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Under the SPOUSE RADAR: How To Sneak Games Into the House
Aubrey Miles
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Logan
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I've been a BGGer for quite some time now, but I feel it's finally time for me to contribute a Geeklist to this fine community of troubled souls, trying to find shelf-space for their new acquisitions, trying to fit time in for their gaming buddies, and of paramount difficulty:

Trying to purchase new games without their spouse saying no, taking away the credit card, or worse yet leaving the marriage.

I know this could be a depressing challenge, so I approach it with a song in my heart, and a little white lie on the tip of my tongue.

Presenting: How To Sneak Games Into the House

Edit: Thank you for all of the contributions to this list! I'm overwhelmed that people are actually looking at my first GeekList. Wow!
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26. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:222]
Steve McClure
United States
Fowler
California
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ME: I've been wanting to buy it for some time, and it's just gone out of print....Again.

Heroine:--No Response--

ME:In fact that should demonstrate HOW LONG I've been waiting.

Heroine:--No Response--


ME: You remember how expensive the last out of print game cost on EBay, right? We're much better off this way. Think of the savings!

Heroine:shakes her head in futility.
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27. Board Game: Age of Scheme: Routes to Riches [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:6303]
Cliff
United States
Western Great Lakes - Owashtinong Aajigaaning
Michigan
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Part of getting this into the house was asking my friend (who I was grateful had received the order) not to deliver it to my wife's workplace so she could bring it home.

Could've been her: So, guess who stopped by the office today. [drops the game on the table like a hammer on the anvil] ... And what rock did you squeeze that blood out of?

Could've been me: Umm... errrr... Yeah, about that...
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28. Board Game: Money! [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1023]
William McDuff
Canada
Prince Rupert
British Columbia
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"'A grey man,' she said. 'Neither white nor black, but partaking of both. Is that what you are, Ser Davos?' 'What if I am? It seems to me most men are grey.'" -- Lady Melisandre of Asshai and Ser Davos Seaworth from A Clash of Kings by G.R.R. Martin
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If you're married to someone suitably obsessive compulsive, I suspect buying Money and High Society and putting them on the shelf would get them to bring the middle three in themselves!
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29. Board Game: Perfect Timing! [Average Rating:4.77 Unranked]
Scott McKay
Canada
Ottawa
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Timing, timing, timing. (And passive-aggressiveness.)

Me: Wow, new shoes! Nice.

Her: Oh, you noticed. kiss

Me: Yeah, of course. Good deal?

Her: Not too much. blush

Me: That's OK. As long as you get a lot of use from them.

Her: Well, they're not for everyday. I just really like them. blush

Me: Cool! Oh, I just bought a new game. meeple

Her: sauron

(Go get game from hiding place where it has been for days/months waiting for me to notice a significant purchase by her.)

Danger with this strategy is that it is completely reversible and potentially escalating.
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30. Board Game: Descent: The Road to Legend [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
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United States
Howard County
Maryland
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Expansions are easy. Take the stuff out of the box at the game store and put it into the main box. Then you have everything you want, and can work on sneaking the box into the house at your leisure
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31. Board Game: Battle of the Sexes [Average Rating:3.37 Overall Rank:11057]
Iken Owens
United States
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Washington
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I boldly walk into the house and hold up my new game and proclaim "This is my new game, come and marvel at its glorious bits and ingenious mechanics". She is usually down on her knees after my proclamation...... yelling at me to quit hiding under the bed and to stop being a coward. blush
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32. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:161]
Jon M
United Kingdom
Hitchin
Herts
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Her: Not another game? When will the madness end?

Me: Do you remeber how this started?

Her: Hmm, no ... not really

Me: Cast your mind back - I know you can remember

Her: I bought you Settlers for a Christmas present?

Me: Exactly. This is your fault.
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33. Board Game: eBay Electronic Talking Auction Game [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:3742]
G. Gomez
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Her: Did you get another game at the thrift store?
Me: Don't worry I'm not keeping it. This sells very well on Ebay. People will buy anything at ridiculous prices!!!

(Not to myself: Remember to send her my Ebay sales link every day...)
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34. Board Game: Utterly Outrageous Drinking Games [Average Rating:4.67 Unranked]
Mike Ellis
Canada
Vernon
British Columbia
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True Story:

I'm in Toronto for work and at the local FLGS 's monthly game night. It gets late and the amount of alcohol consumption is starting to define what games we play. I vaguley remember some abstract game where we were building bridges in vienna - we gave up and played can't stop instead. (can't stop can play itself).

So at around 2:00 in the morning I can't stop playing can't stop or drinking and I'm talking with the owner about all the games I need and he says why don't we head over to the store right now and I'll sell you some games. Smart guy. I bought: C&C ancients, 2 copies of glory to rome, torres (finally), dominion, 2 more copies of saboteur, and dungeoneer.

....woops.

[4 days later]

Her: I thought you were only buying one game on your trip!?

Me: (told story above)

Her: ....Smart guy.

Don't know how I got away with this one. She knows I am a victim to this hobby.

edit: I buy multiple copies of games bc I give them away and suck people in - I must be on my tenth copy of saboteur.
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35. Board Game: Antiquity [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:147]
Fabian Trunz
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Me : It's been a while since I bought a game, hasn't it?
Her: You mean, besides the ones you just got me for christmas?
Me : Yeah.
Her: And besides those you got two weeks before that and haven't played yet?
Me : Err... Yes...
Her: Just out with it, what did it cost?
Me : I'd... I'd rather not say...
Her: Okay then, I guess.

As you can see, we aren't yet married, though we are engaged.

Later on:

Her: Now, I know you said you didn't want to tell me, but I'm actually kind of curious.
Me : Oh alright then... *tells her what outrageous amount he paid*
Her: Now I'm actually kind of curious what it plays like.
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