Thanksgiving Gaming, The Indoctrination Continues - My First List
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My wife and I live a few hundred miles from family but for the last several Thanksgiving one of my sisters has visited and brought my niece and nephew along. I have used this as well as when we visit them for Christmas, as a chance to indoctrinate them into board gaming. I also use it as an opportunity to gage which games they enjoy so that I can get that as a Christmas gift in the future.

My niece is 11 and is easily distracted and frustrated so some of the games we played this year were not her favorite. My nephew is 15 and appeared to have a good time after he passed the initial slump of being away from his new girlfriend.

So this summer we all played Munchkin which they all liked so that is what they are getting this Christmas. Next Christmas is Dominion they all really had a good time playing that.

Oh, and to top things off, my wife who is normally a reluctant gamer won every game she participated in yesterday. She told me that this helps her enjoy the experience more.

Now on to the games.
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1. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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We played this several times between Thursday and Saturday night. Everyone had a great time. I have already set aside a spare copy for next Christmas.
 
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2. Board Game: Mille Bornes [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:6230]
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This was a huge hit. My wife and I had never played it before, but it turns out my sister used to play it with ex-in-laws. If I can find another reasonably priced version this will go on Christmas gift list. As an added bonus it is portable enough that my wife and I thought this would make a great addition to our backpacking gear. It would be nice to play something other than Rummy when we our stuck in a tent.
 
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3. Board Game: The Omega Virus [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2882]
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My niece absolutely loved this game. We had never played before so we decided to be nice and not attack each other. With three of us playing we won both times, but once with less than 30 seconds left and the second with around a minute left. I think we need to get better at the game before we start trying to take each other out in addition to the virus.

 
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4. Board Game: Clippers [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:2096]
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My sister, niece, and myself played this. This was the first time playing and once we got the hang of it my sister and I really enjoyed it. This was my nieces least favorite game. If I can figure out how to insert pictures I will insert some pictures of the game board.
 
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5. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:184] [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
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This was the first time playing this for my sister, niece, and nephew. My wife and I have played a view times. This wasn't one of my niece's favorites but it went well and my wife won.
 
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6. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:213]
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My niece and nephew were trying to indoctrinate me into Pokemon, but instead my wife, sister, and I played this and zombie dice. I got my butt kicked. It came down to the last card on the last round to see which of them won and my sister drew a card and was forced to trade the princess to my wife for the win.
 
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7. Board Game: Zombie Dice [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:1708]
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This was another filler game with my wife, sister, and myself. My wife won again.
 
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8. Board Game: Scan [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:11620]
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Played this with my niece and had a great time. This was a new play for me and we just played colors which was hard enough. Some of the patterns could be really fun.
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