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In reaction to another current (and very interesting) thread, here's a chance to come up with three games that apparently made a huge splash but passed you by completely.

For me:

1. Bridge I've never known any bridge players. When I was a kid, it seemed like a game for some other class of people, or maybe for an older generation. Furthermore, my family played rummy, and when I discovered trick-taking games they were very awkward and unusual to me; I didn't like them. Sometime in my late thirties, I taught myself bridge using software and books, just so I could say I knew how to play. But I've never had any interest in playing since then.

2. Dungeons & Dragons I was deep into wargaming when this came out, and frankly I thought it was silly. It looked juvenile, and I didn't know anybody who got into it. Many years later, after the RPG phenomenon had picked up a lot of steam, I bought a copy of the rulebook just to see what it looked like. But aside from pseudo-RPGs on the computer, I've never played this kind of game.

3. Magic: The Gathering When this first became popular, I bought a couple starter packs for a nephew, but I never considered looking into the game myself. It looked to me like one of those kids' fads that would soon blow over. When it didn't, I was surprised. After a few years of it, I bought Portal and played it with my wife a couple times, just to see what it was like. We liked it well enough. She said she could see why it had become so popular. But then it fizzled out of our life, and I never thought any more about it.

Other contenders might be Trivial Pursuit and Texas Hold 'Em. Neither of those ever meant much of anything to me either.
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Re: 3 Games That Changed the World but Had No Effect on Your Life
Warhammer's popularity turned Games Workshop from a quality publisher of a wide variety of games to the corporate miniatures-churning machine cynically targeting the never ending procession of 14-year-olds, ruthlessly wringing every last possible cent of its customers. Never played it, never even considered it.

Mouse Trap. When this was first published my mother was eleven-years old and it never seems to be off the shelves. I watched my two god-daughters of mine play it once, I didn't have a clue what was going on.

Craps Probably the simplest and most popular dice game in the world. It's the game that visitors to Vegas get lucky at in the movies. It's terminology has entered the language. Yet beyond 7's and 11's being desirable in some form, I honestly couldn't tell you what goes on.
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Puerto Rico, the BGG #1. Can't stand it, or Agricola. Worker placement is one of two things that is normally an instant "no", the other being purely auction-based games. There are exceptions.

D&D, the RPG daddy. It was never big over here (we played Das Schwarze Auge instead), and honestly, from what I've seen, many other RPG systems are vastly superior in that they're not "move 3 inches, roll for initiative, 5 hours of combat" but allow for actual roleplaying. D&D seems more like a moderated miniature board game these days.

Chess. Never got into it at all.
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matt_k wrote:
Yet beyond 7's and 11's being desirable in some form, I honestly couldn't tell you what goes on.


You could be a craps expert, then. Most bets on a craps table are sucker bets with the odds highly in favor of the casino. The simplest bets on the table generally have the lowest casino advantage. The first time I played craps I won $785 in 2 hours at a $5 table playing only pass and come bets (with odds). Give it a try!
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joe_salamone wrote:
matt_k wrote:
Yet beyond 7's and 11's being desirable in some form, I honestly couldn't tell you what goes on.


You could be a craps expert, then. Most bets on a craps table are sucker bets with the odds highly in favor of the casino. The simplest bets on the table generally have the lowest casino advantage. The first time I played craps I won $785 in 2 hours at a $5 table playing only pass and come bets (with odds). Give it a try!


Similarly the first time I played craps I only played with $20 and ended up with $160 after an hour or so just placing simple bets. I've since played and lost, even with simple bets, but it's a game of chance. The best thing you can do is play for fun knowing that you'll lose a preset amount. Quit when you get ahead and if you lose walk away and respect your limit.
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Re: 3 Games That Changed the World but Had No Effect on Your Life
Cribbage - Never learned how to play, but when I was a little kid I used to watch relatives play and I always wanted to move the pegs around the board.

Pinochle - Cool name . . . say it out loud a few times. Never learned how to play.

Mahjong - Probably looks better than it is, but I always wanted to learn this one.

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Puerto Rico - #1 on the Geek for who-knows-how-long, yet I still haven't given it a go. Too many people I know said it was a dry economics exercise.

Catan - The game that started this whole board game revolution. I used to own a mint Mayfair copy in the shrink, back when my only interests were RPGs and CCGs. Sold it without even trying it out.

