A Tribute to my wife
David Brauner
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Oak Park
Illinois
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My wife passed away last year and this is a tribute to her through all of the games that we loved to play together. I weaned her off of Monopoly by introducing to her to some of the lighter Euros, which she loved.
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1. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:84]
David Brauner
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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Probably Joyce's favorite and one of my favorites to play with her.
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2. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:319]
David Brauner
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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Always reminded her of bubble gum (colors were a bit hard for me to distinguish--fortunately, she was a very honest player); probably her second favorite
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3. Board Game: Fluxx [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:4680] [Average Rating:5.73 Unranked]
David Brauner
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Oak Park
Illinois
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This was an early favorite, but I managed to convince her that other games were much more interesting.
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4. Board Game: Knights [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:6924]
David Brauner
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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Another early favorite, but didn't get much play time after a while; especially after we got Through the Desert and some of the 2-player Kosmos games.
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5. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:129]
David Brauner
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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This is one of my favorites and Joyce enjoyed it, too (although not as much as some others).
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6. Board Game: The Reef [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:5064]
David Brauner
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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Joyce had a marine biology degree and this was a favorite of hers.
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7. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:316]
David Brauner
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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We really wanted to like this game, but it was just something that neither of us could wrap our brains around.
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8. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:312]
David Brauner
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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Another fun one that got lots of plays.
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9. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:107] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
David Brauner
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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One of the early Euros I introduced to Joyce. It came on lots of trips with us and we both loved it. We introduced it to one of her college friends who turned out to be a real cutthroat player! (Little did we know...)
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10. Board Game: Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:283]
David Brauner
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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Enjoyable, but not quite as popular with us as regular Carcassonne.
 
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11. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:281]
David Brauner
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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Fun game, even with only two players.
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12. Board Game: IGOR: The Mad Scientist's Lament [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:8191]
David Brauner
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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Only got one play; we weren't all that interested in this.
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13. Board Game: The Penguin Ultimatum [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:3531]
David Brauner
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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This was surprisingly a great deal of fun. Didn't get much plays after we got Ticket to Ride and Through the Desert, but still occasionally came off the shelf.
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14. Board Game: Balloon Cup [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:666]
David Brauner
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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Really the only game we played with a high screwage factor.
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15. Board Game: Candamir: The First Settlers [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:2046]
David Brauner
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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Unfortunately, only got one play. But we did enjoy it.
 
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16. Board Game: Fish Eat Fish [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:4806]
David Brauner
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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Another marine themed game that would probably end up being more fun to play with our son.
 
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17. Board Game: Finding Nemo [Average Rating:5.51 Overall Rank:8897]
David Brauner
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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We loved Finding Nemo and I got Joyce this and the Nemo version of concentration. This game will definitely be more fun with my son.
 
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18. Board Game: Hisss [Average Rating:5.61 Overall Rank:7029]
David Brauner
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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I love snakes and we tried it out test it for future plays with our son. Fun game, with cute components.
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19. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:261]
David Brauner
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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I definitely enjoyed this more than Joyce (I think she was just humoring me when I suggested we play this...).
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20. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:157]
David Brauner
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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Another hit from Rio Grande for us and a game we introduced to my sister and her then fiance.
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21. Board Game: Stop Thief [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:2571]
David Brauner
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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Bit of a nostalgia trip--I got this in a trade for Joyce. We played it once (unfortunately the electronic tracker didn't work in building number 1); and we decided other, newer games were more interesting.
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22. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:155]
David Brauner
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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Again, I enjoyed this more than Joyce did. But she still had fun playing it with me.
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