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My Family is a Bunch of Losers!
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North Star Games designs party games that don't suck! Play them with your non-gamer friends over the holidays.
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First there was Hearts, then there was Spades, and now we bring you Clubs. The suit of clubs finally gets some respect!
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Thanks for all of your wonderful contributions. It was impossible to choose a best story, so our office decided to award a bunch of honorable mention prizes. You'll find the winners in the bottom comment section, or at this link. Cheers everyone!
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It's true. I bring games to our holiday gatherings, but my family always loses to me. Even simple games like Settlers of Catan or Carcassonne are too complicated for them. When it comes to strategy games... my family is a bunch of losers!


... but they don't like losing, and they certainly don't like being confused. Enter North Star Games. We design games that are interesting to gamers, and that casual gamers can actually win. In short, we design:


To help get the word out, we're giving away $100 cash and 2 games with this holiday contest...
[NOTE: we have BGG permission for this contest]

How to Enter
Thumb up to 10 stories (and hopefully this list).

2 Winners
We will send a game to the person who posted our favorite story, and to a random person who thumbed that story. We will choose the winners on December 17th.

Optional Stories
Post a story about a time your friends or relatives were over-whelmed with a board game. Actually, post any fun story about playing games.
(you don't need to post a story to win)
(and your story does not need thumbs to win)


Prize
Each winner will get $50 cash and their choice of any one of our games. Cheers!


Please note that Clubs will not be available until February. But if you choose it, you'll get a pre-release copy 3 months before it is available in stores!


Happy Holidays!
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101. Board Game: Black Stories [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:1862]
Susie_Cat
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OK, so this may come across as racist, but please don't read it in that light - it certainly isn't/wasn't...

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Well I can't remember what the game was, but it was some sort of guessing/quiz type of game, maybe charades - it doesn't matter. We'd got that it was a singer and we'd established that it was a man, and eventually someone got that it was Frankie Valli.

"Who's he?" says someone.

"Singer," says someone else.

"I know that, but what did he sing?"

"Lots of things..." says someone; "He was part of the Four Seasons" chimes in someone else.

"But what did he sing?"

Conversation goes round for a bit, before someone sings, "Oh what a night..." and everyone else joins in, "LATE DECEMBER BACK IN 63..."

"Oh, right." Long pause... "Is he black?"

"No," says someone, "Yes," says someone else. "Well, I guess he's black-ish..." says I.

Queue lots of arguing followed eventually by booting up an ancient computer and finding Google and doing an image search (this was in the days long before smart phones and we live in a village where there is no mobile coverage anyhow).

First person we find is is very definitely black. So is the next, and the next. Much confusion ensues and lots of opinions later, it turns out he's a Frankie Valli tribute act.

Eventually we found a picture of the real Frankie Valli and he is NOT black, nor even "blackish". He is of course of Italian extraction and has olive coloured skin with dark hair and this coupled with the fact that many photos date from the 1960s and are black and white, may explain the confusion. Alternatively, we may have been thinking of the Four Tops...

Whatever, in our family, to this day, if there is any question about who someone is, there is always someone that will have everyone else falling about when they pipe up, "Is he black?!?!"

Susie_Cat.
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102. Board Game: Tribond [Average Rating:5.26 Overall Rank:10824]
BJ Shoemaker
United States
Lakeland
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The wife and I started this addiction back in September, with our first two purchases. Dominion and Carcassonne. So like true noobs, we threw a facebook post out into the world inviting friends over for a game night.

We had a couple that was free that weekend, and so we set up a little get together on Friday night at our place. We'll call this couple Stan and Lacie. We set up for 7:00, and of course I get a text from Stan at 7:45 that they're running a bit late, and they'll try to be here by 8:30.

About 8:29, the get over here and so we get to trying to decide what game to play. I said Hey guys, we got this card game (Dominion) would you like to give that a whirl, it's a pretty fun game. All agree that this is an alright idea so we get to going.

Game #1 lasts about 45 minutes as we explain the rules, and then get a game going. Stan is totally into it. Lacie is not. And in fact she's so miserable, that she is totally sucking the party vibe out of the room. We decide not to play another game of Dominion, and hit the shelves again.

