My Family is a Bunch of Losers!
Dominic Crapuchettes
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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...
[NOTE: we have BGG permission for this contest]

How to Enter
Thumb up to 10 stories (and hopefully this list).

2 Winners
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.
(you don't need to post a story to win)
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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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26. Board Game: Say Anything [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:545]
Mike Geller
United States
Sacramento
California
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Well, this might not be in the spirit of this list (and might come off as complete pandering to Dominic), but it was the most hilarious family gaming moment we've had in a long time.

After over a decade of playing Apples to Apples every Thanksgiving, I was able to convince my family to try something new. First of all, I was amazed at how mich they loved it. Secondly, it led to the following moment (warning, slightly risque language):

Question: what is the worst thing about being a man?
90-year old aunt: not being able to get it up.
Simulataneous response from her 17-year old nephew: no reason boners.

There was at least 10 minutes of screaming laughter after that. Thanks Dom!
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27. Board Game: Spoons [Average Rating:5.25 Overall Rank:10689]
Brian Fahl
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Milwaukee
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Actually, the version I'm talking about is My First Spoons, pictured here:


Grandma got this for my youngest daughter on her fourth birthday. And all the kids do like playing it. So, when the extended family is together, Grandma gets all seven grandkids together and plays My First Spoons with them.

Wonderful idea right?

Yeah, except that Grandma likes to play what she calls "Cutthroat Spoons." No whining, no crying and get the - you know what - out of Grandma's way. 'Cause grandma doesn't care if you are a two-years old -- she's gonna rip that spoon right out of your hands. Over the last two years, I think Grandma has a 39-0 record in My First Spoons.

What surprises me the most is that the grandkids keep coming back for more. Over and over and over again.

I'll come back and update this post after Christmas to let you all know whether grandma goes to 40-0 over the holiday.

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28. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:370]
Clayton Ingalls
United States
Tempe
Arizona
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My family recently moved into a new apartment. The family 2 doors down are fantastic people whom we love spending time with. The only problem is that it is hard to enjoy our favorite past time with them because the wife is totally blind. You color blind people think you have it hard playing games, what about someone who can't see the board or read the cards at all!

Soon after we met they started asking us to play games with them. What were we to do? We looked over our collection and only a few games stood out as ones we could easily explain and which didn't require someone telling the wife what is on every card in her hand. The first game we tried was Wits and Wagers and it was a huge hit.

A few days after teaching them the game my wife and I went on a date. They asked if they could babysit and have a bunch of our other friends over for a game night. We said sure.

My wife and I went out for a nice evening alone and returned to an apartment full of people laughing and playing Wits and Wagers. What better way to end a date than to come home to all your friends playing your games?

We had thought we wouldn't be able to share gaming with these friends, but it turned out they ended up sharing it with the rest of our new friends before we ever got around to it.
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29. Board Game: Blood Royale [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:2104]
Cast Ll'tor
Canada
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I was about 18 or so when this game came out. There was a game store that I had previously purchased Kingmaker, Magic Realm, Heroquest and I loved looking at some of the games that I wasn't brought up with.

So, I picked up this neat looking game about...well, I wasn't quite sure, but man that cover looked awesome and it was sold next to all of those cool Avalon Hill bookcase games.

So, I bring it home and show it to my family.

Now, my family had never really played ANY games with me (like Monopoly, Clue or really anything). They did like Pictionary and Trivial Pursuit and we played that maybe once or twice a year.

After dinner, I gather them around the table and tell them that I would like to play this new game with them. They agreed (mostly to humour me) and we sat around the kitchen table and I proceeded to start punching the game (there's mistake number 1!!!) and pass out the tokens.

Then I cracked open the rules (oh no mistake number 2!!!) and went through the with everyone.

Did I mention previously that the most complex family game that we played together was Pictionary? (I think this would be mistake #3 at this point).

Okay, we set the board up to play (maybe about an hour or two had passed at this point), and my parents had this glass-eyed, slack-jawed look that could pass for one of the undead after being raised by a low-level necromancer.

I was just started to get excited about putting the tokens on the board, rolling the stats for the princes and other matchmaking opportunities (I still remember my really ugly prince that would be a detriment to any country in battle and pretty much cost you the game if you agreed to marry him) when my dad finally spoke up.

