My Holiday Gift Giude

‘Tis the season…

It seems everyone has a holiday gift guide out right now – GamerChris, DiceHateMe, BGG.  So I’m jumping on the bandwagon.  But I’m one upping those guys.  I’m not limiting my list to games.  Here are a few of the things you should consider when buying gifts for friends and family this year.

For The Family


Hey! That’s My Fish! – This is a classic.  It’s good for families and gamers.  Just buy it.

Eruption – This is a great game from Stratus Games.  A bit of take that and some surprising strategy. A review is in the works.

Survive! Escape From Atlantis – a really fun game for the family.  See my review.

Drop Site – a nice quick card game from Bellwether Games.  Fun and reenforces math skills.

No Thanks! – the classic pick up game.  Another must buy.

any of the Ticket To Ride games – There is a reason it is considered THE gateway game.  I own two versions – Europe and Nordic Countries and recommend them both.

Shake N Take – This is a really fun party game.


Despicable Me, any Muppets movie but especially Muppet Christmas Carol, Cars 2, The Pixar Shorts


For the Geeks


Macao – I can’t say enough good things about this game.  My number one.

The Lord of The Rings: The Living Card Game – I’ve only played this twice but I loved it both times.

Hive – I just received this for my birthday and it is as awesome as I remember.  Chess-like but fast.

Eminent Domain – TMG has a hit with this one.  A relatively quick easy to learn, difficult to master card game.

Notre Dame – Stefan Feld is my favorite designer and Notre Dame is his classic.

Letter From Whitechapel – This is another really fun deduction game.

Catacombs – Man oh Man! What a fun game.  I need to buy this one soon.

Fiasco – It’s one of my favorite rpg’s.  You should buy this one for someone.

Dogs In The Vineyard – I played this for the first time at MACE this year and see why it is a classic.  What an elegant game.

Spirit of The Century – Such a fun rpg that really captures the pulp genre.


Atlantis The Lost Empire – Probably my favorite Disney movie outside of the Pixar movies.

any of the Universal Monsters movies – Do a geek a favor and buy them one of these classics

Forbidden Planet

Island of Lost Souls – new to DVD This is an unrated, subtle horror movie from the 1930’s.

The Illusionist (the animated one)



any Raymond Chandler novel

Edgar Rice Burrough’s Mars series


gift card to Barnes & Noble or Amazon

an Ipod, even a cheap one, for listening to podcasts

That’s about it.  I think you will not go wrong with any of these.

If you want to get me something I want these:

Escape From Aliens in Outer Space, Die Burgen von Burgen, Alien Frontiers, The Lord of The Rings:LCG, something off of my IPR wishlist, Pulsar, Pitch Car,Quirkle, Scopa, Pandemic: On The Brink, The Resistance, any of the Small Box Games games, a cool Kickstarter game surprise.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

And remember to actually give thanks.





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