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What's the first real "Euro" game you can remember playing? Share the experience, as best you can remember.
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Several years ago I asked for some games on my Christmas list. I had grabbed the names of a bunch of games from the Games Magazine Games 100, and this was their Game of the Year so I asked for it as well. My aunt purchased the game for me, and later that day we tried it out for the first time (Me, Rikki, and my brother Jason.)

It was a really unusual experience, because I'd never played anything that was quite like this game. I did enjoy the game, although I think Rikki was just lukewarm on it (I'm not sure what Jason thought.)

The strange part is, although I liked the game, we haven't played it again since that first experience. This is probably because of the massive growth of our collection since that time. But if I'm true to my resolution, it will get played before the end of 2008!
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I'm not sure how Euro this game is, but its the first thing I bought and played from my findings on BGG. I remember reading the rules and thinking that this was what Risk should have been like. In fact, thats exactly why I got this game.

The first real Euro I played was TTR. I played online to try it out and I was in love. I really enjoyed the simple rules and the subtle strategerie. Soon after a few online plays, I bought the real thing and dropped it on my family. They were hooked instantly too. Even my mom. Everyone loved how we could play a boardgame that didn't drag on forever and that actually had some choices to make. When you add the presentation on top of that, you had a real winner. So TTR is ultimately responsible for my family's enjoyment of gaming.

The first hardcore Euro I played was Power Grid. Bianca and I had found a group and were invited to come try it out. We went there, completely unsure of what we were getting ourselves into. After quick games of No Thanks! (a family favorite now) and Colossal Arena, Brian and Laszlo brought out Power Grid. Bianca was really intimidated by all the rules. I had the basic gist, but I really didn't know how to "play" the game. Bianca was going to skip playing, but the guys talked her into it. As the game wore on, I was doing terrible, but I was just infatuated with the incredible supply/demand system and all the intricate timing that the game provided. I was sucking terribly and I didn't care at all. Bianca started off incredibly frustrated but she quickly picked it up and actually ended up winning. To be honest, at that particular moment I knew I had found 2 things that would be with me for the rest of my life.
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3. Board Game: Scotland Yard [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1063]
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Is Scotland Yard a Euro? Maybe and maybe not. It was designed by a few Europeans. It won the SdJ in 1983. The gameplay is not simple roll and move or fight your opponent. I would say that Scotland Yard qualifies as my first Euro.

Growing up in the 1980s, I enjoyed playing games like Clue. General deduction games involving detectives and suspects. I read the Choose Your Own Adventure book series. I really liked mazes, including an Atari video game called Maze Craze. Very fun!

If I remember right, I saw Scotland Yard in the toy section of Woolworths and saved up enough cash (that I wasn't spending on Legos) to snag a copy. I don't recall the first time I played it but I do remember punching out the transportation tickets and puting the stickers on the pawns.

I did like the game as I still do today. It doesn't hit the table as much as I would like (because I have so many others that I enjoy more).

RoboRally really got me into the boardgaming hobby. . .but. . .you know. . .Avalon Hill. . .
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4. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Settlers, I guess. While I did like it didn't occur to me to think of it as essentially different from other games I had played before - it would be several years and several eurogames more before I became aware of the notion of "eurogame" as a genre.

Edit: Just saw Jeff's entry. I played Scotland Yard years before Settlers was even released, so if it counts it's a better candidate.
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5. Board Game: Railway Rivals [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:3209]
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I am going to say it was this one, but to be honest there are a few candidates in the old Avalon Hill range. Kings and Things, Blood Royale and so on.

At the time I had played plenty of 'traditional' games, and got introduced to Games Workshop through role-playing games (this is back when they used to carry other people's games - in fact before they started bringing out their own). There were a few games that bridged the gap between role-playing and boardgames (Car Wars for example), but I am pretty sure this was the first game which felt 'different' to me.
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6. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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I don't know for sure how long ago, but I think this would be the first 'euro' style game. I did Wargaming, RPGing and historical minis in the '80s and then in the late '80s and '90s I did RPGing and miniature gaming. Of course that meant I did some of the GW early games that cross the Miniature/Board Gaming, but to be those are very 'Euro'.

I remember 10-15 years ago, one of the FLGS I'd run Warzone (second edition), Warhammer 40,000, Necromunda and Void I was hanging out in and someone got me to sit down and play this game. I found it fun and interesting. Differently different. But, I wasn't taken away by it. We did also start playing Condottiere quite a bit around that time period and remember having a lot of fun then.

