What to get for my birthday?
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Well, I've been a registered member here for several years, developed a collection of about 70 games and have never contributed to BGG other than the occasional comment. I figured the subject of my upcoming birthday would be suitable as I'm facing a bit of a dilemma. I thought the community might help me through it.

When I first discovered REAL boardgames, I bought games in large sets, mostly to get cheap shipping, or take advantage of actually being IN my FLGS, which is 500 miles away as the crow flies... This was fine as my wife and I were making a reasonable amount of money and had very low expenses. Since our baby girl arrived last year, my purchasing has been cut to almost nil. I now buy nothing at Xmas (though my wife totally surprised me with Reef Encounter!), and will only buy a couple for my birthday (depending on what gifts I might be lucky to receive).

Here is where the problem comes. My wishlist is constantly about fifty games long, and it seems that when I buy one game I add two of three more before the next purchase. So when my birthday arrives April 14th, I really don't know what to get. My list is organized arbitrarily according to some combination of desire to play, degree to which I have succumbed to hype, how different the game is from others in my collection and how likely my wife will play. That last explains a lot of the 2 player games on the list.

Now, I'm posting my list here and asking for your help; I will buy the game that has the most votes on my birthday, April 14 at 12 noon MDT, with the following conditions:

1. The game must be available at my FLGS (special order is fine)
2. The game must cost less than $75CDN (I am on a budget...)
3. In the case of ties, I get to pick...


I'll post the results and a session of the first game when everything arrives.

Enough rambling! On with the list:

Very late update: I did end up buying Pandemic, but not until the following summer, as my gaming budget was slashed drastically. Thanks to the few that took the time to play!
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This went to the top of the list once I watched Scott Nicholson's video and actually understood how the game works. I'm very excited about having this one and will most likely add it the the collection in addition to what gets the most votes... My wife is not excited about this!
 
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I'm a professional pilot and WWII stories were my favourite as a kid. I did reports on the Battle of Britain in Junior High. This game is like a dream for me. I've been talking this one up to my wife, but she's not really into it. I'm pretty sure she'll be drawn in by the fancy bits...
 
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It's a classic and I really don't have enough from the Good Doctor. I love his simplicity and can get over the thematic implausibilities if the play is enjoyable.
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I'm giving in to the hype on this one. Also I don't have any fully co-op games and I think my game group would enjoy it.
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5. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:845]
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Not much to say about this. It's been on the list for a while. I like the simplicity and room for depth in a light game.
 
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6. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:179]
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Looks great, enjoy the logic behind forcing points, but worry my wife would rather play Lost Cities, at which she regularly destroys me...
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7. Board Game: Duell [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:3103]
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Again, nice simple game, looks like good filler for a rainy day or while the baby's napping.
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I'm not much for abstracts, as I enjoy thematic elements, but again, Knizia's play is so intriguing. My wife is very interested in this one, too.
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This one is just so different than anything I've got, I thought it would make a great addition. Sounds like a lot of fun.
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Werewolf is a big hit with my group, but we don't get the opportunity to play it, as we rarely have enough people to play. I thought this would be a good alternative for smaller groups.
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Again, I'm a sucker for flying games. Most of my friends are pilots too so this would go over very well, especially with a few extra sets... Wife is not so interested.
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This one's been on here for a while, mostly because I can't seen to get my hands on a copy. Looks great, I'm a big fan of Breese's designs.
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Another game completely unlike anything I've got. That's pretty much why it's here.
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Just added this recently, wife is skeptical that a 2 player deduction game would work that well. I'm pretty sure she'll like it.
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I really appreciate Knizia's take on CCGs. I've never played Magic, but I know the mechanics and the methods involved, but I've never wanted to dump money into a collectable game. This seems like the perfect thing, if I can keep from getting all the expansions!
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Well, this one just caught my attention for being so convoluted, but I thought a "complex" 2 player game would be good for the collection.
 
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Another game to fill a gap in the collection. Been in here for a while, but always seems to be supplanted by something more pressing...
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A civ builder without dice - even my wife is interested. I actually don't know why it's this low on the list, now that I look at it again...
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I know, OOP and no reprinting in sight. It's just here to taunt me.
 
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More Knizia! Looks great, interesting auction mechanic. And again, fills a gap...
 
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21. Board Game: Clans [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1138]
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Pretty excited about this, too. I love this type of game, where you have to bluff, basically, the entire time. I think my game group would like it too.
 
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22. Board Game: Show Manager [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1034]
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I know this is OOP and people don't like the caricature art and all that, but I think it looks good. Since you can't really find it, Atlantic Star is a possibility, too.
 
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23. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:523]
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I really like the "screw your neighbour at your own risk" aspect of this one. I know my group likes a game where everyone walks right up to that line and dares each other to start something. Usually my wife starts it. Nice.
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24. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:574]
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I need some filler too. I love medium to heavy euros, but that's a little taxing for my group after a few sessions...
 
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Looks great, lots of bluffing and doublethinking. I'm sure my group would like it.
 
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