My Activities in 2012-or "I didn't buy THAT many games, did I?"
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Well, 2012 is over and the world didn't end. It was an interesting year for me. On the lucky side, I hit a deer on my motorcycle and somehow managed to walk away with a few bruises, and the bike itself is finally fixed and back home.

For the first time, I was invited to take part in a playtest, which I've found quite the honor and really exciting.

As far as games go, although I aquired quite a few, I also traded or sold off a lot of my old ones that were going unplayed, so I still have room on my shelves.
I blame a lot of my purchases on Marco and his great videos. (sorry, but for some reason it's not letting me put a link here)

So without further ado, here's a little bit about my (game related) activities in the past year.
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1. Board Game: Lincoln's War [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:6665]
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I didn't buy this game in 2012, as it's not out yet. But, I have been playtesting this one. This is the first time I've ever gotten to do anything like this, and finding it really exciting. My thanks to John (the designer) and Michel (the developer) for including me in the team. I've always been interested in Civil War history (even spending some time in my youth as a reenactor), and consider it an honor to be involved in this one.

As far as the game, I'm really looking forward to this one in the stores. It lends itself to a great alternate history narrative. A bonus is that you can play out the whole war in an afternoon.
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2. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:300]
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Got this one early in the year. I've always enjoyed BattleLore, and really like this one.

When the game arrived, the board was in horrible shape and one of the cards was scratched. I called GMT and spoke to a very nice young lady. Within a short time, I had a new board and replacement card in the mail. What a company!
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3. Board Game: 1812: The Invasion of Canada [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:639]
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A social wargame? This one is a favorite a my weekly game night. It's easy to learn, there are some big decisions to be made, and a player can enter the game any time, as long as there's an open spot.
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4. Board Game: Dungeon Petz [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:141]
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I bought this to play with my daughter (honest, honey). She enjoys it quite a bit. It's worker placement, but with a hidden bid to determine turn order. The critters are kind of cute, too.
 
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5. Board Game: Wilderness War [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:594]
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I was so impressed with GMT and the quality of their games and customer service I decided to give this one a try. I'm interested in this period of history, and this game does a good job of conveying the difficulties of campaigning in the New World.
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6. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:104]
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A great card-driven squad based tactical WWII game. I really like the design, the components, and the way this one plays. The Random Scenario Generator is really cool. I liked it so much, that I picked up the next item on the list a couple of weeks later.
 
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7. Board Game: Combat Commander: Mediterranean [Average Rating:8.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.51 Unranked]
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A great volume for Combat Commander. This one really rounds out the Europe game. Haven't played any of the scenarios yet, but hoping to soon.
 
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8. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:78]
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Picked this one up on a whim. Have played it once at game night. I like the ruleset, but since my family won't play it with me, will probably wind up trading or selling it.
 
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9. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:5]
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Had played this one before, and decided I needed my own copy.
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10. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:96]
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This is one I had always been planning on picking up, but never got around to it. Saw a new copy at the local game store and snagged it. This one is simple to learn, but (to me anyway) really gives the sense of fighting a battle in antiquity.
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11. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:56]
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Chad outdid himself with this one. If you haven't played it, do it. A warning, though, that it can make you want to pull your hair out sometimes. There are lots of decisions to make, and every one is meaningful. This has become a favorite at game nights. We've found if we take out four of the cards (as suggested in the rulebook) we can finish a game in 3 hours or so, before the store closes.
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12. Board Game: Thunderbolt Apache Leader [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:712] [Average Rating:8.14 Unranked]
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I decided to try a solitaire war game. I'm really having a lot of fun with this one. Components are top notch with great mounted boards and super thick counters.
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13. Board Game: Virgin Queen [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:462]
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Yet another GMT title. Maybe I should buy stock in the company? Have played it once with the full compliment, and our group is looking to get together for another day soon. Lots of things going on here, but a very rewarding experience.
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14. Board Game: Claustrophobia: De Profundis [Average Rating:8.13 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.13 Unranked]
 
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My wife got me this for my birthday this year. I haven't played with it yet, but am looking forward to doing so. Also hope to make a video on this one some day.
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15. Board Game: The American Revolution: Decision in North America [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:7338]
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Another birthday present from the wife. Hoping to try it out soon.
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16. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:20]
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If you like fantasy, card driven games, and adventure games, try it out. Have played it solo and with other folks several times, and like it a lot.
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17. Board Game: Boudicca: The Warrior Queen [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:5640]
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Bought this one with Christmas money. The cover sold me.
 
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18. Board Game: Richard III: The Wars of the Roses [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:1251]
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Another aquired with Christmas money. I've been wanting to try a block game for some time, and hopefully the wife will play it with me.
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19. Board Game: Sword of Rome [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:872]
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Bought with Christmas money. It's GMT, and card driven, so count me in! Cool Stuff Inc. had it at a really good price, and I couldn't resist.
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20. Board Game: Field Commander: Alexander [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1888]
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Another Christmas aquisition. I was really impressed with Thunderbolt Apache Leader, and DVG, so why not? Haven't played yet.
 
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21. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:3669] [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:68]
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And finally, a Christmas present from my daughter: The Oregon Laminations Company 2mm Corner Rounder.
(Image by BGG User big_ragu)
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