A Tribute to Maryland
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I am proud of the state I live in and I'd like to tell you about it. I like the people. I like the traditions. I like the history. I like the state flag. This isn't an arrogant pride, I don't think Maryland is better than any other state (or any other place in the world for that matter). And if anyone else wants to tell me about the state/country where they live, I'd love to hear about it.

Maryland is a small state, with 5.6M people (about the size of Belgium). We are just north of the capitol of the US, Washington, DC. We are a diverse state and a very tolerant state. I will go over some the traditions and history of the state.

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1. Board Game: The Game of Catholic Trivia [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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In a recent editorial, a professor talked about the prejudice Catholics suffered in ALL 13 of the original colonies! I don't know whether this professor forgot about Maryland, didn't know about Maryland or just didn't care. To understand why that statement is not true, you have to understand Maryland's history.

From Wikipedia:

"In 1629, George Calvert, 1st Lord Baltimore in the Irish House of Lords, fresh from his failure further north with Newfoundland's Avalon colony, applied to Charles I for a new royal charter for what was to become the Province of Maryland. Calvert's interest in creating a colony derived from his Catholicism and his desire for the creation of a haven for Catholics in the new world. In addition, he was familiar with the fortunes that had been made in tobacco in Virginia, and hoped to recoup some of the financial losses he had sustained in his earlier colonial venture in Newfoundland. George Calvert died in April 1632, but a charter for "Maryland Colony" (in Latin, "Terra Maria") was granted to his son, Cæcilius Calvert, 2nd Lord Baltimore, on June 20, 1632. The new colony was named in honor of Henrietta Maria, Queen Consort of Charles I.[12] The specific name given in the charter was phrased "Terra Mariae, anglice, Maryland". The English name was preferred over the Latin due in part to the undesired association of "Mariae" with the Spanish Jesuit Juan de Mariana.[13][14] Leonard, Cecilius' younger brother was put in charge of the expedition because Cecilius did not want to go.

To try to gain settlers, Maryland used what is known as the headright system, which originated in Jamestown. The government awarded land to people who transported colonists to Maryland.

On March 25, 1634, Lord Baltimore sent the first settlers into this area. Although most of the settlers were Protestants, Maryland soon became one of the few regions in the British Empire where Catholics held the highest positions of political authority."

Ok, there was a brief period when Puritans from Virginia moved north and caused some problems. There was also longer time when England imposed its intolerance on Maryland. Though the intolerance was always coming from outside the state. So while someone could argue the professor was right (if they used a very narrow, legalistic argument). But if you were trying to be truthful, MD should have been exempted from the professor's statement.

More from Wikipedia:

"Maryland was founded for the purpose of providing religious toleration of England's Catholic minority. Nevertheless, Parliament later reversed that policy and discouraged the practice of Catholicism in Maryland. Despite the founding intent of the colony, Catholics have never been in a majority in Maryland since early Colonial times. Nonetheless, it is the largest single denomination in Maryland."

"Despite the Protestant majority, Maryland has been prominent in US Catholic tradition, partially because it was intended by George Calvert as a haven for English Catholics. Baltimore was the location of the first Catholic bishop in the U.S. (1789), and Emmitsburg was the home and burial place of the first American-born citizen to be canonized, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Georgetown University, the first Catholic University, was founded in 1789 in what was then part of Maryland.[21] The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Baltimore was the first Roman Catholic cathedral built in the United States."

BTW, I am not a Catholic but I am irritated because this tolerance has always been a Maryland tradition.
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2. Board Game Publisher: The Avalon Hill Game Co
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The impact AH had on boardgaming can not be understated. The company was profitable for 40 years and it produced many great games. The company was sold to Hasbro and its still producing good games as a subsidiary. I suspect the AH business model would be very profitable nowdays.
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3. Board Game: War of 1812 [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:2014]
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Its sad that there is no game about the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. The story is great, the British go to the Capitol and burn it (while all the politicians ran away). Then they went north to Baltimore where they were defeated. Its frequently noted how powerful Britain was at the time. Note: there is alittle bit of rivalry between DC and Baltimore making the story better from my POV.

But the best thing about this story is the song. The song Francis Scott Key (from Frederick, MD) wrote about the battle, called the Star Spangled Banner. Every student from Central, MD goes to Ft McHenry about 4-5 times so we can understand the significance of the national anthem. Marylanders feel a great connection with the anthem, which might explain why we make minor changes to it at certain sporting events.
 
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4. Board Game: Baltimore in a Box [Average Rating:2.50 Unranked]
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Baltimore witnessed some of the first bloodshed in the Civil War.

