TOP 5 things you can do when not playing
Clive Lovett
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I am married with a 5 year old daughter. My wife likes card games (which is cool) and my daughter loves Dora the Explorer Candy Land (which is cool too - her tastes will evolve, I hope!) but 'gaming' is best with my gaming buddies. So when not gaming with my buddies I have other gaming activities that I do to pass the time.

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1. Board Game: Tide of Iron [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:588]
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Pre-prepare your units for the next scenario you will be playing. This is the most 'frustrating' part of the game - the setup!

Get your axis and allies organized in advance. It will be quicker for your opponent to swap around squads than to sort out his/her own.
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2. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Figure out card combinations for Dominion. The first time I played Dominion it seemed fairly straight forward but after the second playing it became very obvious that the action cards in play alter the game immensley!

Figuring out card combos is fun and there are infinite possibilities as who knows what action cards will be in play (as long as you are randomizing)?
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3. Board Game: Tulipmania 1637 [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:3525]
Clive Lovett
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As Scott Nicholson did - CREATE YOUR OWN GAME!!

Think of ideas for games. How would you make a game better? Why didn't games work? Are there any genres/ideas that have not been used for games?

Use your imagination! Have fun!
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4. Board Game Designer: Scott Nicholson
Clive Lovett
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Go online and watch The Dice Tower or Board Games with Scott on YouTube or at their respective websites.

If you have not seen these two video blogs then you are missing out! Reviews and introductions to new games abound in both series.
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5. Board Game: Escape from Colditz [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1434]
Clive Lovett
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Go to BOARDGAMEGEEK and update your wishlist!!

I so want ESCAPE from COLDITZ - donations accepted!!

Maybe nostalgia is rose-tinting my memory of this game (from when I was a kid) but I want to own a copy again.
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6. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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Use wikipedia to study ww2 scenarios
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7. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:155] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
Jerry Martin
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1 Million Shogoths Killed and Counting.
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Build Decks and Organize cards.
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8. Board Game: Planet Steam [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:670]
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Empty all the game components out of the larger boxes and take photos of any babies or cats to hand to guarantee hundreds of BGG thumbs.
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9. Board Game: The World of Beer [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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Life lesson: Hamsters are NOT diswasher safe.
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There are 10 types of people-- those who understand binary, and those who don't.
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Downtime between turns? Party on, dude!

(We're well on our way to making this a Top Ten list)
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10. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
Jon Grey
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Shuffle the discard pile.

Can say the same for Bang!
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