My Family is a Bunch of Losers!
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Thanks for all of your wonderful contributions. It was impossible to choose a best story, so our office decided to award a bunch of honorable mention prizes. You'll find the winners in the bottom comment section, or at this link. Cheers everyone!
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It's true. I bring games to our holiday gatherings, but my family always loses to me. Even simple games like Settlers of Catan or Carcassonne are too complicated for them. When it comes to strategy games... my family is a bunch of losers!


... but they don't like losing, and they certainly don't like being confused. Enter North Star Games. We design games that are interesting to gamers, and that casual gamers can actually win. In short, we design:


To help get the word out, we're giving away $100 cash and 2 games with this holiday contest...
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Thumb up to 10 stories (and hopefully this list).

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We will send a game to the person who posted our favorite story, and to a random person who thumbed that story. We will choose the winners on December 17th.

Optional Stories
Post a story about a time your friends or relatives were over-whelmed with a board game. Actually, post any fun story about playing games.
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Each winner will get $50 cash and their choice of any one of our games. Cheers!


Please note that Clubs will not be available until February. But if you choose it, you'll get a pre-release copy 3 months before it is available in stores!


Happy Holidays!
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1. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit [Average Rating:5.23 Overall Rank:10713]
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Mom: "You like to play games! Why don't you bring a game for us play on when we're all together."
Me: "Ok. I know several fun gateway games that everyone is sure to love!"

--- Over the holidays... ---

Me: "It's called Settlers of Catan. It's one of the most popular games in the world right now."
Mom: "Wow, there are a lot of pieces. Does this take long?"
Me: "No, it should only take about 90 minutes."

--- 3 minutes later... ---

Mom: "Are we almost done? I'm starting to forget some of the rules."
Me: "Actually, we've only covered a few of the rules, but it's pretty intuitive."
Cousin: "Not for me! Anyhow, someone should probably help Grandma with the dishes."
Me: "Ok, but this is a really fun game. You're going to wish you joined us..."

--- 2 minutes later... ---

Mom: "Ok, I think I'm starting to understand. So do we roll dice to move along the roads?"
Me: "Not really..."

--- 2 minutes later... ---

Cousin: [pokes head in from kitchen] "You know what! We should play Trivia Pursuit like we did last year. Do you remember how funny it was when Dad mixed up Madonna with Barbara Streisand! You want me to get the game?"
Mom: "I don't know. Maybe we should try this game first. Are we almost done with the rules?"
Me: "Not really. Should we save it for another time?"
Mom: "That's a great idea! I'm sorry, there is a little too much going on right now. We'll learn how to play some other time, I promise."

--- End Result ---

We play Trivial Pursuit for nearly 2 hours! ARRRRRGGGGGG!!! The worse part is that they think they are doing me a favor. soblue
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2. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:109] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
Sean Brulet
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McKinney
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My brother finally decided to play this with me on our last big holiday.

Bro: So I can play this anywhere?

Me: Yes, anywhere it connects.

Dad: Oh, what's that? A puzzle?

Me: No, not a puzzle. It's a strategy game...(10 minutes of explaining to someone who obviously doesn't care)

Bro: Ok, so I'll put this road here.

Me: Ok gre--

Mom: Are you two almost done with your puzzle? Dinner's almost done.

Me: (Explains again a little quicker)

Me: Ok, let me grab this ti--

My Son: Ooh! A puzzle, can I help?

Bro's Daughter: What are these guys? (Swipes my meeples and runs off)

Me: Sigh. (Puts the game away) shake
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3. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.46 Overall Rank:10798]
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Last year we stayed at a Cabin at South Lake Tahoe for fun in the snow etc. We were joined by a neighbor/family. Still, nothing like a few boardgames to get together after dinner (cheery fire in background etc.). So I pack my games (a couple of large suitcases worth-family games, gateway games, dexterity games, card games, etc.). Well, not to be outdone Neighbors contributed to the cause by bringing THEIR games-Sorry! Pretty, Pretty Princess, and yes, Monopoly.

