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We played games. We didn't know about "Euros". We had fun. These were the games. If I weren't so old, I'd tell more about why we liked them. These games were released in 1997. Just a couple years later our journey with the Euros would begin. But in 1997 we just bought games from our local store; or maybe direct from Avalon Hill.

After adding all the games I could recall from '97, I realized how small this list was. So I went back and added the "new" games from '96, to fill out this list. But it is still short. We just didn't acquire all that many games back then. We were poor. ANd there just weren't as many games to buy. No online game stores, either. Just our FLGS, Wargames West.

We played our "old" games back in '97 too. Civ, History of the World, Rise & Fall, Magic Realm, Tyranno Ex (we never noticed Karl-Heinz Schmiel's name and wouldn't have known who he was back then.). We also played "desktop published games" that I've forgotten the titles to. I recall one about "Ironman Football" and another about Pancho Villa.

It was 1997. We played games. We had fun.
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Titan: The Arena, actually. Yeah, I know it was a Reiner Knizia design. But for us it was just a cardgame from Avalon Hill.
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And then I found this for sale at Wargames West. Along with Formula De, and the Euro experience began...
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In 1997, this was still in hot rotation. (It came out in '96.) After all those previous sessions of Civ, Age of Renaissance felt fresh and innovative.
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Also still getting played was Air Baron. We tended to play a fair number of AH titles back in the day. One of our regulars was a published AH author, and he received some of his compensation in games.
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Here's where my fuzzy memory fails. This was one of the earlier Euros we played. We probably played this '96 or '97.
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