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I highly recommend checking out the youtube show Tabletop - it's a super fun tabletop game review show that walks you through the game as some interesting people play it.  It's led us to dump a bunch of money into fun games, such as Castle Panic, Settlers of Catan, Tsuro, Ticket to Ride, Fluxx, Zombie Dice, Munchkin and Elder Sign.

 

We also play HeroQuest, Timeline, Spot It, Risk: Godstorm and Stratego pretty regularly.  But never Monopoly.. *shudder* That game turns my husband into a monster.  :glare:

 

Tabletop is excellent for seeing how a game really plays.

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Our current favorites are:

 

 

Pandemic (has expansion packs)

Castle Panic (has expansion packs)

Forbidden Island

Munchkin (has expansion packs)

Magic The Gathering (trading card game)

Plague and Pestilence

Dungeon!

Timeline

Carcassone (has expansion packs)

 

Some others we have enjoyed are:

Betrayal at House On The HIll (for older kids and up)

Shadows Over Camelot

Heroscape (has expansion options)

Risk

Risk 2210

Life

Easy Money

 

We have a new SOLO/SINGLE player game called Field Commander Alexander. It is a one player strategy board game. No one has had time yet to play it with the business of the holidays but it looks very interesting.

 

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Well, I just spent my Christmas amazon.com gift cards (and then some) thanks to this thread. :p

 

We got a few good games as gifts, Zeus on the Loose and Frog Juice card games (both by Gamewright) have been huge hits.

Our Robot Turtles game (from before Christmas) still has their interest -- and mine, with the adult rules. Although they're young, I did drag them through one heavily-coached Settlers of Catan game, which they enjoyed even if they don't yet understand the finer points of strategy.

 

I pulled an old Battleship set out of the garage, which they have fun with but get bored before finishing (same with several other "kid" games) -- they are shaping up to be fine geeks indeed. ;)

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We got a Munchkin expansion for Christmas, so we've been playing a ton of that. We also love many that have been mentioned here (Catan, Carcassone, etc etc etc).

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Um... Little bit.  A husband friend of a friend got us started.  My family members were big card players as a kid.  In our house we play Pepper, Cribbage, Hearts.

 

Games though... That's a whole new can of worms.  The oldest DS has an addiction I'm pretty sure.

 

Favorites:

 

Settlers but only with Traders & Barbarians

Ticket to Ride Europe rocks - it is replacing the regular TTR at our house.

Seven Wonders is our favorite.

Carcassone - DH and I play this with the middles.  The older three don't like it.

 

We got Agricola for Christmas and haven't yet played it!!! (We're not at our own house and so we need three hours of uninterrupted time.  Hard at Grandma and Grandpa's.  Trying to convince them it's worthwhile is another ball 'o wax.) ;)

 

DS loves tortuously long strategy games.  They are hard on us.

 

We just recently rebought SET and they love it every bit as much as they used to. :)

 

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DS loves tortuously long strategy games.  They are hard on us.

 

So does my DS. I am not against it I just lack the attention span for it. While I am waiting for him I see everything that needs to be done.

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When we play I usually get the strategy first and beat dh but after a while he gets better and I lose my edge.

 

Dh just came home and I was telling him that Catan wasn't even ranked in the top 100 games and he is in shock, he is in total love w/ it already. I did see Catan rated 18 on the family game list though.

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I just want to say that it is nice talking to people who have experience with games that extends beyond what is available on the shelves of Wal-Mart.

 

I often just peak in that section to see if there is anything good and I'm usually disappointed.  Thank goodness for Amazon!

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When we play I usually get the strategy first and bet dh but after a while he gets better and I lose my edge.

 

Dh just came home and I was telling him that Catan wasn't even ranked in the top 100 games and he is in shock, he is in total love w/ it already. I did see Catan rated 18 on the family game list though.

 

Heh...DH's famous line when we get a new game is, "Oh great, another game I can lose at."  LOL  He is a good sport, but I don't care if a game is total luck, I win more times than not.  Kinda weird.

 

We have Catan and I'm not crazy about it.

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Dh doesn't like playing many games with me because I get the strategy easy and he loses to me, again, and again, and again. Mind you the majority of people we play with also loss to me. 

 

Oh well you and I need to get together and play.  :thumbup1:

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Oddly my all time least favorite game is probably chess (in the realm of games I think are good, crap like Candy Land make me want to rip my eyes off).

 

 

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My husband and I are D&D people, and have been playing Mice & Mystics with our kids very slooooowwwly with our kids - they are 8 and under, so we do a chapter at a time. We play Forbidden Island, but it gets messy quick. They also love Catan Jr and can play that on their own, which I like.

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DS is severly dyslexic so I only buy game with minimal or no in game reading. I pull up youtube videos to learn to play rather then reading the rules and learning to play while DS yammers on and on at me.

 

Depending on his age, a few games to consider would be Dixit, SET, and Quarto.

 

Favorite games here are:

 

Quarto

 

Iota

 

SET

 

Bananagrams

 

Stratego

 

A real mind stretcher is Equate. It's reminiscent of Scrabble and it has add on sets for junior and more advanced (Algebraic) players.

