General Grant's Top 10 Best Board Games
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Not to be outdone by that old gentleman rapscallion from the south with his recent geeklist, Lee's Top 100 Best / Most Popular Board Games, ol' Ulysses S. Grant has dug through his memoirs to come up with his own Top 10.
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1. Board Game: Jump Horse [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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"Oh, I've got fine memories of my Academy days. Still remember the day I set the horse high jump record. Dern thing wasn't beat for 25 years. This game lets me have that feeling of horse and man in flight all over again."
 
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2. Board Game: Gringo! [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:4080]
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"Ah, my first real action. Wow, those were some times. During the Battle of Monterrey (expertly modeled here by that Richard Berg guy) some crazy cavalryman took off on his horse with a message for HQ and rode right through the sniper riddled streets... oh wait, that was me - lol"
 
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3. Board Game: Les dents de la pub [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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"Oh, my precious Julia. I first met her at a pub in which her brother Frederick Dent and I were having a few drinks. I think this game's title is "Ms. Dent at the Pub", but my french isn't very good."
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4. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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"Tried farming once on some land from my wife's family. I stunk at it, as I do at this game. But both were fun."
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5. Board Game: Charleston-opoly [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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"To this day I still think, 'Thank god for the wacky Rebs taking shots at Fort Sumter'. Things were really slow in Galena Illinois at that time; people often say my wife and I were into leather during that period, which is true, but it wasn't what you think.

As for the game, who doesn't like a quick game of Monopoly, no matter the theme"
 
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6. Board Game: Champion Hill [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:5151]
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"Good battle. Yes siree. Opened up things for Vicksburg. Love this CWBS in general. Oh, that order system. Orders not followed or exceeded or not even acted upon - just like the real thing back in the day. Darn that McClernand (mumble, mumble)....."
 
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7. Board Game: The Wilderness Campaign: Lee vs. Grant, 1864 [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:9663]
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"The beginning of the end. Me and my boys Hancock, Sedgwick, et.al. presenting irresistible force to the Rebs. Game has good fog of war component, perfect for that woody campaign."
 
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8. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.82 Overall Rank:15440]
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"No, I didn't just add this game to preempt some dummy from adding it later, this really fits into my Presidency.

See, if this game had come out in 1873, I probably would never have signed the Comstock Act. I would have been too worried about how my FLGS was going to carry the game since they most likely couldn't get their shipments sent through the mail. Despite being a game, that Anthony fellow might have thought if was for indecent or immoral use.

As for the game, I do like a good memory/concentration game now and then. Keeps the mind sharp."
 
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9. Board Game: Bay of Pigs [Average Rating:5.12 Unranked]
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"Love this game. Reminds me I'm not the only dummy involved in attempts to overthrow a government in Cuba. You'd think that Kennedy fellow would have read up on the Virginius affair."
 
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10. Board Game: The Cigar Game [Average Rating:4.17 Unranked]
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"Cigars. Love'em. And this set collecting/hand building game with its bidding element, lets me create the best blunt money can buy, so to speak.

Well, that about does it. Enjoy the games.

Oh, you ever here the one about 'Who's buried in Grant's tomb'? I can never get enough of that one."

 
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