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OK - I know that nobody needs to see another "stuff I backed on Kickstarter" list - but since my board game shopping seems to have turned entirely to Kickstarter, here is mine.

Maybe it will inspire you. Maybe you will decide not to ever back anything on Kickstarter because of this list. I leave this to you, gentle reader. I will make a chronological list to the extent possible.
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1. Board Game: Fealty [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:2363]
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This was the start. I bought a prototype of this game at Origins 2011 and wanted to throw this project a $1. That's it. Moral support. Then, I'd wash my hands of Kickstarter.
 
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2. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:255]
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Except, I didn't stop there. I picked up Flash Point: Fire Rescue. I must say, we have played this game more as a family in the past two years than any other game in my collection. It is fabulous. My favorite part is when my son backs his dude out to the street right before the house collapses.
 
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3. Board Game: Carnival [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:7003]
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Still, just picking up games I had seen and played at Origins 2011 at this point. Carnival is a light game and we play it as a family every once in a while.
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4. Board Game: Get Bit! [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:1882]
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Get Bit was a nice reprint and it travels well. You can always get into a good conversation when you have body parts and sharks spread out on your table at a restaurant. Hey, it beats Pandemic on the table.
 
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5. Board Game: Sunrise City [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1947]
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I backed this one and picked up Alien Frontiers. I had played Alien Frontiers and was interested in getting a copy. Both games looked promising. However, for one reason or another, these haven't hit the table yet.
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6. Board Game: Divided Republic [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:4112]
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This was the first game I backed to make a dream come true for a board game designer. Nice game, but the story behind getting it made is probably more compelling.
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7. Board Game: D-Day Dice [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:857]
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This one just for the stretch goals. The game is pretty fantastic as well. As delivered, it is a really nice package and very playable.
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8. Board Game: VivaJava: The Coffee Game [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1529]
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I've played this - just not my copy. I also picked up all the brewples, which are awesome. OK - at this point - I am starting to think I need to stop with the Kickstarting.
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9. Board Game: WeyKick [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:2373]
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I got caught up in the controversy of telling your kickstarter backers you are not going to sell it cheaper elsewhere, and then having it advertised for $30 cheaper at another site before yours is delivered.

Ethics and kickstarter. A topic for another Geeklist. Makes me appreciate the good guys.
 
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10. Board Game: Gunship: First Strike! [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:7375]
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Here is another guy working to get a game published great communication - OK game.
 
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11. Board Game: Chicken Caesar [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:2598]
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What was I doing in 2012? Pledging on Kickstarter. It was a very stressful year all around and this was one of the projects I backed without knowing a lot about it. Need to play it again.
 
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12. Board Game: War Without Mercy [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:4463]
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Mercyland - Hymns for the Rest of Us

It's not only board games that I back on kickstarter. I also back hymns CDs. This was one that has Emmylou Harris and Dan Tyminski writing and singing on it. A CD of original hymns - I am in.
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13. Board Game: Ogre [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:982]
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I was one of the many that backed Ogre. It was a massive project, and is due at my doorstep tomorrow!
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14. Board Game: We Didn't Playtest This: Legacies [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:4658]
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I love pulling out "We didn't playtest this . . ." in just about any setting. Legacies was a logical next step.
 
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15. Board Game: Fleet [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:695]
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A nice little game packed in a too small box at the right price . . . I am in.
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16. Board Game: Flint & Steel [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked]
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Flint & Tinder - Premium Underwear

"Wait . . . you backed underwear on kickstarter?" You need to look up the project and read the description. This was another business that started as a result of kickstarter. American made, high quality, American jobs. Great underwear as well!
 
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17. Board Game: Here I Stand [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:165]
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Indelible Grace hymns CD

Some of my favorite musicians produced a hymns CD and sold it on kickstarter. Easy choice.
 
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18. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue – 2nd Story [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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Expansion to a game that we already play all the time? Easy call.
 
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19. Board Game: The Manhattan Project: Second Stage [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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Yet another expansion to a game that I enjoy. It seems that the trend on Kickstarter is to put these expansions out to build popular excitement for them. I believe that Manhattan Project was also due for a reprint when this Kickstarter went out. Great game.
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20. Board Game: Viticulture [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:120]
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I love wine games. Vinhos is a favorite. So, Viticulture by then unknown game company Stonemaier Games was an attractive project. And, Jamey returned my emails with questions.

I ended up backing and naming a coin "in vino veritas" - "in wine there is truth"
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21. Board Game: The Great Heartland Hauling Co. [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:993]
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By this point, I was hooked on the Dice Hate Me Games. They were cheap, easy to learn and fun to play. Plus, you can break out in a chorus of "Convoy" or wear a fake mustache if you feel like it. An essential game for us.
 
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22. Board Game: The New Science [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2988]
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I like the theme and have enjoyed past games by this designer. We have played through this once, and there is a lot of game here. No regrets about backing it.
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23. Board Game: The Perfect Heist [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:10075]
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A heist game. Actually, a lot more cutthroat than we expected. Takes a few plays to get to the right level of nastiness. A pleasant surprise.
 
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24. Board Game: Fallen City of Karez [Average Rating:4.54 Overall Rank:15184]
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OK, ok, I backed it because the board was pretty. But, I haven't opened it yet after many reports that it is just unfinished as a game. And, to quote Sweet Brown, Ain't nobody got time for that. There are other games to play at the moment.
 
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25. Board Game: Salem [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:5372]
 
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Witch hunt, witch trial, hangings. Oh, I wasn't talking about the typical kickstarter game campaign, I was talking about Salem - a game that I backed that hasn't been published yet. It's still cooking, and the jury is still out.
 
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