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In our culture, most kids play kids' games, such as Snakes & Ladders and Monopoly. As we grow up, the games disappear. Some of us, rather than growing out of games, simply move on to different ones, as the Europeans do.

While I was at school, I ended up in a social group that played games, such as Risk, Kingmaker, Diplomacy and Cosmic Encounter, as well as a bit of table tennis. Along the way, we leapt into D&D too. None of us were the kind to go for the simple version, so we never played the Basic set, but started with AD&D. As most of the books weren't out yet, this was facilitated in part by someone getting at least one of the first player manuals sent from the USA in a diplomatic pouch, rather than waiting ages for it to become available in Australian shops.

After quite some years, RPG campaigns slipped out of being a regular part of my life, mostly due to the difficulty in tying enough people down to a regular play schedule. These days, I mostly play board games and card games, predominantly ones of German origin. Online games seldom appeal to me, but Tigris is an exception and available on BGG. The statistics pages there are very limited, so I maintain some extra BGG E&T statistics.

Below are photos of games of Express, Ingenious and Age of Steam at ConVic 4, in July 2006.

Express
Ingenious
Age of Steam

If you're in Melbourne and want to find boardgamers, have a look at the Billabong Boardgamers page.

Games I've Played, by Rank on BGG
Rank Game
1 Puerto Rico
2 Agricola
4 Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
5 Power Grid
6 Le Havre
7 Dominion
7 Eclipse
8 Brass
9 Caylus
10 El Grande
11 Tigris & Euphrates
12 Race for the Galaxy
13 Steam
16 Age of Steam
17 Battlestar Galactica
18 The Princes of Florence
21 Goa
22 Stone Age
23 The Castles of Burgundy
24 Pandemic
26 Twilight Imperium (Third Edition)
27 Railroad Tycoon
28 Ra
29 Die Macher
29 Shogun
30 Imperial
31 Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery
35 Tichu
36 Go
37 Small World
38 Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game
39 Endeavor
40 Crokinole
48 Ticket to Ride: Europe
49 Wallenstein
51 The Settlers of Catan
52 Arkham Horror
53 Lords of Waterdeep
53 Space Alert
54 Samurai
56 Struggle of Empires
57 Ticket to Ride
58 Descent: Journeys in the Dark
58 Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries
60 Civilization
61 Taj Mahal
61 7 Wonders
62 Battle Line
65 Amun-Re
68 Carcassonne
70 In the Year of the Dragon
71 Acquire
72 Hansa Teutonica
73 Dixit
75 Notre Dame
76 Modern Art
78 Indonesia
79 Tikal
82 San Juan
86 Ticket to Ride: Märklin Edition
86 Alien Frontiers
87 Ingenious
89 Hive
90 Automobile
93 Chicago Express
94 Friedrich
95 Saint Petersburg
98 Genoa
100 Citadels
104 Union Pacific
107 Tinners' Trail
112 Glory to Rome
114 CATAN 3D Collector's Edition
114 King of Tokyo
115 Magic: The Gathering
116 RoboRally
121 Vikings
122 Reef Encounter
123 Yspahan
124 Carson City
126 Bridge
127 Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie
128 La Città
130 Maharaja: Palace Building in India
132 Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game
132 Web of Power
134 Torres
135 Thurn and Taxis
136 PitchCar
137 Princes of the Renaissance
139 Through the Desert
141 Vegas Showdown
142 For Sale
143 Carcassonne: The City
145 Thunderstone
146 Blokus
147 Dream Factory
150 Shadows over Camelot
151 Lost Cities
152 Louis XIV
154 Egizia
155 Vinci
156 Blue Moon City
159 Fresco
163 Tribune: Primus Inter Pares
164 Bohnanza
166 Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers
167 San Marco
168 Medici
168 London
172 Age of Industry
177 Antike
183 Flash Point: Fire Rescue
185 Keythedral
187 Sentinels of the Multiverse
191 Attika
192 Alhambra
194 Domaine
199 History of the World
201 We the People
202 Diplomacy
203 Wits & Wagers
204 Taluva
205 Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age
206 Hacienda
207 The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow
210 Coloretto
211 Primordial Soup
211 Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game
215 Hamburgum
217 Innovation
221 Formula Dé
223 Chess
227 No Thanks!
231 Liar's Dice
232 Mü & More
233 Zooloretto
235 Mahjong
236 Eminent Domain
238 Homesteaders
240 Amyitis
241 In the Shadow of the Emperor
244 Metropolys
246 Liberté
247 Titan
252 Container
253 Loopin' Louie
255 Mykerinos
256 Hey! That's My Fish!
257 Ys
259 The Settlers of Catan Card Game
260 Leonardo da Vinci
261 Medina
263 Colossal Arena
265 Manila
266 Steel Driver
267 Werewolf
271 Finca
273 Winner's Circle
278 Samurai Swords
280 Aladdin's Dragons
281 Blue Moon
284 Cribbage
285 Blokus Trigon
286 Ricochet Robots
294 Wings of War: Famous Aces
295 Showmanager
299 Cosmic Encounter
304 Starship Catan
307 6 Nimmt!
