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Gaming with family by skip 08/04/2016, 7:07am PDT
Board games shine at filling in time during family get-togethers but so many "gateway" games are honestly too complicated for your in-laws who think Bingo is one of the greatest games known to man. Family games have certain criteria: 1. easy to teach and play, 2. low conflict, 3. "cute" theme, nobody wants to play Risk guys 3. Nice art and 4. Not reliant on long text and 5. No player elimination early and 6. Easy setup and takedown. I don't find deduction/bluffing games do well as there's always at least one person who doesn't understand the idea and makes it really easy to guess which side they're on or that they're lying.

Ticket To Ride
Yes, the long-distance routes are overpowered. No, it doesn't matter when that type of strategy is beyond 80% of the people playing this. One of the few popular gateway games that really can be taught in 15 minutes and is enjoyed by most. TTR: Europe is gamier and fixes some of the issues in the base game but the concept of ferries, etc. breaks the simplicity of the game which makes so easy to understand. Occupies the specific niche of being a true Monopoly alternative that occupies just the right amount of time in the evening.

Sushi Go Party
Fun little drafting game. Very bare bones and quick but easy to teach and understand and whenever playing anything with novices, the time is always tripled anyway. Bonus for being a great game for children as most of them will catch on and remember the sushi powers even if they can't read.

Dixit
Great party game that allows people to match someone's clue to a picture. If too many people guess your picture, you don't score. If no one does, you still don't score. The pictures are pretty and gameplay is relaxed and allows for low-conflict interaction.

Say Anything
A gamier silly party game than many. Basically, everyone writes down silly answers to generic questions and the chosen player has to choose the "best" answer. The main weakness is if you have people who have absolutely no creativity. May work better if you're just playing with children. Not a bad game but this game was left with a young cousin who really likes it years ago and I still haven't bothered to replace it.

Wits and Wagers
You place bets on whose answer is best for questions like "How many ridges on a quarter?" It's a good alternative to Trivial Pursuit so even people who aren't very good at trivia/guessing questions can still get points by betting on who's right. Will quickly get shelved once someone starts losing consistently. I think there's an Xbox version if you want to avoid setup time.

Carcassone
Holy balls, I don't get why this game is popular. Too easy and dull for core gamers and honestly too confusing for lay people. Scoring can be a pain in the ass to explain. Pass on this.

Ca$h 'n Guns
Game that really just centers pointing orange toy guns at each other. The good and bad part is that some passive-aggressive people will just enjoy pointing guns at certain others regardless of strategy. Game that's better off with friends.

Liar's Dice
An old standby but it works. It's more of a betting than a bluffing game so you don't need any persuasion skills to do well. May have the bonus of not requiring you to explain the rules since it's a mainstream game.

Apples to Apples
Another old standby. But unlike Liar's Dice this game offers zero depth and strategy. It's the game that Cards Against Humanity ripped off and added dirty words to. And just like CAH, someone always suggests it, many people own it, and you're probably going to end up playing it more than you care to admit and being the jackass who looks bored. The main benefit is that it scales to a large crowd. I guess there are worse ways to spend your time.

LCR
Such as this. A game where you get have some chips and take turns rolling three dice and move your chips left, right, or to/from the pot according to what the dice say. Played once at a friend's all-ages social gathering and am so happy that no one in my own family network owns or seems to know about it.

Codenames
Similar to Dixit in the way that you're trying to have the "right" people guess your clue but different in that you're only allowed to give 1 word and you have a team trying to figure out which words match from a set of 25 random words. A bit prone to analysis paralysis, but there's a timer in the box if that becomes a huge issue. Yes, it's reliant on words so little kids can't play but fuck it. This game is great. It soared up the boardgamegeek rankings and it's not hard to see why. Thinkier than every party game I've mentioned, adaptable to large groups, and still easy to understand.

