Condottiere – War in a Box

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They say that the best things come in small packages. Personally, I’m always a little wary of games that come in small boxes. I appreciate travel-friendly games, but I also really like games with lots of components. So when I saw that Condottiere game came in a pretty tiny box with just a stack of cards and a handful of pieces, I wasn’t really sure.

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Carcassonne: Here Come the Meeples

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My first encounter with Carcassonne was at my sister’s college campus. There were a group of students huddled around what appeared to be some sort of game. What immediately got my attention were the tiny colored mini-people scattered all over the table. And it looked incredibly random. Some were standing up and some were lying down, and there didn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to their placement. It wasn’t until a couple years later, while visiting with a friend, that I finally got the chance to learn how to play.

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Settlers of Catan: Build, Trade, Repeat

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I’m pretty sure Settlers of Catan is the main reason why I’m such an avid fan of board games. I first had the opportunity of playing Catan in 2005. It was the first time I had ever played a gateway game (as opposed to popular classics such as Monopoly, Risk, and Scrabble). I don’t remember if I won or lost my first game, but I do remember being hooked from the start.

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