What I learned while cleaning for Mothers Day . . .
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Tomorrow is Mothers Day in the US, and although my Mom is English, she (and my Dad) will be in town tomorrow.

My wife is an actor, and her production of "Two Gentlemen of Verona" closes tomorrow. Weeks back, she offered our apartment for the end of run cast party.

So, my folks and my Mother-in-Law will be over tomorrow morning for a pre-show brunch, then a horde of actors and crew-members will be descending on our home.

Needless to say, I've been cleaning all day.

Scrubbing the kitchen floor took longer than I could have believed. Unpacking the bags of second hand books we've accumulated over the last few weeks was daunting. But the biggest task (big surprise) was my pile of games . . .

I've been here at the Geek for a little over a year. When I began, I had a collection of about a dozen games. My count currently stands at 168!

So I split my games, which had spread out over most of the dining room, into three piles: Display, Discard and Play.

The first pile was easy - Cannon, my Icehouse sets, RftG, TtR, Carc. The games that have a place on the shelf, that I have easy access to. I actually have a decent amount of space, so most of the games went here.

The second pile was tougher, but I was ruthless. These are not games I'm getting rid of, just the ones that I am consigning to our storage room (which we call "New Jersey" because it wants to be a part of out apartment, but really isn't!). These are listed in the comments section.

I have a ludicrous number of games that I own but have not played. The list itself is not that. It is a selection of the games I uncovered today that I *must* get to a table (any table) before the end of the summer.

Enjoy, and feel free to tell me which games I'm an idiot for not getting to yet, which games I should have consigned to Jersey (Or the dumpster. Or eBay. Or whatever.), and how, generally, you are better people than me . . .
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Picked this up on eBay at least a couple of months back, after reading the raves here. My wife has no interest, but I *must* play it . . .
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One I have played once or twice, but not for a while. I felt bad sending the other 10 or 15 Cheapass games I own to Jersey, so I had to keep at least this one back.

The others all seem neat, but never saw play even before I started buying all these much, much prettier games . . .
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This game (along with the Icehouse Gaming System) is why I turned to BGG to begin with. Although I've only played a time or two online, it looks like it's really my cup of tea for face to face play. Again though, the space / dogfight themes are not going over well with my wife, and I tend to avoid 2-player games at Meetups . . .
 
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I received this in my first BGG trade, and luckily managed to get it played the very same day at a Meetup. I loved it, and haven't played since . . .
 
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Here is a game that I really expect my wife will enjoy, just as soon as she graduates her MFA program next week. The first of many, many Tanga purchases on this list.
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I got to play this at the very end of NonCon in February, and knew I had to own it. Now I do, but still can't get it to the table. I'm hoping I can have the same success with this game catching on at my Summer Camp as I did with Werewolf a few years back . . .
 
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Played this a number of times at Meetups, and think it would be a great gateway game. However, every time I've had people over to introduce them to games, I'm always more excited by other games, and this remains unplayed . . .
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Ubiquitous Tanga Trash that actually looks interesting. Gotta give this one a try before deciding one way or another . . .
 
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It's almost a shame that Tanga was effectively handing these out for free. Despite the awful reputation, this is a great little game that always seems to get passed up for something "cooler".

I hope I heve better luck with the non-gamers this summer who wouldn't know trash if it bit them on the Tanga . . .
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My one (2-player) game of this was a horror, but I've been assured that it plays well with more people. I'm commited to giving it another shot, but do I really need this *and* TtR?
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This one almost predates my geekhood, but I still haven't played it. It's coming to a Meetup in the very near future . . .
 
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I picked this up from the publisher's website after following a gogle ad from this site. I tried the game online, liked it, paid my money, received the neatly packaged game and even got the bonus of adding it to the BGG database. Since then, nothing . . .

Maybe if I took and posted some photos?

[Hmmmmmm. Seems like the only type of game *not* on this list is my beloved abstracts. Guess I have always made time / found opponents for them.]
 
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More Tanga fare that looks like a winner . . .
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Yup, sensing a pattern here . . .
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And again . . .

[Although I know I'll get plenty of play of this one eventually - seems everyone at my Meetup group has fallen for it hard.]
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Everybody has been too busy playing Hansa to give this one a try . . .
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So, although I also have owned and unplayed copies of 'Treasures and Traps' and 'Munchkin', this is the one I am dying to get to the table. I guess I just don't run with the RPG crowd I used to . . .
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Everybody raves about it, noone will play it with me . . .
 
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I've had a solo play though with these neat fantasy poker chips, and it's clear that there's a great litle hybrid (dexterity / strategy) game in here.

It's also clear that the product failed because it's a little too different to get anyone to try it . . .
 
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It might be that owning the "Fan Art" version of this has put me off trying it. I have the opponents this time, but so far not the drive.

This should change sooner rather than later . . .
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And now for a pair of shameful admissions. These next two games aren't even out of shrink yet. I bought this one cheap from RPGOverstock on the strength of some great reviews here. OK, I've only owned it a couple of weeks, but still in shrink?
 
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No excuse this time - I've owned this for months. Like that last bite of steak you're saving for last, this has been left unopened while other, lesser games get their day.

I'm a lost cause . . .
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