“When I’m feeling ____, my favorite game is _____.”
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I enjoy reading through the recommendation threads on BGG and have happily expanded my game collection quite a bit the past year or two. Something that occurred to me is that there are various ways to seek out or to recommend a game -- often based on objective elements like the type of game mechanism, number of players, length of the game, complexity, etc. However when I pick a game off the shelf to play with my friends or family it’s often the mood I’m in that most influences what I grab (within the limitations of number of players and time available of course).

So I thought I would make a thread where I listed a mood I might be in and my favorite game that fits that mood. I would love to hear if you pick games this way sometimes and if so if you have a favorite game for each mood. I think it would be a neat way to get games on my radar screen for future play and/or purchase. Please feel free to add other moods too! Basically, I asked myself to fill in the blanks: “when I’m feeling ____, my favorite game is _____.”

Please add your "favorite games to match your mood" if you like!
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For when I'm feeling...Angry.

There’s nothing like playing with trains to take me out of an angry mood.
 
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For when I'm feeling...Cheerful.

Cute and light-hearted card game.
 
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For when I'm feeling...Competitive.

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For when I'm feeling...Creative.

An improvisational storytelling game that really makes you think on your feet. Often quite funny the way the stories unfold as you take turns in the telling.
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For when I'm feeling...Friendly.

A calm and peaceful game. The game has a pleasant repetition to it and a sense of gratification as your color expands on the board. The final score feels secondary to the play experience to me.
 
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For when I'm feeling...Geeky.

All that cyberpunk terminology and sly references to sci-fi culture are unabashedly geeky. Major bonus for being a flat-out great card game.
 
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For when I'm feeling...Gentle.

It’s pleasant to look at and pleasant to play. Very little direct competition and almost everything you choose to do is helpful in one way or another.
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For when I'm feeling...Hungry.

A game where you are rewarded for sauteing mushrooms in butter or cider. Mmmmm….
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For when I'm feeling...Hyper.

10 minutes of heart-pounding, die-rolling excitement.
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For when I'm feeling...Lonely.

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For when I'm feeling...Mean.

There’s something nasty about this game. So much of it is knowing what your opponent is going for and depriving him or her of it. Or even worse waiting for them to play a 9 and then discarding an 8 just to rub it in.
 
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For when I'm feeling...Optimistic.

My family and I have lost the world to out of control viruses every time we’ve played. We just can’t seem to crack the code on how to win. But we have fun every time, especially knowing that some day, some time, some way we will finally win.
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For when I'm feeling...Rowdy.

Most chaotic and unpredictable game I’ve played.
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For when I'm feeling...Silly.

Humorous dice-rolling monster-bashing free-for-all.
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For when I'm feeling...Sneaky.

My favorite moment playing this game: being totally fooled when my 12 year-old daughter looks me right in the eyes and says, “No Dad, I’m not a spy,” lying all the way.
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For when I'm feeling...Suspenseful.

A player is forced into a blind discard. One card will score points, the others will burn the last remaining fuse. I literally have to cover my eyes when this comes up in this game.
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For when I'm feeling...Thoughtful.

A little gem of an asymmetric puzzle/deduction game.
 
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19. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:545]
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For when I'm feeling... Sadistic! devil

The mother of all backstabbing, lies and deceit. And a wonderful game.
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20. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:245] [Average Rating:7.96 Unranked]
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When I'm feeling like ending it all and I need something to send me over the edge....
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21. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:47]
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When I'm feeling anything at all, my favorite game is Race for the Galaxy cool
 
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22. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.77 Overall Rank:16809]
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Horny....

Or possibly, 'myself'
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