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Four old fogey gamers got together in a lake house in Conroe (just outside Houston) to enjoy some fellowship, gaming, BBQ and poker chips. Let this be a catalog of those experiences!
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1. Board Game: Double Quick [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:10468]
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We'd been talking around the plan for a while, but once all the schedules were lined up, we chose a weekend pretty quickly. Thanks everyone!
 
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2. Board Game: Fire in the Lake [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:422]
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Greg was nice enough to offer up his family's lake house! How cool was that! And... he even agreed to give Mike and me (weenies) our own rooms to make it work out. That was pretty great.

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3. Board Game: Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:4998]
Board Game: Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game
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Mark and I played three games of Harry's during the flight. We played a three game series, I seem to recall I got 2 of the 3.

There's no way I could participate in any gaming that's under the "Geezerspiel" umbrella without playing this old favorite. Mark and I even found some new things to talk about in this old favorite. I think these three plays represented my 472nd, 473rd and 474th plays of the game.

This game fit the "unspoken" theme of baseball very well, of course. I ventured into enemy territory with full Dodger regalia, I'd like you to know! I'm fearless!
 
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4. Board Game: Medium [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:2235]
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Mark and I played this a few times while we dealt with the long wait for a rental car. As we're dynamic fun people, even other people in line started paying attention. Mark even gave one of his plays to a civilian (ironically enough, a serviceman) in line.

I thought this was a lot of fun, and figured I'd get it for my family. Thing is, my kids already knew the game, and had been playing the "parlor game" version of it for years! I think they played it out. So, we'll see.

Glad to have played it, though.
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5. Board Game: Excape [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2728]
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How fun was it to be greeted by old friends once Mark and I got there! Especially friends we hadn't seen for a long time!

Y'all were even accommodating enough to help with my need to wind down, and played Excape.

And, we neglected to point out that Excape makes you LEAP over other pieces when locking in your gamble!
 
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6. Board Game: Belratti [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:1721]
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I've got a problem with sleep, and new places, trips, gets my brain spinning, so, I slept in late. Thanks y'all for accommodating my nuttiness.

I believe this was my first play of Friday. This is a pretty great little co-op party game, that I think will get played for a long time. I don't know that it will get consistent play, but, it'll always be one to bring out for family events.
 
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7. Board Game: Times to Remember [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:6812]
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This was a pretty cool concept, which had me wondering the entire time how I could recreate it, in some way, with my Timeline cards. It would have to be "Music and Cinema", I think.

Regardless, real glad Greg brought this. It may be one of those games I never play again, but, this is exactly the kind of game I want to play at a Geezerspiel(tm). Quirky, fun, and one play is sufficient to my life (as opposed to games I suck at on a first play, and therefore need to play a few times to make it "worth it").
 
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8. Board Game: Wyatt Earp [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1064]
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What better a Texas game!? I can't say I'm good at this game, but as long as I'm not playing with sharky players, this is always a good time.

Was this the first game I started playing theme music to? I believe so, where I played "saloon music". Another thing great about y'all, you think theme music is fun!
 
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9. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:384] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
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An "outside" game! I think I mentioned that a thing I find happening often with Catan is that I get grumpy that I'm not doing well, then by the end of the game I realize, "well, I lost, but actually, did okay".

Hm... did this fit the "water" theme?
 
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10. Board Game: Medium [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:2235]
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Did we play this at "Bob's"? I can't recall. Or, was it outside?

Regardless, I don't remember playing it very long. Like I said, fun game!
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11. Board Game: Super BBQ Barbecue Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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"Bob's" was the restaurant of choice, and it was a pretty cool place. I regret that we didn't get a chance to play Greg's darts. But the banana pudding was good!
 
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12. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:483]
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This was one of the great "leap year" themes, due to the use of "time" in the game. Greg chose this, I think, as his game of the cabin.

It is a pretty neat game. It can get pretty frustrating if you end up on the wrong side of sand-luck. But, if you're playing correctly, you're digging enough to level out that randomness.

