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Old 11-05-2019, 04:52 PM
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I'm nearing forty and I have a blast at Candyland because my daughter gets so excited every time we play it. She doesn't even care if she wins. She just wants to pull the character cards and jump up and down.

My recommendation for games to play with kids are to look for cooperative games rather than competitive ones. The one my family likes is Unicorn Glitterluck: A Party for Rosalie... but, again, biased toward a 4 year old girl's preferences. We also really enjoy playing games like Pictionary where instead of forming teams we just take turns pulling a card and drawing, so it's sort of an 'everyone wins and everyone has fun' dynamic.

For groups of adults, I also prefer games that don't 'eliminate' players and have some degree of cooperative element. My favorite thus far has been The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31, but Resistance, Secret Hitler, even Werewords have been favorites of our family-and-friends group at various points. They're all centered around cooperation with hidden 'baddies' that attempt to deceive and mislead the good, honest, God-fearing, tax-paying players.
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:16 AM
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They're all centered around cooperation with hidden 'baddies' that attempt to deceive and mislead the good, honest, God-fearing, tax-paying players.
For this kind of thing, I also highly recommend the One Night Ultimate series. For as much time as my kids have spent playing One Night Werewolf with family and friends in the year or two since we bought it, it is easily the best penny-per-minute value I've ever gotten for dollars spent on entertainment. I might actually have to buy a replacement set soon given the wear on the cards.
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Old 11-24-2019, 09:18 PM
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For the most part I agree with this. "Regular" games can be a bit dry and overplayed. However, we have had luck with more recent and complex board games such as Pandemic, Mysterium, Clank, and others. I feel like game theory is advancing and building on itself, and gamers are smart.

I also still like card games. And playing the "mainstream" games are still fun with my kids, but only because I assume the role of teacher and I like watching them have fun.
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Old 12-03-2019, 04:35 PM
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I recently purchased a 1980s copy of Scrabble. I play a lot of complicated, Euro-style board games, yet Scrabble is one that I love the most.
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Old 12-03-2019, 05:53 PM
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When you play a 1980's Scrabble game, can you not use words like google, podcast, and tweet?
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Old 12-03-2019, 06:12 PM
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When you play a 1980's Scrabble game, can you not use words like google, podcast, and tweet?
Hah! No. That would make a good variant.

I'm talking about the physical game itself. It's from the late 1980s. I ordered it on eBay, and it smells like it lived in the basement of someone's grandparents' house.
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Old 12-04-2019, 02:19 PM
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Scrabble is where it's at! I love the old game boards. I have a couple of classic versions of Monopoly that look fantastic.

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Old 12-04-2019, 04:06 PM
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Scrabble is where it's at!
Seriously. I play a lot with my SO on the phone, but there's nothing like
breaking out an old board and playing with real tiles. We usually use the
dictionary on our phones to check words, but I'm tempted to find an old
dictionary and use that as the only reference.

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I have a couple of classic versions of Monopoly that look fantastic.
Neat. Which version? You must really like the game if you have multiple copies.
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Old 12-06-2019, 07:07 AM
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When you play a 1980's Scrabble game, can you not use words like google, podcast, and tweet?
Was "tweet" not a word in the 1980s?

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However, we have had luck with more recent and complex board games such as Pandemic, Mysterium, Clank, and others.
Me and my family enjoyed Pandemic for a while, but that's one where you can get good enough at it that it isn't so much of a challenge, even when you stack the deck against yourself and pick the worst roles. We put it away and will bring it out again after we "forget" enough of our strategies.

My son's been nagging me to play Advanced Squad Leader with him, but he's only 10. I feel like the ASL rules could be a course of graduate level study.
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Old 12-06-2019, 08:44 AM
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Was "tweet" not a word in the 1980s?
More than likely. A pack of birds "twittering" about in a tree predates actual Twitter.
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Old 12-06-2019, 07:48 PM
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Was "tweet" not a word in the 1980s?
No, it was not. I lived in the '80's, and no one ever used that word, ever, anywhere, anytime, for anything. It might have been used in the 70's, but Reagan banned it in the 80's, and Bush kept the ban in place until '92. It was a disco word, and when Thriller debuted, it stopped being used for a decade. Michael Jackson killed it. MTV used it ironically once, and that was it. Everyone in America refused to use it gain. It wasn't hip. Or hep. Or Jive.
















Okay, well maybe it was, like Birds Tweeting and stuff. Tweety Bird too.
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Yes. For me, the ruined game is D&D. L5R 1-4, The FFG 40k, Vampire the Masquerade, and more just ruined the old THAC-0.
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If you're looking for non-mainstream games that don't have the setup time of the big euro-style box games, the GIPF project games aren't too bad to have a go with (personally, I think my favorite is Zertz, followed maybe by Punct).
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Old 12-22-2019, 11:36 AM
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If you're looking for non-mainstream games that don't have the setup time of the big euro-style box games, the GIPF project games aren't too bad to have a go with (personally, I think my favorite is Zertz, followed maybe by Punct).
I really enjoy abstract games, but I don't know anybody locally who enjoys them. I would absolutely play the GIPF series, given the oppotunity - I've been eying it for years. Unfortunately, if I do find somebody locally who plays games, it's either dueling card games or modern thematic boardgames (all of which I love), but who have no interest in abstracts. My girlfriend is my main companion, and we made our own Tak set. But the game just didn't jive with her. Go was a no-go. Quantum she actually enjoyed, but it's not ideal at 2-players. The one "abstract" game she will happily play with me, which works, is a hanafuda game called Sakura. Oh yeah, and somehow she also enjoys Senet.

If you want to play a GIPF series game online some time, I'm absolutely up for it. I have an account on BaJ.
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