The Weekend of MAN!!!!!!!
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Bianca had a business trip to Germany, so I was a free man from Wednesday night up until Sunday afternoon. I had planned to have a manly weekend and get in rediculous amounts of fun. Based on what I did, I'd say it was mission accomplished!
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1. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
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Bianca's plane left Wednesday afternoon. Our usual game group meets on Wednesday night and since I hadn't attended in forever, it seemed like a good chance to go. Boy was I right! We played 2 games of Through the Desert which is one of my absolute favorites. We also played Citadels which I'm not particularly fond of and a team game of Ingenious which was rediculously close.

All in all it was a great night of games. Our group never plays the same game twice in a session unless its a filler, so playing 2 games of one of my absolute favorites was terrific.
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2. Board Game: With Rucksack and Guitar [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Since I had nobody to go home to, I decided to stay at work late and hang out with one of my best friends who I work with. Ian is learning to play the guitar so I gave him 2 hours worth of lessons. It was really nice to spend some time with the guy outside of work hours and to get back to playing the guitar. I've been neglecting it for the past year, but its nice to know I can still play when I want to.
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3. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:134]
 
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My friend Erik and I had been planning to play Hannibal for some time. I've been studying the rules since I got it to make sure I was ready for action. So on Friday, we finally got our chance to play. After about 3 hours, we were done with 6 turns. He was playing as Carthage and had just seen Hannibal fall to Scipio Africanus and Nero in northern Italy. The tide was probably going to turn though because he was about to launch a naval invasion on souther italy with Gisgo and Mago. We decided to break and head out to a barbecue, so we left the game set up so we could finish on Saturday afternoon.
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4. Board Game: Deluxe Pass the Pigs [Average Rating:5.50 Overall Rank:13473]
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For the afternoon, Erik and I headed out to our friend Vinny's house for a pig roast. If you've never been to a pig roast, you're missing out. I ate so much pork I thought I was going to have a stroke. We basically hung out for the afternoon with some friends I don't see very often and drank some beers. Vinny also showed us his guitar collection which made me completely and utterly jealous.
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5. Board Game: Great Alaskan Clean-Up [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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Well it wasn't Alaska, but I decided to clean up my apartment so it would be all shiny for when Bianca came home. I threw out boxes, de-funked the kitchen, and even scrubbed the bathroom. Somewhere along the way, I stacked a couple game boxes next to Hannibal. In a flash, my fat ass knocked them down right onto the board! I briefly thought "Its okay, I can fix this" but reality soon came crashing down and I realized that there was no repairing what I did. The PCs were scattered and everything was knocked out of place. I was mildly bummed, but at least that gives me a good excuse to start again.
 
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6. Board Game: Warriors of God [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:1039]
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My friend Kevin came over Saturday afternoon to play Warriors of God. Again, I've studied the rules to make sure I knew what was up. We were able to get playing pretty quickly. It seemed like Kevin had a good lead, but then I got this French leader on the board. I can't remember his name, but he was a 4 Bravery rating and a 3 Battle rating. If you've never played WoG you'll have to trust me that he's rediculously powerful. I wiped the map of English leaders in no time flat. We had a knock-down-drag-out battle in England in which Mr. Frenchie came away unscathed while capturing 4 English leaders. That was enough to end the game as I scored 14 victory points over the next 2 turns. It was just rediculous.

I really liked the game, even more when I found out that I had played 2 rules wrong which would probably have changed things a bit. Also, there's a lot more depth that is first apparent. Seiging seemed pointless when reading the rules, but in hindsight, it may prove to be very powerful. I can't wait to break this one out again.
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7. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:412]
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After Warriors of God, Kevin and I busted out Mr. Jack. I started as Jack and met a quick end. We then switched roles and Kevin lost as Jack too. I've still not won a game as Jack. Its really quite difficult, but its a challenge I enjoy. This is a terrific game that I don't play nearly enough.
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8. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:156] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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After Kevin left, Erik and I hung out again. We drove to our FLGS and bought a couple Magic pre-constructed decks. For me, this is the ultimate way to play Magic. You get decks that are reasonably even and balanced and you don't have to buy pack after pack to get cards you need. For playing casually, there's no better way than this.

While playing Magic, we watched Cobb, the movie about Ty Cobb's life starring Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Wuhl. It was a really entertaining story. Ty Cobb was one weird guy. Thats putting it mildly.
 
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9. Board Game: Sound Effects [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Erik happens to have a really nice TV and surround sound system. I also have a surround system, but I never ran the speakers so I had been listening to half-assed sound. Hanging out at Erik's house prompted me to finally run my wires so thats what I did Sunday morning. Wow, what a difference! It's so much better that I can't imagine why I didn't do this before. Now I just need the TV to match it.

I was going to play Field Commander: Rommel while watching First Blood Part II, but I got so engrossed in the movie I forgot to play the game!
 
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10. Board Game: Mario Andretti's Racing Rage [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Over the course of this weekend, I played waaaaaaay too much Mario Kart for the Wii. I'm addicted. I've now got gold on all the 50 and 100 cups and gold in 3 of the 150s. I was really angry about the Wii for a long time because there was nothing good coming out. Mario Kart has completely changed that and has single-handedly given me a reason to use my Wii far too much.
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11. Board Game: Ubongo: Duel [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1578]
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At last, Bianca was home! It was so nice to have her back. I certainly enjoyed my man time, but there's nothing quite like having your woman there with you.

So what good is a trip to Germany without games? No good! So Bianca brought home Ubongo Das Duell and Ubongo BMM. Now our Ubongo collection is complete.
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12. Board Game: Totensonntag [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:3566]
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I had hoped to play a few more wargames this weekend that didn't quite happen. Corps Command: Totensonntag was one of them, but I have hopes that I may be able to get Bianca interested in this one because the rules are so simple. I also picked up Wings of War: Burning Drachens the other day but I didn't get to play that either. Lastly, Field Commander Rommel didn't get played, although its set up and ready to go. I'll probably start playing through the Ghost Division scenario tonight.
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