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Common Phrases that Gamers Hear from Non-Gamers
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Perhaps it's just me, but I'm starting to notice a trend. A lot of different people keep saying the same phrases to me.

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26. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:122]
Zé Mário
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Porto
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This one comes from the wise guy of a group (who has no idea of what he's talking about)

"Oh, yeah, my cousin/nephew/grandson plays this. They have cards with monsters, and... stuff."

He's usually talking about MtG.
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27. Board Game: Dork Tower [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:5149]
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"Dorks."


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28. Board Game: StarCraft: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:235]
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"You're playing a board game version of a PC game...?"

Yes. Yes we are.
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29. Board Game: Amnesia [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:8408]
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When you actually get them to play a game with you:

"Now wait a second, you never mentioned this rule!"

Standard answer: repeat the same rule you have already told them in the very beginning, and when other person forgot it, and when they forgot it again.
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30. Board Game: Telly Addicts [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
 
Lindsay Thomas
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Can we keep the telly on? I want to watch (insert name of crap TV programme here)...

Most non-gamers would rather watch TV than play boardgames. They can't bear the thought of missing their favourite programmes.

Even if you manage to pry these potatoes away from their couches, they'll still insist on keeping the TV on "in the background" so that they "don't miss anything important".


AAAAARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH! How can TV be more important than playing a nice game of Agricola with your best buddies?
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31. Board Game: Dweebs Geeks & Weirdos [Average Rating:5.10 Unranked]
Lindsay Thomas
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GET AWAY FROM ME YOU WEIRDO!

They don't say this verbally. They say it with their eyes.

Boardgaming is a communicable disease. And they don't want to catch it.
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32. Board Game: No Time to Waste [Average Rating:3.75 Unranked]
Helen Minall
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I don't have time to play games

I suppose this could be roughly translated to 'I would miss my telly programmes' ?
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33. Board Game: Play it Again Juke Box [Average Rating:5.25 Unranked]
Jim Wilde
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My favourite:

That was fun! Can we play it again?

And they always seem to sound so surprised...
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34. Board Game: The Birthday Game [Average Rating:5.17 Unranked]
Jeffery Qualey
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Couldn't you have waited for your birthday for another game?

I'm getting something else then too!
bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch , bitch...
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35. Board Game: Journey to the Unknown [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Shaminder Dhillon
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When someone looks at my collection of games, I often hear:

"I've only heard of like 3 of these games."
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"How many games do you have?"

I usually mention that I know of people on BGG that have over 500.
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36. Board Game: Holly Hobbie Wishing Well Game [Average Rating:4.90 Unranked]
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Yes, I've actually had people say this to me, while I was playing games with friends:

"You guys need to get a hobby!"

Eh?

"You need to learn what a hobby is, and how to recognize one when you see it."
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37. Board Game: Vegas Showdown [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:272]
M Hellyer
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Aurora
Illinois
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"Hey, that was fun, let's play it again sometime."

And then you see them 10 times in the next 6 months and they NEVER EVER mention playing games again.
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38. Board Game: The Longest Day [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:1732]
Scott Muir
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Farmington
Connecticut
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"Wow ! This game is really long !"

Usually in response to playing any of my games that last longer than 10 minutes. shake
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39. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:342] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
Seiya V
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New York
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Is this the new version of Clue??

I hear this a lot whenever I'm playing LNOE in the student lounge at my college... shake I think it's because LNOE has different buildings that look like rooms, but stil...

Alternative: Is that monopoly?
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40. Board Game: Donkey Kong [Average Rating:5.17 Overall Rank:9784]
Thomas Murray
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"I rather play video games"

I here this from my nephews all the time.shake
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41. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.46 Overall Rank:11054]
Brian Stevenson
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you mean you don't have Monopoly!!

Maybe I'm the only one but I recently get rid of all the mainstream games in my collection. Not as a snobby pursuit, but because of lack of space.

I figured that if I really wanted to play clue or monopoly or life, or any of those sort of games, there's:

a) A goodwill across the road
b)Probably a dozen other friends that could just bring their copy over.

So now I get people surprised that I own all these "strange" games but I don't have the "normal" ones.

As a bonus, I can honestly tell people I don't have them when they ask to play, and then gently persuade them towards a similar category game, like Mystery of the Abbey, or Acquire instead.
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42. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:467]
Kyle W.
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"That game looks really complicated."

I've heard this one several times before (and on a few occasions the game actually was "complicated"), but the one that really stuck out was the time this past summer when my wife and I were playing Hey! That's My Fish at a family gathering.


The hex tiles in HTMF have two more sides than the rectangular spaces in Monopoly, so logically the game must be *at least* two times more complicated.
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43. Board Game: Dweebs Geeks & Weirdos [Average Rating:5.10 Unranked]
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"So, you are one of those weird people".
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44. Board Game: Convention! [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
David Smidt
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Littleton
Colorado
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"You went to a Gaming Convention? Is that for gamblers?" ...shake
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45. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:84]
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Where are the dice?
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46. Board Game: The Same Game [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked]
Eric Flood
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Heard at a friend's house where he was having over some non-gamer friends:

"Puerto Rico? Cuba? Aren't these games all the same?"
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47. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: The Dice Expansion [Average Rating:5.71 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.71 Unranked]
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"How many spaces do I move?"

Y'know, you can use dice for more than movement.

And you can throw dice somewhere else besides in the middle of the board.
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48. Board Game: Fluxx [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:4583] [Average Rating:5.73 Unranked]
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"Oh, this game is too complicated."

You got your degree from where???
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49. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:1805] [Average Rating:6.10 Unranked]
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"Oh, I'll just watch."

It's not that hard!
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50. Board Game: Sex! [Average Rating:5.33 Unranked]
nathan hayden
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This game collection is fascinating. Let's have sex!

It's pretty common.
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