Cult of the Not Quite So Unknown as Friedemann's Choices
Joe Huber

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So, there seem to be two things working against me here...

* I write a fair bit about obscure games I enjoy - so people may well have heard about these games through me.

* I play the games I enjoy fairly regularly, so a number of folks know these games because we've played them.

With this in mind, I put together a list of 44 games from my collection which - hopefully will at least introduce every reader to at least one game they've not heard of previously. And because I thought it would be fun, I've tried, in each case, to figure out how I learned of the game.

Link to Friedemann's list: Cult of the unknown. My personal classics (Joe, Dan, Tim, Richard and Michael may never heard of) that hit the table not often enough.
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1. Board Game: 7 Symbols, and 7 Nations [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:8237]
Joe Huber

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Lorna Wong was sharp enough to pick up an extra copy of a Japanese trick taking set, for which I'm eternally grateful - all of the game are interesting, and three have really stood out for me.
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2. Board Game: Aeronautika [Average Rating:6.46 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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Kevin Whitmore is one of the few folks who pay attention to du Poel's designs, and the one who introduced me to this delightful game - the only one on this list I don't have in my collection (and therefore my #1 want).
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3. Board Game: Banditos [Average Rating:5.06 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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By the time this came out, Spiele aus Timbuktu were automatic buys for me from Adam Spielt.
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4. Board Game: Bist Du sicher? [Average Rating:6.14 Unranked]
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Found this one on German ebay.
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5. Board Game: Breitseite [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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I heard about this from Hilko Drude at Essen in 2013.

And - now that I think about it - I really want to see Friedemann playing this. Seems like such a natural fit...
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6. Board Game: ButaBabel [Average Rating:5.63 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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Eric Martin wrote up a great preview of the game, that was enough to add it to my list to track down.
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7. Board Game: Cubus [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:11339]
Joe Huber

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I'm not at all sure how I first discovered this game.

Definitely a game that engenders very mixed reactions...
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8. Board Game: Deeku [Average Rating:6.39 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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Lorna Wong introduced me to Kenichi Tanabe's designs, which I'll always owe her something for. One of the most interesting designers out there - I don't always love his games, but they're all interesting.
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9. Board Game: Don Q. [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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I discovered this when browsing through the Edition Perlhuhn website.
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10. Board Game: Don Q. und der Dreh mit den Windmühlen [Average Rating:6.15 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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See Don Q.
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11. Board Game: Don Q. und die Vermessung von La Mancha [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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Having enjoyed the two previous games in the series, I was watching for this on the Perlhuhn site.
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Joe Huber

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Mandy Tong included this in a package from Japan - and it quickly became a favorite both for me and for others I introduced the game to.
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Joe Huber

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Dan Blum noted that there was a copy available for sale on BGG.
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14. Board Game: Game of Politics [Average Rating:5.61 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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I first came across a copy of just the board, in an antique store in Ithaca, NY - then got the pieces from Herb Levy later.
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15. Board Game: Gateball? [Average Rating:6.44 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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Steffan O'Sullivan introduced me to this game at Lobster Trap.
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16. Board Game: Hakahana [Average Rating:5.58 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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I received this as a prize for helping with scanning of Edition Perlhuhn rules.
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17. Board Game: ヘッジホッグジレンマ (Hedgehog's Dilemma) [Average Rating:5.71 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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Another game received thanks to Mandy; far more fun than it has any right to be.
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18. Board Game: Ironman Football [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:11332]
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Mike Siggins, game finder extraordinaire, by way of The Game Cabinet.
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19. Board Game: Länder toppen! [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:7783]
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Currently my single favorite 2016 release - and discovered in the Essen 2016 list here on BGG.
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20. Board Game: Lisbon, The Gate to the World [Average Rating:6.40 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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See Deeku.
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21. Board Game: The major four of Heizei [Average Rating:6.30 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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See Deeku.
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22. Board Game: Mare Mediterraneum [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:8016]
Joe Huber

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Massachusetts
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I picked this up from ebay, but see Aeronautika, as well.
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23. Board Game: Mein Schatz [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:10631]
Joe Huber

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I came across this in Eric Martin's Essen preview, and knew I wanted to try it.
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24. Board Game: The Next President [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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Dan Blum included this in a math trade, and I've really enjoyed it.
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25. Board Game: Novo Dice [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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Frank Branham, who also introduced me to Astron (which isn't obscure enough to show up here), was the one who introduced me to the game - but I also have to thank Roland Goslar for sending me a copy, so that I could enjoy it.
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