It wasn't until about 2 years ago that I started getting burned out of miniature gaming that I started really getting into board gaming. From that time I've been more interested in Euro Gaming. I'm not sure the first 'modern' Euro experience I've had.
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Well it was probably Scotland Yard for me too. But I figured I would throw this up here. What I remember about this game was that it was so different from the other games we had. I really liked the board and the safe for some reason. The other thing I remember about this game was that it didn't get played as much as our other games. The theme was exciting, but the game didn't give much feeling for the theme. I guess that was a great intro to Euros

The most memorial game that I remember of this was one where I was bluffing a color that I was sure was not a player. And it just kept going forward. To late I realized that it was my sister and she won going away... One of the few times that she really fooled me.
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8. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Rhode and Caroline left today for their honeymoon to Carcassonne.
It was my first introduction to boardgaming and it showed me how much boardgaming had changed since I was a kid.

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It all started on 22 january 2007 when Kirsten came over and brought Carcasonne, Ingenious and citadels with her. After three games of carcassonne and three games of Ingenious it was time to visit some mutual friends Sofie and Stephan to play one four player game of Carcasonne and a game of citadels. 10 hours where gone before I knew it. I enjoyed every second of them and that is when the addiction kicked in.


why I fell in love with boardgames

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5)I believe buying boardgames is an investment in fun to be had. So even when buying a game I feel good when I think of all the fun to be had with it.

6) This site feeds my interest in games more than i would have ever thought. I spend here even more time than actually playing games. I love to read the user comments. Without this site I would probably never have known of all those games.
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9. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
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A difficult one for me this, as there are so many choices.... I was going to put Catan here, since it was the game that truly brought me back into the boardgaming hobby, and the game that lead me to discover BGG.... but then, like boltongeordie I also played Railway Rivals which technically is a eurogame I guess... well it won SDJ in 1985.... but I don't really count that, because to me it was just another Games Workshop game that I played during that phase of my childhood, when we also played Talisman 2nd edition, Blood Bowl 1st edition, Block Mania etc.

But then I remember an old school friend gave me Foppen for Christmas a few years before I played Settlers... and whilst it's a German game... it's still only a whist variant.....

So to Bohnanza... this was another Christmas present from the same friend (the same friend who would eventually teach my brother and I settlers when we visited him in 2003!)... but this was a unique game... the idea of keeping your cards in the order they were dealt was totally new to me... plus it was actually in German (so was foppen, but it didn't impact the game.. whereas Bohnanza you had to read the german bean names)... and it introduced the idea of trading between players which was a new concept... I had some hilarious games with my family... trying to trade unwanted brechtbohns.. making completely off the wall offers.. sometimes almost rolling on the floor with laughter... fun times.
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10. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:207]
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I guess the first one was Acquire. But at the time, I didn't realize it was truly a Euro. It was just a very good boardgame not like most of the other American-made stuff of the day. It was probably in the mid-1970s when I was exposed to this gem which is still a great game.

But the first time I actually played games made in Europe (then called "German Games") was in 1991 as I recall. A friend of mine accidentally crashed the second Gathering and came back all atwitter about this game with castles and thieves and such. It wasn't until Avalon Hill brought out Adel Verpflichtet and we saw it at either the first or second AvalonCon that we realized that was the game he had gotten all excited about. And it was a huge hit.

Following quickly on its heels were Um Reifenbreite and a few card games. But Adel still holds the banner of being "the premo 'Euro' game" in my book.

Edit: having seen so many references to Scotland Yard, I must confess to having played this game at a friend's house pre-1987 (because he and his then-wife moved away from town after NCR moved from SC to Ohio after the Great Layoff of 1986). We enjoyed it, but deemed it "too easy" for the detectives.
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11. Board Game: Stratego [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:2278]
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    I have yet to see a convincing definition of "Euro" and I think I have to settle for "it smells like one" as the best heuristic available. Given that, I think Stratego fits the bill. This may be the first game I played where you did not move a pawn along the board, although if I remember correctly Hi Ho Cherry-O may fit that bill as well. Cherry-O doesn't have the smell though, likely due to all the fruit in the box.

    Maybe Stratego should be classified as a Pre-Cambrian Euro, which may exclude it from the running.

    That could make for an interesting GeekBuddy Question in its own right -- what do you see as the seminal games in the development of the state of the art as we see it playing out today? What pre-1970 games set the stage for modern board games?

    A while back I put up a Geeklist that got almost zero attention, asking the opposite question -- what games that are available today will still be played in 2107? What games will survive a century of play and still generate revenue? I was surprised that so few people stepped up to the challenge.

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