And of course, being bratty proactive, 9 year old Neighbor girl (NG)(borderline ADD and HATING anything complex like say Ticket to Ride or 10 Days in the USA (both of which Princess-same age as Neighbor Girl eats up and more)) suggests HER 'favorite game'-Monopoly (a brand new Xmas gift and thus the current Hotness). Knowing full well that Monopoly was quite beyond her (and new to the Princess-hey, you can let a tree grow, or you can prune/guide it), I took one for the team to make sure they 'got it'. NG's parents and my wife also joined in-that makes 6 players.

Quick review of the rules-I make sure to emphasize the property auction and put a kibbosh on the Free Parking/Go shennanigans. Off we go.

NG goes first-lands on a property.
NG Dad (NGD): "Great, you can by the property for XXX".
ME: No, it's an Auction-you start the bidding.
NG: But I LANDED on it, it is MY Property. I WANT MY PROPERTY.
Auction dies a lingering death, slower than an gut-shot extra in a Peckinpah film.
We end up playing the Unicorns & Rainbows version-e.g. no auctions.
NG lands on one of my properties-I ask for the Rent (it's basic no houses)
NG: Why do I have to PAY YOU just coz I land there?
NGD: convinces daughter, that yes, it is 'part of the game'.
NG: sullenly pushes pawn a couple of more turns and wanders off.
after about 10 minutes, Princess (who NEVER leaves a game) asks 'to be excused' and wanders off.
We (the 4 parents) play another 10 minutes or so.
ME: Epiphany light bulb moment: "Hey, we played this for the kids, the kids aren't here. Why are WE playing THEIR Game" wow
Quick nods of agreement and Monopoly is thus banished and seen nevermore.

edit: see below, but the overall 'story' stands-humoring NG and ultimately sh*tcanning the whole shebang.
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4. Board Game: Articulate! [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2361]
Amy Roy
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6 player Articulate. Me, my husband and our parents.

(One player has to describe as many words on a card without saying the words or doing actions or sounds, within 30 seconds).

Silly husband: Uh, uh, a little instrument! Um, it makes a high pitched whizzing noise!

My mum: Bazooka?

Silly husband: Yes! (moves on to next word)

Husband's dad: Hold on, hold on, bazooka isn't an instrument!

Lots of laughter, and background cries of: "Whatever, she got it, move on!"

Massive argument ensues. Still going on to this day. This was years ago.

What's amazing is that, somehow, both my husband and my mum completely messed up on describing and naming a KAZOO, and yet still fluked out a point.

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5. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.15 Overall Rank:5]
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(Skip ahead to paragraph number 4 for the beginning of my negative board game experience. The rest is just preamble).

Several years ago, I sprained my ankle. It was a really bad sprain, and I could barely walk for weeks. My wife (then girlfriend) went to a Friendly Local Game Store, knowing that we both grew up playing board games, to get me a present. I'd be surprised if, at that time, either of us would have even heard of 4% of the games there. Anyways, she was talked into getting Carcassonne. It saw a lot of plays.

Fast forward a few months. Carcassonne was an eye-opener. Yes, I always loved board games, but non of them had gripped me like Carcassonne. On the internet I came across a game called Catan, and asked for and received it for Christmas. I was living away from my girlfriend at this point, and was back under my parents roof in Canada. Carcassonne was still in England, but my family and I played Settlers of Catan. A lot.

Not having a girlfriend to pass the time with when I wasn't playing Settlers of Catan, I stumbled upon BGG. And what-ho, Carcassonne and Settlers of Catan weren't even CLOSE to being the highest-ranked board games in the world. There were DOZENS of games that were better than them. What the hell? I immediately sent for the best board game in the world at the time, called Puerto Rico, which of course I'd never heard of and knew nothing about. Why was I wasting my time playing Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne when there were dozens of board games higher on the list and, thus, better? And what was Monopoly doing so low down?

Puerto Rico arrived on my doorstep and I needed no persuasive techniques to sit my parents down for a game, so high was our family's love for these new board games (or, really, for Settlers of Catan). My parents set to punching out..well...lots of things, and sorting lots of other things into lots of different piles, while I tried to get my head around the first page of rules as I read aloud. Half an hour later we felt that we knew less about the game than we did at the beginning. "Right," we agreed. "Let's just start playing."

