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I got this idea the other day when I was having a game day at the school I teach at with a group of students. A large part of the group were playing Citadels while the others were playing Samurai. Another student walked into the library to see what everyone was doing. Now, this particular student is one that can tend to rub other students the wrong way. I'm not saying he is a bad kid or anything, he just doesn't often tend to think that what he might be about to say could be construed as condescending. Anyways, in this particular case he came in, looked around and something like, "Pssh, I play Monopoly and Risk. They are good games."

Now, all sorts of things shot through my mind at that point, but I didnt see how it would be any good to try to argue with him. Besides, at least he plays game. I thought it would be better if I could educate him about games. Offer some alternatives to games found in the toy section of WalMart. And that is what this list is about....

As always, if you have some suggestions of your own, please add them on!
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1. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.38 Overall Rank:17009]
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They are addicted to: Monopoly

We will start with this giant of the board game humdrum.
 
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2. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:36]
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Intervene with: Power Grid

They actually have a few similarities, though Power Grid does them better.

1. In Monopoly players buy real estate that comes in the form of little cards. In Power Grid, players buy power plants that also come in the form of little cards. Furthermore, if someone "lands on Boardwalk" in Power Grid, you have the chance to outbid them for it.

2. In Monopoly players build little houses and hotels. In Power Grid players hook up cities with little houses.

3. In both games you have to manage your paper money.

There are probably more connections that can be made, but I will stop there.
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3. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:16241]
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They are addicted to: Risk

Might as well go with the second game in the student's quote.

Now with this one, I understand that there might be more Risk fans out there as opposed to the other games on this list--I do not wish to offed. But, we have to admit there are better war games out there.
 
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4. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:360]
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Intervene with: A Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is still a fight for territory, but with a lot of features that I feel are better.

1. No dice to resolve combat.
2. Orders are issued and all movement is simultaneous.
3. Holder of the Iron Throne decides ties.

Now I have heard it argued that a particular house normally wins at this game, so that might be a detraction. I personally can't win either game, so there is no difference for me.

Other possibilities; Shogun or Wallenstein
 
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5. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:1621]
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They are addicted to:Scrabble

Ok this one is proving to be the toughest for me. Whats a good alternative in the "word genre?"
 
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6. Board Game: Dream Factory [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:627]
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Intervene with:Hollywood Blockbuster

Why this particular one you might ask? Well, following the links in the "You might also enjoy.." recommendations section of the entry I made the following connections;

Scrabble's page recommends Boggle
Boggle's page recommends Big Boggle
Big Boggle's page recommends Can't Stop
Can't Stop's page recommends Showmanager
and Showmanager's page recommends Hollywood Blockbuster!

Other than that...I don't know...Typo, maybe?
 
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7. Board Game: Clue [Average Rating:5.66 Overall Rank:8138]
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They are addicted to: Clue

Now I will search for an alternative for this deduction game.
 
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8. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1169]
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Intervene with: Mystery of the Abbey

To begin with, from what I've seen here on BGG this game is either loved or hated. But I figured if one isn't a big fan of this one, then they aren't going to be big fans of other deduction games. So, I'm sticking with it!

Obviously, both games are trying to solve a murder. What makes Mystery of the Abbey better is:

1. Players aren't limited to person, place, weapon. They can ask just about any question that they can think of, just as long as it doesn't require to be answered with a suspects name.

2. Furthermore, when asked a question, one does not have to answer. Instead they can take a vow of silence--oooh, suspicious.

3. Scriptorium and Bibliotheca cards that can shake things up a bit.

4. Revelations can be made and the person who solves the murder doesn't necessarily win the game.

5. No one ever suspects the Spanish Inquisition! (Eh, its just fun to say)

Other possibilities; Inkognito and Sleuth
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9. Board Game: Jenga [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:11217]
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They are addicted to: Jenga

Perhaps one of the more recognizable dexterity games....??
 
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10. Board Game: Villa Paletti [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1510]
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Intervene with: Villa Paletti

One big similarity--the idea of taking from below to build above. Oh, and there is the whole trying to topple the tower aspect. But Villa Paletti does it better.

1. Players can only take certain "supports" from below to replace on top, whereas in Jenga one can take any piece they desire.

2. Because players are trying to better their position as opposed to the position on the whole, the tower takes some real weird shapes and it is often difficult to see the center of gravity.

3. Lots of colors as opposed to just wood.

4. Funky shaped levels!

Other possibilities; Crokinole and Elkfest (going with the dexterity theme)
 
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11. Board Game: UNO [Average Rating:5.36 Overall Rank:16909]
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They are addicted to: Uno

Might as well add a card game and what better one than Uno?
 
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12. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:394]
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Intervene with: Bohnanza

Another one that is kind of hit and miss among boardgamegeekers, but I think it is an effective card game to turn mass-market gamers into flgs-gamers.

Not many similarities between the two games, other than the cards, but Bohnanaza is nice in that all players are active at all times.

Other possibilities; Maybe Coloretto, Aquarius, or Fluxx??
 
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13. Board Game: Sorry! [Average Rating:4.49 Overall Rank:17003]
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They are addicted to: Sorry

Ok, so I have never actually met anyone with a Sorry addiction. However, it seems to fit with Clue, Monopoly and all the others mentioned here.
 
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14. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:367]
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Intervene with: RoboRally

Both games are race-like-games. A few more similarities;

1. Movement is determined by cards. RoboRally allows a player to program their "pawn" with multiple cards though.

2. Both have the little screw your opponent aspect to them, but instead of bumping someone back to start, you get to shoot them with a lazer in RoboRally!

Other suggestions; Ave Caeser
 
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15. Board Game: Candy Land [Average Rating:3.17 Overall Rank:17015]
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They are addicted to: Candyland

Might as well through in a kids game. Why make children suffer through Candyland when you can....
 
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16. Board Game: Gulo Gulo [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1077]
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Intervene with: Gulo Gulo

This still has the color matching/advancement as Candyland, but also adds in a dexterity game. A dexterity game that gives the edge to the children over the adults.... Gulo Gulo also gives children the opportunity to make decisions about where they want to move, whereas Candyland is strictly dictated by the cards.
 
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17. Board Game: Taboo [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:1736]
 
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They are addicted to: Super-light party games

Some people will only(!) play party games of the lightest sort of all, especially Taboo. While I can handle playing Taboo once or twice a year, I'd rather propose...
 
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18. Board Game: Werewolf [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1349]
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Intervene with: Werewolf

... a given flavour of Werewolf. There is more strategy and thinking involved, while the game is equally social and communicative.
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19. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:152] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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They are addicted to: Magic: The Gathering

The mother of all trading card games. You know you're addicted when you compare your spending habits to that of a heavy smoker.
 
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20. Board Game: Fluxx [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:7331]
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Intervene with: Fluxx

It worked for me.

The mechanic I enjoyed most from Magic was that the rules were on the cards. That's what Fluxx is all about, so I enjoyed the same sort of game, without the same effect on my bank account.

(And Fluxx itself was a gateway for me to the Icehouse games.)
 
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