Games That I've Been Forced to Play to Keep the Family Peace
Jason Gordon
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Colorado Springs
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If you're like me, you have several family members that like playing games, but don't want to think at the same time. They are thrilled with games that have absolutely no strategy and are based entirely on luck or some crazy antics designed to produce laughter (when the game's rulebook says something like "hilarity will ensue," you know the game is going to be annoying).
When we get together, I'll suggest that we play a game, because if we don't, we'll end up watching some stupid show on TV. Someone will pull out one of the below games. Jokes will fly around about how I hate playing this game, but if I don't play it, I'll be an antisocial jerk.
This is no knock on my family members. This is just the style they prefer, but it sure makes for a boring evening.
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1. Board Game: Phase 10 [Average Rating:5.08 Overall Rank:15413]
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This is probably my mother-in-law's favorite game. I absolutely loathe it! It's a card game where you're trying to get specific goals to earn your phase. This is a 100% luck game. They laugh when I win this game. How can you hate a game you win at?
 
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2. Board Game: Rage [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2679]
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Another card game favorite of my in-laws. At least in this game, you begin the round by bidding how many tricks you can take. This is still a huge luck game. And with 10 rounds, it takes a really long time to play!
 
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3. Board Game: Balderdash [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1514]
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Write a ridiculous definition to a word, and listen to the other people's ridiculous definitions to words. Guess which one is the right definition. This game is obviously just designed to make you laugh.
 
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4. Board Game: Cranium [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6118]
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Act out funny things. Draw funny things. Mold funny things with play dough. Evntually, somebody wins. This is just another one of those "excuse to laugh" games.
 
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5. Board Game: Sorry! The Disney Edition [Average Rating:4.79 Overall Rank:15105]
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Move your tokens around the board with the luck of the draw. There is minimal strategy here as to which token to move. Hey! But at least they're Disney characters! That makes it more fun!
 
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6. Board Game: Boxers or Briefs? [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:12452]
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Players draw cards that say funny things about other players. People laugh. Am I starting to sense a theme here?
 
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7. Board Game: Taboo [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:1627]
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Ack! My wife loves this game and always suggests it when we have guests...
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8. Board Game: Hand and Foot [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:7452]
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My mother-in law loves this game, despite the fact she is HORRIBLE at it and always loses. Then I have to listen to how bad her luck was, yada, yada, yada...
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9. Board Game: Mexican Train [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:10665]
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This exercise in complete boredom recently got even more excruciating becuase my mother-in-law apparently can no longer match numbers of dots or colors.
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