questionsfavorite board games?

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Risk. I am an instigator and I can usually get people to attack everyone else while leaving me alone to amass my armies, so that I can conquer the map.

@claudicina: have you played the scrabble card game? It is only 4 letter words and you can only change one letter at a time but it is fast and furious.

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@theoneill555: Hmmm I have not played the scrabble card game. I need to seek this out...

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@theoneill555: I love a good risk game but its hard to play with people that don't have the attention span. My friend would claim moral victory if he took over Asia.

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@wootfast: I know what you mean. A good risk game lasts for hours.

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@wootfast: Risk is something I have not played in ages for that exact reason. I could never find anyone that would play it through to the end!

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@claudicina: Are you willing to consider chess as a board game? I suppose it's not really what you'd meant.

I've played almost all of them, but I no longer am able to fulfill the number one requirement. I like being alone very much, and board games don't work out with only one player. I've played chess against machines, but it isn't very interesting (for me), and I'm so rusty now that a child could beat me.

I used to like Monopoly, and Life, but haven't played either in at least 25 years. Clue was fun, also, but it's on the same dusty shelf as the others. I liked Scrabble, but tended to lose patience with opponents long before the game was over.

[Edit] We did have fun a while back playing a spinoff of Mornington Crescent, but too few people really understood the rules, and I suppose we lost enthusiasm for it...

http://deals.woot.com/questions/details/76605289-d355-49f4-be76-d31865c9a668/who-wants-to-play-carrollton-texas-international-bus-terminal

[I miss @wootvan]

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@shrdlu: I most definitely consider chess a board game! I really love it, although admittedly, I am not the best at it.

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The super sized scrabble is kind of fun, but not so good if you like to play tight games as it is far more difficult to not leave bonus squares available to your opponent.

I love a little monopoly now and again, but you need to avoid some of the common house rules as they just make the game take forever.

Not a board game, but I recommend everyone try the FLUX card game.

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What? This crowd and no mention of Balderdash? Also, Apples to Apples is great fun with the right group of people. If you've never played either, you should check them out.

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@bippythebeardless: I like plenty of card games as well. Not a fan of uno, though. I find it utterly boring. I'm more of a traditional card player. I like standard poker, as well as gin/rummy. Come to think of it, I haven't played that in awhile either. Spades sounds good too.

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I have (at least) once a week meetings with friends where we sit down and play tabletop games. Lately it has been Settlers of Catan, Axis and Allies, Starship Catan, Small World, Munchkin Bites!, and others. I am glad we take the time away from video games and sit around the table telling great stories and having terrific times.

@unclefrog: HUGE fan of Apples To Apples with my theater friends. We make the game...

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I love board games. I spent my summers in high school at an academic summer camp (nerd alert!), and in between classes and studying we played tons of board games and card games. I love Taboo, Outburst, Pictionary, Scattegories, and Scrupples.

I really miss playing. Have always thought that if I had the money, I'd open a bar for geeky adults where you can get together with strangers, have a pint or two, and get to know each other over some board games.

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Sorry! was always my favorite.

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Pictionary has to be my favorite. If you can consider that a board game. There's no way someone can play that game without laughing.

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@xarous:
Nice! I play alot of strategic board games too: Carcassone, Settlers of Catan, Arkham Horror, Forbidden Island, and of course Hungry, Hungry Hippos.

What do you think of Small World? I'm intrigued, and I've been playing with the idea of getting it...

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@joeahoman: I stab/love Small World. We have most of the expansions and that makes it even more lovely. Small World and beers all the way around make for a fantastic evening.

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@joeahoman: Good call on the Mayfair set... :) Settlers of Catan is an epic win!

A lot can come to down to the folks with whom you're playing, but I'm a big fan of BANG!, Apples to Apples, Curses, Risk (particularly in the non-eternal versions, like the Lord of the Rings Trilogy one, which is supposed to never really go beyond two hours), Ticket to Ride (in any of its iterations), Scrabble, Rummikub, etc... Dang, I need to play more board games! This is making me want to ignore my long list of work/home maintenance/other things to do and play! :D

I've been wanting to try Flux as well, but know almost nothing about it... And nobody seems to have this game I played one time: Jungle Gym. It was one feisty game.

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@arosiriak:
With your sophisticated-ly awesome preferences to Ticket to Ride and BANG!, I had to search for this "Jungle Gym"

...I could not find it on www.boardgamegeek.com which surprises me. Unless you mean Jungle Jam? That game sounds pretty groovy, if by just the name. Fantasy Flight games are good for a short wootum (not a real word) also, like Mag Blast and Citadels!

But don't take my word for it!
(deh-deh-deh!)

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Well, I haven't touched a board game in a while, but I have played lots of card games recently. Dominion, Race for the Galaxy, Killer Bunnies...

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A few of my favorites are Samurai Swords, Illuminati, Settlers of Catan, and Pandemic.

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@dravack: Illuminati? Whoa, I had forgotten about that. There's a whole slew of fun games out there from Steve Jackson Games (http://www.sjgames.com/), and I should tell anyone out there that copies of some of the early games are valuable (notably Illuminati and Hackers). The Silicon Valley Tarot deck was one of my favorites (not really a game, but just hysterically funny).

http://www.sjgames.com/svtarot/

"Finding a needle in a haystack is a lot easier if you burn down the haystack and scan the ashes with a metal detector."

That will be my mantra for the day.

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@joeahoman @arosiriak @dravack There is also:
http://www.playcatan.com/catan-online-world.html
You can play the basic game for free. Paid accounts have many more options. I play this now and then just for kicks, just fyi.

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@terraguy:
How could I forget Dominion?! That's the one I play the most with my friends. The fact that the game is set up like a collectible card game that I don't have to keep buying more cards for is fantastic! It goes right up there with Ticket to Ride in my List d'Awesome.

