Games I Brought to The Kingdom of Saud
Andy Cowen
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Union Springs
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So I got a job teaching in Saudi Arabia and during the orientation in Houston I learned about all the stuff that is forbidden in The Kingdom. I was already aware of some of the banned items...alcohol, porn, pork, various dvds, but the one that struck home for me was "No Games of Chance"; now before you Eurogamers start applying for visas...games of chance include Chess?!, backgammon, cards, dice, I was a bit distraught since my collection had grown to close to 200. Most of the games I donated(if you live in the NOVA area, you might want to swing by the local thrift stores) and the high value oop games, like The Longest Day) I stored at my sisters. So, I get to my school and the activity director says "Hi Andy, I saw on your bio that you play games, would you like to run the Chess club?" ..."Wait what?". Turns out there is a Kingdom wide chess tournament.
Anyway, I couldn't divest myself of all my games so I did pack some into my luggage. I also wanted to take the Advanced Squad Leader rulebook, but couldn't cram it in. I also downloaded a slew of games to my ipad and iMac. Security and passport control were far less onerous than I thought, all they did was fingerprint me and x ray my luggage, no one went thru my stuff. Actually, restarting might be good in the long run, somewhere along the line I transitioned from playing games to collecting them. The games I took were a bit random. I'm already thinking of a games that I might want to bring in when I go home for Xmas...suggestions welcome
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1. Board Game: Nemo's War [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:3334]
Andy Cowen
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One of my favorite games. A brilliant solitaire design; I like the stories that the game generates and the choices that you have to make. In my most recent game, I lost because Nemo went crazy trying to find Atlantis. VPG needs to upgrade this to gold standard asap and do an ios app.
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2. Board Game: The Guns of Gettysburg [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:1557]
Andy Cowen
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This game has got a lot of positive comments and the map is beautiful, but I may not be smart enough to play it I stickered the pieces and thumbed through the rulebook. I think this may take quite the time investment to learn.
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3. Board Game: Gettysburg: The Wheatfield [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:8720]
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Another of my favorite games and one of the more unique ones. Sometimes, I wish the scale was 15mm instead of 6mm; but still a fantastic game. When is the expansion coming out? The World wonders...
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4. Board Game: Norway 1940 [Average Rating:6.41 Unranked]
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Decision games magazine game that I ordered on impulse. I've had an interest in learning more about that campaign.
 
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5. Board Game: SPQR (Deluxe Edition) [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:1425]
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I bought this three years ago and it is still unpunched and unplayed. My goal is to learn and play the game. Also, it has a number of scenarios.
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6. Board Game: Ney vs. Wellington [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:4397]
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Old school SPI game. I never stumbled across SPI games back in the day, except for DragonQuest, which wasn't that good. I have this punched, clipped and set up. Just have to grok the rules.
 
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7. Board Game: Roads to Moscow: Battles of Mozhaysk and Mtsensk, 1941 [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:4659]
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When I left this was the latest GMT release. I recently read a fantastic book on the campaign,"The Retreat, Hitler's first defeat" plus it is chit pull so I took it with me.
 
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8. Board Game: Anzio: Operation Shingle [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked]
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Interesting game with some new ideas. A nice production from Compass Games
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9. Board Game: Voyage of the B.S.M. Pandora [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:4232]
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A great thematic paragraph driven game; I wish someone would reprint/expand this one.
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10. Board Game: Operation Jubilee: Dieppe, August 1942 [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:5713]
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John Buttefield rocks, couldn't find room for D-Day at Omaha, so took the magazine game.
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11. Board Game: Out of the Attic #2 [Average Rating:8.20 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.20 Unranked]
 
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ASL scenarios; is MMP ever going to produce a digital rulebook?
 
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