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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51. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:435]
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Coup plays fast and is lots of fun. No matter what the group plays, this will always turn up several times.

The Kickstarter version is coming up soon for those who weren't on the bandwagon the first time around.
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52. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:928]
Daniel Blumentritt
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Austin
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Every group I've played this with immediately wants to play again when the first game's over.
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53. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:259]
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My friends picked this up after playing a demo a few months back. They were immediately hooked.

The next day, they put together an impromptu game night, and guess what? All of us were immediately hooked as well. We've played a few times since then, and each time, it is tremendous fun!
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54. Board Game: Scotland Yard [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1148]
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This was brought to one of our game nights about a year ago. Most of us had never played it, and several of us (myself included) really enjoyed, and became somewhat obsessed with it. This made the rounds of our game nights for a few months until other games caught our fancies, such as...
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55. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1130]
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This one was brought to the group and was an instant hit! Since first playing it, several of us have picked this game up in one of its variations (original game, Bullet, etc)
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56. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:119]
Alexei Gartinski
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This is not an addictive game. This is Addiction with capital "A". The moment I started setting up the first scenario, I was totally hooked... THis is not a game; this is a movie unfolding right in front of your eyes. Every time different, always unpredictable. A great game!
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57. Board Game: Warmachine Prime Mk II [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:1167]
Alexei Gartinski
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I was hooked the moment I saw the demo game. There is just something addictive about it... Each miniature has its own distinct character (and I am really not a fun of all the "fluff") and together they all somehow "fit". Also, this is really one of the few "thinking" miniature games: you really need to think what to do on your turn, always planning for the next one. And if you don't - the game is pretty much over for you on the second turn... Great game!
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58. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:207]
Richard Hayes
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Richmond
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Just getting back into board games after many years away. Played this game for the first time last week and played it 2 more times in a row. I've never played something like this before and love the name calling and accusations that immediately spring up. Can't imagine playing this game with someone that takes themselves or winning too seriously.
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59. Board Game: Star Wars: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:522]
Brian Lucid
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I'm really into this one at the moment. the gameplay recreates the tension of the series and the games are so close!
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60. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.19 Overall Rank:11]
Trey Chambers
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Houston
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I played this game 3 times in one day.

I've NEVER wanted to play a 3-hour game more than twice in a day before Terra Mystica.
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61. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:59]
Warren Adams
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It is on oldie but a goodie. Everytime I teach it people want to go off and buy it.
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62. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:734]
Warren Adams
Australia
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Because this is a quick game, I teach it by giving a quick overview and then playing.

Game one I exploit the others lack of knowledge and do my best to cut them off and get areas to myself. This allows them to see the less obvious other side of the 'aren't they cute' little penguins.

The desire to play again and use similar tactics against me is then very strong.

My biggest success was after teaching the game once, in the next game I lost one penguin before I got to move it and the other after only two moves.

How they laughed at my failure. Little did they know I was grinning inside with my success.
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63. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:769]
NICK KOUKOS
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64. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:337]
NICK KOUKOS
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Friday should be an example when you search the meaning of word "addictive" in a vocabulary.
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65. Board Game: Himalaya [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1070]
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66. Board Game: Spot it! [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:959] [Average Rating:6.66 Unranked]
Matt Clark
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Minneapolis
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I've only played the variation where everyone is trying to get rid of their hand by matching symbols on a central card. I think we played 6-7 games the first time and we've played many since then. Lots of yelling, laughing, and slapping cards on the table. One of my favorite fillers.
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67. Board Game: Niagara [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1209]
Steven Tan
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After careful puzzling through the rulebook in a noisy and crowded convention hall, we played our first game. And then our second. And third. Then I bought it and had several more.
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68. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:118]
John Heynes
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With so many alien races the variety is endless. Even with just the base game you will want to play this again and again. Very addictive. I wish I could play this one more.
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69. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:611]
Clinton Sattler
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Knoxville
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I've had huge success using this as a gateway game. At work, we'll play almost every day. After hundreds of plays, we still had a game end with everybody going "ahhhh!" with the final dice reveal,
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70. Board Game: Las Vegas [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:478]
Clinton Sattler
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Another dice game that's hard to put away after one play. Great for wasting time while dinner is cooking.
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71. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:150] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
Mauricio Noda
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I'm not addicted anymore but in a not so distant past...
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72. Board Game: Andean Abyss [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:812]
chris leko
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I've played this one solo a few times, and am in the middle of a PBEM game. I don't stop thinking about it. There's such a great balance between the four factions, and it requires a delicate touch to get your goals done without getting pushed into everyone's cross hairs (or, just get picked on for no reason). It's a great game design that I love and think about when I'm not playing. Unfortunately, it's quite a long game. Hoping that Cuba Libre will fix this for my game group (who tends to not like 4 hour games, but they're not wargamers).
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73. Board Game: Thunderstone [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:594] [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked]
Kim K
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If Dominion didn't grab you, Thunderstone might.

Personally, I've been hooked big-time by both of them!
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74. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:624]
Kim K
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Let's play just one more game of this...a rematch...right now whistle
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75. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:56]
 
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The Game. Been a fan since publication in 2005. Currently, I get to play a maximum of 4 times a year. But the rest of the time I'm:
-discussing and reading discussions about variants
-analyzing the previous game
-editing a video of a game
-organizing the bits and pieces and trying to come up with better storage solutions
-dreaming of what the final pimped-out game will look like
-making new components
-thinking of new strategies with different races
-trying to control my anticipation of the next game
-recruiting new players
-generally being frustrated that there isn't enough time to play, enough material to read/listen/watch about the game...

When someone describes their hobby passionately, I always think to myself: Why spend that much time and money scubadiving/skydiving/building old cars/going to the gym or whatever, when you could be playing TI3? Boggles the mind.
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