2013: A Couple's Adventures in Our First Year of Board Games
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Having only become interested in board games in the last 6 months, it has been a joy to get new games. This list will track the new games we get in 2013, and hopefully help us to step back and consider what kind of games we are drawn to.
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1. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:284] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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This one seemed like one of those must haves. Also it was a gift!
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2. Board Game: Ascending Empires [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:790]
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My partner picked this one up because he loves space themed games, and thought the mix of strategy and dexterity looked interesting. We have not played it yet.
 
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3. Board Game: Munchkin The Guild [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked]
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My partner loves Munchkin, and I love The Guild!
 
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4. Board Game: Pandemic: On the Brink [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked]
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We tend to buy the expansions for games we like as soon as we can. Haven't had a chance to play it yet, but looking forward to it.
 
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5. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
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Picked this one up because we heard it played well as a 2 player, and we both love space themed games.
 
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6. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:183]
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I have been wanting Agricola for a while, but had concerns that the game might not be for us, either because of length or complexity. Picked up ACBS to get a sense of what Agricola is like. I absolutely love this game!
 
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7. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:179]
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My partner loves this game on the computer, and we'd heard some good things about it. Picked it up at a really great price at Game Summit!
 
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8. Board Game: Pirateer [Average Rating:5.47 Overall Rank:14742]
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Found this one used and cheap. Grabbed it because my partner loves anything pirate themed.
 
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9. Board Game: Sky Traders [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:4144]
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This one was my partner's choice. He loved the steampunk feel of it. I remain skeptical, but look forward to giving it a try.
 
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10. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:396]
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Saw this one on Tabletop and it instantly appealed to me. Can't wait to get it to the table!
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11. Board Game: Gloom: Unwelcome Guests [Average Rating:6.68 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.68 Unranked]
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I absolutely love Gloom, so I grabbed this expansion!
 
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12. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: USA 1910 [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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Grabbed this because we were tired of the tiny cards. I also like that it adds just a bit more variety to the game. I will probably pick up some of the map expansions this year as all.
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13. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1014]
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We had a chance to play this light game when someone brought it to a get together. It was a nice short, lighthearted fun game, and the academic in me enjoyed playing something a bit historically cheeky. We picked it up a bit after because the price was really excellent. One complaint is the flimsyness of the guillotine stand and the box. I expect them to show a lot of wear over time.
 
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14. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Master Set [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:147] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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Picked this up after my partner played it on the iPad and loved it. I'm enjoying getting to know the different strategies that I can use with the different factions (although I definitely have a favourite faction).
 
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15. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:215]
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Had a chance to play this one at the Ottawa-Gatineau Game Summit in February. I fell absolutely in love with it. I think the components are excellent, the Panda is adorable, and I like that its only 45 minutes. We picked it up this week, because it was the first time I'd seen a copy locally in a while.
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16. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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BSG is probably our favourite sci-fi show of all time. Someone *attempted* to teach us this game last summer, although they got so many many many things wrong. We've been wanting to pick it up and learn it properly, but have always been put off by the fact that it obviously requires more people.

We finally decided to commit to buying it, and spending the time working through all the mechanics so that we can teach it properly to other people. I'm hoping our friends who are fans of the show will be enticed to play it with us.

Ultimately, we purchased it because we got a really great deal at the TableTop day event that we went to. Even if it doesn't make it to the table very much, I'm confident that this is one of the best purchases we've made recently.
 
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17. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game – Pegasus Expansion [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked]
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Even though we just picked up the base game, I found this on super sale, so I picked it up. We are still getting to know the base game, and introducing our friends to it, but we love it so much that I know we will probably buy all the expansions. Especially because my partner likes to complete 'sets' of things!
 
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18. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:254]
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I had a chance to play this one in February at Game Summit, and it instantly appealed to me. I enjoy co-op games a lot, and its nice for us to work together to accomplish a goal sometimes instead of trying to destroy each other.
 
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19. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:56]
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This was a birthday gift from friends who knew I wanted to try Dominant Species. We haven't played it yet, but I've got a good feeling that we are going to like it.
 
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20. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:640] [Average Rating:6.84 Unranked]
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Saw a play through of this one online and knew immediately that I had to have it. I love playing it as a two player, although I've found it a bit long as a 4 player game.

I particular enjoy playing robot dinosaurs!
 
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21. Board Game: Pirate Fluxx [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:2514]
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Picked this up for my partner who is obsessed with pirates. I still prefer Star Fluxx theme wise, but its fine if we want to play fluxx and are looking for something different.
 
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22. Board Game: Munchkin Holiday Surprise [Average Rating:6.95 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.95 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.95 Unranked]
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My partner grabbed this because it included 1 of the holiday packs we were missing and couldn't find.
 
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23. Board Game: Munchkin Level Playing Field [Average Rating:7.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.02 Unranked]
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My partner picked this up because he has always really wanted the board.
 
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24. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of Ashardalon Board Game [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:536] [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
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Picked this up for my partner, who was interested in a dungeon crawl. He loved it so much that we picked up Castle Ravenloft as well!
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25. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:625] [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
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Picked this up after my partner fell in love with Wrath of Ashardalon.
 
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