I'm sure you guys are disappointed that I neglected to play "Egyptian" music. Wouldn't that have been a hit! Or maybe just Steve Martin's "King Tut" over and over.
 
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13. Board Game: Keltis: Der Weg der Steine Mitbringspiel [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2806]
Board Game: Keltis: Der Weg der Steine Mitbringspiel
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A harmless little game, and a great filler I find. Easy to learn, quick to play.
 
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14. Board Game: Wavelength [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:622]
Board Game: Wavelength
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A cool "social experiment", that's for sure! Another "not sure how often I'd play it" kinda of game, but, sure was fun while playing it. Real glad I got a chance to. I can see playing this once a year.
 
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15. Board Game: First Contact [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:2630] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
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Was the most fun we had in this game making fun of the 'stupid ETs'? Maybe. The game certainly has an interesting idea behind it. I had fun playing it.

I'm wondering if it could be 'fixed' by allowing the aliens to do back to the humans the same thing the humans can do: show a few pictures and give a symbol. As the alien, I felt constrained by the inability to do this.

PLUS : Another lost opportunity to blast Egyptian music at you!
 
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16. Board Game: Straw [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:3855]
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Conned y'all into staying up later to play a quick round of this. I like it, super light. But, for a "just another Uno" kinda game, I think it has fun to it.

And... CLEARLY the "Reverse" cards fit the "Leap Year" theme!
 
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17. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:91] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
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Mike packed in ALL THOSE Dominion boxes to play, what, one game? Or, did we play two rounds?

Still a fav.

Thanks for staying up later, Mike!
 
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18. Board Game: Auf Teufel komm raus [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:3753]
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Having slept well, I was shocked to find I'd slept in until after 11a. Well, I got over my sleeping issue! Woke to play this, and had a hoot. What an interesting game! As Greg said, the wagering is a bit odd, but, it all works itself out. And, I had no problem with not catching on until the middle of the game.

Another great game for a Geezerspiel.

And... with a Baseball theme! Because, guess where all of the 2017 Astros are going???
 
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19. Board Game: Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:480]
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My "pick" of a game I wanted to make sure we played. I'd be lying if I didn't say my desire to hit the "h-index 32" range didn't impact my decision, but, it's just a fun game. And, a perfect game for our group, I felt.

Theme: Aurachs!
 
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20. Board Game: Tajuto [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:6434]
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Was this Greg's "wanna make sure we play it" game? I'm glad we did. A lot of other games would have the "feeling" part of the game seem awkward, but, it didn't. I liked it quite a bit!

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21. Board Game: That's a Question! [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:6874]
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If nothing else, I got some cool bits.

It did its job perfectly fine in these type of games. A "Get to know you" game, as I call them. A bit over-produced, but, it was free!
 
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22. Board Game: Giganten [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:2009]
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I'd never played, so I felt a bit at a loss. I think being able to play it, say, once every 2 or 3 years would help to have some level of familiarity with it, and raise my enjoyment factor.

This was Mark's "must play". I'm sure it was cool for him to get another play in, since he let his copy go years ago (or maybe he never had it?).

Oh man... I could have played "Beverly Hillbillies"!

Of course, this hit the "Texas" theme.

I think Mike is doing his "JR Ewing" impersonation here.
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23. Board Game: Shadows in the Forest [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:4767]
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I find myself saying over and over "another fun game to play every 5 years" kinda comments, but, it's true. These are the kinda games that make these things so fun! I can't see another opportunity to play such a game.

I think this was my favorite theme music! I grew up listening to that soundtrack over and over. Fun to hear it again with you guys.

I think Greg looks scarier then the game here.
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24. Board Game: The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:69]
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Hey, guess what, I know Hearts better than ANY OTHER THING ON THE PLANET.

Seriously, thanks for accommodating my surprisingly poor understanding of trick taking games, especially ones that involve Trump. I had a real good time with this!

This was our "upstairs" game. Was this the only one?

I think this hit the theme of "Leap Year", time, space....
 
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25. Board Game: Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:4998]
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I got Mike to stay up and play one more game. I hope he liked it!
 
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