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I Learned Everything I Ever Learned About Gaming From A Geek

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Game Buying Tips # 6
Games on the Cheap - Part III

Your friends introduced you to Settlers of Catan or Ticket to Ride or some other game that isn't Monopoly. You love it and think to yourself, "There has to be more games like these...right?" So you go where any good sleuth goes, and head over to your internet welding device and do a Google search for "Board Games". Your first hit is a website called Board Game Geek. You think, "I'm not a geek." Although you fear the stereotype you click and find yourself in a world you never knew existed. Blogs, Videos, Reviews, News, Auctions, and more. You found the Holy Grail of gaming.

On BGG you can find all sorts of awesome stuff. It wasn't until recently that I started to dive deeper into the site. That is when I began to find people trading games, selling games, auctions for games, and tips on where to find the best games deals. A whole new world of gaming was opened to me. And this was great for me. Since our gaming budget doesn't exist, I found this as a great way to score some new game sway without breaking the bank. So I started listing the games that were gathering dust for trade. I have now done about ten trades on Board Game Geek and through local connections. I love it. I get to get rid of the games we no longer play and replace them with something new for the cost of shipping a box.

The Geek also has a great tab called "Buying and Selling". Here is where you can find all the deals. People will post when games have been discounted on websites and at stores. There will be list for game auctions, game sales, and any other sort of game buying deals you can think of. You can also put post here to sell your items or tell the community of a great deal that you have discovered. I have not actively participated in this feed, but I search though it often to see where the hot deals are, especially around the holidays.

Explore Board Game Geek. Do some treasure hunting and see what you can find. I know that I have discovered quite a bit. It's a great place to find that long out of stock game that you have been searching for and have yet to find. So do some searching and maybe you will find your Holy Grail of gaming. If you don't know where to start check out the Bazaar Tab from the menu. Let us know what deals you have discovered on Board Game Geek. Check out more at www.gameswithtwo.com
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Mon Feb 6, 2012 10:33 pm
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For Monarch City!

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While Mrs. Games with Two is away, the boys will play. Time for another adventure in gaming with the boys. Last night we broke out Defenders of the Realm. This is a cooperative game set in a fantasy world (I compare it to Lord of the Rings without the licensing) for two to four players. Each player selects a hero with a special ability and everyone works together to defeat four invading generals. The game plays very much like Forbidden Island and Pandemic. However, DotR plays as if it is a more advanced version of these popular games. If this looks like a game you might be interested in, but the price is a little much for you check out Forbidden Island and/or Pandemic. Then if you like those and want more of a challenge then I would suggest grabbing a copy of Defenders.

Last night we began defending the Realm with 3 heros. A Dwarf, A Eagle Rider, and a Wizard. The realm quickly filled with minions of the four generals. We began collecting hero cards to fight the four generals as tried our best to keep the many minions at bay. At points it felt as if we were going to be overtaken. And then we would be successful at multiple battles in a row. Then the generals began to fall. First the Orcs, followed by the Demons, then Saphhire and finally the Undead. They fell like dominos. It was a victory for the heroes.

Although this adventure was an easy victory, this has not always been the case. We have played this game five times now, and we have three victories to two loses. So I would say this game presents a challenge. There are many expansions to give you more heroes and more generals. Therefore, victory can become more difficult to obtain. These expansions also give you plenty of variety. I do not currently own any of the expansions and right now I don't have plans to get them. This game just doesn't hit the table enough to warrant them.

Now you maybe be wondering will this game play well with two? And will my wife like it? The answer is no and yes. I think this game plays best with three or four. With only two heroes the game can be very challenging as you try to defeat for generals. It can be done, but not easily. So if you are looking for a challenge maybe a two player game would be right up your alley. Secondly, my wife does not get into many fantasy themed games. However, she has played this one and enjoyed playing it. She loves cooperative games, so I think that is a huge selling point. It is not one that she is ever eage to play, but she will play it and has a good time doing so. We found that this is a good one to break out on a couples game night. Do use caution if you go this route, as the fantasy theme can be a deteriorate for some. Although, with the right friends, the right combo of heroes, and a little luck you can enjoy a night of Defending the Realm. Also, check out our first ever video review of this beautiful game www.youtube.com/gameswithtwo, and check out more at our blog www.gameswithtwo.blogspot.com
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Sat Feb 4, 2012 2:06 am
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Farmers, Knights, Thieves, and Monks

