Be proud of where you come from
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When you tell people where you come from do they always look blankly at you and tell you that they've never heard of it?

Do you wish more people had heard of where you come from?

Is there something people should know about your hometown? Any famous people from there? Anything famous happen there?

Educate fellow geeks by letting them know all about where YOU are from!
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1. Board Game: Sergeant Preston [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
Greg Jackson
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I'm from Preston which is in Lancashire in the North West of England. You'd be surprised how many English people have either not heard of it or have no idea where it is. Of course I fully expect many geeks to know where Preston is due to games like Canal Mania or Brass.

Preston was made a city in 2002 and was the 50th city in the UK in the 50th year of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.

Preston Bus Station is the largest in Europe (or it was when I last lived there).

The local football team Preston North End were one of the founder members of the football league and indeed won the league and FA cup double in the first year, going unbeaten all season.

Famous people from Preston include:

Andrew Flintoff (Cricketer)
Kenny Baker (R2-D2 from Star Wars)
Nick Park (Animator who made the Wallace and Gromit Series)
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2. Board Game: Calgary On Board [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
Greg Jackson
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Calgary
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I'm going to cheat slightly so that I don't just have a list with one item.

I've recently lived in Calgary which is in Alberta in Canada so I'm going to add that from a Brit's perspective.

I imagine that to Canadians Calgary is known for other things (cows and oil?) but to Brits it's only famous for one thing (no it isn't the Stampede):

Eddie The Eagle Edwards, who famously came dead last in the ski jump at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Legend.

Other notable people from a Brit perspective are:

Owen Hargreaves (footballer who now plays for England)
Paul Gross (actor who was in Due South)
 
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3. Board Game: Pass the Bomb [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:4361]
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Tucson
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I grew up in Los Alamos, NM.

I don't know that there's anything of historical significance related to the town.
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4. Board Game: Uniquely New Jersey [Average Rating:2.67 Unranked]
David Kahnt
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Youngstown
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It's fun, it's healthy, it's good exercise. The kids will just love it. And we put a little sand inside to make the experience more pleasant.
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Technically I was born in Summit, NJ.

But in first Grade I moved to Toms River, NJ.

While this spot may not be important we have had some interesting events:

1) 1998 Little League World Series winners.
2) The Amityville Horror was filmed there.
3) We had what can be called, "cancer water," in which they say that the water in Toms River had numerous 'bad things.' A notorious thing to be known for.

An interesting town to have lived in... rather big too.

Don't spell it "Tom's River" or else they'll hang you.

-DK
 
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5. Board Game: Santa Fe [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:3644]
Andres F. Pabon L.
Colombia
Bogotá
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I'm from Bogota, Colombia (South America), and proud of it. Bogota is located at 2.600 meters over sea level, high up on one of our three mountain ranges, all of which are derived from the great Andean mountain range.

Bogota is also well known for being last year's world book capital city, due to it's amazing amount of public libraries and one of Latin America's largest book fairs. We also have other well known cultural events, such as a huge free rock festival every year (Rock al Parque), Latin America's most famous theater festival (Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro) once every two years, and a lot of really good museums.

Every year, Bogota is getting more and more tourists due to it's cultural events, and to it's great restaurants and bars. It's also the home city of well known racer Juan Montoya (for those of you into F1 or NASCAR).

I don't know what this game is about, but for an Andean city, I guess Bogota is one of the most clear examples!
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6. Board Game: Winner's Circle [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:678]
Mystery McMysteryface
United States
Florida
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I grew up in Hialeah, Florida. It is famous for its horse racing track, Hialeah Park. Unfortunately, they are trying to close it down for development. cry

I just read the Amelia Earhart left on her ill-fated trip after visiting Hialeah Park.
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7. Board Game: Age of Discovery [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2631]
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Porto
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I'm from Portugal. More specifically Porto. Allow me to speak about the country, and not the city, since I think you should know some things about the country itself, first.

Portugal was the country that led the discovery of the world, from the european's point of view, during the 15th century. Boosted by the knowledge obtained by the arrival of prosecuted jews and templars, we sailed across seas never crossed before, made journeys unbelievably long to what others believe would be the end of the world. A lot of our identity is connected with the ocean, and you can see that in many aspects of our culture.

Some other facts:

We were invaded by the romans and we got a latin language, Portuguese, which is the 6th most spoken language in the world.