"Um, son...I don't think we understand this game".


There was pretty much general agreement from the remaining glass-eyed, slack-jawed family members who proceeded to shuffle away from the table and never look back. I believe they did put on Wheel of Fortune, and that restored some colour to their faces and I believe my mom might have even cracked a smile at that really funny Pat Sajak.


I slowly put the barely played game back in the box, where it remains, played 0.1 times, to this day.
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30. Board Game: That's Life! [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1155]
Jerry Wilkinson
United States
New Castle
Indiana
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Earlier this year I took this game to my parents house and taught my mom and 2 sisters how to play. Its a roll and move game, but you have more than one piece that you can move on your turn.

After the game was over my mom asked me, "Why do you like this game?" I told her, "Because I like games where I make decisions." She then says, "I don't like making decisions. It's too hard."
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31. Board Game: Monopoly: Family Guy [Average Rating:5.25 Overall Rank:9828]
Kenny VenOsdel
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Saint Paul
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Let me first start by saying that my family is one of those that repeats stories every time we get together. It seems like most of our conversations are orchestrated simply to be able to bring up that one time that one of did X so we can laugh at each other all over again. One of those stories involves me, Mefloquin, and Family Guy Monopoly.

Christmas of 2006 I was preparing to go overseas for 1 month for a nursing class in Uganda. This was my first study abroad trip so I was really excited. Since it is a malaria infested area (I've since been infected twice) I needed to take some pills to prevent it. I chose Mefloquine. First of all you only needed to take one pill a week, as opposed to once a day with Doxycycline. This seemed much more reasonable to me. Second it was about 15% of the cost of Malarone, a once-a-week antimalarial that had fewer side effects.

I started my course 2 weeks prior to my trip to watch for any side effects. Let me show you the first side effects usually listed for this drug:

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depressed mood, feeling restless or anxious;

confusion, extreme fear, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior


If you experience these you are supposed to quit taking the drug immediately. Now, during that Christmas vacation we apparently all settled on playing a game of Family Guy Monopoly. At some point in the game I decided everyone was ganging up on me. No one was trading with me and I got ticked off. This led to me throwing my money across the room and storming off yelling and screaming about the injustice of it all.

Normally I would be ashamed by this behavior but here's the thing: I have no recollection of this event whatsoever. In fact, when I think about it, I can't remember any of that Christmas at all. Absolutely nothing. However, my 6 siblings swear this story is true though so I have no choice but to grudgingly believe them. I chalk up this disturbing story, including my acquiescence to playing that horrid game, to a brief state of psychosis induced by my anti-malarial.

In retrospect I definitely should have changed meds but I didn't hear this until next Christmas, when the story of my massive freak out was brought up again to be laughed at. Boy was I surprised to hear about that! (Three weeks into my trip I also ended spending about an hour and a half staring at the ceiling completely convinced that I was in Herbert's Santaroga Barrier and that the room I was in was conspiring to kill me. I don't take Mefloquin anymore when I travel.)
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32. Board Game: Run for your Life, Candyman! [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:9187]
Dan Vore
United States
Lebanon
Oregon
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My wife and I enjoy this quirky game. I brought it to a family get together. My wife, sister, two nieces and a nieces friend sit down to beat each other up. After 20 minutes to reading the rules so everyone understood (the fact that is took that long should have signaled a problem) we started. Half way through my two nieces and their friend were done and started candy cage matching each other to death so they could quit playing.
My wife, sister and I finished the game and my nieces decided I'm not to bring it to family get togethers anymore...

Another one:
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Brought this to an all day 4th of July party. After eating we all sit around so I brought a few games. This is the easiest game to learn. It isn't that hard. I had a few cousins and my wife and mother in law sitting around a coffee table. I explained the rules and we started. It was like trying to get water to move uphill or getting a vegan to kill a cow and eat it's flesh. They simply could not understand the game. we gave up after 5 minutes and pulled out Uno. I was sad. Uno sucks.
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33. Board Game: The Ungame [Average Rating:2.71 Overall Rank:11157]
Dwayne Hendrickson
United States
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma
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My wife purchased this. Here's the conversation when she brought it home:

She: "Look, I bought a game."
Me: "No,, you bought an UN game."
She: "Let's get the boys & play. It'll be fun."
Me:
"But if it's an UN game, won't it be UN fun?"

