Going to a new games group tonight... what to take?
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The Queensland Gamer's Guild is starting a new games group tonight - check out the thread in the Brisbane forum for more details. I know 2 other people that will be going - my kid and OzVortex, but other than that, it may be a bunch of Monopoly addicts for all I know. I have already packed the box of games to take along, but I thought I'd share my reasoning with you in the hope that you'll make some suggestions.
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Blokus was already in the box anyway, and OzVortex wants to see what the full-blown version is like. I can conscript the kid for a game, and we need just one more player. Also, unlike many of my games, this is one people could buy in the shops if they liked it. And it's pretty.
 
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I always take Trias to games nights, because I want to play it. OzVortex asked about it, too. Dino-meeples may attract some people as well.
 
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Another game I really really want to play, and something a little bit meaty in case there are some serious games there. Some of the QGG people like Settlers of Catan, and if they come along I may be able to steer them to another of Klaus Teuber's great games.
 
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The third and last of my personal indulgences. Shares some features with Elfenland (didn't make it into the box) and Ticket to Ride (didn't make it into my collection), and is a little bit heavier than Settlers but not much. And it's pretty.
 
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A game which everyone can play yet still rewards skill, and is easy to teach. Takes up to 6, so it's handy if there's that group of people that's too small to split and too big for many other games.
 
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A simple tile-laying game which is about as accessible as Carcassonne (didn't make it into my collection), but was not declared BORING by my kid. Also takes up to 6, although I prefer 2 or 3. And it's pretty.
 
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An all-in brawl type of game which would be super-fun with the right crowd. Maybe that crowd will come along tonight? My son and I have played two player, and he suggested it would be better with more. I'd actually like to try it with teams. It's a lighter sort of game, for those with shorter attention spans and lots of testosterone.
 
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Almost didn't make it into the box, until I figured out how to pack it better. My primary reason for packing this one is that it has money in it, and Monopoly players might like the look of it. If everything with a map is like Risk, surely everything with money is like Monopoly?
 
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A light and social game. Even people who don't normally play games could play this one. It's just like having a chat, but with a purpose. On the other hand, it's just like the trading phase of Settlers, over and over. I prefer it with 4 people.
 
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This one is in my backpack anyway, and I see no reason not to leave it there till tonight. I played it last night with a nearly 5yo, so it's certainly accessible. If I get lucky, there will be some serious gamers there and we will play the Tortuga variant. Jamaica is fun, but Tortuga burns your brain.
 
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QGG runs a lot of miniatures events, and their big event coming up later this month is Ork-toberfest. Actually, it's tomorrow. I have had this game for a while now, and not played it, so I am going to keep carrying it around until I can find some miniatures gamers whose forces have been completely destroyed by Skaven or Space Marines or whatever, and then I'm going to suck them into a proper game.
 
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Another game that is in my backpack anyway, in case I visit the niece and nephew without remembering to pack something more substantial. And also because I like it. Like Bohnanza, it's a game that you can't possibly claim you can't understand - either pick up the coloured cards or not, how hard can it be? And it's pretty.
 
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Because of the unusual shape of the box on this one, it conveniently fits in the top of my box when nothing else will. It's a great game for grown-ups, and I always imagine that kids will like the theme of running away from the monster. My almost 5yo nephew thought it was a bit scary.
 
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14. Board Game: Fish Eat Fish [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:6464]
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This one is a proven hit with kids, and is another that you can actually buy in Brisbane. Although I don't enjoy it so much any more, there are occasions when kids need to be kept quiet. So far, none of them have managed to break the fish. And it's pretty.
 
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15. Board Game: TATATA! [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:10899]
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I just got this during the week, and having not played it yet I am not sure I can do a good job of teaching it. However it is in the Cartagena box, and I'll give it a go if it seems appropriate. Fills a similar gap as Kung Fu Fighting, but with an Italian accent.
 
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My wife recently gave me a Tupperware crate which neatly holds 12 cardboard boxes that I can buy from the hardware store. I have 6 games so far packed into those boxes (and Tatata! will join them as soon as I can get to the hardware store). So by taking the crate along, I have a heap more games that may be appropriate in various situations. Others that I can remember in there are Werewolf, Mystery Rummy Rue Morgue, Frog Juice, and Pass the Pigs. Because the crate is not full yet, I stuffed Bang! with the Dodge City Expansion and Loot in there as well. Bang! is handy to have, as it takes 3 to 8 and the theme sucks people in. Loot just happened to fit.
 
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17. Board Game: Pico 2 [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:6722]
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There's no real reason to take this along, as I don't expect to be playing 2 player games, but then, as small as it is, there is also no reason to not take it along. This is a super game for the effort it takes to carry it and play it anywhere.
 
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