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I never thought that one person could have so many different occupations. And being a thief and a monk? Seems a little odd. Well that is exactly what are meeple friends are in the classic game Carcassonne from Rio Grande Games. Even though the game is only ten years old, I consider it a classic in the modern board gaming genre. It has won countless awards including the big one, The Spiel des Jahres. This modern classic always stays fresh and is always ready to hit the table.

Carcassonne is by far Mrs. Games with Two's favorite game. She loves to play this one. If it was up to her this is the only game that we would play. Although she often loses because of her lack of crops (no farmland). She usually holds her own and takes a more Pius approach to the game (she loves monasteries). The overall ease of game play and the ability to block your opponent with the right tile makes this a game that we come back to over and over again. We love that it plays great with two, and it also plays really well with five (and six if you have the Inns and Cathedrals Expansion). Although, the game starts off easy to learn and understand, you can make the game fairly complex with the endless number of expansions for the game. We currently have four of said expansions (Inns & Cathedrals; Traders & Builders; Abbey & Mayor; and Bridges, Castles, and Bazaars). Since we play this quite often I will go over the individual expansions in detail in future post; for now, just the base game, which is great all by itself.

The game stays fresh as the board changes with every play, and no two games are ever alike. A great "take that" aspect in the game, allows you take someone else's spot and leave them wishing they would have pulled your tile. Many different strategies in the game allow experienced players to continue to challenge themselves, while a luck factor allows novices to keep pace. Finally, there is a sense of accomplishment as you look at what you built together. You have made a beautiful piece of art that will never be replicated. I think that is one of the many reasons we love this game so much. Win or Lose you feel that you have created something together.

We both love this game to bits. It was one of the first Eurogames that we ever played, and it is still one of our all time favorites. The components are great and the price is great at about $30 at your Friendly Local Game Store. We can't sing the Carcassonne praises enough, and we will continue to as we expound upon the many expansions. This game made Meeples who they are today. So if you don't have this one in your collection, you should consider picking it up, or try one of it's many incarnations and expansions, if you already own it.
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Fri Feb 3, 2012 6:15 pm
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Local & Friendly

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Game Buying Tips #5
Games on the Cheap - Part II

So you want to support your Friendly Local Game Store (FLGS), and you want a great deal. Well I have some ideas that will help you score a great game at a great price and still support your local economy. These tips will not apply to every for every FLGS all the time, but it will give you some ideas of what is out there and maybe some of these you can ask your store if they do or could do in the future. So customers and owners take note.

1. Reward Programs
Many local stores will offer some sort of rewards program. This could be a percentage off your purchase, discounts on preorders, free games for members, or other perks. At my local store they offer 10% off if you mention the local Meetup Group that they support. They also give you an additional discount if you preorder a game and you are part of the Meetup Group. Another local store gave customers a 20% discount on anything in the store on Black Friday. It started at 11pm on Friday night so it was after the other Black Friday madness was over. So ask your FLGS what kind of reward programs they have, you might be surprised what kind of discounts you are missing out on.


2. Clearance Clearance Clearance

One of my local stores has a clearance bin at the front of their store. This is a great place to find treasures. Usually it is mostly filled with HeroClix, miniatures, and RPG books, but there are also always some treasures. I found a copy of Catan: Seafarers - 5-6 Player Extension for $5.00. A couple months back they had Wits and Wagers Family marked at 40%. They have also had a slew of other great buys in their clearance bin. Another local store was selling games for as low as $1 at one point. Now to be fair the games didn't look very good, but you could at least use the box and bits for other games.

3. Auctions
Finally, my local game store does game auctions three to four times a year. They allow gamers to bring in their unwanted games and they auction them off. The people who put their games in the auction get store credit for the amount the games sold for, and the auction attenders to get that rare find that they have been looking for. The store benefits by having patrons in the store for three times over. The patrons bring their used games into the store, then the auction attendees come, then the people who sold their games come back to use their store credit. It works great for everyone.

