Keeping in touch with friends
Viranga Ratnaike
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There are a couple of games that help me keep in touch with friends. I am wondering which games out there people use (whether intentionally or accidentally) to keep in touch with friends that might otherwise drift out of touch.
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1. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:416] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
 
Viranga Ratnaike
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Correspondence chess keeps me in touch with a former neighbour who now works in Canberra (I still live in Melbourne). The little comments box in the email-chess service is fine for little snippets of news, or little events that might otherwise not rate a dedicated email. It kept me in touch with a visiting academic (whom I'd taught to play chess and indeed was the start of our friendship) when she returned to Europe, until we got caught up in other topics of conversation. It has started to keep me in touch with my office roommate who has submitted his thesis, and is gradually changing institutes.
 
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2. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:156] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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I have a Magic day about every 3 months. It is important to note that everyone plays with my cards. We play a form of pseudo-sealed highlander, with people building their decks on the day. Friends whose money is directed elsewhere (thru new interests or priorities), can play the game without maintaining a collection (which itself has no other collections to compete against). We tend to play group games with lots of dialogue about either the game or anything else that comes to mind. And any number of players can play a group game (or split into multiple games). So I don't have to worry about exact numbers of guests. People can respond when they like, cancel at the last moment, or just rock up.
 
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3. Board Game: Klaverjassen [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:5573]
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We play Klaverjassen with our former neighbours almost every first tuesday of the month. We have tried for a while to play Settlers of Catan instead, but a card game is just a lot easier.
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Klaverjassen is one of the most popular card games in the Netherlands, traditionally played in cafes and social clubs, as well as at home. The game is for 4 players who play in pairs, sitting opposite each other.

A 32 card pack is used, consisting of the cards A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7

The game has a number of variants, named after the cities where they originated: Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht
 
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