Banned!... or Games that you aren't allowed to play anymore.
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While waiting for my wife to have enough contractions to warrant a trip to the hospital and give birth we were playing some simple card games to pass the time.

It was Becky's turn to pick the game and she picked Solitaire Frenzy a game which is banned from playing with her mom for reasons that will be stated below.

Is there any game that you are simply not allowed to play anymore?
Who banned them and why?
Or are these games only banned when certain people are around or in certain circumstances?

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1. Board Game: Solitaire Frenzy [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:4496]
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Nertz is an average game (I rate it a 5). Ever since Becky and I started dating I heard the name of this game and that it was banned from Becky's household.

It was banned because every time her mother and her Aunts and Uncles would play this game they played fiercely. Eventually too many hurt feelings occurred and it was decided that the game would no longer be allowed to be played amongst the family.

Becky and I weren't even taught it until a friend of ours suggested it a couple of years ago. Since then we've been trying to get her mom to play, to no avail.
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2. Board Game: Rummikub [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:1551]
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While not explicitly banned, the last time I played this game with Becky's cousins they all got into an argument.

Since then, every time around her cousins if this game is mentioned to be played, a stern look is exchanged and we decide to play something else.

Becky's family is extremely competetive.
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3. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:1505]
Brenden Johnson
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I wasn't me but my brother and his wife...

They were camping on the North Shore of Lake Superior about 6 years ago and brought out the Scrabble board. They didn't have a dictionary for challenges.

He wanted to use the word "colour" the British spelling of "color". That request was denied.

Then she forced him to let her use "hola" as a word.

They have not played since.
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4. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:1505]
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Scrabble with my father is always an adventure. He's basically a poor sport but he likes to play. He constantly harasses other players to go faster, blames them for taking "his" spot, and accuses them of colluding to set up the player on their left.

My wife had decided she didn't want to play anymore, but one night he insisted. My wife opted to enjoy an adult beverage to help make the game a little easier. Her family had played Scrabble too, but they never used the challenge rule (you could challenge but if you were right the person just made another word. If you were wrong it didn't matter) and they never did the end game scoring with the first player out getting a bonus.

So after a hotly contested match my dad and I were very close in score with our wives trailing pretty far behind. He went out first and began tallying his bonus. He was close and needed a few points from my wife to win.

She wasn't really paying attention and he got impatient and finally said in an angry tone, "Whaddya got in your rack there, kid?"

She never missed a beat as she replied "Double D's"

Mom has asked that we not play Scrabble anymore.
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5. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
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My kids have banned Goa. In fact when I say Goa, the response is, "No-uh". Might have something to do with the fact that I introduced them to it when they were 10 and 8 years old. Apparently Portugese Spice
Trading holds little interest for them. They do like Heroscape though. Odd.
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6. Board Game: Stratego [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:2278]
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My brother and I played this game a lot when I was a kid.
My brother and I fought over this game alot when I was a kid.
For the life of me, I can't remember why.
I do remember my mom taking the game away (forever) after one nasty session.
In a weird twist of fate, a virtually identical game of Stratego showed up at my grandma's house a few days later. Strange.

We continued our fights at grandma's house.
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7. Board Game: Mage Knight [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:3713]
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My FLGS was big with this game when it came out, and I was a major collector there. Add to that my wargaming background, and I had a significant edge on tactical skills over most of the other players there.

When WizKids started structured league play, I was a regular, and routinely won the events I showed up to. Sometimes by better builds, sometimes by sheer dice luck.

One day I arrived for league play, and the other players were standing around. One of them turns to me and says, "We don't want you playing anymore." Flat-out! When I ask why, the reply was, "because we don't want you winning all the time."

I turned around and approached the store's owner. Then, I informed him of the group's actions, promptly cancelled my 3-CASE order for the upcoming expansion (I made up about 1/4 of that store's total MK sales), and proceeded to sell off my entire collection on eBay. I didn't (and I still don't) need to play any game with people that think that way.

And in retrospect, I saved myself a lot of grief by getting out of the game so early.
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8. Board Game: Give Me the Brain! [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:4190]
 
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I like this as a filler. It's a good filler. It plays fairly well, tho it can go on a bit.

We wound up playing it several times too many one evening.

Now, the wife doesn't like Zombies. (She loves BTVS, and the BTVS RPG, but If I as a GM want her to wig out on the badguy, all he needs is rotting flesh and a hunger for "BRAINS! MORE BRAINS!")

So since then, she takes the keys and heads for the door if I pull it off the shelf. Come to think of it, I've not seen it in months....
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9. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15333]
Ben Lott
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Since I've been married it's been a tradition for me to play at least 1 game a year of Monopoly with my nephews. I don't mind, but I insist that we play by the written rules every time. So about 7 years ago my brother-in-law (lets call him Ralph) sat down to play the game with us on our Labor Day weekend trip. About 3/4 of the way through, Ralph was running really short on money and he said "Well, I quit. What are the rules for when someone quits?" After a really extensive argument about how the rules don't take into account someone acting like a five-year-old and quitting when things don't go their way, I swore I would never play Monopoly with Ralph again.

