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Well hidey ho, and Merry Christmas. Between some urging and threats from a certain someone (they will remain anonymous to protect their names and identities) I have decided to post a Geek-list listing not only the games on my wish-list, but a reason as to why they are there.

I hope this brings a little enlightenment to those interested in my gaming desires, and also lets you in on a little bit of "me" when it comes to my favorite hobby, gaming !!
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1. Board Game: Spellbound [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:3200]
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I sat down this year trying to come up with a #1 to put on my wishlist. I had no clue what I really wanted this year, so just like last year, I took to the BGG Spiel video page and watched every review and board game run over that was posted from this years convention.

The pure comic genius of the Fragor brothers, not to mention the marvelous quality of the game pieces and design had me smiling and laughing more than any other review I watched.

Without a doubt this became my #1 game. I later saw the price tag associated with it, and was a bit dismayed as I'm sure its out of anyones budget this year, so I'm not heart-bound set on getting it, just wanted to put it there as a long shot, as well as a chance for a certain secret someone to get some exposure to it as well.
 
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2. Board Game: Space Cadets [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1198]
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I listen to the Dice Tower podcast quite a bit, and one of the regular contributers on their show is Geoff Englestein. He is an intelectual marvel to listen to and comes up with some pretty interesting board game comparissons to math and real life conundrums.

When I heard he designed another game, I had to check it out. Space Cadets not only has the cooperative aspect I sometimes enjoy, but it has the speed, desision making, and real time drive that not many games possess.

I watched a video for it, and since everything is happening at once, and its timed, it seemed like something that not only would be a fun game to experience, but something I could see having some decent replayabilty.
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3. Board Game: Star Trek: Fleet Captains – Romulan Empire [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked]
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This was a hard #3 for me, I actually pondered about it being #2.

Last year around this time I got Star Trek Fleet Captains for Christmas from the same Secret Santa initiative I am signed up for this year.

Sadly it has not gotten to the table as our gaming group regularly has between 5-6 people. I have been anxious to play it, almost so much that I contemplated buying the expansion ahead of time just so we could play. I've held off tho in hopes my Secret Santa comes through.

To the age old question however....Kirk or Picard? No doubt about it, Kirk all the way, since well without Kirk, I would never have had my Bones !!!
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4. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game: The Lost Legion Expansion [Average Rating:8.83 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.83 Unranked]
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Another game I had a hard time deciding its number on. I stressed about this one just like Fleet Captains. If I could put both this and Fleet Captains as the same number I would, but alas I cannot.

Mage Knight was another Christmas receival last year and has seem many plays over the course of this year. Not as many as I'd like with the limited 4 player number, but a decent amount none the less. Sometimes I just sit out and play rules governer if we have 5 people, that way the game runs quickly and smoothly.

The game has so many aspects I enjoy, deck building, character building, discovery...it almost feels like i'm playing a table top version of Heroes of Might and Magic, a game series i've playing all the way from Heroes I to Heroes VI.
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5. Board Game: I Am Vlad: Prince of Wallachia [Average Rating:4.75 Overall Rank:15214]
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This is a bit of an obscurity. I saw this as an advertisement here on BGG and went out to their website to check it out.

There wasn't actually much about it, apart from its general theme and pictures of its included bits and artwork.

It looked interesting, something a bit of a mystery, and I love surprises so I figured why not, put it on there !!
 
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6. Board Game: Karnag [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:4768]
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This was another game from the Spiel videos that intrigued me.

It had a somewhat cooperative feel to it, but still competitive, something that a bit more enjoyable than straight cooperative.

I enjoy fantasy and the art and feel of the game was full of it. Looks like something I would enjoy.
 
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7. Board Game: Shafausa [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:10544]
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Resource Management games...must I say more? Caught my eye from the Spiel videos.

I have my fair share and then some of Resource Management games, with my first introduction to the genre with Settlers of Catan, through games like Caylus, Through the Ages, Kingsburg, Civilization, Glory to Rome, Olympus and many more...

It looked heavy euro and there is a strong appeal to that amongst our gaming group, so this was a definite addition to the list.
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8. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:71]
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I watched a video review of this from the Dice Tower and it did nothing but impress me.

