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2020-07-12 8:49:28 PM  
Ahh the good ole days when you had to use your imagination.

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2020-07-12 9:06:41 PM  
I went GIS fishing for Connect 4 memes which there are a million it seems.  Here a some of the funniest.
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2020-07-12 9:09:17 PM  
Family games?  The only way to win is to not play.
 
2020-07-12 10:08:46 PM  
i like word games.  most people refused to play me at scrabble and boggle after a while

monopoly can go fark itself
 
2020-07-12 11:41:26 PM  
!!!!Game Night!!!!
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2020-07-12 11:53:25 PM  
How about you teach your family to play new, non-shiatty board games.

Seriously this is a golden age of board games, nobody should be playing Monopoly if they can help it.
 
2020-07-12 11:56:10 PM  

Pinnacle Point: I went GIS fishing for Connect 4 memes which there are a million it seems.  Here a some of the funniest.
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2020-07-12 11:56:37 PM  

Hills-Sachs_Legion: How about you teach your family to play new, non-shiatty board games.

Seriously this is a golden age of board games, nobody should be playing Monopoly if they can help it.


Dominoes is where it's at
 
2020-07-12 11:58:01 PM  

johnny_vegas: Hills-Sachs_Legion: How about you teach your family to play new, non-shiatty board games.

Seriously this is a golden age of board games, nobody should be playing Monopoly if they can help it.

Dominoes is where it's at


Hell yeah
 
2020-07-12 11:58:36 PM  
Because of COVID this will be the first year in awhile we haven't visited our friends in Virginia for hiking and game night that goes all the way back to when they lived here.

It probably works out for the best, one player, lets lets her B., posted three 120+ rounds in a row in Small World (core, not the overpowered underworld and alchemy junk) our last trip.
 
2020-07-13 12:09:04 AM  

Pinnacle Point: I went GIS fishing for Connect 4 memes which there are a million it seems.  Here a some of the funniest.
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2020-07-13 12:28:35 AM  
As long as it doesn't go like this:

A woman meets her boyfriend's parents during game night. But it turns into a nightmare. | Game Night
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2020-07-13 12:40:21 AM  
I've read longer articles on the back of cereal boxes.  Well, not articles, but things.  Longer things on the back of cereal boxes.
 
2020-07-13 12:44:44 AM  
I just can't get into board games. At least, not the ones that have "chance" as a major component.. I find them frustrating. I can play them in a group and get through them (I'm not a sore loser or, or super-competitivie or anything), but only if I basically ignore the game and just treat it as a social activity.

Luckily, I don't have many friends that play them. Had an ex-girlfriend that always wanted to play them, and her friends always wanted me to play, because I'm a good conversationalist. I obliged, but...ugh. Didn't help that the ex *hated* that I would never pay much attention to the game itself.
 
2020-07-13 12:45:25 AM  
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2020-07-13 12:49:01 AM  
I taught my kids to kick my ass in Catan and other games.

"NO MERCY!" I scream, laying down three more roads and buying a handful of development cards.
"I DEMAND BLOOD BEFORE I GIVE YOU ONE BRICK!" as they panic and throw their resource cards into the air where I eagerly snatch them from to maintain my empire.

Tuesday nights are fun at the Stone household.

I actually eased into it, letting them win, and then started beating them, and now I've created fun opponents who think as sneakily as I do and sometimes really do kick my ass at Catan (oldest kid had 2 plan Bs in place to win in an additional turn if I had blocked their plan A that turn) and Risk is just everybody praying to the dice because we're all bastards.  I won't mention Monopoly other than to say that I've really had to learn how to be a good sport when I land on hoteled orange spots and hand over all my goods.
 
2020-07-13 12:53:31 AM  

realmolo: I just can't get into board games. At least, not the ones that have "chance" as a major component.. I find them frustrating. I can play them in a group and get through them (I'm not a sore loser or, or super-competitivie or anything), but only if I basically ignore the game and just treat it as a social activity.

Luckily, I don't have many friends that play them. Had an ex-girlfriend that always wanted to play them, and her friends always wanted me to play, because I'm a good conversationalist. I obliged, but...ugh. Didn't help that the ex *hated* that I would never pay much attention to the game itself.


You should have just killed her and her friends.  Voila...no more bored games.  That's what I usually do.
 
2020-07-13 12:59:39 AM  

almejita: realmolo: I just can't get into board games. At least, not the ones that have "chance" as a major component.. I find them frustrating. I can play them in a group and get through them (I'm not a sore loser or, or super-competitivie or anything), but only if I basically ignore the game and just treat it as a social activity.

Luckily, I don't have many friends that play them. Had an ex-girlfriend that always wanted to play them, and her friends always wanted me to play, because I'm a good conversationalist. I obliged, but...ugh. Didn't help that the ex *hated* that I would never pay much attention to the game itself.

