21 Games I play with my 21 year old son
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My son Jared turns 21 today and one thing that has kept us together as a close family and not drifting apart has been to play board games.

So today here is a list of 21 of either our favourite games together or at least some of the memorable ones.

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1. Board Game: Yahtzee Jr. [Average Rating:5.03 Overall Rank:15322]
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The first one many many many years ago.

Pokemon was the craze and I bought this one to start us out
 
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2. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:14788]
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After the divorce, he and his brother came to stay with me on weekends and as I had a copy of Risk they decided to invent thier own rules that they would play as 4 and 6 year olds
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3. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:283] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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At 12 it was time to get serious. I'd just been introduced to Catan and so the group I was with put Risk away and a whole new adventure began
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4. Board Game: Small World Underground [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:287] [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
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Hmm... what is this on my Youtube feed form Geek and sundry? - Wil Wheaton - is he still around - Small World never heard of it....

And so our world changed, my collection now has about 200 more games and expansions all because I clicked a link and the three of us have great fun together, and play with friends family and complete strangers

Only Underground was available the rest seemed to be sold out worldwide but this unleashed the floodgates of fun.
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5. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:547] [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked]
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A zombie game how novel... at least it was when we first got it... now its zombies again?
 
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6. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:228]
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So much laughter playing this one.
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7. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:63] [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked]
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He wipes the board with me I have taught him too well.


"The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner; now *I* am the master. "

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8. Board Game: Star Wars: Imperial Assault [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:26]
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This was a no brainer game to get - I can't think why....
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9. Board Game: One Night Ultimate Werewolf [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:266] [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
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He just loves the hidden role mechanic - at least now as his dad I can tell if he is not... how can I put his... being a circuitous with the truth?
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10. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:424]
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The traitor mechanic is one he loves to play and he always hopes to be the one...
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11. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:178]
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Adding hidden role to being a traitor another frequently played game
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12. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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I'm sensing a pattern here....
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13. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:323]
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OK - this is getting rediculous
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14. Board Game: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:64] [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
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Really!!??!?

Joking aside, we all love the challenge of the co-op put together with a hidden role / traitor adding the stress tension and difficulty.

These games have resulted in a lot of stories and memories
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15. Board Game: Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:278] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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He helped me gather the funds to go all in to kickstart this.

...so glad that when it arrived we all loved playing it.
 
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16. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:634] [Average Rating:6.84 Unranked]
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His favourite factions are vampires, ants, ninjas and spies..... (and the princesses)
 
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17. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:51]
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He normally does not like worker placement but this one is one he enjoys
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18. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:119] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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Need to play more of this.....


...as long as he doesn't keep beating me
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19. Board Game: Firefly: The Game [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:271]
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Hmmm... a sudden but inevitable betrayal

Sudden.... in a three hour game???

Inevitable... well you have seen the rest of the list - curses!

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20. Board Game: Terror in Meeple City [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:640]
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Grr - arrgh


This land shall be my land
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21. Board Game: Tokaido [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:439]
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This was from his BGG secret Santa - he loves the game and it has been a big hit with the board game group as well...
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