What is the Perfect Setting for Each Game? (Add your own.)
Chuck Uherske
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My choices for the optimal match of game to circumstance.

This list isn't intended to be a pronouncement, but rather more of a community project. If a certain game strikes you as summoning a particular setting, by all means add it (I see Fawkes has already done so. . . )
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1. Board Game: Dynasty League Baseball [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:3459]
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Best if played by two students with all the time in the world and no foreseeable responsibilities. If under 18, best on a sick day, or even playing hooky. Mom and Dad are out for the day and there is leftover pizza in the fridge.
 
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2. Board Game: Compatibility [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2431]
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You're being visited by another couple, it's late afternoon, and it's a couple of hours before you're all going out to dinner.
 
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3. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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At a cafe. Not a gamers' cafe. A real cafe. Best if in a far-flung location in the developing world. Possible recommendations: The Old Quarter in Hanoi, an open-air restaurant in Chiang Mai. Strangers frequently approach the game and are given brief, friendly lessons in how to play.
 
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4. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:415] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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For some, it's out in the open air of an urban park, surrounded by onlookers. But speedchess ain't my thing. For me, there's no better chess experience than the traditional tournament, concentrating feverishly in total silence, ears plugged, with the occasional walk around the room to see what's happening at the other tables.
 
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5. Board Game: Wise and Otherwise [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:2141]
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With family, especially if you all share a common sense of humor. Perfect for sharing a laugh with the people who know you best.
 
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6. Board Game: Hera and Zeus [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1407]
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Husband and wife. Alone for the evening. A nice little game of light combat, cat-and-mouse, perhaps a hint of romantic tension in the probing. . . ?
 
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7. Board Game: Battle Cry [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:615]
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Christmas morning. You've got a friend over to check out your new stash of games. You set up your toy soldiers and play till sundown, undisturbed by the adults on the other floors.
 
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8. Board Game: Sleuth [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:943]
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After dinner; two guests over. Pitch black outside, the kitchen table reflecting the bright flourescent lights overhead. The scent of decaf coffee fills everyone's nostrils. Delicious silence, punctuated by the occasional joke.
 
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9. Board Game: En Garde [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1871]
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On the train. At the airport. On the plane, spreading the track out on the service trays.
 
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10. Board Game: I'm the Boss! [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:933]
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When you've got a big, co-ed, boisterous group together. Everyone wants to play, but no one wants to be too serious. All are ready to laugh it up.
 
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11. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:116]
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At the World Boardgame Championships. Some games are most satsifying when played against a bunch of experts, preferably strangers.
 
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12. Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:951]
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You've gotten together for a morning session and are willing to take a long time to concentrate, to map out your moves, to enjoy an extended experience. Break halfway through to pick up cheesesteaks.
 
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13. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:53]
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. . . and finally, there are some games that are best at a typical game session with a group of your hard-core gaming buddies.
 
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14. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.80 Overall Rank:15116]
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15. Board Game: Catan Card Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:736]
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Settler of Catan Card Game

I thoroughly enjoy playing this game with my youngest son (10) on our dinning room table. The enormous space required to play this card game comfortably requires a traditional oval table with at least one extra leaf in the center (for a 6 place setting). I know, I know, I need to get out more...
 
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16. Board Game: The Fury of Dracula [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1558]
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On a cool October night. Children dressed up as ghouls have come raiding your best candy. The full moon rises from the horizon, the color of fresh blood. You pour a glass of wine and then head upstairs to put on your makeup and cape. You enter with a flourish and a hisssssss. The hunters cringe. Dracula will not be killed this night.
 
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17. Board Game: Point Of Law [Average Rating:4.59 Overall Rank:14856]
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According to the picture on the back of the box, the ideal environment for playing Point of Law is in a hip-mod kind of loft, with a nicely dressed crew of intelligent looking friends, gaming to be followed by a refreshing snack of tastefully presented green jello.

My favorite part of all the old 3M games is the photo on the back of the box displaying the ideal playing environment for that game.
 
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18. Board Game: Stocks & Bonds [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:11001]
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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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In keeping with the 3M Games back of the box "suggestion", the only decent way to play this game appears to be by yourself in a handsome corporate boardroom unchanged since the 60's.

Personally, I have played it with a group in an old farmhouse kitchen, and found it to be decent fun.
 
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19. Board Game: Radar Search [Average Rating:4.56 Unranked]
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Clearly on the kitchen table against your little brother with your absolutely bewildered dad looking on.

 
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