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This is for any newly married gamer. I took the Traditional Anniversary Gift list and equated each item to a game (or in the case with #1, something a gamer would want). Maybe you could “conveniently” leave this list somewhere where your significant other would find it.

Some things on the list don’t readily conjure up an appropriate game so I had to take some artistic liberties. (Actually, in most cases not some cases). If I thought there was more than one game that would fit the qualification, I tried to choose the highest rated game. Family games also factor highly in this list.

(I got this idea from someone who mentioned it in another geeklist but I don't remember who)

So here’s the list:
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1. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Magazine [Average Rating:6.58 Unranked]
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Which Anniversary: 1
Traditional Gift: Paper

Explanation: While quite a few good games can be linked to paper, I decided for a first anniversary to go with a subscription to GAMES Magazine.
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2. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:34]
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Which Anniversary: 2
Traditional Gift: Cotton

Explanation: One of the goals in Brass is to build cotton mills, and a list of contents includes cotton mill counters and cotton mill cards.
 
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3. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:492] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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Which anniversary: 3
Traditional Gift: Leather

Explanation: Now we come to a little stretch in plausibility. One of the wares in Jambo is furs, which is close to leather right? Plus this is a very fun 2-player game that would please any new couple.
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4. Board Game: Flowerpower [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:2426]
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Which Anniversary: 4
Traditional Gift: Flowers

Explanation: Another 2-player game and one that fits in well with the theme.
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5. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Which Anniversary: 5
Traditional Gift: Wood

Explanation: One of the resources in the game is timber, often referred to by players as wood. You can "trade" your wood/timber for free to your spouse during the game if you want to stay closer to tradition.
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6. Board Game: Tide of Iron [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:582]
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Which Anniversary: 6
Traditional Gift: Iron

Explanation: Well this is one of the easy ones to explain how this consists of giving the gift of iron. Though I'm not sure how many couples would enjoy this game.
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7. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
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Which Anniversary: 7
Traditional Gift: Wool

Explanation: In this game you play a farmer, and one of the things you can do is raise sheep. I assume any sheep farmer's goal is to get wool . . . so Agricola gets the "wool" spot. Plus, who's going to argue having Agricola on a gift list?
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8. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:26]
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Which Anniversary: 8
Traditional Gift: Bronze

Explanation: One of the resources in the game is bronze. Any top ten games that I can fit into this list I will.
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9. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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Which Anniversary: 9
Traditional Gift: Pottery

Explanation: One of the dynasties is the pottery dynasty.
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10. Board Game: BANG! The Bullet! [Average Rating:6.96 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.96 Unranked]
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Which Anniversary: 10
Traditional Gift: Tin

Explanation: This edition comes in a tin "bullet." In my opinion this is a very fun family game.
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11. Board Game: Toledo [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:2115]
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Which Anniversary: 11
Traditional Gift: Steel

Explanation: In this game players try to acquire steel to forge the best swords. Plus, I'm from Toledo, OH so I had to get this game on my first list.
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12. Board Game: Genoa [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:497]
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Which Anniversary: 12
Traditional Gift: Linen

Explanation: Linen is one of the wares players can trade in this game. Like Settlers of Catan with wood, if you want to be literal you can actually give your spouse linen in this game.
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13. Board Game: Clash of Monarchs [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:2926]
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Which Anniversary: 13
Traditional Gift: Lace

Explanation: Lace was a tough one. In this game one of the Prussian cards talks about "lady's lace gloves"; and even though it's a wargame it looks like it would be fun as a family game. (I suppose this might have been a good time for the obligatory Busen Memo appearance)
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14. Board Game: Taj Mahal [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:306]
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Which Anniversary: 14
Traditional Gift: Ivory

Explanation: Here's another little stretch in plausibility. Players play elephant cards to win influence in different regions. So I figured elephants = ivory, right?
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15. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:879]
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Which Anniversary: 15
Traditional Gift: Crystal

Explanation: Back to another 2-player game finally. In this game the victory points are crystals.
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16. Board Game: China [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:628]
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Which Anniversary: 20
Traditional Gift: China

Explanation: Really, you need an explanation? Though this may not be what some people have in mind when you tell them you got china for your anniversary.
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17. Board Game: Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:133]
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Which Anniversary: 25
Traditional Gift: Silver

Explanation: One of the goods in this game is silver. Hopefully your family has grown enough by now to enjoy this game with you and your spouse.
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18. Board Game: Aladdin's Dragons [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:839]
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Which Anniversary: 30
Traditional Gift: Pearl

Explanation: This game has different gems including pearls. Another one that's fun with more players.
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19. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:487]
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Which Anniversary: 35
Traditional Gift: Coral

Explanation: Well, the game is about life on a coral reef, so it seemed to fit perfectly.
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20. Board Game: Queen's Necklace [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1701]
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Which Anniversary: 40
Traditional Gift: Ruby

Explanation: This game has different gems including rubies. It's also not a long game which is probably a good thing by your 40th anniversary.
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21. Board Game: The Scepter of Zavandor [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:841]
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Which Anniversary: 45
Traditional Gift: Sapphire

Explanation: Once again, this game has different gems including sapphires. As a side note, it's one of the highest rated games I've never heard of.
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22. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:612]
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Which Anniversary: 50
Traditional Gift: Gold

Explanation: This is another obvious one, though you may be tired of games at this age.
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23. Board Game: Emerald [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2242]
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Which Anniversary: 55
Traditional Gift: Emerald

Explanation: This is a very fun family game, but good luck even reading the directions at this point.
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