What did you play before you were a "geek?"
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As long as I can remember I have enjoyed playing games. However, it wasn't until a friend introduced me to Catan about 5 years ago that I found this hobby and started getting into it as an adult. Since then I have gotten more and more into it. Looking back, I can remember games that I loved when I was younger, including some of the first that I purchased on my own. Some of these I am sure were not great games, but they somehow got me to where I am now.

So what are the games that you played before you were a "geek?"
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1. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:415] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
Kent H
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I started playing chess in 4th grade and played it competitively through high school and college. It was a constant intellectual challenge and took me all over the country. Now I only get to play it occasionally with my students.
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2. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:14512]
Kent H
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This is one game that I remember playing with my extended family. It often devolved into a huge fight over Australia then a massive invasion of the rest of the world.
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3. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit [Average Rating:5.21 Overall Rank:15265]
Kent H
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My family had the Genus 3 edition I think. So I learned much about the world leaders of the 80s. This game probably put me on the path to In the Know in high school and bar trivia as an adult.
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4. Board Game: Yellowstone [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:11488]
Kent H
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This game must have been my parents. They loved the Rockies and must have gotten this game at some point when they were working out west. I don't think that we ever played it, or if we played it correctly when we did. All I remember is that you had to get your heard of animals across the park without getting eaten by a bear.
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5. Board Game: The Whale Game [Average Rating:5.33 Unranked]
Kent H
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As I am putting more games on I am remember more of the odd games that we played. This one came from our friend's store that specialized in environmental issues and locally made stuff. This was basically the Game of Life, with Whales, although you did need to avoid getting harpooned.
 
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6. Board Game: Hail to the Chief [Average Rating:4.23 Unranked]
Kent H
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Another trivia game, this one was all about presidents. You had to get enough points to win the primaries and then it was time to travel around the interior map, answering more questions about presidents to win their electoral votes.
 
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7. Board Game: Dark World [Average Rating:5.23 Overall Rank:15062]
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My brother was my primary gaming partner growing up but the two year gap was often hard. We had a great time playing with the figures and their interchangeable golden weapons. I also seem to recall a tower where the heroes could change forms. Fun but silly.
 
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8. Board Game: Battle Masters [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2704]
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This game had a giant board mat. I want to say it was 4' by 4'. Playing involved a deck of cards that told you which units to move around the mat. There was a cannon and an Ogre that took 6 hit points to take out. I think that I may still have this one in my grandmother's basement. Maybe a kid will like it in the future.
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9. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1184]
Kent H
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This is the first game that I remember buying with my own money. My high school Physics teacher had this game in the back of his room and would keep it out, playing games with kids throughout the year. I loved the complexity and the units. The only time I think that I managed a complete play of this was overnight at a truck stop coffee station my friends and I were manning for my mom's church. That said, this is the only game, (other than chess,) that came with me from Ohio to New York.
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10. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:156] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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There was a comic shop across the street from my mom's music store and my brother and I would go and hang out there. We were not really interested in the comics, but I loved the idea of this card game. We started playing around the time of the Ice Age expansion and got kind of into it for a few years. We didn't really have much money to spend, so we never got too invested, but we did have a good time making decks and dueling.
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11. Board Game: Legend of the Five Rings [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1024] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
Matt Brown
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D&D, Marvel RPG, M:TG, Shadowrun CCG, and L5R. I would say the Marvel RPG and then D&D being my favorites, but D&D was a better designed system. For CCGs, L5R, Shadowrun, and then Magic. I would play the hell out of a L5R or Shadowrun skirmish based game if somebody ever made a good gamer's version of one.
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12. Board Game: HeroQuest [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:546]
Jon Vallerand
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A friend of mine gave me his (used) copy for my 11th birthday, without his father's blessing, I'm fairly sure. He then moved away and I got to keep the game. I played the crap out of it, created so many quests, inventing variants that made absolutely no sense.

Man, I miss being a kid.
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13. Board Game: Strat-O-Matic Baseball [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:1134]
Joe Salamone
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Billerica
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Mostly sports games, including these and many others.

















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14. Board Game: Gettysburg (125th Anniversary edition) [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:3066]
Kent H
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My brother, cousin and I were obsessed with the Gettysburg movie so somehow I got my hands on this game. It was probably way too complex for us but we enjoyed the idea of being able to recreate the battle.
 
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15. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1086]
Chris Talmadge
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Clinton
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Dice rolling and I go way back.
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16. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:554]
Shaun Cordingley
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Calgary
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I cannot remember a time when I didn't know how to play cribbage. It was a point with essentially every extended family member that I know how to play crib, and well enough that I could potentially beat them.

But not quite

My quick math up until about 25 has always been great, even when I was in grade school, but never give me numbers that add to 19. That number doesn't exist
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17. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15329]
LJ
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Stoney Creek
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I used to hide my 500s under the board and whip them out at just the right time. I also bought properties under the table (literally) just to cheese off my one buddy who thought he was king.
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18. Board Game: Teacher's Quiz [Average Rating:5.63 Unranked]
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Trivia game of choice as an 8 year old.
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19. Board Game: Tower of the Wizard King [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:9918]
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So it seemed that I combined two games into one. This is the game with the character changing tower. I think you can see that the fantasy genre was a favorite for me as a kid. As I look at the components I am remember more about the game and how it played.
 
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20. Board Game: The Game of Life [Average Rating:4.19 Overall Rank:15331]
Mike Norris
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I use to love this game. Love love love!

I think it was the spinner that made it so fun. It wasn't dice...wow, new change!

Now....no thanks.
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21. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:207]
Kentaro Sugiyama
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My best friend in elementary school had the 3M bookcase version. I recall being clueless on how to play the game well, and of course, he'd win all the time.

I didn't realize this would become a well-loved game (I have the Hasbro 1999 version) in my collection 40 years later.
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22. Board Game: Stratego [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:2277]
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Another one that my best friend had and consistently beat me at. My parents bought a copy for me, and then I started doing better. Sadly, I lost touch with him, and never had a chance to show him how much I had improved.
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23. Board Game: Masterpiece [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:10686]
Kentaro Sugiyama
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Another favorite growing up in the 1970s. I didn't know who the guy was in the middle. All I remember was my friend selling me forgeries!
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24. Board Game: Battleship [Average Rating:4.58 Overall Rank:15320]
Kentaro Sugiyama
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Trying to find and sink that last little destroyer (2-pegs) was nerve-wracking for a 8-year old.
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25. Board Game: Pathfinder [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:5358]
Kentaro Sugiyama
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Another neat, portable game from the 1970s. Setting up a maze was a lot of fun, requiring a lot of creativity. The fun continued as I watched my opponent bounce around the maze like a mouse, struggling to find the "cheese", before I found his.
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