The 121-ites: Season Two
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Almost exactly a year ago, a bunch of goofy kids met in college at Texas A&M University and began hanging out together, meeting regularly in Aston Hall room #121. As time went on, they would begin to refer to themselves as "The 121-ites."

Early into their second semester, the guys in the group gave up the majority of their video gaming in favor of board gaming. Back then we were newbies at gaming, and the most played game was Risk. It was played almost twice a week, and those poor souls who lived across from the vending machine area never got any sleep on those nights.

The spell of Risk was finally broken by a masterpiece of a game: Battle Cry. And with the introduction of Battle Cry and this website, more and more board games have begun to enter the picture. Variety has been injected into our system, and the second season of board gaming proves to be far more interesting than the first.

This list is a list of all the games that we collectively own (party games such as Tri-Bond or Trivial Pursuit are excluded). Some of them will never get played (i.e., Monopoly) but we still have a copy for one reason or another. Some will fade from popularity, and others will rise to take their place. But most importantly, I believe that our tastes have somewhat matured.

(I'm going to try to be fairly unbiased and reflect the opinions of the group; some of my personal opinions about certain games are far different than that of the group as a whole.)

For contrast, see the list from our first season:
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1. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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A fairly light tile-placement game that also makes a good filler. Perfect for when you don't feel like straining your brain, but you just can't bring yourself to play a dice-based game.

Number of copies owned in the group: 1
 
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2. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:207]
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Monopoly has met its match. A fun, simple, but deceptively deep game of investment and capital gain. Never before has earning huge stacks of money been so much fun!

Number of copies owned in the group: 1
 
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3. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:312]
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A deep, strategical wargame that removes all aspects of luck and turns it into a game of negotiation, strategy, and ruthlessness. Never base your strategy on the fact that your ally is your best friend, as that could change at any point...

Number of copies owned in the group: 1
 
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4. Board Game: Battle Cry [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:615]
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The first game to break the spell of Risk, and a good game at that. Turn based, tactical warfare that takes the focus from a global perspective to the individual battlefield. The modular board allows for infinitely replayability, and the quick speed of the game makes it a perfect filler.

Number of copies owned in the group: 2
 
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5. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:415] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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The classic abstract strategy game. One of the most played board games of all time, and generally the standard by which abstract games are measured.

Number of copies owned in the group: 3
 
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6. Board Game: Risk: Godstorm [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:2342]
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A Risk variant that breathes new life into a fairly repetitive game. Beautiful miniatures, pre-defined turn limits, and powerful gods make this game seem totally different than vanilla Risk.

Number of copies owned in the group: 1
 
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7. Board Game: Stratego [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:2277]
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A classic strategy game that takes the fog of war to an extreme in a board game. Good for when you want a brain-burner of a game.

Number of copies owned in the group: 1
 
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8. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:14512]
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This game is what started our foray into board gaming. Treaties are made and broken, large armies are built and subsequently destroyed, and only one person can be the winner in the end; everybody else is left cursing their luck.

Number of copies owned in the group: 5
 
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9. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15329]
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The classic American board game, and also one of the most hated board games ever. Too long, too dumb, and generally not that much fun. Some people may defend this game to death, but we just don't like it.

So why do we own it? I dunno...

Number of copies owned in the group: 3 (including one special edition)
 
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