You should have just killed her and her friends.  Voila...no more bored games.  That's what I usually do.


Oof, too violent.

Hold them at gunpoint and make them play Twister


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2020-07-13 1:05:23 AM  

johnny_vegas: almejita: realmolo: I just can't get into board games. At least, not the ones that have "chance" as a major component.. I find them frustrating. I can play them in a group and get through them (I'm not a sore loser or, or super-competitivie or anything), but only if I basically ignore the game and just treat it as a social activity.

Luckily, I don't have many friends that play them. Had an ex-girlfriend that always wanted to play them, and her friends always wanted me to play, because I'm a good conversationalist. I obliged, but...ugh. Didn't help that the ex *hated* that I would never pay much attention to the game itself.

You should have just killed her and her friends.  Voila...no more bored games.  That's what I usually do.

Oof, too violent.

Hold them at gunpoint and make them play Twister


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Then kill them?  Nice!
 
2020-07-13 2:13:29 AM  
scrabble pro-tip:

If you cant claim the triple letter or word tile on your turn, make sure NO ONE can claim that time either.
 
2020-07-13 2:15:34 AM  

Pinnacle Point: I went GIS fishing for Connect 4 memes which there are a million it seems.  Here a some of the funniest.
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2020-07-13 2:29:06 AM  

realmolo: I just can't get into board games. At least, not the ones that have "chance" as a major component.. I find them frustrating. I can play them in a group and get through them (I'm not a sore loser or, or super-competitivie or anything), but only if I basically ignore the game and just treat it as a social activity.

Luckily, I don't have many friends that play them. Had an ex-girlfriend that always wanted to play them, and her friends always wanted me to play, because I'm a good conversationalist. I obliged, but...ugh. Didn't help that the ex *hated* that I would never pay much attention to the game itself.


Games without chance are just chess. It's fine if you are gonna throw games or are just a bunch of novices, but destroying your 3 friends or whatever because you know the moves to win the game is just you felating your ego. It is all fun and games if you agree to it, of course.
 
2020-07-13 2:42:40 AM  

Bukharin: scrabble pro-tip:

If you cant claim the triple letter or word tile on your turn, make sure NO ONE can claim that time either.


and know your 2-letter words.
 
2020-07-13 3:45:37 AM  
Another dick monopoly move is to just buy houses. There are 32 houses so they are a limited commodity, and you have to buy four houses per property before you can upgrade to a hotel. So even if you purchase 12 houses for a single monopoly, you've taken over a third of the supply out of the game.

Its great to watch someone rage because they traded everything to get parkplace and boardwalk but can't build it up because the light blues and oranges have almost the entire house supply sitting one them.

/it also teaches a really important lesson: that greedy landlords will do everything they can to destroy their renters.
 
2020-07-13 4:47:11 AM  
 
2020-07-13 5:24:44 AM  

markie_farkie: Ahh the good ole days when you had to use your imagination.

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I still play a mud from the 90s. Dragonrealms
 
2020-07-13 6:34:44 AM  

tinderfitles: Another dick monopoly move is to just buy houses. There are 32 houses so they are a limited commodity, and you have to buy four houses per property before you can upgrade to a hotel. So even if you purchase 12 houses for a single monopoly, you've taken over a third of the supply out of the game.

Its great to watch someone rage because they traded everything to get parkplace and boardwalk but can't build it up because the light blues and oranges have almost the entire house supply sitting one them.

/it also teaches a really important lesson: that greedy landlords will do everything they can to destroy their renters.


Until you draw one of these:

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2020-07-13 7:55:14 AM  
We gave up game night after the Diplomacy 'incident'.

We still haven't found Frank, and Grandma says she'll never forgive us.
 
2020-07-13 8:01:23 AM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: i like word games.  most people refused to play me at scrabble and boggle after a while

monopoly can go fark itself


See if they'll play Wordsy with you.
 
2020-07-13 8:19:31 AM  
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2020-07-13 8:34:53 AM  

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That one's harder than it looks
 
2020-07-13 8:49:57 AM  
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I won't play this with my wife because I don't want to get divorced
 
2020-07-13 9:52:09 AM  
The only wining move is not to play...with your family.
 
2020-07-13 10:00:58 AM  
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2020-07-13 10:05:58 AM  

realmolo: I just can't get into board games. At least, not the ones that have "chance" as a major component.. I find them frustrating. I can play them in a group and get through them (I'm not a sore loser or, or super-competitivie or anything), but only if I basically ignore the game and just treat it as a social activity.


I love board games and I'm really frustrated by games which are chance-heavy. Should you ever have any interest, there are plenty of board games out there which involve little to no chance and are hella fun. Again, if it comes up in the future, you might also look into co-op board games. When it's everyone vs the game, no one loses alone, and it's less demoralizing.
 
