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What cooperative board games are there that I could safely play with my wife? [closed]

My wife loves board games, but dislikes very competitive games, and is completely uninterested in aggressive "beat up the other guy" games. We recently discovered Pandemic, where each player works ...
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Games that have no element of luck. [closed]

Most of my favourite games, such as Diplomacy, have little or no element of luck - either via dice rolls, hands dealt, or other methods. What other games can you recommend that rely on 'skill' alone? ...
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Board games for two players [closed]

My wife and I enjoy playing board games (having gotten hooked on Settlers of Catan and expanded from there) but we don't often have the opportunity to play with other people. The question What ...
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Good board games for single player [closed]

I love playing board games but often there's not many people around that share my passion. For that reason I'm looking for board games that can be played with just one player. I've discovered Arkham ...
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Games that are quick to teach to new people, yet still fun and strategical [closed]

I love board games and don't mind sitting down for 10-15 minutes with some experienced players to learn how to play a complex game. However, I don't think most of my friends are as tolerable of ...
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Interesting boardgames to play with children. [closed]

I have two children aged 8 and 6 and they like to play board games. Some of the ones they have are for very young children and boring for an adult to play. Are there any suggestions for games that ...
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Good games for playing in a bar [closed]

Sometimes, I'm sitting in a bar, hanging out with a friend or three, and we run out of things to talk about. I think "this would be a great time to play a game, but I don't have one on me." My local ...
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Recommendations for 6-player board game [closed]

What's a good game for six players? Many games can be played by 6 players, but suffer from a loss of pace, and long waits between turns. What games have parallel planning phases, or lots of ...
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Diplomacy “lite”? [closed]

I love Diplomacy. The alliances, intrigue, negotiation, backstabbing, and the relatively simple mechanics that help emphasize the diplomatic aspect over the game mechanics. However, it can be hard to ...
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Is there any economical game which demonstrates social-democratic economy rather than capitalism?

As much as I enjoy games like Monopoly or Settelers of Catan, I'm very concerned about the way these games affect players' concept of economy, as they demonstrate extremly capitalistic economical ...
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10answers
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Games with features like Battlestar Galactica's “Traitor” Mechanic? [closed]

My local gaming group has been playing the heck out of Battlestar Galactica for some time now. Are there any other board games that can be recommended that have a similar theme, or similar mechanics? ...
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Anyone know more 'social' games like 'Werewolves" [closed]

I am looking for examples of good social games, the kind that can be played at parties where rather than using stuff like dice most of the play is done through social interaction One example of the ...
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Lasting games in the past century [closed]

One of the appeals of traditional games such as Chess, Go, Backgammon, or Poker is the depth that they have acquired over the years; long-standing communities and traditions, wide range of players ...
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Games that play well with a wide range of different numbers of players [closed]

Many times, I have limited space to pack games, and don't know how many players there are going to be. I frequently end up in a situation in which we have 5 players, but games that only work with 3 or ...
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7answers
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What is the Best Random Card Setup Tool? [closed]

In this question I received two different recommendations for iPhone specific apps to assist with Dominion setups. My group uses a third (non iPhone specific). Which is the best, and why? Please, ...
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Which Settlers of Catan expansions are recommended? [closed]

I was introduced to Settlers of Catan just a few weeks ago here. I plan on buying it and I would like recommendations as to which expansions I should get.
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Interesting non-zero-sum games

In game theory, a zero-sum or constant-sum game is a game in which there is a single constant payoff that will be divided equally between the players; in order for one player to get a better result, ...
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11answers
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Where can I find reviews of board games? [closed]

Before buying a board game, I would like to read some detailed reviews. It's also hard to tell if the review is just a paid announcement from the publisher. Is there any website that is "the ...
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Best Light Strategy Party Games? [closed]

I'm wondering, what are some good games for mixed gamer/non-gamer parties? I've had good luck with some light strategy games in the past, but nothing too serious. What's good, quick, and can easily ...
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Which computer board game designer works best for card games?

I've heard of a few computer board game designers, such as Vassal, Cyberboard, and Zun Tzu. Which would work best for building a custom card game? Note, I am willing to use one I haven't heard of, so ...
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What games are similar to Risk? [closed]

Are there any other board games that have similar game mechanics to Risk?
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28answers
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What are good games to play during a one-hour lunch break? [closed]

On any given day we can have any number of players, up to ten, so that's not a limitation. Keep in mind that setup, play and packing up needs to be done in the hour. My coworkers are all experienced ...
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Monopoly Alternatives [closed]

A recent Board Games with Scott episode [Breaking Up the Monopoly] has brought up an interesting question: When someone that you know asks to play Monopoly with you, what game do you suggest playing ...
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Good travel games for two players, especially for playing on trains? [closed]

I would be interested to hear if anyone had recommendations for 2-player games that are particularly suitable for playing while travelling on trains. (I ask this as someone who mostly enjoys games ...
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Games that can be played with just normal playing cards that are engrossing enough for a hardcore gamer [closed]

Most of my family likes playing crazy eights, 31, and occasional even go fish. I'm more into games with a bit more strategy and intrigue that require a decent amount of brain-work to play masterfully. ...
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What is a good resource to discover new games? [on hold]

