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Eruve Nandiriel
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Are you kidding? I own in the movie trivia category. [Big Grin]
*has maybe spent too much time watching the extended edition*

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Carrie
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I live and die by Trivial Pursuit.

Never played Risk, never played this mythical "Apples to Apples" thing (seriously, I don't know anyone around here who has it, let alone what it is, only that it's apparently awesome), don't do well at Scrabble (then again I've only recently played my mother, who's an absolute genius at crossword puzzles, so I think I'm at a disadvantage there)... oh, I guess Cranium's fun.

I really like playing checkers, too. I always lose in a blaze of glory, but I have fun doing it. [Smile]

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Lyrhawn
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If they asked more book based questions and less movie trivia that you have to watch the movies 60 times to see then I'd be totally on board.

It's entertaining from time to time. Though I'll admit I do love Star Wars Trivial Pursuit. But then, I rock at that game, so it's no surprise.

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I've got the wooden box sets of Apples to Apples, and I've heard they no longer make it.
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Eruve Nandiriel
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I don't consider Apples to Apples a board game, I think of it as a card game. That's another category. But is is a really fun game. [Smile]
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Agreed. Though I can't believe Carrie's never played!! It's just a fact of life around here. As is cranium, which is a biweekly occurance. Good times.
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its all about the goodness of shoots and ladders.
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Chess, Checkers, or Boggle. Anything where there's either no dependence on chance, or chance gives everybody the same opportunities.
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*bump* (cause I didn't see it the first time round)

As long as you're going for games of no chance, there's always the game of go. We had a game (or about 2/3 of one) in a thread here a while back. And you will never, repeat, never "learn the curve" of this game completely, so many layers of complexity and nuance it has. Yet even for a beginner the game is interesting and at times exciting.

For Risk without chance, there's always Diplomacy. This is the kind of game that takes forever to play and takes over people's lives. I played about a round and a half of it once.

(Incidentally, I once (about 8 or 9 years ago) emailed OSC asking about his alternate rules for Risk. Didn't get a response at the time, so it's good to finally see the answer to my question.)

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I'm still amazed no one else likes Cathedral.
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I too love cathedral. I have a nice wooden set on my coffee table trying not too gather too much dust.

Axis and Allies is my favorite though. Great game in itself, nicely flexible out to about five people (6 or 7 in some of the revised editions with France and China). My friends and I also made our own rule set with a twist other than size. We set up two boards in seperate rooms, one allies and one axis. Then had a game master take our moves into the other room, or went to a communal room for attacks. Had to introduce new units such as spy planes and decoy units and factories (I think those got inserted officially at a later date.) It took forever, but much fun was had.

Feyd Baron, DoC

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My personal favorite game is a fairly standard rules risk using the secret mission cards. For one thing, games goes a lot quicker with secret mission, so we can usually get in several games in a sitting. It also adds another level of strategy, since you have to try to keep your own mission secret and guess the other players' missions.
We make a few small rule changes, although I can't remember them all off the top of my head. The biggest change we make is with the risk cards. In our games matched sets are always a flat 5 armies. This provides an incentive to attack, but the normal rules distribution is way too unbalancing.

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My favorite board game -- hands down -- is Carcasonne, played with all the expansions. Settlers of Catan is a distant second. And I'm not sure what the third would be; at that point, it becomes kind of a toss-up.
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quote:
Originally posted by MyrddinFyre:
Clue. But no one will play with me cause I tend to win [Frown]

Not quite. At least not in my case -- the fact that you won the single time I played with you was not the issue. It was that you take really long turns (because you analyze each move).

Thing is, the two are connected. I prefer to play fairly seat-of-the-pants, and am unlikely to win against as methodical a player as you.

What you need is to find other people who play Clue the way you do. [Smile]


My favorites are Scrabble, Boggle, and Cranium. Still have an unopened Cranium that I bought right after KamaCon . . . I need people to play with!

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I enjoy Scrabble, Sorry, and Life.
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Even though (as it's been pointed out) Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne are technically tile laying games and not board games per se, they're still my favorites. Another good tile laying game is one called Attika.

Card game-wise there are a few that I really like: Munchkin, Apples to Apples, Killer Bunnies, Citadels.

I recently played A Game of Thrones (based on the book of the same name). It played like a really complex version of diplomacy. It was awesome. If anybody likes the books, they must play.

Finally, one of my all-time favorite board games is Masterpiece. I love that game.

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*bump*

I've gotten into Carcassonne and its expansions this year, and enjoyed it muchly.

Started playing Carcassonne -- The Castle recently, and enjoying it as well; still having fun figuring out strategy possibilities with it.

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Cathedral. I love Cathedral. Scrabble, of course, is also a favorite.
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Raia and Myr, I believe there is a version of Clue that lets you play online- just, don't ask me where to find it.
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Sequence is fun.

I also realy like Syzygy, although not really a board game, more of a tile game.

We are up for pretty much any games around here...board or otherwise.

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quote:
Originally posted by His Savageness:
Finally, one of my all-time favorite board games is Masterpiece. I love that game.

I didn't think anyone else knew that game! I used to love playing that with my parents, but it's been a few years. [Big Grin]

I also love Risk, and Battleship was a big favorite when I was a kid. And I still love Balderdash, mostly because I'm better at it than my friends. [Wink] Guesstures is lots of fun too - any charades-esque game, actually.

