The best gaming parcel you have ever opened?
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1. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:312]
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It is often more economical to order several games at once to reduce postage costs, so my games usually arrive in batches.

A few months ago I opened a parcel that contained Vikings which quickly became our favourite game, Tobago, another firm family favourite and two fun card games Archaeology and Coloretto.

I was lucky that the whole family loved all these games, which is sadly not always the case.
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2. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:118] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Michael Wheet
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Probably one of the trades I made here at BGG.

The package I'm specifically thinking of contained:

Memoir '44
Memoir '44: Air Pack
Memoir '44 - Eastern Front
Memoir '44 - Pacific Theater
Memoir '44 - Terrain Pack
Memoir '44 - Winter/Desert Board
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3. Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:1016]
Kris Verbeeck
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This game together with Hotel Life with unpainted hotel managers, you have seen the pictures, has to be the best. Allthough I haven't played them I have studied the rules to XiangQi and opened up hotel life quite a few times, made translations and bumped into other translations. Will try to get that to the table this summer.

Xiangqi is not a game I would normally get because it is an abstract but it's a very promising one. (if you can ssay that of a game with that age.

Hotel life well has a special meaning for me.

But what really makes this the best parcel is that a user out of the blue contacted me about Hotel life and offered it to me.

For the first time i fellt like I was part of this site.


Special mention is there for my Secret Santa of 2008 who made me a very impressive handmade set of Wiz-war that came with a fun dexterity game.
His genorisity gives me energy every time I think about it.

I feel like I let both of them down by not playing wiz-war or hotel life by now.

they are both centerpieces in my collection.

and finally the crokinole board i received in a giant some sort of trade because I refuse to use paypal. Again I have to say that the people who made this possible make me humble.

I hope to meet all of them sometime and I allready met some great people because of this site.
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4. Board Game: Washington's War [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:428]
Judd Vance
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My parcel had 1 game in it, but here's the backstory:

My missus ordered this for my birthday (May 2009) and the shipping date was August. Then it got delayed, and delayed, and DELAYED. (I was cool with it, because I would rather have a perfect game later than an imperfect game today).

Finally, it starts shipping in February. Then our credit card gets hit by GMT on a Thursday and I start getting giddy. I figure it will be here Monday, so during the weekend, I stay up WAY too late to finish up a huge solitaire game of Saratoga. It didn't come Monday. By Saturday, I had made a post asking if anybody had received it.

Then about 10 days later, my missus gets an e-mail saying it is shipping...exactly 2 days before we left for a 9-day vacation. Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!! Had I received it before, I could have at least read the directions on the trip. On vacation, I had dreams about it. When we drove back from Texas to Kansas, before going home, I drove to the post office (they were holding the mail) to get it.

I have opened bigger packages with more games, but none more anticipated than this one.
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5. Board Game: The Battle of the Bulge [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:3674]
June Hwang Wah
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The first wargame I purchased on my own money. If it were a dog, it may have turned me off purchasing wargames. But it was an absolute gem.
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6. Board Game: Statis Pro Baseball [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:2790]
Alex V
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Recently purchased. I opened it with this giant grin on my face, feeling like a kid in the 1980s. Baseball! Statistics! Board game!
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This years Secret Santa boxes! I got the two individual boxes at the same time and I went ahead and opened them. Inside I found lots of wrapped goodies not only for myself but a present for my cat, and wife as well! Most awesome box ever!
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Secret Santa 2009 was far too generous this year.

The story behind the package is here.

The contents of the package is here.
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My santa in 2007 went totally over the top. First, he sent lots of cryptic puzzles clues. That alone was great.

Then, he sent an amazing, very funny, and very surprising package of a whopping 3 games, including LNoE which I'd been complaining about - but really liked after trying. You can read my post about it in the secret santa 2007 thread.

However, I have to note that the 'best gaming parcel before opening' what this Christmas package that my girlfriend wrapped for me:



Yep, that is in fact a Cthulhu made out of Christmas presents
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10. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:238] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
Jaime Lawrence
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I got Arkham Horror and all its expansions. It rocked SOOOOOOO much - and still does.


Where I began - Part 1 - The tale of a man who threw $300 to the wind
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11. Board Game Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
 
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I did some volunteer work at a con for FFG a few years ago.

A couple months later I received a 'surprise' box in the mail with:

TI3
Doom
Warcraft
A couple silver line games.

It was SO awesome to open the box and see TI3 on top!
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