What did you play for Christmas?
Brian Boyle
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Just had a great games session at Christmas which I thought I would record here.

Interested to see what others are playing on Christmas day.
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1. Board Game: China [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:637]
Brian Boyle
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First up - my Secret Santa present.

A tight 3 player game with my son winning out by 2 points from his girlfriend and dad tied for second place. A learning game for all of us, but my son judged his late emissary run perfectly.

A really good thinky but short area control game. Worked surpriaingly well - even as a lighter Chrustmas game.
 
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2. Board Game: Castles of Mad King Ludwig [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:82]
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.. but this one certainly is. Great fun was had putting together our fantasy castle, with greater focus on aesthetics rather than VPs.

Much better narrative to the game than Suburbia, but still quite calculation rich for non-gamers. In the end my son won easily, having spend 10000DM for a buttery in the first round he never looked back.

I probably wouldn't play this with casual gamers though - just too much optimisation required.
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3. Board Game: Colt Express [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:298]
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Just riotous fun for four. In the end, it didn't matter who one - but the trash talking and general mayhem were a great finish to the day.
Fightin' shootin' & stealin' may not be in the Christmas spirit, but sure was fin.
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4. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:740]
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Four rounds of MK in the last two days while we're visiting family. I'm undefeated.

Four of us also managed to slam through 2 games of a family favourite, Lexio, around 1 a.m.:

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5. Board Game: Colt Express [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:298]
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Ditto on Colt Express. Gave it to the wife as a Christmas gift and we cracked it open with my brother and took to assembling the train - a fun puzzle for the kids in itself. Then we played two back to back games - the request for the rematch coming from my brother (an infrequent gamer), with all at the table eager to give it another whirl. Much mayhem and fun with my 11 year old clearly winning both games, the first with Cheyenne and the second with Tuco. She was shot and punched many, many times but was too often one step ahead of the rest of us and the Sheriff. The game is a family fun winner and has been requested at the next gathering on New Year's Eve.
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6. Board Game: Around the World in 80 Days [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1325]
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The kids just watched the film and were amused by David Niven and the whole spectacle. We enjoyed the game and how quickly it plays, with the winner making it back to The Reform Club in a very respectable 67 days.
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7. Board Game: Port Royal [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:407] [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
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Sometimes this game really shines and we had a great three player tussle. After thinking she was out of it the 11 year old pulled off a last minute expedition to tie all players on 13 points. The tie was broken with six coins to five coins to four coins. Top stuff!
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8. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:260]
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I got For Sale for my brothers family and Zooloretto for my 2 nieces this year (8yo and 11yo).
Played 3 games of For Sale with my brother and my 2 nieces and had a blast, great family game!

Really glad I ordered 2 copies so I have it in my collection too.
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9. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:255]
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I introduced my brother-in-law to Pandemic a while back at a family gathering; he's not ordinarily a gamer but we were bored at a family gathering and I had it in my car. He was pretty blown away by the whole coop game concept and we have played it several times since. So this Christmas I got him Flash Point so that he would have his own coop game (and he can always borrow my Pandemic). He and I managed to slip in a game after lunch while everyone was napping. We had a lucky game and managed to win a little too easy I think, but it seemed to go over well.

Christmas Eve we played Machi Koro and Survive: Escape from Atlantis!. Machi Koro was a hit. Survive not as much.
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10. Board Game: Haggis [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:685]
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Got a couple hands in with my girlfriend while the family was over
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11. Board Game: Marrying Mr. Darcy [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2887]
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This was a gift to my wife and we had a fun game of it this afternoon.
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Played this with my wife while the turkey was roasting. Far more enjoyable than I had expected given the geek rating and comments.
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13. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:507]
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First we played two games of Wits&Wagers. I hate oldschool triviagames like Trivial Pursuit, which happen to be exactly the games my wifes brother and parents like.... This is nice compromise to play on holidays. I almost won the first one(lost by 1 point because of taking dumb risk on last question) and won second one with a huge risky bet.
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14. Board Game: Say Anything [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:815]
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Then my wife suggested Say Anything. It was first game with her relatives as we just recently bought the Finnish edition and haven't had many chances to try it yet. It was pretty weird group to play with (younger generation,older generation etc.) and people found it pretty hard. It didn't ruin the day or anything, we had some fun answers and everyone said they liked it, but it just didn't work as well as it should. I think we'll stick to playing this one with friends or at least mix of friends and closest relatives.
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15. Board Game: Telestrations [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:224]
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This one just came out in Finnish and I was SO happy. It has been my favorite partygame ever since it came out in English. So after Say Anything I suggested this one and to my surprise people agreed even though we had played pretty long already. Everyone loved it as expected, even my wifes father. I don't think it's possible for Telestrations to fail anyway, never a game without laughter. We played twice. I think our favorites were when what started as lungs turned into super nice illustration of a dog (I think leash was final guess) or my father-in-law having to sketch a 'fart'. Yeah, well. It's a permanent top5 game for me, I don't care if it's bit immature.

Not on Christmas day but day after we also played Timeline which me and my wife bought for her father. Everyone liked it. I'm surprised you all play so heavy games on Christmas.. These were ours. It was nice Christmas, gaming-wise too.
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16. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:238] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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What can be better in Christmas day than saving the city of Arkham and all world from Azathot? And we did it in 4 player game.
Also couple games of Alias.
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17. Board Game: Oz Fluxx [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:3361]
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Smuggled this one out of the store right under my girlfriend's nose. We had to play a few games Xmas night, since she was excited to get a fluxx game of her own.

 
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