's a swingy game of big, giant things to do every turn, with no stupid mana cost restrictions to keep you from doing them. I found it too much of a good thing, but maybe you'll love it.

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    Bargain Hunter? How about cost of shipping?

    Here are the rules for The Great and Terrible Games Give Away of 2020.

    I'll name a game in a blog post. I'll tag the game in the post. You'll see the post.

    If you want the game, leave a comment below stating that you want the game. By leaving a comment that you want the game/item, you are pledging that you will play that game sometime within the next year. If you fail that pledge, you must pass the game on. Honor system. I'd love to have people come back to this blog and leave comments about the game played, but that is also completely unneccessary.

    One week after the post, I'll randomly choose a person to give the game to by rolling a die.

    The person who wins the game agrees to pay shipping. This helps me from losing lots of money in being too stupidly generous. It also allows me to ship games internationally without being afraid of those shipping costs. If you're willing to pay for international shipping, I'm willing to otherwise send the game to you for free.

    After I choose the winner out of any comments, I'll send a geekmail to get a shipping address. Once I've shipped the game, I'll send another geekmail with my paypal info so that the new game owner can pay whatever the actual shipping costs were.

    If no one leaves a comment wanting the game, then I'll just throw it in a box for the thrift store. No "backsies" for me. Once I say I'm going to get rid of a game like this, it's gone.


    Today, I'm getting rid of Bargain Hunter, an early game by Uwe Rosenberg, when he still made card games instead of games with a thousand pieces and he still hadn't joined (founded?) the polyomino cult.

    This one is a trick-taking game, and a rather well-regarded one, one of the established "designer" trick-taking classics of the past 30 years. In general, I've found that I like classic, traditional deck trick-takers more than I enjoy these modern designs. Bargain Hunter was a bit too chaotic for me. There's control, surely, (and I won the one time I played so I hope so), but it's a little bit too sprawling with its massive deck size. I think I also prefer trick-takers with a much smaller, limited deck.

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    My Lost Patrol is Your Found Game Gem

    Here are the rules for The Great and Terrible Games Give Away of 2020.

    I'll name a game in a blog post. I'll tag the game in the post. You'll see the post.

    If you want the game, leave a comment below stating that you want the game. By leaving a comment that you want the game/item, you are pledging that you will play that game sometime within the next year. If you fail that pledge, you must pass the game on. Honor system. I'd love to have people come back to this blog and leave comments about the game played, but that is also completely unneccessary.

    One week after the post, I'll randomly choose a person to give the game to by rolling a die.

    The person who wins the game agrees to pay shipping. This helps me from losing lots of money in being too stupidly generous. It also allows me to ship games internationally without being afraid of those shipping costs. If you're willing to pay for international shipping, I'm willing to otherwise send the game to you for free.

    After I choose the winner out of any comments, I'll send a geekmail to get a shipping address. Once I've shipped the game, I'll send another geekmail with my paypal info so that the new game owner can pay whatever the actual shipping costs were.

    If no one leaves a comment wanting the game, then I'll just throw it in a box for the thrift store. No "backsies" for me. Once I say I'm going to get rid of a game like this, it's gone.


    Today, I'm giving away my homemade print n' play copy of Lost Patrol, housed in my historic elementary school pencil box. I made this set ten years ago on a whim and played it twice. It has been sitting unloved and unplayed ever since.

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    Thickish tiles. Heroscape figures. Monster discs. Dice. This copy is better than anything you'll get from Games Workshop. It's yours if you want it. Leave a comment following the rules above.
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    Inviting You to Invade My Personal Space

    Here are the rules for The Great and Terrible Games Give Away of 2020.

    I'll name a game in a blog post. I'll tag the game in the post. You'll see the post.

    If you want the game, leave a comment below stating that you want the game. By leaving a comment that you want the game/item, you are pledging that you will play that game sometime within the next year. If you fail that pledge, you must pass the game on. Honor system. I'd love to have people come back to this blog and leave comments about the game played, but that is also completely unneccessary.

