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Charles Picard
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Hey Everyone...

It occurred to me the other day that my life would probably be easier if I let my wife win a game now and then... especially a game I've brought home for the first time. I think this would go a long way toward the acceptance of new games, and, well, make for a slightly more pleasant game-playing life.

However, we are both very competitive, and it's not like she doesn't beat me sometimes.

Just curious to see how other people handle this. I, for good or for ill, must vote No.
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Do you let your significant other win at games?
Yes.
No.
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Where's the, "I pretend that I let her win" option?
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There also needs to be a "sometimes" option. A wise husband learns to read his significant other accurately.
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bippi wrote:
Where's the, "I pretend that I let her win" option?


artfuldodge2 wrote:
There also needs to be a "sometimes" option. A wise husband learns to read his significant other accurately.


Haha I agree
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I don't let her win...she crushes me without any help.
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Or, there's also a time to sandbag a little in every situation.... even if you don't outright throw the game.
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Well, I said no, but I don't know what she would say... soblue
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"Let"?

Clearly you have not met my significant other!
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I don't even let my 4 year old nephew win at games. They don't learn anything by doing that.

I may even give him some smack talk too.
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artfuldodge2 wrote:
There also needs to be a "sometimes" option. A wise husband learns to read his significant other accurately.


Well, strictly speaking "sometimes" is a Yes!

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rholzgrafe wrote:
"Let"?

Clearly you have not met my significant other!


To be fair, my wife did crush me a fair amount at Lost Cities until it clicked for me...
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MWChapel wrote:
I don't even let my 4 year old nephew win at games. They don't learn anything by doing that.

I may even give him some smack talk too.


Bippi makes note to self: "Don't play with MWChapel"
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Occasionally I let her win at Connect-4. Other than that I go full blast every time. My 10 year old nephew refuses to play chess anymore with me. Sorry dude, I can't NOT make the best move I see. So we play Ticket to Ride instead.
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I will usually play a bit below par in a teaching game, i.e. the first game when I'm explaining the rules. But I do that for everyone.
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I don't let her win. 'Cause if I did, she would cut of my testicles and feed them to me before killing me.zombie

Other than that she's a very pleasant person. She just doesn't tolerate being helped or favoured during games. If she loses she's ok with it though. Except for Memoir '44 that is.devil
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Blind Reality wrote:
I don't let her win. 'Cause if I did, she would cut off my testicles and feed them to me before killing me.:zombie:

Other than that she's a very pleasant person.:D She just doesn't tolerate being helped or favoured during games. If she loses she's ok with it though. Except for Memoir '44 that is.:devil:


Well, uh, by all means, play to win!
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My wife would be furious and insulted if I let her win. We both agreed long ago that we will play our best no matter what. It's really a moot point since she is a strong player, which compels me to focus and play well.

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No need. He wins enough without help. So do I. So does our kid. Maybe because we play a wide variety of games. And/or because we're all wicked smaht.
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I don't let her win, but I don't take my show-no-mercy game to the table, either.
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I don't.

Usually I can beat her easily the first 2-3 times on a game she never played, but after that she turns into a very good opponent.

Before I met her I never lost a game of Kahuna (I know, not the deepest game around, but it's fun). The first day we played, we did 6 complete games and she won 4 of them.

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I don't exactly let my SO win, but I do play suboptimally when I'm first teaching the game to her: I take less time on my moves, I analyze less, etc. I think that's only fair, since I've typically read the rules already and looked up some (maybe several) (ok, maybe every) review and article here on BGG, and the point of the first few games is to give her time to come up with a strategy.

Maybe another question is: do you let your SO not lose? For instance, do you let him/her take back one move (or several) if there's a misstep?
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What and miss the opportunity for her to look at me from the other side of the table with an impish grin and say: "You're a very good teacher!"? laugh
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Nope. She is a snake in the grass, and if you don't watch her, she will sneak her way to winning while I am bashing on another player.

I did finally get her to sit down and play Axis and Allies Anniversary edition with me and the son the other day. We had one other player at the table, so I took all the Axis power while they took the Allies.

I ended up crushing Britain (Wife) and Russia (Son) quickly, and she told me she would never play the game again. Guess I should have let the wookie win that one....
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celiborn wrote:
Maybe another question is: do you let your SO not lose? For instance, do you let him/her take back one move (or several) if there's a misstep?


Yes... do-overs in a new game seem only fair... once everyone knows the rules, though. :whistle:
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