Games played on Thanksgiving Day 2017
Mark Morrise
United States
Salt Lake City
Utah
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I look forward to playing games on Thanksgiving day with whoever I can entice into playing them with me. This year I was not disappointed. This isn’t a long list, but I was happy with what games I did play.

Please feel free to share your own games that you played on Thanksgiving on this list.
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1. Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 [Average Rating:8.66 Overall Rank:2]
Mark Morrise
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My wife, who is my primary gaming partner, will play only cooperative games. She loves Pandemic and Pandemic: The Cure.

For a long time I resisted buying Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 because it had a limited number of plays. But last summer I watched a video of Matt Leacock and Rob Daviau telling about their design decisions in this game, and I became convinced that if the game gave me at least 12 plays, at about $3 to $4 per play, that it was worth it.

In July of this year we started playing. My wife loved this even more than the other Pandemic games. We each play with two characters.

I don’t think it is a spoiler to say that the game plays through the months of the year, January through December, and that you have two chances to win each month. To make the story line interesting, the designers intentionally made some months more difficult than others.

In the video, Rob Daviau says that at a gaming conference, a gamer walked up to him, stood about 6 inches away, and said a single word: “September.” Well, September was the month we played yesterday. It was intense.

What a great game! The biggest hurdle, I think, is that you need gaming partners who will commit to play through the entire 12 months. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
 
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2. Board Game: The Dungeon of D [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:3554]
Mark Morrise
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I didn’t actually get a chance to play this yesterday. But I did print out the rules and started to read through them after my wife started cooking Thanksgiving dinner and I was waiting for other gaming partners to arrive. Some solo gamers have said this is an excellent solo game. I will try to get at least one playthrough in December.
 
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3. Board Game: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:290]
Mark Morrise
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I bought this because my wife loves everything Harry Potter and because I like games with good themes. (No zombie games, please.)

My other gaming partners yesterday were my wife’s grand niece and nephew, ages 9 and 7. I have played a lot of games with these two because every Sunday evening at about 5:30 pm, we go to their home to eat dinner with their family. They have three older siblings ages 12, 14, and 16. They have no dad to speak of (he lives on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean), and their mom (my wife’s niece) is a single mom.

Thanksgiving was at the condo of my wife’s 87-year old mom. The 9- and 7-year showed up at about 4:00 pm and asked if I had brought any games. (Well, yes, my car trunk was full of games, but I didn’t tell them that.)

I asked if they would like to try a Harry Potter game, and the 9-year old, a girl, gave an enthusiastic yes. When I told her the choices (Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Neville), she chose Hermione. The 7-year old, a boy, chose Harry, and I chose Neville.

This game has a progressive series of cards label “Book 1” through “Book 9.” We played at the Book 2 level, which seemed about right for their ages. This is a very simple deck-builder. We started a game before Thanksgiving dinner and finished after.
 
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4. Board Game: Catan Dice Game [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:5296]
Mark Morrise
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Towards the end of the evening, the 9-year old girl asked to play this game. We had played it three or four times before. I have some short golf pencils that I keep in my gaming kit just for this game.

This is, admittedly, a very short, simple game of group solitaire. I am always surprised by how much the two kids love this game.

I am not a rule Nazi with games. To the contrary, I tend to let the kids play in a way that makes it fun. But it does bother me when they cheat and they know they are cheating.

The 9-year old got 93 points. I am pretty sure she cheated. I got 70 points, and the 7-year old got 65 points. We had fun, which mattered the most to me.
 
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5. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:2540]
Mark Morrise
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This was the warm-up game (toy) for the 9- and 7- year old, a super-marble run:


 
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6. Board Game: There's a Moose in the House [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:14974]
Jeff Black
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Great fun after a nice meal. Happy Thanksgiving!
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