A Tribute To Dave Farquhar
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Dave Farquhar was my brother-in-law for over 2 decades, and sadly passed away last year. Here is a great tribute on Brett & Board from his long-time friend Mike Siggins:

http://brettboard.dk/art02.htm

I was thinking of making this list "Games Playtested by Dave Farquhar", but by and large you would end up with a long list of games designed by Reiner Knizia.

Instead, the list should represent gaming stories you remember about Dave. I've listed just a few gaming stories about Dave of my own...

I couldn't make it from Australia to England for the funeral, so this is my public tribute to him. I hope his other gaming friends will join me in paying tribute to a great man.

I will miss him.

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1. Board Game: Blitzkrieg [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:5363]
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Decades ago now I was designing a strategic wargame about 2 fictional countries. Dave, who was then only dating my sister, came to our house one day with this unpunched classic wargame under his arm.

I dropped my design. I taught myself how to play, then I played Dave, and from that moment we both accumulated huge games collections, starting with wargames but both branching out into "German" games.

From this unlikely start, we both became lifelong gamers.
 
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2. Board Game: Middle-Earth [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:689]
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I've taken the liberty of adding this game on behalf of Mike Siggins, and others, who played Dave at METW quite a bit...
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3. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:503]
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Yes Dave was a playtester for this one, but I've listed it for the amazing two page summary of the Lord Of The Rings books at the back of the rulebook.
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4. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:197]
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Going on holiday to Scotland (again) one year, I hopped in Dave's car for the trip up from England (roughly 600-700 miles). I was clutching this game under one arm...

My sister Heather should be sainted, as she drove the whole way whilst Dave and I learnt the game and played it on the back seat all the way there!
 
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5. Board Game: The Fury of Dracula [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1017]
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My sister Heather asked me if there was a game I would like from Dave's collection. I requested this one because I have the photograph of Dave getting it for Christmas the year it was released. Heather is also in the photo.

I can't remember if I bought it for him, or Heather did...

It's my favourite photo of Dave & Heather, and it features a game!

I have the photograph next to my game's collection.
 
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6. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:613]
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Another one that Dave playtested, but my reason for listing this one is that Reiner mentioned to my sister Heather something to do with this game and their two boys Stephen and Alistair. Possibly some input from the boys into one or more of the cards, or possibly some new "promotional" cards relating to the boys. I'm not sure, and I'd love to find out. If anyone is in touch with Reiner can you please ask him? Heather would like to know too.

You see, Dave was also a great father.

Apart from games, Dave was heavily into soccer (Portsmouth FC), cricket, and walking....which leads me to...
 
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7. Board Game: Armchair Cricket [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:4819]
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I will never be able to play this game without thinking of Dave...

He was fanatical about cricket. He even used to listen to cricket through his headphones in bed!
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8. Board Game: Kingdoms [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:824]
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Apart from playtesting for Reiner Knizia, Dave also did numerous reviews for Counter magazine and other games publications.

Click on this game and scroll down to read Dave's review on The Games Cabinet.
 
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9. Board Game: Subbuteo [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:867]
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Long before I knew Dave he was mad about soccer. Portmouth FC only recently made it to the English premier league, and Dave would have enjoyed seeing them promoted last year. How would have loved seeing them play this year! His son's continue in his footsteps...

I never played Dave at this one, but I knew he was once a fan of Subbuteo.
 
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10. Board Game: Valley Of The Four Winds [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:7465]
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Dave and I used to play this a bit before Games Workshop ceased being a boardgames company, and became a miniatures company. It's an OK game.

I remember sitting next to Dave at a Games Workshop seminar at London's big Games Day one year. He stood up and accused Games Workshop of dropping boardgames, which they denied, and now everything they do relates to miniatures!
 
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11. Board Game: Divine Right [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1733]
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Dave and my sister separated a few years back (and he married again some time later), and for a while we didn't communicate due to the awkwardness.

This was silly, and I'm pleased to say we remained friends until his death.

One of the last emails Dave sent me was about this game. I own the original version, and Dave knew I was keen and sent me a link to the new version - Divine Right 25th Anniversary RPG - limited edition.
 
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12. Board Game: Eastern Front Tank Leader [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:2880]
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Another wargame for balance. We spent years just playing wargames before Dave discovered German game.

I have distinct memories of playing the first scenario with Dave at his home in his beloved Hampshire. He won, as I recall. Quite right too.
 
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13. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:95]
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Until I tested this game at Reiner's, I didn't really know to what extent Dave was involved on the development side. Apparently Reiner had run this game through many incarnations. Too many. The final version suddenly came to him, just in time for the publisher's deadline, and the loyal playtesters were called in at short notice to test it. That was a great night of gaming for all of us, because we could all see what an excellent game this was, and it was evident that Dave had been present for much of the game's evolution.
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14. Board Game: Stonewall Jackson's Way [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:1595]
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This was the first game I played with Dave. I had just purchased a copy from Esdevium in Aldershot, and we played the next day. I guess that would have been around 92 or 93?

Still think these are the best maps ever done for a wargame.
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15. Board Game: Africa [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:2650]
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Another one that Dave playtested, but I've listed it for the "Farquhar group (a real place north of Madagascar, part of the Seychelles)", which was pointed out to me by a gamer who read the list - thanks mate!

I must get this game!
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Last year I attended Essen for the first time. It was a quick trip, just one full day, but I made the most of it by meeting up with other English speakers. Some of the Counter crew I knew to expect, but getting to play a game of Attika with Dave was a great surprise. I instantly remembered his distinctive last name from my earliest days discovering the hobby, reading Sumo archives on The Game Cabinet.

Dave made me feel welcome as I joined him in a try of the hot, new game, Attika. Friendly & smart, I am grateful to have had the brief opportunity to meet him.
 
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17. Board Game: Backpacks and Blisters [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:6222]
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I remember Dave buying this game, and if memory serves I think he wrote a review for Counter magazine in the UK.

I've included it here to reflect Dave's love of walking. I spent many hours walking with him and Heather in Scotland, and I treasure a photograph of Heather and Dave eating Mars bars sitting on a boulder high up Ben Ledi near Callander. Here's a link to the walk itself - beautiful.

http://www.incallander.co.uk/walks/benledi.htm

It was pouring with rain, and a mist was begining to envelop us as we may our way down the mountain.

In the evenings, of course, we would sit around and play games.
 
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18. Board Game: War of the Ring (first edition) [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:34]
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If there's one game Dave would have loved to play, it would have been this classic
 
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