Games I Brought to Guatemala: Round 3
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First, see these lists:

Games I Brought to Guatemala: Round 1
Games I Brought to Guatemala: Round 2

So this is Round 3!

Below is a list of games I brought with me to Guatemala this time, along with the WHYs and hopes I have for each one.

I'll start with the newcomers and move on the the ones that made the cut.

Enjoy!
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1. Board Game: Finca [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:533]
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NEWCOMER!

I played this a couple times during my last visit home and I just had to bring here to introduce to the people I know. We live in a town surrounded by Fincas! So it will definitely strike a bone with the people here.
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2. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:92]
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NEWCOMER!

Ash and I have played it as a 2p once, and we've played it with some friends as a 4p once while here. So far it's the most successful game I brought this round (unless you count all my solo plays of Snowdonia--I don't).

I let our friends take it home because they loved it so much they said they wanted to play it as a 2p the next day.

It's a fun game and the tiles are ingeniously designed for interesting interaction and thoughtful, thematic fun.
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3. Board Game: Snowdonia [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:345]
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I wanted a medium-weight, worker-placement game. This one had received all kinds of praises from trusted sources, so I decided it was a safe bet. It has been a hit so far. I recently did a group-based series of solo plays that I posted to the Snowdonia forums.

I look forward to teaching it to Ash and others here.
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4. Board Game: Planet Steam [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:665]
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NEWCOMER!

I wanted a heavier economic game. I considered bringing Brass, but then I would have to haul my 2-p map with is packed into a tube right now in storage. So just picking this up was the more convenient way to go (and a good excuse to pick it up too).

I haven't played it yet, but my game group back in Utah loves it and I usually love the same kinds of games as them--especially in the economic vein.

I look forward to getting it to the table, even though the first time might have to be a solo go, or possibly a 2p with Ash if I can find her in a good mood.
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5. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.24 Overall Rank:8]
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Made the cut!

Even though my chances to play this one will be slim, I brought it because I really enjoy the challenge it presents, and I like all the different factions to try out. I look forward to hopefully finding some other friends with whom to play it.

I won't play it much with two anymore since I have better games than this one with two players.
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6. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Made the cut!

The deck-building concept is still very original down here. Especially in a country where cards are seen as such an evil thing in general.

I'll probably always keep it here to show people that cards aren't of the devil.
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7. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:37]
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This is another one I probably won't ever be able to take home. I mean, every time I play it, I play it with Mayans who speak Kaqchikel. How could I take it away from here? It belong here more than I do.
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8. Board Game: D-Day Dice [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:857]
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Made the cut!

I'm tiring a bit on this one, but I have so many maps in the box that I could play through. So I felt I should keep it as a solo option.

More and more, Ash feels like she should spend all her free time on studying Spanish. That's fine and all so she can learn the language, but it means I need more solo-able games around.
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9. Board Game: The Resistance: Avalon [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:85]
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The few times I've played it here have been interesting. The spies win every time because it seems they don't want to be mean to the people who are obviously spies. I guess I need to get one group to play it more so they catch on, but that has yet to happen.

It's small, and I believe this game belongs in every collection, no matter how small your collection is.
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10. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:179]
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Made the cut!

Obviously!

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11. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:277]
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Made the cut!

I fear this one won't get played as much this round because I brought a bunch of other games that are easy to get to the table.

We'll see.
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12. Board Game: Parade [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:688]
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Made the cut!

As I've said before, this one is going to be left down here as a gift for someone. After allowing the kids in our previous house to play it whenever they wanted, it's pretty beat up and sticky. yuk

So by default it will make the cut every time.
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13. Board Game: Pax Porfiriana [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:376]
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Made the cut!

I still haven't played it yet, not even solo. I really want to get to know this game. I have a feeling it would be well-liked by Ash. But I know she's already a bit afraid of it.

I plan to get the rules down solid, with a couple solo sessions under my belt before I try to introduce it to her.
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14. Board Game: Qwixx [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:682]
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My PnP version will be sticking around. It's the new Parade in that I can just hand them the little baggie with the laminated score sheets, the whiteboard markers, and the dice. They're off to play.
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