Shortly after Fort Sumter the 6th Massachusetts Regiment was marching through Baltimore while changing trains on the way to Washington, DC. Confederate supporters pelted the troops with assorted debris and the Union soldiers opened fire. A number of soldiers and civilians were killed or wounded.

Lincoln cracked down on Secessionist officials in the Maryland government and several were tossed in jail on a very questionable legal basis.

Maryland stayed in the Union.
 
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5. Board Game: HeroCard Galaxy Crab Expansion Deck [Average Rating:6.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.08 Unranked]
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Maryland is for Crabs.

Specifically, Maryland is for Hardshell crabs cooked in Old Bay seasoning.

Though our crab cakes are also good and we generally sprinkle alittle Old Bay on them.

Actually Maryland is for Old Bay but it sounds bad for a state to be promoting a specific product. But Marylanders love Old Bay and use it in loads of stuff. Here is the Old Bay wiki entry:

"Old Bay Seasoning is a blend of herbs and spices that is currently marketed in the United States by McCormick & Company, and produced in Maryland. It is named for the Chesapeake Bay area where it was developed by German immigrant Gustav Brunn in the 1940s, and where the seasoning is very popular to this day. At that time, crabs were so plentiful that bars in Baltimore, MD, offered them for free and seasonings like Old Bay were created to have patrons enjoy more beverages. Old Bay is just one of many crab seasonings created during that era, yet is one of a few that survived. Notable others are J.O. Spice and Baltimore Spice. Although not overly high in sodium, McCormick recently has offered a lower salt version of Old Bay Seasoning.

Old Bay Seasoning is named after a passenger ship that plowed the waters of the Chesapeake Bay from Baltimore, MD, to Norfolk, VA, in the early 1900s. Gustav Brunn’s company became the Old Bay Company, producing crab seasonings in the unique yellow can container until the company was purchased by McCormick & Co around 1990. McCormick continues to offer Old Bay in the classic yellow can.

The seasoning mix includes celery salt, bay leaf, mustard seed, both black and red pepper, cinnamon, and ginger. It is traditionally used in Mid-Atlantic States and the northern Gulf Coast to season crab and shrimp.

In addition to flavoring seafood, the seasoning is often used as a topping on popcorn, salads, eggs, fried chicken, french fries, corn on the cob, and potato chips. Potato chip manufacturer Herr’s produces a variety of chips spiced with the seasoning, and Utz distributes a “crab chip” variety with an Old Bay analogue spice. Early in its history, the Subway sandwich shop used to use Old Bay when mixing their tuna sub.[citation needed]

McCormick has a number of other products under the Old Bay banner, including seasoning packets for crab cakes, salmon patties and tuna, tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, and seafood batter mix. They also make other seasoning blends that mix Old Bay seasoning with garlic, lemon, herbs and blackened seasonings."
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6. Board Game: The Price of Freedom: The American Civil War 1861-1865 [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:5343]
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    Just west of Annapolis about three miles in from the Chesapeake Bay is a region still called Parole, a legacy of its history during the American Civil War. For much of the war the Confederacy was allowed free access from the water to this area so that prisoner exchanges between the North and the South could occur.

    Although a slave state, Maryland remained loyal to the Union due to it's northern-leaning governor and a lot of wheeling and dealing by Lincoln. More than a few native sons fought on both sides of the war, honoring the dedication of their ancestors who had served in what Washington called "The Old Line" during the Revolution.

    As the war progressed the Federal government placed black troops in uniform, and the Confederacy chose to sell more than a few of them into slavery in the Caribbean rather than exchange, as the economy of the south had been devastated by the war. General Grant closed Parole for good, leaving both sides of the war with the very significant problem of managing thousands of war prisoners. Grant realized the value of the manpower he was returning to the sparsely-populated south, and the slavery issue proved a useful excuse and a significant public relations opportunity for him to choke off that resource and continue his total war on the south, sparing no part of its manpower or economic infrastructure.

    Andersonville was one of many notorious southern POW camps that resulted from Grant's decision, although it likely shortened the war. It plays a particularly curious part in my family history, as a relative that was a caisson driver was captured at age 15 and brought there for the remainder of the conflict. Men in blue and gray uniforms kept him better fed than most, he was decorated for his time there, and lived to tell the stories -- far more fortunate than many of his comrades.

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7. Board Game: Babe Ruth's Baseball Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Maryland can also lay claim to two of the all-time greats of baseball history.

Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore and played for the minor league Baltimore Orioles before going on to the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and baseball immortality.