And play we did. We tried so hard. Seemingly every 7 seconds I referred back to the rule book, and whenever it wasn't my turn I tried sneaking some rule-reading in. There were no smiles on the game table that evening. It was not a positive atmosphere, that dining room table with all of those meaningless buildings so carefully arranged in meaningless order surrounded by meaningless piles of money, 'Victory Point Chips', brown things, 'Roles', cardboard cards with varying amounts of empty squares on them, and more. My dad, several large glasses into several bottles of wine, was not doing well at all, and was notably perturbed. Him and I had both foolishly spent all of our in-game money on at-that-point-in-time meaningless buildings, and were trapped in a depression of not making any money at all and not being able to afford anything to help us make money (and not knowing how to do it anyway), and thinking the only thing to do in this stupid game was to take the stupid Prospector. After several hours, the game ended.

My dad didn't talk to my mom or myself for the rest of the night, so great was his anger and exhaustion. My mom - even worse - said she didn't really like that game. Settlers of Catan this was not.

Months later I would discover that games came in different 'weights' ("I didn't think it was THAT heavy," my mom replied with earnest, thinking of how many grams the box weighed), and Puerto Rico was, if just slightly, in a different difficulty class compared to Carcassonne and Settlers of Catan. My family, that night, were not ready for a game 'weighted' that heavily. I also discovered that number 1 on the BGG rankings did not mean number 1 for my family, just like number 52 on IMDB movie rankings might not be the 52nd best film in the world for me.

Anyways, the day after that Puerto Rico experience, I took a highlighter and highlighted every damn thing in that rule book that we would have to do differently next time. That, I also learned later, was sacrilege. We've played Puerto Rico maybe a dozen times since. Every game requires re-telling my dad all the rules. And my mom always says, "I think he'd really rather play Setters of Catan than that 'colonist' game, Andrew."

I wonder how many gamers out there have thought (or do think) that the higher a game is on the rankings, the better it is, no matter what?

My parents' favourite game now is the humble Manila, and this experience (thankfully) didn't kill their interest in board gaming (or me!).
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6. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:208]
Bret Clifton
United States
Spokane Valley
Washington
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Thanksgiving 2012

Game of 7 of us, I have the ballroom in my city and just became the king.

My sister (who's playing for the first time, but we're 6-7 rounds or more into the game now) starts to take her turn...

10-15 seconds later--"Whoops! You forgot to thank your King before taking your turn and have now lost it!"

Sis--"Oh...ok."

Me--"Naw it's ok. Go ahead and take it. This was the first and you're new to it."

Sis--"No it's ok. You don't want me to take my turn." (she was the merchant and was going to make a ton of money and build)

Me--"You sure?"

Sis--"Yeah, go ahead."

Me--"Ok, Architect?" Architect starts to take his turn.

Sis--"Wait. You didn't give me enough to say 'Thanks your Excellency!' I should get my turn." My bro in law (her husband) starts to agree.

Me--"Wait, what? I gave you a chance to take it and you said no. Now you want it after the next person has started their turn?"

Sis--*grumbles* "Are we done yet? I want pie!"

Few minutes later after two others have also lost their turn for not thanking my Excellency...

Bro in law--Takes his turn and builds. "I've built my 8th building, so the game ends and I get a bonus, right?"

Me--"Nope. You can't build the same building twice. Sorry." (He didn't have the Quarry)

Bro in law--"Well, you're lots of fun to play with! Where's the pie?"

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7. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:623]
Dallas Tucker
South Korea
Seoul
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In college, my wife (then girlfriend) had the game Magic Realm. We like to play games together and with friends, and so one day we figured we could play this game.

I proceeded to read the entire rulebook out loud.

.......................

6 hours later (with a quick dinner break), we had everything read to go.

We found two friends, ran through the rules quickly (30 minutes or so), chose our characters, and were off.

Being the kind of people we were, we paired off and fought each other. One fight resulted in both players dead, whilst my White Knight's armor saved me from dying as I killed my wife's character.

Being the last man standing, I won (we missed the part about characters coming back to life).

