Time to thin out the wishlist. Opinions on my opinions?
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With Secret Santa on the way, it's time to make my wishlist a little more realistic.

I have a lot of trouble making up my mind on things. If you've got some extra time and want to help out, I'm going to post the items from my "must have" and "love to have" categories, with the commentary I've been keeping. I'd be curious to hear the thoughts of others.

Here's our family gaming profile:

Top Games (not exactly in order, though the top 3 are pretty solid):

#1: Space Alert
#2: Dominion
#3: Galaxy Trucker
#4: Bridge
#5: Robo Rally
#6: Bohnanza
#7: Lords of Waterdeep
#8: Tichu
#9: Descent 1e
#10: Lord of the Rings

Those, at least, are the ones we can agree on. Both my wife and I will play ANYTHING, but she leans toward party games and lighter games, and my tastes have started to lean toward heavier games of late. For example, here are the games we love INDIVIDUALLY:

Corrie - Time's Up, Teams of Enemies, Mystery at the Abbey, Mystery Express

Todd - Dominant Species, Dungeon Lords, Caylus

We both like theme. Abstracts aren't usually a big hit.

Anyway, that's kind of our game lifestyle in a nutshell. I'm most curious about comments on the items I'm adding, but feel free to add things you think I've missed.
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1. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:20]
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My favorite designer makes an adventure game? What's not to like? I need to get this eventually. It's not at the absolute top of my list, but I suspect I'll eventually pick this one up. I have a feeling a lot of them will be available for trade soon. My primary fear is that it will be too long/heavy to make it to the table very often. That said, the Call of the Vlaada is hard to resist.
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2. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:229]
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I was skeptical at first, but this game's rating seems to have held up over time. Rampage on a board? Count me in! This is another one that I definitely want to own eventually. Other things are higher priority, but I'll get to this.
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3. Board Game: Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game – Sudden Death [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked]
 
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I like the base game quite a bit. I don't get to play it enough. I think this would make a good little add-on. I'm suspecting that this might be one of those small items that takes me over the edge for free shipping someday.
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4. Board Game: Space Cadets [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1214]
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I don't know a lot about this right now, but it seems right up our alley. We love Space Alert.
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5. Board Game: Morels [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:594]
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I've been hearing really good things about this, so I'd quite like to get my hands on it.
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6. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker: The Big Expansion [Average Rating:7.96 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.96 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.96 Unranked]
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Both Corrie and I love Galaxy Trucker. My copy should arrive sometime in late October, so I'll be jonesing to get this soon.
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7. Board Game: Dungeon Lords: Festival Season [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
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I love Dungeon Lords, even though I never get to play it. I don't think this makes it any more likely that the game will make it to the table, but I still want it since I love the core game (and its designer) so much.
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8. Board Game: Thrilling Tales of Adventure! [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
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Yeah... if this game ever actually happens.
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9. Board Game: Dungeon Petz [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:141]
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Another game by my favorite designer. Absolutely a MUST HAVE. I love Dungeon Lords, I know I'll love this. Plus, the two player is supposed to be decent.
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10. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:78]
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I own the first edition, and we've played it a lot, but the long playtime has given us trouble lately. According to the website, FFG has tried to fix that a bit. That would help our group a lot! It's not a huge priority since I have the first edition, but I'd like to own it eventually.
 
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11. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:33]
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I need more Wallace games, and I'm really excited about this one. I'd really like to get my hands on this. I like both the theme and the mechanic quite a bit. I think we'd have a lot of fun with this. This one is pretty high up on my list of desires. I think I'll be grabbing it soon.
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12. Board Game: Bios: Megafauna [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1841] [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked]
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I want this BAD. I know I'll love it just like Dominant Species. Right now it is my new obsession. This just seems like a box full of kick-assitude.
 
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13. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:196]
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This is supposed to be a great game. I like the theme and the mechanic. I think this would be great for our group. We tend to really enjoy co-op games, and I understand this one's heavy on theme, and pretty difficult.
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14. Board Game: Middle-Earth Quest [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:441]
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Cooperative. With Hobbits. 'Nuff said. I'm pretty sure we'd enjoy the hell out of this one.
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15. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:83]
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I don't know what to do about this one. It might be too wargamey for us... but I think the theme might save it. I've been on the fence about this for a long time.

That said, I think Middle Earth Quest takes priority over this one. I'll probably buy that first.
 
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16. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:379]
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A relatively new kid on the block... this one has caught my eye. I'm getting mixed reviews on it from people. It really sounds like something we'd enjoy.
 
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17. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker: Another Big Expansion [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked]
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Same as the GT expansion above. We've got some time to sit on this one since we haven't had the base game for very long, but I'm going to want it eventually.
 
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18. Board Game: Mage Wars Arena [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:148] [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked]
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I dunno. Everyone is raving about this and Summoner Wars, but I worry that it's going to be too much of a tactical game. I also don't see why I'd pull this (or Summoner Wars) out over Dominion if there's only two of us.
 
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