The story behind your boardgame obsessions!
Caitlin Guyton
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I am new to the geek and gaming, and I'd first like to say that I tend to ramble, and if you'd like to skip the intro and post your story feel free! So on to my story. I grew up playing yahtzee, uno, and trouble, so the bar for me is pretty low when it comes to advanced games, but I'm a quick learner, so my transition to full fledged geek has been pretty smooth cool. Frankly, I still love those games. They bring back alot of great memories and always will. But I have been shown a whole new world through my boyfriend and the geek.

My boyfriend is also a member of the geek, and has been slowly trying to convert me since we started dating. I always got really discouraged because I lost...all the time...as in I have never won a game of carcassonne, ticket to ride, etc. I think I managed to win one game of something...at some point, but eventually I just got tired of losing. Yes I know, no one likes a sore loser, and I was never obnoxious about it, but I got to where I would just make excuses not to play. I had just never played anything that required any strategy, or really thinking at all. Everything was always based on luck. I never really realized that, but it was. But despite the rough start he has officially succeeded in converting me.

After "seeing the light" I'm very curious to know how everyone else got started. I'd love to read your stories.
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1. Board Game: Star Trek: The Adventure Game [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:3394]
Caitlin Guyton
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This game is what did it. My boyfriend wanted this game for his birthday and he found a guy who had a bunch of original copies still factory sealed from 84' So I bought it for him, and opening that game was the coolest thing ever. It was like opening a time capsule from 25 years ago. There were advertisements for new games coming out the following summer ...of 85!!! It was just awesome and that's when I saw the light and realized how amazing board games really are. We've only played it a couple times, but even if we never played it, it would have been worth it. It's MY prized board game, in our newly developing collection. Thanks for reading!
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2. Board Game: Clue [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:7719]
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There was probably no specific game that set off my board game obsession. Certainly Clue was one of the first games I played obsessively. Risk and Dealer's Choice were a couple of the others. And then there was Chess and Checkers and some others (Monopoly, Life, Careers). Things changed radically when I was eleven when I saw a game in a Christmas catalogue.


Blitzkrieg changed the whole direction of my gaming through my teens; I became a wargamer...until D&D changed it all again and I became a role-player...and then computers turned my obsession to video gaming through to a few years ago when I rediscovered board games playing Catan and then Saint Petersburg. And then I discovered BGG and my obsessive compulsive behaviour took a new turn. whistle

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3. GeekList: Born Geeks
Robert Garlinghouse
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First, welcome to the Geek!

My story can be found here.



Born Geeks
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4. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:123]
Dylan Shakespeare
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It started with Go...
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5. Board Game: GIPF [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:728] [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked]
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...then it went to Project GIPF...
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6. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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...and now it's Caylus. Caylus. Caylus! Caylus!!! Caylus!!!
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7. Board Game: Dungeon! [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:3489]
Duane Bruun
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I played many a games with my family (both boardgames and card games) when I was a child but the 1981 TSR re-release of Dungeon! was what really started my love of board games. I remember getting this and absolutely loving it!! It was so much fun to dive into the dungeon, hoping to get the sword to up your hit roll so you could get busy in the higher levels.

Surprisingly, I found it again when I was at my parents for Thanksgiving this past year and by 8 year old son and I ended up playing it for hours. My parents also still have my sister's copy of Can't Stop in the basement. Next visit, I'm going to try and sneak it home with me. laugh
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8. Board Game: Star Fleet Battles: Commander's Rulebook [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
William Hostman
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OR
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The Commander's Edition came out JUST as I was getting into the game. Freshman year in high school.

I cut my teeth on board games at a young age, but wasn't fanatical about any of them. I'd played Mousetrap, Othello, mancala, twixt, cribbage, Sorry, etc... and was very competitive. But they were just too much luck.

I also had gotten into RPG's. In Junior High, D&D/AD&D. In high school, I got into Traveller. And my Traveller GM, Rick Singleton, and one of his players, Scott Delapp, rode the same school bus. They were talking SFB, and, since I knew these two upperclassmen, I peeked over the seat. Rather than subbing, as upper-classmen are wont to do, they engaged my still-trekkie self (I find Trekker the offensive term, thank-you-very-much...) They explained the very basics of SFB. They invited me over for a game the next day (I think it was a thursday), and I went.

