Two Couples Light: A New Year's Game Session (Your Input Needed)
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Jenny, Joe, Kathy, Mark.
Rochester, Minnesota.
January 1-2, 2010.

What to play, what to play?

Jenny and Joe are friends and sometime gaming partners from my old hometown. They're coming for an overnight visit during the holidays, the main purpose of which is GAMES. I visited them for a gaming session a few months ago, but this will be the first time the four of us have gotten together in six or seven years.

We're all what I consider light-to-moderate gamers.

The list will start sorted alphabetically, but I'm trying to put together a game "menu/schedule" for the visit, sorted chronologically. Total gaming time may be around 18 or 20 hours.

Please help me put together a list in order of play. Your input should consider factors like:

Your personal take on the game
Appropriateness for four light-to-moderate gamers
Game length / total gaming time available
Differences/similarities to other titles on the list

If you think a game is particularly appropriate and needs to be on the list, thumb it, and feel free to comment about why it belongs. If you would not recommend it (due to any of the factors noted above), use a comment to state why.

You can also suggest/add other items, but PLEASE only add items already in my collection.

Use a geeklist comment to suggest a sequence of play for those titles you'd recommend.

Thanks for the help.
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1. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:209]
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A classic which deserves wider exposure.
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Present to myself. Might be a good choice, as Jenny and Joe are Catan fans.
 
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I enjoy this. Took it along to our last game session, but we ran out of time before this hit the table.
 
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Picked this up from the FFG Holiday blow-out.
 
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We'll play this.
 
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Another present to myself. Need to take advantage of captive participants.
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Another present.
 
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This is popular with my family, and would be new to Joe and Jenny. Probably their first co-op.
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An alternative to Pandemic, and another gift to myself just in time for our session.
 
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Classic enjoyed by J&J, though I wonder about their desire to play if they try Ad Astra and Endeavor first.
 
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New gift to myself. Hope to get it to the table.
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