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My gaming group is relatively new, gathering together twice monthly for the last couple of months. We have had a blast playing various games, and the evening usually wears on into the wee hours of the morning where we are found glazed eyed, sitting around the table that I have set up out in the garage (kids and wife asleep in house, can't wake them up).

I've been a gamer all my life, collecting and playing them. Both new and old. I've brought various games to the table for us to play on our evening gathering. However, I'm looking for new ones, and when looking through this site, I'm unindated with an enormous amount of information that can easily take hours to digest. What I'm hoping to get from all of you is a collection of games that you would suggest that my gaming group should play. I have come into some "gaming money" from a sale of one of my games and have asked my group what they would like to see me get. So far, anything I suggest they say "that sounds great." Although I applaud their eagerness to play any game I set before them, I am still left wanting opinions of favorite games. I have recently made a rather large order for some games, but I still want more (always more). It is to this end that I'm asking to enlist your help.

I'll start the list with the games that we have already played and are planning to play this weekend. Also I will add the games that I have ordered. They are listed in no particular order.

Personally I love games thick in theme, great game mechanics, and moderate to advanced complexity. I love fantasy based, ancient/medieval based, and sci-fi based themes. I also, admitantly, am a sucker for shiny baubles. Oh, how I love those beautiful bits! With that said, please let your suggestions fly!
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1. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:48]
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TI3: Did we like it? Definitely. Did we think it was too long? Unfortunately yes. It was our first time any of us played this game and it lasted over 8 hours. Still though, we all had a lot of fun with it and it will be played again.
 
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2. Board Game: Talisman (third edition) [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:2496]
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Talisman 3rd: Each of us loved this game. We were in the mood for something light that night, and this served it up perfectly. A wonderful light RPG. We managed to get two games in one night because each of us enjoyed it so. I have all the expansions, City, Mountain, Forest, Dungeon and the oh-so-rare Dragon Tower. Without these expansions the game would still be good, but would be lacking so much more.
 
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3. Board Game: Illuminati: Deluxe Edition [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1361]
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Illuminati: Ah, this game is just devilishly fun. I played the Assassins (random draw) and was merciless in it. In fact, I hired myself out to attack others and had all of my attacks funded by other players. Still lost, but oh was it fun.
 
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4. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:3350] [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked]
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Munchkin: This is slotted for this weekend. Most everyone is looking forward to playing it. I've played it once with my wife, and though it suffers with 2 people (meant for 3+) I can see how the game could be entertaining in a spoofish sort of way.
 
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5. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Settlers: What gaming group would be complete without a run of this game. Although I still enjoy the game, I'm just about played out. Played it a ton online. This game is also slotted for this weekend. One guy has never played it before. We are playing it because I feel that he should at least try it.
 
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6. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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This is one of the games on my Order List. It hasn't come in the mail yet, but I've heard so much about it via this site that I'm forced to say "what the heck, I'll take it." Never played it, hope it's good.
 
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7. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:319]
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SoC: One guy in our group played this game twice. I have never played it. When I said, "Whatdya think?", he said "pretty good game." That was good enough for me. This extra game money is burning a hole in my pocket, and I just love the fantasy theme. Seems double steeped in it. I ordered it, it's coming. Big hopes.
 
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8. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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Power Grid: I don't like the theme at all. In fact, it seems rather blah to me. Not my usual cup of tea; however, the reviews on it are HUGE. It seems that all of you guys love this game (high baysian average). Despite my insticts, (and since I had some extra coin) I ordered this game anyway. It's coming. It better be good.
 
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9. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1018]
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Bang!: Not much into westerns; however, I heard this game was a real blast (bang, even -> pun intended). Since I had the extra spending money. I bought it. It's on it's way.
 
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Descent: Journey into the Dark: Ahhh, my theme! I just hope it's not too much like Heroquest. Already have that game, both basic and advanced. Looks like some fun. Have pre-ordered it.
 
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T&E: Ordered it. Was out of stock and have to wait 2 weeks to get it (groan). It looks pretty cool and I can really get into the theme. Looks beautiful. Never played it, big expectations.
 
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Tempus: It isn't even out yet, but I'm very interested in it. A civ-builder that's played in under two hours?!? That definitely has to be one of the seven signs that the world is coming to an end (or is it a blood red moon? Nah, it's a civ game in 2 hours or less. I'm sure of it now). Regardless, end of the world or not, I'm getting it.
 
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13. Board Game: Dragon Dice [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:8054]
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Several reasons for suggesting this game:

1. It's different from everything else you've listed so far.

2. It's got your theme. Wonderful fantasy background story. It's a dice battle game in which the different races of that fantasy world are battling each other. You build armies consisting of dice (like card decks in Magic the Gathering)and try to capture terrains by using different strategies, melee, missile and magic attacks.

3. The new rules are complex but very well blanced and have changed to a much, much better gameplay since the first days when the rules sucked. (That's why the overall rating is pretty bad. Most gamers didn't bother to check it again.

4. Lots of strategy and tactics involved!

5. You asked for OUR suggestions, not overall ratings. Well, I love this game, my gaming group loved it and we had a blast!

If you should decide to give it a try, then contact me, I'll give you some advice what to consider when buying dice and how to start the game. You shouldn't play with more than 4 players at first. This game is difficult to learn. It needs at least 4 to 5 games before it clicks and it's better to have someone to talk you into it. Bother me with questions if you like, I'll be happy to help. There are starter rules for easy beginning and complex advanced rules which give the game the final depth.

6. And finally: it has beautyful dice! See my homepage for first infos and to take a look at the available dice (most of them are shown there). Don't get scared away by the huge amount of dice in this game (I'm a collector and have much more than needed just for playing), you only need a few of them (maybe 20 to 25 per player) to play this game.

If you're looking for dice, contact me. I've got links to appropriate pages and I've got extra dice, too.

THIS IS MY ABSOLUTELY FAVORITE! I play it almost every day online! (closely followed by the SoC.)
 
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