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I have two young sons and a wife who all typically are completely out of sync with whatever board game I am in the mood to play and will often suggest certain games to play that I'm only "meh" about playing at the time.

But, seeing how lucky I am that my family actually enjoys board games and want to play with me, and also seeing how they often will play games I'm more interested in playing than they are, I almost always go along with them in a sporting mood and hide my true feelings about the suggestion they made.

I also try to encourage any board game playing that I can - even with games that I really do not feel like playing near as often as they do, or not at that particular time. But I should mention that I do draw the line with Monopoly and all of its horrid Hell-spawned versions, product/brand name tie-ins, and clones. *Blech*! yuk

Below are the games that my family members most often wish to play with me.

Please add any games to this list that you find yourself in similar situations with.

NOTE: The below games do not necessarily mean they are bad - they just happen to be games that other family members, friends, or club members usually want to play and you decide to "go along" because they reciprocate to your choices or you want to encourage board gaming - especially with spouses or children. They may even be games that you enjoy but just don't like playing as often as others do!
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1. Board Game: Attack! [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:4458]
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This is the game that started my return to board gaming several years ago, is the game that my older son (now 8) enjoyed playing a lot (and where he learned math from), and now I have recently found my younger son asking to play on an almost daily basis now. He, too, is now honing his math skills with this beast of a game - counting, addition, subtraction, and some multiplication and division.

I'll leave any negative comments about the game to the peanut gallery as I have mixed feelings about it, but major "broken-ness" I feel about the game led me to BGG so I really can't hate it for that!

EDIT: Forgot to add that we typically only play for an hour or two, and that we play with a very basic version of the game (mostly just combat, unit building, moving, and the economics cards). So I'm not playing a full-on game of Attack! every day!
 
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2. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1017]
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I must make a comment about how my older son and I play this game. Only on a few occasions have we actually played this game "correctly" (i.e. with several other people). The normal way we play this game is with a variant in which my son and I basically pick one or two characters each and start blasting at each other - no role cards, no sheriff, etc. Surprisingly enough, it actually really is fun that way.

I think the main reason he likes this game is because (a) I let him pick whatever characters he wishes, so he tends to pick the more unbalanced and OP ("over powered") ones, and (b) it is a game that requires a setup time measured in milliseconds - take out cards, pick dudes (or dudettes?), shuffle the cards, deal them, then start playing.

It also (usually) has a shorter play length as well, which is good when its a school night and he has bed/story time so early.

I must also admit that with the variant method of playing we employ a couple of house rules: 1) If you go first, then no drawing cards on your very first turn (unless you are Pixie Pete, then we let you draw one card). 2) Speaking of Pixie Pete, he has been nerfed so that he only draws 3 cards instead of 4. I really really really do not like Pixie Pete...
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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This is the game that got my wife (finally) interested in decent board games, and I was quite successful in utilizing it in the tried-and-true BGG method of introducing people to bard (EDIT: board) games, but unfortunately for me, she has yet to progress past playing this.

I have played this game and Ticket to Ride: Europe, and with enough people to realize that at least I enjoy regular "Ticket to Ride" with only one or two other people. More than 3 players and the game loses something for me - I just don't like the use of double routes and the game just takes a lot longer. I also do not enjoy the train stations in Ticket to Ride: Europe as I think they hamper some of the aggressive playing styles that my wife and I employ.

Although my wife's attention span is too short to allow the playing of other, more complicated games, she sure is ruthless at this and will typically beat me two out of three games (and I'm supposed to be the "gamer" in the family!). So, for me, Ticket to Ride is best played mano et mano, (and very cutthroat).

On second thought, maybe I should be glad she's not interested in playing some of my more favorite games with me - if she's this good at a single game and doesn't generally play games that often, she might destroy my confidence as a board game player and damage my self-esteem to the very core. (Then again, it'd be worth it if that meant another player for Puerto Rico or Power Grid!)
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