Good Games, Bad Groups
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It's game night. You bring a bunch of your favorite games with you. They should be sure-fire hits (after all, they are YOUR games, and your taste in games is unequivocal). However, half-way through, you find yourself looking to mercy kill the session before people are at each others throats.

What happened? What went wrong? Here are a list of great games that just don't work with the wrong people.

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1. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:268]
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Weird, I play this game with non-D&D'ers, and everyone has a good time. Play it with D&D'ers, and you'd think you were attacking the very foundation of their favorite pastime.

Them: "Why do they use D6's with all these different symbols?"
Me: "Makes it simpler I guess."
Them: "This is stupid. Why did I get a treasure I can't use?"
Me: "Because that's how the cards came up."
Them: "Can't we just play D&D?!"
Me: "Of course we can! But we're playing Descent right now!"
 
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2. Board Game: Fairy Tale [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:747]
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The artwork is somewhat feminine and anime-ish. The font on the cover is, well, not straight. The box is covered in purple. It's an exceptional card-drafting game that can be played in under 30 minutes. For whatever reason, the guys dressed in slacks, white shirts, and ties at my lunchtime gaming group have absolutely no interest in playing it...

...maybe to save themselves the embarrassment of explaining WHY they're playing it when management shows up.
 
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3. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:238] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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So I bring Arkham Horror to my cousin's birthday party. Should be perfect, he and his friends love being scared.

First, it takes FOREVER to explain the rules. Then, every time someone picks up an encounter card, they just stare at it without reading it aloud. Don't they understand that part of the fun of the game is getting into the character and experiencing the events? Without it, the game has to rely on its mechanics, which are competent but not exciting. When they do finally get around to reading it, there's no emotion, and the pacing is completely off.

I promise myself, "That is the LAST time I take this game to a five-year-old's birthday party."
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4. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1030]
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With strangers and friends, the game is a blast. People have a little too much fun shooting their co-workers at work (perhaps it's an outlet for unspoken office tension).

However, I wouldn't recommend Bang (or really any major backstabbing game) for those closer relationships. If you don't believe me, try using the following line, which was actually spoken by a friend of mine to his girlfriend, also playing the game.

"Bang! You're dead!... since you're not doing anything now, would you get me a beer?"

I hope you get a better reaction than he did.

 
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5. Board Game: Mecanisburgo [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:4032]
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Sometimes you invest a lot of money in importing a game. You think it'll play well with a particular set of people. You invite someone in particular, because they've shown interest in another game in the genre ( Android). Should be perfect, You teach the rules, and everyone is off to the races.

What you don't expect is this person is gunning for you. But you have the game down. You devastate that person, winning control of each region of which you were in contention, leaving that player in shambles at the end of the turn. Of course, the game still has three hours left, so while you continue onto dominance, you watch this one person limp slowly to the finish line. The silence from that person for the rest of the game is deafening.

(By the way, I'm sorry I was gunning for you Rik. I learned my lesson. Maybe we'll get a rematch on Saturday.)

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6. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15444]
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Everybody loves this game. It's a classic. So when a friend tells me that he and his friends are really into games, of course I bring it on over looking forward to 6 hours of fun. But first they whine and complain, then they insist on playing without free parking or getting $400 when you land on "go," then when we start playing all they can do is complain about roll and move. The only good thing about this event was that the game is mercifully short when you leave out all these rules.

And they call themselves board game fans.
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7. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:583]
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This is one of those games that only work well with the right people, because it's all about who plays.
When you're able to fit the right players to play CONTAINER it's a unique experience.
With the wrong crew, you'll be praying to end it fast...

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