We played a free-for-all, Romulan King Eagle, Klingon D7, and Fed Command Cruiser. Plotted movement and all. I won, by accident. Mostly because I'd not engaged well.

But I was hooked. Rick lent me the base box, and I read it, played several games solo, and earned a clue. We played Traveller at lunch, and SFB at least once every couple weeks.

Carl Dees, who sat next to me in choir and science, had bought this particular item in october. He was going on about how improved it was. I borrowed it for a day, and came to agree.

I bought Volume I in early 1984, with gift money. (Gotta love remote grandparents!)

As they came out, I bought Volume II and III, and the Supplements I, II, and III. Each added new ships, new weapons, new races, more scenarios.

When Rick graduated, Scott and I didn't play SFB much. But Mike and I did. (Mike introduced me to Rick and Scott. And got me into Traveller and out of Star Frontiers.)

And when mike moved on, I found others to play with... some I trained (Mark McQueen, Alaska's first Rated Ace, and maybe only one; also Dan Henschall and a few others), others I found in various ways. It was, in many ways, my primary game. It even reunited 1/5th of my 7th grade science class... 4 of us played SFB. Mike Barth, Sean Wetzler, Myself, and one other... whom I forget. Even tho I moved away after middle school!)

I've played some awesome players. A few deserved ace cards, but lost out due to one or two players too few.

SFB really is a compelling game; the backstory is a compelling take on the Star Trek Universe, one where the movies never happened, but TAS did. And when I started, there were no TNG, DS9, Voyager, nor Enterprise spin-off series. The novels were far fewer. And fanon was harder to find.

And SFB had its own body of fanon. And its own style of developing the history of the universe. It was vivid, growing, and fun.

And I miss playing it. But, with the alternate locations, the overrapid pace of supplements, and the general malaise of a group of gamers in their 30's with jobs... SFB fell by the wayside.

I still have my commander's and my captain's edition stuff. I've not played SFB in about 7 years. But I've used the SSD's when running Prime Directive...

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9. Board Game: The African Campaign [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:7142]
Andrew Taubman
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Queens Park
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Almost the only good thing my mother ever did for me was to get me into wargames, which in turn led to general boardgames.

For Christmas when I was about 16 she bought me The African Campaign - original Jedko edition, as pictured - and I played the hell out of that game, plus The Russian Campaign which I bought myself soon afterwards. It wasn't until much later that I realised that these were very unusual in being Australian-designed and -made games, and also how lucky I was that the only wargames shop in Sydney at the time was just 1 suburb away from where I lived.
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10. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:269] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Caitlin Guyton
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Ok so I just had to add this because we just received our first shipment, and I'm in love. I think I'm going to make the transition to mini's games. We started looking at different mini's before we even got heroscape, and I'm hooked! Go little tiny guys!
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11. Board Game: Star Wars: Star Warriors [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:2687]
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Okay, not counting games played as a kid.

Shortly after starting to play the Star Wars RPG I picked up this. Originally it was to be an add-on to the RPG but I've only ever really played it as a stand alone game.

While RPGs, well Star Wars RPG, was my main interest for many years I picked up a few games around this time such as Assault on Hoth, Buck Rogers and Space Hulk.

My interest in games dwindled until only just over a year ago - this is not counting Star Wars Miniatures which I had become obsessed with. After discovering BGG I started to look into other games. My games group got me interested in Talisman and Munchkin. I got my self copies and have bought a handful of games in the last year, Heroscape, Snow Tails & Runebound being amongst my favourites.
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12. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1189]
Tyler Swan
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I was always playing games as a kid, sadly I can say that no one wanted to player with me. I have a sister with a short attention span and parents that are not fans of the world of the d6. I think I was one of the few kids that was hoping for a power outage, just for an excuse to take out a game, any old game, but it wasn't until I turned 12 and took a trip to the city that I found my calling.

After seeing Axis and Allies on the shelf in a Toy's R Us store I knew I had to have it, combining my love of games with my love of history, there was no contest. When I finally got my hands on the game that Christmas my fate was sealed; I was a geek for life.

Oh and Welcome to the geek family
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