    One week after the post, I'll randomly choose a person to give the game to by rolling a die.

    The person who wins the game agrees to pay shipping. This helps me from losing lots of money in being too stupidly generous. It also allows me to ship games internationally without being afraid of those shipping costs. If you're willing to pay for international shipping, I'm willing to otherwise send the game to you for free.

    After I choose the winner out of any comments, I'll send a geekmail to get a shipping address. Once I've shipped the game, I'll send another geekmail with my paypal info so that the new game owner can pay whatever the actual shipping costs were.

    If no one leaves a comment wanting the game, then I'll just throw it in a box for the thrift store. No "backsies" for me. Once I say I'm going to get rid of a game like this, it's gone.


    Today, I'm giving away my unique copy of Personal Space, obtained through the Button Shy Board Game of the Month Club. I'm still a huge Button Shy fan and am still committed to keeping this subscription through the rest of 2020, but I just can't get myself excited about this weird solo-social tabletop-digital hybrid game. It's just not at all my thing.

    So, I'm passing it on to you. If you're reading this, you are qualified to win my copy of Personal Space. Follow the rules above and it could be yours.
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    Check out MrShep's post to see what you've been missing: https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/106127/penitent-freedom

    This could be YOU.
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    Trying something new - The Great and Terrible Games Give Away of 2020

    I bought another game the other day. Fine. Fine. Whatever. It's not a problem. Really, it's not. Except it kinda is. I know that I don't need any more games. I have already spent too much on games this year with very little to show for it. Probably my best gaming purchase of the year was not a game, but the card table that I'm sitting at right now while typing this.

    Last week, I did another big trade. I'm pretty happy with the result. I'll keep trading a few times a year.

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    I'm sure that Paths of Glory, Sekigahara, and Lincoln are all good games, worthy of time and attention. They're just not right for me at this moment in my life.

    Onitama is a game that I tried to like, but just couldn't do it. Some card combination of powers were more interesting than others. Some just led to cautious and circular play that made the game drag out. I did slightly prefer the game the time that I played with the wind expansion with a friend.

    I played Hunt for the Ring once with my oldest daughter because she's a LotR fan. She liked it more than me. The 1 play was enough for me. It's a neat cat and mouse hidden movement game. Just not my thing. I offered it to my daughter for her to keep as hers, but she ultimately didn't like it enough to care to keep it. She has played very heavy Euro games and can play anything, but when she is playing with her friends, she tends to default to social stuff. She's a mean Werewolf moderator!

    Rheinlander was good, but uninspiring. I'd rather play something else.

    The games I got in exchange?

    A few more Knizias. A few Kanais (yes, that's three copies of Braverats). The meatier games are LYNGK, Ethnos, and Monolith Arena, three games that I have wanted to try since each were released. I've never played Neuroshima Hex, so Monolith Arena sorta counts as that for me as well.

    As evidenced by my parting with a few war games, I'm going to try to start being more ruthless in culling the games that are not getting played, that have been sitting on the shelf entirely unplayed for longer than a year. If I couldn't find the time to play them already, it's not likely that I'll make time to play them in the next year or into the future. Certain games that I have played are grandfathered into the collection even though I haven't played them in many years. Yes, I can see Unhappy King Charles on the shelf as I type this.

    Trades are still good.

    But I've also got games and game-related stuff that are not really trade material, but I still no longer feel the need to hold onto. So, I'm getting rid of them. By giving them to you!

    Here are the rules for The Great and terrible Games Give Away of 2020.

    I'll name a game in a blog post. I'll tag the game in the post. You'll see the post.

    If you want the game, leave a comment below stating that you want the game. By leaving a comment that you want the game/item, you are pledging that you will play that game sometime within the next year. If you fail that pledge, you must pass the game on. Honor system. I'd love to have people come back to this blog and leave comments about the game played, but that is also completely unneccessary.

