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With a 2-year old at home and another due to arrive in March, my free time is becoming more precious than gold. As a result, my gaming interests have been changing away from the labor/time-intensive miniatures wargames I've enjoyed in the past and more towards card/boardgames. Thanks to BGG, I think I've done the research right and picked up some nice games in the last couple months. There's some popular titles on here, but it's also somewhat diverse.

The following is a mixed list of games I've gotten either as a result of my birthday (July) or at GenCon (possibly my one and only trip there, I had a blast). I've included some other games I played at the con, but didn't necessarily buy.

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1. Board Game: Runebound (First Edition) [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2942]
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A birthday gift (via gift certificate).

I was always interested in trying/buying Talisman, but unwilling to pay a premium for it. With some well-thought-out house rules this can be a fun night of lite RPG boardgaming. Looking forward to the expansions!
 
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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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I saw the big board at Kublacon and thought, "Who'd buy a game that consists entirely of beach assaults? Bizarre." When I found out the board was double-sided and had terrain tiles, I couldn't buy it fast enough (also on a b-day g.c.) The game mechanics are elegant and clever. I'll be playing this one for a long time.
 
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3. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:82]
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I've waited several years for this game. None of the Reiner Knizia LotR games are true wargames, which is what I've always wanted in a Middle-Earth game; so when I found out this one was going to be at GenCon it had to be mine. I made a beeline for the FFG booth when the doors first opened; I couldn't wait to give it a try.

My friend and I spent *waaay* too much time playing this in the middle of the night during the show. Friday night we literally played until the sun came up.

It's a great game. Definitely worth the wait.
 
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4. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:879]
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I didn't know anything about this game prior to GenCon. I read an article about it in Undefeated magazine at the hotel on the first night and checked it out while loitering around the FFG booth. One attendee who was big on FFG games gave my friend and I a spontaneous demo. We liked it so much I picked up the box and a couple expansions. A quick fun duelling game that's non-collectible.
 
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5. Board Game: BANG! Dodge City [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked]
 
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A fun beer & pretzels game just got better. As a friend once said, "Any game where you drink beer to heal can't be bad." Picked this up at GenCon as well.
 
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6. Board Game: History of War [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:11314] [Average Rating:5.92 Unranked]
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This was another unexpected purchase at GenCon. What was weird about this one was I had been thinking about how one might design a World War 2 card game. I'm not a game designer, but I'd sort of been thinking about this for a month and even told my friend about it on the flight to the con with various concepts I'd come up with.

We walk around and find the History of War booth totally at random and BAM! There's the game I'd been talking about on the plane, already designed, printed and available for purchase. They did an excellent job (better than anything I'd have come up with) and my friend and I compared cards throughout the rest of the con. It's non-collectible, btw, or I wouldn't have bought it.
 
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7. Board Game: The Settlers of the Stone Age [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1447]
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Learned this game at the con. It went late into the night and was very competitive. My friend had played it many times but never won before; he managed to come from FAR behind to win with a 15-card play on his final turn. (make a settler, move, convert to a campfire, make a settler, move, convert to a campfire) Not only that, he never explored once in the entire game. Final score was 10-9-8-7

He was so lucky he didn't roll a 7.
 
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8. Board Game: Torches & Pitchforks [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:12330]
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Played a demo of this at the Green Ronin booth at GenCon and my friend picked it up so I'm including it here. It has similar humor to Munchkins in a monster-movie theme. Good fun.
 
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9. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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I didn't buy this game, but my friend brought it along to GenCon and taught it to me. Worked well enough with 2, but I can see how it would be even more fun with more.
 
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10. Board Game: Warmachine [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:1285]
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In the interest of 100% completeness, I played in one miniatures wargame tourney at the show. Warmachine is intense and not for the timid. It's a no-holds-barred, barroom brawl type of miniatures game (the setting is a unique fantasy steam-punk world). I played 5 games with my Khadoran (Russians) warband, 4 of them against Menoth (religious fanatics) and 1 against Cryx (undead). Several games were very tight, with victory close for either side. My final record was 2-2-1

I hope I can get back to painting these guys soon, but I've been having too much fun with all my new games to sit down at the painting table.
 
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11. Board Game: Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:389]
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Back from the con and with a little b-day money left over, I picked this one up based on the info I got here on BGG. I just finished my wife's first game; hopefully she'll get to like it and I can convince her to play games more often!
 
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