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Old 12-18-04, 12:41 PM
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Here is a nice and clean game for a family to play together.

http://www.ghettopoly.com/
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Old 12-18-04, 12:50 PM
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We enjoy the card game Fluxx. But I haven't played it with more than 4 people. It's a silly game with a lot of luck, and your strategies keep getting disrupted by the flow of play. However, it's not all luck, because I usually win.
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Old 12-18-04, 04:08 PM
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another vote for cranium and trivial pursuit (just picked up the star wars version on ebay and cannot wait to play)

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Old 09-17-08, 09:40 PM
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I've been on a board game revival / binge lately. It's nice to see some Euro games here mentioned along with the "Ameritrash" (to quote the BoardGameGeek website). For the record, I enjoy both types of games. I've been playing Catan for years and wanted to see what's new. So far I've picked up:


Puerto Rico: Which has been a hit with everyone I've played it with. You basically run a plantation in 1800s Puerto Rico, and win. You can win by becoming a real estate developer, a great plantation owner, or some mix of the two. The game is almost all strategy and what's neat is that it takes a long time (multiple games) to even start to figure out how to win consistently, which means it doesn't get old quick. It does take a bit to play, about an hour and a half or so.


Modern Art: A game where you play the role of an art dealer. You're working with other art dealers and trying to buy art pieces on the cheap, meanwhile trying to convince everyone that the artist you're representing is the next hot thing so you can unload your art for top dollar.


Last Night on Earth: Which is a game for 2+ more players: one group plays the role of zombies, the other of some townsfolk that are trying to survive the night / kill zombies / etc. Each game is radically different and there's a lot of scenarios you can play in (example: survive a zombie onslaught in a mansion, escape from town in a pickup truck, etc). Each "human" player gets to control human pieces that are specific horror movie archetypes: the mysterious drifter, the small town cop, the resourceful farm girl, etc.


Wits and Wagers: Part Trivial Pursuit, part casino. In this trivia game, after everyone takes a turn guessing the answer to the trivia question, everyone gets to bet on who's right. If you're not good with trivia, you can still win by correctly predicting who has the right answer. I haven't played this "live" yet, only on my Xbox. (But I bought the regular game).

It was also nice to see Fluxx mentioned.
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Old 09-17-08, 09:43 PM
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I also got this game for my brother. I haven't played it yet thought.


Europe Engulfed: Risk, apparently, is for sissies. The game box proclaims this is one of the "fastest" wargames around. A single game can be completed in "only" 10 to 14 hours provided you've already "mastered" the game mechanics. I can't wait. That picture is slightly misleading. That game board is probably 2-4x the size of your average Risk board.

There's another game, World in Flames that can take up to 180 hours to play.
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Old 09-17-08, 09:50 PM
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I own Puerto Rico but have never learned it. It is one of the games they are bringing to Xbox Live.

Modern Art is indeed a great game. I played it with my classes several times and enjoyed it every time. A nice abstract game.

The war games don't normally interest me that much so those i have never played.

Glad to see another "Geek" on here.
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Old 09-17-08, 10:35 PM
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I'm interested in that Cthulhu game, Arkham Horror, it sounds like it's similar to Last Night on Earth but a little darker. It's just expensive though, and I don't have anyone to play with
My family's taste in board/card games ranges from Spades (if inlaws or parents come over), occasionally Scene It, Cranium, or Parcheesi, and if my boy's playing, Parcheesi, Ruffhouse, Bonkers, things like that. I did get him playing Illuminati for a little while, which was fun...until he got the South American Nazis and started drawing swastikas. We had a talk about that.
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Old 09-17-08, 10:41 PM
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My family likes Tripoley:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/4853
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Old 09-17-08, 10:56 PM
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I've seen a lot of mentions of Balderdash so I "x"th that recommendation. It's also possible to play without purchasing anything - assuming you have a big dictionary, scrap paper cut into identical squares and pens/pencils. The actual store game does have a few more options like acronyms and names but, in my opinion, not enough cards as I played it so often when we bought it that I could recall answers.

The rules are terribly simple and can be found online I bet. The real treat is when people begin to write their answer like something that can be found in a real dictionary.

Tripoley (I always assumed it was Tripoli!) is a blast as well. Great thread - I'm sure I'd love some of these games being mentioned.

