One Move - Two Orders - A Whole Lot of Games
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I had been living in Rochester, NY up until recently. While living in Rochester, I had been introduced to gaming by a very close friend of mine. An interest soon became an obsession. Every week a group of friends would get together for food, fun, and games. Sadly however, my stay in Rochester was not permanent. After seven years I decided to move back home to Maine. As a going away gift, my gaming group got together and gave me a gift certificate to an online games retailer. They also got me a custom t-shirt that said "Bitches don't know about the Parking Lot" (An inside joke combining a long running Internet meme and our groups love of the game Mall of Horror) Anyways, after the move I decided I needed to order some new games to replace some games that my friends had and to get some new ones to fill the void. soblue

Here is a list of games that I have recently purchased and the reason why. This combines two separate orders from on-line retailers, a printed deck from Artscow, and a two FLGS visits.

I may have gone a tad bit over board.
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1. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:173]
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ORDER #1

This had been on my Want to Play list for awhile. One of my gaming buddies owned it and never got it to the table until recently, but once it hit the table... WOW! Here is where I should admit that I am definitely a Eurogamer and a proud Knizia fan. I think this game is one of his best, if not his best game. Ok, sure, the theme might be pasted on. Do I care? Hell NO! This game is just elegant, easy to teach, strategic, and wonderful. It sky rocketed to #4 on my Top 10 (ironically beating out T&E) and it was definitely the first thing I added to my cart.
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2. Board Game: High Bohn Plus [Average Rating:6.78 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.78 Unranked]
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Bohnanza was another new addition to my gaming world. I got it a couple months ago and introduced it to the gaming group with huge success. Games with negotiating seem to be my groups favorite aspect of gaming. It's no surprise than that we love games such as Mall of Horror. Bohnanza, however, is purely negotiation. We love it. It went straight to my #2 rank. When it comes to games that I truly love, I have to have all of the expansions. I love expansions, so it goes without saying that I needed to get the expansions. This expansion was no exception either, it comes with new beans, the new Order Cards, and the Building Cards, all of which I think are awesome.
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3. Board Game: Bohnaparte [Average Rating:5.82 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.82 Unranked]
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See Above.

Another expansion I needed to a game I loved, but unlike High Bohn Plus, this expansion seems like it is bad. It might get played some day, but at least it now has a home in my collection.
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4. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:397]
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Another new game that was recently learned. Played with both two and three players. Three seems better. I like that its easy to teach (no surprise it won the SdJ), I like the card drafting, I like the tile laying, heck I even love the box insert (kudos Queen Games), and I really like that its quick. Overall it just seemed like a game that begged to added to my gaming collection.
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5. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:260]
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ORDER #1

I watched two video reviews on this game:

Tom Vasel's: Video Review

Obsessed Boardgaming: Video Review

I enjoy filler games. They serve their purpose of breaking up the heavy hitters. They are fun, quick, and easy to teach, and this game is no exception.
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6. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:226]
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ORDER #1

I love auction games. I love Knizia.
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7. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:122]
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I had no idea what this game was until I watched this video (did I mention that I really love watching video reviews?):

How to play Tichu video

I'm actually really excited about this game now. I like Hearts, and this game just seems insanely cooler than Hearts. Cannot wait to play.
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8. Board Game: Zooloretto [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:607] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
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ORDER #1

This purchase was probably the most impulsive of the first order. It had been on my radar ever since its release in 2007. I figured I would enjoy this game because Coloretto is in my Top 10. I assume also that the theme would be appealing to my girlfriend, and any game that is appealing to her is a game I want to have. I've read a number of reviews and I have watched these videos:

Bookshelf Games: Video Review

Obsessed with Gaming: Aquaretto Video Review (Technically this is an Aquaretto review but I figure it is similar enough to justify a purchase and the games can be combined.)

Now I don't have any kids, or hang out with any kids, but if I ever do or did I will have at least this game to play with.
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9. Board Game: Zooloretto: Rio Grande Games Expansion Pack #1 [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked]
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FLGS VISIT #1

I love expansions and baby polar bears kick a$$.
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10. Board Game: Zooloretto: Rio Grande Games Expansion Pack #2 [Average Rating:6.95 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.95 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.95 Unranked]
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See Above. (Replace "baby polar bear" with "Gorillas")
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11. Board Game: Coloretto for two players [Average Rating:6.64 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.64 Unranked]
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ARTSCOW DECK

I love Coloretto. I am always looking for two player games to play with the girlfriend. Win Win. The cards came out pretty good. I made a couple mistakes though.
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12. Board Game: Coloretto: The Extra Cards [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked]
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ARTSCOW DECK

Wow these cards are nasty. "If a player takes a stack with one or more Joker cards,
he must give them all to the player on his right." That's brutal. I love it. The modifiers seem so cool. I can't wait to play with them to spice up a game I already love. The two and four place holder will be interesting. Sadly one of the cards has a line on it, and I have no idea how it got there. That will annoy me forever.
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13. Board Game: Coloretto: Zwei Neue Übersichtskarten [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked]
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ARTSCOW DECK

New scoring cards that change up the game. What a neat idea. Can't wait to try it out.
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14. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:4]
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ORDER #2

This game has been in the top 4 on the Geek since I have been a member. It has always intrigued me because it plays two players. So I watched this youtube video:

Joe Steadman's Journal: Video

So after the video I thought, "Wow this game seems freaking awesome." I had to have it, but I had read that it was hard to come by since it was currently out of print. I decided to check coolstuffinc.com anyways, I figured what would be the harm in that. Low and behold they had one copy of the game in stock! Holy crap! I immediately added it to my cart! What an impulse buy that was. I hope it pays off. I'm extremely excited!
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15. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:127]
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ORDER #2

I wanted to get free shipping for Twilight Struggle. After watching this video:

Obsessed with Boardgaming: Video Review

I wanted this game. It seemed really fun and silly. Buy another game to get free shipping? HECK YES!
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16. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:180]
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My friend made his own Simpsons themed version of Battle Line from Artscow. Ever since then this game has been on my radar. I read a couple reviews saying how good it was and how easy it was to teach so I figured why not since I am always looking for really good 2 player games that are easy to teach. The main catalyst for this purchase however was that fact that I am going on a long hike soon with my Dad and I figure this game was light enough to carry along. Did I mention that I love Knizia?
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