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While living in France for a year, I've got a much smaller game collection. I brought several small games over from America with my in my luggage (typically card games). Then at Essen and some other places I've picked up a few more along the way.

(The games from Migrato onward are the ones added to my collection once I discovered France's robust used game market, aided greatly by https://www.okkazeo.com/ and the ability to make transactions sans les frais de livraison (without shipping costs) by meeting sellers at Pars' metro stops. Dangerously convenient!!!)

There's no real reason for this geeklist, just a fun record for me.

This list doesn't include the wargames I brought over there (and back again). But they are shown in this photo. Also shown is the complete stack of games before packing up (and giving some away).

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1. Board Game: Gloria Picktoria [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:3219]
Board Game: Gloria Picktoria
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Brought over from home, brought back when we returned. Played on the first game group nite over there, too.

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2. Board Game: Entdecker [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2687]
Board Game: Entdecker
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Too big to bring one of my copies of this favorite over, but then I bought an inexpensive copy from the VFM at Essen 2016. Left back in France with friends.

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3. Board Game: Paris Paris [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:3669]
Board Game: Paris Paris
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Owned this game years ago (probably after our first vacation to Paris in 2008?), was always somewhat disappointed, and sold it. Then this opportunity arises to LIVE in Paris for nine months, so I feel strangely compelled to get it again. I think I even bought it used and had it mailed to our hotel (before we'd moved to our apartment). I'd played a few times online and thought it was maybe ok after all...

Nope, still have my issues with the scoring, and now the almost-but-not-right Paris bus lines & sites bug me. I left this one behind with friends. Hopefully they'll get more out of it!
 
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4. Board Game: Saint Malo [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:2144]
Board Game: Saint Malo
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Purchased through the VFM at Essen 2016. Never played while in France, though we went on a weekend trip to Saint Malo and I can see the connection to the city in the game. Brought it home to the US, played a couple times, sold it on.
 
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5. Board Game: Mont Saint Michel [Average Rating:4.68 Overall Rank:19081]
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Another purchased at the Essen 2016 Virtual Flea Market. Pretty lousy ratings, but I was drawn to the subject. (We didn't visit on this stay in France, but had seen it back in 2014.) Unplayed in France, I brought it back to the states, still unplayed. Finally sold it.
 
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6. Board Game: Bohnanza: The Duel [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:2027]
Board Game: Bohnanza: The Duel
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Purchased at Essen 2016. Played a couple times. I love Bohnanza, but would prefer to stick with the original. Actually I don't recall what happened with this one. Did I give it to friends? Sell it? At any rate, I no longer have it.
 
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7. Board Game: X nimmt! [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:3184]
Board Game: X nimmt!
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Purchased at Essen 2016 (I could mostly only bring back smaller games, since we were hand-carrying them through the metro and back to our 6th floor walkup apartment). I played it, liked it, but am happy to stick with the original 6 Nimmt game. I no longer have this (I think).
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8. Board Game: Evolution: The Beginning [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1930]
Board Game: Evolution: The Beginning
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Bought at Essen 2016. Now I wish I still had it, because I'm pretty sure it was the smaller box version that's distributed in Europe, while back in the US I still own the larger version (with a few more bits). Like a lot of games I bought there, I did so thinking they MIGHT make good 2-player games with my (non-game-playing!) wife, or else at our light/short/couples game group I'd arranged.
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9. Board Game: On the Underground: Paris [Average Rating:7.36 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.36 Unranked]
Board Game: On the Underground: Paris
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Funny. I own & enjoy On The Underground. In fact it's one of the few games my wife sometimes enjoys. I bet we got it after we took a family vacation to London (2007), and so I thought that would make the game appeal. For once, this plan actually worked!

Then I see this PNP expansion for the Paris Metro system (from the original designer, no less), and I have to make it. I do...even before our move to Paris. I bring it over with me.

And we never play it!

Still haven't. But I still have it, and still have dreams of playing it. In fact, one of these days I might make a real card deck for it with Artscow.
 
