After a hiatus of game acquisition, a flurry of spending
John Elbl
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My family has moved quite a bit over the past couple years, from Chicago to Boston to Tampa. During each move, I culled some of my collection (need to cull a bit more), and I haven't acquired very many games.

It is apparent that we will be in the Tampa area for awhile, and well... Cool Stuff Inc is just down the road, and I do get the games the next day on my doorstep...

I just couldn't help myself...

Note: nearest FLGS is over a one hour drive from my house... with no traffic. Add in traffic... and we're talking 3 hours in the car for just driving back and forth. ugh. I don't have much desire to drive that much just to play a bunch of short games. Throw down an 18xx, or a meaty 3hr game, and my interest may be swayed.

Until then, it's back to trying to attract more to gaming.
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Acquired at 2013 GenCon. Played quite a bit with my oldest two and several board game enthusiast guests.
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First acquisition at new home from CSI. Arrived much faster than I anticipated. Now have all of the expansions sleve'd in my 5000 count box, with index cards notating each card. (Color to signify expansion.) This is one of the rare short games I enjoy, but I couldn't gather interest in the local gaming group to crack Dominion; as they wanted to play other short games. (For me, 1.5-2hrs is short)
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Tons of play of off this one. Both of my sons (12 & 7) enjoy it quite a bit.
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I have played this with my oldest, but my 9 yr old daughter isn't interested. I think when she finally tries it she'll like it. She tends to like games with money more.
 
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Acquired as a non-gamer game.
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Acquired for my youngest, 5... who likes it quite a bit.
 
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I have played this with my oldest, and my oldest daughter has yet to try it. I really enjoy the economical logistics of the game.
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My children really like cooperative games, and they enjoy this more than I. I had grand plans of introducing Quarriors dice to this to create a different feel. I never did feel that we wouldn't win this game as a team.
 
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Picked up on a recent run through Orlando on the way to a meeting in Jacksonville. Read rules, haven't played... yet.
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Just shipped. As my sons really like Eclipse, as well as a couple who game, this will definitely hit the table soon.
 
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Another coop for my kids. Second game that just shipped.
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I have liked Uwe's games so far. This is one of my rare blind acquisitions. The third just shipped game.
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