25 Games of Christmas!!! (2012)
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Last year, my fiance and I agreed to play one game a day every day of December up until Christmas.

We did, and she just barely scratched out a victory, winning the final game (Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation) on Christmas morning.

This year we are doing it again!!!

Here I will list the games we have played, scores, and brief session reports.

Merry Christmas!!!
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1. Board Game: Famiglia [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1484]
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December 2nd

This year we were a bit busy the first few days of December. We were house sitting, and my sister's birthday is on the 1st. So we didn't get this game played until Sunday, the 2nd.

We both believe that the other one of us wins this game every time. (True of many of our favorite games).

Rach got out to an early lead with a few 2's, while I took things a little slower and accrued a bunch of 0's in green, blue, and yellow.

My strategy paid off, as I was able to pick up the 4's in red, blue, and green.

I won, 94-81.

Jim - 1
Rach - 0
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2. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:71]
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December 3rd

One we like very much, but I had decided to sell, to help with expenses.

We decided to get one last game of it in.

I went heavy on Trajan tiles and +2 chits. I was able to get a bunch of shipping actions, as well as winning almost all of the bonus tiles.

I win! 141-125

Jim - 2
Rach - 0
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3. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:186]
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One of our most recent favorites. Good amount of depth and super short playtime. I think we are approaching a dozen plays in a little over two months of ownership - very high for us.

I, however, have recently discovered going for buildings, and getting as few negative points on animals as possible is a pretty good strategy - especially when Rach still wants to get most of her points through animals.

I squeak a third win by her, 17-15.

Jim - 3
Rach - 0
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4. Board Game: Rapa Nui [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1973]
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December 6th

We skipped the 4th because we had our yearly tradition of drinking champagne and eating junk food while watching the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. (Yeah, its awesome.)

So we got back to the games on the 6th!

The first one was a new game from my Dice Tower Secret Santa!!

Woot!

Neither of us had played this one before. Rach started going for Hunter/Gatherer majorities early, while I was chasing the wood/Moai majorities. I did OK with my strategy, although Rach was able to both keep her majorities and stay on my heels with wood and Moais, denying my bonuses for those a few times.

She wins by having 1 more fish (worth 3 points) than me at game end!

Rach wins!!!

Jim - 3
Rach - 1
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5. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:91]
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December 5th

This is a relatively new one to us as well. Neither of us are really sure how to go about playing this one really well yet.

She went through the game pursuing a relic (or whatever the 30 point chits are) strategy, while I was intending on going for a settlement/goods strategy.

Jim - 3
Rach - 2
By game end, she was able to get 2 relic thingys, and I was working the Bulwark/Festival combo as fast as I could.

She ended the game before I could hit it enough times.

Rach won! 245-220
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