We were, once, a spanish county. We obtained our independence in 868. You see El Grande's map? Portugal's also there, on the left.

We are part of the longest-standing alliance in the world. With England, since 1373

We participated in the WWI but we didn't in the WWII.

Our most recent war, was the colonial war. Fighting to protect our colonies in Angola, Mozambique, Guinea, etc.. Most of us now know it was a stupid war.

In 1986 we joined the European Union.
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8. Board Game: Beachcomber [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Canada
Madeira Park
British Columbia
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I come from Gibsons B.C. which is part of the Sunshine Coast. It's most famous for the T.V. show The Beachcombers & the dreadful movie Needful things. The only famous people I can think of from here is Ryan Dempster of the Chicago Cubs & Joni Mitchel although I don't think she was born here, just lives here. The most notable thing about here is the lack of snow I just die of envy every time I see snow pictures from the rest of the country. On the plus side we do have lovely scenery & incredible scuba diving.
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9. Board Game: Die Siedler von Catan: Renaissance in der Steiermark & Burgbau auf Chaffenberch [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked]
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Austria
Graz
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Well, I'm from Ahnold's hometown Graz.

An administrative center in the fight against the Turks, Graz was residence of Emperor Friedrich III and other Habsburgs, and possesses the world's largest armory and weapons collection of that time.
More recently, Graz became the doubtful title of "city of the uprising" refering to the premature coming to power of the Nazis already some days before the Germans arrived.
After the war, Graz developed a cultural profile, and was Europe's "cultural capital" in 2003.
 
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10. Board Game: Alaska [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:7737]
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United States
Buckeye
Arizona
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I was born and raised in Nenana, Alaska (we left when I was 16). It is town of about 500 people. We are located about 65 southwest of Fairbanks also known as the middle of nowhere. It was cold most of the time, but a great place to live as a kid. My backyard was the Alaskan wilderness.

Nenana is world famous for the Nenana Ice Classic. It is a contest to bet on when the ice in the Tanana River will go out. Or at least when the ice that is around the tripod will go out. People have been betting on the "break-up" since 1917.

There is one other thing we are famous for is killing a president (well not exactly). The Railroad Depot was completed in 1923, when President Warren Harding drove the golden spike at the north end of the 700-foot steel bridge over the Tanana River. Nenana now had a transportation link to Fairbanks and Seward. President Harding died before he got back to Washington.

(I am in the process of developing a dice/card game based on the Ice Classic)
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11. Board Game: Leftovers [Average Rating:6.01 Unranked]
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United States
Berkeley
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El Sobrante, CA

In Spanish, it means "the leftovers". When I moved here 3 years ago, I learned that it got its name from back when the surrounding regions were all large land areas, called Ranchos, that were established by the Spanish colonizers. The town sits in the area that was NOT part of these Ranchos and was thus dubbed "el sobrante", the leftovers.

Fast forward a century and a half an you have basically a far off suburb of the greater metropolitan East Bay sprawl that includes Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond.

One thing people don't know about El Sobrante is that it's the home of some pretty cool rockers (at least by Geek standards):

Wikipedia wrote:
Famous musicians such as Kirk Hammett of Metallica and Exodus, Les Claypool of Primus, and Larry "Ler" LaLonde of Primus and Possessed, Jason Beebout of Samiam and Isocracy and John Kiffmeyer of Green Day and Isocracy all grew up in El Sobrante, and most of them attended De Anza High School. Not surprisingly, many of these musicians have close ties. Hammett and Claypool were friends as children. LaLonde was a founding member of death metal pioneers Possessed, who toured with Metallica before joining Claypool in Primus, and Claypool auditioned to join Metallica; however Claypool was turned down because his style was too funky for Metallica. Also, former Green Day drummer John Kiffmeyer took his stage name, "Al Sobrante" from the town. John Fogerty, leader of Credence Clearwater Revival, also lived in El Sobrante for several years during the late 1970s and early 1980s while he was embroiled in litigation with Fantasy Records' owner Saul Zaentz.
 
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12. Board Game: Astoria [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:9221]
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Pasadena
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I spent my early childhood in Goshen, NY. Harness racing was invented there and watching the races at the Historic Track was always a highlight.

