My GMT Haul--In What Order to Open Them?
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I was very excited to receive my order a couple of weeks ago, an eight-game haul of GMT titles that have been on my wish list for a long time.

But I've been so busy with work that I haven't opened any. I wanted to relish opening my games without the distraction of work. Until now, I've limited myself to just looking longing at the boxes and reading up on the games.

Now, to help me get started, I'm asking for your opinion: in what order should I open them? Your erudite boosterism for each title is much welcomed!

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1. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:56]
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Number 24 in the BGG boardgame ranking list, Dominant Species has been on my wish list for a long time. I don't know much about it except for its excellent game play, but long playing time. I'm looking forward to learning more about this Chad Jensen design--by playing it.
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2. Board Game: Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:144]
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I'm so excited to score one of the few remaining copies in the warehouse. Reputedly elegant in physical and game design, Sekigahara is number 7 on the BGG war game ranking. Two reasons I got this game: I've long had a keen interest in Japanese culture and history; and I've been to Sekigahara.
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3. Board Game: Thunder Alley [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:552] [Average Rating:7.39 Unranked]
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I'm not a stock car racing fan, but the enthusiastic reviews and session reports have won me over. Originally, I thought I'd wait for the Formula 1 version, Grand Prix, but what the heck, I think I'm going to enjoy this one.
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4. Board Game: Saints in Armor [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:2754]
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The Musket & Pike system by Ben Hull has been highly acclaimed. I was initially intimidated by the complexity of the system. But having read Weigley's The Age of Battles, I'm now interested in how the system brings those battles to life.
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5. Board Game: Nightfighter [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:3190]
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I'm a big fan of air war games. The subject matter is very interesting and intriguing, but the system simply makes any solo play impossible. Enter Professor Phil Sabin and his solo rules!
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6. Board Game: Combat Commander: Resistance! [Average Rating:8.43 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.43 Unranked]
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I really enjoy the CC system. This one has been on my wish list for years. I'm looking forward to playing this one. I'm quite sure I'll love it.
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7. Board Game: Combat Commander: Battle Pack #5 – Fall of the West [Average Rating:8.39 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.39 Unranked]
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I heard this one has tanks! 'nuff said.
 
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8. Board Game: Combat Commander: Battle Pack #6 – Sea Lion [Average Rating:8.33 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.33 Unranked]
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Hypothetical situations don't bother me--designers and games are unconstrained by historical outcomes, and thus able to explore interesting what-ifs. This one looks fun.
 
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