4G's Most Requested Secret Santa games!
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Calling all 4G folks! List the Secret Santa games that you most want to receive. If the games you are really looking forward to are already on the list, thumb them!

Remember this isn't a place to just list your favorite games or games you think are popular, but a place to list games that you don't own but you hope Secret Santa will send you. For instance, I didn't add Castles of Mad King Ludwig because I already own it!

If you aren't participating in Secret Santa, feel free to still participate here.

Maybe this can serve as a buyer's guide for the Secret Santa who draws an unresponsive target with an empty wishlist!

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1. Board Game: Alchemists [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:80]
Raul Andres Gallardo
Argentina
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Alchemists!!! Essential meeple
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2. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:12]
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Okay, so pretty much everyone probably has this game already, but I was feeling really meh based on the cover (apparently, yes, I am that superficial). Until, just this Saturday, I watched Rahdo's video of the game. Oh my goodness, I really really want this game! It seems simple enough that our gateway+ gamer selves would not struggle, but it still has a lot of options and decisions. I can see why this game is so popular now.
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3. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:15]
Rainer Ahlfors
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First of all — I don't like Agricola; never have. To me, Agricola just seems like "FarmVille - The Board Game" ...

Now, I know a lot of people will claim that Caverna is simply "Agricola 2.0," and that's fine. Caverna is a good game. Agricola is not. Caverna is the game Agricola wants to be. I like the dwarf theme better, and I like that the game is less restrictive.

Time and time again I hear Agricola haters rave over how good of a game Caverna is. This game finally won me over, and proudly so.

Honorable mention goes to Sam Healy.
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4. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:101]
Rainer Ahlfors
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Alright, I cannot resist ... I've tried to avoid acquiring this game for years, justifying my decision by saying that there are other games that fill its place in my collection. I am finally willing to admit that this game is one that is sorely missing from my shelf, along with its glorious expansions.
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5. Board Game: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:64] [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
Rainer Ahlfors
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Finally a game that handles semi-co-operative play right!
Finally a game that handles traitors right!
Finally a game that implements surprise events right!
Finally a game which has exactly the right balance of "zombies"!

*drool*
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6. Board Game: Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:314]
Stephen Eckman
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I've been mulling this one over for a while and I think I've finally determined that this will work with my game group. 6 players and less than 2 hours of playing time is the sweet spot for us!
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7. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker: Anniversary Edition [Average Rating:8.24 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.24 Unranked]
Stephen Eckman
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I've been tracking this one for a while but have been turned off by the fact that it only supports 5 players. But I've heard too many good things about this one, so I'm ready to take it out for a spin!
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8. Board Game: Ginkgopolis [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:321]
Rainer Ahlfors
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I was exposed to this fabulous game (along with its glorious expansion, Ginkgopolis: The Experts) right around the time when it went out of print ... shake
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9. Board Game: Imperial Settlers [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:129]
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This game is, simply, amazing!
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10. Board Game: Kanban: Driver's Edition [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:221]
Stephen Eckman
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I couldn't play this at my regular game night, but I love the theme and wouldn't mind having a heavyweight euro around. I haven't been able to justify buying it myself, but if it were a present ... whistle
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11. Board Game: Libertalia [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:299]
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Citadels is one of my favorites and this has been listed multiple times as the game that "fired" Citadels. Naturally I need to give this one a shot. It can't completely replace Citadels though because it doesn't support as many players.
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12. Board Game: Lords of Xidit [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:527]
Mousey
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A little programming and great artwork.
Right up my ally.
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13. Board Game: Nations: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:720]
Gil Bellemare
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Laval
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Nations: The Dice games would be PERFECT for my and my wife.

I removes the harsh random bashing on the weak, that could ruin your game and keep the fun tableau of choices !


Only problem, is that delays in production made this slip toward a January availability instead of in time for Xmas...
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14. Board Game: Power Grid Deluxe: Europe/North America [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:152]
Stephen Eckman
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Out of the 12 people in my gaming group, 1 has played Power Grid. I think we need to remedy this.
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15. Board Game: Praetor [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:1927]
Rainer Ahlfors
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NSKN Games is one of my favorite publishers.
Andrei Novac is one of my favorite designers.

This game is, virtually, perfect. Rahdo agrees with me, too!
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16. Board Game: Rise of Augustus [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:777]
Rainer Ahlfors
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While the main game mechanic is, essentially, Bingo, this game is amazingly fun. It would be a perfect fit for me and my family.

The game plays 2-6 and is about the perfect weight and balance for my wife. Bingo also happens to be one of my 6-year-old daughter's favorite games.
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17. Board Game: RoboRally: Armed and Dangerous [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
Prince Adam The Coward
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18. Board Game: ZhanGuo [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:397]
Sebastian Bronfen
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After watching Rahdo review, this jumped to be my most wanted game from this year.

A heavy, thematic Euro with a lot of conflict and player interaction, my favorite kind of game.
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