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MSV Burns
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All this Secret Santa business has got me thinking about my wishlist in specific and about presents in general. What makes for a great gift?

When I think back on the truly memorable presents I've received, they seem to share a kind of common profile: They're all things that I sort of vaguely wanted but probably wouldn't have got around to getting for myself. And once received, they proved themselves useful over and over again, making me think, "Why haven't I always had this?"

So how can this idea translate to games? What games are out there that I want, but that I don't know that I want?

We know about the BGG Top 50ish 'classics': Puerto Rico, Power Grid, Tichu et al.

We know about the hot recent (or upcoming) releases: Stone Age, Le Havre, Pandemic and friends.

We know a little about the quirky niche-fillers/curiosities: Polarity, Loupin' Louie, 1,000 Blank White Cards and whatnot.

But there seems to be so much more out there. There's about a gajillion games in the database and I'm familiar with at most a couple hundred. I bet there's plenty of folks in the same situation.

So those of you who've played game after game after game, tell us about that great storytelling game that never gets geeklisted. Tell us about that wargame that transcends hex 'n counter in a startling new way. Tell us about the party game that's under-appreciated yet hilarious under the right circumstances.

I want options for Santa.

Please add games to this list that are good candidates for Secret Santa. Games that are fun, relatively available, reasonably priced (Use Ticket to Ride as an example is the guideline, I believe) and off the beaten path.

Thanks in advance! Here's hoping this makes many wishlists richer...arrrh
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1. Board Game: Silverton [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:1387]
MSV Burns
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Here's a little something to get the ball rolling.

I happened onto this game when plowing through the 1,000 top rated games, looking for things to round out my wishlist. It seems intriguing, perhaps a fun little train game, just not one of the heavyweights of the genre.

(Or it could stink, but I digress...)

Perhaps I ought to stick it onto the wishlist. Ought I?

Please share games on this list that you think should get more attention, and that people would be happy to get from Santa.
 
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2. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:314]
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I would add Pitchcar or its little brother, PitchCar Mini, to the wishlist. Its an insanely fun game that can be enjoyed by all ages but a game that many might hesitate to buy as its not a traditional game. Perfect for a Secret Santa toy/game giving.
 
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3. Board Game: Rat-a-Tat Cat [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2452]
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For geeks with young children (mine play as young as 3.5, and I don't think this is a stretch), this game works well. There's hidden information, number remembering, and cute pictures of cats and rats. It's a game I can play many times with my children, and not become brain-dead.

And it's cheap.
 
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