 

Rat-a-Tat Cat. It's a game that promotes logical thinking but is also a lot of fun.

 

The Secret Door (a co-operative game)

 

Save the Whales (a co-operative game)

 

Fluxx is accurately described as a game with constantly changing rules; our experience has been that people seem either to really like it or to dislike it! There are also themed variants such as Zombie, Pirate, Monty Python, Eco, Family, and Martian Fluxx.

 

The Game of Things

 

Our favorite game to play with company (with all players aged ten and up) is Wise and Otherwise

 

My teen enjoyed playing Loot with her friends.

 

Regards,

Kareni

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I admit we have Catan and some expansions and we don't play it often at all. The game doesn't really require much from the player and it's very luck based. 

 

I think Puertro Rico, Agricola, and the other games in the top ten list on board game geek are in a different league from Catan. 

That really makes me want to buy one of those. Dh did beat me the other day and it was total chance as he kept robbing me, really hacked me off :)

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Anyone into card games?  Our favorites are Skat, Pinochle, and Cribbage.  We also like Phase 10 Master.

 

Almost every Sunday, my grandparents would come for dinner, and they and my parents would play some card game -- usually Hearts or Pinochle, sometimes Blackjack or Poker. My Dad and I played Cribbage.

 

Now, I mostly play those games online against the computer. 

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That really makes me want to buy one of those. Dh did beat me the other day and it was total chance as he kept robbing me, really hacked me off :)

An old thread but I enjoyed it this morning. Felt it was worth bumping. I think of Catan as an intro drug. :) My kudos played Puerto Rico at friends' house and it's now moved to number one on the wish list.

 

My grandpa (91) came over yesterday and taught my middles pinochle. They loved it and were playing again this morning.

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When we play I usually get the strategy first and beat dh but after a while he gets better and I lose my edge.

 

Dh just came home and I was telling him that Catan wasn't even ranked in the top 100 games and he is in shock, he is in total love w/ it already. I did see Catan rated 18 on the family game list though.

Extensions add more depth. We do not play stand alone Catan ever anymore. Agricola is the ruling game currently. Edited by BlsdMama

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We got risk and settlers for Christmas. Settlers has been a huge hit, Risk not so much.

 

Card games- we love canasta, though I feel like an old lady admitting that.

 

I remember my aunt and her friends playing Canasta.  Wish I knew how!  I'd like to learn Bridge too.

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DS and I are HUGE game fans! I am always on the hunt for the next awesome game. Yesterday all of his morning appointments in town were cancelled so we had a couple of hours to kill while we waited for his 1pm doctors appointment. We ran into Barnes and Nobel and I found a game called Kamisado. Video:

 

Normally I have the upper hand in 2 player strategy games. Not this one. DS rocked it! 

 

 

Other family favorites:

Stone Age 

Risk

Caveman Curling

Gold Mine

Thebes

Farmageddon

Heavens of Olympus   

Carcassonne

I loved Small World. DS hated it.

 

 

When I have a little extra money I tend to stalk Kickstarter for all the cool games. I found Caveman curling as well as Farmageddon there. Farmageddon is probably DS's favorite game. I plan to buy more games from the creator.

 

 

 

ETA I forgot about Forbidden Island. Not a favorite but still a fun game. I am sure I have more games but I am sitting in front of the game cabinet and I cannot remember them all..

LOVE board games here.  On of our favorites--probably for teens, but our gaming 10 year old plays--that I've not seen mentioned here is Power Grid.  We also love Qwirkle to have on hand for people who aren't into games (younger kids, some adults) and there's NO READING INVOLVED for those that are looking for that--but it's a great strategy game!  

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When I have a little extra money I tend to stalk Kickstarter for all the cool games. I found Caveman curling as well as Farmageddon there. Farmageddon is probably DS's favorite game. I plan to buy more games from the creator.

 

I know this is an old thread, but if anyone is interested in another cool strategy game on Kickstarter, check this out. There are only 11 hours left to back this project.

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Our current game obsessions are Concept and 7 Wonders Duel. Duel is such a good game. All the best things about 7 Wonders and no need for a big group to make it more fun.

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We are addicted Catan fans.  If we have 3 or more players available, we'll play a game absolutely every day.  We like the "Gallery Edition" best.  

 

For card games, our go-to are either 500 Rummy or Up and Down the River (aka "Oh Heck" or "Oh He_ _ ").

 

 

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I realize this is old but what games are good for a 5.5, 7.5 and 9.5 year old? It is ok if some are only good for the older two. I want to get ticket to ride but I was wondering what else is out there similar that are more involved games.

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I realize this is old but what games are good for a 5.5, 7.5 and 9.5 year old? It is ok if some are only good for the older two. I want to get ticket to ride but I was wondering what else is out there similar that are more involved games.

 

My 7-year-old enjoys Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, Agricola, Castle Panic, Forbidden Island, Seven Wonders, and Splendor, to name a few. 

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