dwheatley
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January 5th, 2014 at 12:05:39 PM permalink
I am quoting this from the Wizard's interview thread.

Quote: Wizard

I like just about any game that is a mixture of chance and strategy. In my much younger years I played board games a LOT. A significant percentage of my life was spent playing Risk. That was pretty much all I did the summer of 84. Other games I have played hundreds of times are Monopoly, Clue, Careers, Battleship, Casino (go figure), Life, Boggle, Scrabble, and the Stock Market Game. Lately the only board game I seem to play with my kids once in a while is Settlers of Catan.



I have a lot of respect for the Wizard, but his choice in board games is a little outdated ;) I also used to play these games a lot when I was younger, but there is a new world out there. Risk, Life, Battleship and Monopoly are almost shunned by the modern community. Boggle and Scrabble are good fun, but modern online implementations such as Words with Friends and Word Hero have almost eliminated the need\will to play the board game version. Settlers with Catan is a good 'gateway' game, but it has its own flaws.

People who play poker, otherwise gamble, or like analyzing games of chance will almost certainly enjoy some of the games on this list, the equivalent of the IMDB top 100 movie list, for board games:
http://boardgamegeek.com/browse/boardgame

If you like movies, you owe it to yourself to check out the IMDB list and see what you are missing. If you like board games, you owe it to yourself to check out the BGG list.
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thecesspit
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January 5th, 2014 at 12:08:47 PM permalink
Quote: dwheatley



If you like movies, you owe it to yourself to check out the IMDB list and see what you are missing. If you like board games, you owe it to yourself to check out the BGG list.



+1... I collect and play a LOT of boardgames, and that list is a good one for the bigger strategy games. My biggest claim to fame... I have a playtest credit on the Number 6 game in that list :)
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January 5th, 2014 at 12:11:25 PM permalink
I remember Shogun, Axis and Allies, Risk, and Stratego were games I was made to play. It's funny because Settlers of Catan as a reputation of being played by corporate CEO types with big money stakes sometimes wagered between them.
Ibeatyouraces
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January 5th, 2014 at 12:11:57 PM permalink
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thecesspit
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January 5th, 2014 at 12:14:41 PM permalink
Quote: Ibeatyouraces

I looked at the list and never heard of any of them.



It's a large subculture. There's cafe's dedicated to playing of these designer games, and a entertainment industry of its own that's as complex and byzantine as the Casino world (just less dollar value). Game designers are 10 times more likely to get published in that world than in the casino game world, though... you can do your own thing via kickstarter, for instance.
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KeyserSoze
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January 5th, 2014 at 12:14:46 PM permalink
Candy Land is the gold standard of board games.
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January 5th, 2014 at 12:19:36 PM permalink
http://boardgamegeek.com/familygames/browse/boardgame

This is a better list of games to play with the family with a smaller learning curve to get in and play with friends and family. Ticket to Ride is an excellent 'Rummy-like' set collection game, and Small World beats Risk hands down.

Risk Legacy , though, is fantastic rework of Risk. Each game is smaller than traditional Risk, but you edit and morph the board after each game, personalizing it and adding new rules each game. If you wanted to scratch that Risk itch from your youth with the kids.
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January 5th, 2014 at 12:20:11 PM permalink
Quote: KeyserSoze

Candy Land is the gold standard of board games.



It's the exact opposite. It's like the Casino War of board games.
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January 5th, 2014 at 12:38:40 PM permalink
Isn't a great game one that would engage casual gamers? Everything I saw on either list was fantasy, war, etc. nothing interested me at all.

A great game has simple rules and sublime strategy. The best games have survived not years, or centuries, but millennia.
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Twirdman
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January 5th, 2014 at 12:41:29 PM permalink
Definitely some great games on that list need to make time to play more of them. I do have to recommend Dominion is an amazing deck building game. Ascension is another really good one though not on the list

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