In other board game news, I recently backed this Kickstarter of a cat-themed card game. It's a bit overpriced and the gameplay is simple but with the theme of cats being nice and then mischievous it'll be a hit with certain women in the family anyway.
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    Volume 2, right now! by FABIO 04/27/2005, 3:30am PDT NEW
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                            Re: Volume 2, right now! by Choson 04/27/2005, 3:01pm PDT NEW
                            laudablepuss says dice are random NT by binkbot 04/27/2005, 4:57pm PDT NEW
                                Like football! I also said that. Also ballooning. And then I said comma. NT by laudablepuss 04/27/2005, 5:09pm PDT NEW
        Re: Volume 2, right now! by mark 04/27/2005, 12:10pm PDT NEW
        Wow by Arbit 04/28/2005, 12:27am PDT NEW
            ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE THAT FABIO NT by the CROWD 04/28/2005, 12:43am PDT NEW
                *shrug* NT by FABIO 04/28/2005, 12:54am PDT NEW
    Re: Boardgame roundup: Vol. 1 by Bill Dungsroman 04/27/2005, 7:54am PDT NEW
        Re: Boardgame roundup: Vol. 1 by FABIO 04/28/2005, 2:44pm PDT NEW
            Fortress America in ACTION! by FABIO 04/29/2005, 1:20pm PDT NEW
    Re: Boardgame roundup: Vol. 1 by mark 04/27/2005, 11:56am PDT NEW
        Re: Boardgame roundup: Vol. 1 by FABIO 04/27/2005, 1:52pm PDT NEW
        Scott Orr disagress with you! by FABIO 05/09/2005, 9:20pm PDT NEW
            Man who made game that sucks, sucks :( NT by mark 05/09/2005, 11:10pm PDT NEW
        Memoir '44 by fabio 01/24/2012, 9:50pm PST NEW
    No Dark Tower? No Stop Thief? by laudablepuss 04/27/2005, 12:31pm PDT NEW
        Re: No Dark Tower? No Stop Thief? by mark 04/27/2005, 1:02pm PDT NEW
            Re: No Dark Tower? No Stop Thief? by FABIO 04/28/2005, 2:45pm PDT NEW
                yes. by mark 04/28/2005, 3:20pm PDT NEW
    Mark's Boardgame Roundup part 1 by mark 04/27/2005, 12:50pm PDT NEW
        For the love of God can no one stop these boardgame roundups??? by Ray of Light 04/27/2005, 1:16pm PDT NEW
        Re: Mark's Boardgame Roundup part 1 by theemu 04/27/2005, 1:22pm PDT NEW
        Mark's Boardgame Roundup part 2 by mark 04/27/2005, 6:11pm PDT NEW
            Settlers counter rebuttal by FABIO 04/27/2005, 6:35pm PDT NEW
                Re: Settlers counter rebuttal by Quentin Beck 04/27/2005, 6:47pm PDT NEW
                    actually that was me (that's the new mysterio name? I thought he was a poster) NT by mark 04/27/2005, 6:47pm PDT NEW
                Re: Settlers counter rebuttal by Choson 04/27/2005, 7:55pm PDT NEW
                    Re: Settlers counter rebuttal by Pre 05/10/2005, 11:14am PDT NEW
            I can't believe I never heard of Arkham Horror before. by Fullofkittens 04/28/2005, 9:28pm PDT NEW
    Re: Boardgame roundup: Vol. 1 by mark 04/28/2005, 12:32am PDT NEW
    Vol. 3 by FABIO 05/09/2005, 11:29pm PDT NEW
        Thanks! by laudablepuss 05/10/2005, 7:21pm PDT NEW
        suggestions by my$terio 05/10/2005, 9:20pm PDT NEW
        Dark Tower sells for hundreds on ebay? by extarbags 05/12/2005, 4:08pm PDT NEW
            I shot mine full of BBs. Along with all my classic GI Joes. :( NT by laudablepuss 05/13/2005, 11:11am PDT NEW
                I demolished my star wars toys in my sand box or fed them to my guniea pig :( NT by Mischief Maker 05/13/2005, 1:58pm PDT NEW
                    "Putting away childish things" turned out to be a really stupid idea. by laudablepuss 05/13/2005, 4:47pm PDT NEW
