How I found BGG and lost $200
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I've been dating this girl, Heather, for the last few months and we had enjoyed playing games together. I had a lot of neat board games bought from a local game store. However, I didn't have very many two-player games!

We started off just playing Sequence and Wooly Bully together. She enjoyed them a lot and but I found us playing the same games over and over and I wanted to introduce her to more unique and fun Euro games.

I did a lot of googling in order to research two player games and ended up finding BGG because of it. And because of BGG, I've managed to lose $200 to games I never knew I needed.

I've got a great collection of games now and am waiting for others to come in the mail. I still haven't played them with Heather yet as she went out of town but as soon as she gets back, we're going to have a blast together. I knew I got a few that she'll love.
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1. Board Game: Sequence [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:3086]
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This is the first game I introduced to her. I enjoy the way it plays with two people. Heather usually beats me at it but we both have fun with it. She's enjoyed it so much that she's asked her parents to get it for her.
 
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2. Board Game: Wooly Bully [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:2581]
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Another game we love playing together. We each just play one sheep color and so we dodge our moves around at the start so it's harder to figure out who we are. We usually tend to both win this game and both of us play dirty. There's been many times she's played some moves that allow for one of my pens to only be closed by a piece that doesn't exist.
 
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Count of Carcassonne [Average Rating:5.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.94 Unranked]
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Since Heather enjoyed Wooly Bully so much, I'm getting ready to teach her Carcassonne and play that with her. I'll probably introduce the City to her first even though I have the Castle as I liked how the City played better.

I figured though that since we'd eventually play with Carcassonne with more than just us, I better pick up a few of the expansions I didn't have. Honest, I did it for her... I'm not really an expansion freak. Honest...
 
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4. Board Game: Hera and Zeus [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1406]
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I was excited when I found a GeekList for two-player couple games. This one seemed to be highly recommended and looked like fun. I enjoyed the theme and how it had a god and goddess fighting against each other. It was the first Kosmos two-player gmae I picked up and my gateway game to the rest.
 
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5. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
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I was having my family come over for a week and planned to introduce Heather to them all. My family is big on games so I figured we'd play on when they were high and wanted to get one that'd let us all join in, not take too long, and had a fun light theme.
 
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6. Board Game: High Bohn Plus [Average Rating:6.78 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.78 Unranked]
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And of course, I noticed Bohnanza had expansions. Which never having played the game, I figured I needed.
 
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7. Board Game: Bohnaparte [Average Rating:5.81 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.81 Unranked]
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I really don't have a problem. I don't have to buy all the expansions I can find for a game I own. Really.
 
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8. Board Game: Odin's Ravens [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1065]
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Hera and Zeus had been an excellent purchase and after having played it with my sister a few times, I knew that Heather would enjoy it and wanted to check out some other games that Kosmos had for two players.

I checked the Geek and found that this one was recommended and had a Norse theme that I loved. I've enjoyed it and am looking forward to playing it with Heather.
 
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9. Board Game: Balloon Cup [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:903]
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I grew up in New Mexico with Hot Air Balloons every September, October. The theme of this game was perfect for me and it was once again another Kosmos two-player game. Instant buy and sounded like it'd be very fun.

I've played it several times with my sister and it's now our favorite game to play when it's just the two of us.
 
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10. Board Game: Tally Ho! [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:2479]
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Heather probably won't like this one as much as I do just because of the theme on it. It was another Kosmos two-player though and it tugged of some childhood memory of a NES game that played like Chess put with wars between units when they met on the same square. Not sure why that memory came up but I bought it because of that.
 
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11. Board Game: Carcassonne: King & Scout [Average Rating:6.59 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.59 Unranked]
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Like I said, I'm going to introduce Heather to Carcassonne soon and I figured well, I may need this expansion as well. Just to be safe I better get them all!
 
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12. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
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I saw this game on the Geek and was all "Those Camels are kind of cute." I showed it to my sister then after reading more about it and seeing how much people talked about it to get a second opinion on it. She said, "Oh my gosh, those camels are so cute! And look you get to ride them! That's so cute. You have to get it!"

So I'm guessing Heather will think it's a cute game to and be more than willing to play it with me. I'm excited to get my hands on it and see how it plays. It sounds very interesting and that it scales well with players.
 
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13. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:317]
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I was very skeptic about buying this game. I know I'm going to have a tough time getting my sister to play this with me simply because of the theme. I also had heard it was a little like Mafia (Werewolf) because of the traitor. I live in Utah, in a singles community. I play Mafia almost every few Mondays because of this and I'm sick of the game.

But, the theme was too good for me and after reading more about it I thought I'd give it a try. I have some friends that I think will get a kick out of it and Heather will play at least once with me! I mean she plays World of Warcraft, she could dig this.

I'm hoping it goes well and wasn't money wasted.
 
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14. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
 
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I got this game for another group game night I plan on having. I'll invite Heather over so it can be on the list. Besides, it's Heather's fault I found BGG and was convinced to buy this game.
 
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15. Board Game: Puerto Rico: Expansion I – New Buildings [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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So even though I've never played Puerto Rico, I need this right? It, um, pushed me over $100 on one of my orders so I could get free shipping? Yeap, that's it. Has nothing to do with it being an expansion.
 
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16. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:491] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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Oops, more two-player Kosmos games? I can't tell you how much I enjoy dating a girl that plays games with me and this one also appeared to be highly recommended for couples so I figured why not.
 
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17. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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I've seen this game a lot in my local gaming store. I've never bought it though. There was just something about it that never caught my attention when I looked at the back. But... now that I've enjoyed the other Kosmos games so much I figured why not. Especially, after seeing how many people go on and on about it.

We'll see. This one is all your fault!
 
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18. Board Game: Kahuna [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:911]
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Do I really need to get all the Kosmos games? Yes, yes I do.
 
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19. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
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Another one that's all your guys's fault. It's on very Geeklist I look at.
 
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20. Board Game: Manila [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:614]
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I haven't gotten this game yet but it's my next planned purchase. I lived in the Philippines for two years and learned the language and feel in love with the people there.

So when I saw this game, I knew I was going to get it. Especially after I saw the cards had the Baybayin script written on them. They say "Manila" on the top and "Bayad" on the bottom which means payment or fee.

I plan to have Heather over one night and cook her some Filipino dishes. This would be the perfect game to play afterwards.
 
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