Thus ended our only game of Magic Realm - 7 hours of prep, 10 minutes of play.
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8. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:110]
Billy the Hut
United States
Boston
Massachusetts
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So I was at a friend’s house for some board gaming. His 12 year old daughter decides to join us. We’re playing King of Tokyo and this young lady is tough. We’re a bunch of old war gamers, but she’s cleaning our clocks! Finally everyone except her dad and her have been knocked out of the game. She’s about to roll the dice to finish him off and he puts his hand out & say’s wait a minute, isn’t it your bed time? For a second a look of horror crosses her face then she realized her dad is pulling her leg and she responds “too bad, but not yet”. She rolls the dice and he’s dead, no re-roll of any of the dice needed.
She triumphantly places her piece in the center of Tokyo and proclaims “By the way guys, that’s Queen of Tokyo, not King”!
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9. Board Game: Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:337]
Darrin Williams
United States
Allen
Texas
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Conversation with Darci wrote:

"Dad, can we play Werewolf?"

"No, there's only 4 of us, and one of us would have to be moderator."

"That's OK. We can play with 3."

"So you want 1 Werewolf, 1 Seer, and 1 Villager?"

"Yeah, but let's use the Witch, too."



The good news is that the game didn't take very long.

I'm not sure if this qualifies. She wasn't actually overwhelmed by the rules, but a little overwhelmed by the idea of "optimal player count".
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10. Board Game: Quo Vadis? [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1256]
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My brother is usually alright about playing games. He'll do it mostly to be kind to me, although every once in a while, a random Knizia will do it for him. Now, for this story to have its full impact, you must realize what this fellow looked like. Freshly discharged from the army (due to being hit by a forklift in Yongsam during a war that hasn't technically ended, he is an injured veteran of the Korean war), the man was covered in tattoos and radiating fierceness. Not only that, we introduce him to a game that has almost caused fistfights. I was a little worried that his anger might flare up.

Instead, he butters us up in the most insidious way possible. I've never seen wheeling and dealing like it. When opting out of a deal, he would shake his head, and with a pained look in his eyes, whisper "I'm sorry, but I can't do that". It was incredible. One hand would be patting you sympathetically on your shoulder, while the other was slowly snaking a knife out from betwixt your ribs.

He won of course, by a margin that blew our minds.

I realize, in retelling that it's not actually a compelling story, just a very vivid memory of mine so instead enjoy this:

My wife and I invented a party game wherein people would try to guess the current player's favourite 3 things in a given category. My all-time favourite moment is when our grandfather, pushing 90 revealed his secret top three movie genres.
Western, Romance, and Women in trouble.
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11. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:6]
Stuart Roberts

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My Dad is a brilliant guy. I'm not just throwing out compliments, he is genuinely very intelligent and, before his retirement, was the chief economist at a major investment bank.

For some reason, however, he gets nervous when playing board games. So nervous that he forgets rules perennially - but he perserveres on due to the love of games that I, my wife, and my Mum demonstrate.

Generally this means he just falls behind, we make obligatory jokes about how fortunate it was that he found work as an economist and not as a shipbuilder / power plant installer / train baron / adventurer / whatever other theme game we are playing.

However, on one occasion his difficulty for remembering rules had one drastic affect.

He realised that in Agricola you could send animals to the abbotoir as soon as you collect them. Consequently his strategy consisted of purely collecting animals and butchering them for food, laughing all the while as the other families struggled to bake bread for food.

Me: Dad, you know if you build fences you can breed more animals
Dad: Why do that when I can make bacon?
Me: You'll breed them and get more in the end
Dad: I've got enough as it is
Me: But you're taking animals every turn, if you breed there'll be some animals left for the rest of us
Dad: Exactly. My family has bacon!

I don't know how historically the world evolved from feudal agriculture to corporate capitalism but I saw a window into how it could have happened that day!

Dad the meat-eating capitalist: 1
Forced vegetarian everyone-else: 0
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12. Board Game: Pit [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1040]
Kyle
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San Diego
California
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I grew up playing lots of the mass market games--Monopoly, Clue, and games of their ilk. Well one day as my fiance (now wife) and I walked up toward the house, we heard lots of commotion inside, mostly people desperately yelling arbitrary numbers. Unsure if they were just watching The Price is Right with the volume turned high or what, we entered the house to find them engaged in a round of Pit. Turns out my mom had seen it at the store and thought it looked fun, so they bought it on a whim.