The flow of the game, the strategic nature, the options... everything that could possibly make a good game.

It should probably by higher on my list, but the limited 4 player mark keeps it a bit lower.
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9. Board Game: Merchant of Venus (second edition) [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:597]
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I followed the drama of the Merchant of Venus re-print like everyone else ... Stronghold Games or Fantasy Flight Games ... i'm glad its over, but as the same time a little disappointed since I was hoping the game would still rest in the 6 player capacity.

I never got to play the original release of this game, but the amount that the co-host Eric, talks about this game on the Dice Tower and boosts its image, I am really excited to play it.

Here's to hoping that like every other FFG release, that an expansion upping it to 5 and then 6 players, making it a "complete game" is around the corner.
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10. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:44]
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Ever since I played Settlers of Catan, I absolutely love Modular Game setups. Games like Settlers, Twilight Imperium, Dominant Speicies and soon I hope, Star Trek Fleet Captains, have always been a favorite of mine cause you feel that no two games will ever be the same.

This game has that same sense, not to mention it has the pick up and deliver mechanism similar in nature to the plethora of Railroad games in my collection.

This was a natural fit in my wishlist !!
 
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11. Board Game: Wilderness [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:4079]
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This was a game I stumbled accross in 2011 when it was first advertised on BGG. I liked the idea of fighting for survival along side other "lost" adventurers.

The game isn't the pretiest in the bunch, but after watching another video of this at this years Spiel, I figured it belonged on my list of games I wanted to own.
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12. Board Game: Starship Command (3rd Edition) [Average Rating:6.85 Unranked]
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I played the original Starship Command many years ago at a GenCon when it was still in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Still annoyed they moved to Indianappolis...grrrr...

Anyway, I enjoyed the game a great deal but could never remember what it was called. Finally when I came accross a reprint of Starship Command I took a look and was like OHH MY ... its "that" game... I need to get that one.

I've had a hard time tracking down a copy, since the preorder availability had ended, so I put it on my wishlist in hopes someone special might have some luck.
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13. Board Game: Clash of Cultures [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:214]
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I get tons of e-mails all the time Z-Man games and other gaming companies advertising about new games.

Clash of Cultures is just one of those that I have heard so much about. It has a modular board and looks like it would be a good game.

Alas, it goes to only 4 players, so it finds its way to a lower spot on my list.
 
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14. Board Game: Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:736]
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I own a few games from Flying Frog...like Last Night on Earth and Invasion from Outer Space.

These two games have the feel of movies playing out in a board game enviornment. I am a huge fan of movies, personally sitting with a 1200+ collection of Blurays atm, so I hoped this would have that same feel.

Its a bit of a reach tho, since it does only offer cooperative play. Its not that big on my list, hence the much lower spot.
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15. Board Game: Letters from Whitechapel [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:187]
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Its Clue !!!! Okie, not really ... but it is deduction, something I have always enjoyed.

I recenetly picked up Android which is another game full of deduction and something very enjoyable.

From reviews i've read and things I've seen the game looks very similar to Fury of Dracula which I also own. I usually don't like to double up on game types that have the exact replica feel, but since this goes up to 6 players, I felt it would be worth a look.
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16. Board Game: Space Mission [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:4900]
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I saw this game on last years Spiel video's here on BGG.

It looked fun last year, it still looks fun this year.

Although looking interesting the lack of availability on the US has put a damper on getting this game. It would be nice, but I'm not holding my breath.
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17. Board Game: Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:557]
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Its Star Wars... *hums the imperial march*

I own Epic Duels and thought this might add another dimension (litteraly) to the play of that game, possibly even using the throne room advance as an added map to Epic Duels.

Sadly, its availabilty and price has left it out of my hands.
 
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18. Board Game: Murder! Mystery! Mastermind! [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked]
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This one is a bit of a Mystery...pun possibly intended?

I have not been able to find any information on this game since I put it on my wishlist LAST year. It said it was released in 2011 but I have not been able to find anything on it.

The BGG video from Spiel had me intrigued, but finding it has been more than plenty of a chore, to no avail I might add. About to give up hope on this one.
 
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