What game was the hit of your Christmas?
Mary Weisbeck
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Black Hawk
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Here's the games my family enjoyed this Christmas and how we liked them.

I'm waiting to see what others were playing this holiday season. Don't tell me all you gamers didn't play any games, new or old? Too much eggnog?

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1. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
Mary Weisbeck
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This was this biggest hit this year. My husband and daughter had played this a bit with me before, but we taught my son and he kicked our butts. What great fun. Can't wait for New Years to play again!
 
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2. Board Game: Castle [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:2829]
Mary Weisbeck
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A lighter, fun game that let my daughter be her ruthless self. Of course, I beat her every game we played but I think that just egged her on.
 
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3. Board Game: Domaine [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:648]
Mary Weisbeck
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My husband and I like this game--simple and complicated at the same time. My daughter said she didn't really care for it, even though we had a great time ganging up on her boyfriend, who has even less ruth than she does! My son didn't care for it because there seems to come a time when it boils down to push-and-shove tactics with the one with the best luck of the draw winning.
 
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4. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:314]
Shin Yoo
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Firmly determined to bring it out on Christmas party, I finally bought this game, and yes! It was the biggest hit!
 
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5. Board Game: Wyatt Earp [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:817]
Dave Wilson
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My wife gave it to me, and it proved popular with the early arrivers to the gathering, before the late folk showed up.
 
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6. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:893]
Dave Wilson
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We gave this to my brother-in-law, and a nephew, and both enjoyed it. We make it a rule to demonstrate any game we give to our family, to make sure that learning the rules isn't a barrier to playing.
 
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7. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:468]
Jerry Teleha
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Toledo
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Taught this to a few of my cousins on Christmas night; they loved it. Some of them ordered the game that night. The next day, while I was out playing Blood Bowl, they tried to track me down because they wanted to play again. They eventually drove to my brother's house to pick up my copy of the game so they could play again.
 
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8. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:393]
 
Randall Peek
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Well, we haven't actually gotten to play it yet, but I can already tell that Alhambra will be the hit of this holiday season's haul. My wife has an easy task each Christmas, as I provide a list of games that I would like, and she picks ones from there that she thinks SHE would like, so we are both at least relatively happy with the choices. My birthday is more for picking games that ^I^ want... At any rate, Alhambra has a light puzzle element, which will go over pretty well, coupled with my wife's favorite activity of all, shopping!
 
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9. Board Game: Wise and Otherwise [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:2146]
Chuck Uherske
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We played many games this Christmas -- Lost Cities, Mamma Mia, Taboo, Cranium, The 70's Game, Wise and Otherwise, and my new arrival, Streetsoccer.

We had a good mix of gamers and non-gamers there. For our group, I'd say that Wise and Otherwise was probably the most fun. Wise and Otherwise and Taboo engaged the most people, but Wise and Otherwise feels less pressured and is more creative pleasure. Filling in the remainder of a proverb allows for a bit more creativity and nuance than Balderdash or Dictionary, this game's closest analogues. Wonderful game, we enjoy it every time.
 
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10. Board Game: Corsairs [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:4321]
David Zammiello
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Played at least a dozen times with my brother-in-law. Addictive, but a bit too high on the luck side to be truly great.
 
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11. Board Game: Princes of the Renaissance [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:585]
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I've played this with 13 different persons and 10 of them (plus me) are enthusiastic about it (2 weren't impressed and only 1 disliked it).
It's fast paced, quite deep and very amusing.
 
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12. Board Game: Frag [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:6262]
Gary Heidenreich
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My son borrowed this from friends. I wasn't sure, as i didn't read a whole lot of good with it. My son, my brother-in-law, my wife and I played it. What a blast! I went out and used my gift certificate to get myself a copy. It reminded me of simple Gunslinger, which I love.
 
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13. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:206]
Fredrik Borg
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I got this for christmas, and what a great gift! Have played it a few times and I think it's great (like most other people here on the Geek).
 
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