A Gamer’s autobiography
Karl Kleve
Norway
Bodoe
Nordland
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Being the True and Accurate Story of the Life and Deeds of an Addicted Gamer, or How I Developed into Craving My Weekly Gamenight.

These confessions of an addict might serve the young and reckless a warning. What I thought was just an innocent onetime try on Monopoly, lead me on the way to the wreck I am today, where nothing (well, excepting my Missus) may hinder my quest for the weekly game.

Are there any other confessions waiting out there?
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1. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:16275]
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Ah, the young and innocent … Those where the days, my friend, we thought they’d never end (all rise up and sing)
 
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2. Board Game: Junta [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1007]
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1985. Bittersweet memories of the first real taste. I was in high school when it happened.
 
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3. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1221]
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1986. The birth of an addict. But I could stop any day. And soon proved it, when I tried a couple of other games:
Car Wars: Bored me, and strengthened my conviction of being able to stop any time.
Runequest A blind alley. At least I avoided the Pit of Roleplaying.

Class Struggle 1987 A onetimer. But enough to keep me going
 
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4. Board Game: Pax Britannica [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:2578]
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1989. Addiction comes slowly crawling back ...
 
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5. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:521]
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1990. And then I couldn’t stop.
 
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6. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:233] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
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1991. And Advanced Civilization, Hitler’s War, Kremlin, Shogun. I had to try it all.
 
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7. Board Game: Blood Royale [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:2982]
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1992. And Britannia, Supremacy, Nuclear War. The addiction is infectious: I have a game group! Brothers in Misery.
 
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8. Board Game: Empires in Arms [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:1018]
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1993. The highlight of my career. Now I was totally. Irretrievably. Lost. 1 year, one game!
 
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9. Board Game: History of the World [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:629]
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1994. Kingmaker. Republic of Rome. And Axis & Allies expansion! The road goes ever on.
 
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10. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:152] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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1996. I tried to relocate to another city. And it seemed to work. Although I shamefully searched for, and found the local gameclub. I tried Magic, but didn’t like the taste! Triumph! Maybe I was clean, at last?
 
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11. Board Game: Age of Renaissance [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:927]
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1998. 1830. Back for a maintenance shot every now and then. But so:
 
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12. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:294] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
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2000. Tikal, Euphrat, Puerto Rico. I’m on my way to rock bottom.
 
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13. Board Game: Wallenstein (first edition) [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:373]
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But I am not alone! A regular Gamers Anonymoums is created. Together to eternity and beyond! Every Thursday is gamers night! Biannually Cons to a nearby cabin!
 
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14. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:56]
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2003. Princes of Renaisance, Princes of Florenz. San Marco. The wondrous new world of gaming!
 
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15. Board Game: Friedrich [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:505]
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2004. War of the Rings, Bonaparte at Marengo, Struggle of Empires. A new game every month. Sometimes even more. Our group now has a regular provider, keeping us satisfied.
 
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16. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:120]
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My number one favourite these last couple of years. A strange observation: I’m often quite tired on thursday afternoon. The old body is aching after a heavy week trying to juggle commitments at work and at home, with bosses, wife and my small kids. Then I may sit down for a tense game of AoS. And I mean tense! 4 hours sitting on needles. Biting of fingernails. Wailing and gnashing of teeth. Getting in bed much too late because of after-game discussions and winding down. And afterwards I feel totally relaxed and ready to face another week! Funny that.
 
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17. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:273] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Raising an 8 year old as a gamer have found me exploring still another gameworld.
But I still reminisence about EiA. Every now and then I try to put together a team. But we never manage to get it going. Everybody has too many other commitments. I still dream about getting a game of EiA going, though.
But still, I am content. I get my weekly dose of fabulous games, and have long since given up any thought on getting out. My wife has consoled herself with sharing me with my addiction, and watch our kids grow into gamers.

I think I will lay down my pen, now. I am weary, so weary. But tomorrow is another Thursday. FINIS
 
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