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2004 Board Games Gift Guide

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the monopoly-doesn't-cut-it dept.

Christmas Cheer 489

The Morning News has come out with a nice guide to good gift boardgames, while Funagain Games has the list of the 2004 Board and Card Games of the Year (and the runners-up). Like a bowling ball with your name engraved upon it, these make great gifts for your significant other. Any other suggestions for good adult boardgames?

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Do not pass "Go" (4, Insightful)

SIGALRM (784769) | more than 9 years ago | (#11022908)

The last time you played a board game you got the Adam's apple caught in the funny-bone slot and then you couldn't pass GO or collect $200
Speaking of Go [] ... now there's a fantastic game of strategy; one I've only recently discovered. The potential for complex and intricate maneuvering seem (like chess) to be limitless. I've heard there are Go masters who have played for fifty years and still consider themselves to be serious students of the game.

Me: still a Go newbie but loving every minute of it.

Re:Do not pass "Go" (4, Insightful)

entrager (567758) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023017)

Want a headache? Look into the current state of "Go" in the computing world.

It's amazing how simple the game is, yet the best computer programs in the world only play at an intermediate level at best.

Re:Do not pass "Go" (0, Redundant)

leoval (827218) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023134)

Thank you for the reference and link about "Go". I have seen the game many times before in our local Toys R us but never got interested on it. I will definitively give a try as soon as I can.

It is embarrassing but I must confess that I thought that Othello was one of the most complex board games (no counting chess). This just shows how little I know about games around the world.

Re:Do not pass "Go" (3, Insightful)

Sabaki (531686) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023356)

Go is actually far more complex than chess in strategy and tactics (see earlier note about the best computer programs being only as good as intermediate level players [like me], and much weaker than professional level players).

On the flip side, it's actually easier to teach than chess (fewer rules, no difference in the pieces), so it fits a guideline in the article ("can be taught within five minutes") much better than most, if not all of the games in the article.

Incidentally, if you do get a board, you might want to get one online. Places like Samarkand [] have good stuff. And the US Go Association [] has links to more vendors as well as local clubs.

(Incidentally, "sabaki" is a Go term meaning light and flexible play.)

Re:Do not pass "Go" (1)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023162)

is|are there any online "Go" action with real human opponents like there is for Chess? I'd love to play a few games but, of course, nobody in the immediate meatspace vicinity is interested.

Re:Do not pass "Go" (1)

Star Stealing Girl (586833) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023212) Look under "Board and Tile Games"

Re:Do not pass "Go" (1)

nkh (750837) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023231) [] , download their full-featured Java client and play alone (with a book full of exercices) or online for free on their server.

Board Games that Teach Human Rights (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11023227)

Is anyone tired of the commercialization of Christmas? The store shelves are stocked with meaningless boardgames that teach little more than how to earn a lot of money by buying properties and selling them at prices being tantamount to rape.

Has anyone thought about creating a board game that teaches good values [] ? I am not referring to Christian good values. I am referring to good values that are independent of any religion.

Come on. Slashdot is full of smart people. Can't someone invent a game that teaches human rights and other good values, is fun, and omits the teaching of any religion?

Re:Do not pass "Go" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11023277)

This is the exact game I first thought of. You beat me to it. I want to add this quote which is one of my favorites about the game:

Those interested in impressing others with their intelligence play chess. Those who would settle for being chic play backgammon. Those who wish to become individuals of quality, take up Go.

Find it here [] as well as more info on the game.

Slashdot account (2, Interesting)

fembots (753724) | more than 9 years ago | (#11022909)

Last year I signed up a Slashdot account for my better half, what a mistake! We've been fighting for the first to open door, switch on the TV and whatnot ever since.

But seriously, how about a set of Mahjong [] , it's something different and provides endless hours of fun. They now come in travel size that you can bring along in trips.

And are there any ethnic-based board games that you can learn about other cultures (not Indians being shot at).

good "adult" boardgame? (1)

krudler (836743) | more than 9 years ago | (#11022917)

Were they just asking for it? Seriously? I always wanted a nice Go board. That's a nice gift for someone. Axis and Allies is fun too.