Now we are playing, two boys and two adults.
She: "This is nice, we get to sit around talking about these questions."
Boy 1:
"Can I make Joel go to that cabin? It looks dangerous, like a monster lives in the water."
She: "If Joel goes there he has to answer a question about his feelings"
Boy 1: "OK I'll make Joel go there. That'll get him mad."
She: "It's not a punishment. Nothing bad will happen."
Joel (Boy 2): "Will I have to answer a question?"
She: "Yes."
Joel: "Then something bad is happening." Punches brother in arm.
Me: "How do you win this game?"
She: "There is no winner.."
Me: "Then there is no game."
She: "You're not being very supportive. That hurts my feelings."
Me: "Well you can't talk about your feeling right now because it's not your turn. You'll have to wait to draw a card. Right now we're punishing Joel."
She: "It's not punishment!"
Boy 1: "Have you ever played Axis & Allies?"
She: "No."
Boy 1:"If you had, you would know that this is punishment."

Things got worse after that.
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34. Board Game: Say Anything [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:545]
MacKenzie Miller
United States
Connellsville
Pennsylvania
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Now when you read this keep in mind that me and my fiance are cops. We had a dinner for the rookies that recently got hired. We made a huge spaghetti dinner with garlic bread. The works. After dinner everyone decided that it would be fun to play a fun easy and quick game. Of course it was say anything. So you can imagine that a lot of the questions had some hilarious answers. ( A lot of them were raunchy) there was one question that came up that had everyone stumped, completely. I don't remember the question, but one of the cops wrote on his board, tonsil paint. laugh You had to have been here to really appreciate the humor in all of the cops answers. We get together frequently now to play games. Who says cops aren't funny!
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35. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:261]
Alison Chen
United States
Houston
Texas
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My brother came to visit me during his vacation. I took out this 2P game and started explaining the rules.

--- 30 seconds into explaining the rules ---

Me: You want to collect as many of the same color cards as possible.
Brother: Oh, like this? [Started to put down his cards on the table, sorted by color]
Me: Yes, but the number has to be bigger than the previous card you put down...
Brother: [Looked up at the rule sheets, annoyed]
Me: You also want to keep an eye out for the multipliers. Like this one.
Brother: [Pause] I think I'm done.

Shortest game I ever played...Well, technically we haven't even gone through all the rules. yukshake
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36. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.83 Overall Rank:10952]
Bryan Low
United States
Hayward
California
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I call this story "The day my board gaming habit almost died, but didn't".

Open scene, me opening birthday gifts with friends and family.

Me: Let me pick up this unassuming wrapped gift.

Friend who knows I enjoy board games:

Family: What is it, Bryan? Show us!

Me: blush

Friend: whistle

Me: angry

Cue begrudgingly showing family, followed by judgmental stares.

Friend: laugh
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37. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:84]
Richard Morris
Scotland
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
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So we played TtR with my in laws (both well into their 80s) plus one or two of the kids.

They struggled with the colours. They got very confused about the colours of their trains vs the colours of the cards they were collecting. The kids had to leave the room in turns so they could have a good laugh.
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38. Board Game: Alien Frontiers: Factions [Average Rating:7.76 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.76 Unranked]
Bryce Miller
United States
Madison
Tennessee
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This past Thanksgiving, I was at my Aunt's house and my Aunt, Uncle, Sister, Her Boyfriend and I decided to play a game after dinner. I chose Alien Frontiers as it is probably one of the most accessible., east to learn type games I own. Every time I teach it I just go around the board pointing out what you have to roll for each space and what the space does. We are playing Factions since we have 5 people. By the time I get to the Faction boards there is murmuring all around the table that it is already complicated enough and there's even more stuff now?

My aunt is already talking about leaving at this point and I succumb, don't add the Faction boards though the Objective cards are already dealt out we try to play 5 player without the Factions.

First turn my sister rolls a 3 die straight and steals all of our resources. She is rather cutthroat. I am last player so this hurts me the most and I never recover from it.

By two turns in my Aunt decides to leave the game and tells us to just play her turn for her. After a couple turns of playing a dummy hand pretty much we decide to stop playing for her and make it a 4 player game again. In the end, my Uncle crushed us all with me being dead last in points.

