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I should have known...a fun evening, but a disappointing night for board games
Brenden Johnson
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Lakeville
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So last week a non-gaming friend emailed a group of non-gaming (other than me) friends about getting together for dinner and "board games".

I cautiously replied "What do you mean by "board games", because I can bring a few of mine."
To which I was told "Yeah! Bring whatever you want."





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1. Board Game: Star Wars, A New Hope [Average Rating:1.00 Unranked]
Brenden Johnson
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With high hopes I went home from work and packed up my best gateway games...
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2. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:161]
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I had to bring Settlers as it was the game that got me back into board games and especially euros.
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:107] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
Brenden Johnson
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A new acquisition from the Inauguration Day Math Trade. I know how easy it is to pick up and that non-gamers generally enjoy it right along with the gamers.
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4. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:84]
Brenden Johnson
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The game my fiance enjoys the most. Easy to pick up, nice components, and a fun theme.
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5. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:82]
Brenden Johnson
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More TtR goodness. There were going to be 7 people at the party. So a 3 player game would be perfect if 4 were playing something else.
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6. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:40]
Brenden Johnson
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Fun and easy to pick up. I think it has a theme that most people can get into. Plus it is cooperative so people can help each other out if someone isn't quite getting it.
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7. Board Game: Hidden Agenda: The Dinner Party Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Brenden Johnson
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When my fiance and I got there dinner was already being prepared. Another couple had also brought some games which, astoundingly, included...
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8. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:161]
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The Settlers of Catan! My hopes were perking up even more as I gazed into their bag.
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9. Board Game: Blokus 3D [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:597]
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Also in their bag was Blokus 3D. I hadn't played it before and asked if it was a quick one we could play while the peanut sauce was being created. The owner said that it was and he sat down with my fiance and I for a quick game. Joy!
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10. Board Game: Das Perfekte Dinner [Average Rating:3.67 Unranked]
Brenden Johnson
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We all sat down for a delicious dinner and some wine.
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11. Board Game: After Dinner Games [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Brenden Johnson
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After the plates were cleared it was time to decide what to play. "What game should we play?"
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12. Board Game: Strategy [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Brenden Johnson
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A reply quickly came from the hostess (not the one who had suggested the evening):
"I don't want to play a "strategy" game."
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13. Board Game: No Dice [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:5981]
Brenden Johnson
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Lakeville
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A little resistance was put up. But it was no use and I didn't have the heart. I knew it would be futile. So we moved right into a rousing game of...
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14. Board Game: Scattergories [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:1853]
Brenden Johnson
United States
Lakeville
Minnesota
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Scattergories!! Hooray!!
Ugh. I played this enough with my grandparents when I was a kid.

It has a 20 sider, it's got that going for it.

We played through 6 lists and I subtly suggested that the game was over. The points were totaled up and my fiance had won. Hooray for us.

The momentum had shifted and we moved right on into...
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15. Board Game: Catch Phrase! [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1493]
Brenden Johnson
United States
Lakeville
Minnesota
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Please...not more Catch Phrase. This was this group of friend's game of choice at large parties a couple years ago. I was less than thrilled to have it pulled out again.

The three girls crushed the four guys 4 games to 1. They handed it off just before the buzzer went off *so* many times it was uncanny.

The girls were cheering about their domination and I graciously suggested that we had no hope of catching up and that we should end the game. Which, mercifully, we did.
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16. Board Game: Gute Nacht [Average Rating:5.77 Unranked]
Brenden Johnson
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Lakeville
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It was a fun night of hanging out with friends. I had a great dinner, I drank a couple glasses of wine, we had some good discussions, we listened to some good music, we watched a few funny videos on YouTube.

We didn't play many good board games though. Next time I won't get my hopes up.
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