Shrinky Dinks
Scott A. Reed
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Looking over my collection, I see that ~10% of the games I own are still in shrinkwrap. This has come about partially because I'm the fool who is soon parted from his money, but also because I had to get some of them while they were still available to me (before they went OOP!). At any rate, I have a whole pile of games that mock me because I haven't even opened them up to have a look at their great bits. The tragedy is that I have a lot of games that I own that I have never played, but the shrinkwrapped ones add insult to injury. What is wrong with me? Why am I allowing these games to languish unplayed?
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1. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:53]
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Based on the recommendations of a lot of others (including the overwhelming majority of my Geekbuddy list) I picked this one up last spring before it went OOP. The sad thing is, that it has been waiting for me in shrinkwrap for over a year.
 
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2. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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I received Tichu for Xmas, and have carried the box to several gaming sessions, only to have it wait aside while other games get played. Oh, I've opened up the box and read the basic rules, but still the cards wait in their plastic prisons, awaiting the liberation day.
 
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3. Board Game: Taj Mahal [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:306]
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I got Tadsch Mahal several months ago in a shipment from Germany, but I've never gone any further than to look over the box and place it on the shelf. I have a German copy, but I have scans of the Rio Grande rulebook so language isn't an issue. I just can't get it off the shelf and on the table.
 
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4. Board Game: Chinatown [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:363]
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I scored this one in a big pack of games from a German seller several months ago, but all it has done so far is fill in its space on the alea shelf. I recently got Big City, and I really enjoy playing it, and I've resisted the temptation to get Metropolis, because people say that Big City and Chinatown evolved from Metropolis, and concentrated the best elements.
 
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5. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
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At least I've actually played this one, but not this one. I had the opportunity to get the Kosmos large box version for a reasonable price, so I decided to go ahead and get it, and I sold off my little-played Fantasy Flight version for around the same price; so I traded up in components, but this one still hasn't been out of the package.
 
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6. Board Game: San Marco [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:512]
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San Marco came to me several months as part of a boxed lot from an eBay sale. I'd looked at the game and coveted it for a long while, but it still waits for me, calling from inside the shink, it's tiny Italian voice muffled by the plastic.
 
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7. Board Game: Keythedral [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:681]
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Keythedral came well recommended, and after it was reprinted with a listing cost at a quarter of the going rate for the limited edition, I knew I had to get it. It's only been waiting a couple of weeks, but I'm still unsure of when its time will come.
 
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8. Board Game: I'm the Boss! [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:930]
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This version of Kohle,Kies, & Knete/I'm the Boss taunts me from my shelves, the cast of characters from the front looking at me with disdain, knowing that they'll never make a deal with me.
 
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9. Board Game: Babel [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1041]
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I received Babel in a trade in the last couple of months, and I got it primarily because I like other games in the Kosmos 2-player line, and I thought this would be another that my wife and I could play together. So far, I've had a look at the rules, but the cards are still waiting in their shrinkwrapped packs.
 
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10. Board Game: New England [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1694]
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Though it was named game of the year by Games magazine, this one got a cooler reaction from the Geek, but is still in the top quartile of games. None of these considerations has gotten me any closer to opening it up to play. It has sat on the shelf and waited. Maybe this year?
 
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11. Board Game: Risk: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Edition [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1715]
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One of the first ten games that I bought, and one of the three or so of those that I still haven't played. Sure it looks really really neat, but I can't get over the notion in the back of my mind that it's still just Risk. My Platonic problem is that I'm out of the cave, and I've seen the objects for what they really are, and I know that I can't go back.
 
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12. Board Game: Fresh Fish [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1995]
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At one time, it seemed like everywhere you turned, there was a list for the Fresh Fish reprint by Plenary games. I acquired one in a group purchase on eBay back when it was cropping up everywhere. Then it seemed that all of the buzz went away, and I still haven't opened up the game to play.
 
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13. Board Game: Mammoth Hunters [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:3139]
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I bought Mammoth Hunters in a "Buy Two Get a Third Free" sale at Funagain, and I added it to my alea shelf (only after I had cut open the edge of the shrink and applied a decal to add #8 to the box) but it still doesn't look like I'll be hunting mammoths any time soon.
 
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14. Board Game: Die Siedler von Catan: Das Buch zum Spielen [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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I snapped this up early on in my game buying when I thought it was a rarity. Well, I was a little off the mark, but I'm still holding it for the case that someday I might feel that I need a settlers variant so spice up the gameplay, and then this will be ready for me.
 
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