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Would you rather play the best game in the universe with the worst company or the worst game in the universe with the best company? In other words, what's more important to your enjoyment: the game that you're playing or the people you're playing with?
 
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Clearly worst game in the world with the best company. A good game does not a good experience make.
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Well, I think that the worst company would ruin the best game, but that the worst game wouldn't ruin the best company.

But, luckily, I can get the best of both worlds on a regular basis.
 
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Would you rather play the best game in the universe with the worst company or the worst game in the universe with the best company? In other words, what's more important to your enjoyment: the game that you're playing or the people you're playing with?


There are limiting exceptions at both ends of the scale that invert the values, No company is good enough to make the worst game tolerable and no game is quite bad enough to utterly devalue the best company. However in general I'll trade quality of company away in preference for a better game.
 
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Definitely worst game with best company. If the game's bad enough, it'll turn into the gaming version of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
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JC wrote:
However in general I'll trade quality of company away in preference for a better game.


You know, I love JC's posts, and I basically read everything he writes on the Geek, and yet it gives me a warm happy feeling whenever I completely disagree with him.
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ed95005 wrote:
Would you rather play the best game in the universe with the worst company or the worst game in the universe with the best company? In other words, what's more important to your enjoyment: the game that you're playing or the people you're playing with?


Best company, no question. Gaming is a social experience.
 
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Best company, no question. Gaming is a social experience.


I completely agree. Gaming is all about the social aspect. Playing the game with fun, good people is the real goal... it doesn't have to be a great game and you do NOT have to win.
 
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Personally, I'd rather not have anything at all to do with either the worst company in the universe OR the worst game in the universe. With that said, I might stop by briefly just to check out what the heck this greatest game in the universe actually looks like...
 
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Based on my experience playing Celtica, good company can make all the difference.

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Taken to the extreme any situation becomes ridiculous. The worst company would be people that want you dead, no? Being anywhere near such people is a bad idea. The worst game, in the universe, would also be a game that if played, would kill you, or at least make you want to die. Again, bad idea...

But I do see what you're getting at.

Often I submit myself to certain unpleasant individuals simply for the opportunity to play some games. On the other hand I often play some stinkers in order to spend time with interesting people. Which situation is preferable? If a game shines really brightly it can sometimes blind me to the winkies sharing the table, and if the game's stink is powerful enough it can sometimes cause such bad gag reflexes that no meaningful social interaction is possible. But there is definitely a sliding scale in both situations. Given that a single dork at a table can easily ruin a gem of a game, while on the other hand, joking about how bad a game is with happy shiny people can in it's own right be fun, I'd have to say, ultimately, it comes down to the company you keep... cool
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Puerto Rico with:
Hitler
Caine
Osama Bin Laden
Chairman Mao
Joseph Stalin

OR

Monopoly with:
Mother Teresa
Benjamin Franklin
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Leonardo da Vinci
Socrates
 
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I think so, Brain, but aren't the pink camels supposed to be chasing the pirates?

I'll take the good company. After we laugh (and cry) over the worst game, we all agree to find something rated at least a 3.14 at BGG and have a grand time thereafter.
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I think I'll go with the best company. People can make or break just about any game, a good group can turn a terrible game into a darn good time. A bad group can turn a good game into a living nightmare.
 
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heinrichsteven wrote:
Puerto Rico with:
Hitler
Caine
Osama Bin Laden
Chairman Mao
Joseph Stalin

OR

Monopoly with:
Mother Teresa
Benjamin Franklin
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Leonardo da Vinci
Socrates


Let's be honest. Monopoly is a really bad game, but it's not the worst game ever. At least it's playable, which can't be said about a lot of games. Global Survival, for example, wishes it were nearly as good as Monopoly. Given the choice you've presented me with, I would consider the latter to be quite an honor. I would have to be suicidal to choose the former; I don't even know which one of those scoundrels would murder me first, were I to be in the same room as them!