308 Himalaya
309 Can't Stop
314 Last Train to Wensleydale
316 Carolus Magnus
319 On the Underground
323 Wyatt Earp
324 Shadow Hunters
325 Nefertiti
326 Cleopatra and the Society of Architects
327 Stephensons Rocket
329 Sticheln
335 Wings of War: Watch Your Back!
336 Factory Fun
337 Big City
340 Betrayal at House on the Hill
347 I'm the Boss
349 Elfenland
354 The Princes of Machu Picchu
355 Elasund: The First City of Catan
357 Navegador
358 Qwirkle
359 Peloponnes
360 Bang!
363 Terra Mystica
364 51st State
366 Biblios
367 Starfarers of Catan
372 PitchCar Mini
377 Die Sieben Siegel
385 Elder Sign
391 Pueblo
395 Incan Gold
398 Takenoko
399 Turn the Tide
401 Oltre Mare
402 Poker
404 Lost Valley
406 Fearsome Floors
407 Tales of the Arabian Nights
412 League of Six
414 Royal Palace
420 Lost Cities: The Board Game
440 Odin's Ravens
445 FITS
455 Die Siedler von Nürnberg
458 Verräter
459 Manhattan
460 Oregon
463 The Bottle Imp
464 Die Händler
467 Industrial Waste
468 Expedition
468 Olympos
469 Saboteur
470 TransAmerica
479 Hare & Tortoise
482 Sentinels of the Multiverse: Enhanced Edition
488 Sleuth
503 Glen More
504 Felix: The Cat in the Sack
505 Phoenicia
506 The Hanging Gardens
516 De Vulgari Eloquentia
524 The Settlers of the Stone Age
525 Khet: The Laser Game
525 Samarkand: Routes to Riches
534 Hab & Gut
538 Powerboats
541 Tempus
543 Ra: The Dice Game
546 Timbuktu
547 Assyria
550 Ninjato
554 Jenseits von Theben
555 Santa Fe Rails
558 Before the Wind
560 Kingdom Builder
565 Mystery of the Abbey
569 Frank's Zoo
570 The Golden City
581 Clans
585 Archaeology: The Card Game
586 Money!
594 TransEuropa
595 Masons
596 Settlers of America: Trails to Rails
611 Marracash
612 Take it Easy!
619 Red November
629 Around the World in 80 Days
630 Haggis
631 Volldampf
632 The Settlers of Canaan
636 Fleet
639 Gheos
644 The Speicherstadt
645 Was sticht?
649 Breaking Away
652 Uptown
658 Gang of Four
680 Rheinländer
683 Shear Panic
692 Backgammon
701 Pergamon
702 10 Days in Africa
702 Drum Roll
706 Apples to Apples
712 Palastgeflüster
715 Marvel Heroes
722 Mesopotamia
728 Tsuro
736 Axis & Allies
758 Detroit-Cleveland Grand Prix
760 Portobello Market
764 Invasion from Outer Space: The Martian Game
766 Australia
769 Telestrations
772 10 Days in Europe
776 Top Race
779 Darjeeling
796 Graenaland
800 Outpost
812 Fast Flowing Forest Fellers
813 Pastiche
814 Kamisado
815 Khronos
826 Discworld: Ankh-Morpork
831 Hearts
837 Streetcar
852 Cosmic Eidex
860 Big Boss
863 Rallyman
873 Talisman
879 Terra Nova
883 Oh Hell!
884 Rum & Pirates
886 Tournay
888 Pack & Stack
895 Emerald
900 Paris Connection
902 Loot
904 Piece o' Cake
913 It's Alive!
914 David & Goliath
926 Cargo Noir
930 Bus
934 Gobblet
938 Atlantis
954 Nautilus
963 If Wishes Were Fishes
966 Rail Baron
972 Colonia
981 Midnight Party
983 Tongiaki
986 Café International
991 Kingmaker
995 Manifest Destiny
997 Knightmare Chess
1002 Ark
1007 Under the Shadow of the Dragon
