Games to play with my brother and friend
Arden Nelson Jr.
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My brother has suggested playing board games again and perhaps inviting another mutual friend as well. This list will be the games I plan to try with them first as well as mention games that could come up later if the ones listed end up working. Thus, I need to find some good three player games but I would imagine that two player games would also work if I'm ever playing a game with only my brother. Most likely we'll be gaming at my brother's house after the kids are in bed so after 8 PM. Thus, Three hours is a likely maximum for our gaming sessions. They're both more night owls than I am but that's a reasonable estimate.
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1. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:699]
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This is actually the game that inspired this list in a way. I was having lunch with my brother's family today and mentioned that I had tested out this game and thought it would be a great game. He knew that it was a gift from grandma. "We should invite (our friend) and try that sometime." "That would be awesome!"
 
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2. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:336]
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We should be able to finish a game in about an hour. They can learn it quickly and get playing the game. Sci Fi is a hit for the three of us but I have a feeling that WW2 more of a hit.

I can't really think of another game that this one could lead towards. But it might create a hunger for some historically based games which follow.
 
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3. Board Game: Cowboys: The Way of the Gun [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:3996]
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This one should be perfect though my guess is it will work better with two than three since the scenarios are generally one side against another side. I do believe there are some "every man for himself" sorts of scenarios but I would guess that those would work best with more than just three players.

This could lead to some slightly heavier tactical game or even miniatures game systems.
 
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4. Board Game: Battleground [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1743] [Average Rating:6.96 Unranked]
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This one should be perfect because we love fantasy and it would be a different kind of game play from what we are used to. I really hope they like this one. I'm guessing that our first game will take a couple of hours. I know my brother will want to be the Dwarves. If we end up liking it I'm sure I'll need to pick up the Dwarf expansion deck at some point. I lean towards Orcs vs Dwarves for the first battle. Elves of Ravenwood are another possibility.

My only real concern at this point would be how long it is likely to take at least at first. I would love for this one to come to the table frequently. It would make a good game to play on the days when we don't play Lord of the Rings but would still have some of that same fantasy feel.
 
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5. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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The mechanics of the game might seem a little bit funny to the at first but they both love WW2 history. It is a bit light for my tastes compared to the other games Mr. Borg has created though this is still a fine game.

This could easily lead to BattleLore and Commands & Colors: Ancients which we should love all three of these games.
 
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6. Board Game: Quebec 1759 [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2021]
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I used to play Stratego against my brother when I was younger. This is certainly an upgrade on that kind of game play. This included historical information is just great. It really added to my appreciation for the game and for what happened in history.

This one might be a little bit tougher of a sell so I won't bring it the first night but only after they trust what I'm offering. It could easily lead to Hammer of the Scots which is a theme that both of them would absolutely love.
 
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7. Board Game: Pirate's Cove [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1020]
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This would probably be a great group to bring this one out. Actually my only worry with this one is that we might start laughing loudly and that could wake up the kids or my brother's wife. That of course is a nice problem.
 
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8. Board Game: Lightning: Midway – June 4th to June 6th, 1942 [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:4023]
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This would be best when it is only two. I could see us playing this after we have watched the old movie made about this battle. Actually we might even play the game first and then watch the movie. It will be "deja vu all over again!"
 
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9. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
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This one is a personal favorite of mine though I'm not sure how it will go over with them. They'll probably be fine with it but I'm not sure they'll love it. Thus, this one will only come out after some more sueccess. I hope they like it.
 
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10. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
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This is an auction game that works great with three players. It really wouldn't work with just two.

If this ends up being a hit with the group other auction games that are a little bit meatier could follow.

1. Ra - one of my few 10's. It is quite a jump to go from For Sale to Ra but it is doable.
 
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11. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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This is a great opener or closer for the evening. It is so small that I can easily bring this one with me all the time.
 
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