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Kat2911
Jan 11th 2008, 09:10 PM
What are your favorites? (I'm hoping to read some good suggestions!)

Tonight we're playing for the first time Seafarers of Catan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seafarers_of_Catan), an expansion of the original German game, Settlers of Catan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Settlers_of_Catan). Yes... we do feel like nerds when we're playing, but that's half the fun!

Other favorites of ours are Cranium Pop Five or the original Cranium game. For card games, we really like "Hand and Foot" which I think is rather similar to Canasta.

sunney4
Jan 11th 2008, 09:14 PM
I like taboo or umm balderdash i think. Boggle. Scrabble. We are nerds we play scrabble a lot. Umm. how about apples to apples or scattegories. Scarttegories bible edition is tough :)

theabaud
Jan 11th 2008, 09:15 PM
I like clue and Balderdash. My personal Favorite is Risk, in just about every variation that has come out. World Domination is a favorite pastime of mine, a hobby if you will.

Kat2911
Jan 11th 2008, 09:18 PM
I like taboo or umm balderdash i think. Boggle. Scrabble. We are nerds we play scrabble a lot. Umm. how about apples to apples or scattegories. Scarttegories bible edition is tough :)
I've heard a lot about Apples to Apples recently, but have never seen it or played it. I should look into it more...


I like clue and Balderdash. My personal Favorite is Risk, in just about every variation that has come out. World Domination is a favorite pastime of mine, a hobby if you will.
I think you'd like Settlers of Catan then. It's definitely different than Risk, but it has that same kind of strategy about it.

HisLeast
Jan 11th 2008, 10:14 PM
Balderdash - So interesting to see what happens when the very point of the game is to lie.

Kings Court - Loosely based on Checkers, bigger board and a "hold the middle" kind of objective.

Axis & Allies - (Wikipedia Link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axis_%26_Allies)) Speaking of nerdy boardgames! I loved the fact that there was an unchanging starting position for each player, but no players were set up equally. Each player had an objective: Germans = Expand and consolidate, Japanese = Harrass American player, Americans = Get a foothold into europe or africa, Brits = Survive German pummelling until the Yankees get here, Russians = Survive. You had to play each side differently, and even if you got the hang of it, there was enough chance built in to make each play slightly different. BRILLIANT game.

Shogun - (Wikipedia Link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samurai_Swords)) A cross between A&A and Risk. Player positions were randomized like risk, but it had that turn-based-strategy like A&A. The cool things about Shogun were...
- You had to bid on order each round. Highest bidder gets to act first.
- Game had 6 open player slots and a free diplomacy system (meaning anyone could ally / backstab anyone they wanted)
- "The Ninja" could be bid on. Highest bidder could attempt an assassination of a rival general (lose 3 generals and you're out), or allow highest bidder to see another player's money allotments for construction phase.

Fortress America - (Wikipedia link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortress_America)) Very unique concept: 3 players on one team, who's objective it is to conquer North America. The American player defends alone. The American player's receives constant reinforcements, can recycle units, and gets benefits via "partisan cards" each round. The invaders get most of their reinforcements in the first few rounds then get no more. Their units can not be recycled. Very dynamic gameplay as invaders can be on the cusp of victory only to have American player draw a partisan card placing a good force behind enemy lines. Game ends when invaders capture and hold 18 of 30 objectives for 1 full round.

I<3Jesus
Jan 11th 2008, 10:20 PM
I kick butt at Scene It. There isn't a person who has challenged me that has beaten me.

Pilgrimtozion
Jan 11th 2008, 10:33 PM
Chess, Stratego, Trivial Pursuit, Diplomacy, Settlers of Catan...but my favorite remains Chess...right Sunney?!? ;)

sunney4
Jan 11th 2008, 10:34 PM
yes sir pilgrim. its your move buddy :)

cbalke
Jan 11th 2008, 10:37 PM
Pente incredibly easy to learn, incredibly hard to master

Pirates! pretty cool turn-based game

Reversi my all-time favorite

we've got apples to apples and it's pretty fun. i like the game wordsmith a lot(i think that's what it's called).

Susanna62
Jan 11th 2008, 11:59 PM
I like Checkers, Reversi, Blurt! and any bible trivia games.

Cloudwalker
Jan 12th 2008, 12:16 AM
My family plays a lot of "Hand and Foot" and both of the Cattan series but my sister and my favorite is a board game called "Ticket to Ride." It is simple to learn but has a number of nuances that can make it fun. You score points by building train routes between citys. The longer the route the more points you get. Even when you loose it can be fun describing your thinking. There is a European version of the game that has slightly different rules but my family prefers the American one. One advantage is that by playing the game you learn American geography.

cbalke
Jan 12th 2008, 10:55 AM
oh yeah! my sister got a cool train game that sounds similar to that. ok, i just found it. her's is called TransAmerica. it's a really cool version of that game Ticket to Ride. this one's more oriented towards elementary school kids, imo....

anyway, i really dig that game and make her bring it up whenever the fams get together. :)

PayableOnDeath
Jan 12th 2008, 03:47 PM
candyland, hi ho cherry o, don't spill the beans:rofl:

just kiddin
Risk, Clue, the ever classic Monopoly,
Life, Trivial Pursuit, Mad Gab, Pictionary

Pleroo
Jan 12th 2008, 05:28 PM
The classics are that for a reason I guess -- Clue, Life, Risk, Monopoly on occasion. They're all good. Mexican Train Dominoes -- I realize it's not a board game, but it's still one of our favorite games. Two of my favorite non board games are SET (http://setgame.com/set/index.html) and Bazaar (http://www.gamepile.com/details.php?id=2).

Oh, and if you haven't played Pirhana Panic (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/B000EPFEPM/ref=dp_image_0?ie=UTF8&n=165793011&s=toys-and-games)with your 7 year old, make it a priority. :D

nebula_omega
Jan 12th 2008, 10:29 PM
My brother and I played Monopoly a lot when we were kids. But we never understood how the houses/hotels worked so we didn't use them. We just played until we got tired, then whoever had the most money won.

I'm a Trivial Pursuit girl, myself.