Scubadawg1's Downward Spiral into Miniature's Gaming...
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I just got a batch of miniatures in from my latest Ebay spree, and I thought to myself - how did I get here? Back when I played Fantasy RPG's and Twilight:2000, I always had mini's to add to the experience, but I never did mini's just to do mini's. Now I'm avidly acquiring and painting minis.

I think part of it has to do by having small children (don't want to be a bad parent, second guessing things, etc. - oh the repercussions and lifetime of therapy I could cause!). Then there's my job, which is on the exponential curve for stress lately. Then there's my need for visual stimulation - miniatures hit the spot for a visual person like me (and some of the cool Euro games, too).

Anyway, here's my downward spiral, chronicled by the games that got me there (more or less in order).
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1. Board Game: Mage Knight [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:3695]
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MK. Got into this because a buddy talked me into it. PLASTIC CRACK. Can't even imagine how much I put into this.... I'm sorta the grandfather of WizKidsGames in the Triangle Area of NC (people I sponsored have sponsored most of the ones in the area). Haven't done it in 2 years now. Number of plays: Lots.
 
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2. Board Game: Mage Knight Dungeons [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:2601]
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MKD. I love this game. Have a ton of stuff and plan on keeping it forever. Better than the other similar games due to its flexibility (heroes, monsters, artifacts, treasures, traps). Definitely a keeper! Number of plays: Lots.
 
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3. Board Game: HeroClix [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1763] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Wizkids owned me for a while. Not really a superheroes fan, but got some anyway. Number of plays: a few.
 
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4. Board Game: Mechwarrior: Dark Age [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:3708]
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Mechwarrior. Always wanted to play Battletech but didn't want the huge investment in mini's. MW came out and I made the investment, but didn't have to paint them. Probably my second-favorite WK game after MKD. Number of plays: Some.
 
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5. Board Game: Shadowrun Duels [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:11127]
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Shadowrun Duels. Hey, WK owned me for a while. Maybe I'll play with my son (3 1/2) when he gets older. Number of plays: ZERO.
 
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6. Board Game: Creepy Freaks [Average Rating:5.13 Overall Rank:14381]
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Creepy Freeks. What possessed me to get this? Maybe the recommendations of some the parents here on BGG plus the fact that it was a WK game. It was also dirt cheap at the end. Number of plays: ZERO.
 
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7. Board Game: Crimson Skies [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:4830]
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Crimson Skies. More WK stuff. Looks good. Got enough for 4 players and stopped. Liked the non-collectability.
Number of plays: ZERO.
 
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8. Board Game: Pirates of the Spanish Main [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:3314] [Average Rating:6.02 Unranked]
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Pirates. Even more WK stuff. Looks good. Rules are light. Maybe I'll use them for WSIM. Number of plays: ZERO.
 
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9. Board Game: Hundred Kingdoms [Average Rating:6.28 Unranked]
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Hundred Kingdoms. My first "real" foray into Miniatures games. Easy rules that are free, high quality figures with a lot of detail. Got a warband set plus the Dinos and Circus Freaks. Some day I'll paint them! Number of plays: About 4 (all at a Game Con before I invested $$$'s).
 
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10. Board Game: Space Hulk [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:429]
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Space Hulk. Obsessively hunted eBay to score a copy. Got the campaigns book too. Number of plays: ZERO. Not sure I'll ever play because I found the next game...
 
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11. Board Game: Hybrid [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:2806]
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Hybrid. Awesome game. Terrific mini's. Poorly translated rules, but if you stick it out, it has a nice payoff. Re-painted the mini's (bought it used) and have since added Nemesis and another 30 or so mini's to the game. Mini's are some of the best I've seen. Too bad I can't paint them to look like the pictures! Number of plays: 1, but more to come!
 
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12. Board Game: Warmachine [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:1286]
 
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Warmachine. Bought this because of the rave ratings and the fact that its actually played regularly at one of the FLGS. I'm trying to get excited about it, but just can't...my love is goig to the next game.... Number of plays: ZERO
 
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13. Board Game: Confrontation [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:2899]
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Confrontation. Hybrid hooked me, now I'm contemplating starting a Confrontation at the FLGS that does Warmachine instead. I just like this game (rules, mini's, etc.) better. Number of plays: ZERO
 
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14. Board Game: Final Days: Miniatures Battle Game [Average Rating:5.84 Unranked]
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Final Day. Disappointed by the lack of "stuff" for the $49.99 price tag. Short B&W rules, cartoonish mini's, etc., but I've painted them up and will be running it at a Con. Kenzer & Co. has been supportive with giveaway items. Number of plays: ZERO, but 2-3 at StellarCon on March 12.
 
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15. Board Game: Dark Horizon: Escape [Average Rating:5.81 Unranked]
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Dark Horizon: Escape. Another "Space Hulk" style game. Bought a "new" copy (shrinkwrapped, but not at a retails store). Intrigued by the pulse movement system and the mini's aren't bad (not great, but not bad).
 
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