Go - Apparently it's some ancient, popular, very satisfying, highly stragtegic game. I've never even seen it played, let alone tried it out myself.

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Cribbage - Never learned how to play, but when I was a little kid I used to watch relatives play and I always wanted to move the pegs around the board.

I learned later in life. It's not a hard game, but there's a learning curve with some strange bumps to it; you have to learn to count in weird ways. Once you get used to it, a fine game.

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Pinochle - Cool name . . . say it out loud a few times. Never learned how to play.

I learned the original two-hand version from a book and played it most every day with a roommate for a long time. Liked it a lot. Later I learned Auction Pinochle (the most popular version) and didn't like it much at all.

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Mahjong - Probably looks better than it is, but I always wanted to learn this one.

It's just a fancy version of rummy, and it usually requires four players. I like rummy myself, but I never have four players, so I recently bought Mhing (pretty much the same game, but good for two).
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Craps Probably the simplest and most popular dice game in the world. It's the game that visitors to Vegas get lucky at in the movies. It's terminology has entered the language. Yet beyond 7's and 11's being desirable in some form, I honestly couldn't tell you what goes on.

I could, simply because my dad liked the game and taught it to me when I was a kid. Which prompted my mom to shush me when I'd rattle the bones and call out, "Sixty stitches in Sadie's britches!"

From a strategic gamer's POV, craps is kind of a nothing of a game. But it's kind of a cultural icon, perpetually popular in one community or another.

Not my cup of tea, though.
 
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Patrick Carroll wrote:
In reaction to another current (and very interesting) thread, here's a chance to come up with three games that apparently made a huge splash but passed you by completely.

That other thread: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/575532/3-games-ive-playe...

My three non-contenders: Bridge, Cribbage, Puerto Rico (I like it just don't hold it in such high esteem)
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Go: Just never got to play it. Even when I was in Japan.

Warhammer Fantasy Battle: Looked interesting, but at that time I didn't have the money to invest in it (my money disappeared into that sinkhole called Magic: the Gathering instead)

Poker: Not really into playing games for money, and had the idea that without the money incentive poker isn't fun. I wish that I had gotten into that game before internet poker got big, though. I'm sure that I could have made a bit of money there by playing all those newbies who came later. I guess that the big bonanza is gone now, though.
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MtG - Never even heard of it until college. And even then it looked stupid to me, especially when I realized the thousands upon thousands of cards you could buy. It looked like nothing more than fantasy baseball card collecting. Still have no desire to touch it

Dungeons and Dagrons - Didn't know much about it and never knew anyone that actually played it. Still don't actually, but I still hear about it all the time.

Fake Video Games - Generally anything developed after the glory days of Super Metroid (N64, Xbox, GameCube, Wii, PS 1, PS 2, PS 3, PS 4, PS 5, etc...). I'm sorry, but you can't fool me into thinking you can realistially portray a 3D environment on a 2D screen. It just doesn't work, and never will. Half the stuff is just glorified movie watching...yay.


Could also throw in RPG's.
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For me:

1. Magic: The Gathering - I had friends in university who played it, and other friends since that did or do. I'm sure I'd enjoy it at least a little bit, but I avoided it at the time mostly for financial reasons, and later when realizing that it's not really my favourite kind of game anyway. Ironically, the collect-ability aspect of it appeals to me more than the actual gameplay. If anyone ever invents a Euro-style CCG, I'm sunk.

2. Catan - Kind of cheating on this one, because I have actually played it a small number of times, but given its significance in the gaming "renaissance" I've certainly passed it by in general. Carcassonne was my gateway Euro, and by the time I stretched out to other Eurogames, I was already aiming for heavier and/or less luck-influenced games. I very rarely play Settlers at all.

3. Die Macher - After I discovered heavier Euros, this was one of the games I put on my "want to try" list, and have just never had the opportunity, compared to literally dozens if not hundreds of other games. I don't even really know all that much about it, other than that it's about elections in Germany and takes 4 hours to play, and I don't know anymore if I'd actually like it or not, but one of these days maybe I'll find out.
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Dungeons and Dragons - Just not my thing

Warhammer - Spend 3 months preparing to actually play the game by painting they have opponents tell you you painted them wrong?

99% of collectible games - Oh look but 300 dollars worth of product to get a rare mini that comes in 1 every 3 booster cases and you can dominate the game. Just because you had more money.

But wait! come see us at gencon and get this even more powerful mini that can destroy opponents by sneezing!

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