Oooh! What's this one? Lacie asks, interest piqued at a certain long yellow box. That's 13 Dead End Drive. It's a bit simplistic, but it's an alright game. Yeah let's try that! I'm fine with that, while the wife is setting up the board, I start explaining the rules. Lacie absolutely loves this game and the rest of us are... frankly bored to tears. After the brief (15? 20? minute) game, Lacie seems a bit more upbeat and asks the question I had been dreading all night...

"Got any trivia games?"

Lacie is smart, really smart, and she likes to win, and she has a hard time stepping outside of her comfort zone. The problem? I'm also smart, really smart, and I also like to win. Thankfully, I had no trivia games but I did have the dreaded... TriBond.

First move, I get one piece all the way around the board, and another 1/2 way. Lacie is frowning already... Fast forward 2 hours, TriBond is still going on thanks to some lucky challenges, sending me back, and it's a virtual dead heat between all of us but Stan. Poor Stan.

Finally, I get on a roll and end the game with a string of correct answers. In my jubilation, not at winning, but at the fact that the game was over, I jump up from my seat. Shout "YES!!!" and do a little fist pump. I've never been so excited to have a game over.

Of course, then I realize what I've done. My wife is looking at me, horrified. Lacie is utterly dejected by her defeat, and Stan looks like he knows he's going to be taking an earfull on the way home. I quickly apologize to all, and we clean up and call it a night.

I ask Stan the next day at work, how Lacie enjoyed game night, and he says. "I like the first game we played, Dominion, that game was awesome. Lacie absolutely hated it though... She described it to her Dad as a Dungeons and Dragons game with cards." "She loved 13 Dead End Drive so much, and TriBond, well she didn't really care for it all that much."

I laughed to myself, Dungeons and Dragons with Cards? Loved 13 Dead End Drive? Well at least she didn't care for TriBond... 1 outta 3 isn't that bad.
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103. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:13]
Arvydas Kazlauskas
Latvia
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The story is about me and my relationship with Le Havre.

I remember going to my first gaming night at our FLGS. Everything I've had played until then was Blue Moon City (chess, checkers and backgammon doesn't count, of course).
So, I played some Dominion which wasn't easy (the others guys were experienced and I had some trouble with the mechanics). Then I agreed to play Tribune, somehow made it to the end. And finally, when it was starting to get late, I agreed (or was talked into?) to play La Havre, 5 player game, I think. And, I have to say it was probably the worst decision in my life as a boardgamer... Well, I managed to survive those 3 or 4 hours, but my head was dizzy. I mean, people, it was before I even tried Catan or Carcassone!! I was starting to have doubts about this hobby shake

This became a little joke in our gaming group, so now, whenever I ask about some game: "is it long?" or "is it difficult?", there's someone to throw in something like, "Don't worry, it's much simplier and shorter than La Havre! Really!"

You must agree this should be one of the worst choice of a gateway games ...a gateway out of the hobby before actually entering?
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104. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:6]
Stuart L
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I've been doing a bit of travel around the place, and that's how I got into board gaming: moving to an overseas town (specifically, Auckland) and not knowing anybody makes just about anything that gives you a chance to meet people a Very Useful Thing Indeed. So anyway, I'd moved back to Australia (specifically, Sydney) from Auckland, joined a few groups, and was having some good times playing games with various randoms.

One week, somebody decided to hire a room at a library, and play games there. Groovy - I was up for that, as were a few others.

One of the individuals that came along brought Agricola. We get into the room - which was booked for three hours (opening to closing, basically) - and she pulls it out and says, "Let's give this a try!"

Now, I've played it before - once - but hadn't played it for some time (at least a year, and I think it was actually closer to a year and a half before), couldn't remember the rules, and I really wanted to play something lighter. So she opens the box - for the very first time - and starts reading the rules, for the very first time.

To call it a nightmare is putting it very politely. I'm just glad that I was watching from the sidelines, and not participating; even if I'd tried to help, it wouldn't have made any difference. Meanwhile, those playing with me were having a great time ...