I do have some basic strategies for participating in auctions as they can be a trap. First, you need to scout the auction. My local game auction allows us to come in the day before and look over everything. I usually am armed with pen and paper. I write down the auction id as well as the game names. Usually there are several games that look interesting, but I don't know much about. Next, I head home and do some quick research. I check the MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) and I usually watch some videos or read some articles to see if it's a game worth picking up. If I determine it's a good game I put it on my buy list and then I set a limit for myself. Usually 25% less than the MSRP. Once I have my list and a limit on each individual game, I set a limit for the auction (I would suggest at least $100 to make it worth your time). It is easy to go overboard or get into a bidding war with someone. Therefore, it is a good idea to have your limits set. I also try to take a buddy who will make sure you don't get in a bidding war.

Hopefully you can get some great games at a great price at your FLGS. And a big shout out to my two favorite local stores: Game Nite and The Fantasy Shop. Let us know what kind of deals have you found at your FLGS?

Edit: Just found out that one of my local stores is having a flea market this weekend. They are allowing patrons to rent a table and sell their games. I am going to do some investigating on Saturday. I will let you all know how it goes.

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Thu Feb 2, 2012 6:25 pm
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No More Rips for Jack

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Tonight Mrs. Games with Two and myself played Letters From Whitechapel. This is a hidden movement game where one person plays Jack the Ripper and the other one to five players are the fuzz. The game takes place over 4 rounds (nights). Each night Jack kills one victim (called the wretched); except on the third night when he kills two people. After the murder(s) Jack attempts to go from the scene of the crime to his pre-chosen hideout. While he is doing this the team of police officers tries to catch him; by searching for clues and attempting to make arrest.

This is a game that we have played several times with a full group of six players. We have also gone through half a game with two, then littles decided that we shouldn't play games that night. So this was the first real go with two. It was also the first time that Mrs. GWT played as the Ripper. The game started off great for Jack. He made it safely home the first two nights. Then the third night he was captured before he got started, on spot 130; a great game nonetheless. Jack was nervous after I pinned his location. He started making swift movements and was just trying to make it through the night; without considering his next crime. In the end this was his downfall. And thanks to a crack team of detectives a serial killer faces the gallows.

Overall, I really love this game. It moves fairly quickly with two. We finished in about an hour. However, if you play with a full crew it can take longer (2-3 hours and I have heard of games taking 2 game sessions). The detectives tend to debate and you can have a problem of an alpha player (one who takes control of the game and doesn't let anyone else move). The game tries to prevent this with one player being "The Boss" each round. The movement is different and interesting as Jack moves on numbers on the board and the police move on black squares in between the numbers. I have heard it compared to Scotland Yard but not much else(I haven't gotten a chance to play this one so my opinion doesn't count). The theme can also be one that can turn some people away. The idea of killing prostitutes doesn't sit well with everyone. However, this is based on historical events and the game gives some great background on the legend of Jack the Ripper. That being said, you may not want to bring this one to the table with your eight year old. In the end, great game, great with two players and with six players, good components and a fair price $50 give or take. I would love to hear about your experiences with this game, feel free to leave a comment, and check out the website at www.gameswithtwo.blogspot.com
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Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:04 am
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Thrifty Garages

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Game Buying Tips #4
Games on the Cheap - Part I

If you like our family we don't have an endless supply of cash for games. For some reason Mrs. Games With Two thinks we should have food and electricity rather than the latest Carcassonne or Dominion Expansion. So that usually limits our game purchasing to holidays and birthdays and sometimes that all important tax refund. So I have had to become resourceful in my game purchasing. How can I keep my collection fresh and new without breaking the bank (because the bank is already broken)? Well I hope to answer that question here with a few places that I get my games. Please not that these are usually used games and they are not always in the best condition. I will start with some obvious choices and then go into the less likely. So onto part 1 of this series that is part of the "Game Buying Tips" Series.