After they convinced us to play, we too joined in on the screaming and wouldn't you know it, we actually had a ton of fun. However, at one point my younger sister wasn't quite trading her cards fast enough for my dad, so this is how the game night ended:

Dad: THREE!!! THREE!!!
(Sister slowly rearranges her hand, figuring out what she should do)
Me: I'll do three!
Dad: No, you have the bear! (Turning to my sister) THREE! THREE!!!
Sister: (With furrowed brow) Hang on...
Dad: IF YOU'RE NOT GONNA TRADE, I'M NOT GONNA PLAY!!!

He threw his hand across the table and stormed off to his room, slamming the door behind him. We all stared at each other wide-eyed for a few moments before bursting into laughter. He apologized later for getting so worked up, and Pit is still a family favorite to this day (though more recently he HAS thrown his resource cards in Settlers )
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13. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1086]
Teh Slipperboy

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For as long as I can remember, my father, mother, brother and I would play Scrabble on holidays. We played fairly competitively and once we reached our teen years, the stakes were a nickel a point. My brother has a doctorate and my father is an avid crossworder so they are both pretty good players.

About 12 years ago I started dating my wife. She's an elementary school teacher and she's played Scrabble with her students and her family. She joins my parents and I for Thanksgiving and we decide to play Scrabble. Things are going pretty well until my dad starts in on her. He's kind of a mean player and he starts accusing her of setting me up and criticizing her short words. She's getting frustrated. She's also had a couple of drinks.

I play a word he doesn't think is legal. He hems and haws then challenges me. We check and he curses about his lost turn. This is the first hint of different rule approaches -- her family didn't worry about that. If you played something that wasn't a word, you just tried again.

We get to the end of the game. I'm winning but not by much. My dad goes out and starts keeping score. This is another rule she's never heard of -- the first person out gets points for the letters others have left and they lose those points.

My wife is talking to my mom now. In her world, whoever has the most points is the winner and going out first doesn't mean anything. My dad can pass me if she has some big points left in her rack. He keeps asking her "What's in your rack?" and she keeps talking to my mom. He keeps getting louder and louder and she finally turns, cups her boobs and says "Double D's Jerry, what do you think of that?"

Needless to say this little bit of rules overload didn't go over too well with my parents.
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14. Board Game: Dixit Quest [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked]
We got Dixit 2 last Christmas, along with a few other games. (A friend has Dixit already so we figured that it made more sense to get the expansion rather than the original, and print out voting cards and such).

We spent Christmas Day and Boxing Day with my parents. I suspected that my mum might like the idea of Dixit (she's not very competitive but the creative aspect of this game appealed to her) but I was pretty sure that my dad wouldn't be bothered. Now he's happy to play traditional card games like Queenie and Pontoon and Sevens and Brag and all that, and he played the usual Monopoly/Clue/Scrabble with us when me and my brother were kids, but he's not really into "real" games. But he agreed to play anyway.

So we explained the rules and started playing. Everyone's doing fine. It takes Dad a little while to grasp the balance of being vague enough that not everyone guesses his card and specific enough that at least one person does guess, but he gets it, and he's actually having a good time. We finish the game with fairly close scores - I win because I have the advantage of lots of shared history and experiences with every other player so I could easily "target" my clues to whoever's in last place. Dad demands to play again.

Now in the first game, the very first clue I gave was for the card with the, I dunno, is it a spoon or something? It's wearing a red cape anyway, and I immediately thought "Red Riding Hood" and gave the clue, "She whips a pistol from her knickers!" knowing that only my mum would get it (bonus points if you get it too). Sure enough, only Mum guessed correctly and Dad and Michael asked for an explanation which ended with an impromptu recitation from me.

And in our second game, my dad played that exact same card, giving the exact same clue that I'd used.