Who the hell brings a game that they've never played before to a limited time event, and starts reading the rules as they set it up the first time? At least open the box and have a read through, possibly playing a simulated game for a few turns, before trying to inflict it upon others! shake
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105. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
Jamie S
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Downers Grove
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I've attempted to get my family to play Dominion with my on several occasions. Here are the typical responses:

Dad- Why do you play such weird games? Nobody's ever heard of those! And they're so complicated! (Strange side note: He is one of the most analytic types of people I know!!)

Brother - Games are dumb

Other Brother - What game?
(Dominion. It's not too difficult [couple-sentence explanation])
Uhhh... no.

Rest of family, especially at parties - More than a few seconds of rules for any game is enough to be considered too confusing, etc.
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106. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:280]
Derek Thompson
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Marion
Indiana
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I tried teaching my parents Bohnanza. They didn't really get it, and at one point in the game, I tried being as explicit as possible with my mother: "You can trade the bean in front of you with dad's, and you'll both get points, or you can reject it and you'll have to plant that bean in front of you, but you'll lose points and you won't help dad."

What's she do? Empties a nearly-harvest-ready bean field and says, "I'm not helping HIM!"

What a loving marriage...
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107. Board Game: Catacombs [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
Captain Ameritrash
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Statesboro
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So, we have a long and painful gaming history with my in-laws. They are the typical older-generation non-gamer types who pretty much stick to traditional card games and roll & move stuff. We, obviously, are not. Over the course of several years, TrashWife and I have tried to find common gaming ground with her parents so that we can all enjoy our holiday visits instead of sitting around watching TV and not talking. Thus far, we have been unsuccessful.

One year when we went to visit, they had recently discovered a new rummy variant called Hand and Foot that they were very excited about. We had never played before. Three games later, I had won twice and my wife had won once. Her parents decided that they didn't like the game anymore and wanted to watch TV.

The next visit, they were going nuts over Mexican Train, which we had never played before. Three games later, I had won twice and my wife had won once. Her parents decided that they didn't like the game anymore and wanted to watch TV.

Another time, the hot "new" game was Canasta. My wife and I had played Canasta a lot when we were young theatre interns in Little Rock. It was a bloodbath. Her parents decided that they didn't like the game anymore and wanted to watch TV. That year, they gave us a Mexican Train set for Christmas. They declined to play it with us when we offered.

The next time we saw them, we brought along a copy of Munchkin. We made it through three rounds before itmas was declared too complicated and we went to watch TV. The following Christmas, they retaliated by giving us LCR, Phase 10 and In a Pickle. I am not making this up.

Last Christmas, they came to our house. Throwing caution to the wind, we let our son pick the games he wanted to play. First off was Catacombs. We figured that this one would be easy enough because it's a co-op, and all they would really have to do is flick while the rest of us handled the bookkeeping. They stuck it out to the end of the game for their grandson's sake, but they clearly didn't like it. I even intentionally blew several shots and made a few grave tactical errors so that the heroes would win, but that didn't help. Turns out that there were apparently too many rules.

Next, we tried Dominion. Just the base set. They like card games, right? Wrong. "This game doesn't make any sense. Why can't you buy a card and just play it immediately? And gold doesn't count for points at the end? I don't get that".

OK, something really easy: Castle Panic. "How do we kill the monsters again?" Every. Single. Turn.

Finally, in desperation, we tried Sorry! Sliders. They understood the rules just fine, but didn't like the game because my son and I kept winning. Seriously. "You win all the time. Let's play Monopoly." Someone please kill me.

After an excruciating three-hour game of Monopoly featuring no auctions ("We don't play that way and refuse to try." I may be paraphrasing here) and the dreaded Free Parking rule ("It makes the game so much more fun!" I am not paraphrasing here), my son had won, I was comtemplating putting my head in the oven (it's electric, but at that point I was willing to try it anyway) and the in-laws were glancing towards the TV. After dinner, the MIL pops up with "We should play a game! Where's that copy of LCR we gave you? That's so much fun!" My wife prevented me from committing seppuku with the gravy ladle, but just barely. Unfortunately, we had "lost" it, and couldn't play. So she made us play In a Pickle instead.

This is why I need to win this contest. Dom, I'm a desperate man. They're coming back to visit in a week. Save me.