1. Thrift Stores and Garage Sales - Most people are aware of this option, but I will give you some tips and some things that I have scored. Check your local thrift stores it is amazing the stuff you will find in there. I am not a hardcore thrifter or thriftite or whatever they are called, but we do frequent them. The game section of these stores can be pretty chaotic. It is usually next to the toy section, and appears that a gang of seven year olds have made it their own private playground; enter with caution. When you go into the thrift stores there is not much of a gaming selection; especially if you are into hobby gaming. If you are looking for Scene It? Disney and Twilight: The Movie Board Game you will have no problem. However, a little patience and a kin eye can lead to some great gaming finds.

The second place that I like to look is your neighborhood garage sales and rummage sales. These are a great place to find some treasures. Again, lots of Dogopoly and Trouble games to go through. There are treasures to be found. I personally like to hit up the subdivision sales and church/school rummage sales. These give you a lot of junk to look through without spending a whole lot of time. And hey if you don't find a copy of Settlers of Catan with all the expansions still in the shrink for $5, maybe you find a great pair of shoes or a new couch for your living room. And if you can't find what you are looking for go support your friendly local game store. Our next section will focus on hitting them up for some great deals.

Here is a list of games that me and my friends have found at our local thrift stores and garage sales. Let us know about great treasures that you have discovered.

1. Pillars of the Earth
2. 5 copies of Tower of Babel
3. Colossal Arena
4. Domination (aka Focus)
5. Rummikub
6. Chronology

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Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:36 pm
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Risk Legacy - Game 1 - No Spoilt Food

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This is a gaming venture without Mrs. Games with Two. We setup a campaign of the new Risk Legacy. Me and four other friends started this venture last night. I am going to write about our games and experiences on the blog. However, I am going to refrain from giving "spoilers" and talk more about the experience of playing the game. We didn't open any new envelopes so there is nothing that you do not see right out of the box. We are planning on playing this about once a month over the course of the next year or so, and hopefully I will be blogging about every game as we play them. This is the tale of our first game.

I started this game by having everyone sign the back of the board as stated in the rules. Then we decided together the starting conditions for our game. Then we went into our explanation of the game. This first game took a little longer because we had this initial setup and we had to explain the rules. We also had a couple people who have only played basic Risk a couple of times. Therefore, I would make sure that you have some extra time set aside for the first game as you all try to grasp the concepts in this new game. And trust me, even if you are a Risk veteran like me; some tried and true strategies may not work in this game.

After rules and setup we were ready to get started. The game started slow as we all choose starting position fairly far apart (each one took a continent to start in less Asia). However, the game quickly picked up and the game end in a quick flash as Europe stood uncontested and built up enough forces to take down two headquarters in one turn. Everyone came away enjoying this new version of Risk. We all had a great time and the game had us all wanting more and wondering what would come next. We didn't get to open any new envelopes this game, but we had three minor cities named and a subtraction from one of the continent bonuses. Everyone enjoyed naming the cities and placing scars on the board.

I really felt like this brought something completely new to Risk. It brought things to the game that fans have been wanting including: bases, empty territories, roll modifiers, special abilities, and an ever changing landscape. I will admit that I played quite a bit of Risk when I was younger, and frankly I was a little burnt out on the game. However, this new version brings so many new features to the classic game and that I feel rejuvenate and I left the game wanting to play more. I am glad that I made the purchase of this game and I can't wait to play it some more. Check out more at www.gameswithtwo.blogspot.com

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Could Not Resist

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We can't always just play games with just the two of us. From time to time we will play games with others. And I feel it is important to share those times with you as well. Last night was one of those times. We had two other couples over (six people total if your doing the math) for dinners and games. After dinner and chatting and getting the littles to bed we couldn't start a long game, and our collection is limited when there are six people. So be broke The Resistance designed by Don Eskridge. This is great little game that plays 5-10 players. We love to break this one out when we have too many people for one of our other games and not enough to play a game of Ultimate Werewolf.

The premise of The Resistance is that everyone is in an organization that is trying to overthrow the government. As a group we select several members from our team to go on a mission. Then that mission either succeeds or fails. This is done until we either successfully complete three missions or we fail three missions. The kicker is that within our group there are several spies that work for the government who are trying to sabotage these missions. Therefore, you have to carefully select who will go on the missions.

