What I Usually Bring to Gaming Sundays
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One Sunday a month we play games at a local Cafe Express, and the group includes serious gamers as well as new gamers. My general thought is that bringing one crate of games ought to be sufficient, or even excessive, especially when others are bringing plenty of good games, too. I like to have a mix on hand. Eight hours can go by so fast. Here is what I bring, and why.
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1. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:29]
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It would be a shame if there was not at least one Power Grid at the event, so I bring mine, to be safe. My box includes the 8 maps, 2 plant decks, and sets of two alternate payout matrixes. Some feel the game has a bit too much money in it, so with more miserly payouts you can get more Stage 3 turns, similar to original Funkenschlag. Yes, I bring poker chips, too.
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2. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:629]
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My number 2 all-time play count; behind Power Grid. A filler game that is so much more than filler.
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:92] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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TtR is a good introductory game. Using the different map is fun. "Where is city x?"
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4. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:848]
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A fun light game, with enough strategy in the Jamaika version, as opposed to the secret hands in Tortuga. Easy to teach, and the box has a great setup guide to help explain.
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5. Board Game: Clans [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1143]
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Another fun light game. The secret scoring adds a fun twist.
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6. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Discovery [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1656]
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It is good to have a Carcassone game. I like the play differences in this version, and it saves me from buying all the integrated expansions for the original game.
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7. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:281] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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Original base game, nothing fancy. This works well with new gamers, and the experienced players can downshift to the base game.
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8. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:677]
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Simple, fun, and the penguins sure look great.
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9. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:900]
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Simple Theme: the laziest player wins. Since sometimes a payer just builds one track on a turn, it is important to nudge the next player when done. I usually prefer to ignore the Winning Moves variant to shorten the game after round 2. When no one can decide what game they want to play, and no one wants to think too hard, this can be a perfect fit.
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10. Board Game: Trans Europa [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1174]
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I like the native spellings on the Europe map, in the same way I like the native spellings on Power Grid's maps. It's an inexpensive European holiday. Again, the laziest player can win. I bought this one before TransAmerica.
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11. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:229]
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Puerto Rico, which I also enjoy, without all the setup. Just grab n indigo cards and then shuffle.
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12. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:576]
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A nice re-themed 6-nimmt; perfect for hurricane country. Also a nice small box.
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13. Board Game: Sticheln [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:805]
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Another small box, and a different play mechanism. Painful.
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14. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:122]
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Sometimes, when 4 are looking for a game, this is the perfect fit.
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15. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:482]
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Small box, pyramid scoring, it brings variety. Without the added complexity of Zooloretto.
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16. Board Game: Attribute [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2405]
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It never hits the table, but I keep bringing it. Maybe, someday, soon.
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17. Board Game: Power Grid: France/Italy [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
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Yes, this is in my Power grid box, too.
 
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18. Board Game: Power Grid: The New Power Plant Cards [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked]
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Yes, this is in my Power grid box, too.
 
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19. Board Game: Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked]
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Yes, this is in my Power grid box, too.
 
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20. Board Game: Power Grid: China/Korea [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
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Yes, this is in my Power grid box, too.
 
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