questionsboardgame recommendations?

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Cranium family fun game is great for a family get together. We found it good for both kids and adults.

Apples to apples is a good game for kids also.

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We play a TON of boardgames here. I just wrote this the other day on how to select games that families and friends may enjoy over the holidays:

http://journal.drfaulken.com/selecting-family-games-during-the-holidays-2/

How old are your kids? Do you live in the US? Most of the recommendations I make can be purchased at stores like Target or Wal-Mart.

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We have a 4 year old and a 9 year old nephew. Our 7 mos old can't really join in yet. So we'd like the family stuff, but I'd also like to Geek-out once in awhile an play some co-op games, like maybe Arkham Horror and not so much like Settlers of Catan. We liked Cranium for our friends, but wore it out, if you get me.

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I totally do. I've owned a copy of Arkham Horror for years but have yet to play it. I've heard it's best played with someone who's already played before, and none of us have.

You may also find Dominion interesting. We played the CRAP out of it and bought several of the expansions. That's more of a "gamer's game," which is why it didn't make my list.

If you can find it, the Alhambra Big Box is a whole lot of gaming and caters to people who don't like traditional "gamer" themes.

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Kids v's the Geown ups can be a lot of fun for family entertainment

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@drfaulken: Nice list. I have to take a look at Carcassonne, that looks cool. I bought Zombie Fluxx for my brother two years ago and we played it Christmas, but that was it. I liked it, but it didn't stick.

Kids Vs. Grown Ups looks like hella fun. Will have to check that out, too.

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Catan is an excellent game. I highly recommend it for 3-4 players.

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Not exactly a board game, but Apples To Apples has provided us with many hours of entertainment.

http://www.amazon.com/Apples-Party-Box-Hilarious-Comparisons/dp/B00112CHCK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1291499268&sr=8-1

Edit: And, I should have read more carefully as @oheifearnain already mentioned it...

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Risk would be too much for a four-year-old, but for a good guys' night my friends and I have played Risk 2210 to much amusment. Limited to five players and five turns, it's a good variation on the Risk theme.

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I heard Apples was great fun, and my brother-in-law bought for us to play, we just haven't cracked it yet. We'll have to bump that up.

Maybe what I should have asked for was more obscure or unknown games that would satisfy the groups listed. There is only so much Candyland one can play.

I was thinking about buying D & D: Castle Ravenloft for my one brother who is a budding RPGer? Any thoughts on that, as well?

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Try the card game version of Monopoly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monopoly:_The_Card_Game

I picked them up at Walmart a while back and it went over well. All the fun of monopoly, but in a shorter game. Monopoly's biggest flaw was that it didn't appeal to the A.D.D. kids of today, and the card game overcomes that. :p

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Go is supposed to be an excellent adult game, I've never played it but it's on my wish list.

Edit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_(game)

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--> If you can find it, the Alhambra Big Box is a whole lot of gaming and caters to people who don't like traditional "gamer" themes.

It's still available at Tanga for $47.99 + shipping.
http://www.tanga.com/products/alhambra-big-box-the-board-game

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DIPLOMACY! Best simple strategy game ever, no luck all skill. It's by Avalon-Hill. Great Geek-Game it does get addicting though...

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Loopin' Louie - a great game for kids, adults, drunks, stoners.

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Ticket to Ride is an EXCELLENT game. It's a pretty simple concept, but it's extremely fun, I know tons of college students who play it, but I've played with younger kids and adults as well.

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For a HUGE amounts of fun and side splitting-laughter try Guesstures (not the electronic version). Walmart has it for $25.00 You will be VERY happy you got this one. Very easy to understand and EVERYONE will want to join in on the fun!

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It's funny, the games we (Americans) grew up with: Monopoly, etc, are terriby designed. Roll the die, move squares, wait for your next turn. But you are right, there are a slew of well-designed games out there now. These games are creative, involve real strategy, some barter, and all players are active most of the time.

Start with Carcassone (2-5 players), Apples to Apples(many), Lost Cities (2) and Settlers of Catan(3-4); let those be your gateway. The one caveat is that Settlers is best played for the first time with a couple of people who have already played before, otherwise it can be a turn off. It's not really as complicated as it seems reading the instructions.

Some older games that are good; Acquire, Can't Stop, 25 words or less, Pictionary.

Of the websites out there that describe games (games, funagain), I really like funagain for their lists based on game style preference, group type, age, etc.

My two cents on Cranium: A+ concept , F- challenge. Needs harder cards.

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I'd like to thank everyone that took a moment to recommend a game - I certaintly appreciate it. I'm very sure some of these will find their way into our hands.

Has anyone played the Lego games with kids yet? The robot one seems really fun, like Cooties with the extra little delight of children being able to totally mess with adults.

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I had a bad first experience with Settlers, so now I refuse to play it. The entire game, I never acquired enough resources to do a single thing. My entire experience consisted of a few dice rolls.

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@cmkrzak22: I've played 3. My favorite was the Creationairy (sp?) it was really neat you'd get a card look at it and have to build it out of legos which are provided in the box along with the cards and a die to tell you if your building a building, vehicle, nature, or tool and the others have to guess what it is. By far a great game for the old and young alike.

I've also played two others RoboChamp and Magikus they were both basically the same but with different fluff. RoboChamp is about building robots and Magikus is about building potions. You roll the die and collect one part of the color and thats basically it. The Magikus did have a few other things you can do and on Robo you could steal from opponents and such but still really simple and I'd only recommended getting one or the other not both. Unless one child likes robots and the other magic.

For more board game information keep checking here and check out wwww.boardgamegeek.com it's an awesome site for all types of games.

