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My mum has just had a hip replacement (an experimental type made of foamed ceramic, even!) and lies invalid and bored on her couch, bemoaning a lack of entertainment. So I'm taking a week off work to play the following with her before I foist her off onto one of my many unsuspecting uncles.
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1. Board Game: Oxford Dictionary of Card Games [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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I'll be taking my beloved card game dictionary so that I can play some Ecarte with mater using the simplified rules found within. (I've submitted Ecarte to the db but apparently there's something of a backlog). In the meantime you can read about it here:

http://www.colourcountry.net/cgi-bin/fetchsec.py?range=118-1...

As Ecarte involves both card counting and trick-taking I expect to be defeated easily by my wily parent.

 
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2. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:554]
 
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Since mum is of English birth (an Essex girl, if you take my meaning) she has a love of Cribbage, and has memorised all of the nonsensical scoring rhymes of her homeland. Twenty-six, five's the trick. Twenty-seven, four's in heaven and so forth.
 
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3. Board Game: 500 [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:2825]
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If my girlfriend or one of the aforementioned uncles put in an appearance, we'll play a bit of Australia's national card game also. 500 is one of the few trick-taking games that plays equally well with three, or with four in partnership.
 
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4. Board Game: Rummikub [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:1551]
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For some inexplicable reason my mother is a huge fan of Rummikub -- I think the huge numbers on the tiles appeal to her failing eyesight. It doesn't do much for me, but at least it's not Zombies.
 
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5. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
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Bohnanza is mum's favourite Euro, which is fine by me. She loves conning me into taking what she describes as 'a valuable cocoa bean'... as soon as I plant it I figure out that the other three are in her hand. What a fiend!

It's not much chop two-handed so we'll be playing this with whoever drops in.
 
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6. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Mum quite likes Carcassonne, and Uncle Pete is also a fan, so I've been instructed to bring all my Carc stuff. I plan to make the expanded game less tedious by leaving half of the tiles in the box. Pretty sneaky, eh sis?
 
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Lost Cities lets mum count and hoard cards in such a way as to undermine and foil me (see Bohnanza).
 
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If she has her glasses on and Uncle Pete is around, maybe I can convince mum to play a little PoF? I'm sure she'll enjoy manipulating the auction in such a way as to stick me with a useless park while she gets a jester for 200 fl.
 
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It wouldn't a trip to mum's place without scrabble, martinis, and the cryptic crossword. Mum has a nice edition with wooden stands, similar to the one pictured. We have a similar vocabulary so Scrabble will be more enjoyable than it usually is with the subliterate general public.
 
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I reckon mum will enjoy the bidding and bluffing of Aladdin's Dragons, so I'll bring that along also. She will, as usual, take delight in foiling my plans. Perhaps I can train her as an eBay sniper and plonk her down in front of the computer while I go to the pub.

"Look, son -- I won you a copy of Outdoor Survival!"

"Wilderness War, mum! Christ!"
 
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My penance for the above complaints will be listening to the infernal rattling of this nightmarish box. When I complain of headaches I'll be instructed to stop sulking and make another martini.
 
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I'm pretty sure she's got a copy of Scotland Yard floating around somewhere -- maybe I can convince her to part with it?
 
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While I'm peering through her cupboards, I'm sure I left a copy of this plus expansions at her place when I moved out. If I'm lucky she hasn't thrown out my old 2000AD comics either.

Can't see her playing much HQ with me, though if I could convince her I'm sure she'd get a kick out of attacking my hapless dwarf with a bunch of zombies and a gargoyle.
 
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Haven't introduced her to this one yet, but expect the usual result.
 
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Mum's friend Wayne is into word games, and when he comes around for dinner he will bring his latest purchase, Articulate.
 
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While mum takes her morphine and has a lie down, I can use her glacial dial-up connection to play online Go with other BGGers.
 
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What I'll be doing when she takes a tumble.
 
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