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So, last weekend I went to visit my girlfriend's family in California to attend her Grandfather's 80th Birthday party, that was attended by 100 of her closest family members. She has a user ID here as "AnnieHula", and many rated games.

They passed the microphone around to tell stories about personal experiences with her grandfather. They handed me the microphone, I told a story abot how Rusty & I shared a bowl of rum-soaked watermelon at a party and got rather snookered.

Annie, was sitting on the floor actively ignoring the whole microphone situation. I then made a short statement about how welcoming the family had always been to me, and how kind, etc. She was still on the floor playing with a baby. Finally I gave up, walked over to her, and she still ignored me.

Finally fed up with the active ignorance, I said (regrettably into the microphone) "Stand Up, Dorko." So, she did. I then said "I hate to steal your thunder, Rusty..." and then knelt and asked her to marry me. ninja

She said yes, or what I assumed to be a yes, as she cried into my tie.

This geeklist is a tribute to the games we like to play together, and the time I like to spend with her doing it.
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1. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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She loves her some Tichu. Sadly we almost never have a group of only 4. Great game, though.
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2. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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Caylus was pretty much the first gamer's game we really liked a lot "as a couple".
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3. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:613]
 
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This is one of our favorites. We were exposed to this game at the Tennessee Valley Game Days last year, and we got in the car when we left and she proudly announced that she "wanted that game".

I was so proud. /sniff
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4. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:185]
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Another Tennessee Valley Game Days exposure. We sat down and played this, and were a little underwhelmed, but I was intrigued. I purchased a copy for the house, and she has since won most of the games we've played since. She's a silent killer.
 
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5. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:75]
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Also after Tennessee Valley Game Days, we both agreed that we loved Crokinole. We got ourselves a Crokinole board shortly thereafter. Its gorgeous and we don't play it enough.
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6. Board Game: Catan: Portable Edition [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1477]
 
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We like to camp, and have taken SoC Travel on multiple trips. This is nice and relaxing while out in the wilderness, and still rather engaging.
 
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7. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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You knew this one had to be on the list. Fun short little game.
 
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8. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
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Cute beans, card game, what's not to like? If I had to guess I would probably guess that this is her favorite.
 
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9. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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Probably the heaviest game we enjoy together. Though we both agree we like it a bit better without the cards "Family Style"
 
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10. Board Game: Pick & Pack [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:2658]
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I gave her this for Christmas. She promptly beat me at it. Great couples game.
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11. Board Game: Money! [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1419]
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One of our more current addictions, she has yet to beat me at this one, however. Rar.
 
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12. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:621]
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Great game. This doesn't get enough play as I'm a little averse to it. Sorry honey. I'll try harder.
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13. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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We haven't played this one in too long. I miss my old friend Power Grid.
 
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She played in one PBEM Diplomacy game. That was ill-fated.
 
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