I grew up from a boy to a man. What did these old games grow up to be?
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Since I turned 30 a few months ago, I've done a bit of self-reflection on my life. Nothing depressing or melodramtic, but I guess this is what getting older does to you.

Somehow, my mind went off on a tangent & I began to ask myself: "if I've grown up from a boy into a man, what might these old favourites of mine have grown up to be?"

Some interesting pairings came up - let me know what you think & whether you have others to add!
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1. Board Game: Tic-Tac-Toe [Average Rating:2.60 Overall Rank:15449]
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Perhaps one of my earliest games when all I needed was a sheet of ripped paper & a broken crayon. This "get-3-in-a-row" game could have grown up to be...
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2. Board Game: YINSH [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:133] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
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...one of my favourite abstracts. Not only do you have to get 5 whites or blacks in a row, but you need three of those to win! Add in an element of tactical play, timing & blocking & it looks like Tic Tac Toe has grown up!
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3. Board Game: The Game of Life [Average Rating:4.19 Overall Rank:15443]
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Get a job, get married, have children... all very innocent & un-adult-like until it became...
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4. Board Game: Funny Friends [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1650]
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...a game of copious sex, boozing, drug-taking & all manner of stpuidly-chosen life paths! What fun though!
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5. Board Game: Which Witch? [Average Rating:5.25 Overall Rank:15196]
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I used to really love this game & it scared me a lot!

The choices I had to make over which path to take, since some were longer & more dangerous than others, the intensity as my sister dropped that glow-in-the-dark skull down the chute... not knowing what would happen! Would I get knocked over & find myself only to start again?

This sounds like it grew up to become...
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6. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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...FFG's splendid Arkham Horror!

It reminds me of that old favourite... only it's just a bit more complicated!
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7. Board Game: Clue [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:7714]
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Whodunnit? What did it grow up to be? The obvious answer has to be...
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8. Board Game: Android [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1023]
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Android. Even though I haven't play it yet... this seems very much like a dark, futuristic whodunnit game. And better yet, it seems like you can frame the suspects!
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9. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit [Average Rating:5.20 Overall Rank:15377]
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I didn't play this much, but could this trivia-heavy game have grown up into...
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10. Board Game: Fauna [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:660] [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked]
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... the recently SdJ-nominated offering from 2F? All those questions about animals!
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11. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:14642]
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Another one I didn't play, but if I had... I'm sure this would have done away with the dice & evolved into...
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12. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:313]
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...AGoT.

Unfortunately, I didn't like this one at all after two games.
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13. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15441]
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OK... I confess that as a child I loved this game. Making money was so cool & I loved buying certain properties & racing to get my houses down on the board.

Speaking of houses, couldn't Monopoly now be...
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14. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:29]
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...Power Grid?

Making money? Check!
Buying properties in the form of plants? Check!
Houses? Check!!!

Although I'm not in such a hurry all the time to get my houses down first; I don't want to be last & paying the most for my resources or having worst dibs on the plants/map locations.
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15. Board Game: Subbuteo [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1294]
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I didn't like football (or soccer) when I was young...
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16. Board Game: Blood Bowl (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:250]
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... but I grew to love the sport & playing with figures. Add in plenty of violence & mayhem, Subbuteo looks like Blood Bowl these days.
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17. Board Game: Jenga [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:11298]
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How high can you go? The higher this comes, the harder it is to build, so the older Jenga got, it became...
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18. Board Game: Bausack [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:827]
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...a much harder beast to master.

I have no idea how some people create these giant Bausack towers!
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19. Board Game: HeroQuest [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:548]
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The one game I still treasure most from my childhood years wouldn't be seen too out of place next to its big brother...
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20. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:268]
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...Descent.

Not played this, but it looks to be championed as the best dungeon crawler there is currently.
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21. Board Game: Hungry Hungry Hippos [Average Rating:4.10 Overall Rank:15434]
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This was great fun!

Grab, grab, grab!
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22. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:129]
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Now HHH has grown up into something more sophisicated...

You're still grabbing, but you need to consider where you place those grabbed items & some items become more or less important than others as the grabbing progressing before time runs out.
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23. Board Game: Memory [Average Rating:4.72 Overall Rank:15407]
 
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Sometimes they start out so promising...
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24. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.81 Overall Rank:15227]
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...but grow into such disappointments.

(Can't believe I had to be the one to do this.)
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25. Board Game: The Omega Virus [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2905]
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A cool game with an annoying voice which talks to you and tells you what to do, which sounds like Peter Frampton when he talks through his guitar.

This grew up to be...
 
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