Significant Things That Happened To Me While Waiting For My Thoughthammer Order To Ship
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On April 7th, I placed a free shipping worthy order with Thoughthammer. Four of the games were on pre-order, but considering they all had estimated in-stock dates of "April/May", I was confident it would ship soon.

I've never pre-ordered games before, so silly me thought April/May meant I would have the games in my hands sometime in late April or early May. Ah, the folly of the optimistic gamer.

Seven months, two weeks and 3 days later, I finally get the shipping notice in my inbox. Here are some of the major events to occur in my life between then and now. (Each item in this list is a game in the order.)
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1. 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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Got Married

The wedding was barely planned when I first submitted my order. Those final few months of planning felt like years.

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- Purchased at a discount as per ThoughtHammer's March Madness promotion.
- When I ordered this, TtR: Nordic Countries was assumed to be nothing more than a limited run for you Scandies out there. Who knew it would've been printed, shipped, and in the hands to Geeks worldwide in 7 months time?
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2. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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Sister-in-law Gave Birth To My Nephew

She wasn't even halfway pregnant when I placed my order. Now the kid is able to hold his own bottle and everything.
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3. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:172]
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Watched Goa Disappear From the Face of the Earth

Goa was in the original order, that is, until the expected in-stock dates progressed like so:

April/May
May
June/July
August
September
TBA

When it hit TBA, I immediately bought a shrinkwrapped copy off eBay and swapped Goa with Samurai since they were the same price and I needed to preserve free shipping!
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4. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:3763] [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:71]
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Ordered, and Actually Received, Agricola

I ordered Agricola sometime late April. Ironically, I ordered it because, with an initial June 2008 release date, I didn't want it to hold up my ThoughtHammer order (plus, I had a coupon with Fair Play).

It arrived in August when I was still optimistic that I'd have my ThoughtHammer order early September.

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- Chessex cube of dice for Chase.
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5. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:308]
 
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Went From Rookie To Highest Seniority At Work

Late March, the president of my company resigned and it started a cascade of turnover. My team is around 10 people. On April 7th, there was only one colleague on my team who had been with the company less than me. Today, I am tied for highest seniority on the team.
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6. Board Game: GIPF Project Set 1 [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
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Lost 14 Pounds

I had exercised, eaten right and sworn off alcohol until my wedding day to ensure I looked good.
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7. Board Game: GIPF Project Set 3 [Average Rating:7.07 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.07 Unranked]
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Gained 17 Pounds

Sure enough, right after the reception, my rediscovered love of beer, sugar and sitting around doing nothing caught up to me fast. Wii Fit even called me overweight for the first time the other day. Hopefully I can take some of that off before my high schoool reunion next month.
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8. Board Game: TZAAR [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:339] [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked]
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Met New Regular Gaming Buddies

Behold the power of the Geek. I listed an obscure band that I like and it got the attention of a geek who lived in Brooklyn. He invited me for a gaming session. I must have fooled him into thinking I wasn't a serial killer because he put me in touch with another geek who lived much closer to me. Since then, I've spent lord only knows how much on games they've introduced me to.
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9. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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Acquired 46 Other Games

Ah, the Race for the Galaxy Expansion, it was you who held up the order for so long. Pandemic and TZAAR only had minimal delays, so what's your excuse?

I've been gaming for years, but only started becoming a collector last year which means I have a lot of catching up to do. The sheer number of games and expansions I've acquired this year is shameful--I'm about 5 more games from joining a 12-step group.
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10. Board Game: Money! [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1421]
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I placed an 'order' by putting things in my cart waiting to add them to an existing order. Since then the Canadian dollar has fallen in value from $1.00 US to $0.76.
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