Quest items--games from your childhood.
Lucio Rodriguez
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Recently a friend purchased a copy of Fireball Island on e-bay, paying quite a hefty price. He explained that this was among his quest items--one of games from his childhood that held several pleasant memories.

I realized that I also had several quest items, though not yet under that label. What are some of your own "quest items"?
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1. Board Game: Bazaar [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1814]
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Riverside
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Though not one of the first games I played, it is the first game that required some actual thought and planning. The most significant thing about this game was that every time it was just me and my father playing--alone time with a parent is all the more valued in a large family. And I lost every time.
 
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2. Board Game: Gnip Gnop [Average Rating:4.73 Overall Rank:14980]
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A silly game really, but played this with my grandfather--we were close, and with his fairly recent passing, it's become one of my fond memories. Again, lost every time.
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3. Board Game: Green Ghost [Average Rating:5.15 Overall Rank:14120]
Scotty B
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Welcome to BGG! Great idea for a list. It was fun to think of the old games I played when I was a kid. This is one from my Grandmonther's attic that I used to play every summer when we'd make the trip to visit her. Haven't looked for it on ebay in a while, but it always seemed overpriced.
 
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4. Board Game: Haunted Mansion Game [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:10421]
Scotty B
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My personal little holy grail game. I played it pretty much until I destroyed it. Not a strategy game, but so well themed, it didnt matter (at least to me). Hard to find.
 
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5. Board Game: Crossbows and Catapults [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2787]
Brian
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Somerville
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You wouldn't catch me spending much money on it, but if I ever saw this at a yard sale or thrift store, I would snap up this bit of my childhood. I can smell my big musty basement thinking about it...
 
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6. Board Game: Treasure of the Pharaohs [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:12182]
Dennis Walker
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My sisters and I played this till it practically fell apart. One mistake during a game led to us referring to the 'Snake of Pits' every time we played after that!
 
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7. Board Game: Up the Creek [Average Rating:5.66 Overall Rank:9164]
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We played this when I was younger. Good game for the time.
 
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8. Board Game: Tank Battle [Average Rating:5.28 Overall Rank:14724]
John Shanahan
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Quincy
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Although my memories of it are a little hazy, I know I enjoyed the heck out of this one. The landmines, the Stratego-type combat...played a lot of this when I was 13 or so.
 
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9. Board Game: BattleBoard [Average Rating:5.07 Overall Rank:13368]
John Shanahan
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Quincy
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Another game that languished fondly in my backbrain for a while--actually finally went out and found a good copy on ebay because I knew my son would love it.

You know, when I got it, the pieces seemed a lot smaller than I remembered and the game itself a lot less complicated--but popping pieces off the other side of the board with the little bellows is still very cool.
 
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10. Board Game: All The King's Men [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:11461]
andrew lavish
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No, not "All the King's Men", SMESS! This game rocked, and now it commands MUCH money on ebay. I'm hoping for a thrift store find one day on this one.
 
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11. Board Game: Chopper Strike [Average Rating:5.18 Overall Rank:14633]
Todd Morton
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Gainesville
Georgia
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This was my first war game when I was growing up. It was so cool because you had to levels. I saw this at a thrift store recently and I wished I had picked it up. Oh well.
 
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12. Board Game: Creature Castle [Average Rating:6.74 Unranked]
Joel Wisdom
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Columbia
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I believe I got this for my birthday when I was 7. This quickly became my favorite game. Unfortuantely, my copy got sold in a garage sale, so Irecently tried looking on Ebay for a copy. Copies didn't seem to come up very often for sale, and the ones that did usually went for far more than I wanted to pay. However, I eventually got a copy on Ebay that was complete but not in the greatest shape for $10 plus shipping. Not a bad price to pay to track down a favorite childhood game. This game can still be fun to play.
 
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13. Board Game: Which Witch? [Average Rating:5.26 Overall Rank:15076]
Steve McIlhatton
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Palmerston North
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Probalby not quite a quest item... but one I'd pick up again if I saw it in a thrift store... a fairly crappy game if I remember rightly but I had a lot of fun with this when I was a kid..
 
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14. Board Game: The Sorcerer's Cave [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:4252]
Tim Franklin
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Braintree
Essex
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In a "completed quest" kind of way - I recently succcumbed to the lure of Ebay and picked this one up (it's in wonderful condition, considering the age).

I first played this when I was about ten, somewhere on the tail end of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks and just before the era of all-day Risk and the joys of the Dungeons and Dragons Basic Set. Ah, the days of (seemingly) endless amounts of time to play games, but no money to spend buying them

Haven't had the chance to play yet, but from a read of the rules, it doesn't seem as "kiddified" as I worried it might. Solo playability is a big plus.
 
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15. Board Game: Dark Tower [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:2123]
Ray Hundley
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Frankfort
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I wish I still had this blast from the past. Can't even remember exactly what happened to it, but I suspect my parents sold it in a garage sale after I went away to college......
 
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16. Board Game: Mystic Skull: The Game of Voodoo [Average Rating:6.69 Unranked]
Daniel Rocchi
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Toronto
Ontario
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I vaguely remember this game from my childhood. I couldn't remember a thing about it, except the magnetic skull, and the voodoo theme. A quick search here put a name to the game.
 
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17. Board Game: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – Battle at Sarlacc's Pit [Average Rating:4.95 Overall Rank:14784]
Tim Fiscus
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Maricopa
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This one really brings me back. I was 9 years old in 1983 and absolutely played the living bejeezus out of this game. Nothin' like knockin' the old Gamorrean Guards into the pit and screaming "Noooooo" as they fell to be slowly digested...

Thanks for a nice list!
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18. Board Game: Afrikan tähti [Average Rating:4.63 Overall Rank:15290]
esa gröhn
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Probably one of the first games I have ever played. We used to play this game a lot with my parents when I was a kid. Shamefully I haven't played this game since.
 
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19. Board Game: HeroQuest [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:546]
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After grown a little bit to the age of about 11 or 12 I became familiar with Heroquest. We played this game more than any game since. We used to make new adventures on the fly and started to use different kinds of RPG systems to make the game more interesting. This is still THE dungeoncrawl of all dungeoncrawls in my books and brings warm memories from my childhood.
 
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20. Board Game: King Oil [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:5471]
Rob Rob
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Tampa
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My cousins and I played this to death in the Summer of 1975. It was unique at the time for its random distribution of oil wells under the board each game.
 
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21. Board Game: Ranger Commandos [Average Rating:4.80 Unranked]
Alan Kaiser
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Aurora
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I'm not as old as this game but when I was a kid (late 60's) I found this in the attic. I played that thing to death, mostly as a solitaire distraction. I recently stumbled across a pic of this here and it brought back a flood of memories. I had it on my want list and was searching eBay before I knew it! I finally snapped out of the trance I was in realizing I already had more games on my want list than I could afford!
 
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22. Board Game: Count Down [Average Rating:5.86 Unranked]
Alan Kaiser
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I remember getting this game on a visit to the Kennedy Space Center when I was young. My friends and I used to play this one all the time on our back porch. The sabatoge cards were always the hotly sought after items since they let you destroy part of your opponents rocket. I picked up a copy several years back on eBay primarily because of the great memories I had playing this.
 
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