Our Biggest Ever Games Order!
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Not that we do it too often - but when you're buying games from overseas you may as well buy up big to save on postage. Even with the ridiculous postage rates from North America to Australia we saved a bunch (33%-50%) depending on the game by buying from overseas. Its a shame but that's the way it is. There are 32 games and expansions in total. Far more than I was expecting when I asked if anyone was interested in putting in an order.

There were 7 people (3 of us are BGG users) who paid for games in this order - and a number of games were bought as gifts for other (non-gaming) friends. These were 2 player or gateway games.

Also a big thanks to Tracy and Fairplay games who did a great job. They have an excellent response time on emails, communicate well, found the cheapest postage option for us, everything arrived here well packaged, undamaged and super quick (6 days!). Go ahead and use them - we weren't disappointed!

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1. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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The reason for the order in the first place. I've wanted to play this for a while and have seen this in Sydney for $55-70. Well for a card game that is even more excessive than the US asking price so overseas we went. The relative strength of the AUD against the greenback was another reason also.

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2. Board Game: Zooloretto [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:606] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
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One to play with my wife and the gaming group.
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3. Board Game: Zooloretto: Polar Bear [Average Rating:6.55 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.55 Unranked]
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Having gotten Zooloretto already and played it a number of times I felt it could use something more and so since we were waiting for the rest of our order (preorder items=Agricola) to arrive I decided to grab the Zooloretto expansions too. The Polar Bear is one of 5 in the pack.
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4. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:348]
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5. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:216]
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In our group between us we have a number of the Alea big box series and this is a natural fit.
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6. Board Game: Blue Moon City [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:494]
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Bought unplayed & unseen.
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7. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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The one that held up some of our order. Great to finally have it all come, and now we can't wait to get into all these new games!
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8. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:230]
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Bought unplayed. I think we're all happy this one made the order.
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9. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:158]
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This one came out of left field. I wasn't expecting this to be ordered, but I'm glad it was. I haven't played such a complex (or Euro style) 2 player game before. It's wet my appetite for Twilight Struggle.
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10. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:393]
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Now, this is interesting. None of us planned this, but most of the guys that put in as a part of this order bought a game that has won the Spiel des Jahres at some point and in some way.

These games are:
2008 Agricola (special award for Complex game)
2007 Zooloretto
2006 Thurn and Taxis
2006 Shadows over Camelot (Special Award for "Fantasy Game")
2004 Ticket to Ride
2003 Alhambra
2001 Carcassonne (2 expansions of)
1995 Settlers of Catan, The (& C&K)
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11. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:317]
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The first co-op game I've played. Having played this I can't wait to get into Pandemic.
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12. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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Let the diseases begin!
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13. Board Game: Fjords [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1095]
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x3. Like some of the other games (below) we purchased some as gifts for friends but mostly because we wanted good two player games to play with our wives (and possibly kids).

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14. Board Game: Balloon Cup [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:903]
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x4! Similar to Fjords: some as gifts but mostly for the spouses.
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15. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Switzerland [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
 
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x2 - one of them for a big TTR fan who bought one of each of the TTR games on this list.
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16. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:91] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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x2 - 1 as a gift, 1 for a TTR fan.
 
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17. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: USA 1910 [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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Apparently improves an already great base game. On my list to play.
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18. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Our TTR fan bought this for a non-gamer as a gift. Hope they like it.
 
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19. Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 2 – Traders & Builders [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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The 2 best Carc expansions IMO.
 
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20. Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 1 – Inns & Cathedrals [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
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21. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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An oldy but a goody - this is the one that got most of the guys in our group into gaming in the first place. One of us didn't have it so here it is in our order.
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22. Board Game: Catan: Cities & Knights [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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The best of the Settlers expansions IMO. I've had this for years and still enjoy it. (I haven't played T&B yet though).
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23. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
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Once Uberplay went under I decided not to delay on this.
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24. Board Game: Turn the Tide [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:916]
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A nice little filler. AND it has sheep.... getting wet.
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25. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:482]
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Another well liked filler. Some prefer it to it's bigger cousin Zooloretto.
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