Games you can judge after one play
Chris Ferejohn
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This is in response to this geeklist:

http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/38370

I happen to think that the vast majority of games require a few plays before they can be judged, so as someone in the comments for that list pointed out, the games that *can* be judged after one play might be a more interesting list, or at least a shorter one.
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1. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:3144] [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
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You pretty much know if you are going to like this after one play. Either the arbitrariness of the basic mechanic appeals to you or it drives you up the wall. I'm fine with it personally, but have seen many comments by people who find this game hair-pullingly frustrating.
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2. Board Game: Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:15067] [Average Rating:5.49 Unranked]
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I played this once (with a couple expansions). It took about 2-1/2 hours. After which the victor was decided basically randomly. Yeah, I think I know what I think of that.
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3. Board Game: Bananagrams [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:1544] [Average Rating:6.34 Unranked]
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I like this game. I liked it after the first time I played it. If someone doesn't like word games, they aren't going to like it, and no amount of repeat plays and introspection is going to change that.
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4. Board Game: Gulo Gulo [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:945]
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Candyland + dexterity game. Either that is fun to you or it is random gameplay coupled with frustrating bouts of "oh my god I have gigantic fingers!" I like it. Even though it does make me feel like I have gigantic fingers.
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5. Board Game: Elk Fest [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2486]
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This is pretty much comprehensive upon playing once.
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6. Board Game: Metropolys [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:630]
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If looking at the board doesn't make you nauseous and/or induce migraines, then this game might be ok for you.

As for me, I'll wait for a reissue.
 
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7. Board Game: Monty Python Fluxx [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:2588]
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I found a single play enough to reach a solid conclusion. Certainly one wouldn't need more than a single session, which would take less time than a single play of most games.

I like the whole Fluxx series, but Monty Python is the theme the game really needs. Most of my serious gamer friends don't like it, and they question whether it's a game at all. I can see their point. It's really a silly social pastime that just happens to suddenly produce a random "winner" for little or no logical reason.

I happen to think grownups can use more silly social pastimes.
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8. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:3343] [Average Rating:5.94 Unranked]
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The horror, the horror...



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