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Trent Howell
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What are your "Must-Have" board games for your family?

These are the games that you'll run back into your burning house to rescue. Or if the fire marshall stops you, they are the first games that you purchase back even before you collect the insurance money.

We wrote about our Top 10 on our website:
http://theboardgamefamily.com/2010/11/10-must-have-family-bo...

Here they are:
1. Ticket to Ride
2. Blokus
3. Settlers of Catan
4. Carcassonne
5. Pandemic or Forbidden Island
6. Mastermind
7. Chess
8. Sequence
9. Chutes and Ladders
10. Boggle or Word on the Street

What are yours?
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William Bekking
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Mine would be:

Gulo Gulo
Chicken Cha Cha Cha
Schildkrötenrennen
Quinamid
Battle line
Micropul
Dominion
FITS
Onirim
Ticket to ride


for my house, games have to play well with two.

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Laura
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Our MUST HAVE List is:

Monopoly Deal Card Game
Rummikub
Combo King
Lord of the Rings
Carcassonne
Tally Ho!
Sleeping Queens
Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot


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Brian Davis
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Catan
Joker Marbles
Lost Cities
Forbidden Island
Pandemic
Stone Age
Pirate's Cove
Tales of the Arabian Nights
Carcassonne
Ticket to Ride
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Bill Kunes
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Ticket to Ride
Forbidden Island ...we started playing some of the island configuration variants shared on BGG
Killer Bunnies ...we add a Booster to the collection/game on special occasions
Catan ...we usually play this with Cities & Knights
Apples to Apples Junior ...just got the Family version

meeple Keep playing...
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Kevin Garnica
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"Family Games?" Mine would have to be:

Carcassonne
TransAmerica
Finca
Stone Age
Cartagena
Wasabi
Bohnanza
For Sale
Coloretto
Battle Line
Forbidden Island

I know I know, that's eleven. But I'm sure it would be just these games...
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Anthony Simons
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For me, the family games would have to be:

Scrabble
Settlers of Catan
Hotels
Trivial Pursuit
Perudo
Pickomino
Cluedo
Buccaneer
Formula-1
Triominoes

Of course, the above would be chosen based primarily on what I think everybody else in the family would like to play. If we were going to base this on my personal preferences, the list would be somewhat different:

Jamaica
O Zoo Le Mio
Mystery of the Abbey
Shadows Over Camelot
Hoity Toity
TransAmerica
Take it Easy
Carcassonne
Ra
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Charley Walker
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For us:
Carcassonne
Hey, That's my Fish
Cluedo
Wings of War
Connect 4
Heroscape
Scrabble
Space Hulk
Chain Reaction 3
Yahtzee
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Nathan
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If you have a family of 4, you MUST have Loopin' Louie. It's fun for all ages. We regularly play it with 4 adults and it's the favourite of many friends.

Another good one (with families of up to 8) is PitchCar.
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Richard Partin
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Standard 'gateway' games that have fallen flat with my family include "Ticket to Ride" and "Carcassonne."

But ones that have gone over well (i.e., play on their own without me, request, or will agree to playing just about any time) include:

No Thanks!
Tsuro
Transamerica
Yahtzee Free-for-All
Alpen Express
Ivanhoe
Maya Madness
The "10 Day..." series (in our house: USA, Europe and Asia)
Cartagena
Finger Soccer
Love Pigs
Rat-a-Tat Cat
aMAZEing Labyrinth
Minotaurus
Beyond Balderdash


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D G
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Some of the games that have worked for a family of four over the last several years (kids are now 8 and 11):

Zooloretto
Pandemic
Rat-a-Tat Cat
aMAZEing Labyrinth
Micro Mutants: Evolution
Chateau Roquefort

Games that are favorites of one kid but not the other:
Carc and Incan Gold (8yo boy loves these)
Ticket to Ride and Apples-to-Apples (11yo girl loves these)

A family game we have enjoyed that is not mentioned with particular frequency on the Geek and recommended if your collection is wanting in the "tangram" genre:

Ubongo
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Schachtelhalm
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El Grande. It is a family heirloom.
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Philip O'Brien
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Games the whole family would want to rescue would be the following 3:

