Happiness is...
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You know those moments when you realize how awesome something is? Add your own!

(Yes, this is the same as one apotheos did a year ago, but most of the items on his list are related to game acquisition. And guns.)

Happiness is...
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1. Board Game: Napoleon: The Waterloo Campaign, 1815 [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:665]
Rusty McFisticuffs
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...when the game is down to the wire, it's the last battle of the last turn, and your opening artillery barrage rolls five ones on six dice, routing the enemy flank and winning the game.

(The one which inspired the list.)
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2. Board Game: Conquest of the Empire [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:771]
Rusty McFisticuffs
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...being hated by everyone at the table, having everyone team up against you, and still winning.

(Condottiere or Twilight Imperium could have gone here too. "I don't care who wins, as long as it's not Rusty" are probably my favorite words in gaming, and I do what I can to hear them as often as possible.)
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3. Board Game: Condottiere [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:676]
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...when the entire game comes down to the last card in your hand versus the last card in his hand.

(That happened when one of my brothers came to visit, and he astounded my regular group--and me!--by quickly memorizing his hand of 10-16 cards, and then playing without looking at them.)

(Oh yeah--his last card beat my last card. That was probably the closest I've ever come to flipping the table. With joy, I mean!)
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4. Board Game: EastFront II [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:790]
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...taking Moscow in September '41.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/140353
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5. Board Game: RAMbots [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:5397]
Rusty McFisticuffs
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...your friends having a good, long laugh because you got hosed worse than anyone ever thought possible.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/186068
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6. Board Game: Dungeon! [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:2821]
Rusty McFisticuffs
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...when your child realizes that being able to add the numbers one through ten means they can also figure out 500 plus 250.

(The burrito boy loves math, and this game played a role in that.)
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7. Board Game: Wiz-War [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:864]
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...Buddy, Reuse Spell, Power Run, Buddy.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/124325
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8. Board Game: YINSH [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:97]
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[b]... is being ten turns out and knowing your opponent well enough to know that he/she cannot win.
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9. Board Game: Babel [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:781]
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...using a set of Sumerians to steal one of your opponent's Sumerians, then using that Sumerian to steal the cards underneath it.
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10. Board Game: Age of Conan: The Strategy Board Game [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:983]
jonathanWC
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To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women.
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11. Board Game: Struggle of Empires [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:190]
David Seddon
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Playing a four hour game of this, getting creamed, but still having a great time because you like the company and the game so much:

"Success is getting what you want,
happiness wanting what you get."


The happiness or unhappiness of men depends no less on their dispositions as it does on fortune.

La Rochefoucauld



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12. Board Game: Saturn [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:3307]
David Seddon
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Not owning this baby, because it means there is still something out there that I can strive for:

"To be without some of the things you want
is an indispensable part of happiness."
Bertrand Russell
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13. Board Game: Peace [Average Rating:4.67 Unranked]
David Seddon
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"Happiness is when what you think, what you say,
and what you do are in harmony."
Mohandas Gandhi


At at that point, I guess you're going to be pretty peaceful too. I feel it right now, and like most of us, I don't normally feel it. It's good to acknowledge it when it happens and to enjoy it fully.
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14. Board Game: Hula Hippos [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2997]
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Lexington
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... snatching victory from the jaws of defeat by flicking your last mouse across the length of the table through the minefield of obstacles to knock your opponent's piece from the hoop at the last possible moment while it is settling!

This game is fast, furious, and has a lot of tension.
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15. Board Game: 7 Ages [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1006]
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Washington
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...finding people who have the time to play this.
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16. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:194] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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...is the look of joy in the eye of a child when they win.
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17. Board Game: Power [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:5484]
David Seddon
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Congleton
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"Those who seek happiness in pleasure, wealth, glory, power and heroics are as naive as the child who tries to catch a rainbow and wear it as a coat."

Dilgo Rinpoche
 
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18. Board Game: Monopoly: Snoopy It's A Dog's Life [Average Rating:3.67 Unranked]
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Toronto
Ontario
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... a warm puppy!
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19. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:84]
M Hellyer
United States
Aurora
Illinois
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Happiness is.. being down by 10 points and drawing destination cards on your last turn and drawing 2 cards for 25 points for routes that you've already completed!
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20. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:363]
M Hellyer
United States
Aurora
Illinois
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Happiness is.. in DIPLOMACY guessing correctly that you are about to be backstabbed and instead of being sliced up, cutting the convoy that is attacking you and maybe even counter-attacking so that the attacking piece is cut off and is eliminated.
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21. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1143]
M Hellyer
United States
Aurora
Illinois
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Happiness is.. in Scrabble, when another player sets you up for a perfect Triple Word score.
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22. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.46 Overall Rank:11168]
M Hellyer
United States
Aurora
Illinois
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Happiness is... in MONOPOLY, adding two houses and then a hotel onto Illinois Ave., and another player draws the Chance card that says, "Advance to Illinois Ave."
 
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23. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:363]
David Seddon
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Having friendships strong enough that you can play this without recriminations.

I think folks get way to hung up about this game and I've picked it exactly because some here will think it's NOT a game to play with friends. I have seen folks here queue up to bash this game because of its machievelian element. What are they scared of? Perspective is needed. Just play it and enjoy it. So what if your best friend stabs you in the back? It's just a game - just a clever form of role play and anyway, the worst stabbers always get stabbed back.

As much as anything else, making and keeping agreements is key here, but I have played this with folks who did me over and would never do that in real life.

Of course, I'd play something co-operative like Terra with these guys if they wanted, but it's nice to play something with teeth once in a while.

All this is an extreme way of saying that I agree with this:

"Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship."

Epicurus

Old Epicurus surrounded himself with really good friends and had a very happy life. Despite the bad publicity he got, he really wasn't interested in living the high life of rich pleasures. He shunned that completely in favour of simple pleasures...like friendship...and probably playing games. I can't attain that myself, but I think it's a good goal to shoot for.
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24. Board Game: Formula Dé [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:410]
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Gambling that you'll roll low to make a corner in a high gear so you can speed out of it, and doing so.
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25. Board Game: Hoity Toity [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:906]
James Ridgway
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Fairfax Station
Virginia
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Four detectives when you exhibit . . . or four exhibits when you thief.
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