EDIT: Good Pinky and the Brain quote, by the way.
 
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I think so, Brain, but aren't the pink camels supposed to be chasing the pirates?


Pshew! I thought I was going to have to come up with this response. Mine probably wouldn't have been as good, it's too late.

Anyway, best company... unless we're saying that the worst game is Russian Roulette, then perhaps I'd rather have the worst people playing with me.

-JEEP
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Dang, I wish I had thought of that...it would have made my list funny...

Russian Roulette with (a semi-automatic noless..:
Hitler
Caine
Osama Bin Laden
Chairman Mao
Joseph Stalin
 
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heinrichsteven wrote:
Puerto Rico with:
Hitler
Caine
Osama Bin Laden
Chairman Mao
Joseph Stalin


Heh, that could be pretty interesting, actually.


But, like most I'd go for worst game & best company. We'd probably drop the game though, and go for a beer instead.
 
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Probably not Brain. But...after reading the question, reading the responses thus far, and reading the question again. I would have to request not to play. I mean, best game, worst company. Worst game, best company. I prefer the game to match the company. Or otherwise I play for the experience. I play Cosmic Wimpoutevery Friday night with co-workers. And enjoy it. I play Munchkin (and various sundry expansions/versions/blenders) with my teenage daughter and her friends. and enjoy them. I played The Princes of Florence with a couple of serious gamers, and enjoyed it immensly. (lost horribly, but enjoyed it.) I would love to play Die macher with Anybody (who owns it for one, but more importantly) who is intersted in playing it.

What I am trying to say is I cannot seperate the two. I would rather tailor the game to the people. I play for the experience. Playing a great game with horrible people would not be fun. Playing a horrible game with great people...still would not be fun. No matter how good the company is, how could I have fun knowing my guests were miserable? I am sorry, both are inadequate. I play for the experience, and the experience is best when the game matches the players.
 
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heinrichsteven wrote:
Puerto Rico with:
Hitler
Caine
Osama Bin Laden
Chairman Mao
Joseph Stalin


Puerto Rico doesn't support 6 players.

And in answer to the question - I'd think the people who hate me would probably not talk very much - so I think I would choose to play the best game with the worst company. No one can make Settlers of Catan an enjoyable experience.
 
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    Worst company for gaming:

1. Jesse James
2. Pol Pot
3. John Dillinger
4. Al Capone
5. Adolf Eichmann

    Best game to play with them -- Ca$h 'n Gun$

    I'd at least want to watch. From a reasonable distance.

                Sag.
 
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Quote:
Worst company for gaming:

1. Jesse James
2. Pol Pot
3. John Dillinger
4. Al Capone
5. Adolf Eichmann

Puerto Rico with:
Hitler
Caine
Osama Bin Laden
Chairman Mao
Joseph Stalin


Yeah these guys would not be fun to play games with, I agree. BUT, here's a group you REALLY wouldn't want to play with:

1. Jeffrey Dahmer
2. Charles Manson
3. Dennis Rader
4. Henry Lee Lucas
 
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OldestManOnMySpace wrote:
heinrichsteven wrote:
Puerto Rico with:
Hitler
Caine
Osama Bin Laden
Chairman Mao
Joseph Stalin


Puerto Rico doesn't support 6 players.

Heh, you funny. You go to Siberia now.
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tcomfort wrote:
JC wrote:
However in general I'll trade quality of company away in preference for a better game.


You know, I love JC's posts, and I basically read everything he writes on the Geek, and yet it gives me a warm happy feeling whenever I completely disagree with him.


HAHA... I did the same thing, I read the question and immediately looked for JC's response, and it was dead on! Predictable to the end.
 
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HAHA... I did the same thing, I read the question and immediately looked for JC's response, and it was dead on! Predictable to the end.

Yep, me too. Are we even sure he isn't a computer programm? (On the other hand, my computer tends to be less predictable than JC.)
 
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