It's Joe Huber's Fault
Kevin Whitmore
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Old friend, Joe Huber, has announced that he is done with BGG. This agitates me. While BGG is full of tons of great game info, I have become accustomed to surfing it with subs to some of my most favorite "trail buddies". Besides being a great friend who I have enjoyed swapping messages with on BGG, Joe has led me to several obscure games.

With this list, I will list out the odder ducks of my collection, that I would not own but for the input of Joe Huber. BGG is a diminished place with his leave-taking.

If you like, I will leave this list open. Perhaps you would like to list games Joe introduced you to?

In response to some questions, the good bye is posted on the GCL list Joe was a member of. GCL Eclipse Division: Episode 287: TV Time!! It is in the comments at the bottom of the list.

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1. Board Game: 1846: The Race for the Midwest [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:564]
Kevin Whitmore
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Before there was the lovely new GMT edition, we had the Deep Thought Games edition. When I first heard of it, people often referred to this as a "game kit", which I found off putting. Joe, who lives over 2000 miles away, brought his copy to my home while on an extended auto tour of the USA, and taught me the game.
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2. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:207]
Kevin Whitmore
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In 2012, Joe was on a quest to play Acquire 50 times during the 50th anniversary. I played in one of those games. Later, in 2014, the true publication date was discovered to be in 2014, and I was privileged to play with him again. I even wrote a blog post about that experience which you can see here.

Sorry, I got that garbled. The true publication date was 1964, making 2014 the true 50th anniversary.
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3. Board Game: Don Q. und der Dreh mit den Windmühlen [Average Rating:6.17 Unranked]
Kevin Whitmore
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Joe often promoted obscure games, and I shared his appreciation of Reinhold Wittig's games. I own the Don Q. trilogy due to Joe's promotion of these game.
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4. Board Game: Entenrallye [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:11141]
Kevin Whitmore
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During my first visit to Alan Moon's Gathering of Friends, Joe introduced me to this charming auto race game. I cam home with the copy I learned the game upon.
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5. Board Game: Freight Train [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:3196]
Kevin Whitmore
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It was Joe's constant advocacy of this game which caused me to give it a chance.
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6. Board Game: Game of Radio [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Kevin Whitmore
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Joe gifted this game to me. I was especially pleased to get it, as it features an old radio station, WOC of Davenport, Iowa, where I used to be an announcer.
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7. Board Game: Kaigan [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:2387]
Kevin Whitmore
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Joe alerted me to the new games coming out of Japan. I didn't jump in as hard as he did. But I have a few, including Inotaizu.
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8. Board Game: Game of Politics [Average Rating:5.35 Unranked]
Kevin Whitmore
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Joe talked up this game enough that I got intrigued. I have even bought additional copies to give as gifts.
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9. Board Game: Whacky Wit [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:5628]
Kevin Whitmore
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And then there was that charity auction when Joe bid $1000 for a copy of Whacky Wit. I had to eventually try this game after seeing he was willing to spend that kind of cash...
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10. Board Game: Neos [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:9312]
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Love this one, I had to search it out after Joe introduced me to it
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11. Board Game: Quacksalbe [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:10348]
Martin G
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Picked up an artscow copy of this entertainingly morbid card game after seeing Joe talk about it.

Joe, you will be missed
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12. Board Game: Burger Joint [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:4623]
Eric Buzzell
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Kalamazoo
Michigan
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I don't know Joe, but I've enjoyed his contributions on BGG & BGTG. His perspective is always worth the time to seek out. Burger Joint is an obvious choice for this list. My wife & I have had a lot of fun with it. Cheers to Joe for this design and for so many obscure gem recommendations!
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13. Board Game: Traders of Osaka [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:937]
Daniel West
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Springfield
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Traders of Carthage was a game I had heard about, but never got to try until Joe taught me earlier this year. We even got to play his original edition copy!
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Joe J. Rushanan
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Bedford
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Item number 13.

It is too close to call whether in my game collection "formerly owned by Joe Huber" is more than "formerly owned by Dan Blum".
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15. Board Game: The Bottle Imp [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1087]
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I believe I picked the original up aafter reading one of Joe's reviews on this one.
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16. Board Game: Floriado [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:8742]
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Another little known game I had to find after Joe mentioned it
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17. Board Game: Unexpected Treasures [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:3266]
Jeff Myers
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Fresno
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Joe introduced me to Fundstucke back in 2010. It was like playing cards in the Emerald City. I only recently got a hold of that all green edition of the game.
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18. Board Game: Novo Dice [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
Jeff Myers
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Another hit from that Joe visit was this hard to find dice roller. I ended up getting a copy from him months later as part of a prize table draw.
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19. Board Game: Die Säulen der Erde: das Kartenspiel [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:3836]
Bryon Quick
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Eugene
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Joe introduced me to this wonderful little game. It's a perfect cross between a point-grubby Euro, and evil trick taking game.
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20. Board Game: Scream Machine [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:4494]
Jeff Warrender
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Averill Park
New York
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The favorite game of my (now teenage) daughters during their childhood. An under appreciated gem, combining a fun theme with interesting decisions that was a great gateway for them to pass through on the road to more advanced fare. I had a chance to playtest a couple of Joe's designs over the years and have appreciated his ability to mine really interesting depths out of simple and elegant rules. I've always enjoyed reading his contributions to BGG as well -- it's always neat to hear from the folks who were part of the gaming 'scene' back in its early days.
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21. Board Game: The King of Frontier [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:3870]
Chris Wray
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Harrisonville
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Joe's Geeklist on Japanese games got me into them, and now some of my favorite titles have come from Japan.

His line on King of Frontier has stayed with me: "Carcassonne meets Puerto Rico - and takes the right lessons from each one."

But really I could add a dozen games I first learned about from Joe.

He's a tremendous asset to this hobby, and I consider him the best out there at exposing excellent but obscure games.

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22. Board Game: Africa [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:3417]
Neal Herperger
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Regina
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Unless I'm mistaken, Joe is one of the select few who appreciate Knizia's Africa for the great game it is.
Also, BGG will be a lot slower place without Huber-Speed as a standard to fight AP.
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23. Board Game: Rails of New England [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:4436]
Steve Cates
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Visalia
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Joe introduced me to this game when he visited Fresno. I picked it up and I've only played it three times since but always a good test of strategy. It's a very interesting spin on power grid with a lot of delicious theme.
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