Fifteen litres and a pizza box
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This Friday, I fly back to Ontario to visit my old friends, who used to game with me in basements across Scarborough.

Luggage space is tight, but I've discovered a lot of games here at the Geek since the last time I was back, and I want to introduce as many as I can. I stripped away the frills, leaving behind outer boxes, easily scroungeable parts, and duplicates such as dice.

I managed to squeeze nineteen games into a sturdy 15 litre plastic tub and a pizza box nicked from my wife's scrapbooking table.

A link to a lovingly crafted photo, since image embedding isn't working:
http://photos21.flickr.com/34933485_aa4d2b98c9_o.jpg

The pizza box, which has never known sausage or cheese, holds the boards and rulebooks. Everything else is snug in the tub.
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1. Board Game: Duel of Ages Set 1: Worldspanner [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1735]
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Duel is exactly the sort of sprawling silly combat game my friends and I would have played as teenagers.

I had a limited amount of room for big anchor games, but this one had to come.

All the cards, chits and keys from sets 1 and 2 fit neatly into a 4 cup Ziploc box.
 
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2. Board Game: Struggle of Empires [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:327]
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My second anchor game, picked because I've only played it once -- and I demand more!

Struggle was surprisingly easy to pack, because everything was already in baggies. Popped them into a Ziploc box. Done!

I left the dice behind. I actually hesitated, because I like the rounded dice of Struggle more than the sharp-cornered ones of Duel. Then I remembered I was insane.
 
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3. Board Game: Genoa [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:497]
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Euros like Puerto Rico brought my friends and I back to board gaming, and I try to bring a new Euro each time I return. I've only played Traders once, so there's lots to discover.

The bits all fit in some tupperware, but I'm not proud of this packing job. Every piece has its place in the proper Traders tray and now all the wares are mixed up. The salt is touching the metal. That could stain!
 
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4. Board Game: Vinci [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:596]
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I love the abstracted elegance of the wars in this game, and all my friends have lost months to the Civilization games echoed in the theme.

Everything is now bagged or cupped inside the luxurious sackcloth bag provided with the game.

I spilled all the frackin' discs when packing this one.
 
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5. Board Game: Meuterer [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:802]
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There is always room for Meuterer. You can fit a second copy of Meuterer inside your first copy, maybe with room left over for a copy of Meuterer. There's always room.
 
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6. Board Game: Dungeoneer: Vault of the Fiends [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:2550]
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Tomb of the Lich Lord too. My friends and I were all about Talisman in our youth, so this has the right glow to it.

I had planned to bring back Return of the Heroes, but traded it away to a better home after falling asleep on my copy.
 
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7. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:621]
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I admit some of the games listed here are cheats.

My copy of Can't Stop is a single paper sheet, printed off an Excel file I made. I'm the only person on the Geek who doesn't find this game in thrift stores.
 
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8. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:613]
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Diamant is homemade too, using crayons on the back of business cards. One of the cave dangers is spiders, because I can't draw scorpions.
 
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9. Board Game: Boomtown [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1404]
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I bought Boomtown at a startling discount, intending to trade it away. But I ended up liking it too much.

I'm bringing the cards, leaving the money, mayors and Korean rules behind. We can scrounge.
 
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10. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:573]
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Everyone's married these days, and some of my friends accidentally married people who won't calculate line-of-sight or betray their spouses during war. 6 Nimmt is close enough to a traditional card game to allow everyone to play.
 
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11. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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And if you have 6 Nimmt and a bunch of coins, you have Gechenkt too.

Another single sheet cheat, the single sheet being the rules. I've never played this one.
 
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12. Board Game: Colossal Arena [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:751]
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Arena has got monsters like Talisman, but it's made by Knizia, like a Euro. Should be an easy sell. Plays well two-player too.

Left the betting tokens behind. We can use Struggle of Empire bits or our babies or something.
 
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13. Board Game: Before I Kill You, Mister Spy... [Average Rating:5.42 Overall Rank:14773]
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This one snuck into the box at the last minute. Easy to pack, amusing theme. I have the "totally renamed" version.
 
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14. Board Game: Light Speed [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2324]
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Light Speed is the only game on the list my friends have tried with me before. This is an encore, on a friend's request.

Great game, but a hassle to score. In ten years, I'm going to build an RFID version that makes my laptop do all the work. First stop: engineering school!
 
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15. Board Game: Odin's Ravens [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1065]
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The next four games are for two players.

My wife and I play Ravens a lot. It was my first trade ever on BGG. The raven bits themselves are staying here.
 
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16. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:491] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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Jambo has a jumble of bits, all tucked in a baggie. They fit beside the cards inside an Apples to Apples expansion box.
 
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17. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:179]
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Battle Line squeezed out Babel because it all its cards are standard sized, letting it share a box with Jambo.
 
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18. Board Game: Maelstrom [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:3812]
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Once upon a time, my friends and I had the Magic: The Gathering bug. I hope to reawake the infection with a few matches of Vortex.

This is a surprisingly bulky game, but smuggling it out of province is my only way to play, because this one of the few games my wife finds tiresome.

I made four decks of 26 tiles and baggied them up, leaving the leftovers at home.
 
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19. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:560]
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I filled a Sucrets tin with 30 six-siders. As I packed it away, I realized I'd been using this same dice tin ever since I've known my friends. Twenty-two years.

We may not get this game to the table, but I'm glad the tin is coming along.
 
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20. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:422]
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This was the secret birthday my friend had waiting for me. No fitting this one in the tupperware box. The game proved to be a hit -- the right blend of casual and adventure gaming for our group. I checked the online errata before playing, but we never ran into any of the storied mistakes, except of course the lake on the second floor.
 
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