            Mine sold for $130 by fabio 05/26/2011, 11:14am PDT NEW
    Arkham Horror: Making Pen & Paper games obsolete by FABIO 02/13/2008, 9:51pm PST NEW
        That should read 1d8 people :( by Erratard 02/13/2008, 10:05pm PST NEW
        Wait'll you discover "How to host a murder mystery!" NT by Mischief Maker 02/13/2008, 10:22pm PST NEW
            ^ roleplaying =( NT by FABIO 02/14/2008, 4:20am PST NEW
        My group hit a bunch of obstacles with Arkham Horror. by Last 05/25/2011, 7:14pm PDT NEW
            Re: My group hit a bunch of obstacles with Arkham Horror. by fabio 05/26/2011, 12:06pm PDT NEW
                My group is having fun now with a play-by-email setup in google docs. by Last 07/27/2011, 9:16pm PDT NEW
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        +1 on Pandemic, it's very fun by Fullofkittens 08/07/2011, 6:14pm PDT NEW
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            Re: Battlestar Galactica by Lizard_King 08/04/2011, 5:41am PDT NEW
                Re: Battlestar Galactica by fabio 08/04/2011, 8:31am PDT NEW
                    Re: Battlestar Galactica by Lizard_King 08/05/2011, 4:32pm PDT NEW
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            The expansion comes with every version of the game currently available by Lizard_King 08/05/2011, 4:04pm PDT NEW
    Totally worth it by fabio 08/27/2011, 7:44am PDT NEW
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        Re: Cosmic Encounter by NDD 08/28/2011, 5:31pm PDT NEW
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        I liked this one by fabio 01/31/2012, 7:30pm PST NEW
    Review request: REX by fabio 02/24/2012, 5:56am PST NEW
        Haven't played it, but I have no faith in FFG NT by mark 03/13/2012, 8:33pm PDT NEW
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    REX, aka Dune 2.0, aka Cosmic Encounter Obsolescence by fabio 04/12/2012, 8:01pm PDT NEW
        UPDATE: default rules broken, needs fixing NT by fabio 08/23/2012, 8:42am PDT NEW
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        How is that different from the boardgame version? by Last 08/23/2012, 9:14am PDT NEW
            Never played the boardgame version by fabio 08/23/2012, 10:49am PDT NEW
                Oh, I have the version set in Europe and they fixed that. by Last 08/23/2012, 1:42pm PDT NEW
                    Great, no one ever plays the other maps online =( NT by fabio 08/23/2012, 5:43pm PDT NEW
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    Gaming with family by skip 08/04/2016, 7:07am PDT NEW
        Re: Gaming with family by laudablepuss 08/04/2016, 8:45am PDT NEW
            Re: Gaming with family by laudablepuss 08/04/2016, 8:47am PDT NEW
        There is no reason to ever play Ticket to Ride or Dixit by fabio 08/04/2016, 3:56pm PDT NEW
            The reason is that they're great family games by skip 08/04/2016, 5:28pm PDT NEW
                The Pink Panther remake is a great family film! NT by fabio 08/04/2016, 9:48pm PDT NEW
                    Fabio has never had to game with relatives and it really shows. NT by skip 08/05/2016, 6:06am PDT NEW
                        What kind of family get togethers mandate boardgames? by fabio 08/13/2016, 6:16pm PDT NEW
                            The kind where we're inside and just need an activity to do? NT by Picionary < Dixit 08/13/2016, 7:54pm PDT NEW
    Hey this game is coming out with an expansion. Look at the scenario writers by skip 08/13/2016, 7:59am PDT NEW
 
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