A Warm Fuzzy for my Geek Friends
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A recent GL that pays tribute to the women gamers led me to think of all the gamers who have become more than just avatars to me. They're the ones I look to for advice, play games with online and run to when I just need to talk. Thank you all.
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1. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:72]
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Richard Fawkes. When I commented that I'd like to play more Tigris & Euphrates, Richard offered to set up a game here on the Geek with cornjob. Linneaus also joined us and we've been playing together online for a year.

Richard is funny, supportive and one helluva tough guy to beat at Torres.
 
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2. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:114] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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scribidinus. Memoir '44 is the game that started my friendship with John. Since then we've exchanged a lot of messages and talked about just about everything from music to war games. He's always helpful and funny and is part of my support group when I just need to talk.
 
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3. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:126]
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Linnaeus. I mentioned that I wasn't sure Princes of Florence was something my family would enjoy and there was Gerald offering to teach me how to play on BSW. He did much more than teach the game, he showed me around and made me feel more comfortable in a place than can be very intimidating. He also taught me Clans, YINSH and StreetSoccer, which forced me to buy these games.

Gerald is a thoughtful and generous teacher and always a gentleman. He is also not to be trifled with at Princes of Florence!
 
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4. Board Game: Wallenstein (first edition) [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:372]
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cornjob. Chester is one of the Four Friends who have been playing together online for a year. He's a great teacher of Tigris & Euphrates, taking time to explain his train of thought or why he took a particular move. I chose Wallenstein because this is the game he's currently teaching to Richard, Gerald and me (read 'kicking our butts').

Chester has a strange, wonderful sense of humor and a brilliant, analytical mind when he has the time to show it.
 
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5. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:433]
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Favre4MVP. I don't remember when Kane first became my friend. It probably has to do with the fact that his is one of the closest matches to my taste in games. I depend on his opinions more than he knows and the game I chose reflects that; it's high on my buy list when the reprint comes out even though I wasn't impressed with Hera and Zeus.
 
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6. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:440]
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kvn299. Kevin is the brilliant creator of the camel emoticons but he also did me the favor and honor of creating the crying one when I mentioned it would be nice to have. He's also come running to help when I had a computer problem or issues with printing a game component to the proper size. Sometimes he messages me just to say, "What's happening? What's new with you?".
 
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7. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:876]
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jody. Jody introduced me to Cartagena online. We've played many a game and talked about games and family life. Her taste in games is similar to my own so I have her to thank for several of the games in my collection, including the most notable, El Grande.
 
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8. Board Game: The Bridges of Shangri-La [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1232]
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Verkisto. I met Isaac because we both own and love cats, but we've exchanged game opinions and made a couple of trades. When I need an informed opinion of a trick-taking game, Isaac is the one I turn to. Is there any that you haven't played?
 
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9. Board Game: Silverton [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:1458]
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gamesgrandpa. Gerald is truly one of the good guys, always there to offer help, a kind work and support. I'm getting to know him better since he kindly agreed to be interviewed for the group blog that I write for and I have to say that with all his hobbies, I'm glad he finds time for us at the Geek. The game I chose for him is one I know he'd love to bring to the table and I hope he doesn't have to wait long.
 
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10. Board Game: Trias [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1772]
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Chaddyboy_2000. I met Chad through the GeekLists where I'd added Trias, followed shortly by Chad's "Woo Hoo! Trias!". It turned out that we have very similar tastes in games so I often turn to Chad when I want advice on a game that I'm considering.

Chad is such a nice person he sent me his spare copy of Monkeys on the Moon for me to check out on approval. Well, of course we liked it.
 
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11. Board Game: Alaska [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:8547]
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coldfoot. I'm just getting to know Brian, working with him on the Gone Gaming blog, but I've found him to be helpful, smart and he has a great taste in writers! Thanks to Brian I'm also getting to know Grognads, Yeshuda, DW Tripp, Alex Rockwell, Joe Gola and Shannon Appelcline. There's nothing in his profile to give us any information on him (are we sure he really exists?) so I chose a game that seemed appropriate from the only fact I know.
 
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