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CARL SKUTSCH
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Check out Clockwork Wars. It's a pretty darn good dudes on a hex map Euro'ish steampunk game. Quick and fun.
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What's the game that first drew you into gaming?

Not necessarily your first game, certainly not necessarily your favorite game, but that game which made you sit up and say "yeah, there's something here, I want to do more of this!"

For me, it was 1914. My mom owned it for some reason (parents divorced, and it was my mom who played games). As a kid it looked so cool and shiny there in the closet and I wanted to play it. However, she said it was too complicated and she'd only pull it down if I beat her at another war game. Someone bought me a copy of Tactics II so we played and played and played that until I finally won, and got to play 1914.

Which, by the way, is a pretty bad game. Pretty map, lots of fiddly counters, dull combat rules, no real excitement in strategy, and still I thought it was so cool.

After that it was more in the Avalon Hill line, Blitzkrieg, Africa Korps, Wooden Ships and Iron Men. Then I found Dungeons and Dragons, then SPI games, then Milton Bradley's Gamemaster series (Fortress America!), and eventually I stumbled into Euros and started moving in a whole new direction.

But it all started with my lust for 1914.

P.S. Thinking of this because I just had a passing urge to order a "mint" condition copy via the marketplace. Just out of pure nostalgia.
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The first modern board game I heard about was Catan. I was reading an article talking about the Green Bay Packers(American Football) players being obsessed with this game. My wife and I have always enjoyed playing cards, so when I heard about Catan I decided to check into it. I went to a local store to get it and while I was there I picked up Ticket to Ride since it could play two players. My wife and I brought both games over to my parents' house that week and while Catan was a minor hit Ticket to Ride was a major hit. After a few plays of it I started looking for other games and that brought me to BGG.
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The original Axis & Allies. I remember playing with my older brother and his friend. I was probably 13 years old playing Russia. All I wanted to build were fighters. My brother tried to show that it was a bad strategy...buy infantry he said.

Lessons were learn. soblue
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At first it was Magic: The Gathering. I watched my two cousins play it, and after a while I started participating. Then I started going to tournaments. Then after a while they found other games and introduced to me, like Ticket to Ride, Elfenland and Ricochet Robots, and the rest is history.
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Check out Clockwork Wars. It's a pretty darn good dudes on a hex map Euro'ish steampunk game. Quick and fun.
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Well, not including RPG's, Magic, Netrunner, Dragon Dice.. which i played in my youth, It was Catan actually. I saw a Scott Nickleson vid on you tube. Dont even remember how i came across it as board games were not on my radar. I purchased it, soon followed by Last Night on Earth..
 
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I played board games as a kid, but they were mostly roll-and-move kinds of games that I guess most kids played. What drew me in to "proper" board games was Dominion and Power Grid.
 
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Although they aren't designer board games, my dad not only introduced me to chess when I was in grade school, but to Stratego and Parcheesi. Even back then, I felt there was a difference in what played and other kids played. They were into Sorry! (which to me was always a dumbed down version of Parcheesi), checkers, and monopoly (played with free parking rules - gasp!).
My parents would often times find complete games at yard sales real cheap, such as Oh What a Mountain!.
Then my cousins introduced me to Scotland Yard, a favorite down to this day.
When I was about 15, a friend introduced me to Axis & Allies, and a few years later this friend got me hooked on Star Wars Customizable Card Game.
After that I wasn't exposed to new games for a while. However, while on a trip to Rochester, Minnesota, around 2005, I walked into a board game store by the name of "Games by James", and I saw a reprint of Scotland Yard. I had lost my original copy, so I picked it up and taught it to all my friends (who love it to this day).
Fast forward a few years, and between being able to try electronic versions of Catan and Ticket to Ride, as well as Target's decent selection of designer games, my interest in board games was fully ignited.