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108. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:190]
Alan Boyd
United States
Georgia
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I got overzealous and brought Game of Thrones to Thanksgiving one year. My cousin was the one who got me into the books when only a couple were out, so I thought I'd at least show him the game. We decided to give it a try and my brother was curious enough to play.

I made it through the rules and then three turns. My brother, who was a grown man at the time, complained through two turns until he just said, "I have no idea what I'm doing." He then stood up, went to the living room, and literally pouted in front of the TV without talking to anyone for 30 minutes.
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109. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:107] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
Jay Reigns
United States
Baltimore
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My family tends to enjoy a game that's pretty simple. Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, and Apples to Apples are their bread and butter as far as board games go, but I thought I'd try to introduce them to some other games that weren't anything too difficult. Dixit, Ticket to Ride, and Sorry! Sliders were received well enough. The next time I visited, I thought I'd try to step up a bit and brought along Carcassonne. I have most of the expansions, but for the sake of teaching, I only pulled out plain old boring vanilla Carc with the intention of playing later with Carcassonne: Inns & Cathedrals or Carcassonne: Traders & Builders. We never got to that point...

They seemed to think the rules went over well enough (though farms may have been over their heads). Carcassonne is also great for the "show everybody your tile" rule, especially for newcomers. However, certain concepts seemed to elude them.

Dad-Ok, I'm placing my guy here... IN THE NAME OF SPAIN! (he's playing green, so not sure why Spain).
Me-Well, he can't go there, that city's already done, you can put him on the road if you want.
Dad-But that's your city, I'm not building a road into your city.
Me-No it's not my city... and that doesn't matter, it just matters what you finish. I don't get any advantage if the road leads to my city.
Dad-But you took that city earlier, I wanted to take it from you.
Me-No, after you score points for a completed road or city, you don't need to worry about who was in it and you can't get it back.
Dad-Ok, I guess that's fine, but my farm is finished over here.
Me-No, farms don't "finish" they get scored at the end.
Dad-So you can steal my farm, but I can't steal your city? That doesn't seem fair.
Me-Well, if I get a farm you can maneuver into it and try to take it, and if you finish a city, I can't take it. So it's still fair.

Sis-So, how do churches work again.
Me-If they get surrounded on all sides with tiles, you get 9 points, if not you still get some points at the end.
Sis-But that doesn't make any sense... the building is done in the picture, why does it need to be surrounded?
Me-I don't know, it's just how the game works. I guess cloisters just need good scenery?
Sis-But the cities don't need to be surrounded.
Me-Well, no...
Sis-I think you should be done a church if you build a road to it. That's all it really needs.
Me-Game logic does not need to line up with real life logic.

The rest of the game, my dad kept claiming things "In the name of Spain" and my sister had to be constantly reminded it was her turn. In the end, My girlfriend and I were pretty far above my dad and sister, though dad made a decent showing for a newcomer. My sister complained that she lost by so much and (considering she's 14) my dad said "Well, you are playing with three college graduates. Maybe if you had gone to college, you would have done better".
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110. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:40]
Chris Heinrich
United States
Minneapolis
Minnesota
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My in-laws are not gamers. If it's not Texas Hold'em, it's too complex and boring for them, but I do appreciate that they try for us. They bought my wife and me our copy of Settlers of Catan, but when we tried to play with them, they had to be reminded of the rules every single turn. On another visit, we played Carcassone without farms, but that was still too hard.

Finally we tried Pandemic. We thought a cooperative just might work. We could openly talk strategy. There would be minimal downtime between turns. They would never feel they were runaway losers.

It didn't work.

Before the first cure was discovered, my mother-in-law figured that washing the dishes would be more interesting than saving the world. My father-in-law joined her not much later to dry. The game still wasn't done by the time they finished, so she started scrubbing the tea kettle. Finally my brother-in-law and his girlfriend decided to spend a few turns "on vacation" in Chicago. We lost when an outbreak cascaded through North America.

If Ticket to Ride doesn't work this Christmas, I'm giving up.
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111. Board Game: Cranium WOW [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:2598]
Ashley Andersen
United States
BALTIMORE
Maryland
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It was boys vs girls--four 20somethings on each team (sisters and boyfriends and one a friend couple).

