Happy Columbus Day Weekend!
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It is Columbus Day Weekend, a time to reflect on the glorious deeds of Christopher Columbus, the man who lead 4 expeditions to the New World and cemented Europe and America as a developing civilization. To honor this great man what games shall we play?

P.S. Some people, do not appreciate this hero. That's fine, have at this list with your items too. To me he was a great man and I accept your view if it's different from mine. It's wrong in that case but feel free to participate, hippie.
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1. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:48]
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What better exploration game is there than Twilight Imperium? I enjoy this one a lot more than Eclipse and the two of these seem to be compared often. Traveling in space is dangerous, just as crossing the unknown oceans were for Columbus and his crew. What interesting civilizations are over the next horizon? What trade routes will be established, discoveries made, contacts established?
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2. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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When civilizations came into contact with one and other they sometimes morphed into the dominant civilization or collapsed into their own internal conflicts when presented with advanced technologies and ideas.
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3. Board Game: Cradle of Civilization [Average Rating:5.21 Unranked]
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Many civilizations before the 21st Century were barbaric. Some respected hard work and individual achievement. These values are now part of history.
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4. Board Game: Navajo Wars [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:1108]
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The Navajo civilization found itself up against the Spanish, then the Mexicans, and finally the Americans. The end results were a disaster, but the culture survived (barely) to become one of the larger native populations in the U.S. today.
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5. Board Game: Here I Stand [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:165]
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Has a nice exploration element for Spain (Hapsburgs), France, and England. Even includes a "Smallpox" card! (Yes, I'm a hater, but I understand and appreciate other viewpoints too.)
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6. Board Game: New World [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:5535]
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Maybe not the best Avalon Hill game ever published, but certainly appropriate for this list.
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7. Board Game: Struggle of Empires [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:328]
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Europe and colonies in the 1700's. Martin Wallace design. Includes the controversial topic of slavery.
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8. Board Game: Conquistador [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:3129]
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Issued as a magazine game by SPI in 1976, and later somewhat expanded and reissued as a boxed game by AH in 1982. Sadly, like some older cultures, this game seems to have been all but forgotten.
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9. Board Game: Colonial: Europe's Empires Overseas [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:1555]
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Like real life exploration, this game was filled with hope but loaded with many frustrations and hardships.

This is one 'expedition' that showed great promise, but ultimately failed.
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10. Board Game: Colonialism [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:3446]
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Well...,

he did lop off native's hands if they didn't bring him gold and also sent some home as slaves... according to 16th century historian's accounts of Columbus' own journals.

Excluding this simply helps continue the fabrication of myth perpetuated by our high school history textbooks. What is wrong with telling the truth?

I've got the poster that comes with the following short book hanging on my living room wall.

Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus
What Your History Books Got Wrong
by James W. Loewen
http://thenewpress.com/index.php?option=com_title&task=view_...
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11. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:173]
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We ended up playing Civilization over Columbus Day. It played out like the computer game and I wasn't too impressed. I kept thinking it would be more efficient on the PC. There were too many things going on adn too much manual accounting because I was used to the PC version.

It was interesting considering the challenges of early explorers while playing and I thought about guys like Columbus and Lewis and Clark encountering new peoples. Gave the game a little more flavor. I think i would have prefered ADV Civ though or Through the Ages.

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