Sorry for the long story, but for me it was not really a single game, but a gradual appreciation, game by game.
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Always seemed to be looking for something in the way of games that was more interesting. After Checkers and Chess came Avalon Hill's game of Gettysburg, that's my collection of 'non-standard' games began to proliferate.
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Mass Market Games --> Chess --> D&D --> Magic --> 7 Wonders

I played some of the "gateway games" before 7W (Catan, Waterdeep), but didn't like them. Also got to experience how horrible Munchkin is early on.
 
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When I was little, I played Monopoly and Scotland Yard all the time (at least their czech equivalents. But the game that showed me a whole other world was BANG!. I still remember the first time I played it. I was 12 or 13 back then, it was the end of a school year and the teachers needed something to keep us busy. And one of them had a friend who gave her this. OMG. It was amazing experience. I bought it just a short time after, together with Alhambra and Carcassonne. I must have played it hundreds of time. To this day, I don't like it when people (serious gamers) hate on it. I haven't played in some time but man, I do want to play again just remembering
 
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7 Wonders. I played some TCG before but never truly get into board gaming, usually just play digital games. One night I was at my friend's place and he has a box of 7 Wonders so we gave it a try.

Fast-forward to two years later. I am now own over 20 board games and played countless sessions with multiple groups of people. It's fair to say I'm pretty obsessed with tabletop gaming right now.

That said I'm staying clear of TCG genre because I have had enough trying to collect that rare card for my deck back in the day with YuGi-Oh and those basketball card.
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SPI's Foxbat and Phantom.
 
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For my adult gaming run Zombies!!! was the first to blow my mind. The modular board helped me think past the classics, which for the most part I would play occasionally but would not consider myself a boardgamer. I didn't really start to collect and get heavy into games until I played Power Grid at a friends, who also happened to have Zombies!!!

When I was younger I would say Heroquest planted the seed that got me into a few other Games Workshop games(I have never played Warhammer or 40K to this day). This leads to my modern money bleeding addiction to miniature heavy dungeon crawls.
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Funny I started gaming with traditional hex and counter wargames and historical miniature gaming. And then went into roleplaying games. Then played a bunch of miniature gaming before getting into board gaming.

The one game that has been with me through all the genres of gaming was Nuclear War. With guest appearances from Ace of Aces: Handy Rotary Series
 
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Mouse Trap drew me in and hooked me at a very young age.
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Axis and Allies got me into board gaming.

Shogun/Samurai Swords got me into the board game hobby.
 
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For me,I played Monopoly as a kid, but when I discovered that you could take over the world in a board game (Risk), I was instantly hooked! In high school I started playing Axis & Allies which is like Risk on steroids. Later, I played Settlers of Catan at a friend's place which made the transition to Starfarers of Catan really easy.
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Catan in 2002 ish got me interesting. What really drew me deep was Puerto Rico and Dominion in 2010.
 
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I guess for me it was a combination of Catan and Magic: The Gathering. Those games appeal to probably my biggest interests: building stuff and fantasy themes.
 
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Magic the Gathering was my first real table-top game addiction. I used to read INQUEST magazine and gobble up every article on the new CCGs and games coming out. Lack of readily available gaming buddies really bummed me out so I took some breaks in between.

For more modern board games, I attended a gathering at the local library in 2011 and really started getting into the hobby since then. Now I go to 4 or more meetups during the week!
 
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I can't remember anything that happened when I was that young. I think it must have been something like Snakes and Ladders or Noughts and Crosses.

Chess was the first game I became addicted to.

Diplomacy was the game that got me into 'the hobby'.
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I had board games every Christmas as a kid. My favourites were War of the Daleks, Which Witch? (Haunted House) and Ghost Train. Wish I still had them....

The modern game that got me interested again was Munchkin, closely followed by Carcassonne. It was all downhill from there.
*cough* 73 games and counting *cough*
 
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My parents had Smess which I always wanted to play because I liked the board but my Uncle had King Oil which was the coolest looking thing to 8yo me. It looked like a toy but had some mysterious depth to it.
 
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