    One week after the post, I'll randomly choose a person to give the game to by rolling a die.

    The person who wins the game agrees to pay shipping. This helps me from losing lots of money in being too stupidly generous. It also allows me to ship games internationally without being afraid of those shipping costs. If you're willing to pay for international shipping, I'm willing to otherwise send the game to you for free.

    After I choose the winner out of any comments, I'll send a geekmail to get a shipping address. Once I've shipped the game, I'll send another geekmail with my paypal info so that the new game owner can pay whatever the actual shipping costs were.

    If no one leaves a comment wanting the game, then I'll just throw it in a box for the thrift store. No "backsies" for me. Once I say I'm going to get rid of a game like this, it's gone.

    That's it, I guess.

    Let's start today.

    Today, I'm giving away two game-related books.
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    The Ricky Jay book is used and has been read a couple of times by me. I bought it new, so it's almost embarrassing how beat up it is now. It's still in good shape. It's just not in great shape. The Knizia book, on the other hand, is still in Very Good to Like New condition. I browsed and skim read passages, but mostly it has been safe on a shelf since I bought it.

    These books are yours if you want them. Follow the rules above. Leave a comment. Agree to pay shipping. I'll randomly select someone in a week.
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    Cindy's Milk Crate Challenge Accepted

    Milk Crate Challenge

    The background and the rules to this challenge can be found here.. Basically, I came across Demetri's old post and thought that the challenge looked like fun, so I went ahead and did it.

    Here's my full crate:

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    Size of the crate is roughly 15x12x10.

    Here's an overview of what's in it.

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    And here's the itemized breakdown:

    Go
    Yavalath

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    A few years ago, I was gifted a full 19x19 board (with nice bowls and stones) by an old friend after he found it for a good price at an estate sale.

    My first thought was to fit the 19x19 board into the milk crate, but it wasn't meant to be. It wouldn't fit. I already knew how large the board was, but I guess I wasn't fully aware of how big it was until I tried to stuff it in a milk crate and it wouldn't fit. 19x19 boards are definitely meant for those settled in one place, not for traveling nomads hauling a milk crate full of games from place to place.

    So, no 19x19 board. That's okay. I've only ever actually played a couple of games on that large board. I'm still very much a beginner, and, as such, am happy to play on a 9x9 or 13x13 board. Fortunately, I have one of those and it kinda fits into the milk crate. It sticks out over the top, but as I understand the rules to this challenge, that is allowed as long as I don't try any crazy balancing of games over the height of the milk crate walls. I've got stones for this board separate from the slightly nicer stones in the bowls, stuffed inside plastic baggies inside of a cloth bag.

    Why Go? Because it really is the perfect game. If I have one other player who also wants to play Go, then I would rather play Go than any other game (except maybe Shogi).

    Before the current, ongoing social restrictions, I had looked up what I would need to do to start a local chapter of the U.S. Go Association. It's not much money and not much work with the reward of establishing a local community of Go players. I've already put in the time and energy to start one local public group. What's one more?

    The 9x9 board (which is, of course, 8x8 square) and stones also gives me access to many games played on an 8x8 square board (excluding the stacking games; edit: see below):
    https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/224241/games-you-can-play...
    https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/240740/chess-and-half-tra...

    Yavalath (really, a HexHex5 board)

    Those go stones will also be serving double duty. I printed out and laminated this hexhex5 board last month and have already seen a lot of use from it.

    Here are the games I have played:
    Yavalath
    Pentalath
    Susan
    Wunchunk

    Here are lists of many more games available to me with the same components:
    https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/143644/games-you-can-play...
    https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/17735/games-boards-61-hex...

    And eventually I'll print out larger hexhex boards. I haven't done so yet because to get the sizing right, I really need to go to a professional print shop instead of printing at home on 8.5x11 paper.

