Anticipating Mediocrity and an RIP to Thought Hammer
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It is with a heavy heart and light wallet that I say farewell to Thought Hammer. They have been a great company to order from, and it is a shame to see another quality retailer fade away. They were an easy company to recommend and a great place to shop for friends, family, and Secret Santas. We are lucky to still have quality retailers around like Boards and Bits, Funagain and Cool Stuff Inc, but we will certainly still miss Thought Hammer.

But with sadness comes opportunity. I challenged myself to find the best selection of games left, spending at my usual order amount of $100 including shipping. I share my selections, expectations and reasoning for each game. And so onto the list!
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1. Board Game: Desperados [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:12492]
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Cost: $3.75.
Reason: An early Knizia in a neat tin.
Expectation: Partnership card game goodness. Or maybe blahness. Worst case it'll be trade bait.
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2. Board Game: Fruit Spy [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:6364]
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Cost: $5.00.
Reason: Pirates, Knizia, decent game play.
Expectation: Will see play because its Pirate-y. Light, fluffy, easy filler.
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3. Board Game: Bell-Bottomed Badassses on the Mean Streets of Funk [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:7182] [Average Rating:5.95 Unranked]
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Cost: $4.99
Reason: Early Z-man, before they knew better, about cheesy movies, before we knew better.
Expectation: Silly fun. Battle of the bands style gameplay. Poor font choices.
 
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4. Board Game: Bacchus [Average Rating:4.77 Overall Rank:15082]
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Cost: $4.50
Reason: Filler card game. About recruiting nymphs.
Expectation: Decent gameplay, fun filler, fight, win, drink, get naked, or something along those lines.
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5. Board Game: Award Show [Average Rating:4.22 Overall Rank:15275]
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Cost: $2.50.
Reason: $2.50.
Expectation: A somewhat broken but salvageable card game, should work with two.
 
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6. Board Game: Zombie Mosh! [Average Rating:4.43 Overall Rank:14789]
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Cost: $6.25.
Reason: Another horror game that plays faster than Zombies!!! Good theme with nice bash-your-neighbor gameplay.
Expectation: No strategy but fast paced, lets get riled up and play a zombie game.
 
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7. Board Game: Saga [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:4953]
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Cost: $4.24
Reason: I think I saw it in a geeklist once.
Expectation: A decent game that may or may not be experienced. Will probably flop for me as it is one of the only games I purchased that Tom Vasel actually recommended.
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8. Board Game: Stoplights [Average Rating:5.09 Overall Rank:15073]
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Cost: $2.49.
Reason: Connect five game in card form.
Expectation: Connect five game in card form. Something I can play with non-gamers.
 
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9. Board Game: Krysis [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:7222]
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Cost: $9.99.
Reason: Contains 125 crystals in 3 colors.
Expectation: Pretty game that is actually playable with two.
 
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10. Board Game: Lewis & Clark Exploration Card Game [Average Rating:4.42 Unranked]
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Cost: $2.50.
Reason: Easy filler card game.
Expectation: Decent card game and some thumbs for providing photos for a game that desperately needs them. Plus it has a map. It might even lead to treasure!
 
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11. Board Game: Masquerade [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:5801]
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Cost: $3.75.
Reason: Masks. Cool looking cards.
Expectation: Frustrating gameplay, hard to read cards. Will still be played more than Munchkin.
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12. Board Game: Mozaika [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:11596]
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Cost: $8.24.
Reason: A gamey little abstract.
Expectation: An actual board. An abstract "filler" that takes more time than it should, causing analysis paralysis and sudden death syndrome.
 
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13. Board Game: Chekov [Average Rating:5.22 Overall Rank:13506]
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Cost: $2.00.
Reason: Cool mechanic, a few people went through the trouble of making their own, which means it must be amazing.
Expectation: Easy to play, quick game with some thought to it, but not too much. Sequence without the large board or need for cards.
 
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14. Board Game: Hector and Achilles [Average Rating:5.48 Overall Rank:13526]
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Cost: $7.50.
Reason: Plays well with two, fun card play, really cool looking art on the player mats.
Expectation: Strong, competitive card game for two that will look prettier on the shelf than Bell-Bottomed Badassses on the Mean Streets of Funk.
 
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15. Board Game: Tony & Tino [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:7227]
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Cost: $5.00.
Reason: Strong two player card game.
Expectation: A nice two player game. An odd pink box. A board that looks like Pick & Pack. Should fit variety even if it doesn't get played a lot.
 
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16. Board Game: Guatemala Café [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:3186]
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Cost: $12.49.
Reason: Lots of cool looking bits and decent reviews. Looks like a good under-the-radar game.
Expectation: As the highest rated game on the list at 1784, I expect it to be played the least. Looks a little too Euro for my group, but the theme attracts me even if its pasted on.
 
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