After the game my sister asked "Why didn't we just play Puerto Rico". I had introduced her and her boyfriend to Puerto Rico when I visited them in D.C. a few months earlier. My Aunt and Uncle thought Alien Frontiers was a difficult game to get into. I don't want to know how they would re-act to Puerto Rico.
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39. Board Game: Treehouse [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:4350]
Jeff Wolfe
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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Whenever I try to teach my mom a game, the first three words out of her mouth are, "That's too complicated." Those exact words. Every single time. Well, except LCR. She liked LCR. But anything more complicated than that. "That's too complicated."

But surely not Treehouse. It's an extremely simple pyramid game. You and your opponent(s) each have a trio of pyramids and there's a trio in the middle of the table called the house. You want to be the first one to match the arrangement of the house. You roll a special die: Aim, Dig, Hop, Swap, Tip, Wild. And then you change your pyramids or the house depending on what you rolled. That's it. I once taught it to a 5-year-old when I was demoing pyramid games at a convention.

Easy-peasy, right? Of course not. "That's too complicated." Why? "There are too many options." There are five options. Five options, plus Wild. Apparently five is too many.

"That's too complicated."

*Sigh*
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40. Board Game: Pictionary [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:3063]
Damon
United Kingdom
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A few years ago, this, but we were playing Pictionary and it's the father-in-law's turn to draw to his team of 3.
He proceeds to do the most elaborate bolt and key pic as possible in the time.
"YES!" He exclaims when someone guesses 'Deadlock'.
"No!" we, the other team shout, laughing!
Cue 30 secs of yes it is, no it isn't..
Finally after a final, "It, is!" from him; my wife shows him the card to reveal that he should have been drawing DREADLOCK!
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41. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1562]
Chevee Dodd
United States
Fairmont
West Virginia
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In-laws: are you working on any new "games"?

Me: yeah! I am! I have this one, it's about zombies and it plays real fast, and one about the Sock Monster, it's cute... and I'm working on

In-laws: oh, that's nice. Who wants to play some International Rummy!?

Me: ......I'm just going to fire up my laptop and do some design work...
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42. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:29]
Fabio Binder
Brazil
Curitiba
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Five players: my sister, her husband, my older son, a nephew (the only one who did not had played it before) and me. I got Gaius Baltar, my brother-in-law got William Adama, both of us Cylons since round 1. My sister got one of the pilots, can´t remember wich one.

At turn 4, everyone was still playing correctly, acting as good, flawed humans. But at turn 5, my sister made a questionable decision: it was better to try to destroy the base star (one hit left) with Galactica, but she prefered to launch herself in a viper. Is she a Cylon or it was a bad mistake? Only one way to know: someone must accuse her so I coud be certain about it, because I know her very well. I wait a little, and since no one did it, I step ahead and accuse her of being a Cylon. The way she looked at me indicated that she was not. And to improve things, Adama goes along with my accusation. As she coud not make an argument against it, she was thrown into the brig.
As time goes by and she could not get out of the brig, she was becaming angrier, she tried everything to convince the other two players to get her out of the jail. To make things worse, Adama and I were playing as subtle as we can, and the other two players were still believing that we were not cylons.

Finally, she explodes: she flipped her two cards showing that she was not a cylon, pushed the board away and cried:
- F********** you, I am not a Cylon!

Almost immediately, someone that was not playing (and was not aware about Battlestar Galactica), entered the room and asked:

- What happened? Who is not a Simon?

Everyone laughed and the game was, of course, over.

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43. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:502]
James Shrimpton
Scotland
Dundee
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We were playing Lord of the Rings at a camp I help out at. First time for all but one of us and it was going pretty well up until near the end. We were nearly at Mount Doom, but Sauron was a two steps from the ringbearer - with just plucky Sam standing in the way. My friend, who was playing as Sam, had enough shields to get the Gandalf card that lets you 'heal' yourself back several spaces.

The expected reaction was of course for Sam to sacrifice himself (as Pippin had earlier), save the ringbearer by healing him and we'd win the game. A decision both thematic and pragmatic. Cue my friend, with the Lord of the Rings music swelling heroically in the background, healing himself. Leaving the ringbearer standing next to Sauron, completely helpless and with no healing card left. We lost the next turn...

