My (recent) downward spiral into geekdom
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Hobbies. I just never do them half-assed. If I get hooked on a hobby with the bare minimum basics, then I go all in not too soon afterwards.

And so when I stumbled upon a board game related to a computer game I was playing (EVE Online)...my entire lust for board games I had as a child (but never fulfilled) came roaring back. I knew I was hooked.

So below (in order) is the rekindling of my youth over the past 5 months of what I have played and purchased as well as what I am looking forward to. You will see where the path has taken me thus far, but let it be known that I love all types of games and usually will try any of them at least once.

Call me crazy, but I know I am not the only one who has gone wild with board games =)
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1. Board Game: EVE: Conquests [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:5180]
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As stated above, I ran across this on CCP's (developer of EVE Online) website and it all clicked. I had already sold off all my console videos games a few years ago, this had to be the next logical progression...completely stepping away from digital for my entertainment.

Big, heavy box filled with artfully designed and glorious components.

Although I still have yet to get it to the table, it's time may be coming up very soon...
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2. Board Game: Runebound (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:695]
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On a whim, I also included this in my first order. And wouldn't you know it, it is my most played and by far one of my most favorite. I feel like I shouldn't enjoy Runebound as much as I do...what with it's slow play and all, but I find it is a great way to pass a few relaxing hours after a long day of work.

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3. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:119] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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My next order was a little smaller, but figured I would give Memoir '44 a whirl. I loved war type games as a kid, and still do. I love the components of this game and all the flexibility it offers with the tons of scenarios or even the ones you can make yourself. Sadly my poor luck plays a part in why this isn't one of my favorites. It is great fun, but there is just way too much luck to make this a good "war game" experience for me.
 
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4. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:216]
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So one of the first games I dug up from what I have had for years and years but never really played is Tikal. A little water damage on the box and missing a "camp" token for one of the colors, other than that it is still in great shape. I introduced it to a buddy of mine who would become my board game cohort...
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5. Board Game: Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:139]
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My buddy and I are hooked after playing Tikal. So soon after I decided to form a game group...wasn't sure if I could scrounge up enough friends to play but we now have a core group of 4 with a few others...so to celebrate in time for the first game night (we meet 2 times a month) I placed an order.

AOE III would soon become one of our groups favorites and is starting to see regular play time now. Its a lovely game and keeps everyone involved. Great fun with lots of strategy.

Also in that order...
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6. Board Game: Conquest of the Empire [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1143]
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...Conquest of the Empire.

This too will make it to the table soon.
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7. Board Game: Wings of War: The Dawn of World War II [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1547]
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...also included was WoW: DoWWII

We played it on our first game not and loved it. Sadly we haven't gotten it to the table since then due to oddball numbers and other games we wanted to try.

Also on that first game night we played...
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8. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1197]
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...A&A!

Myself and my gaming buddy both love WWII stuff, so we thought this would be a good game to start with for the group. Not too difficult, team play, and doable in a evening if you set a turn limit (which we did).

May try to get this back to the table soon.
 
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9. Board Game: Doom: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:813]
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My insatiable desire for more games compelled me to order Doom. I loved how the map works and the 1 vs many setup. So why not!?

It is quickly becoming our groups favorite now that everyone has gotten a chance to play it. (I have just recently picked up the Expansion set for this as well)
 
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I begin to scour the local stores for the perfect storage bis for all my game bits... God help me, I am in OCD heaven!
 
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11. Board Game: Dust [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2033]
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It was my buddy's birthday so his wife told me to pick out a game for him so she could get it for him.

Well on my list was Dust, so thats what I ordered him... If I am placing an order, why not make it a big one...so my other friend asked me to pick up...
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12. Board Game: Risk: Godstorm [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:2362]
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...Risk: Godstorm

But what about more stuff for me you ask? Yup I placed a few items of my own in the order...
 
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13. Board Game: Ad Astra [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:910]
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...This one

(we love it)

AND...
 
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14. Board Game: Formula D [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:430]
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...this one...

(also enjoyed)

AND...
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15. Board Game: Runebound: The Island of Dread [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
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...this + a few card expacks...

AND...
 
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16. Board Game: Warhammer: Invasion [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:455]
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...this.

I like it, but it isn't very exciting.
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17. Board Game: Condottiere [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:794]
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So I was invited by a fellow BGGer (who is now a part of my game group) to a local game night at the bar. I really just wanted to meet more people to play with and more games to try, and he said this was a great way to do it.

So I went!

It was a blast. I got to try Condottiere and loved it (I have since bought it and introduced it to my group to much applause)...I also played...
 
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18. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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...this with its expansion. Turned out to be a bit of a boring experience.
 
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19. Board Game: Phantom Leader [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:1969]
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So I figured that I spend a lot of time solitaire, and while I love Runebound, I needed to mix it up a bit.

So in steps Phantom Leader. Love it...and it started me down the path of war gamer...
 
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I have begun to clip counters... I will never be the same.
 
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21. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:186]
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Some new found gamer friends brought this to the table during one of our game nights. The also brought...
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22. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:123]
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...this...and...
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23. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:188] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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...this little gem, and my buddy loved it. It was included in our next order.
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24. Board Game: The Battle for Hill 218 [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1499]
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Umm... another order? HELL YES! My buddies all wanted to so I was FORCED to fill up the cart. =)

This was in there (great little game), and so was...
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25. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:138] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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...this so I can start converting other non-gamers around me (and its darn fun). Also included was...
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