A Game for Every Year of My Life
Joe Huber

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OK, I'm amused by the geeklists choosing one game for every year the writer has been around - so here's mine.

Each game listed will be rated on the Opinionated Gamer's scale - Love / Like / Neutral / Not For Me.
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1. Board Game: Mr. President [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:4571]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1967
Games played: 10
Runner up: Bazaar
Rating: Love
How long until I found it: 14 years
Times played: 18+
Highest ranked game: Bazaar (1866)
Status: Owned
 
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2. Board Game: And Then There Were None (Ten Little Indians) [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1968
Games played: 3
Runner up: Venture
Rating: Neutral
How long until I found it: 39 years
Times played: 1
Highest ranked game: Strat-O-Matic Pro Football (3119)
Status: Previously owned
 
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3. Board Game: Lines of Action [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:2649]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1969
Games played: 3
Runner up: Mirror Mania
Rating: Like
How long until I found it: 36 years
Times played: 20
Highest ranked game: Lines of Action (2606)
Status: Previously owned
 
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4. Board Game: All The King's Men [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:11743]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1970
Games played: 12
Runner up: The Great Downhill Ski Game
Rating: Like
How long until I found it: ~8 years
Times played: 12+
Highest ranked game: Panzer Blitz (2065)
Status: Previously owned

This is the only game here I don't know with certainty when I first played it. I know _where_ - friends of my parents had a son who owned it; it's also where I first played Acquire, about a year later - but while my best guess is that I first played Smess in 1978, it would be more certain to say 1977 +/- 2 years.
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5. Board Game: Bist Du sicher? [Average Rating:6.14 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1971
Games played: 13
Runner up: Sweep!
Rating: Love
How long until I found it: 34 years
Times played: 12
Highest ranked game: Sleuth (968)
Status: Owned
 
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6. Board Game: Hamstern [Average Rating:5.77 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1972
Games played: 7
Runner up: Mad Mate
Rating: Like
How long until I found it: 33 years
Times played: 9
Highest ranked game: Boggle (2015)
Status: Previously owned
 
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7. Board Game: Hare & Tortoise [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1126]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1973
Games played: 20
Runner up: Numeri
Rating: Love
How long until I found it: 23 years
Times played: 30
Highest ranked game: Hare & Tortoise (1111)
Status: Owned
 
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8. Board Game: Collegiate Crew [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1974
Games played: 11
Runner up: McMulti
Rating: Like
How long until I found it: 24 years
Times played: 7
Highest ranked game: Napoleon: the Waterloo Campaign, 1815 (1046)
Status: Previously owned
 
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9. Board Game: Schützenfest [Average Rating:5.76 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1975
Games played: 23
Runner up: Minister
Rating: Love
How long until I found it: 23 years
Times played: 36
Highest ranked game: Battle for Germany (2300)
Status: Owned
 
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10. Board Game: Hakahana [Average Rating:5.58 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1976
Games played: 7
Runner up: The Game of Ancient Kingdoms
Rating: Like
How long until I found it: 34 years
Times played: 17
Highest ranked game: Panzergruppe Guderian (1826)
Status: Owned
 
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11. Board Game: Black Box [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2927]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1977
Games played: 11
Runner up: Sub Search
Rating: Like
How long until I found it: 0 years
Times played: 12+
Highest ranked game: Squad Leader (495)
Status: Owned

This is _probably_ (see Smess) the first game on this list that I played, and definitely the first game on this list I played the year it was released.
 
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12. Board Game: This Game is Bonkers! [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:10508]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1978
Games played: 10
Runner up: P.E.G.S.
Rating: Like
How long until I found it: 0 years
Times played: 3+
Highest ranked game: Junta (981)
Status: Previously owned
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13. Board Game: Um Reifenbreite [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1163]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1979
Games played: 7
Runner up: Alaska
Rating: Like
How long until I found it: 18 years
Times played: 12
Highest ranked game: Dune (220)
Status: Previously owned
 
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14. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:233] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1980
Games played: 19
Runner up: Can't Stop
Rating: Love
How long until I found it: 1 year
Times played: 22+
Highest ranked game: Civilization (228)
Status: Owned
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15. Board Game: Wolf im Schafspelz [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1981
Games played: 13
Runner up: A House Divided
Rating: Like
How long until I found it: 24 years
Times played: 10
Highest ranked game: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective (64)
Status: Previously owned
 
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16. Board Game: Borderlands [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:4002]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1982
Games played: 13
Runner up: Survive
Rating: Neutral
How long until I found it: 15 years
Times played: 2
Highest ranked game: Survive (234)
Status: Previously owned
 
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17. Board Game: Take it Easy! [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1442]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1983
Games played: 17
Runner up: Blind Alley
Rating: Like
How long until I found it: 15 years
Times played: 52
Highest ranked game: Up Front (396)
Status: Owned
 
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18. Board Game: Bounce It-In Game [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:7225]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1984
Games played: 13
Runner up: Heimlich & Co.
Rating: Like
How long until I found it: 20 years
Times played: 58
Highest ranked game: Wizard (685)
Status: Previously owned
 
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19. Board Game: Auf Fotosafari in Ombagassa [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:8026]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1985
Games played: 14
Runner up: Wildlife Adventure
Rating: Love
How long until I found it: 20 years
Times played: 13
Advanced Squad Leader (208)
Status: Owned
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20. Board Game: 6-Tage Rennen [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:3933]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1986
Games played: 12
Runner up: Code 777
Rating: Like
How long until I found it: 11 years
Times played: 11
Highest ranked game: 1830 (173)
Status: Previously owned

This is the most recent year from which I own no games currently.
 
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21. Board Game: Black Vienna [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:2491]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1987
Games played: 27
Runner up: Auf Achse
Rating: Love
How long until I found it: 12 years
Times played: 30
Highest ranked game: Bausack (855)
Status: Owned

The last game on this list I didn't get around to for a decade or more after it was released.
 
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22. Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:742]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1988
Games played: 24
Runner up: Hol's der Geier
Rating: Love
How long until I found it: 9 years
Times played: 83
Highest ranked game: Merchant of Venus (728)
Status: Owned

This year has the biggest rating gap between my top choice and runner up.
 
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23. Board Game: Entenrallye [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:11311]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1989
Games played: 32
Runner up: Extra!
Rating: Love
How long until I found it: 9 years
Times played: 15
Highest ranked game: Space Hulk (449)
Status: Owned
 
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24. Board Game: Sindbad [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:8128]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1990
Games played: 31
Runner up: Hotel Life
Rating: Love
How long until I found it: 6 years
Times played: 17
Highest ranked game: The Republic of Rome (356)
Status: Owned
 
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25. Board Game: Res Publica [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:4422]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Year: 1991
Games played: 41
Runner up: History of the World
Rating: Love
How long until I found it: 6 years
Times played: 85
Highest ranked game: Tichu (125)
Status: Owned
 
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