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My partner, who is also my primary gaming partner, and I do not live together -- I have lived abroad in the UK and Canada for the past four years.
Due to my itinerant lifestyle, it is convenient to store most of our board game collection at my partner's place, although some of it has also been at my parents' since my move across the Atlantic.

Back in Europe, I am going to visit both my partner and my parents (with my partner) in June, and we want to take the opportunity to play some of our favourites, some games we haven't played in a long while, and some new games which arrived while I was in Canada.

Check out below what we will be playing and tell us what you think about those games! Maybe some of you are inspired by our list?

It is quite an ambitious undertaking, and I doubt that all the games on this list will actually get played, but we'll see what we can do.
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1. Board Game: Gloomhaven [Average Rating:9.01 Overall Rank:1]
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Having been abroad for work since my first-edition copy arrived, and having followed all the hype from afar, I am now of course super eager to get started. My partner and I will play a two-player campaign, probably with him as the Mind Thief and me as the Tinkerer.

Edit: We ended up starting a three-player campaign with a friend. The characters are the Tinkerer (me), the Brute (my partner) and the Spellweaver (our friend).

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2. Board Game: Coffee Roaster [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:1700]
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Last time I was in the same location as this game, I got quite addicted, and now I can't wait to try this cute, plesantly-themed and clever solo game again. It also works as a coop with players discussing what they want to do.

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3. Board Game: Arkham Horror: The Card Game – The Dunwich Legacy [Average Rating:8.56 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.56 Unranked]
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Last time we were together, we started the Dunwich Legacy campain with me playing Daisy and my partner playing Zoey.
We got up to 'The Essex Couny Express' and are now looking forward to continuing the campain. We didn't start out so well with the big box scenarios, but our first two Mythos pack scenarios worked much better.
Unfortunately we are limited by currently not owning all the released Mythos packs (at least one of them already seems to be out of print), so we will not finish this campaign during this visit.

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4. Board Game: Legends of Andor: The Last Hope [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:2455] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
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Legends of Andor is the game that got me majorly into board gaming, so I am excited to finally try the last part of the trilogy. I haven't played Andor since some time in 2015, either, which is a crazy long time for a game I like so much.

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5. Board Game: Pax Porfiriana [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:377]
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We have recently played this deep, pretty harsh (in a good way!) and thinky game a bit online, and I am looking forward to again playing with actual cards.

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6. Board Game: Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:310]
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This is pretty much the only actual worker placement game we currently own (although I am planning to change this soon by buying Agricola and Lorenzo Il Magnifico) and it is a really good one! I enjoy the theme and the mechanism with the dice.
We will need a third person to join us, though... We'll see if that happens.

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7. Board Game: Pyramid Arcade [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
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Having played someting with this box only three times so far, I have not even scratched the surface of the variety of games inside!
My partner doesn't really like abstracts, but I'll try to get him to play:

Volcano:
Sandships:
Homeworlds:
Hijinks:
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8. Board Game: Akrotiri [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:596]
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We've only played this once (where my partner beat me quite soundly), and then bought it after trying, so time to break in our own copy!
You move ships between Greek islands to transport goods, discover new islands and unearth ancient temples in a super clever way; an excellent design!

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9. Board Game: Healthy Heart Hospital [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:2291]
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This is an interesting push-your-luck coop. I really like the theme -- it has quite a cynical element to it, but at the same time, it makes me want to do the best for the patients, and to not succumb to the nastier routes the game allows you to take (e.g. building a morgue to dispose of bodies more cheaply...).
We've played it twice so far and I hope a third play is to follow!

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10. Board Game: Mint Works [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:660]
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The smallest worker placement game in existence?
I am really glad I got to support this game on Kickstarter; the campaign was well-run, the game delivered several months early(!), and it is a fun game for in between -- while travelling, while waiting for food at the restaurant, while waiting for the other people to show up for game night...
It is so far the only Kickstarter game I ordered two copies of (it was very affordable, after all), and I gave the other one to a friend as a present.

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11. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:35]
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When we first got this, we played it a lot in a pretty short time, to the point where we had gotten a little tired of the base game -- but then the expansion, Voyage of the Beagle, injected new life into the game in a way I have hardly seen in other expansions.
We started the campaign (and it's amazing!), but because I had to go back to England, we never finished it. Now we haven't played the campaign in about 17 months, and the game in nearly a year.
Time to come back to it, at least for one game!

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12. Board Game: Shadowrun: Crossfire [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:611]
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This is just an evergreen game for us: A fast, but tense coop. Some scenarios are not ideal two-player, but especially with the High Caliber Ops expansion, I'm always up for a quick game of this.

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13. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:105]
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We play this online quite a bit -- a really good thing to do together when you're in a long-distance relationship -- and have just started the Khadad Dûm expansion, so far without success. But the last game was really close! I am playing a dwarf-themed deck which I really enjoy.

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14. Board Game: Roll for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:58]
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We have played Race quite a bit more than Roll (my partner prefers Race, really), but I always look forward to bringing out the dice again, too:
1) With this one, I actually have a shot at winning, and
2) I really enjoy the element of building my pool of dice, a permanent element that does not exist in Race.

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15. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:2544]
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Below this item are games that are at my parents' place and that I am looking forward to revisiting while staying with them.
They are there
a) because they have been in storage since I moved across the Atlantic, or
b) they are new Kickstarter games that I had delivered there while I was in Canada.
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16. Board Game: Near and Far [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:150] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
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This one I have been quite worried about, because the game changed a lot since the Kickstarter campaign -- and after all, that was the version I backed. (I actually think that making major changes to the gameplay after the campaign ends is in general a thing that should not happen, although I assume Ryan Laukat had good reasons to do it, so hopefully it is now a better game.)
A lot of people really seem to enjoy the published game, and I am looking forward to hopefully playing some games in character mode.

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17. Board Game: March of the Ants [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:1632]
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My first ever 4X game!
I got this mostly because of the theme, and I am probably looking forward most to the cooperative mode in the expansion, but I also want to try the regular game.

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18. Board Game: Islebound [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:650] [Average Rating:7.34 Unranked]
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I got this game relatively shortly before moving abroad (and I couldn't bring it), but in the two times I played it, it instantly became my favourite or at least second-favourite Red Raven Game (the other contender being City of Iron, which I unfortunately haven't been able to play in the last two years). The turns are so smooth and quick -- I love the mechanism that is essentially worker placement, but with just one worker, a ship that moves between different island spaces on a map.
Plus, the art is so, so gorgeous!

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19. Board Game: 100 Swords: The Silver Queen's Dungeon [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
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I got a bunch of new 100 Swords stuff from the Season 2 Kickstarter. This is another game that plays nicely "in between". My partner doesn't love it, but I hope he'll indulge me.

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20. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:260]
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This is an odd one on this list.
I got this game as a Christmas present (it was on my wishlist) at about age 12 or 13 -- it had been recommended in a science magazine for young people that I liked to read shortly after its release.
But then I have never played a full game of it! Why? Because playing anything that requires three players in my house was and is rather difficult, and I haven't been able to bring this along to all my moves. My mum will occasionally consent to playing a board game, but she only wants to play games with really simple rules, and this isn't among them.
So will it happen? Probably not, but we'll see.

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