How My Fiancé Turned Me Into a Geek OR How Grubsnatcher Drug Me to the Dark Side
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The intention of this list is to provide a little hope for board gamers who are trying to turn their partner into their board gaming partner. It can be done. It happened to me. When I met my fiancé, Grubsnatcher (Matt), I knew he was a geek. I liked that he was a geek. I did not consider myself a geek. I had never been exposed to D&D or Magic, and my experience with video and computer games was limited to old school Mario and Solitaire. I had never watched Star Wars. I have now had short-lived addictions to Diablo 2, the Sims, and Animal Crossing. All his fault. About a year ago, his interest in board games started to flourish. He bought a couple, then a couple more. Then he wanted to me play. I crinkled my nose. I whined. I begged to do something else. I did not go willingly into board game geekiness! I never thought I would request to play a board game with him. I never thought I would use the BGG account he made for me. I never thought I would pick out a board game to purchase. Oh God, how did I get here??
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1. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:329] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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This was the first game we played together over three years ago. I liked it. It wasn't too hard. The concepts were different and interesting. I was surprised that there were more board games than just what Wal-Mart carried.
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2. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:150] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
Kathleen W
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When we first met, I found his boxes and boxes of cards odd. I still do. I don't get it. Quit trying to make me play this, Matt!
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3. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:5191] [Average Rating:5.83 Unranked]
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Easy to understand. Anything to do with zombies chasing you through a mall sounds like fun! Even more fun for me was when he and his friend were too busy sabotaging each other to notice me winning! Muhahaha!
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4. Board Game: WarCraft: The Board Game [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:2934]
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We bought this in a dorky store in Lexington. I don't think I'll ever enjoy going into dorky stores. We played it in my dorm room. It was more complicated but I enjoyed doing something competitive together. I enjoyed trying to win. I did not enjoy when he destroyed my outposts!
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5. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2622]
 
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Not a really good choice to play with me either. I found it boring. Too much like toys.
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6. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:908]
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Ehh. I didn't like this one. I can't really explain why. I don't find it that fun. I don't like the moonman theme that much.
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7. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:377]
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Eeekkk! I couldn't play this game! I couldn't visual what the hell to do! Matt almost destroyed my willingness to participate in his board game hobby with this one!
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8. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:21]
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Matt met Helenoftroy and Puck4604 a while back at the local dorky store playing D&D minis. After the dorky store closed, he contacted them about their board gaming. We started playing board games with them. It has turned into almost a weekly occurrence. We always have a great time. They are also to blame for making me turning me into a geek! Puerto Rico was one of the first games we played with them. They have a great variety of games. I discovered that another aspect of board games I like is the wide variety of themes and concepts. Neat.
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9. Board Game: BattleLore [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:291]
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Ohhh! Ahhh! Not sex noises, but my first noises of excitement about a board game. Lots of pieces. Spiffy rulebook. Colorful. I actually read the rulebook before the first time we played. Partly because it looked interesting and partly because I wanted to put forth a better effort at ass kicking. I have been able to kick ass a few times. I can get really hyped when playing and yell out "I'm going to buttf**k you!" when playing my action cards. I love you, BattleLore!
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10. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:382]
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Brightly colored insecty/alieny pieces. He bought it cheap. I was willing to try it out. Easy enough rules. We played. I lost. We played again. I lost. We played again. I lost. WTF?! With each loss my anger and frustration grew! Don't make a redhead mad! I got on his BGG account and looked it up. I read some strategies. We played again. I won! Hell yeah!
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11. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1000]
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I was scared of this card game. I was less than excited about trying it out. It looked suspiciously like Magic. But I found it easier and I liked the pre-made decks. It did take some getting used to and I had to reveal a few cards to ask what they hell they did. I can win occasionally. I even encouraged him to buy more decks.
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12. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:596]
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Not exactly a board game. But kinda odd and I had never heard of it before. My dad taught me how to play poker and blackjack. I knew I could handle Cribbage. Turns out, Grubsnatcher sucks at Cribbage! Winning rocks!
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13. Board Game: Runebound (First Edition) [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:3282]
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Dorky, roleplayish theme. I liked it though. Fun adventure concept. Wasn't too hard for my little brain. Damn spiders almost got me though
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14. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:154] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Fun tile laying game. Matt got another non-gaming woman hooked on this.
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15. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:52]
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He tried to teach this to me when I was incredibly tired. Don't do that! I hate you, Caylus!
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16. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:146] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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We've played this quite a few times. I like the easy rules but you can try to screw other people and it takes some strategizing to plan out your routes.
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17. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:200]
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I found Battle Line challenging. Challenging enough I lose a lot. But I still really like to play it. I like to try to screw Matt. (In more ways than one).
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18. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:231]
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Matt told me I had to pick out a game. I agreed. I poked around on BGG. So many games. I tried to weasel out of picking a game. I complained that it was his hobby and I didn't want to be responsible for picking out a game he might not like. I didn't want to waste money. He twisted my arm. I poked around on BGG some more. So much pressure! I finally picked out Tikal. We played it, he likes it. Yeah, so I guess I'll now admit it's my hobby too. Thanks a lot, turdhead.
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19. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:219]
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One of Matt's most recent favorites. I just can't plan out what I want to do or predict what he might do next. I play it for him though. Maybe he'll play Clue or dominoes with me someday.
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20. Board Game: Yspahan [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:493]
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We have been playing this one recently. I've downloaded the computer version and noticed my skills improving dramatically. Kathleen quickly assessed my tactics and changed her accordingly. Plus, it's one of the few games we can play in about half an hour or so. The only downside is that she thinks he have been playing this game a bit too much.
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21. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:356]
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There is nothing like stealing all her money or killing off the job she really needs! Mwahaha! I think she enjoys some parts of this game. It's short, so that's a major prerequisite for many of the games we play. It's also rather themetic.
 
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22. Board Game: Wizard Kings [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:2001]
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I tried this one with PossumQueen. She didn't really enjoy this one. It's because I have any advantage because of my history of wargaming. I plan to try this game a few more times over the summer.

I think she has a problem with placing values on certain units and the concept of defences. She doesn't seem to know when to attack or to defend. I, myself, had this same problem when I first started wargaming and it will eventually come to her naturally once she gets used to this type of game.

Just remember, do not let up on your spouse. If you do, she will not learn how to adjust to your tactics. A person playing with the sharks eventually will become a shark if he plays with them enough.

 
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23. Board Game: My Little Pony Game [Average Rating:4.91 Unranked]
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Since Kathleen keeps bringing this game up, I might as well post it here. This is her favorite game as a kid. It has one of her favorite things, ponies. Well, she rides a pony of a different type now.
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