And then he expressed surprise at how we'd all guessed it. shake
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15. Board Game: Cosmic Wimpout [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:3710]
Kenneth Wickle
United States
Chesapeake
Virginia
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Soon after I got married my wife and I were with some gamer family members waiting for lunch to arrive at a Mexican restaurant... One of them pulled out cosmic wimpout from his bag and we decided to play until the food came.

My wife who is a gamer (oh and am I thankful for this daily) had never played before. We said we would explain as we played it's an easy game, unfortunately all three of us crashed and it was now my wife's turn with no points scored by any players.... she rolls the dice and of course... all the dice came up sixes... she won on the opening roll..

Did I mention that dice love my wife?
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16. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.46 Overall Rank:10798]
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(I hope it's okay to plagiarize myself; I posted something very similar to a GeekList a long time ago.)

One evening, four sat down to play Monopoly. I was the only one who wasn't stoned out of his skull. The host—who was so baked he couldn't be relied upon to find his own feet two times out of three—was a long-time Monopoly fan and knew all the rules most people don't bother playing by, and a few I'm pretty sure aren't in the canon. Now I've heard once or twice on this very forum that playing Monopoly by the official rules makes it a much better game, but in this case it made the evening an interminable nightmare.

Of course, the only way I could keep the game going at all was to keep up a litany of reminders to everyone else about whose turn it was, who needed to make some decision, etc., etc. Now that by itself wouldn't have been too bad, since we were mostly just hanging out and having lots of giggles. All of us casual players, however, were generally making a travesty of the game. Specifically, there's a little-known rule, which I would swear isn't in the official game, that it's verboten to remind anyone—even if their brain is currently in orbit around Altair-6—that they have rent coming when someone else lands on their property. Infuriatingly, our host somehow knew to lift himself out of his near-coma whenever, and only whenever, someone committed a minor infraction the rest of us didn't notice, especially when I informed X that Y owed him $Z. Then his reptilian brain would take command, deliver us a stern reprimand and lay down some arcane penalty, before releasing him back to sweet, euphoric oblivion. At all other times it was all we could do to get him to respond to any external stimulus. Shouting, screaming, ice down his pants—nothing would engage his interest, except allowing one's battleship to tip over in direct contravention of Rule 21(a).6, paragraph 3.

This bizarre, alternating mix of total stupor punctuated by frenzied, dictatorial micromanagement drove me completely insane.
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17. Board Game: Axis & Allies 1941 [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2989]
Phil Christiansen
United States
Wasilla
Alaska
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Sadly this story involves my girlfriend and I, as opposed to family members and the like. After purchasing and loving Pandemic we decided to go down to Target to pick up another game. So after browsing the isle a bit, I point out to my girlfriend that A&A 1941 keeps catching my eye. So we both read the back and figure hey, we're gamers now, how bad can it be? Well, after getting the kids to bed its around 11pm and we decide to crack that nut and consume it's delicious nutmeats.

Upon skimming the somewhat weighty (for us) rulebook and noticing the page count I'm kind of starting to think this might be trouble. But it was my idea to purchase, so onward and upward I say! It was around 2am by the time the game was fully set up, and my girlfriend was starting to droop quite a bit. To make a long story short, the Axis surrendered on the second or third full turn after repeatedly falling asleep. The Allies meanwhile managed to put the game away (we set it up on our bed) while quietly muttering obscenities about submarines. As such, we learned a valuable lesson about biting off more than you can chew

p.s. Nice to see my home state of Alaska represented
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18. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:109] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
Rachel Christiansen
United States
Alaska
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My boyfriend and I were having a quiet day at home when a friend of ours stops by with a new friend of hers. We don't usually get the chance to play our games with a third person the chance to play with 4 was just too much to pass up. So we went to the board game shelf and pull out Elder Signs and Carcassonne. The play through Elder Signs held great enjoyment both grasped the rules quickly and we discovered that her friend had the luck of the dice (rolled every thing he needed) and that I and our friend were having a doom trip missing almost everything.
That is not the amusing part though. When we pulled out Carcassonne and started explaining the much simpler game rules and mechanics our friend burst out with carcass what?!? After much laughter and jokes we finally settled in to play. Her friend had much the same luck as he had with the dice in Elder Signs and my boyfriend well he pretty much rules the game (I lose a lot but it's still super fun) our mutual friend on the other hand well she didn't do so well as I recall. She kept going on about the misleading name of the game and no amount of but it doesn't have the word carcass in it would change her mind. Good times
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19. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:81]
August Larson
United States
Sandy
Utah
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Soon after buying this game I took it to a church function with fellow 20 year-olds under the guise that this was "Board Game Night". I finally got a group of 6 or so sat around a table and attempted to shout the rules over their talking. After explaining the very simple rules I passed out the role cards.

