Two Days - 8 Games - Bundle of Cash.
Mark Lockett
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Fishponds, Bristol
Bristol
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A little tradition of mine before Christmas is to have what can only be called a splurge of spending. I figure I may as well treat myself as come the following month there is a lot of Christmas presents to buy for my family and friends. I had a shortlist of favourites but it took me hours to decide. So it was a usual Thursday Night at Shire Gamers where it all began. Before the usual crowd got there I had some interesting decisions to make.
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1. Board Game: Blokus Duo [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:770]
Mark Lockett
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I had been waiting for this to hit the shop and finally it did. I travel a lot as my better half is 4 hours away in a different city so I wanted some two player games that she might like as she is is the most casual of gamer I have ever known. Blokus is quick and simple to learn. Let's hope she likes it.
Thursday Night - Purchase 1
 
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2. Board Game: StreetSoccer [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1681]
Mark Lockett
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This was a pre-determined choice as well. I love playing Street Soccer. It was about time I had my own copy. Already played it and won 5-3 Friday Afternoon
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3. Board Game: Ice Cream [Average Rating:5.50 Overall Rank:12509]
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I have looked at this in the shop and on the Geek many times. Theme is foresmost when choosing a game for me and this just oozes it. It was time for us to meet. It even got played Thursday Night but I can't remember who won - It wasn't me.
Thursday Night - Purchase 3
 
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4. Board Game: Keythedral [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:681]
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Now it was time to choose the first of my bigger boxed more Gamery games. I had my eye on New England for a while as I love the Weissblum/Moon combo and it gets good comments on the Geek. Everytime I pick it up in the shop though the picture on the back doesn't look very exciting. Keythedral is the opposite - It looks beautiful and sounds as if it plays just as nicely. It was added to the pile behind the counter waiting for me as we got stuck into games night.
Thursday Night - Purchase 4
 
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5. Board Game: Goldbräu [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:2140]
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After a poor showing by me in a Caylus game where I felt like I had a very negative play experience even though I love the game. I was knocked out of my buying tracks as I tried to work out what had happened in the game. I figured it was better to come back the next day so I did.
It was a toss up between Goldbrau and Goldland for the first choice although I think I looked at everything else on the shelves. I had played Goldland before and so I thought I would go for the one I hadn't. Little did I know Sue and Nick had been guessing which one I would choose. Nick was right. It's that theme again. Pubs and Breweries was enough to swing it.
Friday - Purchase 1
 
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6. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:91] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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This pick was mainly because I wanted a game that I could play with my Girlfriend, the casual Gamer and play at home with my Brother who is also the casual gamer. It seemed ideal especially so as my girlfriend had played it at Shire Gamers one night and enjoyed it. At least I know she will play this one on occasions.
Friday - Purchase 2
 
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7. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:328]
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Now I had planned to stop there but I was intigued by Ingenious and had been for a while. I think it will see a lot of play as it doesn't look like a long game and simple to learn. I hope I can get the girlfriend to play this one. If not, then there are plenty of Shire Gamers and friends who will play it with me. So I decided to get it now instead of adding it to my Christmas List. Naughty I know. But very definitely ... Nice.
Friday - Purchase 3
 
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8. Board Game: Cloud 9 [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1647]
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I love this game and Nick really shouldn't have it on disply near the counter. I thought this Push your luck game would be nice for Christmas gatherings with family and friends. Seeing as it was only £9 and I had spent bundles already the extra amount didn't seem to make much difference.
Friday - Purchase 4 - Now I have some rules to read.
 
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