My first year as part of the BGG community - a tale of 200 thumbs!
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I'm approaching my one year anniversary as part of the BGG community. I registered on the 15th October 2012 and recently passed the 200 thumbsup mark.

Here is the story of my journey


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Thanks to the generosity of some BGGers, I'm now approaching 300 thumbs and I have my own shiny new avatar! Choosing one to settle with is tough though!
Thank you!
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1. Board Game: Age of Discovery [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2924]
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The geek entered the cave of wonders, the magical bookstore full of marvels aplenty, fantasies to be explored and knowledge to be gained. Venturing forth to the sci-fi and fantasy shelves, the once familiar setting was now strange to his eyes, the bookstore had unleashed a wondrous and exotic beast... a board game section!

What strange objects lay before him? Gone was the torture machine of property accumulation, solved was the mystery of who killed Professor Plumb (the butler did it, it's always the butler).

These were not the games of our hero's childhood... they looked.... fun.
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2. Board Game: Secrets of the Tombs [Average Rating:4.93 Overall Rank:16506]
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Upon being approached by the store assistant our hero readied himself to engage in a battle of wits... he suspected he would need to summon all of the spirit of the blarney in order to fool this man into giving up the stores secrets.

"Hi, can I help at all", the store assistant's demeanour was definitely chipper. This was a surprise... the usually gloomy assistants had transformed.
Our hero was disarmed, his wit fleeing from him faster than a Jawa being chased by a horny Bantha...
"um... hi! Yeah, er, what are these?".

"Oh, we've opened a new game section." the assistant continued. "Have you seen TableTop?"...

What strange beast, what land untold, what the f*** is that?
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Realising the words he had just uttered, and with a mild feeling of panic, our hero looked around for the nearest escape route... he feared the consequences of having broken the first rule of shopping: never engage the store assistant in conversation!

It was too late, he had unleashed the monster... there was nothing to do but hope it couldn't see him if he stood still!

No such luck.

Caught in the web of geekery, our hero had no choice but to use every ounce of politeness... and listen.
He was told of a land of geeks (& sundry), where warriors and clerics, dragons and robots could be summoned forth and used to defeat ancient evils and unheard of threats.
A land where people would come together to save the castle or face off in an epic struggle for power.

Our hero, spying his chance, picked up a copy of "Zombie Dice" and made for the checkout... the monster followed... "I can help you with that"... evidently this was a stubborn beast.

As the exit approached, the beast roared "You should check out TableTop on youtube, it's hosted by Wil Wheaton... and also go online to boardgamegeek.com"...

Making his exit, and thankful for the narrow escape, the monster's words continued to haunt our hero's thoughts.
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4. Board Game: Zombie Dice [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:1834]
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Upon returning to his castle, our hero quickly delved into the reward he had received for facing the beast.

Opening the box with some trepidation, he reached in unsure of what would unfold. Withdrawing the contents of this newfound treasure, magic crackled in the air. The dice felt cold and smooth in his hand, yet weighty... he rolled them and took pleasure from the satisfying clatter as the cubes hit the table... *BLAM* *BLAM*... he had taken two shotgun blasts to the roll... but there were brains a plenty and a chance to run... it was clear, how could he have been so wrong all this time... he knew what he must do.
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5. Board Game: New World: A Carcassonne Game [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1851]
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Venturing forth, our intrepid hero took to "teh internets" in search of this brave new world. Typing in "Wil Wheaton TableTop" led him to a portal of knowledge and was the start of a new path.

Devouring all the youtube goodness he could find on the TableTop channel... he knew what he must do... BUY MORE GAMES!

But which games should he buy... over the years he had learned to avoid the games of his youth, devices of torture used to keep the masses distracted and frustrated. These new games though, they were different... they had him hooked and wanting more.

Remembering the monster's words "board game geek...geeek...geeeeeeek" the adventurer once again returned to the web... his fingers ran across the keyboard a letter at a time...

"B o a r d G a m e G e e k"

...he had found the lost city of geekdom.
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6. Board Game: Shadow Agent [Average Rating:8.20 Unranked]
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What wondrous, strange new world lay before him. The adventurer, cautious in this new surroundings, set forth to discover what lay ahead.

Lurking in the shadows, devouring the resources of this habitat, our hero quickly discovered new adventures and lands... and the mythical realm of the FLGS (he had started to decipher their strange language too!).

Venturing forth, he sought out an Oracle, a soothsayer of sorts... he would not be disappointed.
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7. Board Game: Castle Panic: The Wizard's Tower [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked]
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Upon arriving at the wizard's tower (aka "Battle Quest" in Horsham, UK)... our hero headed straight for the desk... no longer fearful of engaging the beast, he found that the creature had become his oracle... not something to be feared, but an ally in his quest for new adventures.

The world opened up to him like a pandoras box of confusion and excitement... there were so many games, so many characters to learn and lands to discover.

Leaving with an armful of treasure, our hero resolved to engage the new found realm of BGG.
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8. Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:330]
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After a few false starts and obvious questions, a strange thing happened... time passed, the seasons brought their troubles and joys, and our hero, who had once inhabited the shadows, found that he was no longer stood alone. He was not the only adventurer to have found this land, and he was not the only one who had decided to stay.

The dark path that had once seemed daunting, that had stretched further than his eyes could see, was now brightly lit and lined with friends and co-adventurers. This was a place he could call home.
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9. Board Game: HeroQuest [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:563]
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With many quests laying ahead, our intrepid adventurer continues to engage with those in this new found wonderland, searching for his gaming holy grail and trying to discover how to obtain that damned geekgold in order to purchase an avatar!

There are many questions yet to be answered, games to be played and geeklists to be compiled, and of course the one mystery that may never be answered... what the hell is The Golden Camel Society?!?!?!?!?

But I digress... Onward to adventure!
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