My Son and I Endeavor to Play Through the Collection
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My son and I decided to work our way through the gaming shelves to play every title we own that will work decently with 2P and that is not too heavy for an 11-year-old (e.g. we'll probably skip my 18xx collection ). I've created this Geeklist to track our progress.
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1. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:189]
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10-Dec-12: We started with top left corner of the shelves on the east wall of the game room. Games designed by Vlaada occupy that corner.

It had been months since either of us had played this one. It was fun to get it back to the table.
 
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2. Board Game: Dungeon Petz [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:141]
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14-Dec-12: Vlaada game #2. We played with the wrong customer / exhibition board. Oops. My son liked this one (his 2nd play of it ever), but prefers Dungeon Lords, I think.
 
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3. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:20]
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16-Dec-2012: Another Vlaada design. Had so much fun with this that we played it 2 times.

Game 1: Mine Liberation. Norwas (my son) and Goldyx (I).

Game 2: Dungeon Lords. Goldyx (my son) and Norawas (I).
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4. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:28]
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19-Dec-2012: We played only a partial game. I don't think my son was enjoying this one that much. I like the game, but I've played it so much online this year. I tore the game down in anticipation of a game-night gathering that was scheduled at my house.
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5. Board Game: Samurai Battles [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:3354]
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22-Dec-2012: We played this one out of order (it's actually located on the shelves on the north wall of the game room ), but my son was eager to give it a try. We've had it since May, but haven't played it.

So, we played through the intro C&C scenario. The mechanics are very familiar (we've played Battlelore, C&C:Ancients, and C&C:Napoleonics in the past). The honor and fate tokens and related cards are a nice addition. I don't care for the miniatures. The assembly was a pain and it's much easier to play with blocks like those found in the GMT's C&C games IMHO. I enjoyed playing it, though, and I am sure we'll play it more.
 
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6. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:33]
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28-Dec-2012: We get back to our quest after over a week off. We've played through the Vlaada games. Eclipse is next up on the shelf. My son really likes this game. It might be his favorite it right now. I enjoy it too.
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7. Board Game: Eclipse: Rise of the Ancients [Average Rating:8.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.48 Unranked]
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30-Dec-2012: We received the expansion for Christmas so my son and I decided to play another game of Eclipse, this time with the expansion.

My son plays the Sentinels of Magelan and I chose the Exiles. He wins 40 - 33! His first win of Eclipse.
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8. Board Game: Archaeology: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1134]
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31-Dec-12: Out of order, again, but we needed a short, portable game to play over breakfast at Panera Bread this morning. This set-collection, push-your-luck game is very light, which makes it great for a quick play at the cafe. My son likes this game.
 
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9. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.23 Overall Rank:8]
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05-Jan-2012: Terra Mystica was next up on the game shelf. My son wanted to be the Fakirs. I chose the Auren. I won this match 118 - 103.

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10. Board Game: Samarkand: Routes to Riches [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1261]
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05-Jan-2012: We skipped several Winsome titles on the shelf to get to Samarkand: Routes to Riches. This one works well enough with 2 and my son can do reasonably well at it. In fact, he won. 81 - 79.
 
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11. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
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11-Jan-2012: Again out of (shelf) order, but we again needed a portable game to take to Panera. It was fun to return to this game after several months away. My son plays well and almost pull out the victory, falling 5 points short.
 
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12. Board Game: BattleLore [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:252]
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13-Jan-2013: Next on the shelf is Battlelore. We played with an Epic-size map with Call-to-Arms deployments. My son uses Dwarves predominantly, whereas my forces are mostly Goblins. A series of bad rolls for him and good rolls for me result in a 7 - 3 victory for the Goblins.
 
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13. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game: The Lost Legion Expansion [Average Rating:8.83 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.83 Unranked]
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22-Jan-2013: We already recorded our play of Mage Knight, but we just picked up the expansion at the FLGS, so we needed to get that to the table.

My son had a snow day, so I took the morning off and we played Mage Knight with the expansion. He played Wolfhawk and I chose Tovak. I edge him 85 - 81. It was his best play of Mage Knight to date.

We dig the expansion!

Edit: formatting, sorry.
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14. Board Game: Stephenson's Rocket [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1044]
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27-Jan-2013: First play of this one for Jonah. My second play. I win only by 5,000. Either he played well in his first play or I played poorly. Probably a little of each.
 
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15. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:69]
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Next on the shelf was T&E!

It was his first game and only my 3rd of this classic. I won handily, but I think he learned some things. He said he liked it, but we'll see if he ever requests this one.
 
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16. Board Game: Duck Dealer [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:3508]
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25-Feb-2013: We reached the Splotter section of the shelf!

We decided to play my recent purchase, Duck Dealer, first. I was surprised how much my son claimed to like this one without there being any ship-to-ship combat. He seemed to like planning his moves then executing them.

I thought this would be a good candidate to sell, but he wants to play it again, first. So we shall! (But next up is Antiquity!).
 
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17. Board Game: Antiquity [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:202]
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13-March-2013: Continuing through the Splotter section of the shelf we were on to Antiquity. We finished a multi-session play today.

My son's first play. We both chose Santa Maria and I am able to get 2 victory conditions first (buildings and goods in storage). He said he likes the game but it is not one of his favorites. He rates it a 7 (only 1 point below my current rating).
 
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18. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:183]
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19-March-2013: Again out of order, but we needed a small game to play at Panera. We chose All Creatures Big and Small. Our first play using the expansion. I like the expansion. I won 21 - 11, but he enjoyed playing this. We played the base game quite a bit in the summer, but hadn't played it in several months.
 
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July 10, 2013: His first 18xx. He seemed to like it. I coached him heavily to a victory!
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