A Celebration of your well worn / well loved games
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One thing I think most of us can agree on is that games are meant to be played.

Yet, despite that, there is a little bit of a collector in all of us. We want our games to last forever. We want them to stay pristine. And we want other people to know we take care of them. So BGG is full of pictures of games in brand new condition, and we share pictures of the game first set up on the table and our excitement around it.

As you enjoy a game though, you use it. Things happen. Life happens. Maybe a figure falls off the table and a piece breaks off. Maybe someone drops a card on a tile floor and as they pick it up, they fold it in half. And when these kind of events happen multiple times, slowly the game becomes a white elephant in your collection. You own, but you could never trade it, since it's now in "Fair" to "Poor" condition, and not desirable to someone else.

But wait a minute. How did it get to be what it is? Through use! Through playing it! Through doing what it was meant to do! Why aren't we celebrating these games!?

So here's your chance. Grab your iphone or your camera. Take some pictures of your well worn and well loved game. Post them to your personal gallery - no need to worry about geekmod and having the image declined. Write a story about what the game means to you. Post it here and celebrate it!
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1. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Probably many of you have a similar condition Settlers of Catan. My parents bought it for us when it was all the rage (about 15 years ago!). We played it a lot! This one has sat around quite a lot lately, and didn't travel much, so the box doesn't look all that bad, but it shows some use.


More visibly, the cards are kind of gross!


Maybe I don't play this one much anymore, but it's one I hope to as my kids get a little older.

I was also lucky enough to snag a new edition for super cheap on kijiji, so it even has a replacement waiting in the wings:
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2. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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After a fairly long hiatus with board games, a friend introduced me to Carcassonne. Needless to say, I liked it and I bought it. I don't even remember buying it, but it was probably some time about 2005.

This little box has been with me to many many places. It's been tossed into suitcases and loose into back seats of cars. Here's a game we played in the Jasper Park Lodge one winter day.





Needless to say, with that kind of use, life happens. The box was left on the stairs one day and I stepped right on it. Corners blow out and need fixing. The outside looks ok:




but the inside looks like this:


and another thing happens: expansions!


This little box of Carcassonne is pretty dear to me. It's even introduced many people to itself. My inlaws enjoyed it so much, they bought their own copy, and proceeded to play it every night before going to bed for over a year. I think if I counted all the copies of Carcassonne I've purchased I'd be up around the 10 mark, but this one is still the original. I even have a replacement for it set aside, ready to go, but I haven't used it yet, and it's actually on my For Trade list!
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:125] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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The next game to really catch on was Ticket to Ride. Actually, the first time I played it I didn't really like it. It seemed too slow and 'thinky'. When I finally played it a second time, I realized how wrong I was and how quick this game can be and should be. I started being a proponent of it, and introduced many people to it. This game is also well traveled, and shows from it:



Hmm, maybe it's hard to see in that picture, but every edge is actually taped up with packaging tape to hold it together.
And the inside of the box lid looks like:


and


(FYI, I use red Tuck tape inside the boxes because it is very strong and tear resistant)

Now, that wouldn't be so bad, but remember what I said about "life happens"? In this case it was a 3 year old who somehow got into the box and wanted to play 'trains'. Needless to say the six-segment board gave her some troubles, and one of the segments became disembodied from the rest of the board. More packaging tape to the rescue!


I figured while I was at it, I may as well do them all. Some of them were holding on for dear life after being folded and unfolded many many times already.

Surprisingly, my fix is holding up quite well. After about 10 plays with the repaired board, there is only a minor problem where the board was reattached:


So minor in fact, that I can barely see it on the zoomed in picture!

And of course, TTR spawned replacements for itself, but none have really taken over it's position. It's still played more then all the other ones combined.


Marklin - for being more of a gamer's game, and a birthday present
Europe - for a bit of a change, and because it was acquired cheaply
Nordic - for the 2 player experience

Well, I hope you've enjoyed the read, and hope you add some of your own! I was going to add a very worn out copy of Dutch Blitz as well, but I couldn't find it.

I'd love to see your well worn / well loved games! If nothing else, they show proof of a game that can be enjoyed over and over and over again.
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4. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:374]
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If you could have one game on a desert isle, what would you take? For me it's always Up Front. In the picture you can see a blue plastic tub, that's what I had the cards adn chits in. I cringe when I look at this because I wasn't using sleeves at the time. I remember copying the rules book at work (huge no-no!)and stuffing them into my gym bag while we were getting ready for OIF 1.

I love this game, started playing it when I joined the Army, literally. My buddy Dale Martin and I drew CQ together and we'd play it all night. I visited him in Detroit and bought a copy for $20 at some game store. That copy has made every move and deployment I've had over 20 years.

I think I take it along becasue it always feels new, each game is tense, I can teach new players easily and they have fun and most of all it makes me happy when I'm feeling low.

