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I'm listing here all the games I've bought entirely because I had the opportunity to play them online or on the computer and enjoyed them so much I wanted to add them to my collection. These aren't games I had my eye on and then checked out online first, but games I simply wouldn't have looked at were it not for exposure to online play.

The list is really a plea to designers and manufacturers to release rules online and not to discourage people from making vassal modules, cyberboard modules or ah-hoc implementations of games for online or AI play. You may this this encourages people to "steal" from you by getting free plays - I'll wager that a lot more people will be exposed to your game and buy it than will take the free ride. After all, although "free" is a strong incentive, every gamer I know prefers the speed and the greater personal interaction of face-to-face play and the pleasure of superior components over a digital interface.

If you agree, and you have games that you've bought after discovering them online, please add.
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1. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
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Played on http://www.wargameroom.com.
 
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2. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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Played on Vassal.
 
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3. Board Game: Shogun [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:127]
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Bought after playing Wallenstein (first edition) on http://www.spielbyweb.com/.
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4. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:523]
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Bought after playing on http://www.spielbyweb.com/
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5. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:140]
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Bought after playing on http://www.brettspielwelt.de.
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6. Board Game: Attika [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:563]
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Bought after playing on www.brettspielwelt.de.
 
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7. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:134]
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Bought after playing against against a free AI version (http://snapper.rooms.cwal.net/games.html) and then on www.brettspielwelt.de.
 
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8. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:82]
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Bought after playing on Cyberboard.
 
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9. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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Bought after playing against an AI version at http://www.yourturnmyturn.com/java/lostcities/index.php and then against other people at http://www.brettspielwelt.de.
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10. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:486]
David Kahnt
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I got this after playing it on www.spielbyweb.com granted not the same edition. But once you figure out the game, its quite enjoyable.

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11. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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I showed my boardgame to a guy at work and he found that people play it online quite a bit.

http://www.brettspielwelt.info/rules/Funkenschlag/
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12. Board Game: Metro [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1454]
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I played a java version of this game and then bought it pretty soon after.
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13. Board Game: Colossal Arena [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:752]
James Ridgway
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Bought after many dozen enjoyable games on www.ludoholic.com.
 
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14. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:482]
Mike Adams
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I bought Coloretto after playing it many times on Matthew Marquand's site.

http://www.marquand.net/games/coloretto


I've considered buying Ingenious after playing it there as well but haven't quite done it yet.
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15. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:216]
Matt Musselman
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Bought after playing on BSW: www.brettspielwelt.de (and losing, many many times).
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See this geeklist as well.
 
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17. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Bought for my nephew after playing DoW's excellent online implementation.

I'll buy it for myself, too, when my daughter is old enough.
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18. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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A virtual add for Stone Age since I'm certain to buy it soon after trying it out on BSW.

Only reason I haven't bought it already is that it's not available in stores yet here (and I'd rather not pay the $20 in shipping for ordering it online). But as soon as I see it, it's going home with me.

If I hadn't tried it out online first, all the dice probably would have scared me away from ever buying it otherwise.
 
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19. Board Game: Triumph of Chaos [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:2288]
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How could I ever play such a game unless I had a cyberboard or vassal module? I don't attend cons so that's really the only other realistic way. I don't buy wargames that don't have online implementations and they are not on my radar if they do not, I do not even look at them. As simple as that. And most designers get that, since they do virtually all of their playtesting PBEM!

I had Here I Stand on this list too, my 2nd favorite game. And I still haven't played it face to face! I never would have had all the great times with that or bought it if it wasn't for the online implementation.
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20. Board Game: China [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:628]
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Actually, it was Web of Power that I got hooked on, but after several plays online at onlinebrettspiele.de, and spotting this at my FLGS, it became a "Must Have".
I bought it that night.
 
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21. Board Game: Tongiaki: Journey into the Unknown [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:2186]
Greg Jones
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I actually played it first face-to-face. I liked the concept, but my first game was just a lot of chaos as we played with six players. That game group doesn't play the same game twice very often period, and definitely weren't going to based on that experience. So to play again I had to go on BSW. I got frustrated at first getting beaten really badly by the BSW aces, but then I realized there must be something to it if it's possible to have such a high skill level. I kept at it and got pretty into it.

Then I bought it to try to pitch it to my other game group.
 
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22. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:203]
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This is my most recent acquisition due to playing online.

Everyone sang this game praises, but they did not entice me. I thought it sounded boring. Too boring to consider. But then it was listed at $5 for the second wooden edition from MindWare, so I looked into it. I tried the official online version at hivemania. I played it again and again. I was hooked. I bought 4 copies.

I later tried the boardspace.net version which was pretty nice as well and allows for human opponents.
 
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23. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
Thomas Fuhs
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Usually I'm the one forcing games on the family. This time it was my daughter. She had played this on PS2, X-box, whatever. She got so excited when she found out it was a board game. Best part is the computer NEVER seems to trade with her, but we do (some times)
 
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24. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:171]
Ryan Jaynes
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Houston
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I bought Samurai after downloading a demo of an online version a few years back.
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25. Board Game: Here I Stand [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:165]
Will DeMorris
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I bought this because some nice fellows I met in a CyberBoard game of Sword of Rome invited me to join them for HiS. What a tremendous buy that was. This game is one of the best multiplayer conflict games I've ever played. There's diplomacy, conflict, trade and treachery. We're coming close to the end of that 1st pbem game and I want more. The funny thing is that except for the rulebook, my copy of HiS is comepletely untouched.

Thank you GMT and Mr. Beach for allowing a HiS CyberBoard module to exist.

-Will
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