Some guy: Hey wait, what does it mean again if your card is red?

Some girl: Oh hey, mine's red too!

[Facepalm]

I take back the role cards, re-explain everything, and pass them back out.

Same guy as before: Hey, mine's not red anymore! What happened?

[Sigh]

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I am the first leader and I choose people to send on the mission.

Some other girl: What kind of mission are we going on? What exactly are we doing?

Me: It doesn't state specifically, so it can be whatever you imagine it to be.

Girl: I can't imagine that, can you just tell us what we're doing?

Me: We're, uh, going to blow up a bank.

Girl: No, I don't wanna blow up a bank, can we do something else?

Me: Uh, then we're going to blow up a bridge...

Girl: Why do we even have to blow anything up?

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Eventually we've got myself (a member of the resistance) and one other going on the first mission and we put in our success or failure cards. We flip them over and there's one failure and one success.

Me: A-ha! I know that I put in that success card, so John must be a spy!

John: No, I'm a good guy, I just didn't want to blow up a bridge.

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After just a single round one girl says, "This game is too complicated, I don't want to play it anymore. Who wants to go play werewolf instead?" All but my fiancee and I get up and leave to play werewolf and that's when I decided to go home.
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20. Board Game: Sorry! [Average Rating:4.54 Overall Rank:10786]
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Japan
Nagoya
Aichi
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This is a story that is only funny now that I am nearly 40 and am engrossed in my board gaming hobby. For many years the events that I describe here drove me away from board games and into the arms of RPGs.

I was ten when my father remarried and it had been a rough year that found me eleven at Christmas. Big tree with presents all around on Christmas morning and I was tasked with handing them all out. I dutifully handed gifts out to my Father, Step-Mother and my 4yr old Step-Sister round after round and there was nothing for me. Not even sure what my parents received but the Barbie Dream House, Art Easel, and wealth of toys of all varieties my new Step-Sister tore into definitely made an impact, especially as I was instructed to put them all together for her as we went. Finally we got to the last of the pile. And it was for me!!!! I grasped it in anticipation for it must be great as it was the only gift I was getting that year! Tearing away the paper you already know what I found underneath. Sorry!

There were no other gifts that year.
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21. Board Game: Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:337]
Josh Owens
United States
Charleston
West Virginia
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So we had a few people over for my girlfriend's birthday and had just played Loaded Questions for the past hour and everyone was having a pretty good time. I figured this would be a good time to bring out Werewolf. Everyone was skeptical but were going along with it.

There was only enough people playing to have one werewolf. We got through the roles and, we'll call him 'Bob', ended up being the werewolf. On the first day, everyone voted for 'Bob' because they said he looked suspicious.

Game over.

Yay, the villagers win!

I quickly put the game away and tried to avoid the confused looks as to what the point of that game was.
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22. Board Game: Apples to Apples Junior [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:2795]
David Debien
United States
Round Rock
Texas
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Was playing with my (then) 8 year old daughter and the 4 neighbor kids (aged 8-14) from across the street at their house. The parents were away and I was kind of watching the kids for them.

The youngest daughter was judging and drew the judge card "Fat". Well, I was holding the card "Your Mom". And yes, their mom is a large woman. I started giggling and could not help myself. I knew at the time it was the wrong thing to do but I couldn't help myself.

