What My Non-Gamer Friends Think of My Games
Jeff Bowen
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These ratings are an average from about 15 different non-gamer friends and relatives including my brother, sister-in-law, teenage cousins, party girls, parents, boyfriends, girlfriends...the works. Not all of them have played every game, but I had them all give me feedback based on the games I've put them all through. I'll continue to update the list as more games hit the table or as some of the ones below make a return to the table.

6 being the highest rating and 1 being the lowest, based on their feedback and me scrutinizing their gameplay.

I've gotten to know which friends will dig which games. Hopefully this'll help you as a starter guide for your NGFs. It is my hope that every game finds a proper audience in someone.

The "Friend Quote" is just because an outsiders point-of-view can be refreshing at times. The "Replay Chance" is the percent chance of whether I think I'll be able to get my NGFs (non-gamer friends) to play again.

Please add your comments based on your experiences with non-gamers who've ventured into world of some of these games.
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76. Board Game: Australia [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1358]
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FRIENDS RATING: 2

FRIEND QUOTE:
"What if the game was to scale? That would be the biggest windmill the world would ever see!"

GENERAL CONSENSUS:
A couple of friends really liked this one. Others were expecting a bit more theme with such a title.

REPLAY CHANCE: 30%
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77. Board Game: Wise and Otherwise [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1466]
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FRIENDS RATING: 4

FRIEND QUOTE:
"Pepper is small...but Molly is the smallest."

GENERAL CONSENSUS:
Folks do enjoy this one, but ask to play the similar "Beyond Balderdash" a bit more.

REPLAY CHANCE: 60%
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78. Board Game: Boggle [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:1647]
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FRIENDS RATING: 5

FRIEND QUOTE: "This game could be a percussion instrument!"

GENERAL CONSENSUS:
What can I say? People like this one. A guilty pleasure for the wordsmiths.

REPLAY CHANCE: 75%
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79. Board Game: The Settlers of Zarahemla [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1694]
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FRIENDS RATING: 3

FRIEND QUOTE:
"Is Zarahemla a kind of disease?"

GENERAL CONSENSUS:
I really enjoy this one, but the NGFs are split down the middle. Most prefer just plain old Settlers.

REPLAY CHANCE: 40%
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80. Board Game: Smarty Party! [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1716]
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FRIENDS RATING: 6

FRIEND QUOTE:
"I'm screwed this round. I don't know shit about Sponge Bob."

GENERAL CONSENSUS:
A great party game that really allows everyone to feel smart (and stupid) at some point.

REPLAY CHANCE: 100%
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81. Board Game: California [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:1780]
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FRIENDS RATING: 6

FRIEND QUOTE: "You can't put a piano in an attic! It would cost a fortune to pay the movers!"

GENERAL CONSENSUS:
With the right group - usually with more creative types - this one works well.

REPLAY CHANCE: 90%
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82. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:1840] [Average Rating:6.09 Unranked]
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FRIENDS RATING: 5

FRIEND QUOTE:
"Oh look he picked "rare" to describe "The Pyramids." Wonderful." - Me

GENERAL CONSENSUS:
I have friends who do indeed enjoy this game, - NGFs will love it, but you'll probably want to kill yourself knowing all the other great games that are sad and jealous in your game closet.

REPLAY CHANCE: 35% * This replay chance is low because I've hidden the game behind all the others.
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83. Board Game: Piranha Pedro [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:2266]
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FRIENDS RATING: 4

FRIEND QUOTE: "They should animate the next Pirahna movie."

GENERAL CONSENSUS:
Geared to a bit younger set, this surprisingly worked better than I thought it would with my NGFs.

REPLAY CHANCE: 55%
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84. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:2703] [Average Rating:5.99 Unranked]
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FRIENDS RATING: 3

FRIEND QUOTE:
"Oh F*&K! My shoe's untied!!"

GENERAL CONSENSUS:
This suffered from an unfortunate detail and that is, none of my friends or family members like zombies.

REPLAY CHANCE: 45%
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85. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Switzerland [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
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FRIENDS RATING: 5

FRIEND QUOTE:
"Did we ever study Swiss geography in school? I didn't."

CONSENSUS:
People prefer the US game over this one. I think only because (per the quote above), people are just quicker with the US geography. Either way, this will be welcome if I bring it out.

REPLAY CHANCE: 90%
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