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Joshua Thompson
United States
Raleigh
North Carolina
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My local game store (Warzone Gastonia) has offered to stock the shelves with my recommendations of boardgames, seeing as I'm a huge fan of "all-in-the-box" stuff. This came about after we were playing a six-player Carcassonne game in-store, and a walk-in was disappointed to learn that the store didn't sell it. So in an effort to improve the quality of gaming in this place, suggest some stuff that either a) demoes well, or b) sells itself.
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1. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Joshua Thompson
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Raleigh
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Easily one of the prettiest games I own, and the price can't be beat either!
 
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2. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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Austin
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WW2 and minatures, need i say anymore?
 
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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Just about the best in-store demo game on the market. I can teach you in several minutes, it's very colorful, intuitive to play and lasts 30-60 minutes.

I've sold no less than a dozen of these just by playing it in the store.

And it's under $40 MSRP, a real plus for today's game buyer.
 
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4. Board Game: Wings of War: Famous Aces [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:785] [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
Rob Rob
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Tampa
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This one certainly catches your eye and draws you in. Plus, newcomers can jump right into a game already in play.
 
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5. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
Colin Parker
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Cobble Hill
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A game that easily sells itself, and demoes good too.
 
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6. Board Game: Domaine [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:647]
Mary Weisbeck
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Black Hawk
South Dakota
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If you're looking for something that'll catch the eye, this gets my vote. Just looking at the pictures is impressive, let along seeing it in real life. It shouldn't be too hard to teach, but plenty of strategy involved.
 
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7. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:518]
 
Malachi Brown
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Hermitage
TN
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Blokus has pretty bits and is fun. When I bought my copy, Batty said that he has a demo copy in his store and that it is one of his best sellers.
 
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8. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:314]
Kevin Lloyd
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Penmaenmawr
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...or Pitchcar. Looks interesting, but when played is great fun. You may have to expand the store.
 
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9. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:270] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Dave Nadig
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Lenox
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So, this isn't out yet, but it will be shortly. Heroscape is a great "bridge game" - plays like a boardgame, looks like a minis game. It's VERY impressive looking when you build up the terrain, and the minis, particularly the gold dragon, draw the eye. You can demo it in about 4 minutes tops. Targetted right at the 12 year old geek market who drools over the warhammer stuff but balks at the prices.
 
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