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I've been thinking long and hard about what defines a gamer as opposed to a non-gamer, and I think I've locked down some basic psychological principles or "sign posts," if you will. Now these principles run along similar lines as that famous quote about pornography. You know the quote, the one that goes: "I can't define pornography, but I know it when my parents discover where I hide it." And so I've boiled down my observations into a series of rhetorical questions that require answers. So if you'll follow along with me, I'll lead you through a little quiz I call:

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1. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:33]
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When remodeling your bathroom, before settling on a color of tile, you ask your wife if she thinks your marriage is about to have more internal or external conflicts.

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2. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.46 Overall Rank:11163]
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When you catch on fire, you refuse to "stop, drop, and roll" because you hate anything that even remotely resembles a "roll and move" mechanic.
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:108] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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You've convinced yourself that the French Revolution came about because of changes in the way farms were scored.
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4. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:5]
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When you go to the store and the guy in front of you buys coffee, you put back your own coffee and buy tobacco instead.
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5. Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:671]
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When your son shows an expertise in drawing with crayons, you decide he might like to take a cross-country train ride.
 
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6. Board Game: Atlantic Star [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:767]
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When listing supervisory experience on your resume, you proudly list "hand management" as one of your skills.
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7. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:96]
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You keep putting off that trip to Germany because you're hoping for an English edition.
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8. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:165]
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You can't remember if America was settled before or after Catan.
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9. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Book [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:6644]
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You want to add to this list.
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10. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:162]
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You don't know where Puerto Rico is, but you can name its capital and its principle exports.
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11. Board Game: 10 Days in Africa [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1206]
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While watching the Parade of Nations at the Olympics, when an African nation comes in, you proudly announce its color.

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12. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1558]
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YOu might be a gamer if you think vapor games are more criminal than vaporware.
 
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13. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:62]
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At your place of employment, after a co-worker completes a big project you decide to delay yours till next week so you can get the 3 prestige points.
 
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14. Board Game: Wallenstein (first edition) [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:185]
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You think real wars are better off fought by parachuting troops from both sides into a gigantic tower and seeing how many fall out of the bottom.
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15. Board Game: Pizza Box Football [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:1907]
Mike James
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16. Board Game: Game of the Year [Average Rating:4.56 Overall Rank:10769]
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You play games.
 
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17. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:5]
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you thought that "Doubloon" was the official currency of Puerto Rico.




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18. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:20]
 
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You add words like 'provost' and 'bailiff' to your everyday vocabulary without knowing what they really mean.

 
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19. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:9757]
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Huntsville
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You know for a fact that there are only 7 countries in Europe, and you're willing to fight to prove it.
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20. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:194] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Laura Meyer
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When you are driving down the road you catch yourself perceiving your surroundings as a multitude of topographical hexagons.
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21. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:136]
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22. Board Game: Dungeon Twister [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:543]
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You're always looking for the rotating switch when you enter a room
 
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23. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:184]
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Overwhelmed by a gallery full of Piet Mondrian originals at the Guggenheim, you are overhead saying, "Wow, I guess I never realized how prolific Karl Gitter was."
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24. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:63]
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...when the guy in front of you buys a train ticket from Marsailles to Paris, you think "oh no, now I'll have to travel via Zurich!"
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25. Board Game: Werewolf [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:726]
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...you start to get paranoid about your friends.
 
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