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10. Board Game: Las Vegas: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:6968]
Board Game: Las Vegas: The Card Game
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Purchased at Essen 2016, brought home still unplayed, eventually sold.
 
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11. Board Game: Honshū [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:872]
Board Game: Honshū
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Wow, I'd forgotten about this one. Purchased new at Essen 2016. Never played in France, brought home to the US. I think I still own it, but have not seen in a while.
 
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12. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:380]
Board Game: Hanabi
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Including promo

(What promo? I don't recall. I think I bought this new at Essen 2016 and left in France with friends. I own several versions of the game at home in the US already--love it.)
 
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13. Board Game: AstroNuts [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:13869]
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Purchased new at Essen 2016, though it was already a few years old then. This was part of a miscellaneous order I played with a German webstore that mostly sells game bits (for replacements, upgrades, or prototyping), and offered at-Essen pickup for zero shipping.

Finally played a few times over two years later, with a lunch buddy at work. Liked it ok.
 
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14. Board Game: Visby [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:9179]
Board Game: Visby
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Purchased new at Essen 2016. Still unplayed.
 
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15. Board Game: Five Cucumbers [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:5180]
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Purchased new at Essen 2016 (another as part of the German order from spielmateriel.de). Played a few times, then sold (this was all after we returned to the US).
 
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16. Board Game: Port Royal: Unterwegs! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:4590] [Average Rating:6.54 Unranked]
Board Game: Port Royal: Unterwegs!
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Pretty sure I brought the base game & original expansion, too. Those I brought back home with me, along with this new acquisition from Essen 2016. I ended up selling it, only because it was less interesting than the base+1stExpansion.
 
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17. Board Game: Deep Sea Adventure [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:600]
Board Game: Deep Sea Adventure
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18. Board Game: Jolly & Roger [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:4176]
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Purchased new at Essen 2016, brought home and gave to my pirate-loving friend.
 
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19. Board Game: Camel Up Cards [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:2510]
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Purchased new at Essen 2016, but now I don't remember what happened to it. Probably sold it later? I never really liked Camel Up, so I don't know why I bought this one.
 
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20. Board Game: Fuji Flush [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1854]
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Purchased new at Essen 2016. Played a few times, as it was a favorite filler back around then. Not sure what happened to it.
 
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21. Board Game: Twins [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:8262]
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Purchased new at Essen 2016. The combination of Oink plus Knizia sounded perfect, but I never actually played. Then at home I had a buyer, so off it went.
 
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22. Board Game: HMS Dolores [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:3666]
Board Game: HMS Dolores
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Purchased new at Essen 2016, but I'd first had the chance to play it with designer Faidutti on one of our first weekends in Paris. Turns out there was an open-air game expo held in Place Republique, and my wife & I checked it out. Mostly just walked around, but also had the chance to demo a couple games. Bruno saw our interest and we played a 3-player game with him. So later I had to buy this at Essen...or did we buy it at Republique? Now I don't recall. At any rate, it returned to the US with us, and I played it a couple more times before selling it on.

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23. Board Game: Travel Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:2762]
Board Game: Travel Carcassonne
Mark Johnson
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Silly. I already have Carcassonne. And though we haven't played in many years, it stays on my shelf. My wife had played & enjoyed it. Why did I need a slightly smaller version of the game? Just because. I think it's still around here, somewhere...

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24. Board Game: Happy Salmon [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1191] [Average Rating:6.77 Unranked]
Board Game: Happy Salmon
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At Essen 2016 I volunteered to help demo games at the Northstar booth. I took a shift on Saturday evening. Their big product then was Evolution Climate, and that's mostly what I played. However, off in the corner they also demo'd the brand-new Happy Salmon, and that game practically sold itself. The PERFECT game to demo at a convention and make some instant sales. When I received a game as a thank-you for my volunteer demo work, I asked for Happy Salmon! I think we left that copy back in France with friends, and I bought a replacement back home in the US.

 
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Family: Series: Pack O Game (Perplext)
Mark Johnson
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Ha! I brought over several of the original Pack-O-Game titles. They're so tiny, I just packed them up & brought them home, too.


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