Orogenous Zones
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or, Where Mountains Grow

I've loved the outdoors and hiking most of my life. I've hiked all over New England - from the rocky above tree line summits of northern NE to the lowland forests of southern NE. I love 'em all - whether it's going out for a few miles' bushwhack with the dogs because that piece of the topo map looks interesting, a Pemi Loop because what could be better than seeing the sunrise on Liberty and sunset on Bondcliff, or a long distance route that pieces together a route that connects Long Island Sound to Canada. Along the way I developed an interest in geology and other pursuits that help me to better know what's around me and how they came to be..

These are some games - good or bad - that I love simply because their themes touch on these interests.
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1. Board Game: Erosion [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:3763]
CassSoren
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This game arrived last night. I eagerly dug through the cards thrilled by the theme: building and eroding mountains. Orogeny is perhaps my favorite aspect of geology because I love spending time in the mountains and learning about how they came to be. I can't wait to try playing the game, but for $11 - this one was worth it for the theme alone.
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2. Board Game: Outdoor Survival [Average Rating:4.55 Overall Rank:11142]
CassSoren
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Picked this up used - again, simply because of the theme. We still haven't played it. I love how it depicts the hikers' weakening status. I've never had to crawl but many is the time I've had to pull over for a nap on my way home from a difficult day hike.
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3. Board Game: King Philip's War [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:3081]
CassSoren
United States
Springfield
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Okay, okay, so I haven't actually played any real war games yet, but I really really want to - especially this one. Both the period of history and the geographic area interest me. I've hiked the Metacomet trail, we've seen a lot of the Connecticut river valley and the beautiful traprock ridges to the west of it in southern NE. Redemption Rock in Princeton MA, the site of Mary Rowlandson's redemption, lies along the corridor of the Mid-State trail. It's nearly impossible to hike in southern New England without being aware of King Philip's war.
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4. Board Game: Timber Tom [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:2332]
CassSoren
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I don't have it, but it's very tempting. I love the board which looks much like a topo map. I doubt I'll ever find Mallett's Vermont hoard but finding old farmsteads, mills, and logging camp remains is thrill enough to keep me off trail.
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5. Board Game: Assault on Mt. Everest [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
CassSoren
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Springfield
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I doubt I'm closer to finding a copy of this game than I am to someday being on Everest. The ideas in this game mirror those we face as hikers - which equipment to bring, when to use it, who to hike with.
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6. Board Game: Race for the Summit [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
CassSoren
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I'm a hiker, not a climber, but it must be good because it involves mountains and summiting.
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7. Board Game: Climb! [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:6549]
CassSoren
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Twister for your fingers? Maybe I mostly hike, but I've climbed a few times - enough to know that this wouldn't teach someone how to climb rock or lead a pitch any better than a climbing gym.
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8. Board Game: Fast Flowing Forest Fellers [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1283]
CassSoren
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Springfield
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Logging: a pet peeve of most hikers I know. Many are the times we've searched for the other end of a trail leading out of a clear cut area that the loggers were supposed to have flagged. I've sunk thigh deep into mud in a big Maine paper mill clear cut. I like my forests - I do not like piles of tree trunks with slash littering the ground. On the other hand, as RnR is quick to point out, the selective logging that happens in the tree farm near home is a far better sight than seeing it devastated for a housing development.
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9. Board Game: American Megafauna [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1968]
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Part of this game involves changing the terrain of North America through geological eras. And part of that involves specific orogeny zones where mountain terrain can be placed.

It's about the only game I know where the word 'Orogeny' is used in the rules
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10. Board Game: Niagara [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:845]
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Maybe a bit of a reach, but laying the board on the box with the falls dangling off the edge as players scoop gems from the banks sounds pretty geological to me And it's still in the Northeast US/SE Canada
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11. Board Game: Mountain Climber [Average Rating:6.19 Unranked]
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Maybe we should print and play this one...
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12. Board Game: Luna Llena: Full Moon [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:3500]
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Here's a new one: hikers vs werewolves
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13. Board Game: Trail Magic: [Average Rating:4.33 Unranked]
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Trail Magic is a game which uses the Appalachian Trail as its theme. The AT winds 2,150 miles along the Appalachian Mountains in the eastern US.
 
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