So a couple years ago, on Rikki's birthday weekend we got together with her family and she was really getting annoyed with Ralph, and our nephews. So she privately asked me to make her birthday better by distracting them all with a game. Unfortunately, the only game my nephews would willingly play that day was Monopoly. I love my wife, and it had been a long time since the Labor Day incident, so I agreed. Things were quickly going my way. I had obtained a valuable monopoly and was racking up a lot of money. No one else had enough money to build on their properties except my older nephew (but he had no monopoly) so it looked like things were going my way. Then it happened...

Ralph actually convinced my nephew to give him the cash he needed in order to build hotels on his monopoly in exchange for a percentage of any future rent he gained from those properties. I ranted and raved, explaining that you aren't allowed to trade future gains. They refused to listen. I pulled out the rulebook and showed where it stated what constituted a legal trade. But Ralph emphatically argued that since the rules don't specifically say you can't do it, then it's allowed. I tried telling him that the rules also do not specify that I can't move my piece to any space on the board when it's not my turn, but it's sort of implied. To end this ridiculously long story...I lost, and I will never, ever play Monopoly with Ralph again! And I would hope that Rikki loves me enough to never ask me to play with him again, too.
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10. Board Game: Intrigue [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1801]
Hank Meyer
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The quintessential backstabbing game....I have tried to bring this to the table after one play...but..even after trying to explain to a disbelieving crowd that we'll still be friends after the game is over is not enough to generate enthusiasm for this wonderfully wicked game of broken promises, outright lies and double-dealing....ah well...
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11. Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:164]
Mark Hamburg
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My group has basically banned this one.

I love this game of stock market shenanigans, there is nothing more satisfying to me than getting out of a company at just the right time and leaving the new president with a near bankrupt ruin of a company that will have to pony up big bucks to buy a new train in the next round.

Unfortunately, this happened a few too many times for my group and they won't play it with me anymore- it's probably been 15 years since I've had a chance to play this.

The funny thing is, I'm not sure that I'm really that good at it- a real 18xx expert could probably clean my clock. Someday, I hope I have time to find some new victims opponents and I'll see how good I really am. But I barely have time to play short euros these days, so that will have to wait.
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12. Board Game: Pictionary [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:3857]
Laura B
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This is the one my family has banned. And all because I'm a good artist. So good that when it was an "all play" my brother kept looking over at the picture I was drawing for my husband instead of the crappy one his friend was drawing. And then he guessed the answer correctly from MY drawing. Well that didn't sit right with me. And for the rest of the game I did this massive one handed drawing ordeal while shielding my picture with my other hand and body while my brother shoved me out of the way to see the picture (and didn't even try to look at his own partner's drawing). It wasn't pretty. And so now we aren't allowed to play it anymore. Which sucks because my huband and I were kicking all their butts.
Now we get competitive playing Settlers of Catan instead.
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13. Board Game: Illuminati: Deluxe Edition [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1359]
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Brasília
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Fnord.
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14. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:47]
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This is one of my biggest frustrations as a boardgamer.

The picture shown is the first time we played TI. I created an "introductory" game with simplified rules that played more like A&A to atract my friends into the game. It came out well, we played for 2 hours and then we stopped because it was too late... I planted the seed and they were a little bit interested to play again.

Almost one year later I had 6 players eager to learn how to play TI. Two hours later I was still explaining rules to not-so-interested gamers (not paying attention, telling jokes as I tried to speak... lets say it was their fault as much as mine). After I realized we were going nowhere I told them: OK if you're really not interested, let's stop or we're not gonna finish today!... One of them said "Half of the time I wasn't listening!"

To this day (about 6 months) I've played only one full game (with other people) and it is my favorite game... hands down. I even translated, printed, mounted, paste and cut all the cards in the game with the hope to play again:



So I have only the hope to play this in November on the BGG.con... please! cry
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15. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:2543]
 
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JARTS! This game is banned by law from sale in U.S. & Canada.Too many people getting wounded.I found mine at a garage sale and a set from V.V.
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16. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:14516]
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I REFUSE To play this game with my Wife.

When I Was in High School, and for some years after. My Brother and our friends used to play the quintessential Marathon Games of Risk that lasted for upwards of 12 hours...I would usually win, or be winning when we quit. or at least Finish 2nd.

Then I played my wife. I figured she was a chick, I could beat her......I have NEVER played a game against my wife that Lasted MORE then 20 minutes.....It usually takes Longer to SET THE GAME UP then to play with her.....the women is relentless and has a complete disregard for the lives of little plastic soldiers. Sometimes after games, I would cry, for all those little guys who had to die senselessly because of her tyrannical ambitions......