So, I played the damn card, idiot that I am. When it came out, all the kids had a "what the..." moment but then started laughing. I was hoping quietly that my card wouldnt be picked so that I wouldn't have to confess to playing it. Alas, my card was chosen and I had to admit it was me that played it, much to the amazed stares of the kids. Worst part? The mom was home after all. She had been sleeping in the room next to us but had just gotten up. And yes, she heard the whole thing...soblue

Bonus story: This one isn't mine, but belongs to my sister in law. My wife's and SIL grandmother died earlier this year at the age of 93. She was a sharp tack up until the end and was likely my favorite among the in laws. She had been a Texas school teacher from the 40's onward, teaching home economics. She also did amazing work after retirement painting porcelain with some of the most amazing scenes. I knew her for about 10 years before she passed. She was very proper in her demeanor and I never heard an improper word come out of her mouth.

So, as a young teen, my Sis in law was playing Scrabble with her very prim grand mother, when the grand mother played the word (warning, this is a very offensive word)

Spoiler (click to reveal)
CUNT


to win the game.

Worse than me playing the Your Mom card? I guess me and my GMiL have one thing in common: we both like to win and damn the consequences.

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23. Board Game: In a Pickle [Average Rating:4.76 Overall Rank:10752]
United States
Middlesboro
Kentucky
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So, Justin (my boyfriend) came over after work with a new game (and a pair of super fly Ninja Turtle pajamas for me! laugh) for us to try: In a Pickle.

Apparently this game is designed specifically to destroy families and end relationships. They should put a warning label on the box!

We played 2 games, I won one and Justin won one. I guess we should have played a tie breaker game, and we started to, but after two games, complaints from the neighbors about us screaming, an impromptu fist fight in the parking lot, and a visit from the cops we decided against the third game and we packed the game up and Justin returned it to the store.

You may be wondering why this game caused so much turmoil. Well, apparently I don't know how to play the game and kept doing it wrong. I would play cards that Justin claimed made no sense.

For instance, I played "Toilet" on "Tear" and Justin was like, "What!? No! That doesn't even make any sense!"
And I said, "What!? Yes, it does! It's a tear in the toilet!"
He just looked at me, so I was like, "You know, somebody is crying over the toilet?"
He just looked at me, so I was like, "Moanin' Myrtle, Justin! Moanin' Myrtle! She was always crying in the toilet!"
He just looked at me. "Moanin' Myrtle!!!" angry

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24. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:29] [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
klaus klaus
Venezuela
Caracas
Dtto Federal
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Just this past month, at my office. We have like 2 hours for lunch. We never even leave the office, just stay and talk or look stuff on the internet. One day i finally decided to say:

me: "Ey, im a big fan of boardgames, maybe i should bring one and we could all play together"

they: "Boardgames ? like monopoly ? ey i have some UNO cards i can bring !

Me: Not really... these board games are like really fun and filled with strategies. You guys are gonna love them.

Next day.

Me: "So this is dominion, one of the best card games in the world. The mechanics are simple and easy to learn, let me explain.

then they took hours to watch every card and ask about each and every one of the action cards. About half hour later.

They: You know what, maybe some other time. Why don't we just install Counter Strike...

We've been playing counter strike on lunch hours for weeks now. I kind of hate them ):
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25. Board Game: Article 27: The UN Security Council Game [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1675]
Kris Wiggins
United States
Dallas
Texas
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This is actually a success story. A little background, my dad seems to hate boardgames. Whenever we play Carcassonne, Dominion, or anything else and ask him to play he refuses. Truth be told, now that I think about it, we DID con him into playing Dominion once and even sat him down for a game of Power Grid. But he mostly gritted his teeth through them and just wanted them to end.

Anyway, at BGG.CON my wife and I tried Article 27. Two other things about my dad: he's very political (although Article 27 is only themed political, it really isn't if you boil it down), and he's also very contrary (for instance, if there was a game where you could veto an entire meticulously crafted vote, he'd love it - oh wait, there is!). Article 27 seemed right up his ally. We MADE him play it.

3 games later, I had to call it quits, but I think dad was still ready to go! He wanted to play over and over! haha We were right, he loved it. (and he vetoed many votes for no reason as expected) (although he did win two and tie one, so maybe he did know what he was doing after all)

We decided to capitalize on his enthusiasm and actually got him to sit down for an entire 4 hour Arkham Horror game! HAHAHA (it was nice while it lasted...)
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