Games that I think are pretty good, but can't get people to play
J. Jefferson
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We've all got them--games that we think are pretty good, but for one reason or another, nobody else seems to want to play. These games sit on the shelf, waiting, patiently and sadly, to be played, getting dustier and dustier.

I've listed games that I like but can't get my friends and family to play, please add your own.
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1. Board Game: Aquädukt [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1942]
J. Jefferson
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What I like about this game: It's quick and fun. It requires careful attention to what the other players are doing and reaction to their moves. You can win using a number of different strategies. It's easy to teach.

Why won't my friends/family play it? The board is admittedly kind of plain. Other than that, I'm not sure. Aquadukt is certainly not my favorite game, but I think it's pretty good.
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2. Board Game: Gravediggers [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:8140]
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What I like about this game: Great theme. There's a lot of interaction. It requires careful focus, if you stop paying attention you will lose track of what's happening and lose--I guess it's a fairly intense game for something that's relatively quick.

Why my friends/family won't play it: Well, it's a bit cumbersome until you've played it a few times, then the rules really become easier to remember. The focus that it requires can also be a drawback. During one game, a player had to take a 5-minute mid-game phone call--there was no reason to continue because everyone had forgotten what they were trying to do.
 
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3. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:204]
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Why I like this game: It's quick and portable, a great game to take on vacation. It's fun, well balanced, and requires real strategy.

Why my friends/family don't like this game: I completely understand some frustration with this game. Because there is absolutely no luck element, when you lose, there's nothing to soften the blow, you've just lost because you were outsmarted. Ouch.
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4. Board Game: Dice Town [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:719]
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Why I like this game: These all seem to be games that are quick and fun. I also think this game matches the gameplay with a fun theme very well.

Why I can't get people to play it? I'm not sure. My wife really doesn't like this game. The best critique I have of it is that the strategy doesn't extend across the entire game, but is kind of isolated into each round. After asking my wife, she says that she thought it was so-so because she dominated the first time we played it using what she says was "a stupid strategy." I guess that makes whatever my strategy was really really stupid, because I lost bad.
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5. Board Game: Europa 1945-2030 [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:6106]
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It's a strange game about the birth and growth of the European Union. Trouble is, it's a bit fiddly at first and I feel it would take a few games to get confortable with the rules.

Unfortunately, I've only got it to the table twice, and each occasion was seperated by over a year, by which time we had all forgotten the rules. So we had the learning curve to go through again, and again peopel thought it a bit fiddly and didn't quite take to it.

I can't help thinking that if I could pursaude my group to give it a really really good go, it may work
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6. Board Game: Icehouse [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:2642]
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Not only Icehouse itself... but the many excellent games using these pieces as well. I really like the little pyramids, but my wife is developing new game phobia ("Why can't we just play something we know we like?" ) and my usual game group generally prefers games with themes (though they do humor me once in a while whistle ).

Fortunately I get a chance to play some of my favorites a bit on superdupergames.org or I'd be a bit depressed...
 
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