I grew up in Basking Ridge, NJ, a part of Bernards Twp. (It's pronounced ber-nerds, not ber-nards.) It's most well known for a giant oak tree in the center of town that's over 800 years old. It needs metal poles to keep it standing.

I currently live in Astoria, NY in Queens. Prior to 9/11, it was the site of the worst disaster in NYC's history when the General Slocum, a steam ship, caught fire and killed over 1,000 people in the Hellgate of the East River.

Sometime this or next year an Uma Thurman movie called The Accidental Husband is coming out. Look for the scenes of a small produce grocer--they were shot 2 blocks from my house. Also, GTA IV has a location called the Steinway Beer Garden which is based on the Bohemian Beer Garden 4 blocks from my place.
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13. Board Game: The Erie Canal [Average Rating:2.80 Unranked]
Don Weed
United States
Clemmons
North Carolina
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I come from a small town in Pennsylvania called North East. Whenever I tell someone I'm from North East, Pennsylvania they respond "Oh, Scranton - Wilks-Barre?". No, The North East moniker came from being north-east of Erie, PA. Its easy to find, it's in the tip of the chimney along the shore of Lake Erie. The northern-most town in the state.

Huge grape (and other fruit) growing region. Welch's biggest processing plant is located there. The lake moderates temperatures over the year so that the extremes are not so bad (although there is a LOT of lake-effect snow). Of late, the town has become a growing bedroom community for the greater Erie area. Most times I just say I'm from Erie to avoid the explanation.

P.S. The Erie canal has absolutely NOTHING to do with Erie, Pa.
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14. Board Game: Winter Pause [Average Rating:5.75 Unranked]
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Netherlands
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Many years ago, I was at a wedding in Copenhagen. When the bride and groom turned around and walked up the aisle together, everyone pulled out little Danish flags and waved them. I remarked to the elderly gent next to me:
"Wow, everyone is really proud to be Danish!"
He corrected me:
"Nobody is proud to be Danish. It's illogical and leads to dangerous nationalism. We are all really glad we're Danish, though."
The distinction is one I'll carry with me forever. Pride in something one has not achievedWinter Pause is folly.

I'm very happy to be from Winnipeg, Canada. I can go almost anywhere in the world and tolerate the weather, since at home it's often -35 in winter, and +30 in summer. Because it's a centre in the middle of nowhere, it's a city with all the conveniences: world-class dance scene, excellent live music (including the best folk music festival in NA), varied theatre, smallish but capable opera, and semi-pro baseball, football, and hockey. I can safely ride my bike everywhere, ski or stroll to work on the rivers in winter, and leave my doors unlocked at night. Kids can play outside until dark without parental paranoia. Cafe culture in the summertime. Beaches, forests, deserts, and total seclusion within two hours' drive. A HUGE year-round ultimate league. And everyone's so relieved when spring finally appears that the short-shorts and bikini tops come out the moment the mercury tops 15 degrees.

Famous people from Winnipeg? Monty Hall from Let's Make a Deal. Neil Young grew up there. The Guess Who, too. James Keelaghan and Sheena Grobb are our current top musical exports.

I'm glad I'm from Winnipeg. Maybe someday--if I'm lucky--I'll live there again.

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15. Board Game: Dream Factory [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:575]
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Simi Valley
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Born and raised in sunny SoCal. North Hollywood California right on the border of Studio City.

What a great place to grow up. There are way too many things to write about Hollywood and the "Valley".

Just a few of the well known people who I was aware of living next to me while growing up include:
Robert Blake
Ken Berry
Billy Barty
Dick Wilson (Mr. Whipple)
Steve Lukather (Toto)
Dick Gaultier
Victor French
Forrest Tucker
Robert Fuller
Angela Cartwright
Erik Estrada
Kristy McNichol
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Adam Corolla
Christian Gossett (Red Star)
Todd Bridges
Eddie Van Halen

Some of them hung at our house, some I went to school with, some of them are close friends of family members, some of them have offspring that I dated.

Even growing up in this crazy place I still am a bit star struck.


Blah, blah, blah
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16. Board Game: The American Revolution [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Lexington
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I'm originally from Acton, MA.

Many of you may have heard of a war called the American Revolution. The first shot in that war, sometimes called "The Shot Heard Round The World," was fired in Concord MA. (Well, there was an earlier shot fired in Lexington, but nobody is sure who fired it or even whether it was intentional or accidental; a few hours later, the shots in Concord were most definitely fired intentionally by colonials at British troops).

