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All those things you learn from people you thought you knew
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1. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:173]
Thor Egil Braadland
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Oslo
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My brother, a friendly and chubby guy, had several times invited me to come playing Amun, never forgetting to underline the fact that he had large expectations of beating me, the rookie.

Using my power cards right in the first round of the second kingdom, I acquired Thebes with three pyramids. With the additional help from cash from good crops (from the very same Thebes) it was clear that I would be the king of pyramids - and not my brother (who built the Thebes pyramids there in the first kingdom).

During the final count, probably realizing his loss, he suddenly planted his fist in the midst of the gameboard, resulting in one of the pyramids fled through air an landed upside down in my glass of Rhum and Coke. His own point marker landed on the floor and was rapidly caught by his permanently hungry dog Rolf. I asked him to calm down. My brother got up from his chair in anger, unintentionally pulling the gameboard halfway with him, and tilting his own bottle of beer standing next to it. The bottle fell over, spilling on the gameboard. I asked him friendly if he would go and get a cloth from the kitchen, which he replied by kicking the table foot, making the pile of power card sliding into the beer on the game board. In one small second, he stopped and looked at the mess, and his dog chewing on the marker. He desicevely collected the dripping board game, and carried it across the room. A few beer-stained money cards fell on the floor during the journey. He opened the door to the balkony and threw the entire game down on the streets. We have not talked about this incident ever after.
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2. Board Game: Axis & Allies: Pacific [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1172]
Thor Egil Braadland
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My friend A. works in the dynamic, fast moving computer industry. He ones spent 54 minutes to finish his A&AP move, playing the japanese.
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3. Board Game: Catan: Portable Edition [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:972]
 
Thor Egil Braadland
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Last summer, my friend O. and I went sailing. He is a quit dry, tight up person, working in public sector. In the evening, safely moored in a quiet place, we started a game of Settlers, and - because of the temperature. we played naked. It may have been the food earlier on; suddenly O. took to his stomach and moaned. "I have to go to the toilet" and in pain, he got slowly up. Passing the table with his rear end towards the game board, he broke uncontrolled wind. Parts of the board took physical damage, and I decided to sacrifice the game before he came back.
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4. Board Game: Stephensons Rocket [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:682]
Thor Egil Braadland
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Oslo
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L. is one of those quiet, timid, animal welfare ones. She is also a good colleage of mine, and we sometimes meet for a game in the (extended) lunch break. She is normally a pleasant opponent and a good (and often) loser, but not that day. As she was about to collect income for a severely long north-to-south route, I begged for mercy. Without lifting her eyes from the money-pile, she replied between her teeth "If you want welfare, vote democrat" (she later told me she picked up that line from Prison Break).
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5. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:223]
Thor Egil Braadland
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Oslo
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The morning after a night of heavy playing Roborally, my wife woke up feeling dizzy in her head and with cramps in her arms, as she had been robo-dancing in her dreams through the night.
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6. Board Game: Fantomen [Average Rating:5.00 Overall Rank:9844]
Thor Egil Braadland
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P. is 24 and studying to become a priest. When noone sees us, we play Fantomen and I dress in my old, blue skating dress SUIT and he puts a lamp shade on his head.
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7. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:173]
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United Kingdom
Reading
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I was on a short business trip to Oslo, and was taking a small break to do some sight-seeing and shopping. As I quietly walked down a small street, with one or two shops at ground level, and apartments above them, I was suddenly hit on the head with something large and heavy, knocking me to the ground.

I thought I was being mugged and I screamed, threw my bag with my recently-purchased game of 'Monopoly - the Fjords' into the road, and shouted "you can have it ... just leave my Caylus alone !!!"

After a few moments I looked around to find no mugger, and only a soggy cardboardy mass lying on the ground with a few recognisable game bits.

I was totally surprised that some stranger in this country had immediately recognised my Geekiness and decided to teach me a lesson ... and here I was, thinking that Norwegians were friendly !!

Anyway, I have cleaned off the beer stains, dried the cards, and polished the pieces ... so let's see what eBay has to offer !
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8. Board Game: Mystery Rummy: Jekyll & Hyde [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1291]
Lowell Kempf
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Chicago
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A couple years back, I began dating a woman who was an elementary school teacher, a vegetarian and a pacifist who loved John Denver.

On one of the first times we were together, I brought along a box of games in my hopes of entcing her into my view of the world.

She proceeded to brutally beat me at Mystery Rummy and then insisted that we keep playing (Two hours of shuffling cards with card stock hurts when you have carpel tunnel) so she keep on beating me. She was sweet and wouldn't harm a fly until competition was introduced. Then she turned into a frenzied beserker.

