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I was looking through an old copy of the General and S&T magazine. I suddenly remembered the old times. Anyone out there remember.............
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1. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:53]
Mark Paul
United States
Springfield
Massachusetts
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Board Games where turned into computer games, not the other way around.
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2. Board Game: Napoleon at Waterloo [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2512]
Mark Paul
United States
Springfield
Massachusetts
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You argued whether Avalon Hill or SPI was making the best games.
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:84]
Mark Paul
United States
Springfield
Massachusetts
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You never heard of German editions of your favorite games.
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4. Board Game: Afrika Korps [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:2890]
Mark Paul
United States
Springfield
Massachusetts
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Real wargames had hexes and a CRT.
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5. Board Game: Football Strategy [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:2911]
Mark Paul
United States
Springfield
Massachusetts
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Alan Moon was that guy at Avalon Hill who was an expert on Football Strategy.
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6. Board Game: Dancing Dragons [Average Rating:5.41 Overall Rank:9016]
Mark Paul
United States
Springfield
Massachusetts
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No game in your collection had dragons on the cover.
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7. Board Game: Stalingrad [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:6562]
Mark Paul
United States
Springfield
Massachusetts
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Everyone had their own secret strategy for winning at Stalingrad.
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8. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:360]
Mark Paul
United States
Springfield
Massachusetts
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You thought the world was going to heck in a handbasket when Avalon Hill started selling Diplomacy with Plastic pieces!
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9. Board Game: Sixth Fleet [Average Rating:5.48 Overall Rank:9144]
Mark Paul
United States
Springfield
Massachusetts
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You had a vivid memory of the day Kennedy was shot and the day TSR bought out SPI.
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10. Board Game: Kingmaker [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1378]
Mark Paul
United States
Springfield
Massachusetts
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Kingmaker was the only game with cards you would think of playing.
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11. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.83 Overall Rank:10831]
Steve Duff
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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... Busen Memo didn't even exist!
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12. Board Game: Scotland Yard [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:864]
Moshe Callen
Israel
Jerusalem
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μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος/ οὐλομένην, ἣ μυρί᾽ Ἀχαιοῖς ἄλγε᾽ ἔθηκε,/...
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...games were much cheaper everywhere-- although I couldn't really speak for behidn the Iron Curtain.

Back in 1984, 1985, I really wanted this game but hesitated because it was so expensive. [In US terms:] A nice game was US$20. This game was something like US$25.
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13. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.46 Overall Rank:11054]
Gregory Amstutz
United States
Chula Vista
California
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You actually thought Monopoly was a pretty cool game.
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14. Board Game: Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:307]
Drew
United States
Wisconsin
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. . . if you remember when you could buy AH wargames like Squad Leader and its expansions at KayBee Toys!
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15. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:176]
Preston Fuller
United States
Ashland
New Hampshire
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When you were playing Euro games before there were Euro games.

Oh ya, add another one to "dragons on the cover", list.
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16. Board Game: Barbarian Kings [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:6816]
Preston Fuller
United States
Ashland
New Hampshire
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When the entire game came in Ares Magazine and one article in the magazine was about this futuristic space machine called a...shuttle.
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17. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:196]
Dave VanderArk
United States
Coopersville
Michigan
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You couldn't wait to buy the 2000 reprint of Up Front.

Wait a minute...
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18. Board Game: Stop Thief [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:2564]
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United States
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Your school went on a field trip to the local Parker Brothers factory.
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19. Board Game: Stratego [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:2102]
A. B. West
United States
Beech Grove
Indiana
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...the Marshal was 1 and the Scout was 9.
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20. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit [Average Rating:5.22 Overall Rank:10975]
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United States
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You assumed there would only ever be one set of Trivial Pursuit questions...and you pretty much knew all of them.
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There were no BGG, no Internet, so each player plays AH games on a different way thanks to those rules.. laughlaugh
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J.L. Robert
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Sherman Oaks
California
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When an original idea could be yours for more than 12 hours...

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23. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Basic Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1642]
Stephen Shaw
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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Your parents were worried that Dungeons and Dragons would invoke schizophrenia, suicidal or homocidal ideation, or catatonia?

I was lucky enough to have rational humans as breeders, but some of my friends had their role playing activity curtailed or scrutinized. It was made worse by after-school movies and ridiculous press. This was the first-person shooter of the 70's times 100!!!!
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24. Board Game: Shove Ha'penny [Average Rating:5.70 Unranked]
William Hostman
United States
Eagle River
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Gaming in Greater Anchorage area, Alaska since 1978. Looking for Indy-willing RPG players in Eagle River (or willing to drive to Eagle River). Geekmail me if interested.
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Yes, this really is what I looked like when I uploaded that avatar. Not that it's quite current anymore.
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... UK prices still used LSD money (Libra Shillings Denarii) resulting in 240d to the £, and prices like 4 19/11 (Damn, man, just bloody mark it £5 !!!) and 5G...
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25. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:556]
Donald Dimitroff
United States
Beltsville
Maryland
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'You Know you are an old gamer if you remember when...'

you take out your old, battered, original, 1977 copy of Cosmic Encounter and remember how excited you were with the purchase of each of the nine Eon expansion sets:
Cosmic Encounter: Expansion Set #1
Cosmic Encounter: Expansion Set #2
Cosmic Encounter: Expansion Set #3
Cosmic Encounter: Expansion Set #4
Cosmic Encounter: Expansion Set #5
Cosmic Encounter: Expansion Set #6
Cosmic Encounter: Expansion Set #7
Cosmic Encounter: Expansion Set #8
Cosmic Encounter: Expansion Set #9

and rumage through your original, 1979 copy of Junta which came with a paper fold out map and paper playing cards


and remember that you did not have to purchase the Miscellaneous Game Accessory for Empire Builder because your original set contained metal trains

and GAMES magazine was in its first year of publication


and remember playing your first computer game: QBVII (a Star Trek game) on a teletype terminal, which was so advanced compared to the first program you wrote on punch cards for the IBM 360, with 512K of memory.
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