What was your favourite game when you were a child?
John Bandettini
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We often see debates about just what is a children’s game. How to rate a children’s game etc. It just made me think back to when I was a child and just starting to play games. I had an Aunt who liked games and going over to her house when I was a child was like finding a great Treasure Trove.

Their really were not that many games back then and they were all made by mainstream publishers, but I loved them all.

Monopoly with wooden houses and metal pieces, Risk with wooden pieces, Totopoly with metal horses, Scoop with a dial up phone, and may more. Such great memories.

I realise not everyone played games as a child, but for those of you that did, here are three questions.
What was your favourite?
Why was it your favourite?
Would you still play it today?
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101. Board Game: Picnic Treasure Hunt [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Jeff Spencer
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Marquette
Michigan
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And this was my sister's favorite. Man, I hated this game.
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102. Board Game: Situation 4 [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:4466]
Brian Pool
United States
Portland
Oregon
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I loved this game as a child, nice combination of a puzzle and a game.
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103. Board Game: Situation 7 [Average Rating:5.97 Overall Rank:7611]
Brian Pool
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Portland
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I also owned this one, the more advanced version it seemed to me.
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104. Board Game: Star Wars: Destroy Death Star Game [Average Rating:5.33 Overall Rank:9320]
MK
United States
Albany
New York
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This.

I was 6 when I got this, and for a six-year old this was as great a game as you could want. There was a giant board with a Death Star in the center that slowly rotated each turn, making it a challenge to time your moves just so in order to enter the central trench. You each had three miniature x-wing fighters slotted into a clear base, so you could mark when you lost Biggs and Wedge. Yes it was spin and move, but who knew any better in '77?

I was probably tired of it by the time I was 9, but by then I had many more cool games to play, like Dungeon! and...
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105. Board Game: The Mystic Wood [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:2471]
MK
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Albany
New York
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This one.

This was a great game with really, truly crappy components. Small plastic pawns for your knight tokens, fairly flimsy cards and maze pieces, and artwork that would leave a lot to be desired today. I don't think AH wanted to invest much in what they saw as a light filler fantasy game.

But the game was fantastic aside from that. A variable maze, with two different sides of a forest that had different effects and creatures to fight, differing quests for each player to accomplish, and a very simple set of rules and mechanics. I wish someone would republish this game with components that meet today's highly-demanding standards.
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106. Board Game: Hotel Tycoon [Average Rating:5.40 Overall Rank:10504]
Ryan Zombo
United States
Sterling Heights
Michigan
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This felt like a step up from Monopoly with my friends and the pieces were out of this world. Still have it and would break it out just for the nostalgia.
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107. Board Game: Bargain Hunter [Average Rating:4.44 Overall Rank:10572]
Ryan Zombo
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I guess even as a kid, I was a sucker for cool components. This one had a credit card machine that sold me the second I saw it. Great game that got a lot of play when I was a wee tike.
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108. Board Game: Big Deal [Average Rating:5.25 Overall Rank:9422]
MK
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Albany
New York
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This was my favorite Monopoly alternative when I was a kid. A friend of mine had it, and I just *had* to have it too - so I got it one Christmas and played it pretty well to death. Looking back on it, aside from the corny and cartoonish parody theme and artwork, it actually is a decent game in some respects - better than Monopoly itself.
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109. Board Game: Emperor of China [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:6753]
Philip Clayberg
United States
Arlington
Virginia
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Hope this doesn't sound overly confusing.

"Emperor of China" was one of the first boardgames my late father taught me and my two older brothers back in the early 1970s. Followed by his version of "Monopoly" (he submitted it to Parker Bros. and they rejected it), "Chess" (he had two sets; a wooden Renaissance version - he might've bought this in Germany, but I'm not sure; an ivory Chinese version bought in Hong Kong bought during his year in Vietnam, 1968-69; wooden chessboard bought in Iran on his way to/from Vietnam) "Twixt", "Poker" (I liked "Michigan" where as dealer one could easily, but figuratively, lose one's shirt), etc. Learned "Risk" and "Waterworks" from family friends while in elementary school. Avoided "Bridge" (still can't understand/play it). Went on to learn "Rummy", "Mouse Trap", "Life", "Careers", "Pay Day", "Parchisi", "Trouble", "Aggravation", "Scrabble", "The Dictionary Game" (popular homemade game amongst both family and friends - I don't remember who invented it or if they learned it from someone else; grab a big dictionary, cut up lots of small sheets of paper (about half the size of a 3x5 card), distribute the paper and pens to each player; each turn, one person chooses a word from the dictionary, asks everyone else if they've heard of the word; if they have, the word-chooser picks a new word and checks to see if they've heard of it; if they haven't, they write down on their sheets of paper what they think it means; the word-chooser writes down a correct definition for the word on one sheet of paper, and makes up an incorrect-but-hopefully-convincing definition on another sheet of paper; sheets are folded and then handed to the word-chooser, who reads each "definition" in turn; you vote for the one you think is correct; you can't vote for your own "definition" and the word-chooser can't vote; accuracy isn't important; you're trying to get the other players to vote for your "definition"; at the end of the game, whoever has the most votes wins; when adults played, games could easily last three or four hours; lots of fun for fans of word games), etc. During this time, I also learned "War at Sea" and "Panzer Leader" from my oldest brother when I was in 5th grade. I'm excluding video games and computer games, because that would create an even longer paragraph than this one is. Suffice it to say that I remember when "Pac Man" came out in 1979, both in arcade versions and on video game consoles (the one for the Atari console was terrible).

