Colo Spgs Gamers: White Elephant Night 12-18-07
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The CSBGers met the evening of 12/18 for some gaming and some game exchanging. We held a "white elephant" game exchange where everyone brought a game all wrapped up and we took turns choosing a gift or stealing a gift from someone. We had Brian, Tina, Ryan, Erissa, Joe, Jason, Karen, Larry, Shannon, Beth, and myself. We had quite a high female percentage this week (44%) and it showed as we had alot more interaction and conversation than we did soundless, concentrated gaming. Some of us even got into costume and did a little dance. I'm the one with the breasts. We actually did play some games: 6 Nimmt!, New England, Lifeboats, Samurai, Wiz War, were a few that were played. But the list below will recap the games that were exchanged.
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1. Board Game: Personal Preference [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:6096]
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This was a game that was stolen three times (the maximum). Beth ended up with it. There was quite a bit of anticipation when the game was finally unwrapped and everyone who actually had the game stolen from them breathed a sigh of relief they didn't end up with it. Beth was disgusted such a piece of crap could be deceptively wrapped so nicely.
 
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2. Board Game: Chinese Checkers [Average Rating:5.08 Overall Rank:15275]
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I haven't played this game since I was 10 (for good reason). But after getting "blessed" with this game, I now have the opportunity to relive those halcyon days of old. The set of chinese checkers is actually quite a nice set...so nice that it was designed to be displayed in your living room. Would it be a BGG sin to display such a game in your house?
 
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3. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:333]
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My vote for best gift of the night. I'll certainly be looking for gifts from this person next year. Brian was so excited when he got this game that he started taking the pieces out and arranging them in little heart shapes. We had to calm him down and have him put the game away.
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4. Board Game: Pit [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1353]
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We had two copies of this so we threw it into the mix. Ryan was the first to take this game and had the quote of the night, "If it's guaranteed to be crap, then I'm taking the smallest gift". Tina stole it from him, but he got it back and kept it.
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5. Board Game: Jaunty Jalopies [Average Rating:4.89 Overall Rank:13686]
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This game got my "what the hell is that" award. This was a game that seemed so obscure that I was surprised it even was listed on BGG. Tina was the fortunate recipient of this one and pretended to be really excited about it after opening it even though you could tell on the inside she was thinking "what a piece of crap".
 
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6. Board Game: Rules of the Game [Average Rating:3.89 Overall Rank:14703]
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This one couldn't have gone to a more unsuitable recipient. Joe apparently knows as much about sports trivia as Major League Baseball knows integrity. He actually refused to take this one home. We tried to sneak it into his car, but he figured it out before he left. I don't know what he did with it, so it might be sitting on the roof of my house for all I know.
 
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7. Board Game: Pente [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1411]
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One of the more decent games thrown into the mix. Brian and Tina brought this one and Shannon got it.
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8. Board Game: Law & Order Game [Average Rating:2.35 Overall Rank:15102]
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Jason couldn't believe how lucky he was to get this one. He was convinced it would become his family's new Christmas tradition to play this Law & Order game every Christmas Eve. We were all very happy for him and moved on.
 
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9. Board Game: The Stock Market Game [Average Rating:5.29 Overall Rank:14290]
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This was another game that we threw into the mix. I think my wife found this at a garage sale thinking it would be interesting. It never got played. Karen got this one. Her and Jason get my vote for worst deal. They got rid of one really crappy game, but left with two really crappy games.
 
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10. Board Game: An Enchanting Evening [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:13172]
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This one gets my vote for funniest game gift. I was really disappointed Joe didn't get this one. Beth and I had actually gotten this at a thrift out of curiosity and after playing it once gave it away at a separate white elephant gift party to Brian and Tina. Brian and Tina then brought it to our BGG party and Erissa was the lucky winner. Beth and I knew they were bringing it so we deliberatly kept our eyes open for their gifts when they arrived.
 
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11. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:621]
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We had an extra copy of this so we added this in. No one took this one because everyone was convinced it was Checkers or Connect 4 or something like that because of the box shape and the way it sounded when you shook it. Larry was pleasantly suprised when he opened it as he actually didn't already have this game despite his ridiculous collection of games.
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