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I read the term "lifestyle" game in a thread referring to Go, and how it is a lifestyle for the best players, a game played throughout life in order to become a Master at it.

Most games we play are for fun, played, many soon forgotten.

But what are the 'lifestyle' games, those we seek to truly master at a highly competitive level.

I do suspect competition is a prime motivator in creating the desire to become the master of a game at the highest levels.

So what games qualify?

I am curious if any recent games qualify ... Arimaa comes to mind as one that perhaps should be.

The key is finding the depth which takes years to explore and master.
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1. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:66]
Calvin Daniels
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This is the reason for the list.

A definite lifestyle for many.
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2. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:324]
Calvin Daniels
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World championships, and youth proteges about covers it in terms of chess.
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3. Board Game: Shogi [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:764]
Calvin Daniels
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Ditto chess comments in Japan
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4. Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:686]
Calvin Daniels
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Ditto chess comments in China
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5. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:39]
Calvin Daniels
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There are leagues in places like Ontario, that go city to city. That is a lifestyle commitment
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6. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:678]
Calvin Daniels
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Texas Hold'em leads the way here.
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7. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:913]
Calvin Daniels
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There was (probably still is) a world tour.
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8. Board Game: Bridge [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:293]
Calvin Daniels
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I have never played it, but many are fanatical over Bridge
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9. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:123]
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When people spend as much as they on this game, sleeve everything, go to tourney's and can consider themselves professional MtG players...I think that makes it qualify.
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10. Board Game: Warhammer [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1021]
 
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I would agree this one fits. The investment makes it a lifestyle
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11. Board Game: Warhammer 40,000 [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1707]
Calvin Daniels
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Ditto above
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12. Board Game: Warmachine [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:789]
Calvin Daniels
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The heir to what Warhammer started
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13. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1138]
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Seems to fit the criteria.
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14. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:124]
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Could be wrong on this one, but I get the impression that ASL diehards tend to play the game somewhat exclusively. Exclusivity is, to me, one of the crucial elements of a "lifestyle game."
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15. Board Game: 42 [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:3036]
Harvey Wasserman
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A dominoes game.
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16. Board Game: Hanafuda [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:2219]
Harvey Wasserman
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Dedicated deck card game. Winning combinations must be memorized.
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17. Board Game: Mahjong [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:434]
Harvey Wasserman
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18. Board Game: Fāngqí [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Harvey Wasserman
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A lesser known game. Also called Square Chess.
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19. Board Game: Pai Gow [Average Rating:5.61 Unranked]
Harvey Wasserman
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To master this game, first you have to be Chinese, and second, you have to be 1000 years old. (From the book: Pai Gow Chinese Dominoes by Michael Musante.)
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20. Board Game: Othello [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:2005]
Harvey Wasserman
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Otherwise known as Reversi, with a different starting arrangement.
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21. Board Game: Checkers [Average Rating:4.85 Overall Rank:11016]
The one and only (but one of two in BGG)
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Here's a list of World Championship results.
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22. Board Game: Arimaa [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:1348]
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It's more like an educated guess and only time will tell, whether this can become a lifestyle game.

It might have the potential.
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23. Board Game: Conquest [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:3108]
eric hogan
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Chess like.
 
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24. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:439]
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In Canada this one gets played to death by many. My fav card game for sure. Local tourneys. Several service clubs and seniors events hold provincial events too.
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25. Board Game: Blood Bowl (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:163]
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This is one that I hesitate to add.

I love it.

Fanatics exist.

Leagues all over.

Lots of indie production of team minis / accessories.

It has to be close
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