A bowling ball? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11022919)

What, were they all out of number 3 hats?

Board games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11022933)

I liked Mr. Trucker personally. Used to play that all the time!


pUNX.h (515817) | more than 9 years ago | (#11022936)

Who needs board games when you can play Doctor!

You sunk my Scrabble Ship! (3, Funny)

bigtallmofo (695287) | more than 9 years ago | (#11022937)

Bart: B6! Homer: You sunk my Scrabble-ship! Lisa: This game makes no sense. Homer: Tell that to the good men that just lost their lives. SEMPER FI!

Trivial Pursuit (1)

teiresias (101481) | more than 9 years ago | (#11022938)

Trivial Pursuit [] ! Fun for all ages.

You must have at least three different flavors in your collection to be classified a geek.

Re:Trivial Pursuit (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023041)

Unless you only know useful information?

Re:Trivial Pursuit (1)

rainman_bc (735332) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023049)

I'm from Canada you insensitive clod! The American History category is crappy enough to make us take hours upon end to find one that's easy enough to answer :)

Re:Trivial Pursuit (3, Interesting)

Lev13than (581686) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023123)

I'm from Canada you insensitive clod! The American History category is crappy enough to make us take hours upon end to find one that's easy enough to answer :)

Ironically, Trivial Pursuit is a Canadian invention. Chris Haney worked as a photo editor at the Montreal Gazette, and Scott Abbott was a sports journalist for The Canadian Press. A good history of the game can be found here []

Re:Trivial Pursuit (2, Funny)

Dynedain (141758) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023323)

I'm from Canada you insensitive clod! The American History category is crappy enough to make us take hours upon end to find one that's easy enough to answer :)

Most Americans would say the same thing.

Re:Trivial Pursuit (2, Interesting)

eln (21727) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023070)

It used to be that you could buy one edition, then buy different card packs of other editions for cheaper than buying a whole game. My family used to have like 5 or 6 different card packs, and one board. Now, they don't seem to do that anymore, and 30 bucks a pop seems a little steep for different questions, and a bunch of pieces that are exact duplicates of the crap I already have (except with different pictures on the board).

Re:Trivial Pursuit (4, Funny)

Pxtl (151020) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023121)

While the questions are excellent, the actual game in Trivial Pursuit is moronic. The board game is horribly chance-oriented "Oh, missed the pie. Missed it again. Missed it again."

Re:Trivial Pursuit (1)

kallisti (20737) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023254)

Trivial Pursuit! Fun for all ages.

Trivial Pursuit has been ruined. I played the Genus 6 edition a few months back and the game has been dumbed down considerably. If the question was on a president, the answer was Clinton. Every time. Geography has been replaced with People & Places and the entertainment questions often involved the likes of Marilyn Manson.

I won the game pretty easily by just thinking of then-current (late 90s) pop crap most appropriate. And I am NOT talking about the 90s edition, either. You can try a demo at and see for yourself.

Apples to Apples (5, Insightful)

TheAngryArmadillo (158896) | more than 9 years ago | (#11022942)

If you want a game everyone can enjoy, pick up Apples to Apples. It's easy and a game only lasts 30 minutes or so. A perfect party game length if you ask me. Whenever we get together with friends that's the first game to come out.

Re:Apples to Apples (1)

way2slo (151122) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023130)

Yes, a very good game. They have a few expansion packs too. The secret to this game is knowing if the judge will go for the most accurate or the most funny.

Re:Apples to Apples (3, Informative)

zx75 (304335) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023368)

Settlers of Catan! Quick to pick up, 30-45 minutes for a 4 player game (6 with the expansion tiles) great fun and addictive, no game is complete without loud good-natured badgering of your fellows and monty python quotes.

Works best after a case or two when the phrase "Pressing wood into sheep" takes on whole new meanings.

Adult Boardgames? (3, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 9 years ago | (#11022944)

> Like a bowling ball with your name engraved upon it, these make great gifts for your significant other. Any other suggestions for good adult boardgames?


But for the love of God, put away the engraved bowling ball before you start. (Trust me on this.)

Re:Adult Boardgames? (1)

Eccles (932) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023005)

...or strip twister, if by "adult games" you mean...

