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    This weekend I was visiting a friend who lives with his parents in the highest parts of the Netherlands, another friend was there too. Being there with two friends who I've known almost as long as I can remember being alive. There were no girls to chase or parties to go to, but talk about living the good life. Sitting on that rewarding bench with a great view after a tiring ride of 40 kilometres, good stuff. It was just the three of us, some bicycles, walking trails, lovely country side , DVDs, cards and board games.

    I mention the board games because they really added to the experience. My friend is a bit of a board game fanatic and he showed us all these new games I had never even heard of. His rule of thumb: don't play the same game more than two times. Fun has a lot to do with variety I guess. Board games always have both an element of human choice and an element of luck in them. The element of luck is to keep things new and fun, so that you're interested in what's about to happen next. The human choice is so that your brain gets going and you can give yourself a pat on the back for being so smart that you've won the game. I especially enjoyed Stone Age (a lot of strategy involved), Camels Up (much more luck involved) and the Dutch game Biggen (so much luck involved that you can easily win while being drunk, which actually happened)

    Did you have good experiences with board games. What was the game you played, and what was so enjoyable about it?

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    I'm pretty basic - I'll play Monopoly, Scrabble, Chess, Chinese Checkers whenever there's a chance. I guess I really need to branch out. Apples to Apples is actually my favorite. It's not a "sophisticated" game, but it's unique because the goal is to be funny, so it takes a different kind of thinking to win.

    I've always thought tabletop wargames looked really cool, but when I was a kid it seemed way too expensive to get into. I was into Magic The Gathering as a kid, but I didn't play very often because I only knew one dude who played. I'd like to get back into it because the artwork is just so damn amazing and immersive , but I'm 25 and I don't even remember how to play. Risk always seemed interesting, but I just never got into it. As far as being social, board games are a good changeup from video games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuggets View Post
    I was into Magic The Gathering as a kid,
    Why take up MtG when you can start smoking crack?

    My thing is Dungeons and Dragons (…ish). I'm playing with two groups at the moment - a Pathfinder group and a group playing 13th Age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Wombat View Post
    Why take up MtG when you can start smoking crack?
    I'm too dense/drunk to know what you're talking about. If addiction...yes



    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Wombat View Post
    My thing is Dungeons and Dragons (…ish). I'm playing with two groups at the moment - a Pathfinder group and a group playing 13th Age.
    Never came across the opportunity to play D&D. I think I'd enjoy it but I can't get past the imagination factor. As in verbally describing everything. I think DM would fit me better based on my understanding of the game.
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    Avalon Hill made some epic tactics and strategy boardgames. These were games that could take literally days of time to play.

    Panzer Blitz
    Tobruk
    Tactics II

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    Tabletop wargames, M:TG, Avalon Hill games, D&D - yes, all of the above.
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    Settlers of Catan - decent strategy game that can be won a variety of ways, requires creativity and planning
    http://www.catan.com/game/catan

    Card-game: Bullshit. Ridiculous game that's a lot of fun to play with friends. Easy to learn; so the whole group can play.
    http://www.pagat.com/beating/cheat.html

    Cards Against Humanity - this game is fucking hilarious. If you haven't played it, you really should. Game is really well written; check out the review below, kind of sums it up:
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    Re: Board games

    Quote Originally Posted by jagrmeister View Post
    Card-game: Bullshit. Ridiculous game that's a lot of fun to play with friends. Easy to learn; so the whole group can play.
    http://www.pagat.com/beating/cheat.html

    Cards Against Humanity - this game is fucking hilarious. If you haven't played it, you really should. Game is really well written; check out the review below, kind of sums it up:
    http://www.shutupandsitdown.com/blog...inst-humanity/
    Cards against Humanity -- yes, yes, and again yes. If any of you haven't played, you owe it to yourself. Unless you happen to like political correctness.

    In a similar vein to Bullshit -- Liar's Dice. Another great party game that takes 2 minutes to teach and never gets old -- just with lots of dice instead of cards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jagrmeister View Post
    Cards Against Humanity - this game is fucking hilarious. If you haven't played it, you really should. Game is really well written; check out the review below, kind of sums it up:
    http://www.shutupandsitdown.com/blog...inst-humanity/
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    Re: Board games

    another somewhat twisted reason to be optimistic..


