ChipChuck's Favorite Games Since Birth
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The following list are my favorite games released every year since my birth (1978). Most are board games, but there are a few RPGs included as they surpassed every game released in those years.

Some years won't surprise anyone, but others might.

My Selection Criteria:
1. I must have PLAYED the game.
2. Game must have been released in year being considered.
3. I did my very best to avoid expansions.

Personal Note: I'd be very interested to see other folks' lists.
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1. Board Game: Cathedral [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1781]
Board Game: Cathedral
1978

It would be years before I could play it, but it's my current favorite from that year.
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2. Board Game: Star Fleet Battles [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:2057]
Board Game: Star Fleet Battles
1979

Would come to be a favorite all around. Discovered around the same time I discovered Battletech.
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3. Board Game: PAC-MAN Game [Average Rating:4.84 Overall Rank:19365]
Board Game: PAC-MAN Game
1980

Slim pickings in this year for what I've played. But I remember having this game as a kid and all those marbles.
 
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4. Board Game: Car Wars [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2485]
Board Game: Car Wars
1981

My first game from Steve Jackson. I LOVED it!
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5. Board Game: Illuminati [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:2915]
Board Game: Illuminati
1982

Came to it later, but played it when it was a CCG. Great fun.
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6. Board Game: Warhammer: The Mass Combat Fantasy Roleplaying Game (1st Edition) [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1793]
Board Game: Warhammer: The Game of Fantasy Battles (6th Edition Boxed Set)
1983

I was older than 5 when I discovered this one, but BOY did it take hold of my heart AND wallet.
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7. Board Game: Conquest of the Empire [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:3905]
Board Game: Conquest of the Empire
1984

My first taste of the Gamemaster series.
 
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8. Board Game: BattleTech [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:990] [Average Rating:7.05 Unranked]
Board Game: BattleTech
1985

An all-time favorite to this day.
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9. Video Game: The Legend of Zelda [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:89] [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked]
Video Game: The Legend of Zelda
1986

Hours...Days...WEEKS spent playing.
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10. Board Game: Abalone Classic [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1604]
Board Game: Abalone Classic
1987

Years after release, I discovered it and enjoy playing it with my daughter.
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11. Board Game: Scattergories [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2317]
Board Game: Scattergories
1988

That big d20 Alpha!!!
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12. RPG Item: Player's Handbook (AD&D 2e) [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:299]
RPG Item: Player's Handbook (AD&D 2e)
1989

On a Boy Scout campout, I saw this group of older boys playing a weird game around their campfire. My friend Les Weiler said, "They're playing D&D." I had no idea...but 27 years later, I'm still playing.
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13. Board Game: Star Fleet Battles: Captain's Edition Basic Set [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:2721]
Board Game: Star Fleet Battles: Captain's Edition Basic Set
1990

Brought SFB back to my table.
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14. Board Game: History of the World [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:751]
Board Game: History of the World
1991

My #1 game of all time.
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15. Board Game: Loopin' Louie [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:877]
Board Game: Loopin' Louie
1992

Slim pickings, but I've played this one and enjoyed it.
 
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16. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:155] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
Board Game: Magic: The Gathering
1993

Between Magic and Warhammer...I remained poor through the 90's.
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17. Board Game: Blood Bowl (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:355]
Board Game: Blood Bowl (Third Edition)
1994

My second favorite GW game.

Honorable mention to Jyhad (Vampire: The Eternal Struggle) Card Game.
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18. Board Game: Necromunda [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:1104]
Board Game: Necromunda
1995

My FAVORITE GW game, and 2nd favorite game of all-time.
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19. Board Game: Space Hulk (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:2296]
Board Game: Space Hulk (Second Edition)
1996

GW was on a roll with me.
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20. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:88]
Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates
1997

Didn't play it in 1997, but have since and enjoyed.
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21. RPG Item: Vampire: The Masquerade (Revised Edition) [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:209]
RPG Item: Vampire: The Masquerade (Revised Edition)
1998

I was already into V:TM by this time, but this edition perfected it.
 
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22. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:4471] [Average Rating:5.82 Unranked]
Board Game: Apples to Apples
1999

Slim pickings but the family enjoys it.
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23. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:176] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Board Game: Carcassonne
2000

Fantastic game. One of my first true Euros.
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24. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237]
Board Game: Hive
2001

Still carry this is my bag for a quick game.
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25. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:25]
Board Game: Puerto Rico
2002

This is the game that started me down the path of hobby gaming.
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