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Have been on and off BGG for a while now, but have never made a list of things and stuff...

So here it is; List #1 - A Journey


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1. Board Game: Space Crusade [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1065]
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Thinking back, this may be where it really started... there were games before this like the monthly family monopoly game (It took about a month for us to get over the previous one), and trivial pursuit was always a family staple.

Grandad had a copy of an early war game that involved moving generic unit counters on a map, but this and Hero quest probably set me up nicely before a brush with an Avalon Hill WW2 "cardboard chits of doom" game kicked me over the edge..
 
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2. Board Game: Gang of Four [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1513]
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Post uni (Yes I'm skipping those years :-)

Gaming really picked up at the FLGS - a good way to spend a lunchbreak

Had a mate who ran a sports cards and comics store, which morphed into cards, comics and games as collectible sports cards died in popularity. With the rise of CCG's and board games beyond monopoly, risk and trivial pursuit becoming more available, happy times!

Many a fun evening had after the shop closed up, either board/ card games or playing pool.
 
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3. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:215]
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Space has always been cool - And I'm a big fan of Space Opera so Dune was on the radar early. Took a while to get this one.. Not a lot made it over to NZ but the rise of Ebay introduced me to the wonders (and pitfalls) of international shipping.. Dune was followed by Kremlin, Republic of Rome, and several versions of Starfire.. Avalon Hill was high on my ebay saved searches as was Battlefleet: Gothic which I'd played once at a mates place.. I still can't paint thou - I have a few models and a Full thrust fleet still in its bags.
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4. Board Game: Snorta! [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:3108]
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Family Games - Got to get them early...Best Niece and Nephew game ever..

Reading back through I dont think we played it right.. more snap with aninal nosies... My wifes horseduckpig winning call was unbeatable!

 
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5. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:369]
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"you're a stink bean"..

Ah the memories..
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6. Board Game: Starfall [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:9169]
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More ebay, more Space! Starfall was joined by Outreach, starforce and several more.. Driven in part by a geeklist on strategic space games back in the day...
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7. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:48]
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TI3 - so much goodness, so much plastic.. and so much time needed.... sadly this one never hit the table that often, (and it needed a big table...) but it made an impression when it did..

 
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8. Board Game: Attack Vector: Tactical [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:4374]
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Space games.. what could be cooler!!.. How about 3D movement and firing arcs!!!

Remember at school dozing through learning about vectors... this.. this is why..

When I later found out they were relasing a version set inthe Weberverse, I had to get that as well... another case of being ahead of the cool curve here as they tended to not hit the table.. The rise of the much more accessible euro and the grand tour was being replaced by faster quicker games.. on a fun per hour basis you can get a lot of laughs on wood for sheep :-)

 
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9. Board Game: Space Empires: 4X [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:437] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
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Space! and more counters!! I had loosly been browsing GMT's P500 list's and I think this was the only entry under sci - fi :-)

Punch and sort and bag..
 
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10. Board Game: High Frontier [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:782]
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I remember seeing this on the Milsims website ~ 2011 during an annual sale and thinking.. yes... that sounds interesting and "space" so snagging it on backorder..

I spent time a lot of time reading the cards... so much science.. and as I was later to learn.. so much Phil!

Not long after pickingthis up, personal circumstances saw me take a break from boardgames for a few years, so this hasn't been played as much as I wanted.. when I returned and found this kickstarter thing, the third edition was out! I was able to snag the expansions for this one thou so its back on the to do list..
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11. Board Game: Fast & Fhtagn [Average Rating:5.03 Unranked]
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FAST

Face drooping
Arm weakness
Speech slurred
Time to call for help!

F.A.S.T. Time is critical... time is everything.. and there is going to be chaos for a while..

 
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12. Board Game: Neanderthal [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:1133] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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Was browsing through a game shop in a mall, not intending to buy anything in particular and spotted this.. The Sierra Madre logo on the side caught my eye.. I recalled one like it on a shelf that hadn't been moved in a while...
and so it began.. again..

Found my old login to BGG and started reading.... before long I had Bios: Genesis on order from SMG, and ebay was back!

American megafauna had been on the radar from earlier (it never showed up on ebay at the time)and an email to Phil enquiring about a reprint led to...
 
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13. Board Game: Bios: Megafauna (Second Edition) [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:2750] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
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A playtest invite!

What an eye opener.. reading through the B0 rules, trying to figure out the mechanics, the dependancies, the inter-relationships, printing the first playtest copy and cutting it out.. and then the changes... or rather the sheer pace of the changes! (I ended up with several versions of the cards being printed out on the marketing printers at work). So much going on behind the scenes and I feel privileged to have glimpsed behind the curtain..
 
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14. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:302]
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Of late most of my gaming has been solo - Friday, & Space Hulk: Death Angel joined the shelf, and upon finding Kickstarter pledging for Deep Space-D6 and then the Nemo's War reprint becoming my first major KS back..
 
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15. Board Game: Terraforming Mars: Venus Next [Average Rating:8.13 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.13 Unranked]
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Terraforming Mars I picked up after browsing the geek, and seeing some guy named Rahdo doing a review just sealed it. . thematically , well more space and I enjoyed the mars books (The Red, Blue, Green Mars trilogy - Although Icehenge was always my favourite novel)

Gameplay wise - Loving the actual game engine building here, and it oozes theme.. My first game I had The Martian playing in the background, and Jeff Wayne has been known to be on the playlist..

so what's next?
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16. Board Game: Leaving Earth [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:634]
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Leaving earth is the next one on the radar - as you can see I'm still playing catch up a bit and browsing the solo games recommendations here on the geek.. I saw the 7th continent expansion on KS, but in the end decided to hold fire on that one
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17. Board Game: Pax Emancipation [Average Rating:8.50 Unranked]
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I have been following the rules development on this for a while and adding the odd comment. Some of the historical names & events were familiar sounding but the depth here! I had some biosciences background so Bios: Genesis and Megafauna were OK to absorb, but this subject was just so interesting to dig into. And the Footnotes!! It's just steeped in history. (You don't actually need to read the footnotes to play the game, but I've learnt a lot from them).

I'm not sure if this will be KS like the Neanderthal and Greenland reprints or pre-order from SMG direct, but it's an insta-back for me.
 
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