50 Pounds of Games
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(23 Kilos of Games for the sensible parts of the world)

As my wife and I prepared for our move to Jakarta, Indonesia, there was much stuff to be stored or otherwise disposed of. We took the opportunity to rid ourselves of books, clothes, and DVDs without much hassle. Games were another thing entirely, and after culling our collection down a little bit we were still left with far more than could reasonably be taken with us. We settled on a single box, paid for as extra airline baggage.

The airline mandates 62 inches as the total dimensions of the box (length + width + height) and 50 pounds as the maximum weight. The day of reckoning is at hand: what games could we fit inside those limitations?
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1. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:300]
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1.5 lbs

One of my wife's selections. She's not particularly a wargamer, but like this for its relatively simplicity and especially the theme, since her some of her family heritage connects back to Scotland.
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2. Board Game: 1860: Railways on the Isle of Wight [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:1320]
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2.5 lbs

I needed to bring at least one 18xx title, and while this isn't great for teaching, it's one of the few in the genre that plays very well with two.

It probably would have fallen to some of the later train games if necessary, but that would have hurt.
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3. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:583]
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3.1 lbs

A brilliant logistics and supply/demand game, with the delicious aspect of players having to jostle for pricing, for exact mixes of shipments, for dominance in one piece of the game's economy. Yet if we'd only had 40 lbs, I'm not sure it would have made it to the island.

Also surprisingly easy to teach: I've had great success introducing people to gaming with Container.
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4. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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(With On the Brink, the original editions)

3.5 lbs

My wife really likes this, and it is a decent title to introduce gaming generally to people who freak out about competition.

...at least with On the Brink I can play the bad guy.
 
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5. Board Game: The Guns of Gettysburg [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:1389]
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3.6 lbs

A current favorite of mine. Elegant systems that seem to understand the heart of the battle, vast re-playability and wildly different experiences depending on exactly how the (double blind) setup is done.

Dense, strategic, and compact playing time. If I could only have brought a single wargame, it would have been this.
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6. Board Game: 2 de Mayo [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1026]
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(Including Lost Cities and Battle Line in the same box)

1.5 lbs

A box full of short, fun 2p games. 2 de Mayo is the most complicated of the three by far, but it really isn't drastically difficult.
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7. Board Game: Continental Divide [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:4639]
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(Also the rest of the 2013 Winsome Essen Set: Eerie Railroad and Northern Pacific)

1.6 lbs

I was disappointed by Eerie, fascinated by Northern Pacific, and in love with Continental Divide as a brutal affair of stocks and turn-order.

These are so light because of the packaging that it would have been silly not to throw them in.
 
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8. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
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4.4 lbs

One of my wife's choices. We haven't played this one in a while but I continue to like the strategic choices available. It's been a big hit when I've introduced it to family as well. The box is stuffed full and heavy with wooden bits though...
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9. Board Game: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:66] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
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2.9 lbs

One of the titles we both immediately seized on. In the strictest sense, not a game, but a delightful puzzle/experience. We've worked through the first four cases, so there's much more enjoyment of this to be had before it's done.
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10. Board Game: Bios: Megafauna [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1788] [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
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2.5 lbs

Less a game than an adventure or a ride through science/history. I don't worry about winning particularly and it's a great time. Loses some of the complexity and nuance of American Megafauna, but gains enough playability that I consider it (slightly) superior.
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11. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
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(with all three expansions; it would have been four, but...)

2.5 lbs

A personal favorite, although I'm still not sold on Prestige and dislike Takeovers. This took up its place as a staple of our play together once I went cold turkey on online play for a while. Experience matters greatly in this game.
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12. Board Game: Fields of Fire [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:1130]
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2.9 lbs

I tried to play/learn this twice now with mixed success, always failing due to lack of time. Since everything I seen from people who finally "get it" say nothing can really compare for narrative-building, I'm looking forward to having the time to really tear into it.
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13. Board Game: High Frontier [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:782]
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1.9 lbs

Hopefully with Colonization on its way to me, to be slipped into another piece of luggage.

If customs somehow insists they confiscate everything but a single game from the box, this would be what I would save. Gaming perfection, with great mechanics, anxiety of uncertainty, and real science adventurism.
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14. Board Game: Vanuatu [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:643]
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2.3 lbs

The meanest game I've ever played; I love it! It almost got left out for space/weight though. Please, don't play with the character cards.
 
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15. Board Game: The Great Zimbabwe [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:343]
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(plus King of Siam in the same box)

2.8 lbs

The latest from Splotter Spellen, and one of my wife's favorites. The compact playing time is a pretty big bonus, too. I don't love it quite as much as some of their other titles, but close enough that those two things come out ahead.

And there's enough overlap between their games in style that some of the others will have to wait for another box.
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16. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:39]
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2.3 lbs (+ the first four packs, without box)

We've just recently gotten this and it's been great fun so far, with both my wife and I loving the asymmetrical, bluffing gameplay. But space is at a premium and the box is vastly oversized, so it had to go. Instead, Netrunner ended up inside another box...
 
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17. Board Game: Chicago Express [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:362]
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3.3 lbs (5.6 with Netrunner added in)

The ultimate in oversized boxes fit the Netrunner cards and tokens in quite easily.

Chicago Express is one of the few games to rival High Frontier for my "saved from customs" title, only falling due to it's limited play-count (6 is silly, 2 is downright ridiculous; we only play this 3-5) But for the right people and right count, nothing beats the ferocity of Chicago Express.
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18. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:3760] [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:71]
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One box. 4.4 pounds

Double thick, inner dimensions of 20" x 20" x 20". It just fits into the 62" dimensions.

I wasn't entirely sure before I started if weight or size would be the biggest limitation, but in the end it was definitely weight, as this box ended up about 80% full.

After adding packing peanuts, the packed box weighed:

49.7 lbs.!

I could have fit another card game in there!
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19. Board Game: Antiquity [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:218]
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This is cheating, but Antiquity didn't easily fit in the box and was very heavy, yet we both love the game.

Into the bottom of my suitcase of clothing it goes!
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