Re:Adult Boardgames? (1)

Doctor Memory (6336) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023190)

I used to play this a lot in college, but I don't have enough room in my refrigerator for all that Jell-O anymore.

Or did you mean the kind you play with your clothes on?

well. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11022955)

Short, sweet, and pointless.


Can't I buy Battle Chess for the PC and they be happy with that?


I made my own sig, cuz I'm a coward

What! No Risk? (2, Insightful)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 9 years ago | (#11022973)

Risk isn't there? Heathen SOBs :-)

Re:What! No Risk? (2, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023090)

Risk can be a very long game especially when you get people like myself even if I going to loose I will hold on to the last guy because who knows I might get lucky. A couple of times I did. My last little Guy held off an army of 80. After they saw that they gave up figuring that God was on my side. (that and it was late and they wanted to go to bed.)

Ob. Simpsons Quote (5, Funny)

Zorilla (791636) | more than 9 years ago | (#11022974)

Bart: B6!
Homer: You sunk my Scrabble-ship!
Lisa: This game makes no sense.
Homer: Tell that to the good men that just lost their lives.

Re:Ob. Simpsons Quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11023072)

About your sig: I think someone has already pointed this out already, but I thought I'd bring it up again, since you still have updated it: He said "f*cking" not "Vulcan"

Heroscape (3, Informative)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 9 years ago | (#11022976)

Missing from the list, but a really fun game, is Heroscape [] It is a good blend of luck and strategy and can be played by various levels of expertise. I played it with the kids and they loved it. They actually turned OFF Halo 2 to play!

Re:Heroscape (1)

brogen (21291) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023052)

I concur, Heroscape is an excellent game. A good primer for children interested in fantasy wargaming, a decent value and quite a bit of fun for adults.

suggestion (1)

bersl2 (689221) | more than 9 years ago | (#11022977)

Any other suggestions for good adult boardgames?

Twister? (with some modifications, of course)

Settlers of Catan! (4, Informative)

TheVoice900 (467327) | more than 9 years ago | (#11022994)

Discovered this one over the summer and played with some friends online. Would love an actual board game version. Great strategy game, especially since you're forced to barter with other players to succeed, there's lots of strategy involved. 13 []

Re:Settlers of Catan! (1)

Flamesplash (469287) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023166)

You know, for some reasion I really just don't like Settlers. Love carcassone, Puerto Rico, Torres but can't stand that one. I really don't know why either.

Check out my current latest JE for a good online site for playing board games.

Settlers is a great game! (2, Interesting)

Savatte (111615) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023299)

Very modifiable, hackable, and completey different each time you play. You can make up your own rules, like only moving the robber a certain number of spaces, or using other players' ports. Try mixing the land tiles in with the water for extra randomness.

And the Cities And Knights expansion for the true hardcore player is a great gift. Of course, the true hardcore player probably already has this. And the Seafarers. Plus the 5-6 player expansions for all 3...

wtf (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11022995)

How could they not mention Settlers of Catan? Or Tongiaki? Bah, this article sucks.

Re:wtf (1)

Pxtl (151020) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023077)

Or Carcasonne, or Tikal, or any other clever European historical strategy games set in an esoteric city?

oh, I stand corrected, they have a Carcasonne game.

Alternately, while very few of them are suitable as a gift, CheapAss games still seems to eclipse the entire creative output of the rest of the boardgame/cardgame industry in North America at a fraction of the price.

Still, too bad all my faves are discontinued, like WotC's Robo Rally or CheapAss's Starbase Jeff.

Re:wtf (1)

trisight (306703) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023137)

I live in North America.. in the southern states in fact .. and I LOVE Catan.. I haven't tried the other games you've mentioned.. but if they are half as fun as Catan I would love to try them. We play mostly Settlers of Catan and Civ where I go to play board games. Another fun one is Zombies, but mostly for it's mindless fun :-)

Re:wtf (1)

Pxtl (151020) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023211)

Oh, I wasn't saying that games available in the states are bad - I even see Catan in common toy stores these days - I was just saying that Cheapass is the best North American company for games. Catan is European.

