This is just to say...
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There is a famous poem by William Carlos Williams, "This is Just to Say," written as though it were a note on a refrigerator:

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold



This poem is often used as inspiration for variance, so why not via board games?
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1. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
Eric Flood
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I have placed
the robber
upon a hex
which you need

and have taken
your last card
you had the only
certain ore

A new soldier
I now have
And soon
Your largest army
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2. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:140]
Eric Flood
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I now have
control of France
Taxation
only a turn away

You needed
the money
to keep
control

Forgive me
but Germany
was really
making me mad
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3. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:97] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
Eric Flood
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That red cube
I moved it
to Chicago
for 5 points

I know that
it had plans
for arrival
in New York

Take solace
that my
income will
reduce
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4. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:215]
Aaron Tubb
United States
Fuquay Varina
NC
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We had a
great time playing
your old copy of
Dune togetehr

and then
I spilled
all my coffee
on it

Forgive me
I simply
do not know
what I'm doing
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5. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
Anthony Simons
United Kingdom
Royal Wootton Bassett
Wiltshire
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I think
you might take
the Mayor
next turn

and force
a premature
end
to the game

so I'm shipping
with the Captain
to earn
extra points

I wish
instead
I had taken
the Builder
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6. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:98]
Aaron Tubb
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Fuquay Varina
NC
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I put your copy of
Commands & Colors
in a barrel
and set fire to it

I am sorry
but I was bored
and I had
nothing to do

and its
wooden bits
were just
so inviting
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7. Board Game: Risk: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Edition [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1716]
Aaron Tubb
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I took your copy of
Lord of the Rings Risk
and crushed it
in a trash compactor

and then I melted
all the plastic
and burned the remains
in a kerosene fire

Forgive me
I just don't
feel like playing
it right now
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8. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
 
Justin Morse
United States
Falmouth
Maine
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I have eaten
the heroes
that were lost
in time and space

with which
you were probably
hoping
to triumph

forgive me
they were delicious
so tender
and so juicy
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9. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
Dominic Crapuchettes
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Bethesda
MD
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First there was Hearts, then there was Spades, and now we bring you Clubs. The suit of clubs finally gets some respect!
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I made a fence
with the wood
that was near
your house

and which
you probably wanted
for an extension
to your small home

Forgive my
pretentious sheep
who refuse to live
with a boar
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10. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:102]
Justin Morse
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I have killed
your leader
who was in
a broken state

and which
you were probably
hoping
to rally

forgive me
he was dangerous
2 command
and 8 morale
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11. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
Blorb Plorbst
United States
Bloomington
Indiana
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I think we're all bozos on this bus.
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I have outbid
you for the
Geothermal plant
in step three

which you
clearly need
to build out
to seventeen

Forgive me
I'm in the
same boat and
there's no coal.
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12. Board Game: Gulo Gulo [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:945]
Rob
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After our
last game
which you
always win

Because you
have small fingers
and steady
dextrous hands

I forgot to
pick it up
and the dog
chewed it to pieces
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13. Board Game: Tic-Tac-Toe [Average Rating:2.61 Overall Rank:15327]
Robert Wesley
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Washington
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I have "ticked" OFF
your 'tact'
and don't
you know?

the midst
has been gotten
while this t'weren't
for show

the end
is nigh
and so
you've been "Toe'd"!
robot
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14. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
Frederico Santos
Portugal
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i have placed
my trains
on the line
before yours

and which
you were probably
saving
for the big ticket

forgive me
my color is delicious
so sweet
and so cold
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15. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:500]
Patrick Korner
Canada
Coquitlam
British Columbia
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I've chosen
not
to support your
attack

Recall
your forgetfulness
two seasons
ago

Revenge is most
delicious
when served
cold
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16. Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:219]
Breno K.
Brazil
Brasília
Distrito Federal
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I have placed
my dragon
in the food action
on the board

which you
were probably
hoping you'd
get it for free

Forgive me
I already had enough
it was so delicious
so tasty, so warm.
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17. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:209] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
Tom Grant
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Washington
DC
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I dumped all the
counters from your
Advanced Squad
Leader set

Out of all
the neatly-
organized
Plano

I just
had to see
how big the
pile would be

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18. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
Brad
United States
Iowa City
Iowa
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This is just to say...

we both turned
over the settle
action card for
this phase

you are short
one card to
settle because you
thought I would explore

forgive me
but I am also
one card short because
you were supposed to explore
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19. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:148]
Kurt R
United States
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
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All life is only a set of pictures in the brain, among which there is no difference betwixt those born of real things and those born of inward dreamings, and no cause to value the one above the other.
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i know you
need more time
to move VPs
into your vault

and what i’m
doing next
will make you utter
“Yuck! Few!”

forgive me, i’m building
the catacombs
so over
and so done

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20. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
M. B.
Italy
Faenza
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I have taken
the card
that was
in first place

and wich
you were probably
hoping
to buy

Forgive me
it was very good
to take one gold
for one wood
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21. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:120]
 
Hunga Dunga
Canada
Coquitlam
British Columbia
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this is just to say
I have been waiting patiently
avoiding your glance

surrounding your stones
ready to kill
one of your eyes

walls will tumble
groups will dissolve
I...oh, shit...


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22. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
Antonis Matakos
Greece
Σέρρες
Serres
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I have stolen
the gold
that you gathered
slowly

and which
you were probably
saving
for building

Forgive me
but you were the merchant
so rich
and so tempting
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23. Board Game: Zombie in my Pocket [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2425]
Jeremiah Lee
United States
Milan
MI
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I have designed
the zombie game
that you print
and play

And which
you were hopefully
enjoying
by yourself

Forgive me
minus one health
that bat
pooped in your eye.
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24. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
Paul Szilagyi
United States
Parma
Ohio
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I just played
The ten card
From your arctic
Adventure

And now you
Can't possibly
Recoup all your
Backers

I'm sorry,
I had to.
Can we still cuddle?
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25. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:206]
Bruce Baskir
United States
Missouri
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I have just bought
The last block
Of Luxor

and which
you were probably
hoping to purchase
next turn

Forgive me
Minority bonus
is so sweet
and juicy
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