1019 Colonial: Europe's Empires Overseas
1028 Star Trek: Expeditions
1042 Illuminati
1047 Ginkgopolis
1056 The Settlers of Zarahemla
1078 The Great Zimbabwe
1079 Copycat
1083 Key Market
1093 Preußische Ostbahn
1114 Kaivai
1122 Master Labyrinth
1130 Pampas Railroads
1140 The Great Fire of London 1666
1144 Edo
1154 Magnum Sal
1156 Catch Phrase
1159 Nefarious
1170 The Big Idea
1174 Airlines
1177 Heartland
1183 Mag·Blast (Second Edition)
1201 Monkeys on the Moon
1214 Baltimore and Ohio
1216 Neue Heimat
1218 Dutch Blitz
1228 Die Dolmengötter
1246 Candamir: The First Settlers
1248 Chrononauts
1252 Freya's Folly
1262 Der schwarze Pirat
1268 Kakerlakenpoker
1270 Klunker
1275 Tutankhamen
1277 Clash of Cultures
1292 Early American Chrononauts
1303 500
1324 Mag·Blast (Third Edition)
1326 Euphrates & Tigris Card Game
1327 Antics!
1330 Monty Python Fluxx
1336 Garibaldi: La Trafila
1339 Relationship Tightrope
1341 Venture
1346 Black Gold
1358 Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre
1358 Cards Against Humanity
1363 Munchkin Bites!
1370 The Stars Are Right
1379 Chronicle
1386 King of the Elves
1404 Bezzerwizzer
1411 Martian Rails
1422 Poseidon's Kingdom
1423 Garden Competition
1429 Orient Express
1444 Make 'n' Break
1451 Bull in a China Shop
1494 Mordred
1507 Owner's Choice
1529 Witch Trial
1544 The Dutch Golden Age
1548 Hunting Party
1561 Space Beans
1563 Cardcassonne
1601 Button Men
1637 Targui
1666 Express
1680 Venedig
1681 Im Reich der Wüstensöhne
1703 Schwarzer Freitag
1709 Army of Frogs
1752 Station Master
1773 Africa
1788 Breakaway Rider
1804 Where's Bob's Hat?
1827 Heads of State
1828 Martian Fluxx
1880 Ruhrschifffahrt 1769-1890
1945 Munchkin
1960 String Railway
1968 Naval Battles
1992 Aargh!Tect
2014 Samurai: The Card Game
2022 The Hobbit
2041 Formel Fun
2055 Articulate!
2068 P.I.
2074 Cannonball Colony
2113 Girl Genius: The Works
2115 Islas Canarias
2150 Tipp-Kick
2188 Potion-Making: Practice
2201 Ars Mysteriorum
2238 Aladdin's Dragons Card Game
2244 Anima: Shadow of Omega
2260 Magi-Nation
2260 RoboDerby: Express
2287 Star Trek: Catan
2336 China Moon
2341 Monad
2366 We Didn't Playtest This At All
2398 Nexus
2404 Die Sieben Weisen
2475 Catan Dice Game
2479 Sunda to Sahul
2526 Silk Road
2591 Toc Toc Woodman
2602 Treehouse
2608 Hameln
2662 Mutant Meeples
2672 Last Call: The Bartender Game
2694 Catan Histories: Merchants of Europe
2721 Chocolatl
2769 Alcazar
2795 Stich-Meister
2832 Lemming Mafia
2893 Martian Chess
2925 Safranito
2929 The 3 Commandments
2990 Samurai & Katana
2998 1969
3008 Cannibal Pygmies in the Jungle of Doom
3037 Cyrano
3144 Tin Soldiers
3267 Hisss
3274 Ogre Castle
3288 Scurvy Musketeers of the Spanish Main
3299 Pisa
3388 Submarine
3659 VeloCity
3678 Indigo
3729 Cleopatra's Caboose
3768 Namibia
3805 Tangoes
3813 Ludoviel
3820 Fluxx
3859 Beep! Beep!
3952 Backpacks and Blisters
4026 Credo
4052 Scrabble Express
4055 Careers
4066 Giza: The Great Pyramid
4098 Stoner Fluxx