The boys just had to make something in clay and were terrible at it. The male friend was an art major but they let my boyfriend do it and no one knew what he was trying to convey. The girls had a fit of hysteria watching.

Then when the time ran out, it was the girls' turn. We got Gnilleps. The boys boo'd and hissed at how easy the word was. I believe it was "ravioli".

...This is about the time we were told we were getting too loud (the parents were in bed upstairs ).

My sister Jen hadn't had a chance to do much yet so we gave the word to her. She still had tears on her face from the clay debacle. So the boys began taunting us and we hushed them.

Me: "Alright Jen, you got this?"
Jen: "Oh yeah!"
Me: "Alright girl, RAVIOLI backwards"
Jen: "R!"

Instant eruption of laughter on the boys side.
They ended up winning the next turn.
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112. Board Game: Spit It Out! [Average Rating:7.07 Unranked]
Adam Deverell
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Melbourne
Victoria
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Coming in at the 11th hour...

My dad often teased my mum for her poor grasp of current affairs (she often forgets who our prime minister is) and general knowledge. However, she is much sharper when playing games. During a game of Spit it Out (the first game my Dad had played in years), she got her own back.

In this game, you're given a question and in teams you have 30 seconds to answer the question with as many different answers as you can. My sisters had teamed up with my dad.

MUM: Name different breeds of dogs.

SIS 1: Labrador.

SIS 2: Dalmatian.

DAD: ...ah...er...Monkey!

My mum, on the opposite team, never let him forget it. It took him three or four years to play another board game.
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113. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:175]
Mark crane
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It was Thanksgiving and my brother was visiting. I don't think we've ever played a boardgame together--he's sixteen years younger than me and lives about an hour away. So I round up three of my kids (teen son is too cool) and we start a game of Survive: Escape from Atlantis!. It's even the anniversary edition. So we get started, while my mom helps my wife cook upstairs. About 30 minutes into the game I hear my name being called with some urgency. I go upstairs and discover that my mom has spilled food everywhere and my wife burned the gravy. It was strongly suggested that I help.

I tell the remaining players to take my turn for me. When I get back downstairs they tell me they've decided to watch Doctor Who instead.

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114. Board Game: Taboo [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:1363]
Brian DiMarco
United States
Collegeville
Pennsylvania
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So, Christmas gatherings and game playing brings to mind this story…

My circle of friends were in that early/mid-20’s range where Christmas time meant heading back to the parents houses, and high school friends "reunions" and get-togethers.

We had a core group that remained in touch through a Strat-o-matic baseball league. Our glue was the league's Commissioner, (we will call him “H”), a strategy gamer, super hero collector, and real Sheldon Cooper prototype, very smart, competitive, and has kept a 30-year lifetime record of the results of all the games played on the inside lid of his Cosmic Encounters box. We all know, or are, the really competitive guy in the group, but in a social setting he would certainly play the party games, though no less competitively.

About a dozen people, and Taboo was chosen. **The critical knowledge here is that the Strat-o-matic guys (except “H”) were on one team, with “H” on the team made up of mostly girlfriends and siblings.**

The Strat group choosing to be on the “Non-H” team was not a coincidence.

Fast-forward to the final round and “H” is the clue giver, and victory hung in the balance. “H's” phrase…

"Babe Ruth"

He smiles at this lay-up (or "hanging curve" to stay consistent to the theme), and begins singing.

Singing? Yes, singing. A few years prior he had unearthed a Baseball CD which included a 1920’s ditty Joosta Like Babe-A-Da-Ruth. When playing Strat, whenever “H’s” player hit a meaningful homer, no matter how Steve Jeltz’y the hitter, he would mockingly sing-song “Joosta Like Babe-a-da-Ruth!”

Yes, that’s annoying.

So, “H” begins bellowing his creaky tone deaf wail through a gaping maw: “Joosta Liiiiiike…..Joosta liiiiike....Jooosta liiiiiike!!” Instantly his whole team yelled “Babe Ruth!!” and “H” flashed a triumphant grin, smugly satisfied with his brilliance.

Oh wait, that only happened in his imagination.

