Christmas list - need help
Matt Sears
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Here's what I have on my Christmas list now. This will pretty much be my game buying for the year. I'd like to trim the list to $100 for free shipping, buy games for the whole family, and have a good year's worth of gaming with out overlapping theme, mechanics, etc. I have a 7-year-old son who is a quasi-gamer, and a 6-year-old-daughter who is a true game geek in training. Any help making this the perfect list would be much appriciated.
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1. Board Game: O Zoo le Mio [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1478]
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First the kids. I thought this would be one they would like that the whole family could enjoy. ($21)
 
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2. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:878]
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They are also sort of into pirates right now. So it will probably be this one or O Zoo le Mio. ($18)
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3. Board Game: Circus Flohcati [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1426]
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I'd like to put a card game in everyone's stocking. I'm thiking this one for the boy. ($8)
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4. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:496]
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For the girl, Colloreto is pretty. ($8)
 
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5. Board Game: Wildlife Safari [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1355]
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And for my wife. ($5)
 
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6. Board Game: I Go! [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:2623]
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This one was in the running for a while, but as of now, hasn't made the cut. ($8)
 
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7. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:338]
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This is one that I definately want to get. Maybe I'll shove it in my stocking. ($13)
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8. Board Game: Formula Dé Mini [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2452]
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I thought this might be good for the whole family. ($23)
 
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9. Board Game: Hare & Tortoise [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1131]
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I keep going back and forth on this one. I know it's an oldy, don't know how well it holds up. ($18)
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10. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:518] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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Maybe a two-player for my wife and I (that's not her). ($15)
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11. Board Game: Hellas [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2414]
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Or this one ($15)
 
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12. Board Game: Attika [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:596]
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The rest of these games are games that I want. I'd be interested to know how much any of these might fit the above requirements (good for whole family, good two player, no overlapping, can jam into my stocking and act surpised to see it there, etc.) ($21)
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13. Board Game: Hansa [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:744]
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$20
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14. Board Game: Oltre Mare [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:1279]
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Hmmmm. This one looks a lot like the previous one. (25$)
 
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15. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:240]
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18$
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16. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:409]
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That's it. Thanks very much for any help making this a lean, mean, shopping list. I welcome your helpful suggestions. ($14)
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17. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:549]
 
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It doesn't look like you own a lot of abstracts, and this one seems to work really well with kids. If you usually have four players available, you probably want to go with the original Blokus (around $23). If you usually have fewer with two or would rather get an extra card game, you could go with Travel Blokus (around $15).
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18. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:133] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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I'm surprised not to see this on the list already. It's good for 2-5 players, and it sounds like both your kids could handle it. I personally prefer the Europe edition, the original is more streamlined, so better for kids.
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