Needless to say, I realized at once that she was a keeper.
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9. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:84]
Just call me Erik
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Yesterday, my friend Mike, my fiancee Katie, and i all sat down to play TtR for the very first time. Katie looked at the board and her destination cards, and in the first couple turns said "I think i'm going to lose." I told her that with that attitude she would and just to have fun.

She had fun apparently. Beat both myself and Mike badly. Made ALL of her routes, laid the most trains (i had like 10 cars left by the time she was completely out) and got the longest route bonus. Ended the game before Mike and i could finish all of our routes. She's a good gamer, but not usually this good.

I told her not to ever predict failure again.
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10. Board Game: Canasta [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2153]
Joe Grundy
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Sydney
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This one was a double-revelation...

Many years ago I was playing Canasta with my brother and his second wife. By a few hands in he was romping in a large victory, fueled in part by his wife's habit of discarding just what he needed at crucial moments. She wasn't a *bad* player, just not paying attention or something.

I discovered a new side of my own normally (until about then) polite and verbally careful nature when, during a shuffle between hands, I suggested (I thought flippantly and without further explanation) a "shuffle of seating order too".

I discovered new heights of her normally rather "direct" nature... she guessed my unexpressed frustration, took it as a deliberate insult to her intelligence, launched into a 30 minute outburst detailing every apparent sin I'd ever committed in her sight (and repeatedly shushing my brother in his attempts to calm the situation) and finished by tossing me out to the street.

(Not much later I stopped playing Canasta entirely. This wasn't the only time I saw the possessive tension of Canasta escalate into arguments between friends.)
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11. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:556]
Joe Grundy
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Sydney
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Entertaining as the war stories are, there's another Side that I hope is worth a comment.

My name is Joe, and I have a confession. (This is kinda BGGA - "BGGs Anonymous" - so if you're not in the mood just skip to the next list item.)

As a youngster I took PRIDE in my "superior intellect", and clung to this thought as an assertion of my personal worth. This well and truly carried over into all my gaming, which I enjoyed greatly but my gaming fraternity probably didn't. My purpose in gaming was Play To Win. Playing with anyone except my Dad, I would take losing as a nick on the self worth and winning as a bolster. A loss would send me into a (polite but obvious) doldrum, and a victory would send me into a (usually polite by obvious) "high".

Then one day during uni life I had an emotional revelation. It might have been when I was about to go visiting friends to play Cosmic. I realised (consciously) I was going visiting because I liked the people at least as much as the games we played. I thought to myself, "why do these folks play games with me ... is it because I Play To Win at all cost? (And indeed frequently there is cost.)"
The answer to that question was pretty b****y obvious.
"So why", I asked myself, "do they invite me over to play?"
"Because", I realised, "apart from my brutal gaming habits and slightly childish responses to losing ... these people just happen to enjoy my company and are friends."
These people already regard me with a positive assessment of worth in spite of my gaming style - regardless of win or lose.

That next game was vastly more enjoyable for everyone. I got into the mood of the game rather than just the mechanics of victory. I was genuinely happy for anyone's advances and genuinely admiring of any neat manouvers - reactions that I have maintained to this day. I have no idea if I won. Ever since that one thought, gaming has genuinely been even more enjoyable for me, and probably a lot more enjoyable for those around me.
(I still usually win though .)
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12. Board Game: Spades [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:910]
Keith S.
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Dallas/Fort Worth
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One of my best friends is a woman, about 36, who thinks that women's lib was one of the worst things to happen to women in terms of how they're treated by men. However, contradicting that, she is very competitive, and insistent on playing Spades in male vs female partnerships, putting her HUSBAND on the opposite team with me and buddying up to our fourth, another mutual friend and fellow Y-less human being. And the stuff that comes out of this woman's mouth while she's playing...
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13. Board Game: PanzerBlitz [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1589]
Sandy Petersen
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Rockwall
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So I'm playing this guy I hadn't gamed with before back in high school. He invites me to HIS house to play Panzerblitz.

He has the game set up on a card table. Underneath the table is his large elderly husky, sleeping. I'm careful not to disturbe the poor old thing while we play.

During the course of play, I start hearing ominous sounds from below the table - not growls or barks, but from the other end of the dog. Soon, a sulfurous stench begins rising. My opponent doesn't seem to notice. I'm too polite to say anything (remember, I'm a shy, inhibited, high school kid).

Holding my breath, I finish my turn and retreat to the living room with some excuse (I think I pretended to be interested in his piano or something). My opponent takes his time, and calls me back when it's my turn again. I brave the odorous fumes but try to take my actions as swiftly as possible, so I can escape again to the living room.

This continues - me taking abbreviated turns, while he, apparently immune to Fido's backblast, carefully plans out every attack.

Of course I'm totally crushed in the game. Some time later I'm talking to him, and he admits that he'd fed his pooch a chili cheese dog a few hours before the game. Apparently it was his S.O.P. to use his mutt's digestive disturbances as a winning technique for wargames.

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