Allow myself to present...presents...to...myself
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My wife and I try to make things easy on each other during the Holidays by purchasing the majority of our own gifts. We might surprise one another with something unexpected, but generally, we allow each other to pick-up items for ourselves.

This year, we set a budget of $150 each. Yesterday, I placed my order with www.coolstuffinc.com, so that Santa (read: UPS) can get the package here in time for the Holiday.

Let me know how you rate my haul.

Please add your own "presents to yourself" lists.

Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah. Joyous New Year. Merry Boxing Day. Happy Holidays. Happy Festivus. [etc., etc.] to all.

[The title is a take on Austin Powers, not an example of good grammar.]

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1. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:97] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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My list of games for Christmas 2008 will clearly demonstrate my opposition to the cult of the new.

Railways of the World. Been hemming and hawing on this title for a long time. As Railways of the World looks to be further out than I'm willing to wait, decided to (finally) pull the trigger. I have a huge dining table.

Thebes. Read and watched the reviews, and seems like a great melding of theme and mechanics, and in a game weight sweet-spot.

San Juan. I like Puerto Rico (more than I like Agricola). My wife loves Puerto Rico. I'm hoping she'll love San Juan, as well.

Twilight Struggle. This one's exclusively for me. I'm sure my wife won't even look at the box. I hope to find gaming goodness on-line.

Total cost: About $152.

How'd I do?

I also added a few games to lists from my other relatives, which will really be surprises if received:

Pandemic Think the wife might enjoy the cooperative thing. Don't currently have any other coops in the collection.

Traders of Osaka I don't know...it's a little bit of a flyer for me. Hope it plays as nice as it looks.


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2. Board Game: Titan [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:792]
 
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My Titan pre-order recently rolled in.

Besides pre-orders, I did take advantage of the Fantasy Flight Sale that went through December 9th. Picked up a bunch of those little World Tank Museum tank miniatures. For $1 apiece, I was quite impressed. They will look very cool when I adapt some wargames to use them.
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3. Board Game: Spy Gear: Spy Trackdown [Average Rating:6.40 Unranked]
Jerry Wilkinson
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Thanks to Scott Nicholson's item on another geeklist, I picked this up at Target for $17. My 8 year old daughter already is refusing to play it because "it's for BOYS!"yuk However, my 9 year old daughter has no such inhibitions (she doesn't care that it's for boys, she just wants to play it).

I may end up getting other games that I don't know about, as my wife and I have a shopping spree planned for a day next week.
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4. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:390]
 
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I just got this in the mail today along with Conflict of Heroes Expansion Pack: Map Board #6 – The Marsh. Ordered it from Coolstuffinc along with a game I got for my wife. I was still under the 100 free shipping so I added Dungeon Twister to get the free shipping and I'm going to tag that to the both of us from Santa.
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5. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
Tim Thorp
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My wife is going to kill me. I have to unload a mass of (admittedly unplayed) games from my collection. But, I've been waiting for this one. I'm getting it for myself! Merry Christmas to me!
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6. Board Game: Confrontation: The Age of the Rag'Narok [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:5389]
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Yes indeed!!! Took advantage of the FFG sale!!! I had to pick one system to stick with between AT-43 and this one and COnfrontation won in my mind so I loaded up on mini's! Have 3 good size armies so the Holiday break ought to have a fair amount of battles!!!!
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7. Board Game: Wasabi! [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1185]
Amanda Miller
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I just had to have this game. We're hosting a "younger" version of Christmas at our new home this year, complete with cousins and their spouses/girlfriends or boyfriends. A lot of them are fellow gamers, and a lot of them are fellow sushi lovers. I'm hoping this game will help bring new gamers to the table because they are going to LOVE the theme! As do I...it is a stunning game!

I also pre-ordered

waaay back in August for my husband's birthday. We're STILL waiting for it to get here. I'm not impressed at all. I may cancel my order and order it elsewhere while it's still in stock. We are DYING to play it. We'll see!
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8. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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From Boards and Bits I have ordered: Dominion, RoboRally, Cheeky Monkey, and Hive: The Mosquito. I promised myself I would refrain from opening them until December 25th.
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9. Board Game: After the Flood [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1653]
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I just ordered this from germangames.com. I've always wanted to try a Wallace game so maybe I'm crazy to start with this one but our group is only 3 people for the majority of our sessions so the fact that this was specifically designed for 3 players was the kicker.

I also ordered Android and Ilium.



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