    Shogi
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    Sometimes I'm in the mood for Go. Sometimes I'm in the mood for Chess. I'll still happily play western chess, almost anytime, but I think I'd always prefer to be playing Shogi, which is why it gets this space in the crate. My Shogi set is nothing pretty to look at, but I love its functional aesthetic and I'm happy to have a set with the moves printed on each piece. It takes away a huge barrier to entry in teaching new players how to play. Almost anyone could get started immediately with this set after learning a few rules (promotion, drop, pawn placement restrictions). I recently listed Shogi as my #1 game of all time. It was definitely true the day I made that list. If, today, I'm giving a slight edge to wanting to play Go more at the moment, that's still no slight to Shogi, a desert island (milk crate) game that I adore now and always. Having a full Shogi set will also give me access to smaller Shogi variants that I also enjoy.

    Traditional Card Games
    The Penguin Book of Card Games
    Stick 'Em
    High Society

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    A deck of cards. I may be late to this party, but I'm happy to be here. I love playing cards. I'm also throwing Parlett's book in the crate because I love it. I just think of it as a huge rules omnibus for my tiny deck of cards.

    This deck gives me access to many games that I played for the first time this year, ranked in order of preference:
    Hearts
    Scopa
    Duck Soup
    Knaves
    Spades
    Poker
    Acey-Deucey
    Whist
    Scat

    And, of course, hundreds more to explore.
    https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/20503/item/399612#item399...
    https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/1259

    Then, in addition to the standard deck is the Sticheln deck. I've only played Sticheln once. I liked it, but didn't love it. But maybe I will love it after more plays? It doesn't matter. It is here in the milk crate because of its versatility. I mean, with this deck, I immediately get two more of my favorite Knizia card games, Lost Cities and Schotten Totten, without either one of their bulkier boxes. Elements is another game that I enjoy that could be played. Plus, many other games to try, though my version is the German fifth edition, which has the reduced suits (0-14).
    https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/20503/item/399612

    High Society is currently my favorite auction game. I have now played it at all player counts, and think that it's just fantastic. I was surprised by how well it played at 3.

    Babylonia
    Bus
    Irish Gauge

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    Babylonia is my 3 or 4 player game of choice right now (and I also enjoy it 2 player). It is a satisfying amalgamation of everything I love in a Knizia game, with bits and pieces from his previous games, definitely, but also feeling fresher and more original than anything else. There is no crud on this design. 'Elegant' used to be a word that I would see more often here on BGG. I guess it has fallen out of favor. But I don't know any simpler way to describe Babylonia. It is an elegant game.

    There are several other "big box" board games that I could have picked to jam into this crate. I picked Irish Gauge to deliver my train/cube rails fix and Bus to deliver all the meanness I can possibly lovingly share with my friends and family. It might be a little bit of a cheat, but I also get The Soo Line with Irish Gauge because I threw away the box to that one and store it in Irish Gauge.

    Dungeon Crawl Classics
    The Legendary Guys

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    I almost cheated by only throwing in a set of dice, but then relished the challenge of fitting DCC into this crate, edging out other worthies for the sake of imaginary dungeon deaths. The rulebook is huge, the large majority of the text being page after page of spell tables. I love it for this, but it also means that most of the book is rarely needed most of the time. For convenience, it is much easier to print out all relevant tables and any known spells. And even though I have the print rules and many modules, I also have it all as pdfs on my tablet. I considered just putting my tablet in the crate, but decided that anything battery-operated is excluded from my tabletop crate on principle. Anyhow, for the purpose of this challenge, I included the print core rules, and the "trapper keeper" I use with printouts and two modules in it that I'm planning on running next month, . I'm not putting every module I own into the crate. I've been trying to make this as close to a 'my absolute essentials' crate as possible, but I'm also assuming that the challenge allows occasional access to a bookshelf back home where I can swap out modules. I could also put a few more in the "trapper keeper" without bulking it up much more.

    The Legendary Guys could have been photographed with the other 'party' games. It's essentially a very light party rpg game. Stupid storytelling fun from rules that fit on a postcard.


