Dreams that involve board games
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When I wake up in the mornings I like to tell my wife about the dream(s) I had the night before. Usually when I do this she rolls her eyes and asks how long is it going to take. This is because I tend to have vivid dreams with more detail than what she is used to...which usually she only remembers a color or feeling.

I've enjoyed reading other people's GeekLists and decided to start my own (my first!). Please feel free to contribute to this list. I'd like to know that I'm not the only one who takes my obsession to the subconscious world of dreams.
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1. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:213]
Dallan Christenson
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Dream Narrative:
In this particular dream my I was visiting an amusement park along with my sons and grandmother. As with all amusement parks there was a souvenir shop. As we were perusing the shelves of the shop my grandmother told me to find something, anything, that we would like and she would get it for me. For some reason that took me to the top of a ladder to search for something on top of the shelf. There it was, at the very top shelf at the very back hidden beneath a layer of dust was Takenoko. Now it wasn't just any version of Takenoko; it was the Collector's Edition of Takenoko!

Just take a look at it:
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I got down from the ladder and my grandmother gladly paid for it (which was somewhere in the $200 range). The whole time I carried this box all that went through my mind was, "My wife will love this game."

As we exited the shop I was magically transported to the outdoors of my cousins' house that I have great memories of. It was dusk and I had to make my way home. I remember in my dream that there were shady people on that street and kept having the feeling that they were going to take my collector's box away from me, which I could have happen as it was for my wife. I woke up shortly thereafter.

Wife's Reaction:
As I told my wife about the dream I showed her pictures/video of Takenoko and the Collector's Box. I told her it was a sign that I needed to get her the game, that she would love it. Needless to say, she wasn't swayed by my argument, especially when she found out that it really does go for $200+. Ah well, perhaps I'll surprise her with the regular copy of the game.

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2. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:281] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
Dallan Christenson
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This setting for this dream was placed several years ago in Honduras. I happened to serve a mission here for my church from 2002-04. However, in this dream I was there with my wife and kids. And as I remember, a lot of the dream was in Spanish.

In this dream we were in one of the more remote areas of Honduras near a body of water. The area was lush and green (reminded me a lot of La Ceiba, Honduras). In my dream we were helping a family move from one house to another, and as a way of thank you they gifted me a game. I cannot remember exactly which game it was, but it was a farming-type game reminiscent to that of Catan.

After we helped get them situated we thanked the family for the game and bid them farewell. We then got on a bus (the public transportation in Honduras are "recycled" school buses - may of which still have the school district's name printed on the side). As we were traveling down the road the fee taker came to us asking where we were going (depends how much the ticket would be). I told him San Pedro Sula and after looking at me and my gringo family, he said the fare would be 500 Lempiras (the monetary system of Honduras).

Having lived in Honduras I knew that this price was way too much and offered him 200 Lempiras - as it should have been. He refused and said if we don't pay the 500 Lempiras we would need to be kicked off the bus, which needless to say, is what happened, along with our belonging (and my game).

My experience in Honduras was that there would be another bus coming by, so I was not worried. My wife, on the other hand, was worried. We found a bus stop and sat down. I was mostly concerned about the game I placed it down safe in the shade.

My kids were not able to wait very patiently and started creating a fuss. Meanwhile a very fancy car drove up right next to the bus waiting area and entered a fenced area. My said she was going to talk to them and use their phone. I told her I'd wait here for the bus. While waiting, a bunch of shady people started hanging around the bus area. I got worried, grabbed the game and waited next to the fence.

My wife called me up to join her with her new acquaintances, but I remained stubborn and continued waiting for the bus. Shortly thereafter I was a parade of buses heading our way and I called for my wife and kids to join me. I was shortly disappointed. They looked like public transportation buses (aka. converted school buses) but were in fact, genuine school buses full of students who jeered at us as they passed.

Feeling distraught I followed my wife to the homeowner's property, which turned out to be a mansion. My kids were playing in their musical fountain and he (a Frenchman) invited us over for caviar and escargot. I told him what he was offering was too much! But he said he always is stocked up with such delicacies because he always caters to big wigs. His wife eventually offered to drive us to San Pedro Sula at no cost to us.

Wife's Reaction
She rolled her eyes at the part about the board game and said something along the lines of, "Of course you did." However, when it got to the part of the Frenchman and his catered food, I got exactly the reaction I was looking for. As part of my dream when eating the escargot, the snails were liquified and still in their shells. Upon eating them we would need to slurp them up out of the shells. My wife, who hates bugs, slugs (snails), and mushrooms yelled at me for dreaming such a thing. Hey! Don't blame me, blame my subconscious!
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3. Board Game: Dungeon Petz [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:136]
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The dream I had with Dungeon Petz made absolutely no sense. I recall running around a lot from people trying to take my copy of Dungeon Petz away from me. I felt like I needed to protect the petz & imps inside the box. It was very strange.
 
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