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Cody Alan Rushing
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This is my Christmas letter to my super awesome Secret Santa!!!! Merry Christmas Secret Santa!!!!
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1. Board Game: Happy New Year [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Cody Alan Rushing
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Hi Secret Santa!!!! The year 2017 has been a busy but wonderful year at the Rushing household!!!! Some of the highlights of the year have been starting a game night at the church where I preach, going to two Board Game Geek Conventions, and of course, having a beautiful baby girl!!!! But don't worry, amidst all of the busyness, we still have time to write to you because you're awesome like that!!!!
 
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2. Board Game: Baby Boom [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:11151]
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This year has been especially special to us because this is the year that our first child was born!!!! Promise Grace Rushing was born into the world on May 14, 2017 which was both Mother's Day and George Lucas' birthday, so our daughter is getting off to a good start in life by being born on a great day!!!! Promise is almost 6 months old now, and we're very excited for her first Christmas, and of course her first visit from you!!!! She told me she wanted some board games for Christmas!!!! lol
 
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3. Board Game: Big Game Night 2016 [Average Rating:6.20 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.20 Unranked]
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Another fun thing that has happened this year is that I have been able to start a weekly game night at the church that I preach at. I live in the small east Texas town of Mount Vernon which has about 2,000 people in it, so it has taken me a few years to find some gamers in the area, but we now have a good group that gets together most weeks for games. The game night has also been a great outreach to the college age students in the area as there is unfortunately not much offered to them in this area.
 
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4. Board Game: The Challenge [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:11399]
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Another accomplishment from 2017 is a challenge that I run on Board Game Geek called the 365 Play Challenge which can be accessed from my profile page on Board Game Geek. Last year was my first year to do it on Board Game Geek, and it went really well. But this year it has really grown and we have right at 225 participants joining in on the fun!!!! I know you keep pretty busy delivering gifts and making toys all year, but when you have some spare time, feel free to check out the 365 Play Challenge Secret Santa!!!!
 
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5. Board Game: Geeks: The Convention [Average Rating:4.66 Overall Rank:13939]
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This year marks the third year that I have been to the BGG Spring Convention (which means I've been to that one every time), but this will be my first time ever to go to the big BGG CON this coming week!!!! I'm really excited to learn a lot of new games and check out some awesome events like Assassin Con!!!! Who knows? I might even run into you there without even knowing it Secret Santa!!!! lol
 
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6. Board Game: My Precious Presents [Average Rating:6.16 Unranked]
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I've been reading up on a lot of new games that I will hopefully get to try out at BGG CON this week, but some of the games that sound the greatest to me right now are Chimera Station (a worker placement game where you get to make customizable workers with special powers), Stockpile (a game that I have already played and would love to have that simulates the stock market), Trajan (a classic Stefan Feld game), Glory to Rome, and others!!!! I'll definitely have a better idea after I come back from BGG CON!!!! But I appreciate whatever you end up getting for me Secret Santa!!!! I like surprises to, so surprise me!!!! You're Santa, you're awesome, and I'm thankful for whatever you get me!!!!

Post-BGG CON 2017 Edit: Hello again Santa!!!! BGG CON 2017 is officially over, and I must say I had an awesome time!!!! Some of my highlights from my first time to the November BGG CON were meeting a lot of new people, learning a lot of new games, and getting to go the Spiel-a-Thon event hosted by the Spiel foundation which raises money to give games to children and the elderly at places such as orphanages and nursing homes. My favorite overall game from the convention was Dinosaur Island, which is basically Jurassic Park the Board Game. Each player is building a theme park with dinosaurs, and I thought it was great. My favorite family game from the convention was Meeple Circus, a dexterity game where each player has 2 minutes to build there own circus act out of Meeples. I loved it, and it would certainly get a lot of use with my gaming group and my wife and little daughter in a few years. I also really enjoyed the game Pioneers, a game I played on the last day of the convention where you are pioneers building a network of roads and towns in the old west. I also loved Dice Forge, a game where you get to make customizable dice. Other favorite games included Banned Words, a word game like taboo where players get to pick which words are taboo, Cudaki, a matching game on an island full of hybrid animals, Strike, a dice rolling game where you roll your dice in a miniature arena, All Hail Caesar, a group take that game, Tiny Epic Quest, a Zelda-esque adventure set in the tiny epic universe, and of course, Chimera Station, a worker placement game with customizable workers. So, there are my post-BGG CON 2017 thoughts. I have updated my wishlist, and I have also updated my collection with any new games that I got while I was at the convention. I love games where I get to make choices that last anywhere from 30-120 minutes, but I also love short family weight games!!!! But I'm thankful for whatever you get me Secret Santa!!!! Thanks so much in advance, and have a blessed and Merry Christmas!!!!
 
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7. Board Game: Merry Christmas! The Hand-Drafting Card Game [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
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Well, I know you're a busy man Secret Santa, so I won't take up anymore of your valuable time!!!! But thank you so much for taking time to read my letter, and I pray that you have a very merry and blessed Christmas Secret Santa!!!! Merry Christmas and God Bless You!!!!
 
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