The Games Dictator's Selection: Round 8
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It has come to my attention that the newest round of game selections aught be assembled and distributed amongst all loyal comrades. Furthermore, the ministry of compliance has noted in a number of personal files individuals who failed to submit a game to the last round of selections. While this is unacceptable, it is clear to me that in a time of transition from the iron fisted rule of a dictatorship into an open and free utopia, that certain allowances must be made. However, all persons will be required to comply with this latest round of selections or face serious state reeducation and personality readjustment.

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Pretty much every week, a group of Cleveland-area boardgamers gather to play games at BURPS HQ (usually the house of Bess and Steve).

It's a friendly group, willing to play a range of games. But, when everyone is polite and accommodating, it can be hard to get a group to choose a game for the evening.

No more polite "I'll play anything." No more wishy-washy groupthink decision-making. We decided the group needed... A Games Dictator.

Our Dictator is a relatively benevolent autocrat. He listens to his people well, but there are a few ironclad rules.

Game's Dictator's Rules

1. Each person shall choose one game they wish to play.

2. The Dictator shall compile a list of the wishes of the people.

3. The Dictator shall choose the order of each featured Game of the Week (randomized subject to input on availability). The people must abide by His Decision and play the chosen Game.

Failure to comply with rule of the selected Game will cause pandemonium. While there is such chaos in the streets, mob rule will be all that remains to encourage fair game selection processes until the next week when fair Dictator-led selections can resume.

4. At any time, for whatever reason, the chosen person for the week has the right to change his or her selection of the Game of the Week. All that The Games Dictator asks is advance notice if possible so that other members of the group can plan accordingly.

Conversely, the Games Dictator has the right to punt a game selection to the next round if availability of the selector is not secured before the end of the round.

5. On any given week that there are enough players for an additional game, the Dictator is willing to overlook a second table of rabble who don't wish to play the Game of the Week. However enjoying the freedom of selection is strictly frowned upon.

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This list contains the seventh round of games chosen by our group for The Games Dictator.

The metalist of Dictator's picks
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1. Board Game: Quirks [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:5524]
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Chosen by: Bess

Date Played: 11/15/12

Official Follow Up Comments For the Permanent Record: Bess finally got one of her grail games to the table. She didn't even know if her copy was complete and was pleasantly surprised that beyond being complete, it included expansions. Quirks is a humorous family game with components that are a bit dodgy and rules that aren't quite as clear as you might like. Nonetheless, we laughed and cheered for our patchwork critters as they battled it out and attempted to dominate their niches.
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2. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:141] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Carcassonne Carnival: We play with all the expansions at once!

Chosen by: Chuck

Date Played: 11/29/12

Official Follow Up Comments For the Permanent Record: OK, so not all of the expansions at once, but Chuck choose several good ones that combined nicely and turned Carcassonne into a much deeper game without bogging things down too much.
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3. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:238]
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Somehow we didn't get this game played during the last round, so here it is again.

Chosen by: Bill

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4. Board Game: Tide of Iron [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:615]
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Large Scale Tide of Iron

While generally the Chairman does not support raising arms, even he hates the Nazis and so approves this choice, but only under the condition that arms are laid down and disposed of immediately upon the fall of Berlin.

Chosen by: Nathan

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5. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:190]
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Double Decker Dungeon Day: Dungeon Lords & Dungeon Petz!

Chosen by: Steve

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6. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:128]
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Two-player triple-*play*

Mark has chosen 3 2p games for us to play:

Twilight Struggle
1989: Dawn of Freedom
Go

As the Chairman prefers that no more than 2 people gather together in one place at any given time, he finds this selection acceptable.

Chosen by: Mark

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7. Board Game: Origins: How We Became Human [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:2629]
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Phil Eklund! Just the spice this geeklist was missing.

Chosen by: Michael

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8. Board Game: Planet Steam [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:708]
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A little something to take the chill from your bones during the long winter.

Chosen by: Greg

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9. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:11]
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In accordance with my capricious nature, Zach has chosen this soon to be classic about rolling dice and taking tiles.

Chosen by: Zach

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10. Board Game: Strike or Submit [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Chosen by: Emily

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11. Board Game: Rank & File [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked]
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Chosen by: Robin

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