Geek games I got before I knew I was a Geek
David DeGregory
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This is my first list and you don't have to be nice to me. I discovered Settlers of Catan in October of 2004 when searching for a birthday present to get with some money I recieved. That lead me eventually to BGG, but prior to that game there were even other games that I had gotten for myself or as gifts that I could put in the context of Geek games. Games that aren't your typical Toys R Us type games.
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1. Board Game: MindTrap [Average Rating:4.75 Overall Rank:15995]
David DeGregory
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Nesconset
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I think I may have played this as a game once, but usually just read the brain twisters. Saw a friend playing this (or reading the brain twisters) and I enjoy those so I asked for it for my birthday, maybe 10 years ago now. Though it is low on the BGG rating list, it's still something I enjoyed.
 
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2. Board Game: Lionheart [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:10052]
David DeGregory
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Nesconset
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This is more of a Geek-style strategy game, I've only played this a handful of times, and haven't for a long time. I actually got this at Toys R Us and it was $5, which is why I got it. It's OK, but little did I know what more there was.
 
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3. Board Game: Risk 2210 A.D. [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1055]
David DeGregory
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This I got as a gift from my wife a few years ago. Prior to getting Settlers, this was probably the game that started me thinking that there might be more out there than games such as traditional Risk.
 
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4. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1020]
David DeGregory
United States
Nesconset
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A fun (and funny) little game that I picked up at Wizards of the Coast before they went out of business in the mall near me.
 
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5. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:293] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
David DeGregory
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Settlers of Catan. While surfing the web for a game, this game kept coming up in searches and articles and it could not be ignored. I had to get it, and that lead me to where I am today, a full-fledged Board Game Geek.
 
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6. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:57]
Curt Carpenter
United States
Kirkland
Washington
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See comment under Settlers above.
 
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7. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:15]
Curt Carpenter
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Kirkland
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See comment under Settlers above.
 
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8. Board Game: Junta [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:995]
Darrell Janzen
Canada
Mission
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Quite a few years ago, some friends were talking about the game Junta.. and were saying how great of a game it was. I thought to myself.. if it's that great, I must have it!

So, that weekend, I drove an hour to a little shop i knew of and picked up Junta. Up until that time, I had only played games like Monopoly, etc.

Since then, Junta has remained one of my favorites..
(and my favorite part is when people leave the room and forget their money on the table.. realize their mistake.. rush into the room, only to find the money has vanished.. and NOBODY saw a thing ) -Yes, we play "everything is fair game" rules. The only thing that is safe is the money in your swiss account.
 
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9. Board Game: Löwenherz [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:848]
T. Rosen
United States
Arlington
Virginia
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And I got this Lionheart before I knew I was a Geek. Well I knew I was a Geek, just not a BoardGameGeek. I had Settlers for ever before realizing there might be more games that like that out there (see my profile comments for more on that), and shortly after getting Settlers was given Lowenherz as a gift, but still didn't think there might be world of great Eurogames out there. After playing Settlers (without any expansions even) and Lowenherz to death, a friend mentioned Carcassonne many years later, and in buying that I realized there was a whole world out there I was missing. Hence why my Settlers and Lowenherz are so much more beat up than all my other games, it's going to take a while to play all my new favorites as much as I did those, especially at the rate my collection is growing.
 
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10. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:595]
Philip Poulton
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I've always loved board games and whenever I've been near shops I'm always on the look out for interesting additions to my collecton. This of course was generally a thankless task as most shops had all the same games Monopoly etc. One day we went on a family trip to Greenwich, London and ended up at Greenwich market, where I stumbled across a shop selling games and lots of games I'd never seen before. Needless to say I stayed in this shop while everyone else looked around the market. As I didn't really know what were good or bad games I decided not to risk too much money and bought 6 Nimmt and Mama Mia. This was about 10 years ago it then took me another 8 years to become a partial geek, I still don't consider myself a full geek yet - TOO MANY GAMES STILL TO BUY!!!
 
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11. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:231] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
Roger Fawcett
United Kingdom
Northwich
Cheshire
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I have had this game for years and years. However I have only played it twice, once with family and once with friends when we were away together at New Year. Neither friends nor family enjoyed it quite as much as I did and couldn't be doing with the game length. I hung on to it and with hindsight I can see the inner geek was even then trying to play his way out.
 
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