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The Joy of Gaming--We Have a Winner!
Marc P
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Congratulations to gamecrossing for winning a copy of Thebes and Cosmic Eidex! The magic number was 63.

Thanks to all who entered. There were some great stories in there!


I've had a rough summer. We had our first child in June, right around the time I needed to start writing my dissertation. Learning child care 101, caring for a recovering wife, finishing lab work, and writing...all this while trying to juggle the various relatives coming to visit and "help". Finally, the dissertation was done, right at the deadline, and I successfully defended last Wednesday. Ahhhh. Relief. Color floods back into my life.

Then, it hit me that I am extremely fortunate to have a wonderful wife, a beautiful and healthy daughter, the potential to secure a decent job, and the recent news that we may be moving somewhere in the near future where winter isn't quite so grim. All this makes me very happy.

You want to know what else makes me happy? Gaming. We had friends over the other night, including a couple with a baby near the age of my daughter. Of course, no longish games were going to be possible, so I broke out For Sale. To my surprise, none at the table had played it. I was actually pretty burned out on it, but playing with newbies reinvigorated the experience. Seeing the look of dawning understanding when the betting strategies became clear, and the sidelong looks around the table when the 2nd half strategy revealed itself was priceless. A simple little game had received new life, and had made people happy. After For Sale, my friend Mustafa broke out Citadels. Having played and enjoyed it on a few occasions, I relieved my wife of little Elaine so she could give it a go. Of course, she loved it, and insisted that we pick it up the next time we hit the FLGS.

I want to celebrate this sharing of games that we love and cool experiences that we have. If you are interested in receiving a free game, post to this list with a game that you love and a story to go with it. It doesn't have to be all rambly like my story; one or two lines is sufficient for entry.

A post containing a game and "I'm in!" is NOT sufficient for entry.

Only one entry per Geek. If you have a New User badge, you are only eligible if you joined BGG prior to August 20, 2007.

On September 1, I'll randomly select one of the entries as a winner. The winner will get a game, shipping included. It will be a brand new, proper board game (think something in the full-sized Rio Grande box size, as opposed to something like Tichu or BattleLore) from an online retailer in your country.

Entrants may want to verify that their wishlists are updated (hint, hint).

Good luck!
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101. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:9465]
Drew
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Wisconsin
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Yep. It's a low-ranked game that I haven't played in probably 20 years. But when I was a kid, Risk was the game that opened my eyes to the world beyond the typical word games, card games, and roll-and-move games we played. As teenagers, my brother and I and a few friends played this almost every time our families got together. And in a way, we were playing Diplomacy without realizing it. Our games were marked by alliances, betrayals, and back-stabbing. Handwritten notes were passed back and forth across the table as deals were made between players.

After one of several games when I was yet again pushed back into Australia and kept there by the huge stack of units on Siam, my brother asked "Why do you even play anymore? You always lose." With a sudden realization, I answered "It doesn't matter -- I just like playing."

He didn't buy it, but it was true. And it remains today. Whenever we have a game night, I quickly forget who won or lost, but I do remember that I had a lot of fun.
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102. Board Game: Tschu-Tschu [Average Rating:5.58 Unranked]
James Perry
United States
Spring Hill
Tennessee
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Two years ago I was about to be the parent of twin girls. I started researching games that would be good to play with them when they got to the appropriate ages. The girls were born right after Halloween '05 and I found I had almost no time to research anymore. A few months later, there is a math trade for kids games. One of the games offered was this Haba game. It looked perfect for toddlers. I tried to get it in the math trade, and in a direct trade afterwards, both didn't work out. So I contacted Haba to see if I could buy it, of course it was long out of print. I called a few stores that the lady from Haba suggested, and they didn't have any copies left, so I turned to eBay. Finally 10 months after I started my quest to get this game, there it was. I forget now what I spent on this game but that isn't what matters.

I had the game in my posession and when the girls were 11 months old I pulled it out. I sat down in the middle of the floor with the game and they came over to see what daddy had. We played with it for about an hour before Mom announced it was time to eat. As they grow older they occassionaly try to play the game, but still they like to just move the trains back and forth, ring the bell, spin the spinner, and move the barricade back and forth. Everytime I pull the game out if they see the yellow box, or hear the little bell they run over to their little table and sit down. Sometimes they say, no yell, "tray" or "choo" as they scurry along. I really enjoy playing this "game" with them.

I'm slowly building a library of games for them to enjoy now and into the future. (of course, they'll have to share that library with their new little brother who'll be here just in time for Christmas this year.)

I've already selected one of their birthday or Christmas presents . . . Go Away Monster!
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103. Board Game: Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:10150]
Throknor
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Pittsburgh
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An odd choice? For some, maybe. For me, it was a game I picked up with the wife at our FLGS a couple of years ago. After some expansions I needed an updated FAQ. Google led me to BGG. Later searches on BGG led me to a local gaming group, and the combination of the two have helped expand my hobby list to embrace a social hobby. Now I enjoy playing and reading about games I'd never probably noticed before.
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104. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:355]
Philip Thomas
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London
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I could tell a few stories about this game, but I'll start with one from when I was 15 or 16. Sadly the original session report is no longer available, as it was handed in as part of my English GCSE coursework.

