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Yeah, yeah. So what if everyone else is doing it?

My goals this year for game acquisitions were twofold - enhance my personal collection and get games for BGG.Con. Derk and I were trying not to overlap our purchases too much so as to maximize titles for the show.

In order of acquisition (more or less).

At the bottom are some of the games I didn't get and why.
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1. Board Game: Chinatown [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:307]
Anye Freer
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This has been on my "must have" list for ages, and when I saw Brian Yu picking up a copy for a friend on Wednesday it reminded me that I needed it.

I managed to get a copy still in shrink for 30 EU. Not bad, if not cheap.
 
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2. Board Game: Shear Panic [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1178]
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Luckily I'd mentioned to Gordon Lamont in an IM that I wanted a copy of this or I'd not have had a prayer. They were all sold or reserved by midday Wednesday.
 
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3. Board Game: Byzantium [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:999]
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As part of my Warfrog booth babe duties I got to run a bunch of demos of Byzantium. It's really a great game, unfortunately I've played only the first phase many times!
 
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4. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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Picked this up with Byzantium.
 
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5. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Bay Area [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked]
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I got the 3rd to last copy available of this. Unfortunately there were none mounted left, so I got it in rolled paper form. I also picked up an extra AoS Exp #2 to mount it on.
 
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6. Board Game: Indonesia [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:169]
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I didn't play this but I got a good rules explanation from one of the Splotter folks, and the game sounds like it will be great fun. At 60 EU it darn well better be! I'm sure it will go over well at BGG.Con and will probably be popular enough to justify that Derk got one too.
 
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7. Board Game: Ur: 1830 BC [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:3006]
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Impulse buy along with Indonesia above at 10 EU. I keep telling myself to stop buying 18xx games I'll rarely get to the table but I don't listen very well.
 
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8. Board Game: Nobody but Us Chickens [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:2727]
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Picked up my comp copies of the Dutch and German version of the game. The box is smaller than the original but the artwork is the same. I felt like a mother hen (pun shamelessly intended).

No shilling intended by inclusion.
 
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9. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:20]
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Bought on spec based on the raving recommendations from most of my friends. It seems to be pretty high on a lot of other people's "must try" list as well.
 
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10. Board Game: Il Principe [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1530]
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Bought on spec based on missing Oltremare at the show last year. They only had one demo table and it was *always* full so I finally gave up and just bought it.
 
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11. Board Game: 18NL [Average Rating:7.26 Unranked]
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See comment for Ur : 1830 BC above for impulse 18xx buys.

This one is a kit, and I figured that no one in the local group would have it. The lies we tell ourselves.
 
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12. Board Game: Legend of the Flying Canoe [Average Rating:5.70 Unranked]
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A (limited edition!) gift from Max Michael (thanks!) that looks like fun!
 
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13. Board Game: Railroad Dice 2 [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:3472]
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I really liked the original except for the stock mechanism. This one is smaller, shorter and seems "cleaner" mechanically. I look forward to trying it.
 
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14. Board Game: Kaivai [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1907]
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Morgan (sisteray) said this was really good, and at 25 EU I figured it was worth picking it up for BGG.Con if nothing else. Turns out Derk also got it. But I read the rules and it does look good.
 
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15. Board Game: Rotundo [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:8352]
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Rick Thornquist and Valerie Putman were raving about this so I bought it. At 6 EU, why the heck not?
 
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16. Board Game: Euphrates & Tigris: Contest of Kings [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:2347]
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I don't actually own E&T and figured this would be a good one to get. Ended up being a gift from DrPhibes (thanks!)
 
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17. Board Game: Age of Steam: The Moon [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
Anye Freer
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The Moon & Reunion Island expansions were sold out before the show. I put my name on the waiting list, but as it turned out - Warfrog got several comp copies for letting the AoS team sell from their booth - and they gave me a set. I *heart* the Froggies!
 
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18. Board Game: Dos Rios [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1471]
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One of my swapsies picks from the Warfrog stash. I almost picked up Railroad Tycoon but it was so freaking heavy I was worried I wouldn't be able to get it home.

I like Benno's other games so figured I'd grab this one.
 
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19. Board Game: Lucca Città [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3507]
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My other swapsie pick, because it was small.
 
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20. Board Game: Mesopotamia [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1258]
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The first of the "didn't gets", I didn't get this because Mayfair had sold out of the English version.
 
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21. Board Game: Hacienda [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:464]
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Didn't get this because RGG will have it in the states.
 
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22. Board Game: Tempus [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1023]
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Didn't get this because it isn't out yet *sob*.
 
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23. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1526]
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BIG KINI
Didn't get this because I didn't hear the buzz until too late.
 
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24. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:610]
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Didn't get this because it was really pricey for what it was. It was actually quite a fun filler but 35 EU was really steep.
 
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25. Board Game: Pyramidos [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:5870]
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Morgan, Derk and I played this (and Akaba)- fun little dexterity games with great bits.
Didn't get them because I knew they would never get played.
 
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