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1. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.40 Overall Rank:15327]
Paul Burkhard
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Our family used to play alot of Monopoly in the old days. We even have the expensive Heirloom Edition with the golden piggy bank. (We also have the Star Wars Edition, but I am not very proud of that.) After a trip to London in January of 2003, I decided that I wanted to "expand my boardgaming horizons" by purchasing a London version of Monopoly. I eventually bought one from eBay.

Of course, London Monopoly is still Monopoly. In an effort to find some way to make the game a little more interesting, I did a Google search for "Monopoly variants." That brought me here!

Yeah!

We now have a collection of 50+ games and we are averaging 10 games played per week. I guess I am hooked!
 
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2. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:14509]
Kevin Felker
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Oxford
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My girlfriend bought me this game because she knows I just love games, and I thought to myself "There's got to be a better way."

I was familiar with the video game website gamerankings.com (which I still refer to when purchasing xbox/pc game), so I was wondering if there was a game review website and Walla!

here I am.

2 months later, I own 55 more games...
 
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3. Board Game: Warhammer 40,000 [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1917]
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I hang out on The Miniatures Page and was looking for a new boardgame and someone suggested checking this place out.
 
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4. Board Game: WFF 'N PROOF [Average Rating:4.80 Overall Rank:14177]
Denise Lavely
United States
Carmel
Indiana
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I was looking for some math/logic themed games for a woman in my homeschooling group, and I had read about Wff'n'Proof in a homeschool resource book. Having been a logic major in college (actually a philosophy major, but most of the classes I took were logic classes), I was interested. Googling Wff'n'Proof, I found that the 'geek was one of the very few sites that had any info on it. It took VERY little time after that to get completely sucked in.

I know, I know, that's REALLY nerdy.
 
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5. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
 
Eric "Shippy McShipperson" Mowrer
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I was already really into German style board games and several people in my group kept showing up with all of these really cool game helpers, rules clerifications, et cetera from this site. Eventually, I could no longer deny the coolness of the site and checked it out for myself. Once I discovered geeklists, game collections, and some of the other features, I was hooked for good.
 
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6. Board Game: The Longest Day [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:2629]
Darren Copple
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Northfield
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My friend and I were researching picking up The Longest Day. We came across the geek. I wasnt immediately sucked in until I was looking for a board game review (cant remember which one now) and came back to the geek. Now Im a game junkie.
 
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7. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
Mary Weisbeck
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My experience wasn't quite as straight-forward as others'. I had bought an "ordinary" game from a catalogue which sells games and puzzles. This put me on a list and I received a catalogue from Turn Off the TV, full of wonderful, interesting, *expensive* games. I picked a cheap one to try: Lost Cities. We were so amazed that a simple card game with simple rules could be so fun and addictive and actually give you something to *think* about. A couple years later when I went online looking for their site, they were gone; but I found FunAgain.com and that, of course, led me here. I didn't appreciate this site until I had a question about...hmmm, Puerto Rico, I think. And now I'm addicted to games and BGG! My only regret is I didn't find it sooner.
 
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8. Board Game: Four Dragons [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:3160]
Steffan O'Sullivan
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I was forced here when Frank Branham's Gaming Dumpster webpage closed. He told me he was turning over the Dumpster's rules translations collection to the geek, so I followed.
 
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9. Board Game: Balloon Cup [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:904]
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I had received Balloon Cup as part of a haul of games for my birthday in 2003 and was googling for reviews...

Hey presto boardgamegeek.com!

I signed up pretty much staight away and my wife soon after.

Then checked out the rest of the haul, added some games that I found were not listed, made some geeklists, added a comment or ten, ditto with articles, got an avatar. Searched around the geek, found interesting games and reviews (and bought quite a few of them). I have written a few reviews, kids games so far. Set up some GeekBuddies, been GeekBuddied by a few.

Just the GeekBadge (5 Geek Gold short as of writing) and a GeekJournal to go I suppose
 
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10. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Scott A. Reed
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I was googling for "Carcassonne Strategy" because my brother had just introduced me to the game, and although I had done well, I wanted to do better and beat him--you know, sibling rivalry. At any rate, I happened across the site, and have been hooked since. Since that fateful day, I went nutzo getting games, and have just recently decided to pull back the reins a little so I can actually play all the stuff I have bought.
 