Re:wtf (1)

Txiasaeia (581598) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023236)

"oh, I stand corrected, they have a Carcasonne game."

Carcassonne *castle*? If I'm not mistaken isn't that an expansion? Imagine the look on poor Bobby's face when he realises that he can't play the board game he's just been given...

Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers is far superior to the original game, on the other hand. Extremely balanced and a lot less confusing than Carcassonne (balance sucks) + castle + rivers + traders + king &c &c.

Re:wtf (1)

Drey (1420) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023253)

Robo Rally is, according to rumor, being reissued in Spring 2005 as an Avalon Hill game. 1

Re:wtf (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11023131)

Tongiaki IS there...YOU FAIL IT!

simple but fun (1)

c01100011 (812198) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023009) [] abalone is one of my favorite games.

Trivial Pursuit (1)

Aggrajag (716041) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023012)

Would be nice except the questions get pretty old after only a couple of times of playing.

Re:Trivial Pursuit (1)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023361)

We've started playing the older versions where we give the player is given the answer and has to come up with the question. That makes things more interesting for the questions we already know. For example if I gave "Warren Beatty", the correct answer would be something along the lines of "The Carly Simon song 'You're so Vain' is based on what Hollywood actor?"

Betrayal at House on the Hill (3, Interesting)

StupidEngineer (102134) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023023)

My suggestion is Betrayal at House on the Hill [] from WotC. My friends went to GenCon in Anaheim last weekend and picked up the last copy they had. (It was selling like hot cakes). I can see why. The board changes every game giving players get that haunted house feeling. But the coolest part is that the game objectives aren't revealed until midway through the game (about 50 different game objectives, all unknown) when one of the players becomes the 'traitor' and plays against everyone else. It's fun.

Lord of the Rings (4, Informative)

th1ckasabr1ck (752151) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023025)

The Lord of the Rings board game [] that came out a while back was fairly decent. I played it with four players and it was very fun. Everyone plays as one of five Hobbits, and your goal (of course) is to throw the ring into Mt. Doom. It's a cooperative game that is actually fun. You all have to work together and actually play as a team, often giving up some of your valuable swag for the good of the team. There is a secondary board which shows how close Sauron is to you. When certain things happen in the game he moves a bit closer. If he touches you it's lights out.

Graphically, the game is gorgeous. The boards, cards, etc. are all extremely well done.

Mensa Recommended games . . . (3, Informative)

93,000 (150453) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023028)

Past winners of the Mensa Select seal can be browsed by year here [] . Have some fun while exercising your brain.

Previous winners include Taboo and Magic-The Gathering.

Re:Mensa Recommended games . . . (2, Insightful)

spacepimp (664856) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023182)

mensa a group that exists to fill the self indulgence of moderately intelligent people to each other. let me use them as my guide.

Balderdash (2, Informative)

willith (218835) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023034)

Balderdash. Balderdash is perhaps the greatest board game ever created. It's provided more hilarity and riot to my friends and I than anything else I've ever encountered.

Without Balderdash, I never would have known that vagitis means "what my wife is going to do to me when I get home" and that a shittah is "a ghetto toilet".

Re:Balderdash (1)

Jucius Maximus (229128) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023200)

"Balderdash. Balderdash is perhaps the greatest board game ever created. It's provided more hilarity and riot to my friends and I than anything else I've ever encountered."

I've gotta agree with this one. I've found that it needs at least 6 people to be fun, but some of my happiest family moments have been around the balderdash board. (We usually play it with extended family visiting, thus giving us a goodly number of players.)

Re:Balderdash (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11023400)

Our words from that are :

maffic - meaning much traffic.

and fliting , which in reality is a swearing game , but to us is 'a plane, mon' [/jamaican accent]

"Diplomacy" from Avalon-Hill is a must-have (3, Interesting)

Boone^ (151057) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023062)

It's like Risk, but targeted for adults and mature teenagers. You still vie for control of Europe, but there's no dice, you have to sign secret (or not so secret) pacts with your opponents, and there's no battles. Moving into an unoccupied territory makes it yours, but if the territory has a supply depot you could increase your armies (and decrease the armies of the opponent who was just on that square). During the moving phase if 2 armies attempt to occupy the same land they bounce. I could go on and on. Oh, and reserve 4-5 hours to complete a game. diplomacy+board+game&btnG=Search []

