In memory of Sir Terry Pratchett
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Really sad to hear about the death of Terry Pratchett at the age of 66, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. His passing will leave a real hole in so many people's lives.

Every book is overflowing with wonderful quotes, here are a few of my favourites.
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1. Board Game: Discworld: Ankh-Morpork [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:400]
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'The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.' — Moving Pictures
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2. Board Game: Guards! Guards! A Discworld Boardgame [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:14055]
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A good bookshop is just a genteel black hole that knows how to read.
― Guards! Guards!
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3. Board Game: The Witches: A Discworld Game [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:3054]
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Progress just means bad things happen faster.
― Witches Abroad
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Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. – Hogfather
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5. Board Game: Clacks: A Discworld Board Game [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:4863]
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Steal five dollars and you're a common thief. Steal thousands and you're either the government or a hero. ― Going Postal
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He hated games they made the world look too simple. Chess, in particular, had always annoyed him. It was the dumb way the pawns went off and slaughtered their fellow pawns while the king lounged about doing nothing. If only the pawns would've united ... the whole board could've been a republic in about a dozen moves. ― Thud!
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7. Board Game: Die Siedler von Catan: Rincewind und der Tourist / Die Gilden von Ankh-Morpork [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked]
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Luck is my middle name," said Rincewind, indistinctly. "Mind you, my first name is Bad" - Interesting Times
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Goodness is about what you do. Not who you pray to. - Snuff
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The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they’ve found it. – Monstrous Regiment
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Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it. ― Reaper Man
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11. Board Game: Blink [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:3591]
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“It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it's called Life.”
-The Last Continent


I actually just discovered Pratchett's genius this past summer. I'd heard of Discworld but it seemed a "silly" premise to me and I never was interested enough to check it out. But, last summer I borrowed a friend's A Blink of the Screen (a collection of his short stories from throughout his life, I think previously unpublished, which I highly recommend), and immediately was struck by his skill as a storyteller, his wit, and his great humour.

Since then I've started on Discworld with Guards! Guards!, and am looking forward to the rest.

RIP Terry, thanks for all the words...
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12. Board Game: Bridge [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:493]
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- "DID YOU SAY HUMANS PLAY IT FOR FUN?"
- "Some of them get to be very good at it, yes. I'm only an amateur,
I'm afraid"
- "BUT THEY ONLY LIVE EIGHTY OR NINETY YEARS!"

-- The joys of bridge (Terry Pratchett, The Light Fantastic)


Rest in peace Terry, you'll be missed.
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13. Board Game: Mind Power [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
― Terry Pratchett, Diggers
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14. Board Game: Time 'n' Space [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:3444]
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“Time is a drug. Too much of it kills you.”
― Terry Pratchett, Small Gods
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15. Board Game: Nightmare Before Christmas Party Game [Average Rating:5.20 Unranked]
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"One of the ways that he saw things differently from other people was in seeing other people as things."

(Pterry states his moral philosophy, Hogfather)
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16. Board Game: Potlatch [Average Rating:6.10 Unranked]
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“I've been given something for a while, and the price of it is that I have to give it back.”

― Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men
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17. Board Game: Shut the Box [Average Rating:5.01 Overall Rank:15353]
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“I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.” ― Terry Pratchett
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“I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.”

~Terry Pratchett
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18. Board Game: Them & Us [Average Rating:5.44 Unranked]
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“I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.” ― Terry Pratchett
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And my all-time favorite:

"It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone's fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I'm one of Us. I must be. I've certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We're always one of Us. It's Them that do the bad things."

~ Terry Pratchett, from "Jingo"
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To complete Discworld games, the linked thread has some information on the third in Martin Wallace's trilogy, anticipated for release in 2016.

"Perhaps the magic would last. Perhaps it wouldn't. But then, what does?" --Guards! Guards!
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20. Board Game: Ablaze! [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:6055]
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'Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.' - From Jingo

Perhaps a little morbid in the circumstances, but my favourite quote from my favourite book of the series. The perfect encapsulation of everything Pratchett did well: home truths, character-driven comedy and - above all - sly subversion of something we thought we knew.
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