"I can't carry it for you... But I can run away instead of helping!"
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44. Board Game: Rex: Final Days of an Empire [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:398]
Caleb Smay
United States
Dayton
Ohio
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This isn't family, but this is such a fail I have to share it.

This was the first time for all of us playing 'Rex.' It was 5 players. 3 of us ended up in an alliance which, of course, forced the other two to work together as well.

The round after those alliances are made, one of the members of the two person alliance takes out his Tablet and boots up a video game.

"What are you doing?" I asked, very puzzled.
"Well," he looks at me with the most serious look in his eyes so I know he isn't joking. "there is no way a two person alliance can win against a three person alliance. So I am not going to play anymore. Let me know when my turn comes around."

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After that, he didn't do anything. Just passed his turns, didn't recruit, units, didn't even move the units he had left on the board!

Yeah...he isn't allowed to game with us anymore.
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45. Board Game: Poo: The Card Game [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:4697]
Nate D
United States
Edmond
Oklahoma
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My wife and I recently visited family for a long weekend this last year. My moms side of the family are not game players but my dad's side is. Whenever we visit my mom's side it is usually TV watching that we do. To me that is a waste of time because I could watch tv anytime and anywhere not when I've driven 1500 miles to visit you. I've asked on occasion if we could play games and the excuses fly, it's too late, we are tired, it's too complicated, etc.

Playing games with family and friends have always left great memories. Most not in the games but the fun conversation and time together. So with those memories in tow my wife and I ditched the cable this last year and got back into board games because we wanted our family to be active, fun and memory making people not brain dead TV watchers(I am not against TV/movies, just too much of it).

While visiting family this last go around we brought our games. It was not much but it was a start. This is a slight success story but nonetheless a slight fail. We started the night out with Zombie Dice. That was great no complaints. We had fun conversation about zombie movies and getting brains. We then played Poo. Yeah I understand some may not like this game due to the fact your monkeys flinging crap at each other but we have had many a laughs with this game and many a success story. My dad caught on really quick (like you should), my brother just sat there being grumpy saying snide comments about this game and my mom just looked confused. We explained it and told her that everything is written on the cards. She slowly caught on and by end of the first game she was doing great. We played a second game and in the middle of that second game my mom switched off. Confusion began to spill in and by the end she said, "I still don't understand!". She is healthy and very quick but I thinks she over complicates things at times. My wife is still befuddled at this because my mon was doing great.

The last game we played is Tsuro. This was a huge hit. We played several games and enjoyed conversation and the company. By the end we had lost my brother because he thought playing games is 'stupid.' Well I guess the computer is more fun, right? By the end of the night we had played a lot of games, enjoyed company and had many laughs. It's a start! It is understood when we visit my mom's mom and sister that games are out of the question. You will watch TV! The moral of this story, well if there is one to pull out of it. Slowly introduce games to family and cross your fingers that it works. My parents might be visiting before the holidays and we will play games and watch an occasional movie(muwahahaha, not cable though). This time around we might try Pandemic or Carcassonne. Fingers are crossed and the games are ready! Happy gaming.
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46. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:337]
Frank McGirk
South Korea
Pohang
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I am proud to have converted MANY people to the hobby, but occasionally I am reminded why games are likely to remain a niche hobby...

I had recently previously taught No Thanks! to a colleague and she wanted me to teach some of her girlfriends at a party one night.

While I shuffled the cards, I asked everyone to start counting out 11 chips, and heard in response...

"This sounds hard."
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47. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:502]
Brian Davis
United States
Hobbs
New Mexico
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When my friends and I were first getting started with modern boardgaming, we all decided to play LoTR. It was our first co-op so we had no idea how to optimize, and all of the symbols were confusing to us.

We never called the symbols what they were supposed to be. The little black box icon was dubbed "bonk"

Friend #1: What happens next?
Friend #2: Tree then Bonk

*everyone laughs*

Now any time we play a game with a ton of symbols its pretty common to hear "tree then bonk" at least once.

Oh, Friend #2 also fell asleep while playing that game of Lord of the Rings... fun times.
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48. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:993]
Johnny P The Voice
Canada
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Simple one from me. It was around 1993. My parent were gone for a week in Venezuela and me (13 years old) and my brother (9 years old) were being babysit by our GrandPa (At the time 75 years old WW2 Vet).