In reality his entire team looked at him with a confused furrowed strain, perhaps thinking he was as scary as their brothers or boyfriends had said. Similarly, our entire team knew the answer, and was rolling with laughter. For us, hilarity was ensuing; for “H”, pure panic.

One brave, naïve soul on his team waded into the muck, and said “Are you saying “juice?”

Now, he was smart enough to realize his perfect clue may in fact be flawed; but conversely cocky enough to assume the flaw was not in the clue, but in his audience. So, he doubled down on failure…

“No! Joosta!! JOOSTA!!!”

Being Taboo, the timer is running out, and no longer was he going for a win, he needed this just to get a tie. Frantic he looks at the card for the ‘taboo’ words…

Yankees…baseball…etc., and brain overload has fully kicked in, the pounding pressure...

“Joosta like!! JOOSTA LIKE!!!” He desperately pleas.

Our team doubled over in hysterics, theirs is dazed and confused. He scans the card. Stunned. Speechless. Desperate. He has to surrender his precious, perfect clue. He scans the card, and begins yelling out the only clue he can think of…

“The big fat guy! You know!! The big fat guy!!”

Maybe there was a feeble guess, but our laugher would have drowned it out, as Mr. Control was reduced to a raving, red faced loon, shouting out “The Big Fat Guy!” to these vague acquaintances. This was followed by the merciful buzzer.

They lost. He was mad, but all enjoyed a good laugh. Including “H.” Because, once again, the Christmas spirit and a well structured, accommodating party game helped to make the season bright. (and the alcohol may have contributed a wee bit, too)
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115. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:161]
Benjamin Mason
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Houston
Texas
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This post actually applies to any number of competitive games that I play with my family (Dominion, Settlers, Carcassonne, Guillotine, Flux, etc.), but I will use Settlers as the example.

Only a couple times a year can I convince my family to play these types of games with me. I get the whole litany of responses from "I've never heard of that game!" to "But, your games are so weird!". So, when I finally am able to get them to agree to play a more substantial game (Phase 10 is the go to for my family - although I was able to get them to play Phase 20 this Thanksgiving), I explain the rules and try to show them how to play while playing.

Unfortunately for me, I am so intent on explaining the strategy and helping everyone understand the rules and the point of the game (and thus, hopefully, to increase their enjoyment and the possibility of my playing it more often), that I find myself dead last in the game. I don't mind losing a game (we have my brother for that), so it's never been a problem, but I came to this realization after nearly a decade of gaming only this past Thanksgiving when I lost every game of Carcassonne and Settlers that we played. Heck, my Mom won Zombie Flux, and she didn't have any idea how she did it.

Oh, well. At least I beat them in Pass the Pig.

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116. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:222]
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This isn't a hugely entertaining story, but it's kind of cool. I've been getting my niece and her husband into games slowly. I gave them Robo Rally one year for Christmas. The following year she had twins. Later she told me that they played almost every night during the pregnancy, so the game actually kind of helped her through it all.
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117. Board Game: Time's Up! Deluxe [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:699]
Robert Hoffman
United States
Bedford
New Hampshire
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We had gone over to a co-worker's house to play boardgames. We brought with us a few games including Pandemic and Time's Up! Deluxe. Despite the fact that my co-worker stated that they loved playing boardgames, I noticed that after playing a couple of rounds of Pandemic that he and his wife weren't really into it so we started playing Time's Up! Deluxe.

As I had guessed, they liked Time's Up! Deluxe a lot more and my co-worker and I had partnered against his wife and my girlfriend for this particular round. One of the words/clues while we were playing was "Butthead" and my co-worker was trying to have me guess the word/clue my pointing to his head and then to his butt. (I had not seen the card when I had the cards in my hands so I had no idea what he was trying to have me guess.) All I saw was a lot of pointing, especially to his butt. Just as he was pointing his butt, a very large fart erupted and everyone broke out into laughter. It sounded like it came from his dog Murphy - who was sitting on a comfy chair behind his wife - and I was really surprised at how loud it was. I said, "Wow Murph, I can't believe you can fart the loud!" (I had thought my co-worker had trained his dog to pass gas on command possibly.) At that point, his wife turned to me and said, "It wasn't Murph, it was ME!" I have never laughed more when playing a board game then when I did that time.
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118. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:6]
Johan Haglert
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Örebro
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Backstory: Mom's man totally not listening on the rules:

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- Maybe we learn better by playing.


