Spring Break - A Shopping We Will Go!
Craig Artl
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I was able to take a week of vacation last week to coincide with my wife's spring break from her job as a high school teacher. We really aren't able to take many overnight trips because we need to stay close to home to take care of our pets (dog, parrot, 2 parakeets, iguana, chinchilla and tortoise). We also have 2 sons but they have both graduated from college and are out on their own.

So what do you do when you need to fill the days with activities? For my wife and I, going out to eat and shopping fit the bill perfectly and on this vacation, shopping included visiting several game stores. Before the dust had settled, I had a nice pile of new games to spring on both my family and my game group. This GeekList (my first by the way) is a summary of my recent haul. I'm a very lucky guy!!
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1. Board Game: Age of Conan: The Strategy Board Game [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1343]
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Technically, I picked this game up just prior to the vacation but close enough to count it. We already have 2 plays under our belts, both with a full contingent of 4 players. While the 2 games played out quite differently, they were both a blast!
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2. Board Game: Fire & Axe: A Viking Saga [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:764]
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This was my Monday purchase and I got it to the table with my game group on Thursday. We had a 4 player game and it did not disappoint. I messed up with 1 rule pertaining to settling but it would not have altered the outcome. Another game with beautiful components.
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3. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:180]
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We had a bunch of errands to run on Tuesday so that brings us to Wednesday. Battle Line was on my list as my wife really enjoys Lost Cities and I was looking for something a bit deeper in a 2 player card game. We have 2 plays in already and it is great!
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4. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: America / Europe [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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I've only played 1 game of Age of Steam since buying the base game but I'm a huge Martin Wallace fan and I love train games. How could I resist picking up some expansions for the game?!? I hope to be playing this game more in the future.
 
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5. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Barbados / St. Lucia [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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This expansion was created to provide an Age of Steam option for 1 or 2 players. Now I KNOW that I can always count on myself to be available for a game!
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6. Board Game: Chicago Express [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:361]
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Off to a different game store to put the wraps on my Wednesday acquisitions. Like I said, I love train games and the reviews for this one sounded good. My wife and I played a 2 player game of this and while it was fun, I believe that this game will improve dramatically with more players.
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7. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:141]
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Thursday was another day of errands and boring stuff that needed to get done but Friday dawned with the sun shining and it was off to do more shopping! Being from Wisconsin, this was my longest road trip of the vacation as I visited one of my favorite game stores down in Illinois. Luckily, they had Imperial, the game I was hoping to find. I haven't played this yet but I have it planned for later this week.
 
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8. Board Game: 1870: Railroading across the Trans Mississippi from 1870 [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:1192] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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Who in their right mind would drive all the way to Illinois and only pick up 1 game? Not to mention that picking up this game would trigger a discount when coupled with Imperial. Sold! Years ago I was given a demo of the 18xx system and I have been waiting all this time to pull the trigger on my first game in the series. This is a long one but I can't wait to give it a whirl!
 
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9. Board Game: Friedrich [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:469]
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Having returned from the Illinois trip, I honestly thought my shopping was finished for the week. My wife and I were heading out to dinner and I decided to pop into the Hobbytown that is right by my house because a buddy had told me that they had some games on sale. I wasn't expecting much as their stock is pretty limited so imagine my surprise when I found an on sale copy of Friedrich! I had been looking for this game for over a year and now it is mine!

So that's it, probably one of the best vacations that I've ever had and in the grand scheme of things, certainly cheaper than taking a trip somewhere. Now, to the gaming table!
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