4392 Formidable Foes
4574 Stonehenge
4587 Somethin' Fishy
4638 Maginor
4669 Temple of the Beastmen
4670 Earthquake
4881 Castle Builders
4905 The Totally Insane Card Game
5131 Risk
5227 Walk the Plank
5499 Go Wild!
5538 Trivial Pursuit: Junior
5609 Sin City
5658 Toss Up!
5699 Pony Express
5840 This Game is Bonkers!
6125 New York, New York
6212 Dungeonville
6217 Boxes
6251 UNO
6254 Falling
6303 Chinese Checkers
6320 Yahtzee
6337 Snap
6368 Draughts
6394 Ludo
6395 Battleship
6415 Snakes & Ladders
6816 Toboggans of Doom
7022 James Ernest's Totally Renamed Spy Game
8097 Booby-Trap
- 7 Wonders: Catan Island
- 7 Wonders: Cities
- Age of Steam Expansion: Austria & India
- 7 Wonders: Leaders
- 7 Wonders: Manneken Pis Promo
- Age of Steam Expansion #2: Western US and Germany
- Age of Steam Expansion #3: Scandinavia and Korea
- Age of Steam Expansion: Finland & Portugal
- Agricola Z-Deck
- Alhambra: The Vizier's Favor
- Australian Menagerie
- Australian Menagerie: Australian Alps Expansion
- Australian Menagerie: Coral Reef Habitat
- Australian Menagerie: Red Centre Expansion
- Australian Menagerie: Tasmanian Expansion
- Australian Menagerie: Tropical Rainforest Habitat
- Bang! Dodge City
- Bartok
- Carcassonne: The Princess & the Dragon
- Dominion: Alchemy
- Catan: Cities & Knights
- City of Horror
- Catan: Seafarers
- Dominion: Prosperity
- The Big Idea: More Cards!
- Catan Geographies: Settlers of Hesse
- Dominion: Intrigue
- Dominion: Seaside
- FITS Expansion #1: MOTS: More Of The Same
- FITS Expansion #2: LOTS: Letters On The Spaces
- Fleet: Inuit Fisherman Cards
- Halfling Heist
- Fleet: Salty Captain Cards
- Fleet: Wharfside Casino
- Kaivai Expansion
- Illuminati - Expansion Set 1
- Illuminati - Expansion Set 2
- Kingdom Quest
- Manhattan
- Monochrome Chess
- Not Tonight Josephine
- Shithead
- Pass-Ackwords
- King of Tokyo: Power Up!
- Power Grid: Brazil/Spain & Portugal
- Saboteur 2
- Road to Enlightenment
- Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe
- Power Grid: China/Korea
- Power Grid: France/Italy
- Power Grid: The New Power Plant Cards
- Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm
- Railways of Europe
- RoboRally: Armed and Dangerous
- Roll Through the Ages: The Late Bronze Age
- Saint Petersburg: New Society & Banquet Expansion
- Shadow Hunters Expansion Kit
- Shadows over Camelot: Sir Bedivere, the 8th Knight
- Small World: Cursed!
- Small World: Grand Dames of Small World
- Sorts
- Steam Barons
- Stocking Stuffers
- Stonehenge: Nocturne Expansion
- Talisman City
- Talisman Dragons
- Talisman Dungeon
- Talisman Expansion Set
- Talisman Timescape
- Talisman: The Adventure
- Ticket to Ride: Mystery Train Expansion
- Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 - Team Asia & Legendary Asia
- The Settlers of Catan: 5-6 Player Extension
- Ticket to Ride: USA 1910
- Die Siedler von Catan: Rincewind und der Tourist
- Vexation
Total: 504 (+ 76 expansions/unrated)