I suppose it's a very common argument / idea from people and that many have experienced it.
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119. Board Game: Fluxx [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:4573] [Average Rating:5.73 Unranked]
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So my friends are actually fairly competent gamers, and will try almost anything. After playing Pandemic and a couple other games, Mary and I decided to end the night with a "light-easy-to-learn-filler". Mind you, Mary and I enjoy playing Fluxx when it is just the two of us. We've done three player with no problem. It is simple in concept. So a five player game should be fun, right?

Sometime after the third reshuffling of the deck, about 45 minutes after we started this "quick" game, Mary ends it by trading a keeper with Jules, giving him a card that matches the current goal and forcing the game to end. I don't even dare to suggest that we play Fluxx with this group of friends ever again!
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120. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:6]
Rich Charters
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Chandler
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I played Agricola with my 8 year-old daughter. All she wanted to do was raise sheep.....and amass huge amounts of food so she was sure her family would never go hungry. Also, she would not slaughter any sheep for food. It was cute. She wasn't really concerned about how many points she scored.

It taught me that we all play games for different reasons.
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121. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:76]
Regényi Mátyás
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This one happened on my last birthday when me and my girlfriend went to see my parents. We also decided to bring Speace Alert with us. Who knows? It can be fun!

My parents agreed to play with us. This is what happened:

I explained the rules (about half an hour).

We started playing. I started the CD. Me and my girlfriend started laying cards.
But my parents just sit there, doing nothing. On their faces were peace.

Mom: What is this soundtrack?

Me: Oh.. It is the game already. Start playing cards.

Mom: What is this symbol again?

Me: Droids.

Mom: What is it for, again?

Me: Mom, we do not have time to explain.

Mom: Why?

Me: Because tick tock! We have 10 minutes and...

Audio: Brink, brink! Enemy at T+1, White Zone!

Me: The game is played in time, you see.

Mom: And when will it start?

I switched off the audio. Again I explained them the rules and repeated that there is a time limit. After that (at least they listened this time, looks like at first they did not pay enough attention) they decided that this game is way too gamer.

Huh. Anyhow, next time I brought Knizia's Kingdoms to them. But it is a new story...
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122. Board Game: Shadow Hunters [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:511]
Brian Clymer
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Fort Collins
Colorado
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Since the beginning of my adventures to joining the board game enthusiast realm, Shadow Hunters was a very early addition to my collection. I had played this game several times at a friend's house (known as
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on BGG) and fell in love with the dark fantasy theme as well as the mystery of the game. Alright, enough with the background...

My wife, then fiancée, is not too big of a board game player even though she does have a few surprising favorites (Arkham Horror, Fleet, Guillotine, and Letters from Whitechapel). She was introduced to Shadow Hunters at
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's home during a board game party and she instantly fell in love with one of the characters, not the game. The game play frustrates her at times, especially when she's the target of arbitrary, yet merciless, fighting when her identity is still unknown to her attacker. But, every time this game is a possibility of play, even to this day, she yells, "Only if I get to be Nipples!" Nipples, of course, refers to the character Allie who has the fan-salute of a render on her card where she has unnecessarily large breasts and supernaturally perky nipples.

If per chance she does get Allie "Nipples" after the random character draw that I set up before every play, she is the most happy woman I have ever seen. Until she is killed, and thus losing the game. Then she yells, with the biggest boom I have ever heard a woman yell, "Nooo! Not my nipples!!!!!!"
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123. Board Game: Start Player [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1784]
Kendahl Johnson
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Contest is over but I wanted to add my story:

We were starting a game...I don't even remember which one...and it was time to determine who would go first. Someone suggested we go find a die but my mom had a better idea: "Everyone put your hand under the table and hold up some fingers and we'll reveal simultaneously and whoever has the most goes first." We laughed for a solid 15 minutes. Of course we had to try it and wouldn't you know it we all tied. To this day, whenever we get together for a game someone suggests this method of choosing start player.
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