Games That Went Over Like a Lead Balloon (More from Pittsburgh's Women Gamers)
Christine Biancheria
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I've been playing games at my place on at least a weekly basis now for going on four years. It all started when I invited a couple of friends, who happened to be two women, over for a game of Settlers. It was a hit, and we decided to start playing every Wednesday. In time, they invited another colleague over, and she became a regular. And then it happened again. In addition, we have about five or six other women who join us from time to time (and an occasional husband or two). It ended up being a women's gaming group mostly by default.

Only when I expanded my involvement into the general gaming community did I discover that that we were fairly unique in being mostly women. A couple of people have expressed curiousity and asked for some lists of our favorites, so I'm posting three today of current hits and current flops. Make of it what you will. Below are the games that just crashed and burned.
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1. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:563]
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Nobody had a clue why this game is so popular elsewhere. Yuck.
 
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2. Board Game: Savannah Café [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:12183]
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Brought this home from the Gathering prize table. It was just a flop.
 
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3. Board Game: David & Goliath [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1900]
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This is a game where the artwork, perhaps more than the mechanics, drove everyone up the wall. We still have it around, but I'm not sure why.
 
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4. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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Long, slow, chaotic and boooooring.
 
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5. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:368]
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Just not enough there for us. Maybe if it were shorter ....
 
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6. Board Game: Rook [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1936]
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We'll play almost any trick-taking game, but this one was a snoozer. Again, I'm sure the "artwork" didn't help.
 
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7. Board Game: Mamma Mia! [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1277] [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked]
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Why? When there's such better filler out there ....
 
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8. Board Game: Die Magier von Pangea [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:3467]
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I can't explain this one. I think it just felt like there was so much going on on the board that it led to analysis paralysis. Fortunately, we have no real slowpokes in our group, but people had a hard time even making a basic assessment with this one. I guess it's just one of those things.
 
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9. Board Game: Tongiaki: Journey into the Unknown [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:2190]
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It played itself. We just thought it was awful.
 
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10. Board Game: Attribute [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2367]
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We do like the occasional party game. When we're in that mood, we usually go with Taboo or Outburst. Werewolf's the number one in party games for us, but we don't usually have that many people at once.
 
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11. Board Game: Gang of Four [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1513]
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I think it's just that it pales so much in comparison to Tichu.
 
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12. Board Game: Lifeboats [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1235]
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When we want to fight, we play Pirate's Cove. No one has ever wanted to play this one twice.
 
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