November 2013
Steve Kennedy

New Hampshire
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Usually an okay game month with our end of the month vacation helping to get in some extra fun time with friends. This month was no different with the annual Hand and Foot drumming living up to expectations. It was certainly a great month of widely different types of games though.

Here is what made it to the table at least twice this month.

New to the Collection
Survive: Giant Squid ext
The Downfall of Pompeii
Myrmes
Carcassonne: Winter edition
Navajo Wars
Survive: Dolphin Dice ext
Carc: Windrose (Spielbox)
1775: Rebellion
Freedom
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1. Board Game: Hand and Foot [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:7326]
Steve Kennedy

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Every Thanksgiving we hang with friends for whom this is the annual husband vs. wife late night game when the kids go to bed. It tends to favor one sex over the other each year and this year was not a guy-year by any means. We don't have the "official" game as any deck will do.
 
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2. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:226]
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One of the other gifts we gave to our friends this year. It was great fun to play with a good group of people. My previous convention experience with the game proved to follow me here as I felt that 3 games is about my limit in a single sitting.
 
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3. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:659]
Steve Kennedy

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My wife likes this game and so we bought a copy to give to the family we spend the Thanksgiving holiday with this year. It was a hit.
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4. Board Game: D-Day Dice [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:857]
Steve Kennedy

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Tackling Sword Beach...map 6...solo plays.

Over thanksgiving, I had a chance to play a few co-op versions as well.
 
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5. Board Game: Navajo Wars [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:1108]
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What a great game! Playbook sample went fairly well but first real stab landed me in majo r defeat. Fascinating how quickly you can go from planning to being reactive but I eked out a minor defeat ("0") and almost had a victory as far as I'm concerned. Somehow, my next game faired better. Raids did not happen and peace broke out 2 cards before the final event appeared resulting in major victory!
 
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6. Board Game: We Didn't Playtest This At All [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:10881] [Average Rating:5.60 Unranked]
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Another Thanksgiving filler that is always a hit. Most fun with larger group of mixed ages to get the best reactions.
 
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7. Board Game: We Didn't Playtest This Either [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:4379]
Steve Kennedy

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Technically I should put this as a "Family" since both this and the other deck get mixed together to play. Another of those fillers that is good in quick doses but is always a hit with the kids.
 
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8. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:37]
Steve Kennedy

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This was our first game to play in the month. It was also new and had been sitting waiting to be played. Turns out to be a great game with tons of replayability and it is quite fun.
 
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9. Board Game: The Great Heartland Hauling Co. [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:993]
Steve Kennedy

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Grabbed this for one of our coffee house afternoons. Still like this game and the changing board can really make the strategy rough sometimes.
 
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10. Board Game: Albion [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:4967]
Steve Kennedy

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After waiting for months to try this (I think I ordered it last March!) we finally tried this out. I like it as a great thematic game of conquest and resource development. I think it has some good replay value and plays pretty fast once you get the hang of it.
 
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11. Board Game: Carcassonne: Winter Edition [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:772]
Steve Kennedy

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Not surprised that this made it to the table already. Nice variant to add spice to the cold.
 
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12. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:447]
Steve Kennedy

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It's Jurgen-Wrede month around here! We needed a more "mindless" diversion and so tried out this older game that I think was recently reprinted. It is a great little strategy game that goes fairly fast and has some great tension as the city is destroyed. Our first two games had the same score.
 
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