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Some of my favorite board and card games:

Bang! Memoir '44 Bohnanza Pandemic Ticket to Ride Settlers of Catan

Some of my favorite games played with playing cards:

  • ♠ Spades W - preset trump; trick-taking
  • ♥ Hearts W - "evasion-type" trick-taking
  • Euchre W - 24-card; trick-taking
  • Pinochle W - 48-card; trick-taking
  • Spite and Malice W - competitive solitaire (Skip-Bo W is a variation of this game)
  • Egyptian Ratscrew W - speed; matching

I feel reasonably knowledgeable about the following games, and own many of them (alphabetical order):

  • Bang!
    • Dodge City expansion
    • Fistful of Cards expansion
  • Castle Risk
  • Blokus
  • Blokus: Trigon
  • Bohnanza
    • High Bohn expansion
  • ♥ Hearts
  • Memoir '44
  • Pirates' Cove
  • Risk
  • Scrabble — I stink at it, though!
  • Sequence
  • Skip-Bo
  • ♠ Spades
  • Spite and Malice
  • Ticket to Ride
    • 1910 expansion
  • Ticket to Ride: Switzerland
  • Ticket to Ride: The Card Game

My least favorite games:

  • Monopoly* — It lasts hours, it's not very intellectually or socially entertaining, you have all sorts of house rules (many of which break the game or prolong an already insufferable game), people say they don't like board games when they really just hate Monopoly and haven't discovered better games....
  • Risk — The game is actually quite fixable, it's just that it's normally not very enjoyable. I think it's the worst when people make alliances based on factors outside of the game, or when people change how they're playing because they're losing and they decide they (don't) want a certain person to win. I also don't like how strong of a factor luck is in the game. A person with poor strategy can often beat a person with good strategy just out of luck. However, playing on the computer with nearly-instant attack resolution and playing with missions are both improvements. So are the variants like Risk 2210 and Castle Risk.

Mar
21
revised Can a Barrel block Gatling?
Removal of blog promotion (irrelevant to the answer), also made some corrections of minor grammatical errors
Mar
21
revised What's the point of the covered character in the Bang! 2-player variant?
Title clarification, moved rules link into flow of question body, minor grammar
May
6
revised How does Rook compare in difficulty to other trick-taking games?
Clarified that Hearts is about avoiding taking *points*, not *tricks*.
May
6
revised How to reduce total screw-overs in Ticket to Ride so there's always a potential path toward victory?
Discovered that keeping destination tickets secret is part of the official rules; added a comment about it to the end of my answer.
May
3
revised Good board games for single player
Added a heading for better readability/visibility (with a link to Blokus' official site)
May
3
revised Interesting boardgames to play with children.
Corrected spelling of "Blokus"
Feb
15
revised How have editions of Bang! been different from previous ones?
Added space for 3rd Edition and 4th Edition (no information yet)
Feb
15
revised Boosting Sails, in Pirate's Cove
Add link to the rules
Dec
2
revised How have editions of Bang! been different from previous ones?
Changed wording to make the question less intimidating to answer
Nov
29
revised When should you avoid a third bean field in Bohnanza?
Removed nonsense ", because I can't" at the end of a sentence, comment on the number of players.
Nov
29
revised Is Starship Catan similar enough to be considered a two-player adaptation of Starfarers of Catan?
Added Wikipedia game links
Nov
29
revised Is Starship Catan similar enough to be considered a two-player adaptation of Starfarers of Catan?
Added tags for Starfarers of Catan and Starship Catan
Nov
21
revised What are the odds of getting the following hands in euchre?
Added explanations of calculations, corrected a mistake I'd made in calculating the chances for scenario 2
Nov
12
revised Is the Mystery Train expansion for Ticket to Ride available in sizes matching the 1910 expansion?
Fix formatting of quoted letter
Nov
10
revised Is the Mystery Train expansion for Ticket to Ride available in sizes matching the 1910 expansion?
Clarified that the character cards are what I'm looking for, not just the destination tickets