Games that saved me and my brother's lives (or more likely, tried to end them)
Jim Butler
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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Yes, the title is dramatic, but these are games that either interrupted our normal activity of trying to torture each other, or enhanced it. I am going for some of the more obscure games we played as kids.
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1. Board Game: Fat Chance [Average Rating:5.64 Unranked]
Jim Butler
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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Ah, who could forget having your not-so-little man chow down on such goodness like Mozzarella Mess? We especially liked trying to get the pieces out of their bodies by shaking them, until the pieces came out of their mouths. Binging and purging at its finest
 
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2. Board Game: The Sinking of the Titanic [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:8603]
Jim Butler
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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The first half of the game where you ran around the boat saving the passengers was much more fun the the island hopping. Plus, we would always get jealous of whoever got the hot french maid to ride in the lifeboat with them. Ooh la la!
 
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3. Board Game: Skittle-Bowl [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:9212]
Jim Butler
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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Was it tether ball? Was it bowling? No, it was Skittle Bowl! I was terrible at this game, and usually resorted to "accidentally" cracking the ball against my brother's head.
 
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4. Board Game: Hands Down [Average Rating:4.63 Overall Rank:14962]
Jim Butler
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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This game we usually played with our friends. I remember playing this game, and whacking the hand so hard, my hands would be red and sore after a session or two.
 
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5. Board Game: Dungeon Dice [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:6653]
Jim Butler
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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Great game! I still play it with my kids. Once we got over the fight of who got to be the guy with the fists, the game usually went pretty smooth.
 
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6. Board Game: Whosit? [Average Rating:5.27 Overall Rank:13681]
Jim Butler
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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I will never forget the fight we had over this one. One of the questions is "Does your person have jewelry?" There is a dancer who has one teeny tiny barely visable earring. It took me about 15 minutes, and a near beating, to find out he was telling the truth when he answered "Yes".
 
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7. Board Game: Marblehead [Average Rating:2.74 Unranked]
Jim Butler
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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This game sucked, no way around it. The only fun was trying to bean each other with a marble when mom wasn't looking.
 
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8. Board Game: Charlie's Angels [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
Jim Butler
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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OK, let me explain this one. We went to visit our grandpa on vacation. He had nothing for us to do. No games. No toys. No TV. Nothing. So mom made him go out and get something to keep us entertained. He came back with this game. Actually, it turned out to be pretty fun. And having the Jaqueline Smith playing piece wear a bikini was genius game design.
 
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9. Board Game: Dungeon! [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:3534]
Jim Butler
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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This one was pretty fun. I don't remember fighting over this one as much. Maybe because there was inherent violence in the game itself.
 
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10. Board Game: The Ungame [Average Rating:2.82 Overall Rank:15306]
Jim Butler
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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There were very few things that could unite my brother and I to work together unselflessly. Trying to clean up a broken lamp to avoid getting killed by mom was one way. Raging against mom after she unleashed this pile of dung on us was another. She was worried that we fought too much, and needed to work together more, so she got us this monstrosity. I guess it worked, becuase we worked together to get that pile of crap out of our house.
 
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11. Board Game: Statis Pro Baseball [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:2769]
Jim Butler
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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We were both huge baseball fans, and these games usually were pretty civil. Long too.
 
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12. Board Game: Car Wars [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2066]
Jim Butler
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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As we got older, we had more fun trying to simulate killing each other. We played this one often.
 
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13. Board Game: Circus Maximus [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1587]
Jim Butler
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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Car Wars in ancient Rome. Or is Car Wars Circus Maximus in the future? Either way, you got to make tricked out vehicles, and then beat the hell out of your opponent. Wait, this is supposed to be a race? Not the way we played.
 
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14. Board Game: Shut the Box [Average Rating:5.01 Overall Rank:15244]
Jim Butler
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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The playing surface was some kind of velvety valour or something. We used to play this for a long time, always trying to best each other.
 
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15. Board Game: Guinness Game of World Records [Average Rating:5.17 Overall Rank:13496]
Jim Butler
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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This game was awesome, and that is not open for debate. We both had our specialties. I could lift and stack the elongated pink asterisks like nobody's business, while he was the king of bouncing the marbles into the cup. The questions were pretty lame, but the stunts were fun. And as an added bonus, you got to keep track of your own "world records" on the back of the question booklet.
 
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16. Board Game: Decathlon [Average Rating:5.28 Overall Rank:13739]
Jim Butler
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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Another fun sports game. It was always a lot of fun when your opponent came up lame in the first event, then gimped along for the rest of the game. And Jim Thorpe was almost unbeatable.
 
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17. Board Game: Super Jock Super Toe Football Game [Average Rating:5.88 Unranked]
Jim Butler
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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Although I consider this a toy more than a game, it deserves mention just becuase I got a trip to ER out of it. My brother hit a monster field goal, and I just had to beat it. I unleashed a whack on that guy's head unlike any other, and broke it. The facemask snapped, and sliced my finger open. Sad thing is, even though I got enough distance, I was wide left. The record was never broken. I still have the scar, which is pretty embarrassing to explain how I got it.
 
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18. Board Game: Mille Bornes [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:6230]
Jim Butler
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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This game is pretty mainstream, but I had to include it anyhow. Nothing like watching in glee as he tries to ruin your trip, then screaming "Coup de Doop!" in mangled French as you thwart his evil plan.
 
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19. Board Game: Blockhead! [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:13576]
Jim Butler
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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We sometimes took the name of this game seriously. Block, meet head. The game wasn't particularly fun, but trying to "breathe" heavily enough to knock over his tower was.
 
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20. Board Game: Tip-It [Average Rating:4.98 Overall Rank:14500]
Greg Collins
Australia
Melbourne
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This one was always a lot of fun and would stop us kids screaming for 3 or 4 minutes at a time.
 
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