Immediately Addictive Games
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Rejoicing in our recent purchase of Seasons, which we played multiple times this weekend, I realized that it falls into what for me is a pretty small group of games: those that are immediately addictive, that I want to play over and over again after the initial introduction, that sing to me with their siren call, urging me to cancel other plans and stay up way too late, that end up getting played 10+ times in the first week.

There are about six games that have had this effect on me, and I think the one thing that they all have in common is that they're relatively short; it's easy to say "just one more game" when it's expected to take only an hour or less.

Unfortunately, the excitement of any game tends to wear off after a while, which is why I'm hoping to discover other games of "this sort", whatever that may be....
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1. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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This is probably the first game that I was really obsessed about. It helped that I learned it with a friend who was equally obsessive; there was at least one night when we cancelled plans to go to the theatre in order to play TTR instead. I like to think that we didn't actually have the tickets yet, but I honestly don't remember.
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2. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:76] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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Oh, the excitement of discovering Dominion. A friend brought it to our house, and I don't think we let him take it home again that night.
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3. Board Game: Dominion: Intrigue [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:61] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
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Well, it's listed as a standalone, and managed to renew all the excitement of the original for me.
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4. Board Game: Shadow Hunters [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:798]
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This one certainly got played until 3am at least once. And I don't mean that we started at 2....
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5. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:304]
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Yay, exciting new board games still exist! It had been a couple of years since I'd been hit with such an obsessive urge to play a game. I wasn't thrilled with the 3 or 4 player versions, but with 2 players.... I wish I had recorded how many times we played that evening; it must have been at least 5. And then I went back the next day. I was in town to visit my long-distance boyfriend, but somehow wanted to spend all my time with his Innovation-owning friend instead. Oops.
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6. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:176]
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I had somehow never even heard of this game, until we stood in front of the shelves at Snakes & Lattes looking for something quick that would work well with two. The first game, with the pre-set cards, was satisfying enough that we bought a copy. And once the drafting and the more advanced cards came in, we were hooked. We're still in the initial play-all-the-time phase, and the expansion has already been purchased for when the excitement starts to wane.
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7. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:241]
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Can't play just once
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8. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:314]
Mark Saya
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This one fits the bill: in our first session with it we played five times and reached ten plays after only a week or so. More than two years later we're still playing regularly, but not multiple times in one sitting. Works very well with two players by the way.
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9. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Master Set [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:173] [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked]
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This one! Once you play, you never want to stop!
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10. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:45]
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I don't know about you, but something with card drafting always excites me because it is always just a little bit different. Throw in the fact there are multiple paths to victory and you get a nice little package.

Games like Dominion and 7W shot quickly up the charts for a reason. This one I just started recently and I can't get enough. I take it you've tried it too?
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11. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:73]
Kris Wiggins
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I don't know how many will agree with me, but this is one I normally can't wait to play again. Making the mancala work optimally is an ongoing challenge that I always want to improve on.
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12. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:216]
Jordan S.
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C'mon! Just one more game? We can win this time! I know it!
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13. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:374]
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Actually I don't have any games I get immediately addicted to.

So this item is more for our gaming group partners. First time after playing Thurn and Taxis they immediately bought their own copy. But they also did the same with Ticket to Ride next day after played it first time. So there is something about route/train building what makes people addicted.
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14. Board Game: Keltis [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1482]
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While not the greatest game there is, this one hit the spot due to its simplicity. The game has just enough strategy to make it interesting. Admittedly, most of the people I play with are certainly not experts.
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15. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:280]
Lutz Pietschker
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For me, it was Flash Point: Fire Rescue. A topic I have a connection to, co-operative play, player number from 1 to 6, easy-to-learn rules ... perfect. After two years, still hitting the table regularly and still happy to play if anyone asks me to.
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16. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:111] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
Shaun Layton
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This game grabbed me and hasn't let go! The random card draws and the deckbuilding really keep the quests fresh. The game can be quite a challenge as well, and as a result it really has that "just one more game" feel to it.
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17. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:78]
Adam
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I could probably play this for hours.
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18. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:213]
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Maybe it's just me, but I play this game at least once a day.

Against myself, if need be.

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19. Board Game: Sequence [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:3207]
Jeff Spencer
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When one of the eight people at the get-together introduced this one, it got played 8 times in a row. Instant addiction! When I introduced it then to my wife, we played it nonstop for weeks. And she's not a gamer.
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20. Board Game: Krosmaster: Arena [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1053] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
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Eleven plays last weekend...
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21. Board Game: 1812: The Invasion of Canada [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:704]
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This one got 5 plays the weekend we opened it up to try. This is a great game.
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22. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:738] [Average Rating:6.78 Unranked]
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I may be in the minority on this one but for me it's Quarriors! right now. It's a quick game and with 4 expansions, I always want to play again and see what the creature / spell mashup will be for the next game.
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23. Board Game: Finca [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:566]
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The most fun, yet most soothing, gaming I ever do is playing Finca. One play and I was sold. I've since given away two copies for wedding presents. This game has yet to disappoint, with any player count or any group.
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24. Board Game: Snowdonia [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:389]
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The companion to Finca: the soothing version of Agricola. It's cutthroat and merciless, but nothing relaxes me like a game of Snowdonia. I hadn't finished my first play before it shot to my top non-Go 3. It now sits permanently in my top non-Go 4, behind Innovation, original Netrunner, and Irondie.
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