25 Years in the Making
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So I turn 25 today. A milestone as far as life goes. A good time to reflect on the past and to look to the future.

This list is dedicated to some of the games that have taught me life long lessons along the way.
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1. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15441]
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Monopoly, like so many others, was one of the first games I cut my teeth on. I have very fond memories of playing this game with my grandmother when I was young. I have since then moved on to bigger and better games but Monopoly will always hold a soft spot in my heart.

Lesson Learned:

Don't break the law and taxes suck.
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2. Board Game: The Game of Life [Average Rating:4.19 Overall Rank:15443]
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Another one of those early childhood adventures. Not as nostalgic Monopoly but deserves its place in history.

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Go to college. You'll make more money.
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3. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:155] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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This game probably has the most nostalgia of any game for me. In high school my friends and I would play this all the time on the weekends. I had so much fun hanging out with them, playing Magic, Goldeneye, Poker, Chess, Ping Pong, Pool, Basketball, and so much more...

Lesson Learned:

It's ok to be a geek.
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4. Board Game: World of Warcraft: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1167]
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This entry is dedicated to the video game rather than the board game. I played WoW for almost four years, off and on. It is a very good game, and therefore very addicting.

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Life is too short to waste.
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5. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:281] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Some of the people in my group are big Catan fans. I am too now. When I first heard about this whole German style board game thing, I was a bit skeptical. Now I am the converted.

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Not everything is what it seems.
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6. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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This was my initial gateway game. It was the first game I purchased after a long hiatus from gaming. It opened a whole new world of possibilities for me.

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Games can change your life.
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7. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1030]
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This is my second gateway game. At the time I had joined my initial gaming group, this was one of their favorite games. Since then we have moved on and play this game only on rare occasions.

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It is hard sometimes to tell who your friends are and even harder to tell who you enemies are.
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8. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
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At the time I learned this game, it was ranked #1 on BGG. This game was my introduction to "meatier" games. I would consider it a lighter title today but at the time this had changed my entire perception of gaming.

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Not everything is based on luck.
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9. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:29]
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Oh how I love Power Grid.

Lesson Learned:

Spend your money wisely.
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10. Board Game: Mall of Horror [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1239]
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A favorite amongst one of my gaming groups. I've logged more plays of this than any other game.

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When the zombie apocalypse happens, avoid open areas.
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11. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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A light game that I enjoy.

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Simplicity is not a bad thing.
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12. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:292]
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This game has grown on me. I think it has grown on me because my girl friend likes it so much. It's fast and fun. I am a big Knizia fan as well.

Lesson Learned:

Two is better than one.
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13. Board Game: Intrigue [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1808]
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What better game to complement my gaming group than a game called Intrigue.

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There is nothing wrong with a little bit of intrigue.
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14. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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This is a newer game for me. It has kind of taken my game group by storm. They love it. I don't.

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People won't agree on everything.
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15. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:371]
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A favorite of mine.

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Life is about compromise.
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16. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:123]
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This is a newer game discovery for me. I have been playing some games on-line (and losing badly I might add). However,every time I lose I learn something new and grow even more curious about this game. It's subtle, intense, and deeply strategic. I love it.

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The small things are just as important as the big picture.
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17. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:2210]
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There are so many games yet to be discovered.

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The future has infinite possibilities.
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