My life with games & My top 100 after 2000 plays.
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So the first page of the list will summarize my 50 years of playing games. Next, a list of my 25 most played games over the past several years since I rediscovered my love for games and discovered a whole new world of gaming. Then, a list of my favorite 100 games after playing 2000 games in the past 6 years since I've been recording my game plays.
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1. Board Game: Uncle Wiggily [Average Rating:4.02 Overall Rank:15262]
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I enjoyed this game much more than Candyland, so I'll put it as my first favorite game to play. I think I enjoyed the artwork. I'm still a sucker for good artwork. It really adds to the overall experience playing a game. Although I have a brother 13 years older than me, for all practical purposes I was an only child. My first regular playmate was Sally, my imaginary friend.
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2. Board Game: Careers [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:4927]
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This is just a cool game. Remarkably innovative for its time. Secret goal setting. Experience cards that hedge the luck of the dice. And its got a lot of wit and hilarity on the spaces you land on.
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3. Board Game: Stratego [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:2277]
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My favorite 2 player game of all time. I still love it. Bluffing, strategy, lots of fun.
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4. Board Game: The Game of Life [Average Rating:4.19 Overall Rank:15331]
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Played this with family and friends. Always thought it was a cool little game. Great spinner.
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5. Board Game: Tip-It [Average Rating:4.98 Overall Rank:14495]
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This was the other favorite dexterity game of my childhood. Must have played this one 100 times.
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6. Board Game: Operation [Average Rating:4.07 Overall Rank:15328]
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Played this game 1000 times as a kid. Always was one of my favorites.
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7. Board Game: Dealer's Choice [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:8735]
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I love games about cars (there aren't enough). And it appears that my love of auction/bidding games came early to me. I bought this car during Xmas time from the Sears in my town. My dad wouldn't drive me until halftime of the football game he was watching. They saved it for me.
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8. Board Game: Masterpiece [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:10686]
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Another early auction game. And it was great for my early love of art. It was so cool to see the paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago.
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9. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15329]
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I really enjoyed Monopoly as a kid. I liked the economic aspect of the game. But like Risk it was too long for what it was.
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10. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:14512]
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Another game I loved as a teenager. But it was crazy long.
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11. Board Game: Clue [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:7573]
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Yeah, along with Risk and Monopoly, this probably has to be included in the triumvirate of games I played in childhood.
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12. Board Game: Mastermind [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:14316]
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Bought the first edition of this game. Wish I still owned it. Played it for hours and hours with my niece Gwyn. We were fascinated by the deduction element. We also loved the game Black Box.
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13. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:207]
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This is the first "adult" game that I fell in love with. You could only find bookcase games at 1 place in the town of Valdosta where I grew up. This was the first one I bought.
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14. Board Game: Bazaar [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1814]
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Bookcase games were such an important part of my gaming life that I have to include a couple of others that were played over and over again by me at the age of 16 or so. Bazaar is still in my top loved games of all time.
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15. Board Game: Executive Decision [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:5061]
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This is the third game I will include on this list. It was loved and played many times during my teens. Stocks and Bonds and High Bid finish off my 5 favorite games from the Bookcase collection.
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16. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:621]
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Continuing the theme of Sid Sackson's influence on my gaming life is the game Can't Stop. Easy to teach, and good for all ages, I played many many games of this with my nieces. I still play it and love it today.
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17. Board Game: Pit [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1352]
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Now in my early 20's I started gathering with groups to have parties and we were always looking for games that a bigger group could play. Pit was by far our favorite and we actually got together every Friday night for a while to play it.
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18. Board Game: Balderdash [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1491]
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Before balderdash, we were playing Dictionary and having a blast at bluffing each other with everything from real attempts to crazy clues that left us laughing in tears. So when Balderdash came out it was quickly added to my game collection.
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19. Board Game: Bridge [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:489]
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I have a great fondness for trick taking games and I think it all goes back to me discovering Bridge when I was in high school and was attending a summer program for honor students. I chose Math as my program of study for the summer. But between classes, dozens of kids would cluster in one of the colleges student rooms or lobbies or just about anywhere playing Bridge.
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20. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit [Average Rating:5.21 Overall Rank:15265]
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So, I didn't discover Trivial Pursuit until the mid 80's. For me it was great fun although we changed the rules on when you could win a widget from having to land on the widget space thus moving the game along. I was on my Academic Bowl team in high school and college and I still have a great love of trivia games, especially the ones where you can win free food. I've moved my trivia games except Bezzerwizzer out of my collection since, trivia is just not the favorite of many of my gamer friends.
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21. Board Game: Outburst! [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:4917]
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This game was also played a lot during the mid 80s and we actually had a lot more fun with this one than we did Trivial Pursuit. Its a crazy game and the passing mechanism usually keeps most games really close.
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22. Board Game: Cranium [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6050]
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During the 90's my friend set was made up mostly of my gay bear friends and we got together often to play party games. Cranium was the most popular among my friends because of the easy rules and the chance to laugh and cajole each other.
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23. Board Game: Loaded Questions [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:4669]
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The bear community was pretty close knit and we knew a lot about each other which made games that involved us guessing about other's favorites or ideas were quite fun.
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24. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:3149] [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
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Again, like Loaded Questions, this one was fun to play amongst a group of guys who had known each other for 10 to 15 years.
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25. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:612]
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Then, in late 2005 I discovered the Atlanta Board game community. This is also the time when I took pottery lessons. It was a pivotal time in my life and I was going through a paradigm shift in my life in many aspects. Diamant was the first game I was included in with the group that met at The Loop on Saturday nights. Wow, how many Saturday nights did I spend there over the next few years.
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