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Joie de jouer: those little gaming moments that make you smile.
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For some its sweeping their vast armies across continents, for others its the analytical challenge of finding the perfect move. There are those who thrill to the turn of a card or the roll of a dice. Gaming has plenty of "big" moments which never fail to give a buzz. But there's also those smaller, almost insignificant times when something, anything makes you smile. Its those little times that, when added together, makes gaming a lot more than just about winning.

This list is about those tiny little things that make you smile.
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1. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:494]
Matt Kruczek
United Kingdom
Colchester
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Holding the Sauron piece

I'm not the first to comment on the quality of this particular bit, and I guess I won't be the last, but it is so nicely made. Smooth and weighty, I always spend a couple of seconds longer than is necessary, or indeed polite, when setting it up or moving it.
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2. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:675]
Matt Kruczek
United Kingdom
Colchester
Essex
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Gathering the chips in

Better than being dealt two aces, better than seeing your full house completed, even better than the moment the hand is won, is sliding all those lovely chips over the table towards me, then hearing them click together as I stack them up.
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:108] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
Matt Kruczek
United Kingdom
Colchester
Essex
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Filling in a hole

It's probably not my best move, it may even help my opponents, but the satisfaction of drawing just the right tile to fill in that hole is just too much to resist.
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4. Board Game: Formula Dé [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:402]
 
Matt Kruczek
United Kingdom
Colchester
Essex
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Rolling the D30

Its big, its chunky and it means I'm going really fast!!
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5. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:2239]
Matt Kruczek
United Kingdom
Colchester
Essex
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Saying the words "Gelatinous Octahedron"

Say it now. Go on. In a deep theatrical voice.

I am.
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6. Board Game: The World Cup Game [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1189]
Matt Kruczek
United Kingdom
Colchester
Essex
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Dealing out the cards for the final

The sense of anticipation combined with the syncronised sharp intakes of breath never fails to send a shiver down my spine.
 
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7. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:46]
Matt Kruczek
United Kingdom
Colchester
Essex
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Surveying the battle field

After setting up, I like to pause for a moment and imagine how it really would have been. Occasionally with sound effects.
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8. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:157]
Matt Kruczek
United Kingdom
Colchester
Essex
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Moving the robber away from one of your hexes and then rolling that number

No matter how much you understand probability and the nature of randomness, you still feel smug at having "eluded" the robber.
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9. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:847]
Matt Kruczek
United Kingdom
Colchester
Essex
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Saying the Latin room names

It makes me feel medieval and like I had a proper classical education.
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10. Board Game: Terrain Vague [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:5354]
Daniel Danzer
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Stuttgart
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Calling for your big brother / sister

In every round there is the second step "calling out the troops", and the possibility to call out your "big brother" (or sister).



I like the moment, when there are gamers around the table, playing a wargamish, great strategy game, and one of them calls "his big brother" onto the battlefield.
 
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11. Board Game: Der Räuber Hotzenplotz [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
Daniel Danzer
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Stuttgart
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Jamming the Pöppel

In this forgotten children`s game from the late 60`s, there is a turntable under the board, which is turned every time, when a pöppel steps on a "trap".


Now, if the turntable is turned to fast, or there is already a pöppel underneath, the head of the pöppel is jammed - this moment made everybody laugh - or at least smile, if it was yours: lost, but still in its fall ready for a last joke.


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12. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:95]
R. N. Dominick
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
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There is something ever-so-satisfying about grabbing Ra and thunking him down in front of you. "Ra!"
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13. Board Game: Factory Fun [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:556]
Jay Borden
United States
Somerset
Massachusetts
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Getting all 10 machines to fit on your board (or helping someone else get the last one on).
 
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14. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:407]
Ben Lott
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Mason
Michigan
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Staring into your opponent's eyes as you lift your cup and reveal that your bid was exactly right. Then watching as they count it out and realize just how foolish they were to challenge you.

Similarly...bluffing your opponent into believing you have dice with a certain number and then revealing the reality that you had none of them at all.

This game is just loaded with those satisfying moments.
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15. Board Game: Himalaya [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:571]
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Columbus
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After everyone programs their moves and then simultaneously exposes them...the wave of pleasure that runs through your body after realizing that you chose the 'sleeping yak' at just the right moment so that you are able to take the gold cube just after someone was forced to take a lower valued cube.
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16. Board Game: Space Hulk [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:263]
Pierre Pinguet
France
Paris
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Managing to incinerate a whole room of genestealers with your Flamethrower Terminator ...
Burn baby, burn devil
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17. Board Game: Keythedral [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:422]
Adam Daulton
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Indianapolis
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Placing your villager on the resource that the person to your left wants. And then doing it again the next round and the next. Always feels good.devil
 
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18. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:211]
Ben Lott
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Mason
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The moment when a player reluctantly reveals that you guessed right and get to take all their gold.

Sometimes it's just the moment when you announce who you will be assassinating or stealing from and you see the player you wanted cringe.

I have celebrated more over one round where I guessed the right player than I ever did when I won the game.
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19. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:65]
Simon Hunt
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Roseville
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The moment when your opponent fails to see the danger of a snapback, and the look on their face as you spring the trap.
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20. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:215]
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Calling out "Ingenious!" a few times per game is great but being able to win with a 'perfect' game is very, very, sweet.
 
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21. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:83]
Bobby Thompson
United States
Elkins
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Ending the game before your opponents are ready.

Placing the last of your trains on the board, and hearing groans from your opponents as they realize they are not going to be able to complete a large destination ticket.
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22. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:710]
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Convincing the sheriff to kill his own deputy. I've only ever done it once. It involved bare-faced lying to my own mother. She really truly believed it was her precious little boy and her against my father. Is it a sign of deeprooted problems that I feel no guilt?
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23. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:33]
Guillaume G.
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Successfully trap your opponent in initiating an external conflict

When your opponent has a lot of supporting tiles on the board and believes the conflict is already solved in its favor, there is nothing nicer than to show 5 or 6 tiles of that color which tie the score and bring you victory as defender !
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24. Board Game: Car Wars: The Card Game [Average Rating:5.35 Overall Rank:10331] [Average Rating:5.35 Unranked]
Trencher for Life
United States
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Making sexual innuendos through card plays

Try saying, "Missile to the rear!" with a straight face and without snerking like a child.
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25. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:129]
Jaroslaw Kuczynski
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Playing the Atreides and being the only one knowing what's under the treachery cards... and shearing knowledge can be quite expensive indeed ^^
 
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