You Never Forget Your First?
Jim Brown
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What's the first boardgame you can remember playing? For me, it was Assembly Line. The game was published in 1953. I was published in 1948, although I guess my parents "sent me to the printer" in 1947. Don't wanna think about that... yuk

The game involved assembling cars - chassis, engine, steering wheel, wheels, body. A spinner was used either to move, or to show which part was available. Lots of luck, but even then I loved the cool little plastic parts.

I just put in a successful offer for a good copy of this one, for sentimental reasons - totally unlike me!

So which game started it for you, and why, if there really was a reason?

This is my first Geeklist, and I'm sure it must be a rehash of one that's been done, but make me happy and add to it!

Funny thing: My Dad returned from WWII, and the folks started a family. In preparation for the education of their "brilliant" offspring, they purchased a hard cover set of the classics. By the time I was born, my older brother and sister had been around a few years. Expectations had fallen so far that I received a game that involved laboring in a factory! After my parents had passed away, I finally cracked open some of the great literature and found that it had not been COMPLETELY wasted - one of my darling siblings had used the front leaf of each volume as a coloring book. Ah, family memories! shake
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Leif Norcott
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It quite possibly could have been monopoly or life, but I don't remember those. I do remember playing this with my cousin and brothers and having a blast.
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2. Board Game: Dogfight [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:4152]
p55carroll
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Maybe this. I remember playing it at my cousin's house (it was his game), and I must've been somewhere close to six or eight years old. Well, the game came out in 1963, and I turned eight that year--so maybe that's it.

As I browse through images of this game now, I'm sure my cousin and I never played it by the rules. I'm not sure he knew the rules; we must've just set the thing up and played with it like a set of toys.

Aside from that, I remember playing with a Cootie set as a little tyke. And playing War and other children's card games. And my mom buying a set of Dominoes for the family to play. And my dad teaching me to play Checkers (plus variants, like give-away).

But the games I remember best (e.g., Monopoly, Careers, and Clue) came along a few years later.
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3. Board Game: Zoo Quest [Average Rating:5.43 Unranked]
Wendell
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Yellow Springs
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Can't swear this is the first, but it's the first one I remember. My nana & granddad had a copy of Zoo Quest. I remember enjoying it.
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David Heldt
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Harper Woods
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I certainly had this before the age of five. And in common with its better-known sister Mouse Trap, I had much more fun assembling the apparatus than playing the game--
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5. Board Game: Sorry! [Average Rating:4.50 Overall Rank:15433]
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Okay, I have no idea. It was probably Checkers or (heaven forbid) Candyland. However, I am going to rewrite my memory and go with Sorry!

I of course like most of you played the classics. However, I did enjoy many eclectic choices like:

Radar Search
Kerplunk
Shenanigans
Magnificent Race
Landslide
Probe
Grapple
Billionaire
Headache
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6. Board Game: Pachisi [Average Rating:4.46 Overall Rank:15431]
Amy Muldoon
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Aw yeah. Nothing fueled the intense rivalry between my sister and I like the past time of the Royal Persian Court. It was brutal. I remember those little concentric-ringed pieces and how they sounded when slammed on top of each other to send my sister backtracking.

This was the exact edition we had, only ours was saturated with the competitive bile of a 7 and 9 year old.
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7. Board Game: Supercar [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Tim Thorp
United States
Granite Falls
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Basically, I was a five year old fan of the show. I'm guessing my parents thought I would like this for my birthday (apparently, it was the only Supercar themed toy available in my neck of the woods). They were right.
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8. Board Game: Uncle Wiggily [Average Rating:4.01 Overall Rank:15374]
Tony Randall
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This one (not the 1919 version of course - the one with a slightly better board and brightly colored plastic pieces - ooo, my first miniatures!!!) Or Trouble (with pop-o-matic!) or Chutes and Ladders. Obviously back when I was first learning to count, when my parents were poor college students. I remember hoping to someday be able to play "The Game of Life" when I got bigger, because some "mean" neighbors in the quad would play it outside at the picnic table but exclude me because I was too young. I don't ever remember a time in life when I wasn't playing some sort of games - even if they weren't very good compared to today's standards.
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9. Board Game: Feeley Meeley [Average Rating:5.59 Unranked]
Barry
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Gold Canyon
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I'm pretty sure it was this one. So long ago.....late 60's. Flip a card and whatever object is on the card, you have to find it inside the box.
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10. Board Game: Pictionary [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:3854]
Zé Mário
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Probably this one. My parents and another couple (my godparents) were playing this and I was "helping" (I was 4 or 5 years old). I remember being very proud because I got one: "bascule bridge". The word in portuguese is easier.
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11. Board Game: Checkers [Average Rating:4.85 Overall Rank:15419]
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I probably played Tic-Tac-Toe before this, but this is the first game I remember playing.

I remember playing it with my grandfather and dad when I was little, and remember my grandmother giving me a combo travel set when I was very young.

This is probably my most played game during my lifetime.
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