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This time I'm not gonna' try to be insightful and wax philosophic... And I'm not gonna' try to analyze something from a quirky point of view. In fact, with this GeekList, I want you to do all the work for me!!

I'm hoping to offer very few answers -- but instead supply some questions I'd love to see you, my beloved fellow BGGers, answer. So here's a mess of highly circumstantial, loaded gaming related questions... Some of the answers provided by the community may help gamers who are facing similar situations.

Please, please, please, for the love of all that is sacred: Do not simply say "It all depends" ... even if it does. Go out on a limb. Take a stand. Get on your Soap Box. Later retract your statements and reverse your position.

What do you think?
Really, that's the whole point of this GeekList...
There aren't more questions down here to prod discussion...
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1. Board Game: Match Three [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Situation: You and your four gaming friends have a very discrete 3-hour window to game in. You have to perfectly match your gaming to a three hour limit. Since you haven't been able to game in a while, your friends leave the game planning up to you.

The Question: Do you play one longer game that consumes the entire time? Play one medium length game and "pad out" the time with fillers? Play as many different games as possible? What do you do?
 
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2. Board Game: There and Back [Average Rating:4.40 Unranked]
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Situation: Again, with an extremely tight gaming timeframe, you've just finished one game and have time for just one more. Before the game, there was a tentative agreement to next play your favorite game. After this game, the group had such a blast that they immediately want to play again, despite your lukewarm opinion. You can't play both games in the time left.

The Question: Do you go with the group and play the game they want again? Press to get your favorite to the table since it had been previously discussed? Come up with some other alternative? What do you do?
 
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3. Board Game: Controlling Interest [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Situation: You've just gotten a new game and are eager to get it to the table. You coordinate a game night with your friends to introduce this new game. During set up and rules explanation, several players voice their concerns that the game is too complex and doesn't interest them right now.

The Question: Do you push to try and get your game played? Find out what confuses them? Try to find a better suited game? Remind them this is the reason you invited everyone over? What do you do?
 
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4. Board Game: Kingmaker [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1736]
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Situation: Toward the end of a game, it's very clear that your final turn will ultimately decide the winner -- and unfortunately it can't be you. It comes down to two players who targeted each other (and you) equally during the game. You can improve your position the most by letting Player A (who currently trails Player B) win. Or you can remain in last place but let the current leader, Player B (who you believe played best among all the players), win the game.

The Question: Improve your own position? Let the player you think played best win? Ask to have the game called a draw? Skip your turn and let it ride? What do you do?
 
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5. Board Game: Don't Be A Dork: The Ultimate Party Adventure Game! [Average Rating:4.82 Overall Rank:14266]
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Situation: One of your good gaming buddies is eager to introduce his friend to your gaming circle. You invite the newcomer over, but over the course of the evening, you were shocked by his rude behavior, inattentiveness and poor manners. Afterward, the friend who introduced him asks what you think, as he'd like newcomer to become a regular addition to the gaming circle.

The Question: How honest would you be? Would you risk losing a good gaming buddy over the exclusion of a poor player? Give the guy a second chance? Set some behavior ground rules? What do you do?
 
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6. Board Game: Triumph of Chaos [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:2455]
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Situation: Early on in a long, involved game, one player, deciding he is out of contention, opts to throw a wrench into everyone's plans by acting in chaotic, unpredictable ways -- making suboptimal moves just to disrupt someone else's plans, triggering fights he can't win just to create attrition, and generally playing without an eye toward first place.

The Question: Do you address this during the game? Is it even an issue for you? Would you find out what the other players think of the erratic behavior? What do you do?
 
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7. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:120]
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Situation: Through poor planning and targeting by other players, one player (of five playing) finds himself completely eliminated from a game very early on. You've played for less than an hour, and probably need two more hours to wrap up the game as is.

The Question: Offer to restart so everyone is involved? Press to finish the game, as player elimination is part of the game? Offer to call a draw or artifically shorten/end the game to make sure everyone gets to game? What do you do?
 
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8. Board Game: How To Host a Scavenger Hunt: Animal Safari [Average Rating:5.25 Unranked]
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Situation: You've really been looking forward to hosting a game night at your place for a while now. During the scheduling and planning, one of the players comments that he'd really prefer playing at someone else's place. A few others chime in and agree. It's not due to something like allergies -- they comment that the other player is just in a more convenient/central location.

The Question: Tell them how much you've been looking forward to hosting? Decide it's not that important -- gaming is great no matter where it takes place? Concede this time, but make sure everyone is clear that you'd like to share hosting responsibilities? What do you do?
 
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9. Board Game: Make 'n' Break [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:3470]
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Situation: While hosting, some friends are looking through your games and other assorted collectables. One of the players accidentally drops a delicate piece from one of your out of print games and breaks it. He's horrified and apologizes profusely, but leaves it at that.

The Question: Do you leave it at that? Do you ask to have the item replaced? Do you bring up its value? Would you try to find a replacement, or leave the item as is? What do you do?
 
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10. Board Game: Whoops! [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Situation: About half way into a new strategy game, you discover that a key rule was missed. The player most hurt by the incorrect rule (meaning if played correctly, he would be doing the best) wants to start over from the beginning, which would take enough time that no other games would get played that night. The player who benefited the most from the mistake would rather keep playing the game the same way you've been playing it so far and incorporate the proper rule the next time around -- after all, this game's decisions were still based on a common understanding of the rules as understood at the time. Finally, the last player wants to adopt the new rule and play out the rest of the game with this corrected rule. Since they can't decide amongst themselves, they turn to you.

The Question: Which situation would you opt for? Start over? Continue the same way? Incorporate the new rule? Offer some other resolution? What do you do?
 
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