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11. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:336]
Mark Taraba
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Lake in the Hills
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Started out when I was young just owning what I could get my family to buy at department stores. Going to a local comic shop and word of mouth at highscool got me into M:tG. I found games like Robo Rally and Axis and Allies. Other people in college played games like Settlers.

One day at work I was surfing the web and I was wondering what good games were out there that I hadn't tried. I found the internet top 100 and after looking at some of those games I found Funagain carried a lot of them. From there I found BGG.
 
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12. Board Game: Conquest of the Empire [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:3074]
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(I told this story in another GeekList, but what the heck, I'll recycle it.)

How did I end up at BGG? Well, an old friend of mine told me that he’d stumbled across his copy of MB’s Conquest of the Empire while home visiting his mother. Hearing that stirred up some old memories; as a kid, I invested a LOT of time into that game. I dare say I must have played it hundreds of times with my neighborhood friends. So, wanting to continue the stroll down memory lane, I googled Conquest of the Empire and one of the links brought me to the BGG entry for it. It was great seeing the pictures, reading some of the articles and files (it was funny seeing some of the established house rules of others that were similar to the ones we enacted). Then I noticed CotE’s overall rank and was surprised to see that there could be hundreds upon hundreds of games rated higher. So, as curiosity set in, I began to comb BGG, looking at the highly regarded games and becoming more and more intrigued by this designer board games stuff that I’d never been aware of before. I decided to buy a couple of games and settled on Carcasonne and Lost Cities, both of which I thought I might be able to convince my wife to play. T&E also really seemed intriguing, but also more daunting. But there was the online version to try. An existing BGGer, Caleb, offered to walk me through an online game of T&E and explain the basics. The game was great and Caleb’s assistance was a big help. I was hooked; I immediately ordered T&E.

It’s only been a few months and my collection is meager: Carcasonne, Lost Cities, Tigris & Euphrates, Kahuna, Samurai, Hansa, Medina and Epic Duels (the last three I haven't had a chance to play yet). I’m really enjoying myself and only wish I could find more time and more people to play these wonderful games.
 
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13. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:402]
Gary Webster
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I had been out of gaming for a long time (~15 years), but loved doing puzzles, and had found GAMES magazine, which had many of my favorite types of puzzles (still does, but I'm not a subscriber any more. Another story...), and also had these cool "games of the year" issues in December. I started reading these and thought it might be pretty cool to get a game or two, but put it off. Then, my nephew went to college and became a starting pitcher for his college team, and I would meet my brother and his family at the college town halfway between Denver and Lincoln, Nebraska where my brother lives, and I thought it'd be cool to play some games. After all, they were advertised as multi-player games. Torres had caught my eye previously, so I went to the local game store, there it was, and I bought it. I thought the price was a bit high, so I started looking for games online. After bouncing off too many porn sites (they'll use ANYTHING for a keyword!), I found funagain games. Really enjoyed their reviews, began ordering games, then through one of the review comments, heard about the 'Geek. Browsed around as much as I could, finally threw my name in about a year and a half ago. Glad I did!
 
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14. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Tom "Snicker Daddy" Pancoast
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I have been going to DragonCon in Atlanta for many years. I used to roleplay weekly, and was always on the fringes of playing Magic and other CCGs, but never got into it. My interest was at least enough to cause me to wander through the gaming area of the con to see what people were playing. This would result in my picking up at least one non-collectable card game, or a few packs of an interesting CCG each year, but only the non-collectable stuff ever got played. I never really looked for games online, though.

I had seen some people playing Puerto Rico for a few years in a row, but lets face it... That game does not look the least bit interesting at a casual glance (in fact, it looked like recreational accounting).

Last year that all changed with two games. First, and primarily, I saw some people playing Carcassonne and had to know what the little people were all about. Second, I tried a game of Frag, which I had checked out the previous year, but passed over. If I had just bought Frag, I might not have gone online, but Carcassonne was unique and interesting enough that I had to learn more about it online. A few searches later, I noticed one common demoninator. Every search contained a link to Board Game Geek.
 
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15. Board Game: Tante Tarantel [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:7191]
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I couldn't remember how I got here, until the list reminded me of the Dumpster. I ignored the geek when it first came on. I spent most of my time reading rgb, reading Sumo, and the Game Cabinet. I was making lists on ANY german title at all, absolutely anything with a german name went into my notes.