At the time of that shot, Acton was the small farming community next to Concord. That is probably its primary claim to fame.

These days it just another suburb of Boston.
 
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17. Board Game: Cathedral [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1489]
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Birmingham
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I'm from Lichfield in England, home of the only three-spired cathedral in England, birthplace of David Garrick (first method actor), Dr. Johnson (first dictionary), and one of the five ancient Christian sites in this country. It's a small, quiet city, and that's what I like about it. It has a fine park and some nice pubs, and is close to everyone I care about.


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18. Board Game: Say What!?! [Average Rating:5.42 Overall Rank:12832]
 
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Tacoma
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I grew up in Puyallup, Washington, USA. It's about 30 miles south of Seattle and is mainly know for being hard for people who aren't Northwest natives to pronounce (Pew-all-up; not hard, really).

Puyallup used to be known for Daffodils in the spring, but these days many of the fields are being paved over for more houses. It's now more well known for being home to the Western Washington State Fair, one of the largest fairs in North America.

Wikipedia has a list of famous people from Puyallup, but none of them are that famous and I hadn't heard of about 1/3 of them myself:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puyallup,_Washington#Notable_Pe...
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19. Board Game: Strategy: The Navy Game for All The Family [Average Rating:4.67 Unranked]
Tim Thorp
United States
Granite Falls
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Navy Brat; born in Berkeley, Ca. Dad was all over the US and spent a couple of tours overseas (rest of the family was stuck in the U.S., though.) Been in WA State since 1969, with the majority of that time in Everett, WA so that's as good a place as any to call my home town. Everett is the home of the Boeing Assembly Plant, the largest building by interior volume in the world. Also the birthplace of Senator Henry Jackson (I used to live 2 blocks from his house), Singer Kenny Loggins, and studio Bass musician Carol Kaye. Writer Charles Beaumont lived here for a few years (he wrote several scripts for the Twilight Zone.) And finally, the home port of the USS Abraham Lincoln. There you go!
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20. Board Game: Medina [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:732]
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I'm from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada... commonly referred to as "the 'Hat". It was named after a Native myth about the South Saskatchewan having to do with a Medicine Man losing his hat in the river... or about two Native lovers... or about several other things depending on who you talk to. Earlier in it's history, it had one of the highest populations in Alberta, and was once considered as a potential site to be the Capital of Alberta.

Notable History:

Medalta Potteries, one of the early industries for Medicine Hat, produced pottery for distribution around North America and the Commonwealth, apparently going as far as the UK and Australia. If it's old pottery and it says Medalta on it, it was made here.

Rudyard Kipling spent some time here back in the day and described Medicine Hat as having 'all of Hell for a basement', referring to our city's once vast gas reserves; a statement which later became part of Big Sugar's song, All Hell For A Basement(whose lead singer is from the Hat).

Famous People: Countty Singer Terri Clark, Hockey Star Lanny MacDonald got his start here with the Tigers, puppeteer Ronnie Burkett, Hockey Star Trevor Linden, Kalan Porter of Canadian Idol fame, as well as many other artists and hockey players, as well as Nobel Prize winners and software gurus.

The funniest thing is that despite nearly everyone local knowing what I'm talking about when I refer to my city as 'The 'Hat', every now and then you run into someone who's from nearby and has no clue where you're talking about.
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21. Board Game: Gumby and Pokey Playful Trails Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Toronto
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I spent my formative years in Trail, a small industrial town in central British Columbia. Situated on the Columbia River, there was a huge heavy metal smelter with giant smokestacks on the highest cliff looming over the river. It towered above us like some darkly shadowed fascist-era linocut. Or so I remember.

It was a very working-class place. Many of the citizens were first or second generation Italian immigrants who found employment at the smelter. There were a couple serviceable Italian restaurants that I recall eating at on special occasions, labour union politics were always the talk of the town and anything related to hockey ruled the day. The local hockey team is called the Smoke Eaters. Several notable NHL players came from Trail. I played soccer.

Fortunately one day after school my best friend’s older brother came home with the original Dungeons and Dragons white box of rule books and the rest is history. I am proud of my friend.
 
