The last game convention I went to, I had over a dozen people approach me and my Crokinole board. Most were just curious what it was, and stuck around to watch a few games. A lot of them asked to play. I must've taught Crokinole to 6 or 7 new people in one day.
A lot of Crokinole boards are works of art worthy of being hung on a living room wall.
Art and rubble. This game board stands out in its shades of antique blue. The rubble reflects the devastation of Lisbon (1755) using a tricolor of earthquake (brown), fire (red) and flood (blue) cubes. Yes, you want to repair the city and make it whole, no matter the complexity! A mesmerizing look as you dive in.
Since 1963, Mouse Trap has been labeled and marketed as a game, and yet those who have owned and played it know that there really isn't much of a game there. It's principal appeal is the assorted molded plastic items that go into forming the assembled mouse trap (no batteries needed). After several playings, most people resort to merely setting the whole Rube Goldberg-like contraption up, setting it in motion a few times, and then disassembling it. (From there, it's generally banishment to the back of the game closet, or the thrift store/garage sale.)
The game components are valued more than the game itself. If that's not 'table presence,' I don't know what is.
Mouse Trap is appropriately ranked at 17,158 on BGG, yet it's probably outsold 15,500 games of higher ranking. Considering its rating of 4.08, that seems to suggest that it's a tribute to the power of marketing.
This is an oldie-butta-goodie for 2-4 players. Players take turns placing blocks on the board -- alternating between their own color and neutral tan -- to hide as much of their own color as possible from the Chief (the pawn) that moves around the board and looks down the row of whatever space he stops at.
About 15 years after having played my last game of Pueblo, I was able to purchase a copy in near-mint condition at PrezCon (Feb 2019), and my wife and I have enjoyed playing it 2-player with each other, and 3-player with a friend.