Games I like to play over a few pints.
B. Zajac
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When one of those rare times, when all of "the guys" can get together occurs, I usually bring a game or two. After a round of golf or some baseball, we'll usually play games until the wee hours over several rounds of various libations. These games have stood the test of time among my group....although I'd suggest that most of our enjoyment comes from the conversation and general ribbing that happens around the table. The alcohol may have something to do with it too.


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1. Board Game: Hot Property! [Average Rating:5.11 Unranked]
B. Zajac
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There would actually be a tie for 1st among my group. But this game came into our lives first. We've been playing it for over a decade. Some of the titles of the movies in the game have become staples in our inside jokes. The game always plays out different and we've been playing it for over 15 years. Maybe part of the appeal is there are a few media/entertainment industry people in our group. If I had to pick one thing I like the best about it - it would be that EVERYTIME we play it...it seems like we are laughing alot.
 
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2. Board Game: Personal Preference [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:6088]
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Okay I actually played this game somewhere else years and years before I acquired my own copy. I had told the group about and I knew they'd like it. The box on my copy is very very beat up from all the travel it's been through. We usually play a few rounds since if you know each other very well you can really whip around the board. It's funny to see how your friends (and sometimes yourself) change over the years. What I like the best is that there's a good mix of laughter and I always learn something new about one or all of the people playing.
 
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3. Board Game: Sports Franchise [Average Rating:6.52 Unranked]
B. Zajac
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Ahhh Sports Franchise. I've played this once, many years back in college. I (and my group of friends) are huge sports nuts, the guy who owned this copy actually works for a sports network and I was doing sports for a different show. I had never played a game like it before and I loved. Nice mix of "monopoly" style property ownership and dice rolling (which for some reason I have always been very very lucky with....if I could just turn rolling double 6's into cash somehow) I looked for it for years and told the guys about. Recently, I found a copy of it at a Thrift Store for 1 dollar. No rules...but I got those offline. The group hasn't been together recently so we haven't got to play it yet. Why did it make my list? Cause I loved playing it with my college friends and I am 100% sure it'll be a hit with the guys. I could even see this game over taking the number 1 slot.
 
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4. Board Game: Act One [Average Rating:5.24 Overall Rank:13401]
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So I've mentioned I hang with with some media/entertainment type people...so obviously they need no encouragement to stand up in front of a group and act out a scene (and they are a hoot to watch) but I also mentioned these are played over a few drinks...so those in our group that are little more "reserved"...well that seems to melt away pretty quickly. We generally play this game at someone's house but we've played this at a bar. There's something to be said about a game that get an ordained minister to act out scenes from Deer Hunter....while the approaching waitress looks on with bewilderment.
 
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5. Board Game: Jeopardy! Simpsons Edition [Average Rating:4.85 Overall Rank:14438]
B. Zajac
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A new addition but several of us own it. Everyone in the group is a Simpsons fan, some much more then others. It's got a good mix of super easy to super hard questions. You try spelling Apu's last name after a few pints. What's nice is that four can play...3 contestants and the host. Then the player who did the worst and the host switch for the next game. Good for laughs and I'm always amazed how people remember the stupidest things.
 
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6. Board Game: Play It By Ear [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:11472]
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We don't play this one as much as we used to. But it was in regular circulation for years. Usually ended with someone complaining about how so and so got all the easy questions. But it did provide years of service.
 
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7. Board Game: Pit [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1352]
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I've never played it with the guys. In fact I was just introduced to it by my fiance's family. But I think the combination of yelling across the table and screwing each over (with that damn bull) would make it a hit.
 
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8. Board Game: Balderdash [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1491]
 
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The next two games are old classics. I have no idea where my copy of this game is but I remember crying because I was laughing so hard at some of the answers given whilst playing this.
 
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9. Board Game: MindTrap [Average Rating:4.76 Overall Rank:15291]
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As mentioned another classic. And come to think of it....I don't know where is game is off hand either. Good starter game to get the creative juices going before diving into a longer game.
 
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10. Board Game: Scene It? Movie [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:13246] [Average Rating:5.52 Unranked]
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Okay and the last two on my list are games that I just got for X-mas...strangely from people in the group. I've added them because I think they'll be popular. This one is Scene It...and as I've mentioned we're into movies and trivia, so add the element of blinky lights and noise and it'll be popular.
 
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11. Board Game: Scattergories [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:2108]
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Okay as mentioned the last two on my list are games that I just got for X-mas. I've added them because I think they'll be popular. Scattergories was added because I picture us all trying to come up with the most obscure/funny answers (which I'm sure everyone does) and I'm curious to see how similar our answers will be after hanging out with each other for so long.
 
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12. Board Game: Conquest of the Empire [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:3075]
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This oldie from the early '80s was the scene of many of those "guys gaming with beer and chips". Once a bottle of unopened Jack Daniels was the prize which went to the victor of this game (I didn't win it)! Good news, Eagle Games plans to re-release it this year! Oh yeah, truly a drinking man's game...
 
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