    Cards against Humanity: Amazon #1 Best Seller in Toys & Games

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    No, I've never really had a good experience with board games. The people I've always played with are pieces of shit who knew nothing of good sportsmanship and no matter if I won or if I lost, they always insulted me and berated me.

    I was actually pretty good at Monopoly and Risk.

    But I got so tired of this one guy constantly trashing me for winning or losing, if it came to the point where I couldn't win I would quit the game and give my money and properties to a guy who would beat him.

    He ended up blowing a gasket when I did and I considered it a victory for me because he stopped playing the games after I did that a few times.

    Because in doing that I took away his power to lord it over me.

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    Wil Weaton reviews a lot of games.

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...yRdn6GWhBxiAwE

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    As a little kid I remember like Shoots And Ladders in addition to Monopoly.

    As a teenage drinker in the early 1990s I remember this board game made for boozing of course called Hagar the Horrible's Glog game (adult drinking) .

    http://www.games-collector.com/board...king-1989.html

    Got that it from that national store Spencers from my local mall. Yes indeed, the game was based on the newspaper comic. I remember having to go outside and yell some random word based on what a card I drew said at 2am. Used vodka instead of beer.

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    It's Snakes and Ladders over here.

    Weird the differences you get eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Covenant View Post
    It's Snakes and Ladders over here.

    Weird the differences you get eh?
    Yeah, certainly. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snakes_and_Ladders

    I did not know that till I read your post. Then I see it's from India actually to England. Then to the America. Had no idea it had been in the U.S. as long as 1943 either. (IPA beer was created by Brits so that beer would not spoil between their trips between India and their nation. Nowadays, what a great version of beer. If I was not on such a tight budget, I'd drink that type of beer a third of or half the time there!)

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    I prefer Trappist ale or Imperial stout myself. Don't like that strong hoppy tang that a lot of IPAs have.

    Sometimes I think they dry-hop it to cover up a bad beer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Covenant View Post
    I prefer Trappist ale or Imperial stout myself. Don't like that strong hoppy tang that a lot of IPAs have.

    Sometimes I think they dry-hop it to cover up a bad beer.
    I prefer stout myself over IPA. Always liked dark beer. I like even darker beer like triple bock or porter beer. I always DID prefer dark beer over IPA. But, bored of the dark beer, I've just been craving IPA more.

    Normally, Coors if I have money or my cheap beer (not that I'd recommend it to anyone abroad): Rolling Rock. If on a looser budge, then an American Microbeer, European one or Pacifico. And, I think Canadian beers beat the American Macrobeers like Budweiser and all hands down.

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    Rolling Rock is my cheap beer of choice as well. Really I think the flavor is surprisingly solid for the price. It doesn't have that 'generic' taste like Bud Light and similar brews. It's marketed as a pale ale, most cheap beers are just 'beer'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuggets View Post
    Rolling Rock is my cheap beer of choice as well. Really I think the flavor is surprisingly solid for the price. It doesn't have that 'generic' taste like Bud Light and similar brews. It's marketed as a pale ale, most cheap beers are just 'beer'.
    Absolutely. Rolling Rock IS my cheap beer of choice too. Taste wise. Gotta get that stuff in bottles. I do every week. A few 12-packs that is.

    My beer of choice as far as budget goes is Milwakees Best. AKA Beast. Get 30-packs in cans. As long as it is not within 30 days of it's expiration date. That's my cutoff point.

    Coors as I said is macrobeer of choice. As far as European beers goes, St Paulies Girl is up there for European beers. Molson or Labatts for Canadian beer.

    As did like Guiness as my Irish beer. But learning recently that its alcohol content is slightly lower than American Macro beers, despite a filling me like a chocolate beer taste, since I am mainly Irish with some English, I will try that Imperial Stout that Thomas speaks of. Peroni beer from Italy always was a top beer from Europe for me.

    I hear from some that these European beers taste just like they when bought in the old country. I hear from others it is a different beer. I've never been to Europe so I would not know myself

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    Re: Board games

    Strange that most people think board games are for children....
    why no such noise about chess?? (That is arguably one of the oldest "board" games in recorded history...)
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