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These games currently reside in my living room, in a bookcase dedicated to games. Most get played once in awhile, although a few have been dormant for too long. I'm trying to fill this up in anticipation of National Game week. The family is here for Thanksgiving.
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1. Board Game: Wallenstein (first edition) [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:342]
Mark Gray
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Top shelf. Sees quite a bit of play with my son and his buddies. They love the tower!
 
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2. Board Game: Kremlin [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:851]
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This came out of moth balls when my son's game group asked me about the "olde" days. They loved it.
 
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3. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Still sees regular play.
 
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4. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:229]
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My wife and I really like this as a two player game.
 
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5. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
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Another one of my wifes' favorites. We haven't convinced the kids to play yet.
 
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6. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:260]
Mark Gray
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Just picked this up. Didn't have much interest in this one when it came out. Then I found an old printout of Joe Gola's legendary session report(which by the way, should be required geek reading). Reading it aloud to my wife, she fell out of bed laughing. I bought it. Hope to get it on the table soon. Looks great.
ps Are there any other session reports out there that stack up to Joe's masterpiece?
 
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7. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:312]
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My son's gaming group loves this one also. Planing on introducing it to a high school gaming group during National Game week.
 
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8. Board Game: Age of Napoleon [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1654]
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Despite a not-so-good rulebook, this is a really fine game. Can't wait for GMT's Price of Freedom.
 
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9. Board Game: Battle Cry [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:615]
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My son prefers Memoir '44, but I love my painted minis! And for my money the system works better for 19th century combat.
 
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10. Board Game: Liberté [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:697]
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Another great Martin Wallace game that we like more every time we play.
 
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11. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
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We've had this for awhile now, but for some reason (components maybe?) I can't seem to get the crowd interested. Hoping Railroad Tycoon will be the encouragement that gets the ball rolling.
 
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12. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Quick play fare that is always a hit with the younger kids (Son, 8 & niece, 8) Wife likes it also. I hated this at first, but it is growing on me.
 
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13. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:134]
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Just got the recent reprint. This is the current favorite, and will likely see lots of action at Thanksgiving.
 
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14. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
Mark Gray
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This is another one that at first I just thought was too simple. the younsters love it though, and over time I've come to appreciate it's virtues. Keep selecting those destination cards!
 
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15. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:207]
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CLASSIC. Doesn't get the play that it used to, but it may see some table time over the holidays.
 
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16. Board Game: Hansa [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:709]
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After some initial reluctance, the family is coming around to this one. I like its' tactical nature.
 
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17. Board Game: We the People [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:1031]
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My son and I grab this one when there isn't time for Hannibal. This is one great CDW!
 
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18. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:468]
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What with Ticket to Ride captivating everyone, this has sadly not been out in awhile. This is SO much more fun...maybe I can sneak it in...just maybe.
 
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19. Board Game: Napoleon: The Waterloo Campaign, 1815 [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:1016]
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Can't believe myself. My son has asked a few times for me to teach him this, and something always comes up. Finally brought it up from the family room so that it is full view. Must get it on the table!
 
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20. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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This hasn't really been played in quite awhile, but lately we have had a resurgence. My 8 yr old played it with me and loved it. My wife looked on and actually suggested that we play soon. We have two copies with 8 different colors so maybe a BIG game with the extended family.
 
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21. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:217]
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It has been quite awhile since this saw the light of day. Not sure why, as we used to like it quite a bit.
 
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22. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
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Light fare, "dessert" game. This one and Guillotine are always suggested late at night.
 
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23. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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My 17 year old son's favorite. He's eyeing the new expansions.
 
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24. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:270] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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Not technically on the game shelf. My 8 yr. old insists that it remain set up on a card table. For the past year! My wife is truly a saint.
 
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25. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:53]
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I've been pumpimg this one up lately. I miss it SO much! Been years since it was a regular. Number 1 son tried when he was much younger, didn't like it, and has been reluctant ever since.
 
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