Cold & Flu season and gaming opportunities...
Jody Ludwick
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Indiana
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We've recently been passing around the 'common cold' here in our household and I can't help but feel deviously joyful with it's presence here. The more than usual opportunities it has created in the number of games played has been rather inviting.

Please feel free to add your own 'stay-at-home-and-play-games-with-your-family-members-while-taking-care-of-a-cold' games.
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1. Board Game: Santorini [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:2931]
Jody Ludwick
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Santorini

My husband brought the 'cold' home with him from a brief business trip in Orlando, Florida. Our otherwise 'clean' environment here at home was suddenly compromised by his callous disregard for maintaining a 'safe and healthy' haven throughout the Winter season. Of course he was the first to experience the typical cold & flu like symptoms and during a much needed day-off, he and I played many 2-player games of a recent favorite, Santorini. My husband prefers abstract spatially related games and winning most of them made him feel much better.

He goes to San Francisco later this month and had better come home with Ghirardelli Chocolate instead!
 
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2. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:513] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
Jody Ludwick
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Jambo

Next to contract the 'cold' was our 12 year old son who's favorite 2-player game is Jambo. He's missed four days of school so far.
 
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3. Board Game: Roma [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:889] [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked]
Jody Ludwick
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Roma

Shortly thereafter, yours truely came down with a slight fever, chills and sore throat. A recent recommendation from a fellow Geek 'pushed' me off the fence to finally pick this l'il gem up, and what a delightful 2-player game this has turned out to be (thanks CB). My son and I were both reminded of Magic the Gathering with it's card text and combo uses.
 
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4. Board Game: Blokus Duo [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:805]
Jody Ludwick
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Travel Blokus

This is typically placed on the sofa between my son and I while watching an afternoon of Food Network in our jammies. Always a challenge.
 
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5. Board Game: Pizza Box Football [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:2801]
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Pizza Box Football

I bought this for my son as a Valentines Day gift and wound up giving it to him a couple of days early to take advantage of the sick time off. I wasn't really expecting to enjoy this as much as I do. Very fluid mechanics for a dice-fest game.
 
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6. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:152] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Magic the Gathering

Cold or no cold, MtG has remained a major staple with our family and is always well received.
 
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7. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:98]
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Commands and Colors: Ancients

A recent acquisition and one we haven't played just yet but I'll most likely spend this afternoon applying stickers and reading the instructions. Looking forward to this one.
 
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8. Board Game: Sneeze [Average Rating:4.96 Overall Rank:14408]
Ed Carter
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The kids game from our 2005 releases.

I haven't been hit by flu this year so I haven't had a chance to test out playing this 'under the influence' but we often play a house rule that real sneezes count the same as game sneezes, which could make it interesting!
 
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9. Board Game: Ubongo [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:858]
Sue Hemberger

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Big box from Germany arrived right after the onset of a nasty cold. Excellent timing.

Ubongo has been the big hit thus far. Short, fun, and different. My husband and I also debuted Chinagold last night. It seems like a good game, but not optimal for play when your brain is fuzzy. And ug-ly.
 
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10. Board Game: Techno Witches [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:3709]
Sue Hemberger

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After spending the last two days engrossed in a Harry Potter audiobook marathon, my now-recovering daughter pulled out Techno Witches, a Christmas present that we hadn't gotten to.

Our witches are wonky -- cardboard doesn't fold well or stay put. Is that common or did we get a defective sheet?
 
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11. Board Game: Dragonland [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2909]
Sue Hemberger

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Our second game today continued both the Potter theme and the let's-try-Xmas-games-we-haven't-played-yet project.

I suspect Roma and/or Ubongo are on the agenda for tonight.
 
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