When Two Gamers Get Married
Ben Garbe
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I was introduced to the world of board games in college, which is also where I met my wife of ~2 days (dated ~2.5 years prior to getting engaged in April 2012 and married last weekend meeplemeeple) While she's not quite the gaming addict that I am, she enjoys playing most games and we've got a nice group of gamer friends to share the hobby with. Some of these friends decided to steer away from more "traditional" wedding gifts (kitchen utensils, towels, etc.) and opted to get us board games as gifts instead! Here is what we received...
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1. Board Game: Electronic Catch Phrase [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2816]
Ben Garbe
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This was the one game that was actually on our registry Great party game for larger groups of gamers and non-gamers alike!
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2. Board Game: Dominion: Guilds [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked]
Ben Garbe
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The first of many unexpected board game gifts: one of the last two Dominion expansions we need to complete our collection! I guess it shouldn't have come as such a surprise considering the good friend who gave it to us is one of our regular gaming partners and Dominion is definitely his favorite game. He already came over for a quick game to break in the new set
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3. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:52]
Ben Garbe
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A gift from one of my former roommates. Considering this was the roommate that got me hooked on board games in the first place, it wasn't a surprise that he got us a game, but the specific game he got us was unexpected! Dominant Species is one of my all-time favorite games but one that I never would have bought myself considering my brother already owns it--thus it made a PERFECT gift! My wife doesn't have the greatest attention span for longer games, but hopefully I can convince her to try it some time
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4. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:30]
Ben Garbe
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Speaking of longer games, this (and the rest of the games on this list!) was a gift from one of my wife's former roommates. Considering they never played games together (besides cribbage), it came as a complete shock to us to the point that we actually thought the giant box o' games came from a different friend of the same name! I really enjoyed my one play of Eclipse and am excited to try it again. I worry that my wife won't have the patience for it, but I'm thrilled to have it on our shelf
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5. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
Ben Garbe
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I really think this one is going to be a popular one with my wife and with our gaming group. They all love Lords of Waterdeep but are a bit intimidated by Agricola and this should fall somewhere in between on the complexity scale. I've only played this one online, so I'm looking forward to trying it in person--stinky dice cup and all!
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6. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:11]
Ben Garbe
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This is a game that I've been wanting to try for a LOOOOONG time (#12 ranking can't lie, right?). I've heard nothing but good things about it and it appears to be an excellent two-player game as well which is a nice bonus for a couple of newlyweds
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7. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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The final game we received is another one I've been wanting to try. However, unlike Castles of Burgundy, I'm not sure if I'm going to like this one or not... The theme should be a hit with my wife though (and at least a couple other people in our gaming group) and will likely be a nice replacement for Betrayal at House on the Hill, which has gotten a little stale for her (and is waaaay past it's expiration date for me )
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8. Board Game: Evil Baby Orphanage [Average Rating:5.38 Overall Rank:14862]
Brian Lucid
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First Congratulations.

Second, if I had married someone as into boardgames as I am we probably wouldn't have gotten around to having kids but if we did, this is where they'd be.

Beware, if you notice the baby crying it means put your next move on hold. If you don't notice the baby crying you're both in serious trouble.
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