How I Got Into This Mess
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OK, I wouldn't exactly call it a mess, but I thought I'd share with all of you the series of games I purchased that got me into these games. Fair disclosure: I'm an old-time wargamer (back to the 70s), have played many RPGs, and a number of CCGs over the past 8 years.

So take a look at my journey so far, and feel free to make suggestions of where I should go next!
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1. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:698]
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This is what started it, but purely by accident. For Christmas 2001, I had asked my brother-in-law for the Lord of the Rings CCG, and he got this for me by accident. Played it with my two sons (5 & 7 at the time) and it quickly became a staple for us. Didn't have a clue who this Knizia guy was though.
 
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2. Board Game: Catan Card Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:740]
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I heard from a co-worker as well as a friend with whom I play CCGs about Settlers of Catan. So I went to pick up. Didn't really pay attention though, and by mistake purchased the card game. Had fun playing it with my older son though.
 
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3. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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A co-worker was nice enough to give this to me for Christmas 2002. Shortly after this I discovered BoardGameGeek and the thriving community of German-style boardgaming.
 
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4. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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So then I started crafting my "wants" list and this was at the top. Found it at my local game store. This has been a great game for introducing non-gamers to the genre.
 
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5. Board Game: Fist of Dragonstones [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:2432]
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Something about the design, bits, and theme of this game was appealing so I ordered it online. Have played about 5 times so far and have enjoyed every playing. While I was at their online store, I also picked up...
 
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6. Board Game: Gang of Four [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1513]
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We've been fans of Great Dalmuti for some time (mostly as a party game, especially when there are kids - they love wearing the funky hats we come up with). This is similar but adds additional strategy elements.
 
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7. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:172]
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I discovered Samurai online (http://www.klear.com) then learned it was OOP. So when I stopped by a local game store and saw it in stock, I figured I better pick it up. I've only played it once.
 
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8. Board Game: King of the Elves [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:2620]
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Found this on sale last week at the WOTC store in Bellevue, WA while there on a business trip. For $7 I figured it was worth a try, and after 3 playings I think I like it.
 
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