"Attack!" (1)

jamie (78724) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023244)

I just played "Attack!" the other day for the first time, with a friend who -- like me -- finds Risk too easy and Axis and Allies too tedious. I like the game and think we'll enjoy playing it more. The combat rules are a bit like Axis and Allies, but the rules for conducting turns are more open and flexible, placing and moving units requires less planning ahead, and naval control is much simplified. So the game goes a lot faster. The object is global conquest, and it's more pure-strategy like Risk in that you can pick your starting locations. I have the feeling it'd be best with 3-4 players.

The one odd thing is that the basic game of "Attack!", at $30 retail, only has the Western hemisphere and Europe and Africa; if you want to carry your world war over into Asia (and make the game fun for more players, I assume) you need the expansion which is another $30 retail.

Re:"Diplomacy" from Avalon-Hill is a must-have (3, Funny)

kscguru (551278) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023271)

4-5 hours? My dorm's been playing the past four WEEKS!!!

And the Evil Turkish Empire is about to learn what happens when he crosses both Russia and Austria every turn for two game years... we finally got him flanked!

Re:"Diplomacy" from Avalon-Hill is a must-have (1)

finnw (415539) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023331)

Last game I played lasted more like 4-5 months!

Re:"Diplomacy" from Avalon-Hill is a must-have (1)

kallisti (20737) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023376)

Diplomacy requires at least 5 players to really work, though. With its large player requirement and long playtime is it quite difficult to actually get a game finished. Civilization (the board game) has a similar problem. Still, it is one of the best games ever.

Go (1)

St. Arbirix (218306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023081)

I strongly suggest making a Go board. Take a piece of wood 20' by 20' and draw 19x19 lines on it. Add whatever personalizing touched you want to it and lacquer the sucker. I did this in a weekend and the board is absolutely wonderful.

Then go to Wal-Mart or some other bargain store and get in 200 of each color glass drops. They make great stones until you can afford a real set. Plastic stones are available online for $20 or so. Real shell Go stones will reach into the $200 range.

Google, of course, has more information including some designs for round Go boards and hex based boards.

Re:Go (1)

Imagix (695350) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023265)

A 20 foot by 20 foot board?!? Egad... are you plaing with real humans instead of stones?

not for the average table (1)

FerretFrottage (714136) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023296)

20' by 20'---400sq ft of Go playing goodness (well except in the US where our math skillz--yeah, our spelling sucks too--would equate to a board size of "= zero")

So which of these outfits kicks-back to you, Sims? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11023100)

I mean, let's face it...everything you post here is some kind of money-grubbing scam for the Michael Sims Foundation. Roland, Engadget...just the tip of the sewageberg.

Settlers of Catan (3, Interesting)

BobBoyken (572211) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023128)

...continues to satisfy. Even after several years, the original remains the best. I have the 5/6 player expansion and the gameplay is good, but the original version, played with exactly four people provides the most consistently fun and even gameplay of any game I have ever played. I like the fact that we can complete a game in an hour or so, but my favorite "feature" is that the games are almost always extremely close, so everyone feels like they have a chance to win.

May not be intellectual but fun regardless (3, Funny)

linzeal (197905) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023146)

I live in a house with 2 other college juniors and we are constantly entertaining with a fully stocked mame unit and board games but one still stands out as a way to get people to "loosen up". Twister [] , and before you laugh I would estimate that at least half the time when we bring it out someone gets laid in the house.

You promiscuous vermin! (1)

The MESMERIC (766636) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023268)

Fancy getting laid ! ...


/me sobs ...

My card game of the year... (1)

Alkaiser (114022) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023173)

Spycraft CCG [] . First CCG I've ever gotten into enough to build a deck that is semi-feared. There's even an agent for the hacker faction, Banshee Net, named Slashdot.

Perfect Game! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11023181)

1. Easy to learn, with rules that can be explained in less than five minutes
2. Entertaining, so committed to the fun factor that even the guy who comes in dead last has a great time playing
3. Quick, lacking downtime and requiring no more than an hour to complete.