Ingenious
The Downfall of Pompeii
Sleeping Queens
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James Mckane
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Pyramid (Fluch der Mummie)
Ticket to Ride
Castle Panic
A La Carte
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Jae
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Power Grid
Ghost Stories
Battlestar Galactica
Ubongo
Ricochet Robots

For Sale
Factory Fun
Galaxy Trucker
Roma
Taluva
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Caleb
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Hmm. For Family Games, I would select these:


Sorry! Sliders
Pick Picknic
Forbidden Island
For Sale
Dragonland
Blink
Lost Cities
Elfenland (edit: or, maybe Zooloretto instead)
Incan Gold
Geister & Gespenster

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Anthony Frutos
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Our favorite games are:

Catan
I'm the Boss!
Incan Gold
Bohnanza
Stone Age
Carcassonne
Liar's Dice
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Michael Garton
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Family of 4, 5 with son in law, so:

Crokinole - 4 player
Pitchcar - more than 4
Survive - 4 player
Leaping Lemmings - more than 4
Thurn and Taxis - 4 player
Nexus Ops - 4 player
Guillotine - more than 4
Acquire - more than 4
Stock Car Championship Racing Card Game - more than 4
Big Boggle - more than 4

We usually only have 3 or 4 playing at a time, sometimes 5.

These will hit the table over the holidays along with some 2 player wargames, and hopefully at least 1 game of Fortress America.
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Chris
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My four y.o. boy and six y.o. boy are my usual family-gaming companions, and for them the must-haves would be:

Heroscape
War & Sheep!
Talisman (2nd Ed)
Sorry Sliders
Mystery Mansion
Pocket Battles
Blokus
Forbidden Island
Roll Through the Ages
Minotaurus

Of course, for my wife the list would be quite different:

Pick Two
Catan Card Game
Agricola
Carc
Word Thief
Dutch Blitz
Phase 10

Somehow, my wife isn't as entranced by ameritrashy orc killing as the kids are...
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Ricatoni
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In the Latoni house arrrh the Top Ten games that dominate are;

d10-1Chess
d10-2Dominos
d10-3Mancala
d10-4Ticket to Ride
d10-5Settlers of Catan
d10-6Blokus
d10-7Apples to Apples
d10-8Rummikub
d10-9Heroscape
d10-1d10-0Bohnanza cool

But that's because they haven't experienced Formula De yet!
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Edwin Nealley
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The one definite is likely History of the World, but the others likely include

Catan Card Game
Monty Python Fluxx
Ingenious: Travel Edition
Quiddler
Five Crowns
Race for the Galaxy
Tikal

among others, such as Twenty-Two, a simplified climbing game played with a normal deck.
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Sicaria Occaeco
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Heroscape
Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) & Twilight Imperium (Third Edition): Shattered Empire (it counts as one ;P)
18xx (also counts as one)
Conflict of Heroes
War of the Ring (first edition)
Twilight Struggle
Brass
Storm Over Stalingrad
Imperial 2030
Breakout: Normandy
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Craig Duncan
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The big hits in our family are:

Frank's Zoo (the all-time favorite; we're on our second deck--the first one got too worn out from overuse!)
Bohnanza
Duck, Duck, Bruce
Midnight Party
Mamma Mia!
Mancala
Trans Europa
Labyrinth
Rat-a-Tat Cat
Snorta!

An honorable mention (it's not my wife's cup of tea, but my kids and I enjoy it): Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie

By the way, I started a recommendations thread on games for large mixed-ages groups (9 players or more). If you ever play games at family-get-togethers, you might be interested in it:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/601973/kid-friendly-game...
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Jonas Persson
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Amnese wrote:
If you have a family of 4, you MUST have Loopin' Louie.


+1. I got it recently (this Christmas) - its awesome! Check my stats for number of times played since Christmas ... Yes, I know, it only takes 5 minutes to play!

Another fun thing is that my geeky friends also loves this one as a fun filler!
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Roesti Graben
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Definitely go back and get these three:

Dixit
Carcassonne
Ticket to Ride


And most certainly let these three burn:
Monopoly
Uno
Cluedo
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