July 2013
Steve Kennedy

New Hampshire
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While house sitting waiting to move into our new home, we managed to play a few of the smaller games I packed to keep us from going loopy. And then there was the 1-2 week focus of unpacking and trying to get everything in its place. There is nothing more encouraging than unpacking your stuff and getting excited to play even those games that used to sit at the back of your closet. After a rather slow couple of gaming months things really took off once my godson showed up at the end of the month. Soon, we managed to play through a lot more great games and even a few new ones as well.

Games listed have at least 2 plays.

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1. Board Game: D-Day Dice [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:884]
Steve Kennedy

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My teenage godson really latched on to this and has decided to get himself a copy since it plays solo well too. But it was great playing this with 2 people.
 
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2. Board Game: 1812: The Invasion of Canada [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:639]
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"Let's play this again" was the response when my godson and I took this out to try. The intro game worked well to give us a taste of the game and actually I do not think we will need to play that version again (unless we want a shorter game). This is a great game with a flavor of RISK but much more interesting I think. We were even able to try the 1813 scenario.
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3. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:73]
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One of the first double plays in the new house.
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4. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:279]
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Finally, had a chance to play this and while I'm not sure we got it right the first couple of games, it was a lot of fun. Certainly a great game that seems to play faster than our other favorite 2-player RIVALS FOR CATAN.
 
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5. Board Game: Architekton [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:10235]
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Nice little tile-laying game that works best when both players stop being "nice" to each other...
 
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6. Board Game: Rum & Pirates [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1958]
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I brought this out to introduce our younger guest to a Feld game. No, it's not "the best" but I must say that this one plays rather well. The couple games played fairly fast and in a couple of our 2-player games we were stymied by not getting any bonus tiles from the wrangling.

Still a fun little game with a bonus of easy setup and flow. I realized that for younger people who have seen the Pirates of the Caribbean movie this game would have some potential. (Can you hear the slight re-theme tweak! I mean, all they'd have to do is make the Red Pirate Captain Jack...)
 
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7. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:259]
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Another great filler that we brought out when no one wanted to play something longer. Funny though that it seems to invite more than just 1 play once people get into the swing of things.
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8. Board Game: The Great Heartland Hauling Co. [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1008]
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Somehow trucks and transporting things felt appropriate for our situation this month.

We tried new setups for the goods cards which does make for more interesting play. I think this works great with 3-players as there is a bit more interaction, other than "Argh".
 
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9. Board Game: Bananagrams [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:1573] [Average Rating:6.34 Unranked]
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Always around for vacation and travel, and certainly fine for a couple quick games when time is short.
 
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10. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:127] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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TtR has become a new favorite in our home and so it made it to the table soon after we moved in to the new place.

This month, it served as an introduction game for one of our family friends. I marvel at how fast this game plays when it always seems like it should play much longer.
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11. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:218]
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We managed to get in some 3-player attempts at this game. The more I play it the more I really love that it is easy to pick up and play.
 
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