2020-07-13 10:22:27 AM  

johnny_vegas: almejita: realmolo: I just can't get into board games. At least, not the ones that have "chance" as a major component.. I find them frustrating. I can play them in a group and get through them (I'm not a sore loser or, or super-competitivie or anything), but only if I basically ignore the game and just treat it as a social activity.

Luckily, I don't have many friends that play them. Had an ex-girlfriend that always wanted to play them, and her friends always wanted me to play, because I'm a good conversationalist. I obliged, but...ugh. Didn't help that the ex *hated* that I would never pay much attention to the game itself.

You should have just killed her and her friends.  Voila...no more bored games.  That's what I usually do.

Oof, too violent.

Hold them at gunpoint and make them play Twister


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The best part of Twister is the players rarely if ever are able to tell whether you're making up the spin results because they're too busy trying to not fall on their faces. Use this wisely.
 
2020-07-13 11:36:35 AM  
RISK.  In a two person game be the first to go. Always be attacking the other player forcing them to rebuild on their next turn and limiting their counter-attacks.  Also never play 2-player Risk.  for that matter don't bother playing Risk.

King of New York.  in a 3+ person game it's almost impossible to kill off all the other players.  Go for the popularity win.
 
2020-07-13 12:21:31 PM  
Family games list fails without Cards Against Humanity.
 
2020-07-13 12:30:30 PM  

evilskinnybroad: Family games list fails without Cards Against Humanity.


"Family"
 
2020-07-13 1:02:08 PM  
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2020-07-13 1:24:00 PM  
Want a family-appropriate game that doesn't suck?

2-4 players, 10-15 minute rounds, no dice, no cards, no randomness at all.
How to Play Circular Reasoning
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My tabletop group enjoys a round or two of this to warm up before a more-involved game.
 
2020-07-13 3:59:31 PM  
I know I am late to the thread and no one will read this...

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Super easy to learn.  I got this for my daughter for Christmas with a handful of other games.  This quickly became the household favorite and we still play all the time.
Its a great social game too, when the world ever opens back up.

Only 'chance' is the roll of the die that determines if the ladder you place touches 1 other ladder, 2 ladders, or has to catch the moon (roll credits) and be the highest one.
 
2020-07-13 4:23:46 PM  

Derek Force: I know I am late to the thread and no one will read this...

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Super easy to learn.  I got this for my daughter for Christmas with a handful of other games.  This quickly became the household favorite and we still play all the time.
Its a great social game too, when the world ever opens back up.

Only 'chance' is the roll of the die that determines if the ladder you place touches 1 other ladder, 2 ladders, or has to catch the moon (roll credits) and be the highest one.


That looks great.  Will look fir that for our family game nights!
One question if you are still here, how coordinated (or careful) do you have to be to play...my daughter has some fine motor-skills issues that make her a little clumsy
 
2020-07-13 5:31:33 PM  

Derek Force: I know I am late to the thread and no one will read this...

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Super easy to learn.  I got this for my daughter for Christmas with a handful of other games.  This quickly became the household favorite and we still play all the time.
Its a great social game too, when the world ever opens back up.

Only 'chance' is the roll of the die that determines if the ladder you place touches 1 other ladder, 2 ladders, or has to catch the moon (roll credits) and be the highest one.


That's pretty interesting, almost like reverse-Jenga.
 
2020-07-13 5:36:13 PM  
If you want to have your family hate you, play Blokus.
 
2020-07-13 6:00:48 PM  
Like scrabble but want something more coop and that has a twist?
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Like Letter Jam but can't spell?
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Like clue but want to get more creative and bypass the boring moving around plus want it to be coop?
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Want to play a slightly less cooperative game that relies on you being able to lie and/or tell who is lying, based on logical reasoning and also want to call all your family and friends a fascist without them getting mad?
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Want to play a short mindless but still incredibly fun game where the only thing you need to know how to do is count to 100?
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Like coop? Like leaving your mark on the game permanently and bad decisions you make last game impact the next round?
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Like team games and giving clues?
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Like Trivial pursuit style trivia games but get annoyed because you don't actually know trivia topics well enough? (This is a game where getting close to the right answer scores points too)
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Want a nice simple multiplayer game with easy to learn rules? (Multiple variants exist)
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2020-07-13 6:11:12 PM  
Did I miss all the Avalon Hill games?
 
2020-07-14 7:24:55 AM  
johnny_vegas:
That looks great.  Will look fir that for our family game nights!
One question if you are still here, how coordinated (or careful) do you have to be to play...my daughter has some fine motor-skills issues that make her a little clumsy


Well, playing at your house, you can tweak the rules however you like.  I am more forgiving when my daughter's friends have played with us (or first timers), but honestly its just a game.  Maybe it will help improve motor skills a little! 

I got mine on Amazon, but I'm sure its available at other places as well.
 
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