I got my rules from the Cabinet and my answers from RGB. Then the Dumpster took off as the rules place and people competed to get the latest translations out. I remember the settlers book being divided up to get it translated quicker. Then the Dumpster passed the rules to the geek and I reluctantly started visiting.

Reluctantly because I was a bit put off by everyone being american and by all the wargames being listed. I didn't register for a while and then I didn't contribute for a while. But I found my place and started getting more involved.

What has kept me here is - and I've said this before folks - that Aldie is so damned responsive. You give him a good idea and bingo, it's there! Some of my suggestions were - showing the ranking in the game page (actually Richard thought of that) (took a while for that to come through but now ranking seems of more interest than before), putting the data on the geeklist entry (I emailed that to Aldie and bang, 5 minutes later it was there!), putting the comments number on the journal ticker (bish bash bosh, suddenly discussion is stimulated to move to the journals). The fact that my humble ideas are not only taken seriously but have helped shape the site makes me genuinely proud.

The geek has never stood still. It constantly improves because the admin constantly seek improvement. Think of the work behind it. They're running the server, running the site, battling the spiders/robots, fixing the problems, balancing the bandwidth, answering our error reports, and we still ask them for a dozen more features.

I like that some of the games *I* put on, I wrote the summary, I took the photos. When a game goes from me, then another, then another owner, I think I've done something worthwhile. I was so pleased too to have one of the biggest collections, that's the bit I miss most now.

So I visit 2 or 3 times a night. Just to see what's changed. I went out this evening, came home, and look, the geeklists are on the ticker too!
 
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16. Board Game: Abalone [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1402]
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I was into abstract strategy games, as I love simple rules with complex strategy. Some of the most popular ones like Quoridor and Abalone were Mensa winners, which led me to Funagain to find out more about others. I spend a long long time at Funagain, before finding out about SdJ and DSP, and further information about them compelled me to BGG. The format of BGG then was a bit of a turnoff compared to Funagain, but then I discovered the Geeklists and the fabulous people inside, and from then on there is no turning back. I own about 100+ games.
 
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17. Board Game: Fortress America [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1328]
Steve Willson
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After enjoying a copy of Axis & Allies I found at a church fundraiser I decided to try and find some of the other Gamemaster games.

Hunting on eBay for a copy of Fortress America led me past an auction listed as an expantion for Fortress. It seemed odd that an expantion would be released by a company other than MB, so I decided to do some reseach on this mythic "Vapia Games." I didn't find anything about that game company any where... the closet was here (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/2611) on BGG.

I'm glad I decided to check out the rest of this site, it's the most useful game website I've ever found.
 
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18. Board Game: eBay: The Card Game [Average Rating:5.19 Overall Rank:13498]
 
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I was getting back into boardgames after an absence of around then years. I was trawling around looking for some games to pick up and I kept seeing reference to 'boardgamegeek'. So, I decided to take a look and found myself in boardgameheaven.
 
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19. Board Game: Vinci [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:596]
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I was looking for a game similar to Civilization but not as timeconsuming!
Soon I found some reviews of Vinci, but still couldn't decide whether to buy it or not.
I surfed the net to get more infos on this game and finished on this site: Because of the reviews written on this site I finally bought this game in Essen 2003.
Now I turn to this site regulary! :-)
 
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20. Board Game: Escape from Colditz [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1435]
Matt Clementson
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I was trying to find a copy of the rules. A friend of mine found the game in a charity shop, pretty much complete except - no rules! Stumbled across BGG and have since bought several new board games
 
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21. Board Game: Pente [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1408]
Scott Tepper
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My story is a little bit different...

I grew up playing games with my family, mostly card games like Canasta, Gin Rummy, Bridge, as well as the occasional party game like charades. Over the years I acquired several board and party games, like Pente(my father actually won it in a store promotion and gave it to me as a gift. I loved it), Pictionary, Abalone, Inklings, etc...

Fast forward to about 7 years ago. I came home to find that my roommate of 2 years had cleaned out the house. And when I say cleaned out, I mean, he took everything of mine: furniture, silverware, appliances, my glass Christmas ornament collection, stereo, sheets & towels, my large M:TG collection(including moxes & a Black Lotus) and my board games. He even took some of my clothes.

The police were not helpful. They called it a civil matter.

