Reviewing the Collection, Part 1: Games that lived at my parents' (or grandparents') house
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I have over 500 games and have pretty much run out of room. So, I have started to realize that I need to do some purging and examination of why I want to keep certain games. I am breaking the games into categories to make it more manageable, and I am starting with games which may have mostly a sentimental reason to keep them. This list is largely for my own use, but I don't mind any comments anyone might have.

These games are games that I currently own or recently disposed of that were acquired by me or by my family by 1970, the year I graduated high school, in approximately the likelihood that I will keep them in my collection.

Some of these games will resurface when I start going through the categories and mechanics.

For a list of the other parts of my process, see Reviewing the Collection - Master List
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1. Board Game: APBA Pro Baseball [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:4087]
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I started playing APBA in 1964 or 1965, and have played ever since. I know lots of people prefer other simulations, but this is the one I prefer. Currently, I do all my playing in a league where we send instructions to our opponent. This one is not going anywhere any time soon, despite the fact that it uses more space than any other game.
 
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2. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:215]
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The crown jewel of the 3M Bookshelf games, I got this one in high school. A bunch of us used to get together pretty often and play 3M bookshelf games. I have all the 3M bookshelf games except the non-propietary games (Go, Chess), the sports games, and Challenge Bridge. I would keep this one even if I didn't have them all. None of the other versions add enough to make it worth the extra space in my collection, as far as I am concerned.
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3. Board Game: Bazaar [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1880]
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This is probably the second most likely of the 3M games to get played, since it is a game that my wife will play. Again a game that I would just as soon keep the version I have as any of the updates.
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4. Board Game: Oh-Wah-Ree [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:8575]
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Another one that my wife will play. And a mancala game definitely has a place in my collection. This actually may be the most played of my 3M collection, based on the condition of the box (and that for a while my daughter refused to play games "with rocks")
 
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5. Board Game: Twixt [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1593]
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Along with Acquire, one of my two favorites of the 3M games to play. A definite keeper.
 
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6. Board Game: Ploy [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:5006]
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I am a fan of what I always called "Pure abstract strategy" games, by which I mean the perfect information combinatoric games. This one goes to four players. I haven't played it for a long time, but it is unlikely to be expendable.
 
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7. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:1572]
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I hardly ever play this with the board any more, but will keep a copy any way. It is currently my most played on-line game.
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8. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:129]
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I don't really play Go, though I have, but it is a game I think I should own. I have a set like this one, which my father purchased on a business trip to Japan in the late 60s. I had another set which I gave to my son when I recovered this one.
 
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9. Board Game: Chinese Checkers [Average Rating:5.09 Overall Rank:16236]
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Chinese Checkers is another classic, and having this old set from my grandparents is even better.
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10. Board Game: Avalanche [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:9784]
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My son had a great time playing with this when he was young, so this one stays around as well. If it goes anywhere, it will go to him, for his son to play with, when he is old enough.
 
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11. Board Game: Win, Place & Show [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:2361]
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My favorite of the 3M Sports games (which I also have all of). Would probably keep it even if I deciding having the complete collection was not a priority.
 
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12. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:16293]
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I may not be anxious to play it, but I still think I should own a copy of Monopoly, and my Mom's old set with the wooden pieces makes it all that much more tolerable.
This is the set I played with when I was growing up, so I never had the association with all the various pieces that everyone else played with. Our set had all abstract wooden pieces. Each a different shape and color, but mostly didn't look like anything in particular.
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13. Board Game: Tiddledy Winks [Average Rating:3.85 Overall Rank:16260]
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I found this old copy at my grandparents' house. It doesn't take up much space, and Tiddledy Winks isn't that a bad game to have, especially with small grandchildren around.
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14. Board Game: Pick Up Sticks [Average Rating:4.24 Overall Rank:16281]
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Another old version of a game from my grandparents. And another perfectly reasonable dexterity game to have a copy of for playing with grandchildren.
 
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15. Board Game: Labyrinth [Average Rating:4.55 Overall Rank:16255]
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This solo puzzle was at my parents' house for as long as I can remember. We actually found two different ones when cleaning the house. I took one and my sister took the other.
 
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16. Board Game: Rod Hockey [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:2983]
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My dad picked this one up on a business trip to Canada, probably in the early 60s.

This would rate higher on the list except that one of the players doesn't work very well. The spring broke and my dad tried to fix it, but now it is a little stiff.
 
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17. Board Game: Stratego [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:2333]
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This 1961 edition has wooden pieces. Stratego is another good game to keep in the collection.
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18. Board Game: Score Four [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:5924]
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Another pure abstract with simple rules which isn't going anywhere.
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19. Board Game: Mille Bornes [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6619]
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This game is likely to stay in the collection due to sentimental reasons and the fact that it doesn't take up much space. An enjoyable "take-that" game in its day, it has been greatly surpassed by many newer games.

The second copy that I have will probably not be as lucky.....
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20. Board Game: Broadside [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:5499]
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This game has a sentimental hold on me,as I remember playing it quite a bit. The size of the game is a bit of a downside, but unless I discover that it is incomplete to the point of being unplayable as is, it is likely to stay in my collection.
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21. Board Game: Probe [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:7912]
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I remember this as being an enjoyable word game, though I haven't played it in a very long time. I will have to give this one more thought.
 
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22. Board Game: Feudal [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:3839]
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Another 3M bookshelf game that I could imagine playing again, but whose place in my collection is primarily sealed by being part of my 3M bookshelf game collection.
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23. Board Game: Jungle [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:8405]
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A wooden version of this classic Asian game. I haven't played this game much, and certainly not for a long time, but I will probably keep it around as well.
 
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24. Board Game: Contack [Average Rating:5.38 Overall Rank:13887]
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Here is one I have never played, that I had remembered seeing many years ago, but didn't find it again until a year ago when we were clearing out my parents' house. The game takes hardly any room at all so I have little incentive to dispose of it, at least until I investigate it further.
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25. Board Game: Autobridge [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:13123]
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This is another game form my parents that doesn't use up too much space. The bidding methods it uses are antiquated now, so I doubt I would ever "play" it, but I also have little incentive to dispose of it.
 
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