On this site recomendation questions are banned. You are not allowed to ask: I often play risk and Axis & Allies. I don't like Settlers of Catan because bla bla bla ... What other games ...
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What well designed Icehouse games are available for two people? [closed]

Recently the Icehouse game system has caught my eye. I've looked through a ton of rules on the Icehouse Wiki but haven't found any really engaging game for two players. What well designed Icehouse ...
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What games are suitable for a large number of people with only a pack of playing cards? [closed]

What card games work well with a large number of players (say 6+ players) and only require a standard pack of playing cards? I'm particularly interested in games where the rules can be explained ...
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Advice for an experienced gamer who'd like to play nomic games? [closed]

I am an experienced board gamer (and card too), with a particular affinity for collaborative games (Shadows over Camelot, Pandemic, etc.). I would like to take this a step further by studying ...
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What are some good 8 player games? [closed]

What's a good strategy game for 8 players? Many games can be played by 8 players, but suffer from a loss of pace, and long waits between turns. What games have parallel planning phases, or lots of ...
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8answers
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Recommendation for D&D players who want a faster dungeon/questing game after dinner? [closed]

My friends and I play Advanced Dungeons and Dragons from time to time. Since it's cumbersome to make so many preparations to play so little, I'd like a faster alternative reason to get together and ...
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5answers
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Other “network building” style games, like Hackers and Illuminati? [closed]

In these games (both from Steve Jackson Games) you build a network of cards you "control" over the course of the game. The main difference between the two is that in Hacker's, the "card network" ...
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What are great gamer games that are still great for uncompetitive groups. [closed]

I play games almost exclusively with my wife and older children. They learn and enjoy playing games like Puerto Rico, Diplomacy, 7 Wonders and Dominion so I am looking for gamer games, not Apples to ...
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Simple games that involve psychological factors? [closed]

I need to find a simple game in which several people need to interact with each other. The game should be simple for an analysis (it should be simple to describe what happens in the game, what players ...
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5answers
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One vs Many board games [closed]

My group and I enjoy Role-playing games. However we can't always get the same number of people together week after week in order to finish one campaign. What would be great is a boardgame that we ...
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What is a good board game to use for a programming competition [closed]

We recently had a programming competition where each team had to write an A.I. for the board game Broadside. It was perfect because the rules were simple enough that the teams had to concentrate on ...
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Games to learn a foreign language or to enrich your vocabulary in your native language? [closed]

I like Scrabble for learning a foreign language or enriching my vocabulary in my native language. What other games also help you do that? Please submit one game per answer only - that works best with ...
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Where can I find a list of cooperative “beat the game” games?

I know of Pandemic and I remember having played a game about mountain climbing where the goal was to as a team climb the mountain and get back down safely but there must be more of these games where ...
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Card Games for Three Players? [closed]

We have a great time playing Hearts, Spades, and Euchre with 4 players. Oftentimes though we have three people available to play but not a fourth. How can I find card games that are interesting for ...
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What is the best 18xx game to teach someone? [closed]

There are several 18xx games easily available, maybe 8 or so that have mass produced and a few dozen kits that can be purchased or downloaded. I love 18xx games, but I've found that not everyone I ...
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Game for a blind person

A friend of mine is blind and she said she'd love to play something. And she meant something non-trivial. Do you know any games where you actually don't need to see? I thought about diplomacy kind of ...
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Getting started with trick-taking games (whist, euchre, bridge, pinochle, etc.) [closed]

I've heard there are a lot of different trick-taking games out there, such as whist, bridge, euchre, pinochle, oh hell, hearts etc. I've heard a lot of good things about these games, but have very ...
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Eurogames suitable for playing outside [closed]

We're planning a camping holiday and are expecting to be outside for a fair amount of it. Most of the board games we enjoy have lots of small pieces, or require cards to be displayed on the table. ...
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How can I arrange a Christmas gift exchange for board game geeks?

My circle of board game geeks usually celebrate Christmas by a simple gift exchange game where we take turns rolling dice to accumulate gifts, and have 2/6 chance to get a new gift but 1/6 to lose ...
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Hero Quest type games [closed]

What other kinds of games are like Hero Quest...? In that, what other games are around with a degree of character development (although not the depth of something like D&D), items etc, that ...
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Is there another good 3 player variant of Canasta?

The only 3 player variant of Canasta that I know is Cutthroat Canasta. Are there any other good 3 player variations?
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Are there any magazines similar to InQuest Gamer in print today? [closed]

When I was young, I begged my parents for a subscription to InQuest Gamer (a magazine mostly about collectable card games). I remember reading the articles and learning about new games every month. At ...
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What card game is popular today, fun for kids, and is a worthy investment at a reasonable cost to my wallet? [closed]

So my son, who is 8 years old, is just noticing his friends getting into card games like Pokemon. I collected sports cards when I was his age and still do. I never got into the card games like ...
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Quick engaging card games that can be learned quickly by a new group [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are good games to play during a one-hour lunch break? I'm looking for some games to play in short 10-15 minutes breaks in between classes. Here's some of my ...
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Are there any dice games you can play with a standard 7-die set? [closed]

Are there any dice games that you can play with a standard role-playing 7-die set (d4, d6, d8, d10, d%, d12, d20)? Maybe you have some time to kill before your tabletop session starts, or during a ...