TONIGHT'S LINEUP
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Since Ken and I have the day off tomorrow, we can get in an extra-long gaming session this evening. Here's what's planned.
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1. Board Game: Orcz [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:12981]
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We've only played this once so far, to pretty much universal acclaim (excepting Kev, he's so hard to please!). It definitely needs more love from our crew.
 
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2. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:171]
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Gotta hit this one again, since we played it slightly wrong the first time. I admit I was somewhat skeptical of this game at first sight on the Geek, but after playing, I've decided I love it, despite its somewhat abstract mechanics. Any game with cool Buddha Bitz can't be a bad thing!
 
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3. Board Game: Lawless [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:4795]
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Ken and I have been trying to get this back to the table for a few sessions now. We kinda like it, the other two members are somewhat less enthralled.
 
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4. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:217]
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Ken just got this--it'll be our rookie outing with this series, and I'm really looking forward to it. If I like it enough, I'll probably get Java.
 
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5. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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So far this year, it's my most-played game. A group favorite.
 
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6. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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It's gonna happen, so why fight it? Sue us, we're PR newbies and the shine hasn't worn off yet. Plus I don't want the admins to swoop down and purge me for failing to include it in the list.
 
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7. Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:442]
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I just acquired this through a recent Pass a Game Around session, and it has yet to hit the table. I hope I can bring our avid wargamers around to better enjoyment of the auction mechanic, since it's prevalent in so many Euros.
 
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8. Board Game: Dream Factory [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:575]
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Ken finally got his from Germany, and we played it last session. Once again, Kev was unequivocal. Victory in this game seems more elusive than most other Knizia games (at least to me)! Ken and I really dig this one, though.
 
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9. Board Game: Blood Feud in New York [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:4204]
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This may be the main event. Everybody seems to like this one, despite its backstabbing and bloodthirsty nature. I'm still working on a set of Event cards to throw some more chaos into the mix.
 
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10. Board Game: Attack! Expansion [Average Rating:6.53 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.53 Unranked]
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Or this might be the big one. Everyone seems to like this one, though I may introduce some house rules to even out the distribution of Oil Certificates. Also I recommend ignoring the "13th Eagle Event-Game Over" rule, and playing until ONE player is eliminated. Less anticlimactic that way, but will take longer. The pic reminds me a bit of our group, lots of AP (with this game, anyway) and lots of "sweating blood".
 
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11. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:178]
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In the event of early elimination from the main event game, two of us could play this. My favorite Knizia card game, I'm always ready for a round of this!
 
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12. Board Game: Kahuna [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:913]
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Or if eliminated, I'd play this one in a heartbeat. And Ken seems determined to overturn my unbeaten status at this game. My favorite small Kosmos game for sure.
 
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13. Board Game: Colossal Arena [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:752]
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In the end, we bagged the big elimination games and played this to close the night. I was severely punished for my loyalty to the Cyclops! Kev squeaked one here.
 
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