What Game Has Actually Changed You?
Michelle
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Some games are easier to get into than others.
Some take on a life of their own.
What I am asking is, have you played a game that you have noticed yourself or your gaming partner actually change? Where the game, not gaming, has taken over?

Your blood pressure is rising, you say something not in line with your
character, or something is happening that just doesn't happen in 99% of your
other games?


This happened twice and I thought it might be interesting to see if anyone else had any of these experiences.

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1. Board Game: Doom: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:805]
Michelle
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I've been playing games strictly with my husband. We've been together for 20 years and he's usually a mellow, calm person. He never really raises his voice or gets too worked up. However, we just bought Doom and I don't know but there was another monster in the room.

I played the side of the Marines while he was the invaders. The change in him was amazing! He kept yelling, "OK, that's it, I'm spawning!" This from someone that you could tell you just smashed the car and he would only look at you and ask if you are OK.

What is it about Doom?
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2. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
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This game nearly caused me to have a stroke.
I admit I am much more emotional than my husband is. I really get into games and everything else. I'll cry during a commercial.

We've played this nearly every Saturday and while I usually win (and that is beside the point) this time he kept stealing Europe and I was getting so tense and I knew the scoring card was coming up and there was nothing I could do. I felt my face get red, I was grinding my teeth, my jaw was killing me. I felt like Putin. I just couldn't take it.
An hour after the game, I still felt shaky. This is nuts. I don't know how these men do this in real life or why they'd want to.

Please tell me I'm not alone!
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3. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:121]
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This game has changed me.

I realize that losing is part of playing games. I used to get upset of I lost a game, thinking that it reflected on my intelligence or my character somehow.

After playing Go for a few years I changed and became more calm about games. I found all games, not just go, to extend beyond the board and beyond the outcome.

Now after a game, win or lose, I'm perfectly happy that I played my best. I enjoy thinking about a game and deciding how I can do better the next time I play.

Go is humbling. But this humbling experience has opened up a lot of things to me I never thought of before.

There is more to it than this, but suffice it to say, that Go has made me a better person, a better game player too, but more importantly a better friend, father and husband.
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4. Board Game: The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:736]
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Nuff said.
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5. Board Game: Empires in Arms [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:954]
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This game has consumed hours of game time, and work time, and family time, and sleep time, and dreams. It takes on a life of its own.
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6. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:555]
Ben Vögel
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I've been on this site for 15 years now, and I'm far from sick of games, but I think I prefer a better balance of favorites to new games. I'm also tired of playing 4+ hr multiplayer games, but I'll still happily play really long games 2 player.
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At my best guess I've played over 3000 games of cribbage in my 42 years. I remember being taught some strategy by my grandfather somewhere around the age of 9 or 10, but I'm uncertain how much earlier I might have learned the basic rules.

My Dad, Uncles, Grandfather, and Great Uncle all played this game with me, my brothers, sisters, and cousins. They played tough. They insisted that we learn to count our hands accurately and quickly, and we felt honored by the challenge rather than intimidated. After we reached a level of play at which they deemed us fair victim, they would sometimes take the points we missed. As we became good at the game and started to really enjoy it, they would sometimes playfully cheat on their count to see if we were paying attention.

All of these men were scrupulously honest individuals - in their lives and in their play of all other games. But cribbage seemed to be an exception in many ways - and I get the feeling that part of what they were teaching us was the importance of math, trust, friendship, and honor.

Legendary hands, amazing winning streaks, and the cribbage skills of people who have passed on aren't something that open a conversation with strangers, but if you started asking questions, I've got family members that who could give you a pretty good rundown.

When I met the girlfriend who eventually became my wife, I was delighted to find out she knew how to play cribbage. We played many games in our early months of dating - and learned a lot about each other in the process.

A few weeks ago when my parents stopped by with my older sister, my Dad and I found ourselves alone in the kitchen while the kids played in the backyard and the ladies had lemonade out on the deck. We were lingering inside to catch the last inning of the ballgame on the radio. I grabbed my cribbage board and a deck of cards and we played a game while the ballgame wrapped up in the background.

My Dad just turned 80 a week ago and we are having a big family party for him this weekend at an outdoor pavillion. Friends and family are coming from all over. There will be grilling, beer, live music, badminton, croquet, and - in case it rains - I'm bringing some decks of cards and cribbage boards to scatter around.

So how did that game turn out a few weeks ago? ...

Well, I was leading, but Dad had a 22 hand turning the corner from 3rd to 4th street. He never looked back and beat me by 12 holes.

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7. Board Game: Borodino [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:5712]
Pete Belli
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First "real" wargame I ever played.

35 years and thousands of dollars later, here I am. shake
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8. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:269] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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I had never been a miniatures gamer before I saw Heroscape. Once I bought our first masterset a few years ago, though, I was hooked. I was soon scouring the game stores, toy stores, and department stores of my area as well as the internet looking for expansions. I needed multiple copies of each set and started researching what was forthcoming. Luckily, there were only a couple of expansions out at first and it did not take long for me to procure them all. Since then, I have bought up each new release as soon as possible. This stuff is like crack cocaine, its plasticrack. To this day, my Heroscape collection is completely up-to-date and I have never obsessed about anything quite as much, (except maybe Star Wars Lego, but I am over that).
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9. Board Game: Hearts [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1538]
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You want the measure of a man? Gang up against him in Hearts. After he's been fed the Queen for the third hand in a row, especially if he's been forced to eat his own at least once, one of three things will happen; he'll concede the game and walk away with what's left of his dignity, he'll flip the table over and start cursing everyone in sight, or he'll go "oh well, can't win em all". If you find a guy who does that last thing, lemme know cause I want pictures; that's a rare sight indeed.

I have literally experienced the second occurrence; a guy was ahead by 20 points and decided to get an ego, so we other three players teamed up and managed, through luck and skill, to feed him 60 points over the next three hands and he ended up being the first to hit 100. Oh, man, you've never seen anyone so angry in your entire life. These are NOT the kind of people you invite back or even permit to play a second time.
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10. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:501]
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Well... this one did it for me.

I game since I was 15, but never tried Diplomacy untill a 2006. This was the first game in my life that I didn't "get" by just reading the rules. After some online play, I kind of got the hang of the backstabbing. I like well enough to play it twice a year. But still, I will never be a game that I will play with my regular gaming friends...

I'd like to keep them.

On the upside: Diplomacy made me a better loser...
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11. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:312]
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Well it isn't quite the backstabbing king Diplomacy is, A Game of Thrones defiantly has its intense moments.

I was in a game of 6 players, one newbie. My buddy and I who are very competitive towards each other, when it comes to GoT got into a shouting match after I used my Throne ability to mess up his position on the influence tracks in two categories after a major bid... As the vein in my forehead was about to burst from anger, I told myself..... HOLD ON just a minute. THIS IS A GAME!!! WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE HAVING FUN!

After the game, the newbie just said, "Man I had no idea playing board games was so intense...." I just smiled..

However, since then I've approach GoT differently and I've also vowed not to play Twilight Imperium to such a high degree.



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