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  1. #4: Leopardwood

    You know I still <3 you Barb!
  2. #4: Leopardwood

    I think you should make Barb wait until last for the Bolivan Rosewood blog personally
  3. # 3: Redheart

    Redheart makes for a pretty canvas. If I had more red tones in my game room, I would have leaned this way. Unfortunately for the Redheart fans, my game room is all browns and blacks.
  4. Woodworking

    I wish I were that talented. Those were done by a friend of mine
  5. #2: Chechen

    Bocote next! I will say that these articles are doing a good job of making me appreciate some of the other woods. I considered Chechan for my CoCo, but ended up going with Canarywood and Bocote based on the pictures on the website and on the campaign.
  6. On the lookout for awesome new games

    I'm #3, which ironically is the number of pugs I've had
  7. On the lookout for awesome new games

    I haven't done a ton of card games, they don't make up a large portion of my gaming group's preferred games. We did get Exploding Kittens and we have some games like Poo, Sushi Go!, and Gloom. But I did recently fund Unstable Unicorns and it looks like it'll be fun. Was a very successful KS for them, they raised almost $2,000,000 for it.
  8. On the lookout for awesome new games

    Haha, it looks interesting, plus who can say no to pugs??
  9. On the lookout for awesome new games

    O....M....G.... Must back
  10. On the lookout for awesome new games

    I didn't get in on the KS, but I will likely buy it at retail. I saw it on Amazon the other day.
  11. On the lookout for awesome new games

    I like Carcassonne more than Settlers personally. But neither are part of our regular rotation anymore. But I use Carcassonne when introducing newbies to the wonderful world of table tap gaming still. We also use some of the simpler card games like Sushi Go!, Seven Wonders, and Exploding Kittens fairly regularly. Sometimes you just don't have 2 hours to throw into a full blown game of Zombicide or whatever, or the group wants to play multiple different games, so it's nice to have some quick hitters like that in reserve. Settlers used to be my family's favorite game for game night. That changed when I started bringing over some more complex games. Now their favorites are Power Grid and 7 Wonders.
  12. On the lookout for awesome new games

    My wife actually took Ticket to Ride to her school (she is the vice principal at our local elementary school) and she regularly plays it with kids that are having behavior issues or some other issue requiring them to take a break from their classroom for extended periods. She says the kids love to play that game with her.
  13. On the lookout for awesome new games

    Pandemic Legacy is pretty fun. I've got a group that's about halfway through that campaign. That reminds me though, we haven't played it in a while, Zombicide took over as a favorite game in that group
  14. On the lookout for awesome new games

    I've also found that you can generally have good success introducing non-gamer friends to games like Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, or Ticket to Ride. They are games that don't have overly complex rules, are competitive but don't have to be cutthroat, and introduce them to a world where games are made for adults with more complex strategies to them. I've also had a lot of luck with cooperative games like Pandemic and Zombicide. Taking away the competitive nature of games can make it easier for folks that don't want to feel like they are at a disadvantage as a non-gamer. Plus the more experienced players can help ease them into their decisions without seeming self serving. You would be surprised at some of the people that I've been able to turn into board game geeks by just easing them into some of the classic euro-style games. In the spirit of this thread, my gaming group recently started playing Codenames and found it to be a fantastic game. It's more of a party game, but was a blast. This gaming group is usually comprised of 3 couples, so we often play dudes vs ladies team games mixed in with our other games. Codenames worked great for this and everyone had a blast playing it. I'm pretty sure it's been around for a while, but I have to give credit to Wil Wheaton and the "Tabletop" crew for bringing it to my attention. On a related note, if you don't know about the "Tabletop" series, I highly recommend it. Wil Wheaton, of Star Trek TNG and Stand By Me fame, hosts 30-60 minute episodes where he and 3 or 4 of his actor/gaming friends play through a session of some great Tabletop games. I have to admit that I was introduced to probably half of my board game library through this medium. He explains the rules and then they play through the game. It's a fantastic way to 'play through' the game via proxy before committing to purchasing the game. I know I'm probably not alone in the trepidation at dropping $50-$100 on a board game at the FLGS without knowing if it will see more than one play through. This series allows you to see the gameplay and understand some of the rules (another priceless point since understanding the rule book can sometimes be a task in itself) before purchase. You can check out the episodes on the Geek and Sundry YouTube channel, or just search your favorite game with the keyword Tabletop and it will likely show up.
  15. On the lookout for awesome new games

    Our local game store has a bulletin board where people often post looking for more notes with regards to gaming groups (RPG or Tabletop), I would look out for something like that. Might even be some facebook groups or the like out there if you look hard enough. Games are much more fun with friends