V's Top Ten Filler Games - December 2012
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Games to either play fast and in between longer games, at the start or end of a night, or at a game say when all you want to do is "good around". Ruses are games that allay with 4players+inabput a half hour and have very quick rules.
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1. Board Game: Streams [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:4775]
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This is relatively new to our collection after Dave at TimeWellSpent suggested it to us. He is rather a guru of lighter and filler games. This one seems easy at first but will bite the most confident player in the but quickly. Lots of fun! Scales well to any number. The entire game group could play a round between games.
 
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2. Board Game: Great Wall of China [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:2327]
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Have played this one on and off for years. Fun, portable, just enough strategy. It's never going to make our trade list and in fact I would consider it a great gateway game and a good gift option for new players. (If still in print, I have no idea.). Needs to get on the table more. The box size lends itself to disappearing.
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3. Board Game: Cockroach Poker [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1174]
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Cockroach Poker
Sex, Lies and Stinkbugs. This games is not for people who take themselves too seriously. I is for people who like to/think they can bluff. It's for people who want to have a good time on game day, not just put workers in a building and run around a VP track with people they barely know. It's another game that's not for cry babies, but it's not a very harsh game either. A...blast.
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4. Board Game: The King Commands [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:6870]
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The King Commands is probably Eurotrash and is definitely fun. Sword fights, nothing but sword fights! I am a big fan of King Arthur lore so this one is a yes from me any time.
 
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5. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:396]
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No Thanks is very easy to teach and definitely requires attention for all players at the table, which I like. It's fun, read: lots of "damn! I wanted that card." Decent amount of strategy and I always like, but am not necessarily good at, some push you luck.
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6. Board Game: Timeline: Events [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:956] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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The only game on the list I do not own: Timeline. Fast play, despite the multi-player solitaire effect, everyone wants to be engages. That's good design. Still fun after many plays.
 
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7. Board Game: Fast Figure [Average Rating:5.12 Overall Rank:13485]
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Get it on the table. Try not to collide with table or neighbor in the midst of the fun and mayhem. 2013 will see more of us one! A bummer it's OOP.
 
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8. Board Game: Parade [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:705]
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Parade is a fast, easy to learn card game with (I think) unique mechanics. Zev taught me this in about 30 seconds before shoving me onto the demo floor at GenCon. Good thing the rules were easy because they'd gone missing from the box.

All that said, the strategy is not as easy as some of these card games and there is some luck involved... All of which the players can mitigate, IMHO.

A great choice for a short game with a small to large group. Scales well.
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9. Board Game: Tumblin-Dice [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:613]
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So much yelling! This game came be played for ten minutes or two hours depending on the level of addiction... And it IS addictions. This is a dexterity game, so expect to see it on my Top Ten Dexterity games list.

You can actually improve your skill at this game or just be a wild man, both are entertaining.
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10. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:262]
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A classic by this point in our collection. One of the first game we learned and still playing it. Easy to teach, not as easy to win depending on who else is at the table.

The art is well done. And who doesn't want to bid on both an outhouse AND a space station!
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