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"Acquire-To-Zendo" Explainer

I spent 2019 writing about some of my favorite albums, and now it's time for the next project!

For 2020, I'm going to talk about a different pastime I enjoy. Board games. Every Thursday in 2020 I'm going to post about a board game that you may or may not have heard of, and here's the gimmick: we're doing them alphabetically. So, as should be a surprise to no one who has read the title of this post, the first game I post about is going the be the game Acquire, and the last one is going to be Zendo.

Never heard of them? Excellent.

Just a quick overview of my gaming preferences, to give this list some context. I prefer light-to-medium-weight eurostyle games. I prefer cards over dice as randomization agents. I don't really do 4x or miniatures or area-of-control games. I mean, I have, but I don't generally enjoy them all that much. And while I've played a ton of games in my lifetime, there are some notable gaps in my experience. I've never played Twilight Imperium. I've never even played Scythe.

Finally, because of the nature of the alphabet, I'm not going to have opportunities to drop in brand-new games mid-stride, so the list I have right now is pretty final. If I go to Geekway To The West this summer and discover a new favorite, tough luck. Unless, of course, it occurs somewhere towards the end of the alphabet.

Also, I've tried to cover a broad variety of game mechanics. Deck-builders are my jam, but I can't have ten of them on this list. There are only so many weeks in a year. All of this is to say that if I've left out your favorite, don't feel too bad. I'm leaving out some of my favorites too.

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