There's only one game I know that fits all three of those criteria.


cheapass games (4, Informative)

johnjay (230559) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023195)

None of the games mentioned are from the eponymous Cheap Ass Games [] company. I just found out about this company a few weeks ago, when I was looking for cheap ass Christmas presents. I can't vouch for their products but they seem like a good deal for 2 reasons.
a) The games sound like fun. Sure, who's going to advertise their games as totally boring and stupid? No one. But, Kill Doctor Lucky [] and Deadwood [] to name two I remember, have funny concepts and sound interesting to play.
b) They are CHEAP. And, seeing as to how most board games I've owned have been played about 3 times, max, the money spent seems much closer to the value derived than the $50 it costs for a lavishly wood-crafted board game.

Again, I don't know much about the product so don't come crying to me if they suck, but I'm probably going to risk a few bucks on them this year.

Re:cheapass games (1)

rilister (316428) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023387)

I missed your comment - I'm a huge fan of Cheapass games - they got the attitude and the sense of fun down. Kill Doctor Lucky is pretty good - a spin on Clue where you have to commit the murder rather than solve it - I put some other recommendations in my comment below.

at like, $4 a pop, you can afford to get some duds too, not that I've found any.

Poker Chips! (1)

PornMaster (749461) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023205)

I'm going to be buying 11.5g poker chips for some people who fancy themselves afficianados and watch World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker.

Fluxx (4, Informative)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023208)

Another great game is Fluxx [] . If you have not heard about it, its a card game in which the rules are constantly changing. I've played rounds that last close to an hour, and some that lasted less than two minutes.

In the latter category was in which the player who won, wasn't even there! I played a card which basically caused everyone to play all the cards in their hand. One of the guys got up to answer the phone right before it became his turn. We played for him (since he had to play everything anyway;-) and the *&$*#&*&#*($&%**#&$^%*@&$ won.

Mindtrap (5, Interesting)

echocharlie (715022) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023213)

I'm partial to Mind Trap [] . It's like Trivial Pursuit with Riddles. Here's a sample question:

A black dog stands in the middle of an intersection in a town painted black. None of the street lights are working due to a power failure caused by a local storm. A car with two broken headlights drives towards the dog but turns in time to avoid hitting him. How could the driver have seen the dog in time?

Re:Mindtrap (1)

DonServo (727377) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023324)

Hmmm... It was the middle of the day? The driver was going to turn anyway?

Re:Mindtrap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11023333)

Since there was a storm, pehaps a strike of lightning could have lit up the area...?

Re:Mindtrap (1)

SirBruce (679714) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023336)

The sun was out? Bruce PS - Or a full moon.

Re:Mindtrap (1)

echocharlie (715022) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023386)

Answer: It was during the Daytime.

Here's another:
Picture a bridge four kilometers long and strong enough to hold ten thousand kilograms, but no more. A loaded transport truck weighing exactly ten thousand kilograms drives onto the bridge. At the halfway point, a sparrow weighing 30 grams lands on the truck, yet the bridge doesn't collapse. How could this be?

Re:Mindtrap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11023389)

It was daytime. /Obvious

Some other good games (1)

kaybee (101750) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023214)

Some of my favorites are Goa, Puerto Rico, Bang!, Bohnanza, Acquire, and so many more.

Check out as that is where I buy most of mine -- usually each game is about $1 more, but they usually ship same-day and shipping costs are very reasonable.

Classic Battletech (What Else?) (2, Informative)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023215)

Classic Battletech. []

Okay, so technically, it's not so much a boardgame as it is a religion and a Way of Life, but is there any geekier reason to throw dice and push things about a tabletop?

Scrabble cards (1)

bushboy (112290) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023225)

Scrabble cards are an excellent substitute for the board game and are actually just as fun in thier own way.

Find out more about them here :-

Be a Cheapass... (4, Informative)

rilister (316428) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023228)

my favorite find of the last few years has been Cheapass Games: []

All their games are imaginative, fun and, best of all, cost next to f-all. It's refreshing to see someone trying to be fresh about game styles.