And Cal Ripken Jr was Maryland born-and-bred; his father Cal Ripken Sr spent about a hundred years with the Orioles organization so it was natural that Cal also spent his entire playing career with the Birds. Oh, and he played a lot of games without getting a day off.
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8. Board Game: The Wacky Tobacky Dice Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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If you want to read an entertainingly humorous account of Maryland history a generation after its founding, read The Sot-Weed Factor by John Barth. What's really bizarre is that the protagonist and antagonist in this novel are based on real people. I had a hard time believing that since they are so clearly fictional!
 
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9. Board Game: Christmas Tree [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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Don't forget the state song, sung to the tune of O'Christmas tree.
Maryland My Maryland
Written by James Ryder Randall

The despot's heel is on thy shore,
Maryland, My Maryland!
His torch is at thy temple door,
Maryland, My Maryland!
Avenge the patriotic gore
That flecked the streets of Baltimore,
And be the battle queen of yore,
Maryland! My Maryland!


Hark to an exiled son's appeal,
Maryland, My Maryland!
My Mother State! to thee I kneel,
Maryland, My Maryland!
For life and death, for woe and weal,
Thy peerless chivalry reveal,
And gird they beauteous limbs with steel,
Maryland! My Maryland!

Thou wilt not cower in the dust,
Maryland, My Maryland!
Thy beaming sword shall never rust,
Maryland, My Maryland!
Remember Carroll's sacred trust,
Remember Howard's warlike thrust,-
And all they slumberers with the just,
Maryland! My Maryland!

Come! 'tis the red dawn of the day,
Maryland, My Maryland!
Come with thy panoplied array,
Maryland, My Maryland!
With Ringgold's spirit for the fray,
With Watson's blood at Monterey,
With fearless Lowe and dashing May,
Maryland! My Maryland!

Come! for thy shield is bright and strong,
Maryland, My Maryland!
Come! for thy dalliance does thee wrong,
Maryland, My Maryland!
Come! to thine own heroic throng,
Stalking with Liberty along,
And cgive a new Key to thy song,
Maryland! My Maryland!

Dear Mother! burst the tyrant's chain,
Maryland, My Maryland!
Virginia should not call in vain!
Maryland, My Maryland!
She meets her sisters on the plain-
"Sic semper!" 'tis the proud refrain
That baffles minions back amain,
Maryland! My Maryland!

I see the blush upon thy cheek,
Maryland, My Maryland!
For thou wast ever bravely meek,
Maryland, My Maryland!
But lo! There surges forth a shriek
From hill to hill, from creek to creek-
Potomac calls to Chesapeake,
Maryland! My Maryland!

Thou wilt not yield the vandal toll,
Maryland, My Maryland!
Thou wilt not crook to his control,
Maryland, My Maryland!
Better the fire upon thee roll,
Better the blade, the shot, the bowl,
Than crucifixion of the soul,
Maryland! My Maryland!

I hear the distant thunder-hum,
Maryland, My Maryland!
The Old Line's bugle, fife, and drum,
Maryland, My Maryland!
She is not dead, nor deaf, nor dumb-
Huzza! she spurns the Northern scum!
She breathes! she burns! she'll come! she'll come!
Maryland! My Maryland!


Some Context to the song: Written in Lousianna to protest Maryland remaining in the union. The despot in the first verse refers to Lincoln. The Patriotic Gore refers to the response of the Massachusetts infantry.

The 6th verse, Sic Semper refers to Virginia, take a look at its flag and you will get the idea. All and all an interesting song.
 
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10. Board Game: Napoleon at Bay: Defend the Gates of Paris, 1814 [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:5190]
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OSG is located in Baltimore, MD. OSG is the publisher of the Campaigns of Napoleon series, Days Series, and NLB (Napoleon’s Last Battle) series of games.

Also, Jérôme Bonaparte (1784-1860), Napoleon's youngest brother, stayed in Baltimore for a while where he met and married Elizabeth Patterson (a local Baltimore girl from a wealthy family). The marriage took place on Christmas Eve 1803. This marriage was declared null by Napoleon in 1806, but their child and grand kids would grow up and live most of their lives in Baltimore.

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11. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:209] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
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Multi Man Publishing (The current holders/publishers of ASL), is located in the outer Baltimore suburbs.

Of course, Squad Leader and ASL were Avalon Hill games, also Baltimore, but that has already been noted.

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12. Board Game: Here Come the Rebels [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:2232] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
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Maryland is also the site of perhaps the bloodiest one day of fighting in the Civil War--- Antietam. Also note, this is part of the Great Campaigns of the American Civil War series, which is now published by MMP, and was originally put out by Avalon Hill.
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