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Show me your scars, or: Why it's better to play boardgames instead
Norman Mueller
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Ok fellows, time to put some machismo in BGG:

Let's compare scars!

Show the world that, even as a Geek, you've earned some scars in your life, and share the tales that go along with them.

Bravery is appreciated, Stupidity even more so, and extra bonus points are awarded for stories that actually include boardgames!
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1. Board Game: Spooky Stairs [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1563]
Norman Mueller
Germany
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Let's begin with a true classic.

Location of scar: Face. Below the lower lip.

How it happened: As a child, I fell down the stairs. Easy as that. I'm glad that I don't remember the details, but according to my mother, she was able to peek into my mouth when it was closed. I could've slid a straw right through it and sip my lemonade while humming a tune.
 
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2. Board Game: Warhammer: Invasion – Arcane Fire [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
 
Norman Mueller
Germany
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Location of scar: Shinbone

How it happened: In my teens, I was happily enjoying New Years Eve and igniting some small fire crackers in the street in front of a friend's house. Suddenly, one of my tiny fire crackers seemed to produce a noise that was waaaay to loud for such a tiny thing. I was swept off my feet and found myself sitting on the street, my ears ringing.
I slowly realised that it wasn't me who had caused that explosion.
Some bastard had fired a gas pistol (I think they're called exploders in the U.S.) at me, and the round had exploded right between my lower legs.
The jeans I was (luckily) wearing at that time had been reduced to hot pants (pun intended). Below my knees, there were only some strips of jeans cloth left, and they were sizzling and singeing happily on my skin.
We never caught the guy but, in retrospect, I'm just happy that he didn't aim higher.
 
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3. Board Game: Cats At Play [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
Norman Mueller
Germany
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Location of scar: Left forearm

How it happened: Here's a small hint for someone who doesn't own a cat. If a cat lies on its back, flattens its ears, gets huge eyes and starts pawing gently in the air, it wants you to pet its belly.
If, however, you pet its belly, and it lies on its back, flattens its ears, gets huge eyes and starts pawing gently in the air, it wants you to STOP IMMEDIATELY!
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4. Board Game: Double or Nothing [Average Rating:5.70 Overall Rank:5563]
Norman Mueller
Germany
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Location of scar: Face. Next to the eyebrow.

How it happened: During my short military service, I was walking down the hallway of our barrack when I heard urgent shouting coming out of one of the rooms. I dashed in but didn't see the small cupboard hanging right next to the door, at head's height. I might have missed it with my head, but unfortunately, the cupboard door was open. I hit the door with my temple, and that's what gave me the scar.
The crowd gathered in the room wasn't laughing yet. (Did I mention that they were playing a card game, and one of the players shouted out in anguish because he lost, and that's what made me storm into the room in the first place?)
The laughter started right after that, when the cupboard door slammed shut by the impact, rebounded and hit me again, this time square in the face.
I remember this incident, because never again was I more ashamed to enter a room. I had stumbled backwards out of it after that surprising double hit, and I could clearly hear the roaring laughter from the inside.
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5. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:185]
Norman Mueller
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Location of scar: Right wrist.

How it happened: This is the last scar (up to now) earned by stupidity. I was invited to a party in a boat house, but I was late. It was dark already, so I mistook another boat house for the right one. As a logical consequence (well, not for me at the time), the metal gate to the boat house was closed. And, with 8 feet, a little higher than I remembered.
Well, maybe they just thought I wouldn't come and locked the gate. So I climbed on top of it, stood up and looked for a soft spot on the other side to make my landing.
That's when the gate opened. I protected my head with my arm as I crashed down. First I didn't realise that something was horribly wrong, but then I tried to get up and found that my right arm wouldn't support my weight.
I noticed the two extra angles my wrist had developed just recently, and almost fainted. Luckily, the friend who drove me to the lake was still near, and got me to a hospital.
The nurse said it's quite difficult to break one's radius without breaking the ulna, but I managed.
Anyway, the scars are from the operation, one where the nails went in, and 2 were they were pulled out again.
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6. Board Game: Mexican War [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Mal Content
United States
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Pennsylvania
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Directly under my chin.

Knife fight in a bar in Tijuana.

I felt that the guy was discriminating against wargamers.
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7. Board Game: Running the Gauntlet [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Luke Morris
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At school the most dreaded PE lesson was the cross country run. It was a couple of miles down alleyways, up hills covered in stinging nettles, down muddy tracks and through fields. Our best runners would do it in 12 minutes or so and the time I made an effort I managed it in 13 (I was an athlete but not a specialist runner). The PE teacher would jog around in about 25 minutes with the kids that would have rather been sitting in the library.

Anyway, we started on school grounds and made a short dash (if you were that way inclined) down a driveway to a metal gate and out onto a narrow alleyway, so if you wanted to actually run it and compete you needed to run pretty hard to get to the gate early.

Anyway I decide that I'm going to make the effort again on this certain day so set off pretty quickly and I'm probably second or third heading to the gate when suddenly someone's foot slaps down on my heel in amongst the turmultuous frenzy of legs and arms.

This causes me to pitch forward and skid along a raised concrete curb for a good 5-10 metres on my elbow.

Of course I was only wearing a t-shirt so it's a bloody mess and really painful. I'm ushered into the changing room - I GOT TO MISS OUT ON CROSS COUNTRY! Huzzah!

However because it was a massive round patch of skin scraped off deeply on my elbow it didn't heal for MONTHS. I've got a nice round scar on my elbow to prove it.





Other than that I've just got a surgery scar on my lower stomach, knees that look blotchy when tanned thanks to many many tumbles in sporting events at many ages...and an invisible dent on my forehead right near my hairline from when I fell over and smacked myself in the head as a toddler....and then fell over and smacked myself in the same place while the bump was still forming. zombie
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