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shannon rampe
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I just got a $500 bonus at work, and it's burning a hole in my pocket! I need some new games, but I can't figure out what to spend it on. Here in my geeklist, you can see the sorts of games in my collection and what I like about them. Then you can help me spend this cash to pad my collection!
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1. Board Game: Warhammer 40,000 (fifth edition) [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1878] [Average Rating:6.71 Unranked]
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I do love the tabletop wargames. Some friends and I have been playing 40k for a few months. We're house-ruling some of the stuff we don't like, and looking forward to the 5th edition. I will probably buy the new rulebook, and I'm thinking about padding my Space Marine army. Any recommendations here?
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2. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Basic Game [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:2190]
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I also play a lot of role-playing games. I'm starting up a game using the new 4th edition rules of D&D, but already have the 3 core rulebooks.

I also like Dark Heresy, Weapons of the Gods, Savage Worlds/Deadlands, Call of Cthulhu, and a little Hackmaster!
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3. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:317]
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We've recently been having a lot of fun playing this. Co-op games are great! A friend is buying Arkham Horror, which I've enjoyed before.

Lots of hype here over Pandemic... what do you think? Is it for me?
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4. Board Game: Colosseum [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:351]
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I enjoy the bidding, and the fun aspect of announcing your show. This is a big favorite at our house, though it can become repetetive after awhile.
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5. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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I absolutely love this game. It's probably my favorite Eurogame. I can't really get enough of it. Everyone else seems to like it as well. Any similar recommendations? How worthwhile are the expansions?
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6. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:47]
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My wife won't touch this with a 10' pole. My gamer friends love it (and so do I), but scheduling 8 hours to play is a bear!
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7. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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I like the heavy strategy of this game, but it often comes off as a little dry.
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8. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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This is always an old favorite - I like the action card mechanic. Features plenty of good strategy like Caylus, but with a little more flavor. This one can be a bear to teach to non-gamers. Also, how come people who don't know how to play always beat me!
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9. Board Game: Parthenon: Rise of the Aegean [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:2701]
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This one has been collecting dust for awhile. We recently broke it out for another round of play and had a blast!

Philosophy = Fun!
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10. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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This and Carcassonne are staple fall-backs for introducing our non-gamer friends to the joys of gaming.
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11. Board Game: Blue Moon City [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:494]
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We really like the cool art and theme of this game, but it leaves me lacking. Any recommendations for something with a similarly cool fantasy feel, but with a little more meat?
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12. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:91] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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Another pretty-good intro game. This one bores me quick. Strategy? What? Still, it remains popular with some of our friends...
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13. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:116]
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Strangely, I've been sitting on this for over a year without playing it. Is it really all its cracked up to be?
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14. Board Game: The War Game: World War II [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:7497]
 
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Well, for starters, this thing is $125 not inclusive of Shipping from it's Wargame site. That should eat up a LOT of your budget. You seem to get more games like this, or related to the Axis and Allies idea, though most of them are rated in the 6's or lower (War of the Ring, etc). Twilight Imperium has a combat sort of like these games, but of course has a higher dynamic which you like which is also found in Puerto Rico, which will lead me to the next game I'll suggest.
 
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15. Board Game: Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:135]
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This one I think you'll like. Not for the combat aspect, but more for the Euro aspect that you enjoy in both Twilight Imperium and Puerto Rico. Of course its always a gamble, but I think you'd appreciate this game.

And after that I think you should invest in 5th edition Space Marines...you know eventually everything will have to have 5th edition models since they HAVE to make more money...



For a complete group, dependant, I'd say you'd be looking at least at $250 for a new Space Marine Army. devil
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16. Board Game: BattleLore [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:252]
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This is my pick.
 
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17. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:389]
 
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Put in a preorder for this one -- it's $75 and includes about 7lbs of cardboard! I've only played one scenario, but the command system is really great!
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