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I'll second A Game of Thones--it's a terrific game. Another one that I've been having an enormous amount of fun with lately is Monsters Menace America. I'm not utterly sure how many times it will continue to be fun, but at the moment it's still a blast.
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Diplomacy. You want to talk about people's hidden evil, try this classic with 6 of your closest "friends", Brutus. Just try not to get stuck playing Austria-Hungary.

Oh, and I have to second The Farming Game. I couldn't believe when a friend of my husband's brought this over. I was even more surprised how much I enjoyed it. (I don't think Fruit is that good of a deal though you CAN make a killing)

Pix

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I love Risk, not least because I usually win. In fact my family won't play with me anymore, because I'm the only one who wins. Another game I like that's similar to Risk is Shogun, though some people might call it Samurai Swords. My family plays a lot Settlers of Cataan, Magic the Gathering (using really old cards), and Age of Empires (a newer board-like game) and I enjoy all of them, but Risk and Shogun are my favorites. I might have to try the Risk 2210 sometime, it sounds like a lot of fun.
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Risk is fun. I recently had an awesome game. I was losing, with only 6 countries, scattered about Europe and Asia. Another player had about 8, controlling most of Africa. Another player controlled Australia and most of Asia, while the last had the Americas and a bit of Europe.

On my turn, I turned in a set of cards for about 20 or so armies. I managed to just conquer the Africa player, and took 4 cards from him. I ended my turn, drawing a card to take the total up to 5.

The other two players sparred with each other on their respective turns. So, when it ended up being my turn, I turned in yet another set of cards. I managed to plot a course through Europe, North America, South America, and Asia, and took out that player. I collected cards from him, so I turned cards in mid-turn, and managed to push the remaining player to the Austrialian continent (also Japan, which my army couldn't get to) before my armies ran out. On his turn, he took Siam and stopped. It didn't matter, since I had yet another set of cards to turn in, and I also possessed several of the continents. I handily wiped him out (though, for some reason, he got really lucky rolling defending his countries in Australia. I probably lost 3 or 4 armies for every one he lost.)

Basically, I went from 6 relatively undefended countries to ruling the world in three turns. 'Twas a ton of fun.

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Favorite board games: Cranium, Balderdash (although we don't play with the board), Scene It!, and Monopoly.

Favorite card games: SET (I will beat anyone. I'm just that good. I'm modest too. [Wink] ), Egyptian War (also knows as Ultimate War or Egyptian Rat Screw), Apples to Apples (which I just got for christmas and love), and Quiddler.

Those are my choices. If we ever meet, we should play together. It would be a fun time!

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I prefer using the set values for cards. It's too easy for one player to end a turn with 50 armies when a game lasts for awhile. Set values guarantee that things can't get too far out of hand, and allow for some fun big but reasonably sized assaults and battles.

Card games wise, Egyptian Ratscrew is a classic favorite of mine. But it doesn't beat Euchre which is now, and will always be, the best card game ever. Texas Hold em poker is a recent favorite.

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Tom -- when you use all the Carcassonne expansions, do you play with all the features, or only some?

Currently I like using all the tiles, but not all the features -- I leave out the dragon, the fairy, the princess, magic teleporting, the pig, the big follower, and the builder... leaving in inns, cathedrals, trade goods, the thief/longest road card, and the king/largest city card.

[edit to fix typo]

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I'm surprised no one here has mentioned Puerto Rico. Again not truly a board game, but very much in the genre of strategy/tactical games like Carcassonne and Settlers (which are my second and third favorite games).

Puerto Rico has only a smidgen of randomness to it, so it's very chess-like, but gets far more complicated far more quickly.

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quote:

Tom -- when you use all the Carcassonne expansions, do you play with all the features, or only some?

All of 'em -- except, ironically, the thief and king. [Smile] The builder, the big follower (and pig), and dragon are features that I think add a LOT to the game.
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Talisman is still one of my favorites, and I always loved the Game of Life. Squad Leader was a mania back in college, as was Risk.

I've wanted to try Settlers, but haven't had an introduction to it yet, sadly.

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On your recommendation, Tom, I have added Carcassone and it's expansions to my Christmas wishlist.
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Othello. Definitely. As far as Risk goes, my partner turns into an utter megalomaniac when she plays, so I don't play it.

Monopoly is cool, and I don't care what the instructions say, any money you have to pay for taxes or from cards goes smack into the middle of the board (which gets seeded with a $50), and when you land on Free Parking, you get whatever is in there. And then the bank ponies up another $50 to start it again.

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*bump*

What are verbal/non-strategy games that folks like?

(Ones already mentioned in this thread = Apples to Apples, Cranium, Pictionary, Balderdash, Scrabble, Boggle, Taboo. A couple others I know = Scattergories and Guesstures.)

Sometimes when I'm playing games with a group, some folks (especially women) are less interested in strategy games and more interested in more social/verbal games like the ones I mentioned above. So I'm looking for some new options... any ideas?

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Plaid, you could always break out a Victorian parlor game.
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Neat link! Thanks! [Smile]

I remember reading about Tableaux Vivant in an historical novel, I've always wanted to try it...

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[Smile] Sure, glad to help!
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I picked up Tsuro for Christy this year. I highly recommend it.
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I was playing a verbal/non-strategy game at my cousins' house on Christmas but I can't remember the name of it. You have an electronic handheld device that gives you words and you have to give clues for other people to guess.

As for Risk, my friends and I have started playing a variant on the Missions way. Instead of playing through all 4 Missions in whatever order and turning over the last card, you play through them in difficulty order (easiest first) and you don't have to turn over the last card. The only problem is that the more you play, the more you know which Mission goes with which difficulty level and you can pretty much guess what mission the person has.

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