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So the Christmas season is rolling around and all the people clambering to buy me things have requested I supply them with some ideas. Unfortunately, aside from a nice Merkur safety razor, I had absolutely no ideas to furnish their shopping lists with. As luck would have it, however, I realized today how much fun I've had in the past weeks playing various friends' board games and how meager my own collection is. After placing one and one together and deliberating over several pots of coffee, I've figured that this would be a splendid opportunity to build my board game collection. A brief foray into boardgamegeek.com has made me quite sure quite sure that I haven't the foggiest clue what non-classic board games are available and fun to play these days, so I come to you noble forumgoers in the hopes that you can assist me in compiling a game list.
First, a brief list of games I know and love, in order of decreasing preference, with links to the boardgamewiki for less popular games.
Now, consideration also has to be given to the pool of possible game players I have at my disposal. I regularly have access to 4 other board gamers capable and willing to learn complex rules and play through a longer game. More often, however, I'll be with a group of 6 or so folks who do not enjoy learning fancy rulesets and whose attentions will begin to wander after more than an hour or two at play. I am not adverse to games that cater only to the first set of players, but I would prefer a game playable with both groups.
Budget is roughly $60CAD. Thanks for sharing your experience!