Games to take with me over my holiday vacation
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Its that time of year again!

Winter Storm Draco is breathing down our necks, hot chocolate is in high demand, and it is time to visit family in far off lands.

I will open the list with the games I am considering taking to both my in-laws and my parents for Christmas game time. Feel free to comment and/or thumb anything you consider a good idea.

Feel free to add the game(s) that you are planning to share this year or that you think that others should.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
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1. RPG: 3:16: Carnage Amongst the Stars [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:122]
RPG: 3:16: Carnage Amongst the Stars
Brandon M
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Columbus
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My younger brother and I played a lot of Warhammer 40k while we were in high school and this RPG drips with space marine-ish, kill the xeno threat fun.
 
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2. Board Game: 1812: The Invasion of Canada [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:823]
Board Game: 1812: The Invasion of Canada
Brandon M
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Columbus
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This plays 5 players and it is pretty easy to learn. I think it would be a great way to casually introduce war games to the family. The team play can also encourage some friendly holiday rivalries.
 
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3. Board Game: VivaJava: The Coffee Game [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1997]
Board Game: VivaJava: The Coffee Game
Brandon M
United States
Columbus
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My parents and brother played this in October when they came to visit and after much gnashing of teeth over the "complex" rules, it turned out to be a big hit.
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4. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:258]
Board Game: Acquire
Brandon M
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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I love this game and my family has played it before. I was accused of "changing" the rules midway through the game (I forgot to say you could only buy 3 stocks per turn). I am not sure it will get to the table without encouragement, but I can give up on this classic just yet.
 
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5. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:302]
Board Game: King of Tokyo
Brandon M
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Columbus
Ohio
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Probably the second lightest contender, I think this would go over well with the families.
 
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6. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:380] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse
Brandon M
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Columbus
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My brother really liked this when we played in October. He bought everything in the recent kickstarter campaign. I am sure this will get played in the wee hours of the night if not with the family at large.
 
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7. Board Game: Dragon Rampage [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:4247]
Board Game: Dragon Rampage
Brandon M
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Columbus
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I think my brothers would enjoy this and maybe my parents. I think of this as an advanced version of King of Tokyo. Do I need 2 dice set based games?
 
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8. Board Game: Igloo Pop [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:3209]
Board Game: Igloo Pop
Brandon M
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Columbus
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I just got this in and I think it is light enough that even my less game savvy in laws can have some fun with it.
 
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9. Board Game: Homesteaders [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:655]
Board Game: Homesteaders
Brandon M
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Columbus
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Another one of my favorites, but I am afraid that it will be this year's Acquire. A great game that I miss a rule while explaining and I ruin it for everyone else.
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10. Board Game: Risk Legacy [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:332]
Board Game: Risk Legacy
Brandon M
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Columbus
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I bought this last year at a holiday sale to play with my family (brothers specifically) but we have only managed one play in a year.
 
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11. RPG: Dread [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:19]
RPG: Dread
Brandon M
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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I had a blast running a Dread game a few weeks ago, but I am not sure if my family will have enough interested parties to try a game.
 
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12. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:52]
Board Game: 7 Wonders
Fernando Robert Yu
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I will be spending the xmas holiday week in the province with my in-laws, and they have never tried any boardgame. Thus, I will be bringing several games of my "travelling" collection, plus some gateway games. I will repack several of them into plastic cases and such (in the case of 7 Wonders, repacked into the expansion boxes)...other games include:

1. King of Tokyo
2. Smash Up (Kot components packed inside with this)
3. San Juan
4. Through the Desert
5. Glen More
6. Stone Age (repacked)
7. Ticket to Ride: Europe (hand carried)
8. Morels
9. Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small

Ambivalent:

1. Small World (even repacked, a LOT of components!! But a great way to teach to newbies)

Will try to make things fit into a thick backpack as well as a large plastic bag, both as hand carries!
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