How it all began: My introduction to boardgaming
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All of us here at the Geek have our story of how we were introduced to this hobby...nay, this lifestyle, if I may be so bold.

I decided to create this Geeklist to hit some of the linchpin moments in my own personal gaming timeline.

Walk with me now on a sentimental journey through my own boardgaming history. And feel free to add some of your own.
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1. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15658]
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Not counting Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Hungry Hungry Hippos etc. etc., this is probably the game most of us started with. I have many find memories of playing this with friends and family in my childhood. I also remember the tantrums as well. ("Boardwalk AGAIN???")
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2. Board Game: UNO [Average Rating:5.35 Overall Rank:15556]
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Another early one. Many a peaceful Scout camp was ruined by this game.
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3. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:14916]
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For me, this is where my love of combat and plastic really began. My parents had the really early version with wooden cubes, but we soon "upgraded" to plastic Roman numerals. Many New Years' Eve nights were spent playing this into the wee hours.
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4. Board Game: Solarquest [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:6654]
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I mention this one because it gave a new twist on Monopoly...Space Monopoly!
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5. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:210]
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I was first introduced to this one at about 11 years old. My friend's mom decided that we had played too much Atari and proceeded to pull this game out of the closet. I didn't know it at the time, but deep in the recesses of my soul, a tiny little flame began to grow...
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6. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1190]
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We finally arrive at the tipping point...

I don't recall the exact year or how old I was, but I remember opening up a large box at Christmas to reveal this game. I was in love. I had no idea that games looked like this. Plastic! Combat! Risk had nothing on this!

To this day, one of my favorite games of all time, and the one that really got me started.
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7. Board Game: Conquest of the Empire [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:3131]
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The same year I received Axis & Allies, my friend got this one. The fire burns brighter...
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8. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Basic Game [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:2228]
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When I was about 13 years old, I sort of lost interest in board games, mostly because my friends and I discovered this. Throughout my junior high years this was the game of choice.
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9. Board Game: Fortress America [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1349]
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This was the one that got me back into board games after my D&D phase. Axis & Allies and Conquest of the Empire also saw a resurgence with me and my friends as well. I may not have had many dates in high school but at least I could kick the crap out of the Euro-Socialist Pact.
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10. Board Game: Plague & Pestilence [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:4140]
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My early college years were a quiet time for board gaming. When I did play it was mostly traditional card and board games. I was mostly into computer gaming (Diablo, anyone?) Then, one day, I was on a camping trip with some friends and one of my buddies pulled this out. The spark had been reignited.

To this day, when my buddies and I go on our annual backpacking trip, this one still comes with us.
 
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11. Board Game: Chrononauts [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:1972] [Average Rating:6.22 Unranked]
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I was introduced to this one around the same time as Plague & Pestilence. I was slowly beginning to realize that board games could be...well...really awesome.
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12. Board Game: Monopoly: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Edition [Average Rating:5.38 Overall Rank:15313]
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Yup...at the time I thought I was pretty geeky for having this one. So did my wife, for that matter.
 
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13. Board Game: Risk: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Edition [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1719]
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See above.
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14. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:269] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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Heroscape. Holy crap. The board game fire that had burned so steadily for so long finally exploded in a nuclear inferno.
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15. Board Game: Settlers of Catan: Gallery Edition [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:3067]
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This was my first introduction to the Euro style of games. While I was partial to the "kick-ass-and-take-names" style of Ameritrash boardgaming, this one struck a chord with me. To this day, it's still a favorite.
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16. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:127] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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I was introduced to this one by, of all people, my parents. To this day, my angel of a mother turns into the mother of Satan when we play this. She is ruthless.
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17. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:3421] [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked]
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I was introduced to this one by a friend. While it was fun the first few times, I did eventually get tired of it. I have started to enjoy this again, however. I've decided it's still fun, it just needs to be played sporadically. Very sporadically.
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18. Board Game: Treasures & Traps [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:4492]
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I found this one day and decided what the heck. My first blind purchase. Turned out to be a winner. My kids really took a liking to it.
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19. Board Game: Mag·Blast (Third Edition) [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:2978]
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I can thank my son for this one. He liked the look of the box and said "You should totally get this one."

Good eye, my boy.
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20. Board Game: Condottiere [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:798]
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I picked this one up on the recommendation of a coworker. Not too shabby.
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21. Board Game: Axis & Allies: 1942 [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1336]
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The time finally came to semi-retire my venerable copy of the original. While I liked the idea of victory cities to shorten the game, I really did not like the new board. Fortunately, I replaced this one with the Second Edition. Much better.
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22. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:154] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Yeah, I went through this phase too. I ended up selling my entire collection to my son's friend, who now uses it to decimate his opponents.

In his own words, my decks "kicked wicked ass."
 
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23. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Conquest of Nerath Board Game [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1396]
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I saw this on at my FLGS one day and knew the time had finally come to combine my love of boardgames with my junior high hobby. Life is good. The game's not half bad either.
 
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24. Board Game: Zombie Dice [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:1712]
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I'm at a point in my boardgaming hobby career where I prefer to play lighter fare like this one. It's not that I don't want to play deeper games, it's just that I have a life outside of gaming that requires a lot of attention, which can be exhausting.
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25. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:697] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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I've always liked dice and dice games. This took it to a whole new level.
 
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