This is a great little social deduction game. It plays well with 5 players and with 10 players. There is no player elimination like in Werewolf, so everyone can enjoy the fun. It is also a fairly short game only taking 20-30 minutes to play. We were about to get in three rounds in about 90 minutes. I also love playing this game with couples. Especially married couples. The spouses know each other so well that sometimes they are able to notice the other one's tells. And yet other times they have no clue what their spouse is thinking. It makes for great fun. This game is also very simple and straight forward. Just about anyone can pick it up. I have played this with relatives who are gamers and have had a great time. Finally, the price of this game is right on target. I believe it retails for around $20, but I have seen it as cheap as $15. A great little game to add to your collection, and it fills a niche that was just dying to be filled. Check out more at www.gameswithtwo.blogspot.com or follow me on Twitter @GamesWithTwo.
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1960 Wasn't a Good Year

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Many times we get a game because the reviews are great, or it's near the top of the rankings, or we love the theme. This was the case for 1960: The Making of the President. However, this one fell flat for us. Now before you stop reading and starting posting comments about how insane I am, please let me finish. I love history and I especially love American History, and the 1960s hold a special place in my heart. Mostly because there was so much going on during that decade. Therefore, I thought this game would be a perfect match.

1960 is about the 1960 US Presidential Election between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy. Each player selects the role of one of the candidates. The rest of the game you are trying to gain control of states by campaigning and debating against your opponent. The game comes to it's dramatic conclusion with the election and the electoral votes are tallied up, with the majority holder winning the election and thus the game.

1960: The Making of the President is a good game. It is a card driven area control game at it's core and I am told that it is very similar to Twilight Struggle. This game faltered with us in a couple of areas. First, the length, the game takes 90-120 minutes to play. And our first play was taking even longer as we were getting our barrings. My wife said that she does enjoy longer games, but would rather play these longer games with more players. If we are playing a two player game she wants it to only last about an hour. Second, there is a steep learning curve as this is a fairly heavy game. If you have played a couple games and your opponent has not, you will most likely beat them. Therefore, this game works great if you are playing against the same person every game; yet if you are playing against different opponents it is not going to be much fun for you or your opponent. Finally, the theme is one that does not appeal to everyone. You have to enjoy history and politics to truly appreciate this game.

Although this game wasn't for us. This game might be for you. If you enjoy a longer game with some depth, then this could be a great game for you and your spouse. If you enjoy a great theme in political history, then you may enjoy this one. If you like a good area control game then you probably going to like this one. Although this one did not work for us, it is still a good game and could be worth exploring. Check out more at www.gameswithtwo.blogspot.com
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Ask Your Wife

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Buying a Game - Tip 3

You have taken the steps to research the games that you are interested in. Now that you have narrowed down your list to only a few games, it's time to get your wife involved. Ask her to come to your friendly local game store with you. Show her the games you are interested in purchasing. Have her search the shelves herself for games that look interesting to her. Having her input can be a great advantage into making sure that your gaming time together is fun for both of you. So, even though the new Martin Wallace game A Few Acres of Snow looks like an awesome game to you; however, you know your wife hates history, war, and deck building games. So this might not be the best choice for you.

Once you have taken the time to browse the shelves. See if your store has any demo copies for you to view and play. It can be very helpful to see the bits and hold them in your hand. It can also assist in the buying process if you can see how the game is played first hand.

Then ask your wife questions. Ask her if the game interest her. Ask her if it something that she would enjoy playing. It's important to make sure that you pick a game that you both will enjoy. Also, make sure you take notice of the types of games that she likes and doesn't like. See which ones see gravitated towards in the store. Taking these simple steps can really improve your overall gaming experience.

Therefore, involve your significant other in the process of purchasing that new game. Buying a game is part of the fun of gaming. It is important to involve your spouse in the process. Then you will have a better idea of what she likes and she will have a better idea of what you like.

Here is a crazier idea, have her pick out your next game. I know it is difficult, but you can do it. Show her the steps you take to buying a game and do the research together, but have her make the final decision. Enjoy gaming together and I treasure your feedback. Check out more at www.gameswithtwo.blogspot.com
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