I had manage to teach the game to my brother but frankly I was wiping the floor with him every game. So my master plan was to play against my brother and my GrandPa. I tough hell, he did the real thing, that should give me some opposition.

Well not really, we never finished the game and a normal turn from my brother and GrandPa was pretty much always like that:

Brother: What do you want to do.

GrandPa: Lets take those ships, and sink those ships.

Brother: But they are both OUR ships.

So yeah, I had to wait a couple of years to get some great opposition from my brother and we had some amazing game after that.


PS: Another non gaming funny fact from that week. My GrandPa tought that my 9 year old brother was taking a shower or a bath without being told at the time. WRONG. When we picked up our parents from the Airport. The first thing my brother screamed at them was: MOMMY DADDY I DIDINT WASH ALL WEEK!!! ''FIST PUMP''

PSS: Sorry for the spelling, not my first language hehe



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49. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:461]
Eddy Richards
Scotland
Allanton
Duns
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6 Nimmt!

Really this is very very easy indeed. You play a card (and you can play at random if you want to, it generally amkes little difference). Someone who knows the rules can work out what happens. The only decision is which row to take if you have a choice by playing a card lower than all the current row ends.

Nevertheless, quite fun, and ocne you've got the hang of it you can play with a small amount of skill, but if not you can still say "I'm doomed!" with the rest of us.

So, a group of friends and family. One isn't really into games, and is very uncompetitive in general (but is lovely).

We all have quite a good time, with the usual questions repeating from the non-gamers about what card goes where, until one turn where Ms Uncompetitive has a choice : which row to take?

I explain that row A and Row B both have the same number of points which she'll get (for anyone reading this who's been on a desert island for the last 15 years and doesn't know this game, all points count against you). However, by taking row B rather than row A, someone else will end up with a shedload through the usual 6 Nimmt unexpected domino effect.

Her response? "Oh, I think I'll have row A." Patiently explain that giving someone else points is the aim of the game. "No, I don't want to do that." "Huh?" "That wouldn't be fair."

Suffice to say that when that round ended we didn't bother playing this again. Or indeed any other game with her involving competition of any sort. Gaming just isn't for everyone!
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50. Board Game: Eye To Eye [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:3849]
David Morcerf
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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While waiting for the fifth person to join the group, I suggested we play some quick Eye to Eye describing it as 'partly reverse Scattergories' - a game my sister, brother-in-law, and his friend enjoy - emphasizing that unique answers give you points which are bad so you want your 3 answers to see 'eye to eye' with other players. I explained the rules slowly and methodically.
I flip a random category and have my brother-in-law start his timer.
Bro's friend: So if we can't think of 3 answers, I assume that's automatically a point?
Sister: Did we start because I haven't written anything down yet, but I thought of my 3 answers let me jot them down before we score.
Bro: I thought we were writing as many things as possible to fit the category? You said it was like Scattergories.
Me: No, I said we would read our answers to cross them off like Scattergories. You just write 3 that you think other people will also write.
Bro: Ugh, great, let me cross off the rest of my list first.
....
Then after we play Felix: the Cat in the Sack, I suggest we try SponTuneous for 5 minutes before starting Mission: Red Planet. Again, I explain the rules simply and clearly. My sister who loves singing and the premise of the game says 'Paris', and I have her husband start his timer.
Bro: So when the 20 seconds end, do I start the timer again for the next person to try and sing a song with that in it?
Me: No, the 20 seconds are for everyone, any of us can just start singing. When the time's up, she gets to sing and a point for stumping us.
Bro: What? I didn't know that; no one tells me this stuff.
Sister: Actually, he did, just like the prior games, if you would just listen to him the first time-
Bro: -Okay, well, I need to reset the timer because it's essentially out now.
....Bro's turn: 'Love'
Sister: (immediately sings) Stop choosing such easy words. Why aren't you trying?
Bro: Because I don't want to win.
Now, technically we were playing those 2 games without having physical copies of the games, but they are simple enough that it shouldn't matter. Well, after he had little to no trouble picking up on Felix, Mission: Red Planet, or Founding Fathers, I've learned that the simpler the game, the more it confuses my brother-in-law. My theory: they look so easy that he just tunes out during the rules. (At least, I hope that's the case, but then again he and his friend went to the same school and both wrote 'George Washington' for the category 'Presidents with facial hair'.)
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