Christmas Day gaming session
Joe Bare
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Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays have become the major gaming times for me. My brother in law and I have turned my nephews and various family members into casual gamers.

So after Christmas dinner, the 1000 piece puzzle hits the table and some of the games we brought. This is a list of what we played.
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1. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:421] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
 
Joe Bare
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My parents brought home from Cancun one of those carved stone chess sets. My nephew thinks he is pretty good so I set it up, moved P to K4 and challenged him. He responded with P to king's rook 5 (?). So I dominated the center of the board by playing king's knight to B3 and P to Q4. But I can never turn that into advantage in the mid game and I had to concede about turn 30
 
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2. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:3200] [Average Rating:5.89 Unranked]
Joe Bare
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This gets played at nearly every Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's a great way for everyone to get involved - as long as the dishes are done.

 
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:92] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
Joe Bare
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I gave this as a gift to my nephews when it came out and they have been enthusiastic TtR players if not exactly 'gamers.' They've turned on their entire high school to this game.

My brother in law, sister, both teenage nephews and my 11 year old son played.

I expected it to be crowded but it turned out that we all had plenty of room for our routes until the last three turns or so.

My son won helped by the longest route bonus; I was so proud.
 
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4. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:320]
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I got this for christmas. Thanks B.I.L.!! and thanks bgg wishlist. This box begged to be played all day, but did not. Maybe later today.
 
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5. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
Joe Bare
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"Who wants to play a new game about medieval subsistence farming?"

This is not the way to encourage a family of casual gamers.

BIL and I played the basic, intro game; no action or occupation cards. I won 27 to 20 but BIL made an error in the last round, taking the food from the fish pond when he would have had enough to feed his family from a subsequent action. The loss of action probably cost him a couple of points and allowed my a couple of points.
 
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6. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:70]
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It was getting late. I mentioned that I have been playing a lot of tigris and BIL showed some interest. I didn't bring that game this time so I pulled up the java based game at GTO to explain the rules.

I was defeated by the AI for the first time ever.

So; a good day of gaming. This is why I love the holidays
 
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