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Old 09-17-08, 11:27 PM
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I never get tired of Scotland Yard, and I've been playing it since I was 8 or 9. I picked up a used copy on eBay not long ago, and Amazon sells new copies for over twice the price I paid.
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Old 09-18-08, 01:28 AM
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I'll make a couple of recommendations on some newer board games. If you're playing with some folks that know each other pretty well: Imaginiff. Another game that I've enjoyed quite a bit: The Last Word.
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Old 09-18-08, 05:26 AM
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Originally Posted by dtcarson View Post
I'm interested in that Cthulhu game, Arkham Horror, it sounds like it's similar to Last Night on Earth but a little darker. It's just expensive though, and I don't have anyone to play with
Arkham Horror is a great game and worth every penny imo. You can also play it single player if you are in the mood. Be aware though it takes up a large amount of table space and also takes a while to play. My games have tended to run 2-3 hours in length when playing with one other person.
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Old 09-18-08, 07:01 AM
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Arkham Horror is a great game and worth every penny imo. You can also play it single player if you are in the mood.
Personally I would say it works better as a single player game. Much like Runebound it's really more of a group solitaire game IMHO. There's just really not much interaction between the characters/players. There is a common goal everyone is trying to do, but everyone is really going about it their own way. Maybe things have changed (I know they added some rules/expansions to Runebound that add some interaction) but this is a game we really don't play as a group much anymore. I do still recommend it though. As w/ all Fantasy Flight games the components are high quality and the rules are relatively easy to understand.
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Old 09-18-08, 07:03 AM
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I own Puerto Rico but have never learned it. It is one of the games they are bringing to Xbox Live.
There is also a PC version available.
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Old 09-18-08, 07:59 AM
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Personally I would say it works better as a single player game. Much like Runebound it's really more of a group solitaire game IMHO. There's just really not much interaction between the characters/players. There is a common goal everyone is trying to do, but everyone is really going about it their own way. Maybe things have changed (I know they added some rules/expansions to Runebound that add some interaction) but this is a game we really don't play as a group much anymore. I do still recommend it though. As w/ all Fantasy Flight games the components are high quality and the rules are relatively easy to understand.
You are right that there isn't a large amount of group interaction other than tabletalk and planning. I think the interaction comes in the planning (eg. You clear this street so i can move to the gate and you keep shopping with your money to buy elder signs). We also play the game with a touch more role playing - when one player has an encounter another player reads them the card and interjects decisions. So instead of saying, "there is a book here so do a -2 Lore check to see if you understand it" we ask "Do you want to read the book?" A minor change but it does spice the game up a little bit.

We are playing with none of the expansions but it is still a pretty big hit among my friends - although admittedly it is the newest game in the collection and we only get together to play every couple months.
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Old 09-18-08, 07:59 AM
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You buy up all the crappy ones right after GO, don't you?
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Yes, yes I do.
Seriously, getting all the light blue group is one of the best secrets of winning Monopoly. Hotels are cheap so you can build up before anyone else. Then you just start nickel and diming them to death!! Actually you get like 600 bucks everytime somebody lands on your hotel. The ROI for the improvements is fantastic. Muaaahhaaahhaaa!
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Old 09-18-08, 08:08 AM
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Euchre! Though it's not actually a board game. And if you have a very competitive family Spoons can be a fun and hectic game. Just don't use any valuable silverware, because they will get messed up.
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Old 09-18-08, 10:09 AM
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Risk like a motha!!!!!!
Word! It's so hard to find enough people that have time play or are willing to play. It's best when the game goes so long you have to leave it over night!

Also, Axis and Allies is good, but the damn thing takes an hour just to set up!
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I also got this game for my brother. I haven't played it yet thought.


Europe Engulfed: Risk, apparently, is for sissies. The game box proclaims this is one of the "fastest" wargames around. A single game can be completed in "only" 10 to 14 hours provided you've already "mastered" the game mechanics. I can't wait. That picture is slightly misleading. That game board is probably 2-4x the size of your average Risk board.

There's another game, World in Flames that can take up to 180 hours to play.
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Old 09-18-08, 11:44 AM
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Puerto Rico and Modern Art are both great games. The only issue I have with them is that one really bad/new player can totally screw up the game for other players, rather than just themselves. They are best played with people at your experience level, or with low expectations if you're teaching the game.
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Old 09-19-08, 03:37 AM
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Other than the usual party type games, I'd go for Settlers of Catan. Makes you think about your moves, takes some skill, but simple enough it's easy to explain how to play, and it doesn't last for hours and hours like other strategy type games.

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Old 09-20-08, 03:47 PM
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Has anyone tried the Trivial Persuit DVD pop culture game? I got that for Christmas and am wondering how it is.
i have it though i have never used the dvd. it can be pretty tough but it has some very easy questions scattered about.
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Old 09-20-08, 05:32 PM
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Another vote for Fluxx. Very VERY easy to learn, pretty fast moving, and generally enjoyable by all age groups.
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Old 09-20-08, 07:06 PM
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Another vote for UpWords. And Risk is always a great pick-up-and-play game that gets interesting. (We allow negotiation of 'treaties,' etc.) Europe Engulfed looks interesting. Any opinions on it?
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Old 12-27-08, 04:53 PM
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I got Heroscape master set for Christmas, and I like it. Apart from setting up the world which can take a while (once we set up for the first scenario, we haven't changed it again yet) and finding which hole the pieces go in at the end of the game, it's fun. The basic game is easy enough for my 6 year old to play, the advanced game adds more strategy, although when I played with my wife we sort of mixed the rules (drafting armies and using certain glyphs). At its core is very similar to Risk, so there's definitely luck involved, but in a more fantasy/fantastic setting, and there is some strategy with using your armies and the special skills.
I know it's pitched as a kiddy game, and lots of board game aficionados sneer upon it because of that and it's sold in mainstream stores, but it's still fun.
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