A rather eclectic exposure to boardgames and card games, true, but made it interesting too, because you never knew which game you'd be exposed to next.

Went through a mostly dry period during junior high school and high school and part of college, and then thankfully bumped back into card games and boardgames again for about ten years, only to go dry again for awhile, and then bumped back into them again about two years ago. With any luck I'll stick with 'em for the rest of my life (I'm 43 now). With friends and BGG.com helping out, I doubt I'll ever get bored of games.
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110. Board Game: Battle-Cry [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:8487]
John Bobek
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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I played Monopoly, Tiddley Winks, and several other board games as a child, but nothing, just nothing was as beloved as this, my first wargame. It had the North vs. the South with strategy AND tactics important for play. The wise use of railroads was a must. There was no luck in resolving combat, but luck determined how many and how far units could go. And it had cool looking minis!!! I still own it.
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111. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1089]
Matthew Pettitt
United Kingdom
Unspecified
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It's an oldie, but a good one. Played this a lot with my mum, and since we both love reading, games got quite intense! No letting the younger player win here - and no pulling off dodgy words like "quilty" either.

Still enjoy playing it with my mum and other bookish people in fact... Might not be to everyone's taste, but it's got a certain charm.
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112. Board Game: Mille Bornes [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:5141]
Ryan Tharp
United States
Springfield
Missouri
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This was probably my favorite game as a kid. At least it's one of the few I can remember playing when I was very young that I still play. Pretty simple game and loads of fun.
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113. Board Game: Go-Moku [Average Rating:5.97 Overall Rank:3918]
Balint Weisz
Hungary
Budapest
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Our most played game in primary school, I'm probably over 500 plays. We played it on a chequered paper with pen or pencil. Like in tic-tac-toe, one player was with X, and the other with O. We called it "Amoeba".
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114. Board Game: Bull Chase [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Jason C
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This was alot of fun as a kid.
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115. Board Game: Skirmish [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:5513]
Dave C.
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Maine
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Sooooo late to this party but posting this anyway . . .

I grew up about five miles from Lexington Green -the site of the "Shot Heard Round the World" - the start of the American Revolution. I was going into second grade in July 1976 -the year of the American Bicentennial. There were celebrations and parades and TV Specials all over the place then, and re-enactments and field trips to Concord Bridge and Bunker Hill, etc. I was just old enough to "get the picture" of what happened where I grew up and the amazingness of it as far as world (and American) history. I'm sure this fueled a lifelong love of our History and that time frame in particular.

Some years later my dear old dad bought me a copy of "Skirmish" and played me often. Other kids my age would not play this "by the rules" -they just played with the toys. But Dad taught me how to play it right, never let me win without earning it myself, and always played the dastardly and monolithic Redcoats to my wily and bold Militia.

Last year, I saw an old family photo of a Christmas morning, and in the backgound on the floor was my still skrink-wrapped copy of "Skirmish". This photo brought back a flood of memories because I had actually forgot about the game. I immediately sought a copy out on ebay to play with my own son and in so doing, discovered a treasure trove of old unplayed Ameritrash classics that I never knew existed as well as all the new stuff I've missed since childhood. And so a new Board Game Geek was born, all thanks to "Skirmish" . . . and a great dad.
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116. Board Game: Alaska [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:5752]
Carlos Madruga
Brazil
Sao Paulo
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I really enjoyed playing Alaska when I was a kid... particularly loved the defrosting phase and making other people's lives harder by removing the right blocks of ice.

I'm guessing it has not aged well, but I would still give it a shot.
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117. Board Game: International Movie Maker [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:5995]
Simon Newbold
China
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I used to play this with my sister and/or friends all the time loved the movie camera tokens
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