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As a hardcore Settlers of Catan player, I would suggest that you play this. While it may not be for young kids due to difficulty, anyone ages 10 and up can figure it out. Its a game that challenges planning strategy, negotiation abilities, and a little bit of luck. For an online tutorial and to see a bit of the game, check out http://www.profeasy.com/Settlers_Boardgame/

Also, I just found a tutorial for "Kids of Catan". It seems simple and fun for younger kids. See tutorial here http://www.profeasy.com/KidsOfCatan/html/kidscatan01.html

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What's wrong with tried and true? Mancala has been entertaining for millenia. True, it's only for two players at a time. Works well for my niece who has ADD and other learning disabilities.

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I have a 5-year-old daughter who I'm transitioning away from the typical "Chutes and Ladders" type games. One game that she absolutely LOVES is Blokus.

With Blokus, you take turns putting Tetris-shaped pieces on a square grid. The trick is that after you play your first piece, every other piece you play has to touch at least one corner of a piece you previously put on the board. I thought the game would be too abstract for my little girl at first, but she caught on amazingly quickly and now enjoys figuring out strategies that block other players from laying down their pieces.

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Nothing wrong with tried and true old school like Hungry Hungry Hippos, it's just that there is a ton of new stuff that I'd hate for my family and friends to miss out on.

That Blokus game looks like fun, as well as Creationary. And thanks a ton to dravack for boardgamegeeks.com! That site is money.

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A game that is great for kids young and old and can be played together is Phase 10. It is a game game that cost about $6 and my kids(10-12) and their older cousins(21-25) love playing it together. Also we all love Catch Phase. it is an electronic game that you have to verbally give clue about the word on the screen without saying it and your team has to guess it before the timer runs out. We team girls against boys

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Taboo isn't a board game but can definitely be a very entertaining game with out taking up too much space. Here's a wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taboo_%28game%29

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@cmkrzak22: You officially became dead to me at "not so much like Settlers of Catan."

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Defective Yeti does a Good Gift Game Guide every year. I've liked everything I've gotten from it so far. Settlers of C. was on the first iteration of the list.

http://defectiveyeti.com/

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At my house we are big fans of Catan. I have Catan for 6, Seafarers for 6, Starfarers for 6, Knights and Cities for 6, plus the fixed board Catan games Nautilus, Domain, and Settlers of the Stone Age. But Catan is our second favorite game environment, we play Mayfair's crayon rail games more often. Iron Dragon is our favorite, but we have Iron Dragon, Mars Rail, Lunar Rails, Russian Rails, Nippon Rails, Brit Rails, Empire Builder (US), Eurorails, India Rails. Australia Rails, and maybe a couple I am forgetting. If you are looking for a game which tickles your funny bone, there are all the iterations of Munchkin. We have a half dozen versions of this game but don't play it often. We also enjoy the old Avalon Hill games like Britannia, Risk and Diplomacy. The Great Dalmuti is an excellent card game, as is Citadels. My favorite game is Civilization (and Advanced Civilization) published in 1980 by Avalon Hill. It's a great game, basically Settlers on steroids.

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I forgot Milles Bourne, the French car racing card game. It's been reprited and you can find it at bookstores.

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Ticket to Ride is an awesome game for all ages, you can watch a game of it, or even try a couple (for free) at their website www.daysofwonder.com.

Can't Stop is another I'd recommend for families, as well as Blokus, Smallworld (this is a ton of fun), Quirkle ... hmm, there's another tile game like Blokus and Quirkle that I just can't remember the name of ...

We like an oldie but goodie as well, Chinese Checkers.

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@gluonconcerto: Try again, but watch where you place your settlements & roads to start. The idea is to place them next to the numbers that will be rolled more. You can tell by the dots underneath the number. IIRC, the more dots, the more that number can be rolled (6's, etc.) based on percentages. That way, you can also trade for resources you don't have with extras you do have.

My brother in law likes to place a settlement where he can get a development card right away (I think it's sheep, ore, wood?). Since where you place initially is the resource cards you get right away.

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@cmkrzak22: Carcassonne is good. We play that as well as Settlers. Nice because both are a bit different in play style.

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We are a big Catan house, other fun games that I didn't notice anyone else mention; Quelf, Dominion and Munchkin. For quick two player action try Hive or Bananagrams.

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I bought it as a last-minute gift for someone I didn't know very well and hadn't realized was going to be at an event. It turned out to be awesome! I went straight back and bought myself one.

It's a word game, so probably not for really young kids.

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Quelf is a blast for a group of friends (especially if social lubricant is involved).

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So i recently came across a game I have coming in so I haven't played it yet but it looks like alot of fun. It's called "Drixit" its a game where you get a hand of cards with pictures on it and whoever is the first person that turn says something be it a story or a word or what have you and plays a card that it refers to face down. Then every other player follows suit trying to trick the other players into picking theirs instead of the first players card. and so on. here's a quick youtube vid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFsiBbopszI

Also dicetower reviews are amazing if you have questions about a game see if he has a review he does a good job. IMO anyway.

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Sequence!!
I loved it when I was about 10. I watched my grandparents and their siblings play it, joined in, and beat all of them.
Really fun.

Also, as everyone said, Apples-to-Apples is super fun with a group of friends, but probably not for a big family because the kids might not get some of the references and be at a disadvantage.

The game of Life is fun if it moves more quickly, and Monopoly... well, it's alright. Also a family game.

And don't rule out Sorry - you always forget how fun it is until you play it again.

Worse comes to worse - play cards!
Poker, "21", Rummy, Hearts, Up and Down the River, Crazy Eights, Spoons, and so on.

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stratego has kept my kids busy for hours