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The Games I Plan on Playing at the SJGames Halloween Game Day
Philip Reed
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Each year we spend Halloween playing games. Everyone in the office drags in games and we spread out, playing all kinds of stuff. I missed the last couple of years (wasn't with the company) but the 2003 and 2004 Game Days I attended were a lot of fun.

I've decided to create a list for the sole purpose of putting down -- in writing -- the games I want to play this year. If you think there's a game I should force others to play during our Halloween Game Day please post your suggestion. On the 29th of October I'll select one of the suggested games and buy a copy so that on Halloween something completely new -- something I likely normally wouldn't consider -- gets some table time.

(Unfortunately, I suspect I want to play more games than there will be time for. What I should do is update this list after Game Day, in order to indicate what really got played.)

I'll likely add games between now and Halloween as I think of more things I just have to play. I think I'm gonna recommend to Steve that we start having Halloween Game Week.
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1. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:482]
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I suck at this game. Seriously. I just cannot stop. I'll be rolling the dice, everyone staring and pointing at me, and then blow it. On Halloween I hope to get crushed at a few games of Can't Stop. I love it. From the smell of 25+ year old plastic to rolling the dice everything about the game is perfect for mindless fun.

And I can be pretty mindless.
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2. Board Game: BattleLore [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:148]
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I hate to admit it but I've never played Battlelore. I hope to in the next few weeks but if I don't then Halloween will be the day. Will can keep his copy around the office until Halloween if I don't take it home and play it before then.
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3. Board Game: Heroscape Marvel: The Conflict Begins [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:777] [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
 
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I've got a heroes vs. villain + zombies scenario I've been playing with. I'm gonna drag it along and find someone -- probably Will or Alex -- to try it out on. The few times I've tested the scenario it went well. We'll see how the scenario stacks up for a couple more plays before I find somewhere to publish it.
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4. Board Game: Mission: Red Planet [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:512]
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I've never played this with five players. On Halloween, even if I have to force people, I'm playing a five-player game of Mission: Red Planet!
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5. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:212]
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I absolutely love this game. Unfortunately, I've never played with more than six. As with Mission: Red Planet, I'm gonna grab enough bodies to max out this game.

(And Fox has to be one of those players. That way we can arrange things so that he gets stuck with characters he dislikes.)
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6. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:107] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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Steve tells me he hasn't played Carcassonne as many times as I have. Maybe this is my chance to completely destroy him at a game. Maybe.
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7. Board Game: Attacktix Battle Figure Game: Star Wars [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:3969]
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Will and I talked it over and have agreed to drag in some Attacktix. I'm gonna shoot missiles all over the office!
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8. Board Game: BattleTech CCG [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2281]
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Okay, this one requires some planning and work before Game Day. What I'd like to do is put together four or five decks before Halloween. With those in hand I can grab a few people and let giant robots stomp around the office for an hour or so.

Will I find the time to create decks? I have no idea.
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9. Board Game: Pain Doctors: The Game of Recreational Surgery [Average Rating:5.61 Overall Rank:8851]
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It has now been three or four years since I last played Pain Doctors. Halloween, prepare for pain!

My only real complaint with this game is the damn tube. The bottom falls off sometimes (watch as the pieces scatter!) and the "board" is curled. It's probably worse than ever since it has been rolled up for so many years.
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10. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:721]
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Bang! The last time I pulled this out at a Game Day (2003, I think) we played it three or four times. Unfortunately, in the four years since then I've only played it about three or four times. Maybe Halloween will give me a chance to get in a few more games.
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11. Board Game: Infernal Contraption [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:2965]
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My machine is _always_ huge! The more contraptions I can get into play the better!

I should e-mail the guys at Privateer and see if they can get me a copy of the expansion before Halloween.
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12. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: The Fantasy Adventure Board Game [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1681]
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I've now owned this a year and haven't once played it. *Shakes fist at sky.*

Will Halloween give me a chance to finally play this game? I hope so.

You know, maybe I need to focus on playing games I have never played before.
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13. Board Game: Run for your Life, Candyman! [Average Rating:5.55 Overall Rank:9045]
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Now that I have the promo cards it's time to bust out Candyman. Sure, it's not intelligent fun. It sure is fun, though!

Candy Cage Match!
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14. Board Game: Groo: The Game [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:2399]
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Yay, Groo! If I can find my copy (I know it's in the game closet) I'll drag this one along.

I really need to find my copy. Sergio signed it for me and drew a little Groo on the box. How could I have been so dumb to have lost a sketch by Sergio? Especially a sketch on a game box!
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15. Board Game: It's Alive! [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:1870]
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I usually don't enjoy auction games. Something (theme!) about this one (theme!) sold me on the game. After a few plays it's fun and I want to try it again. Luckily it plays fast enough I _should_ be able to get in at least one game of this on Halloween.
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16. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:225]
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I'm fairly certain I can rope Randy and Will into playing this. It shouldn't be difficult to find one more player. (I'm hoping Fox will join us, if only so that I can watch him get angry at Will.)
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17. Board Game: The Omega Virus [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:2314]
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How could I forget this? We've got to play this one!
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