Unexpected Raise = Game Order = Me Happy!
Tim Fiscus
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Hello, fellow geeks! After many months of spotty posting and occasional responses on the forums, I have finally emerged from the shadows to make my very first GeekList.

A little (just a little, I promise) about me:
I am a Speech-Language Pathologist who specializes in the rehabilitation of adults in the realms of language and swallowing after stroke, brain injuries, and the like. In my spare time, I am one of the founding members of the modest but successful LowCountry Strategy Gamers (LCSG) here in Charleston, SC.

Last week, I unexpectedly received a rather large raise in pay and decided to "invest" (haven't we all used this one on our wives at some point?) some of this newly found money in a game order. I already have a pretty darn good collection (about 175 games, see profile if interested), but I wanted more. More, More, MORE! Ahem.

Here follows my most recent game order, which actually turned into two separate orders and one preorder.

I'd especially like to know if there are any variants or house rules to these games that you have tried and would consider nearly irreplaceable.



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1. Board Game: Runebound (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:716]
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I actually already own (and quite enjoy) Runebound, so this order included some of the available small expansions. I researched them a bit, so I didn't get everything:
Terrors of the Tomb
Relics of Legend
Artifacts and Allies
The Dark Forest
The Scepter of Kyros - really excited about this one since I've always loved giants in games
Class Deck: Battlemage
Class Deck: Blade Dancer
Class Deck: Runemaster
Class Deck: Shadow Walker
Class Deck: Spiritbound
Class Deck: Wildlander

Okay, well that is pretty much everything. Except, I did add...
 
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2. Board Game: Runebound: The Island of Dread [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
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I debated for quite a while between this and the Midnight expansion, but after reading the rules for both I decided that I liked more what this one added to the game.
 
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3. Board Game: Heroscape Expansion Set: Zanafor's Discovery [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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While we're on the fantasy theme, I added these to the order since my local Toys'R'Us, Target, and Walmarts are woefully understocked at this time. I got all 4 sets, one of each. I really dig Heroscape, and I originally really didn't.
 
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4. Board Game: Niagara [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1130]
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I'm always on the lookout for games that my family might enjoy. Now, I don't have the typical gaming family. My Mom and Dad are pretty into 'my kind of game' by now, with my Dad greatly enjoying Puerto Rico, my Mom Princes of Florence, my sister Traumfabrik, and my wife Knizia's Lord of the Rings. Everyone seems to love TTR:Europe as well...
 
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5. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Märklin [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:241] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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... so why not try out TTR: Marklin? I read the rules online (almost a rule in and of itself by now), and I think they'll eat it up.
 
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6. Board Game: Under the Shadow of the Dragon [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:2773] [Average Rating:6.53 Unranked]
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Oh, I forgot to mention that I'm an expansion whore.
Friend: Did you see that _____ has an expansion? I think it's called...
Me: (type type type)... It's called _____! It adds _____?! Wow, the game totally needed _____! That's gonna rock. (type type type) Ok, I submitted the order.
Friend: But, you don't even have the base game yet.
Me: Oh, right. (type type type)

You get the picture. Actually, I've heard that this and the following few expansions I'll list here are quite excellent. The addition of a 2-player design is a nice extra for this one.
 
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7. Board Game: War of the Ring: Battles of the Third Age [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
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I just finished reading the rules for this. Could it rock any harder? Wow. I have a fully self-painted set of figs (see my signature if you're interested) for the base game and Im pumped (yea, verily!) to paint some more.
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8. Board Game: Dungeon Twister: Paladins & Dragons [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked]
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I already own P&D, but I picked up the Room Kit Replacement Pack. No sense in having to pretend I don't notice the difference in counter thickness.
 
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9. Board Game: Elasund: The First City [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1198]
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Picked this up on a friends' recommendation. I actually haven't read the rules on this one yet, but I've read some reviews and forum posts and I think it'll be a winner.
 
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10. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:268]
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I'm ashamed to say that I bought this one because (#1) it was cheap and (#2) Joe Gola's session report for this is one of the funniest things I've ever read. I can't wait to say to someone during the game, "you're cruisin' for a smiting"!
 
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11. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:187]
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After the success of my two-player card games (Hera & Zeus, Jambo, Lost Cities, Balloon Cup) with my wife and gamer friends, it was time to purchase this "classic" and try it out.
 
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12. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:96] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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I like Age of Steam, really. My good buddy and game night regular Luke (also a regular at the Gathering of Friends) is uncommonly good at Age of Steam. I have beaten him a few times, and been schooled a few times. The trouble is that my family and my less serious gaming friends frequently request railroad games and I have nothing lighter to offer them (certainly not 1856, and they've tired of Empire Builder). This is the job for Railroad Tycoon. I've seen it played, read reports and arguments and etc, and I'm ready to form my own opinion.
 
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13. Board Game: Battleground [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1845] [Average Rating:6.95 Unranked]
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I'm gonna give this one a try after hearing good things about it from the guys at the Dice Tower and reading the rules. I'm a little bit skeptical, but it's not much investment if it merely turns out to be OK (which I'm expecting).
 
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14. Board Game: Hellenes: Campaigns of the Peloponnesian War [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:1968]
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And finally, a Pre-Order to round out the bunch. Mediterranean Basin games have a soft spot in my heart, and I'm really excited to try out a block game set there.


Thanks for reading this far, and I look forward to comments or suggestions about my new games.
 
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