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22. Board Game: Ripley's Believe It or Not! [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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New Addington
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I lived in the village of Ripley, UK, aged 1-18. No, not the Ripley in Derbyshire - the one in Surrey. It's nestled in between Guildford and Woking, with lots of beautiful old buildings and an enormous green - possibly the largest in England (it's what we were told in school, but I've not been able to verify it). It's also superbly located: 1 mile outside the M25, Heathrow and Gatwick in 30 mins (traffic allowing), train to London in 45 mins, less than an hour to the south coast.

As for fame, not much. It's where Eric Clapton is from (and he still lives locally and his son's funeral was in the village church), as well as the England cricketer Ashley Giles. Lord Forte used to have a large estate in the area, but I dunno who owns it now. I believe the cricket club is one of the oldest in England. The gardens of the Royal Horticultural Society are in a neighbouring village (Wisley) and they are superb.

All in all, a very agreeable place to have spent a childhood, and I look forward to going back there in July.
 
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23. Board Game: BristolOpoly [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I grew up in Bristol, Indiana. It was a small town with only 1 stoplight (about 10 years ago it got its 2nd light!). Bristol is known as the RV (recreational vehicle) capital. There are many RV and Van conversion plants located here.

Bristol is also in Elkhart county, which is the band instrument capital of the world. While I was growing up, Conn, Selmer, Gehmeinhardt, Walter Piano, among others were making instruments here. Also, there was at least 1 instrument case factory.
 
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24. Board Game: The Maryland Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I was born at Hagerstown General Hospital in Hagerstown, MD. I lived in Hagerstown for 3 years. Hagerstown is a rail and road hub, as well as an economic hub, earning it the distinction of being called the "Hub City". Some things I like about Hagerstown:

The Beautiful Maryland Theatre

Hagerstown City Park

Rocky's Pizza

The beautiful historic downtown area.

Unfortunately, as much as I love Hagerstown, I've lived the past 22 years in Waldorf, MD. Waldorf is an overdeveloped splotch of urban sprawl in an otherwise beautiful rural county, and has the distinction of being an example of what not to do in at least one urban planning textbook. Down the street is LaPlata, MD, our county seat, and a darn sight quieter and nicer than Waldorf.

In Charles County, we also have:

Regency Furniture Stadium: A beautiful, brand new minor-league baseball stadium about 2 rock-throws from my house, situated on what used to be a nice, twisty, windy, tree-shaded backroad (Fortunately half the original road is still there. Home to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.

The Samuel Mudd House: Hard to believe Booth made it all the way here from DC isn't it?

The Thomas Stone National Historic Site

Cobb Island, Solomon's Island, and Port Tobacco for you boating enthusiasts

Maryland International Raceway: situated in Budds Creek, one of the fastest drag strips in the entire IHRA schedule. Records are consistently broken at M.I.R.

Don't get me wrong, Waldorf is OK, I just wish people would leave it alone.

All this of course is in the great state of Maryland, which surrounds the nation's capital, Washington DC, on 3 sides. We have 2 NFL football teams (who cares), the Redskins (Washington Redskins, but their stadium is in Maryland), and the Baltimore Ravens. We also have the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals baseball teams. Maryland has just about every geographical feature you could want, except a desert or a natural inland lake. We do have a heck of a nice manmade lake called Deep Creek Lake out in Garrett County. We also have the Chesapeake Bay, home to our state boat, the Skipjack. Our capital city, Annapolis, is home to the US Naval Academy, and our major city, Baltimore, is home to the USS Constellation and the National Aquarium.
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25. Board Game: The Land of Cotton Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I was born and raised in Lubbock, TX, in the Texas panhandle.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lubbock,_Texas

For a town of only 200,000 which not that many people have heard of, it's known for a number of things:
- At one point was the leading cotton producer in the world (not sure if it still retains the title)
- Birthplace of Buddy Holly and Natalie Maines, along with a number of locally significant musicians. Outlying areas were also birthplaces of Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings.
- Texas Tech University, one of the larger universities in the US (with 25,000 students)
- Significant cattle and oil-producing area (oil, cows, and cotton -- what's more Texan than that?)
- the largest "dry" city in the US - alcoholic beverages can be served in restaurants, but cannot be purchased in stores within the city limits
- and for whatever it's worth, Lubbock holds the dubious title of the most politically conservative city in the US with a population over 100,000
 
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