Unwrapping what you wrapped... Or What game did you buy for yourself this Christmas
David Fair
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Family and Friends simply cannot buy me games. I help them out by telling them to get me gift certificates or cash and i will buy the game and send them a thank you card with a pic of the game. Sometimes this works, sometimes not.

Surely I am not the only gamer who does this? What did you buy yourself that you are going to unwrap with someone else's name on the "From" part of the label?
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1. Board Game: Gonzaga [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1563]
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Bought from tanga, my son wrapped it and gave my wife the money.
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2. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:112]
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I bought a copy for my own stocking
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3. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:120]
David Fair
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Bought this at my wife's insistence. She is giving it to me for Christmas.
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4. Board Game: Fortress America [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:948]
Daniel Rose
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Orem
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I found this one for $20 complete and I had to have it. I imediately was like now how am I going to get my wife to be ok with it?

Oh wait the kids haven't given me anything yet for Christmas. I'll wrap it slap their names on the from label and wa la!

I do this almost every year. My kids are to little to have a clue what I would like. My wife swings and misses 9 out of 10 times.

Other people miss every time. I told other people to just not get me a game because I already own it or I don't want it. Of course the people who might buy me a game only shop at wal-mart and they would never spend anything more then a like $10 max.

Oh well I guess that is why I thrift.
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5. Board Game: The Great Zimbabwe [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:492]
Albatros
Canada
Victoria
British Columbia
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I bought The Great Zimbabwe along with a few other games and gave that one to my wife to "keep" until Christmas day. Now when the credit card bill comes in January, I can say that the $120 game on it was the one she bought.

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6. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.16 Overall Rank:8]
J Scott
United States
Kentucky
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Picked this up from a Lightning Deal from Amazon.
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7. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:28]
J Scott
United States
Kentucky
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..and this one from CSI.
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8. Board Game: White Star Rising: Airborne [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked]
Kent Reuber
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San Mateo
California
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A new module in the Nations at War series. I usually buy the version with the die cut counters, but in this case, there was only one counter included, so I bought the PDF version.
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9. Board Game: A la carte [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1107]
Kristi Lawless
United States
Rosemount
Minnesota
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Maybe I can get the family to play it?
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10. Board Game: Penguin Pile-Up [Average Rating:5.23 Overall Rank:10646]
Chris Talmadge
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Clinton
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I got tired of telling people what to get me for Christmas. Like it's a chore or something to cross off the To Do list. This year I just told everyone to surprise me.
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Since that may turn out with mixed results, I found a complete copy of Penguin Pile-Up at a thrift store. It's pretty fun and was a good value for $2. It's like kid's version of Bamboleo, only with penguins, made out of plastic, and featuring a multi-tiered playing surface.
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11. Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Root of Corruption [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked]
Fernando Robert Yu
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I just recently got Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin in a math trade, and have been really enjoying it. Thus, I decided to get this plus the Thunderstone Advance: Caverns of Bane and the avatar pack, and can't wait to try all of these out!

Happy Holidays to everyone! Happy Gaming!
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12. Board Game: Mice and Mystics [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:109]
TKR
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Westminster
Colorado
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I've had a few games show up in the past week, but my copy of M&M straight from Plaid Hat is my present to myself. Or at least that's what I keep telling myself to justify spending full price + shipping... But hey, I got the two promo cards, too.
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13. Board Game: Destined Hero [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
Pokey 64
United States
Kenmore
New York
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"Revolver" was too expensive so I went with "Destined Hero".
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14. Board Game: Modern Naval Battles: Global Warfare [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:3771]
Pokey 64
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Kenmore
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Bought it used but it's in great shape! Got the first expansion for it too and will be getting the second expansion soon.
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15. Board Game: The Boss [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:831]
Mike K
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Fairless Hills
Pennsylvania
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Haven't received it yet, but looking forward to owning it since finding it on BGA.
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16. Board Game: Myrmes [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:296]
Tim Moore
United States
Elmhurst
Illinois
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Oh, andTerra Mystica
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17. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:276]
Patrick Reynolds
United States
Vermontville
Michigan
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My FLGS ran a buy two get one free sale on Black Friday, so I took the money my wife earmarked for my gifts and bought myself Escape, plus Tsuro of the Seas and Power Grid: Factory Manager. Then Fantasy Flight ran their Christmas sale and I picked up The Adventurers: The Pyramid of Horus as a joint gift for my daughter and I from Santa. The first Adventurers is one of her favorite games.

I think I did pretty good this year
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18. Board Game: Agents of SMERSH [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:826]
Gerald
United States
Freeland
Michigan
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Saw this in Tom or Melody's Top 100 Games of All Time and I knew immediately that I needed it. I knew no one else would get it for me and I needed some extra spend to get free shipping from Cool Stuff.... Yeah, that's it I needed free shipping.
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19. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.16 Overall Rank:8]
Jeff Goldberg
United States
Boulder
Colorado
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Got this from the Amazon lightning deal. I was in Orlando so I went to CSI and picked up The Castles of Burgundy and Troyes and The Pillars of the Earth. At Sci-Fi City I found all of the Nightfall expansions for real cheap.
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20. Board Game: Bears! [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:3730]
Mike Stevens
United States
Nebraska
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I got to play a demo of this at BGG Con and was going to buy it, but they were sold out. It is a fun little dice fest filler game. Today my daughter and I were out doing last minute Christmas shopping at Barnes & Nobles when I headed over to the game section. They had one copy left and I grabbed it. I gave it to our family tonight as a present from the Christmas tree. We played about 3 games of it. Everyone enjoyed it.
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21. Board Game: Powerboats [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:945]
Jerry Wilkinson
United States
New Castle
Indiana
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This one for myself, and I also bought Trophy Buck to get the free shipping.
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22. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:19]
Ian Harris
United Kingdom
Chester-le-Street
County Durham
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Christmas is the only time I get brand new games; ninety nine per cent of my collection consists of charity shop finds. So, early in December I marched in our local HMV with partner and her plastic money in tow; sifting through their surprisingly good selection of games I spotted this, which I'd played and thoroughly enjoyed in the summer at ManorCon. Bought it, wrapped it, stuck it under the tree.

Now comes the big problem: finding someone to play it with me.
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23. Board Game: Blokus Duo [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:527]
Sean Brulet
United States
McKinney
Texas
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While shopping for the little ones spied this for $3.00 on Walmart clearance.

Probably not too exciting for some but I've never played so happy with it!
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24. Board Game: Clash of Cultures [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:128]
Ubergeek
United States
Camas
Washington
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Civ gaming distilled to its base elements. Arrived with Agents of Smersh and my son was kind enough to wrap them and get them under the tree for me before I could get the shrink ripped off them.
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25. Board Game: DC Comics Deck-Building Game [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:586] [Average Rating:7.02 Unranked]
Hassan Lopez
United States
Saratoga Springs
New York
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It was between this and the Marvel deck-builder. I love the simplicity and art - looking forward to getting it on the table.
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