We played Risk 2 for PC ONCE, me here and 4 other Computer players. TWO turns...that was all the game lasted....she ran the board....
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17. Board Game: Chez Geek [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:5621]
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Our usual gaming group have more or less "banned" this game, due to the rather tedious end game.

When played with more than 4 people it tends to devolve into a rather vicious "bash-the-leader" and it's usually just by luck and oversight someone manages to eek out a win before the other players can stop him/her.

More often than not, it drags on about 30 minutes past the point of fun, and as an added bonus, if someone was particularly thrashed, they might hold a grudge for the first few rounds of what we were really there to play.

But it works at the beach, or whenever you are not really gonna play anything else.

Now our filler games are more in the line of munchkin, guillotine or citadels.
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18. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit [Average Rating:5.20 Overall Rank:15269]
Eirik Sandaas
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I find a hard time finding people who want to play this with me any more, after a few unfortunate wins.

The first time is a few years ago I beat a group of friends playing at a cafe, first game had taken about 2 hours, and it was 40 minutes to closing time, but we decided to play "until we had to pack up". I won in 25 minutes, collecting 5 "pie slices" on my first turn. At a later occasion they wanted a rematch and we played co-op: Me against 5 of them as a team. I won again and that was the story.

And a few weeks back, as a "warm-up" ahead of the last round in a pub-quiz tournament our team decided that a sunday of TP was in order. After I had won the first round, I just "reset" and started anew while they continued with what they had collected in the first round. And then I won again... Luckily no hard feelings, as we proceeded to win the €1250 first prize of the quiz-tournament. But I don't think I'll be invited to more rounds of TP.



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19. Board Game: Gruble [Average Rating:5.77 Unranked]
Eirik Sandaas
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Okay. This game I think is called "Pappenheimer" some places, "Gruble is the norwegian name. Basically you draw 5 category-cards (like authors, sport diciplines, trees, politicians etc.) and roll special dice to get 5 different letters: The game is to find an answer in all categories starting with each letter, and you get 2 points for each correct answer you are the only one to have, and 1 point if more than one player have the same answer. If not a majority of the players accept an answer, you can use a dictionary or google it, to prove the point.

But in our family we play it without the component dice and the categories, having played through all the categories and letters to the point of exhaustion. Instead, each player come up with two categories and two letters. (So the game is usually 8x8 rather than 5x5) Now, each player will try to nominate categories that are quite narrow and where they think they have an upper hand: Nobel Laureates in Literature, Home pitches of teams in the English League, Deceased American Actresses, Herbs found in nature... And similarly for letters: Welcome X, Z, Q, U, P and J.

Its actually quite fun for the players, but the need to doublecheck virtually every answer, and the accompanying discussions. "'Ford' is not a German car manufacturer! - So, the category was 'Cars made in Germany, and they have a factory there'!" tends to make it less pleasant for anyone not a part of the game.
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20. Board Game: A Question of Scruples [Average Rating:4.58 Overall Rank:15285]
Wendell
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Yellow Springs
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Playing this game with me is banned - by me! I remember playing it ages ago with a bunch of high school/college friends, during one of my visits back to Ohio. Those bastards - I mean, my esteemed "friends" - voted to disbelieve me no matter what I said. I was furious - but also aware of the stupidity of getting furious at such a stupid inconsequential thing, so I mostly kept my furiosity to myself and sat stewing quietly.

I shall never play this again!
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21. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:698]
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LotR was banned from our former gaming group of six players right after the first play: We had made a couple of mistake and unfortunately one of us got caught by Sauron and thus eliminated from gameplay. shake

So he sat aside and watched us five continue, which lasted for almost an hour more before we finally lost the game. By that time his mood was already below any acceptable level angry

His statement was pretty clear though: If we`d ever again bring that *** game up on the table, we could start with 5 players right away. devil

We haven`t played LotR ever since.


 
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22. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:501]
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Can't believe nobody has banned this!

My particular story involves my wife threatening all sorts of out of game retribution if I moved into her (completely unguarded) flank.

And I caved....blush

Haven't played since. With her or anyone else. In that moment I realised I wasn't tough enough. sobluecry
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23. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:156] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
Nicolas Guay
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I never want to play again. I got rid of all my cards and they are now forbidden from ever entering my house. The same rule applies to any CCG or CMG or any game for which the sole purpose is for you to keep buying and buying...
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24. Board Game: Scattergories [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:2110]
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My wife won't allow this to be played. She says the rule that what's allowed is up to a vote causes too many arguments; she's probably right.

About 20 years ago I was playing and for "things found in the ocean" I wrote "Nurse Shark". No one believed there was such a thing as a Nurse Shark, and they didn't give me the point. I think I was more disappointed that none of my friends knew the kind of things I did. shake
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25. Board Game: Times to Remember [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:5211]
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Because I'm too good at it, my friends have formed a pact to ensure that Times to Remember will only be a memory from then on.
 
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