I filed a lawsuit, and with the help of a private investigator, I eventually tracked him down to another state. It turns out that he had changed his name at least two times, and went by several different aliases. I also discovered that I was at least the 4th person he had done this to. I found his exes (one of which my former roommate had claimed was dead, who turned out to be very much alive), and members of his family that he was estranged from. All these people were very kind and helpful to me in different ways. I came to realize that my former roommate was a professional con man.

I subsequently sued my former roommate. Over the next year, his lawyer removed himself from the case. I eventually won the suit. But in that he disappeared again, (I hired a professional agency to track him down. They told me that they rarely fail. They were so confident in their ability, that if they don't find the person, you don't have to pay. Need I tell you that they were unable to find him?) I was unable to collect a penny of the judgement.

So how does this relate to BGG? Well, slowly I started to pick up the pieces of my life (In addition to the theft of my belongings, he had done some really nasty finanacial things to me as well) I went on a quest to replace the games he stole from me.

When I did Google searches to try to find the games, I stumbled across BGG. I discovered that there were thousands of games that I knew nothing about, many which seemed more interesting than the games I was looking to replace. I started with a few (I remember Lost Cities was one of the first), and then it just snowballed. I have over 500 games now, and have made many new, good friends as a result.

Although it was extremely painful at the time, overall the event ended up being good for me. I learned what is and isn't important to me. I'm a little less naïve now, and I realize how very lucky I am to have such supportive family and friends. I was also lucky because this guy kept a gun, and I am thankful that he didn't kill me. I now tend to be more outgoing, and appreciate life a lot more as opposed to being reserved and afraid, as I used to be.

Funny how the wheel of life turns, huh!
 
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22. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:232]
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A friend of mine wanted to have a couples game night at his house and it reminded me of a game I played 20 years ago. After a Google search for information about the game I ended up here. Now our next game night will feature SoC, Carcassonne, Pirate's Cove (when it arrives) and Bang!, maybe with some side games of Balloon Cup or Lost Cities - instead of Cranium, Risk, and some trivia game.

Thanks Board Game Geek!
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23. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:185]
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Temple
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When I lived in Omaha I enjoyed gaming with a friend who likes to use the handle, "elfman". I had lost his email address...so I did a Google search or something like that with his name but it came up with a bunch of hits....most of which were obviously someone else of the same name. So I tried it with "elfman" and one of the hits that came up was to a comment or something that he'd posted here.

I thought, "Heh heh....board-game-GEEK-dot-come. Duh....funny." I had a hard time figuring out how to search for him initially. (I think I put his name in the box on the left that says, "Search" but which is only to search for GAME titles. Anyway, I thought maybe I had to be a member to use the features or something...so I signed up.

I spent more time, figured out how to navigate....and now I'm stuck here. To my wife's horror...I've purchased or traded for about 80 games in the past 8 months or so. I'd played other people's games before...but now I'm the sugardaddy supplying the games.

Plus it turns out I am a geek. I'd just forgotten.
 
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24. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:312]
Pei Kwong Han
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In the beginning, I am just an ignorant from Malaysia (South East Asia). I was reading George R. R. Martin's "A Game of Throne" and at the end of the book, there is an advertisement for the game itself. Naturally, feeling curious, i looked up the info in the Fantasy Flight website. One things lead to another, and i found BGG!

I bought some games so far and becuase of the shipping cost, it will cost me almost double to purchase those games compare with Westerners. And then i found a local game shop (Wolf's game shop) that has boardgame players in a country where gaming community is filled with CCG or tabletop wargame players.

Alas, now that i am a converted; i do hope that i will have time for gaming as i am expecting my 1st child (my wife is due next month).

Play Games. No War.
 
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25. Board Game: Swashbuckler [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:3679]
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Long story short:

I've been a gamer forever, since my hands were big enough to hold cards, really. And recently, maybe mostly because of a burst of nostalgia brought on by my imminent 20-year HS reunion, I got an unstoppable craving to play Swashbuckler.

Dunno why this game in particular, execpt that I remember it having a pretty high fun-factor and there were some good times playing it "back in the day."

As you probably already know: Wild nostalgic scheme + internet access + awareness of ebay + google = boardgamegeek.com

The result? $160+ increase to my credit card bill, and profits for the usual online dealers.

Oh, and no success in getting a copy of Swashbuckler, at least at a price I'm willing to pay. (My thinking hasn't been totally clouded by lust for new games and nostalgia Anyone feel like selling a copy?
 
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