Personal favorites:
Unexploded Cow - a poker-style game involving incinerating BSE infected cattle in French minefields...

The Great Brain Robbery - Get your Zombie out of the runaway train by stealing brains with special abilities.

Bitin Off Hedz - even works for kids - a standard-ish board game where dinosaurs race to extinction.

They're so cheap you can afford to take a risk anyway.

Settlers of Catan (2, Informative)

JavaSavant (579820) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023237)

Probably already mentioned, but Settlers of Catan oc.html [] (as well as many of it's expansion sets) never seem to get old, particularly "Cities and Knights"

Squad Leader (1)

Art_XIV (249990) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023270)

Aspiring grognards may be interested in the Advanced Squad Leader Starter Kit [] from Multiman Publishing. MMP has run out of it's first production run, though, but will be doing another run soon.

Yes, Squad Leader is still alive and kicking, and this is a very good way to learn it w/o reading the entire Big Damned Binder O' ASL Rules or taking a semester course in ASL.

No Nuke War? No Illuminati? BLASPHEMERS! (1)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023274)

No Nuke War [] ?
No Illuminati [] ?
No Hackers [] ?

I pronounce you all BLASPHEMERS and revoke your geek status, ALL OF YOU!

And after all, who can forget doing combinations?

"OK, I'll see your Bavarian Gnomes, and I'll sic Skippy on your servers at No Such Agency!"

nice, but (1)

b3s (807077) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023284)

um, what about the new 18xx games developed in Europe? 18EU and Namibia are new this year. I like 18EU quite a bit, even if it is more of a builder game.

Connect 4 (1)

Twisted64 (837490) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023286)

Connect 4 by Hasbro - now there's a good, simple game. As far as I'm concerned, if you're playing without a clock, a game should last until the very last piece. How do people manage to miss the obvious? It's like an exercise in misdirection.

Party Games (1)

DonniKatz (623845) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023287)

I know a good party game I like to start off with is Drink the Beer ...YOU WIN!

Totally Insane Card Game (1)

Jens_UK (615572) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023304)

While not a board game, we've been enjoying the Totally Insane Card Game [] with friends lately. It can most simply be described as Uno on crack. It can be played at great speed, and allows for spiteful play as well. Hooray!

it always depends (1)

marika (572224) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023328)

Break the safe is a great 30$ game when you can play 15 or 30 minutes with a timer. It'a a coop game you play against the timer with your friends. 1313 dead-end drive is hilarious and cheap I got it for 5 $ at toys R us, a nice strategy game when you try to get away with your dead aunt's money and you compete against your family members. A good vintage game you can still find on ebay for about 300$ is The dark tower for those of you who still remember it. We maybe 6-7 here ;) I mean 1981 is a long time ago.

cool games (1)

DarkSarin (651985) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023334)

while some are not really board games (rather being card games), if you are into playing board games, you should try these [] .

These games are generally fast, fun and require more strategy than is readily apparent from the shipping package. I highly recommend Kill Dr. Lucky. It's fun. You are a guy who hates Dr. Lucky (a rich philanthropist), and you want to kill him while at his mansion for a dinner party. Only thing is, everyone else wants to kill him too, but you don't realize that. So you have to get him into a room by yourself and then try to kill him. It's amusing.

Another great game is Chrononauts, which is a card game with an interesting twist.

Only one game for me... (2, Funny)

biglig2 (89374) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023344)

... Mornington Crescent! 29 5/qid=1102452478/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl/026-2652614 -5252413

1000 Blank White Cards!!! (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11023353)

1000 Blank White Cards [] is the Best game of all time!

The game is totally self-adjusting to the playing environment, creative, fun and good for all kinds of times.

Plus it's the best game ever invented for getting women naked and doing nasty things!

-posted anonymously to protect the identities of women ive gotten naked-

Best Board Game (1)

ktcifone (643158) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023354)

I hate board games because I suck at them. The only one I like is a game called Past Lives. You can steal from the other players, games usually take about 1 hour, but longer the more experienced you get, great for company.

Phn'glui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wagn'nagl fhtagn (1)

widderslainte (121941) | more than 9 years ago | (#11023407)

Necronomonopoly []
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