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post #1 of 30
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Lately as I have been studying for my exams I have been having a hankering to play some board games and got around to thinking about some of my favourites and thought it would make for an interesting conversation.

I love the classics like Risk and Monopoly. They always bring out the worst in people, which is fun when you aren't the one losing. Balderdash is another of my favourites as it can be extremely funny when played with the right group of people. I'm a huge trivia buff (favourite book when I was younger was the Guinness Book of World Records) and so love Trivial Pursuit, but can never find anyone to play that with. Not many people enjoy it. At Christmas my family got Settlers of Catan which I have heard tons about, but have not gotten to play it yet. Another new game I just heard about today that looks very promising indeed is Blokus. I'm definitely going to be getting that one as well.

As far as card games go my family has recently become addicted to a game called double series. Doesn't look like much, but it's quite enjoyable. Lastly are two classic card games, Pit and Dutch Blitz. They're loud, fast, and can quite often turn mildly violent, which always makes for an interesting evening.

I know lots of people laugh at me for enjoying board games, but I've always been something of a geek so it doesn't bother me.
post #2 of 30
here's the forum for board gamers:

www.boardgamegeek.com

settlers of catan may change your gaming life, or at least turn you on to 'german' strategy games. i don't play it myself, but know people who do, and i know that the game has a pretty big and devoted following. (not to mention all the expansions and different versions.)

i'm still waiting for my little girls to get old enough to be interested in wargames and stuff. they like to watch me get zapped in Operation.

more along the vein of your game list, Battleship is pretty fun. i've got the electronic version, but i haven't tried the advanced rules with the planes and missiles yet.

-andrew
post #3 of 30
If you want to talk about bringing out the worst in people, try Diplomacy. The game is all about seeing all the angles and fucking people over at the opportune moment.
post #4 of 30
If you want to see the worst in people, estate sales.
post #5 of 30
My sister and brother-in-law introduced me to Settlers of Catan last summer. I was addicted immediately. I am generally too restless for board games but this one holds my interest.
post #6 of 30
I usually end up rolling people like the heartless bastard that I am in many board games. Especially bad are Cranium, Scene It (movie edition), trivial pursuit, monopoly, and connect four (not sure if its a "board game" or not)

I destroy all posers who try to step up to popular movie trivia.
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This lovely unrestored board dates from approximately 1845. The grid is hand-painted. I purchased the board, bowls, stones, and shells in 1972 while visiting Japan.

Oh, the many fantastic battles this thick slab of acanthus wood has seen!

One lovely acanthus bowl is filled with slate pieces, the other filled with clam shell pieces.
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post #8 of 30
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Originally Posted by Tokyo Slim
I destroy all posers who try to step up to popular movie trivia.

I'd love to play you in this. Not that I think I'd win necessarily, but I love movie trivia and used to be pretty good at it. I don't get to the movies as much as I used to (children and all), but I still feel superior in this respect in my home (my wife does not share my interest, and any statement of mine which begins, "Did you ever see...?" is almost always answered with a "No").
post #9 of 30
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Originally Posted by Full Canvas


This lovely unrestored board dates from approximately 1845. The grid is hand-painted. I purchased the board, bowls, stones, and shells in 1972 while visiting Japan.

Oh, the many fantastic battles this thick slab of acanthus wood has seen!

One lovely acanthus bowl is filled with slate pieces, the other filled with clam shell pieces.
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Genuine slate and clamshell? Those are pretty hard to find. Do you play on that board, and are you rated? My uncle always tried to teach me, but I never quite "got" it. Although I can play very badly.
post #10 of 30
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Originally Posted by Earthmover
Genuine slate and clamshell? Those are pretty hard to find. Do you play on that board, and are you rated? My uncle always tried to teach me, but I never quite "got" it. Although I can play very badly.

I don't know how difficult it is to find the pieces today. When genuine aficionados see the set, they do some drooling. The pieces are of Japanese origin. If your monitor allows it, you can actually see the tree rings in the edge of the board. The board is approximately seven inches thick without the legs.

The stones are genuine slate with rounded surfaces. The shells are genuine clam and rounded on both surfaces. Both the stones and shells have a fair amount of chips from all the years of "battle". The set is at our home in California and I'm here in Minsk until our American Memorial Day. So, I can't measure the stones/shells. But, as I recall, they are 12 or 13 millimeters thick.

Perhaps only twenty or thirty times each year are what I can devote to the game because the set remains in California. Life with family, travel, and business preclude more time at the board. No, I am not rated. Friends and family have given me some books about the game. But, frankly . . . I never bothered to read them. Ironically, the only reading I've done about Go was when Trevanian's Shibumi was first published.
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post #11 of 30
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Originally Posted by JBZ
I'd love to play you in this. Not that I think I'd win necessarily, but I love movie trivia and used to be pretty good at it. I don't get to the movies as much as I used to (children and all), but I still feel superior in this respect in my home (my wife does not share my interest, and any statement of mine which begins, "Did you ever see...?" is almost always answered with a "No").

Next time you are around Seattle we will have a showdown.
post #12 of 30
I thought about getting Catan, to play with my family. But I think they'd rather just watch American Idol.
post #13 of 30
Bump.



I don't own any board games, but I should.

I think Ill kop Candy Land.



Any good board games out there to include binge drinking with?
post #14 of 30
big fan of Catan
post #15 of 30
I like Catan and I've recently been playing Arkham Horror which is extremely nerdy. BGG is a great site.
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