My Tax Refund
John Souza

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I got my tax refund the other day and have been authorized by my better half to spend a portion of it on fun stuff rather than being responsible with it. Naturally I immediately turned to my wishlist here and began to consider exactly what I wanted and how I could best grow my collection.

I feel pretty excited about this. I have been a board game lover for decades, but only in the last few years have I begun my own collection (I always had friends with plenty to play). It has been slow and I have been careful about how much I spent and what I spent it on, always trying to get the most out of everything and make sure I got things that would have a place on my table.

After much consideration I have finally put together my order and in honor of this, my first really big step on the path to getting the collection of my dreams, I have made this list.
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1. Board Game: Arkham Horror: The Black Goat of the Woods Expansion [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
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I admit it, I love Arkham Horror and I have made addicts out of several people in my group (2 have bought copies so that it would be available on occasions I couldn't make it to game night). This is the only expansion that I don't have yet so this was an obvious choice.
 
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2. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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My girlfriend requested I get at least one card game, because she really likes them. I enjoyed San Juan, but had heard that Race for the Galaxy took the design and improved on it. There was also one other member of our group who has been subtly hinting that we need this, and by subtly hinting I mean he has mentioned it every time we discuss games to get.
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3. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:268]
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This has been on my must have list for far too long. I love dungeon crawl/fantasy board games and while this doesn't have the character customization I crave, I still think this game is about as close as I will get to a perfect game in my view.

Now I just have to convince people to sit down long enough to play with me.
 
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4. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:260]
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Another game I have wanted for a good long while. I was torn between this and Ra though I have heard they can't really be compared. I knew I would get at least one auction type game this order and this is the one I decided on, more will be coming next time I expand my collection though.
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5. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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This is the card game -I- wanted so I got it too. I used to play CCGs years ago and I loved draft based tournaments and this sounds very much like it would have the same feel. I very nearly made this my Christmas present to myself, but opted for something else instead so it seemed the right time to grab it.
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6. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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A game that I was just embarrassed not to have. I love playing this and it was getting silly that I didn't own it.
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7. Board Game: Fury of Dracula (second edition) [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:397]
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Another game that was a nod to my girlfriend. She really liked the idea of this one when I told her and it is something I had been eyeing for a while myself. I really like the one vs. many element.
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