    Hierarchy
    Nytelyfe Solitaire
    Sprawlopolis
    In Vino Morte
    Adder

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    These are my favorite Button Shy games and there is no reason not to include them in a challenge like this. They take up hardly any space at all while offering big fun in small packages. Sprawlopolis and Nytelife will take care of any rare solo itches I have. Hierarchy is a great 2p puzzle match. Adder is silly realtime table slapping for 2, while In Vino Morte is the only party game I need (though I would have also included Telestrations if the crate were larger).

    Push It
    Cockroach Poker
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    People love dexterity games. I must give the people what they love. Push It's box is just its bag now. Cockroach Poker just barely made it in the crate because there was a snug Cockroach Poker sized hollow in the top corner of the crate. It was meant to be.

    Bladder
    Hnefatafl

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    The original Milk Crate Challenge rules state no games inside of other games, everything in its original box, and I've tried hard to abide by that. So, this is a bit of a cheat, maybe? My Hnefatafl set actually came packaged with a book about Vikings that I purchased almost twenty years ago. I don't know what happened to that book. The glossy folded paper board and the plastic/rubber Hnefatafl figures made their way into my copy of Bladder, a game that I love, that I will still sometimes name as my favorite game of all time, because it's just true that I always want to play it if someone else around wants to do so. The problem is how rarely this happens! So, Bladder is a must. Hnefatafl, even if it weren't bundled with Bladder, would probably make the crate on its own merits and also because my set just does not take up much space. I love that there is no single codified set of rules for Hnefatafl, that instead many folk variations have been allowed to flourish. Any tafl set is almost its own games system at this point, with many variants available.
    http://tafl.cyningstan.com/downloads/703/rules-leaflets

    Tak
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    Tak made the cut because there was room for it and because I really do like it. It's probably my favorite connection game, a type of game that I'm not very good at and often get frustrated by, but still keep exploring. Having this Tak set also gives me stacking pieces for the 8x8 board above as well as providing a 5x5 board for even more options: https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/198276/5x5-game-system

    Gettysburg
    Target Arnhem: Across 6 Bridges
    Morgan's a' Comin'!
    The Fury of the Norsemen
    Battle for Moscow

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    This is my small collection of small wargames. Each of these has a small footprint with low counter density and fairly simple rules. All of these were ziplock games except for Fury, which does still have its small box. I keep all of these games together in a single ziplock bag.

    That's all of the games. And they all fit in one milk crate. Nothing left to do with my evening but stare contentedly at this milk crate full of games.
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    Knizia Pizzia Party (first of many?)

    Well, the world outside kinda looks like this right now, with everyone waiting their turn for a helping of coronavirus:
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    As an "essential employee", I'm forced to be out in the world of communicable diseases, but fortunately I do still have days off.

    I'm always happy to have a large family, but it definitely feels like something even more special while doing our part to self-quarantine, to be able to have great fun with each other when others are so much more isolated. We're all still bummed that we won't be seeing other loved ones for a long while, but the sting isn't quite so great.

    We decided to throw a Family Knizia Pizzia Party. My oldest daughter loves making homemade pizzas. My entire family loves playing Knizia games. What could be better?

    Without any guests stopping in, this is about what my house has looked like the past couple of days (with 100% less open-breasted nightgowns):
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    That is, of course, an artist's rendition of the fun we were having.

    Below are a few photos that I took myself.



    Also played, though not pictured:
    Brainwaves: The Astute Goose
    Chartae
    Ingenious: Travel Edition
    L.L.A.M.A.
    Lost Cities

    And non-Knizia games (I know that we shouldn't have played non-Knizia games at a Knizia Pizzia Party, but, you know, tricks are for kids? I also told my family that Knizia would have designed them if he had been born a few hundred years ago):
    Hearts
    Spades
    Whist

    "I am ultimately designing games to bring enjoyment to the people." -Reiner Knizia

    Thank you, Dr. Knizia. Enjoyment was indeed brought to the people.
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