I'm retired now, made it through the Army with my Up Front and my family intact.
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5. Board Game: Crazy Eights [Average Rating:4.38 Overall Rank:15303]
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I guess somebody might want to hear a story from the other side of the globe -- from Russia. =)

I was born in 1991, around the end of the USSR, and in the Nineties, we had barely any "modern" board games that were different from Snakes and Ladders and local Candyland varieties, and games based on Wheel of Fortune, Roulette, and other video shows.
Even the special gaming cards were not so different from the regular ones.
This is Великий Воин deck (translated as "The Great Warrior"), a decorated set of 36 cards, ranked from 1 to 9: from Гонец (The Messenger) to Правитель (The Ruler). Once, when I was a little boy, this was one of my most favourite games, and it still has a special place in my memory. =)



Quite worn, isn't it?

My mother bought this deck for me a few weeks before we went to the university summer camp -- she could get the passes there as a former university student, and, being a little boy, I could stay with her. We lived in a small house among the small houses like that, and the camp was located in the middle of a huge pinetree forest. For me, that meant the air was fresh, the ground was littered with pinecones and warped with mighty roots, and the days were filled with swimming, playing badminton, sometimes with the very pinecones, and playing "101" -- with this deck.


The backs of the cards, sporting the name of the deck.

The deck came with a set of rules, but the easiest one to grasp was a game called "101" -- a variation of Crazy Eights. We spent hours playing it wherever we could -- on tree stumps, on the floor, on the ground...


The suits are devoted to four Medieval nations. Here are yellow and green suits, The Mongols and The Northeners.

This was also the time when a boy with whom I played lent me a book by Andrei Belyanin, a humorous fiction writer, called Джек Сумасшедший Король (Jack the Mad King). Together with this deck, these plays made me love fiction, books, and games.


Blue and red suits, the Knights and the Moscovites.

Here is a little story from the other side of the world, where board games were simple, but really well-worn. =)
The deck is still in my room, as you can see. =) Pardon for bad lightning: I couldn't set it up properly.
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6. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:801]
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There is one game in my collection that, above all others, I have loved not wisely, but too well. I have never been one to keep track of plays, but I have definitely played this one scores of times. It was pretty clear that I was never going to be able to get most people to play Panzer Leader, but almost everybody was willing to give CE a try and, after they did, play again and again.

My mom is a fan. If given the slightest pretext, she'll bust out the story about how, many years ago now, I managed to twist my foot painfully while somebody had a token on the Anti-Truth Serum moon. ("While this moon is occupied, each player's statements mean the opposite of what they say.") Conscientious to a fault, I gritted my teeth and exclaimed "Ah, my foot feels SO GOOD!"

I got my copy not too long after the game first came out and bought the expansions as they became available. Cramming everything into one box and taking it with me everywhere was not good for the box. Cringe, collectors!







It happened so long ago that I no longer remember the details, but it at some point a cosmic catastrophe befell this map hex:



(Sorry for the glare. It's the only way I could think of to make the damage easily visible.)

When the Warpish power came out (they are ominous dudes who live, not in a normal system hex like the one pictured above, but in The Warp, a black hexagon where dead tokens go), there was a general clamor for a black set of tokens. This led me to an act of game component cannibalism that will no doubt hasten my banishment to Collector Hell. I also had to get a little creative to replace the odd missing token as the years went on.



(There weren't a lot of takers for Squad Leader in my circle, either.)

A fit of nostalgia once impelled my brother to buy the Mayfair edition, but when I came to visit he had a special request: could I please bring the old Eon set?

I'll still play this one in a heartbeat.


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7. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:14523]
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I can’t show you pictures of how worn my original Risk set is because I’ve managed to refurbish it.

I was given a copy of the pictured wood-cube edition for Christmas of either ’68 or ’69, when I was 11 or 12. That game got played over and over again by me and my friends all through Junior High school (7th -9th grades) and later again in college, and even afterward. Over the years it got dinged and damaged. One of the clear plastic army trays got stepped on and crushed, so I pulled the insert out of the “10s” tray and substituted that, and placed all the 10s lozenges in with their colored army. One of each color of the dice got misplaced or rolled under a bookshelf or something, so I had to substitute from other games. The board has stayed intact, but the box itself has suffered blown corners and other indignities.

A few years ago I was lucky enough to thrift a set that was identical to my 1968 copy, but in even better condition. I could donate or part out my original and keep this better one, but I had too many fun memories of playing my copy. So, I swapped out the old plastic trays that were cracked for these like-new, pristine ones (including a replacement for the 10s with its insert), swapped out the non-original dice, and replaced the worn card box, although I kept the original cards as they were still good. I kept the original box and lid, also, and added the excess colored cubes to my copy.

So now my 45-year-old copy looks to be only a few years old and you would say it was “in remarkably good shape for its age.”
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