2018 purchase list and goals
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Well 2017 was a fun year for board games, got a lot played and way too many bought. As with my list last year I'll be planning/tracking my purchase. With fun new guidelines!

d10-1 My collection size cannot exceed what can fit in a 4x4 Kallax, with some exceptions
d10-2 I can trade or sell games that I know I won't play
d10-3 Whenever possible try games before buying them
d10-4 Games held by other gamers that I play with should not be bought by me, with some exceptions
d10-5 As long as an expansion fits in the base game box it is acceptable
d10-6 No buying games to play at work until current crop is exhausted

Should be simple, right?
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1. Board Game: Kaivai [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:2787]
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A holdover from last years list. Technically I know someone with a copy but they are selling it and there is supposed to be a new edition coming so I'm waiting on that.
 
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2. Board Game: Dokmus: Return of Erefel [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked]
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Already a big fan of Dokmus, saw a playthrough of this and it cemented my decision to get this.
 
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3. Board Game: Trick of the Rails [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:2270]
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This would fit on my small game shelf and I've already tried it, at this point it is an order filler for free shipping. Not to say I don't like it.

Well that didn't take long, pretty easy to do when you know someone selling their copy. I still know someone else with a copy so it is one of those rule four exceptions, but hey it's a fun little game.
 
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4. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: Xeno Invasion [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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I would need to play my other expansions a few times before getting this.
 
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5. Board Game: Petrichor [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:3133]
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Tough call on this one. It's compared to Dominant Species but I would need an expansion to even get to five players. Is it really going to scratch that itch? Waiting on a wider release.
 
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6. Board Game: Hinkel & Stein [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:9321]
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I really don't know much about this game just that Heavy Cardboard has said it is good, which puts it on the research list. Of course it would need a reprint so I think I have a while.
 
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7. Board Game: Greed Incorporated [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1575]
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I don't know if this is in the reprint queue yet but I feel like it will make it. Depending on if other group members pick this up en mass like they did with Antiquity I may also forgo getting this.
 
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8. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:487]
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I'm not a huge fan of paying OOP prices, so I'm really just watching the market and local resellers for this one.
 
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9. Board Game: Rolling Stock [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:3284]
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I guess this entry is technically for version 2 but there isn't a lot of information so far. I'll try this online before I make a final decision.
 
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10. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2240]
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This one could be trouble, GMT is publishing two unnammed 18xx titles this year and their production of 1846 was superb.

What's keeping me away?
-I have two unplayed 18xx
-One is a reprint that another group member may already have
-A group member already has around 50 18xx titles

What's drawing me in?
-18xx
 
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11. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:52]
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The first big exception to rule four on the list, and maybe the hardest to justify. Only the friend with the copy only gets to bring it out once a year, if we're lucky. I'll have to borrow his to see if it's viable with my other groups.
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12. Board Game: Neue Heimat [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:1554]
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I happen to have a homemade copy and apparently a group member has this, though I have yet to see it. I'll be playing my homemade copy before deciding if I want to pick up the reprint.
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13. Board Game: Innovation Deluxe [Average Rating:8.42 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.42 Unranked]
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This would also have to be an exception to rule four. The problem is it really is better with two, three players max and I don't know how successful I would be in getting it to other groups. Those expansions and rebalanced cards are calling my name though.
 
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14. Board Game: Whistle Stop [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:1059]
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Another exception to rule four. This was very fun my first play. However I'm not sure I'd get to play it much at my other groups that don't have copies if I pick it up. I'd also have to get some replacement trains because yes, the colors are terrible even for non-colorblind individuals. For now on the trade or great deal list.
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15. Board Game: Azul [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:47] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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Another exception to rule four. I enjoy this title a lot not to mention the production is great. For now on the trade or great deal list.
 
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16. Board Game: Junk Art [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:498]
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Had a fun play of this, but it would be primarily for the work group so it is lower on the list as I have more owned games to work through first.
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17. Board Game: Downforce [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:639]
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Would be primarily for the work group so it is lower on the list as I have more owned games to work through first.
 
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18. Board Game: Kingdomino [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:186] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Had a fun play of this, but it would be primarily for the work group so it is lower on the list as I have more owned games to work through first and I would need to buy Queendomino.
 
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19. Board Game: Queendomino [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:514] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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Part of the Kingdomino buy.
 
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20. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:2543]
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Potential game divestments
Posthuman - I'll give this a fair shake but I'm not holding my breath.

Roll Player - Played this enough times to know it is a puzzle I've had my fill of. Maybe I can trade it to a friend.

Spheres of Influence: Struggle for Global Supremacy - Kind of like Twilight Imperium without the player powers, tech tree, voting or time commitment. I'm not really looking for Twilight Imperium lite though so I think I may get in a play or two more before trading.

All items below this are a result of poor impulse control.
 
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21. Board Game: Telestrations: 12 Player Party Pack [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:558]
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The first, and hopefully not too many, stray of the year. I did get this for my hard to please work group but it was at Goodwill for $3! Only thing missing was the rules which I already contacted the publisher about as they are not online and I really need a hard copy of the rules with this group.
 
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22. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:208]
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Well another for the work group. Got two used copies for the price of one. Not in the best box shape but all components are there so that is what matters. I think I'll have to split this across sessions but "saving" the game should be easy as I already have a ton of draw bags for each player.
 
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23. Board Game: Villannex [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:10221]
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Got it used for cheap after reading up on it, fits in my small box shelf so it's not kicking anything out.
 
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24. Board Game: Dogs of War [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:633]
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Not on my initial interest list this year or last but has been on the periphery. Pros are that no one I know has it, it looks like it is going out of print as Cool Mini or Not moves on and I got it at a discount for new. The bad part is the box is really big. Looks like I have to make good on selling or trading some other games.
 
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25. Board Game: Ethnos [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:244]
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Well this was another one from last year's list, but wasn't on my initial list for the year. Until I played it.

It plays so smoothly. I did get it on sale, but not the Amazon sale. Which is too bad because the components are not great at all price-wise.
 
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