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Board games our my hobby. I buy the games, I teach the games, and I share my hobby with anyone willing to listen (or not, I don't care, I still talk about them). When I fist discovered this wonderful world of modern board games, I didn't think It would grow into such a big part of my life. In the beginning, my kids loved the games and loved playing. My wife, on the other hand, liked the games, but didn't like the cost associated with buying them. Honestly though, one of her early comments was "Well, maybe I don't want to play all these games."

We had fallen into the tired old pattern of coming home from work, watching TV, going to bed, and then getting up and doing it all over again. I really wanted to spend more quality time with her and the kids, and said games would make a great way to do that. I think that reasoning helped convince her to at least give them a try. She has become a pretty great opponent and somewhat of a geek.

Almost every game goes the same way. I read the rules, play a game by myself to get a handle on the mechanics, proceed to teach it to my family. I usually win the first game, but then struggle to ever win again.

This list is not solely about my wife though. "She" also refers to my wonderful daughters Julianna and Olivia, and my sister-in-law Maria( who is also wonderful). They too beat me at games more often than I really care to admit. I have been trying to get them into some of the heavier games like Troyes, The Princes of Florence, and Race for the Galaxy, but I'll probably lose at those too. Maybe I should just stick to co-ops or solitaire, I don't know.

These are just some of the games I lose at (not going to list them all).

So who beats you? Feel free to add to the list so we can commiserate together.

Thanks for reading.
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The game that helped start us down this crazy rabbit hole. My wife and I probably have an equal number of wins between us. Maria on the other hand rules this game- usually coming out on top. Whats really awesome is Olivia, who is 9, has a couple of recent wins to her name.
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We have played this game at least 6 if not 7 times (was not always recording my plays). This is the one game I'm certain I did not win the first time we played. In fact, the player with the most corrupt tokens at the end of the game gets eaten by the crocodile. That would be me, every time.
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This is one of the few games I did not teach my wife. We both were taught by some friends when we joined them for a game day. I did have a higher score than her the first time we played, but I didn't win. I may have won once out of the 8 times we have played.
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Maybe Lurdes is just really lucky? I know this game has more luck than skill, but I'm pretty sure I haven't won this one either. At least I don't always get crushed by the bolder at the end. Stupid Croc.
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Just last month I taught Lurdes this game, and yep, she is starting to beat me at this too.
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Unlike me, Lurdes has gotten very close to beating High Lord Margath. Julianna, age 11, has beaten him. So far the only one to do so.
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I think games like Elfenland our some of Lurdes' favorite because of the puzzle aspect. She can suffer from mild AP at times, but I think it has more to do with me playing to have fun versus winning. At least that is what I am telling myself.
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When I introduced this the first time, Lurdes finished with 5 doubloons in her ship, but she didn't cross the red line and lost 5 points at the end. Yes, that was the only time I ever won this. Julianna is the reigning champ at this game, she routinely comes from behind to win. And I have no idea how she does it.
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This is the other game on this list I did not teach initially. Lurdes, Julianna, and I were at a local con when we first tried this. Lurdes didn't win, but she beat me, which I guess is all that really matters. I have won this game one time, maybe twice.
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I was really hesitant to get this game because I didn't think Lurdes was going to like the card drafting and interactions. Well, she likes it, and I lose. Julianna is quite good at this too, wining a couple of times.
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Julianna dominates this game for some reason. In fact, the one time we played she read a book when it wasn't her turn, and she won. Boo hiss, I say!
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This started with Agricola and pretty soon encompassed Le Havre too.

Agricola was pretty much the introduction to worker placement games for our group. We played Agricola at StabCon for the first time about five years ago, and if I recall I even won the first game (probably more by luck than any great judgement).

I was OK for the next few games... but then something must have clicked with Kez and she's now the unequalled champion of Herr Rosenberg's games in our group (and pretty much with any worker placement game). With Le Havre, again my first few games were pretty good but then...

It's come to the point where the rest of us lowly mortals are competing for second place, while Kez' scores manages to vanish out of sight!
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Its a game of luck and rolling dice....

SO WHY DOES SHE WIN ALL THE TIME??? Ugh!!!!!!

I haven't been able to get my wife to play many of my games, but she loves this one. Its simple and pretty fast paced.

I've got her to play Zombies!!! and Puzzle Strike once (which she beat me at the first time). But Pac Man is her favorite.

Hopefully soon she will try Tokaido.....

...and beat me there too.
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Two player game last night. Finial treasure draw, and we know there is a curse card in there. Lurdes gets first pick, and it's a SIX treasure! I get the second pick and it's the curse card.cry

I lost by 7 points.
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