It's not the games; it's me....
Brian Lucid
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My family won't play games nearly as often as I would like them to. As soon as I mention game they hem and haw. They even start the passive resistance before I can get the word game out. All I have to do is say "Hey everybody" Sometimes I just sit there with a twinkle in my eye and they'll say Dad, no.

I know it has to be me because these games are awesome fun. Perhaps I don't explain the rules well. Perhaps I try and use all the props and things and overwhelm them with theme, perhaps I'm just a bad husband and father.

Inconceivable, nope. There is a way. I have not yet found the proper motivation to get them to play. I will teach them by the numbers. They will not laugh, they will not cry, they will learn that board games are their friends!

Caveat, my family consists of me, a hyperactive board game enthusiast bordering on obnoxious, dyslexic wife-homemaker who enjoys crafts, ADD teenage son enjoys electric guitar and X-Box, artsy teenage daughter who enjoys face book, pop bands and shopping.

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1. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:51]
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I had reasonable success with this one. It's simple enough for them and theme/strategy enough for me. When I was my kids age I was playing Dungeons and Dragons. They don't know how good they have it now, these whipper snappers!

Still, this one isn't the surefire bomb to get them to the table consistently.
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2. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:323] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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I have one of the first editions of this. I have to say it's my son's favorite and works well for family members who haven't played games too much. Great entry level game. Did I mention I had a first edition? Yes, the expansion tiles don't fit my version. It's time to move on to bigger and better games, why can't my family see this?
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3. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:394]
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This one was reasonably successful. Not a lot of strategy but makes up for it with interaction. It's a good light game to get them in the mood for more games if I can only entice them to the table with it.
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4. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:75]
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This one is a favorite and works 40-50% of the time in getting them interested in a game. Normally what happens is 2 of them will play leaving the 4th player out. So I play a 3 player Pandemic game missing one of the key roles for getting the job done and saving the world. Afterward, if we lose, I attempt to lay a guilt trip on my son. i don't know if he's listening to me with his headphones on and an X-Box controller in his hand.
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5. Board Game: Steam [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:132]
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My wife enjoyed it, daughter tolerated it and son was playing X-Box. It's Martin Wallace for Pete’s sake! Don't they know who Martin Wallace is? How can they be so unenlightened?
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6. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1122]
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I love this game! It's a great party game. When we break this out they all shoot me dead in the first few rounds though...every time. It makes the game unplayable for me and when I try and explain the objective they just laugh. It makes me so upset! the more upset I get the more they laugh.
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7. Board Game: Ivanhoe [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1814]
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Dr. Kneizia, help us! With Ivanhoe I have a 60% success rate in getting them to the table. His other games are not so much of a success with them. I can get my daughter to play Lost Cities, Nobody will touch Tigris and Euphrates.
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8. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:225]
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Rest in peace Sid, your game was well received by my family but alas not the silver bullet I'm looking for.
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9. Board Game: A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:830]
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Now this is one I was really hoping they would be into. The watch all of the zombie, werewolf, vampire movies. this one has everything; including a cool CD to play while we play it! My daughter asked me to quit bringing it up when her friends are over.
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10. Board Game: The Great Brain Robbery [Average Rating:5.54 Overall Rank:13385]
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This one was fun for a couple of times when the kids were younger. It's silly and light and lot's of interaction. I still enjoy it but they don't. Even the complany name is silly, Cheapass. Sorry James Ernest, you'll have to hire a new team to figure out my family.
 
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We did OK with 7 Wonders, actually this was one of the better ones and we all enjoy ourselves when we play. When! That's the problem! I should say: how about 7 Wonders and they should say sounds great Dad! can we bring our friends?
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I could go on but I'm feeling blockus. These are great games like I said, it must be me. I know it isn't for lack of variety or effort. I have a whole arsenal of games that I look at, repackage, play solo, dust, take to dinner...

Or is it me? If you think you have the bomb for my family or that silver bullet that will break through our inertia you're welcome to try. Frankly, I don't think all of the BGGers out there can top my game repertoire if you all put your heads together at BGG.CON for a week and came up with a list blessed by Aldie himself.

but you're welcome to try. (please do!)
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