The game was played on a table in a spare room in College, the Eton 'house' where I was boarding at the time. Players drifted in and out of the game over the course of the week, maybe I was the only one who stayed the course. I think I was Italy, or France perhaps. The game built to a climax with the Russian player poised to win, his fleets in England and his armies in Germany and Austria. The Russian player, Ivan, a native Russian, had given command of his land forces to another boy, Andrew, who had been Austria before it was eliminated. I was playing both Italy and France as the other player had left me in charge of his country (don't try this at home!). Andrew defeated the Italian armies and moved into Budapest and Vienna, while Ivan somehow got a fleet stuck in the Gulf of Lyon and destroyed, unable tor retreat. The Russians now had 17 supply centres and needed one more for victory. At this point Andrew had to go, so he left Ivan to finish the game.

When Andrew came back his gains in Austria had been reversed, but worse than that, the French fleets had liberated England. He was pretty suprised! At that point we called it a draw: breaking the stalemate would have involved me betraying myself which wouldn't be very honourable...

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105. Board Game: Bazaar [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1368]
Ed Sherman
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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This is a game I found at a Goodwill store fairly early in my boardgaming hobby. I hung onto it for a while, sold it on eBay, and found another one. This time I decided to actually try it. It is a very fun little game that is somewhat chaotic but you feel like you are in control anyway. Everyone I've shown it to has enjoyed it and I've since found another couple of copies of the game to give away.
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106. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:809]
Mike Cross
United States
Atkinson
New Hampshire
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I'd have to say that Guillotine was the game that started an addiction. My wife and I picked it up at a local game store in the mall. We tried it out that night and loved it. It was just so different from any other game we had played. We ended up playing it 3 or 4 times that night. Soon after I went online to find some more fun games, which led to BGG, which led to a whole lot of good times!
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107. Board Game: Loopin' Louie [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:419]
Lara Cross
United States
Plaistow
New Hampshire
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So my husband, the game geek (see Guillotine above), isn't content with just getting me and all of his friends hooked on board games. Now he's getting our kids addicted as well. Our oldest (3 years old) loves Loopin' Louie, she'll even request it (although she prefers to call it "Chicken Plane"). She's actually pretty good at playing, but the most important rule is that you have to let her turn the game on. Otherwise you'll have a major meltdown on your hands cry
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108. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:258]
Marc P
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Seattle
Washington
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Congratulations to gamecrossing for winning a brand new copy of Thebes! As an added bonus, I'm throwing in...
 
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109. Board Game: Cosmic Eidex [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1699]
Marc P
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Seattle
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...a little trick-taking game.

Hope you enjoy these!

 
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Thanks to everyone for entering and sharing your stories...it's been a lot of fun.
 
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111. Board Game: Generosity [Average Rating:5.40 Unranked]
Junior McSpiffy
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Riverton
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Slowcorner,

Thanks again for your gift to me specifically, but for your nature of being willing to give back in general. I'd be as impressed with your gesture had anyone else won. I know that I'll do the same either when I get through school or if my book gets published.

And good fortune to you on this next leg of your journey.
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112. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:707]
Shaminder Dhillon
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Las Cruces
New Mexico
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Ok, so I know the contest is over, but I love reading a good story and love telling one even more, so here goes.

It had been about a year and a half since I moved from Las Cruces, New Mexico to Chicago, Illinois. You would think that this was an upgrade, but it wasn't for me. Since I moved, the only positives were that I had gone to my first GenCon and met a couple of people to game with (but not regularly). I had moved away from everything I had known for 15 years and, worst of all, my gaming group, some of which I had known since college. I missed them terribly and was regularly depressed.

My birthday was coming up and unlike my birthdays in the past, I was scared of what was going to happen. My wife's uncle was terminally ill and was given a short time to live. I was worried of how my wife was going to deal with it and how I well I would be able to support her in her time of need. As the doctor predicted, he passed away and the funeral was scheduled for my birthday.

So we go to the funeral, which coincidentally was a 2 hour drive from my friends, but I doubted I was going to be able to see them. My wife needed to spend as much time with her family and I understood that.

Our flight was about a half hour from Cruces, and about 2 and 1/2 hours from where we were, so we drove over to spend the night and leave (at 4am) from there to catch our plane. We got into Cruces around 9:30 PM and I remembered it was game night for my friends so I figured I'd call.

After the first call I made, I found out that they were not gaming that night because of work conflicts, and most of them were just hanging out at home.

After 3 calls, all seven of us sat around a table from 10 PM until 3:30 AM, playing game after game of Bang! until the last minute when I had to get back and get ready to go.

I realized not only how much I missed these guys, but how much I was missed for them to go out and stay out so late and give up time with whoever they were with, just so we could all spend some quality game time together.

I haven't seen all of them around a table since then, but I hope it'll happen again soon.

Oh, and if they actually read this, I still miss you guys.
 
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