The Seven Heavenly Virtues for Board Game Geeks
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Following hot on the heels of my list about the Seven Deadly Sins of Boardgaming:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...

(Link fixed)

comes this list. Maybe virtues are less colourful and headline-grabbing than sins, but they’re no less interesting…in fact, in this day and age, with rarity value and all, maybe they’re more so.

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1. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:207]
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Faith

The Faith you have in your Board Game Buddies.

I believe that if mine say a game is good, then I'm 99% likely to agree. That’s why I pick them as buddies. They also become friends and I share in their ups and downs in life. Thanks.

I bought this because the person who advised me is someone whose view I respect greatly.

Which game have you bought because your buddies said it was good?
 
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2. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:135]
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Hope

One of these days…

That game I really want will be reprinted, be spotted in a Charity Shop or become available on Ebay – especially if the seller misspells it and I’m the only one who notices!

What do you want to see reprinted or have you already snapped up at a silly bargain price after waiting for ages?

 
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3. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:14512]
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Charity

Ok, so you ought to knock that fellow out of the game, but he’s always losing and anyway you kind of like him. Ah shucks…let him stay in that corner of Asia a bit longer. I don’t mind if he builds up a little bit more, or even if he wins.

Have you felt this? When, in what game, and with whom?
 
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4. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:415] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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Fortitude

Nil Desperandum!

After the first part of the game, you’re down and out. Nobody expects you to come anywhere near to winning…guess what, the final round comes and you steal the game by a nose. This is, of course, best rounded off with a wry smile and a shrug of the shoulders.

Or maybe, although you’ve never ever won at that game, you really still have strength and belief in yourself. You can do it! After all, we all have games we win and lose regularly at. I hardly ever win at Chess against certain opponents, and my wife always seems to have the upper hand at Lost Cities. Anyone who take me on at Midway, however, is in for a hard time.

Fortitude is necessary and so is humility (though it isn’t one of the 7 listed here)…one day I will win, and one day I will be beaten and accept it well.

May we treat the two imposters of triumph and disaster the same.
 
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5. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:501]
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Justice

That double-crosser has done you and half of the rest of the players for the last time. No-one will ever trust him again. Two or three of you get together and put him to the sword! Justice – perhaps served with a touch of revenge!

Tell us your best stories about those annoying players who got their just-desserts.
 
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6. Board Game: Zobmondo! The Twisted, Sick & Wrong Version [Average Rating:4.65 Unranked]
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Temperance

Ok, so you’ve been to Essen, bought 10 games in the last month, want advice on a further 20 and have several games that various pets have poured out a variety of bodily fluids on…but you decide not to make a list. It’s tempting! Oh, it’s tempting, but you know it’s better as a journal...or left unsaid!

But now's your chance! - go on, name the lists you’ve been tempted to write but have avoided doing through a sense of what’s proper.
(You never know, if we like the sound of them, we might persuade you to do them anyway)


 
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7. Board Game: Bank On It! [Average Rating:4.34 Unranked]
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Prudence

(Won’t you come on out to play? Well, no! Not if she can avoid the temptation…)

There are at least 20 games you ought to have, but the dollar’s falling, house prices are collapsing and your wife needs yet another pair of shoes. Ah shucks, in the favourite word of Gordon Brown the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, you’re “prudent.”

Name the games you’ve saved up longest for, or, better still, have thus far avoided buying due to a sense thrift.
 
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