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@shrdlu: they are valuable? I have an original Illuminati with expansions 1 and 2.. I was offered 30$ for it should I hold out more then?

@xarous thanks for the link I know what I'll be doing between items on woot offs ^^

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@dravack: Actually, you should probably take the money. I doubt that you're going to easily find collectors, and your game would need to be in mint condition. When I look on eBay (that horrid depressor of prices), I see that what you've been offered seems to be about right for complete, used games, in good condition.

Mind you, a genuine collector might pay more, but you'd have to find them. I collect various things, and I almost NEVER buy anything I can't see and touch. Photographs lie. People lie. It's sad, but there it is.

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@shrdlu: hmm alright. Thanks for the advice. ^^

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My favorite would probably be Acquire, but I like going to the Goodwill store and picking up any weird games they have. I recently got Outdoor Survival and Ubi. I think it's been over 20 years since I played Risk with anyone, but I enjoy playing it now, on my iPod. I'm getting cranky in my middle age, and don't have the patience for rolling the dice, handing out paper money, or moving tokens around the boards.

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If you take a little bit of time to learn some strategy, Go can be a lot of fun.

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My husband and I play games all the time and there are tons that are listed that are great games, and quite a few of them are some of my favorites. There are a couple of other games that I feel are great too, there is a card game that Barnes and Noble has called Seven Card Samurai, which is crazy fun. I love it and you can play it with a big group of people up to 8. They even have a special Halloween zombie edition called Seven Card Zombie. I would definitely recommend it all. And there is a game called Sushi Roll out by the same company that is pretty good too. It's quick, easy and fun. It gets a little crazy after everyone has had a few drinks too. I have really become a huge fan of both of these pretty new games.

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Have Settlers of Catan, enjoy it but rarely play it. Also have Puerto Rico, bought it after seeing its enormous following on boardgamegeek.com. I think it's an excellent game, but takes a while to teach people how to play and most folks aren't willing. Needs to be the right crowd, but love that game.

As a kid I was intimidated by Risk somehow and just never got into it. A little while ago, I downloaded it for my phone, and can now beat the pants off numerous suped-up AI opponents. Have yet to try my skills on humans, though ...

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@arosiriak: I love Rummikub!

If we're including card games, cribbage can be a lot of fun.

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Definitely a Cranium brand fan! Love and have almost all their games, just a little sad that Hasbro (or one of the main toy companies bought them out) and now they're releasing less and less games. But yeah, Cranium has certainly nailed it in terms of ease, fun, and long game life.

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@straind:
Oh yes, the Goodwill boardgame excavations; did that quite a bit at college. One specific dreadful time was when I about stepped into the Goodwill, and my friend was coming out with HEROQUEST!!! My whole childhood was built around this game, and was lost in time. And now he had it, with that damned gloating smirk on his face.

I think I've been weirding him out recently, what with all my questions pertaining to his "will". Oh well. Serves him right.

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A new one we've come across that's great for parties for any ago (provided they can read easy words) is Cranium's WHOONU. Super-easy to get started, but lots of fun as you get to know your fellow players' favorite things. We have brought it to many a get-together and heard rave reviews every time.

http://www.amazon.com/Cranium-102040000-100E-Whoonu/dp/B000B6MLJG

Also, I'm a sucker for a good game of Clue. Still holds up after 50+ years.

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My wife and I have been amassing games over the past 6 months. We get them cheep (mostly goodwill) and take them out of their boxes and put them in cloth bags. We can get 10x the number of games in a chest we have if we do that.

With all the games we have amassed we have liked TICKET TO RIDE the best. It is a city linking game that is really fast paced with two experienced players. Check it out on the big A.

Settlers, rumicube, Apples to Apples, Skip - Bo, and Phase 10 are some other household favs.

Although i have not broken down and bought it yet i have played Carcassone and LOVE it. It is a very expandable map making game with quality wooded pieces (something i look for in a game) and well made pieces.

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Bought Hero Quest last year and have been enjoying reliving part of my childhood.

Also Stratego is one of my favorites!

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@311feen: I can't believe that in this long thread, you were the first one to mention Stratego! That is one of my all time favorite games. Risk, Life, Parcheesi, Trouble, Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, Hero Quest, Backgammon, and the list goes on! As for card games, the game I find myself playing most often is Egyptian Rat Screw, poor name, awesome game! Otherwise I'll play High-Low-Jack (a.k.a. Pitch or Setback), Spades, and can bumble my way through a game of Cribbage.

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@joeahoman: Jungle Jam - that's the one!!! I've been trying on and off to find that one for a while. It was a crazy experience, let me tell you.

@311feen & @mrmucox: I'll second the vote for Stratego... I just don't have it, and haven't played it for such a long time now. One more to the long list of games to buy! :) I've also got to try my hand again at Egyptian Ratscrew (agreed that it is a horrendous name), and Cribbage.

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Ah, there are so many great board games out there outside of Monopoly, Risk, etc. A lot of mainstream games aren't really that fun when you look at some of the others available.

Carcassonne - Players take turns laying tiles, building a map, and placing followers to gain points.
Puerto Rico - Take on different jobs to build your own colony, build plantations, and manage your citizens.
Dominion - Card game where you buy different resources and items, curse other players, and has a bunch of expansions.
Time's Up - Players in small teams have to try and guess a famous person's name. Game runs in three rounds, each with different rules.

Tons more: Battlestar Galactica, A Ticket to Ride, Memoir '44, Power Grid, Arkham Horror.

There's a lot of options out there, so try something a little bit off the beaten path!

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Does Taboo count? I love that game!

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I like Ticket to Ride, Apples to Apples, and Boxers or Briefs.