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Which competitive family games are fun to play noncompetively?

My favorite games are competitive games (boardgames, card games, etc.) with the scoring removed. I'm wondering what other games I might enjoy within those constraints, and other ideas for altering gameplay to make more games fun. [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps on Nov 22, 2014 - 13 answers

A book that's also a game?

There's several people I know that are big into gaming, (The Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, etc). They also like to read. In the interest of getting them something gaming related, is there a book or several books that function both as a piece of fiction and as a game?Not sure this sort of thing even exists, but figured if it does that would be pretty awesome as Christmas gift. Anyone?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Nov 21, 2014 - 30 answers

Boardgames for Android

I am looking for boardgames that have great android apps. Preferably the should be great boardgames too. [more inside]
posted by poxandplague on Nov 9, 2014 - 10 answers

Best boardgames for future gamers

My boys like boardgames, and as a gamer I'm going to keep encouraging this. What are your recommendations for beginner moving to intermediate complexity games, with an emphasis on fun, communications and replayability? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Oct 26, 2014 - 33 answers

Gifting games

Board game lovers! Friends birthday is coming up (super super soon), so please recommend me a board game similar to Betrayal at House on the Hill (which is one of his favorite things ever). [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Oct 23, 2014 - 13 answers

Inclusiveness and Diversity in Games

Help me understand how to make trans-inclusive games. [more inside]
posted by tocts on Oct 1, 2014 - 21 answers

Build me a better Mouse Trap.

When you were a kid, did you love playing Mouse Trap? And by playing, I mean setting up the Rube Goldbergesque board and trying to get it to work right at least once every ten tries? I remember having a lot of fun playing with the Mouse Trap game, but not so much actually playing the game itself. Now that I have kids, I understand why. The game itself is terrible. So how could it be made better? [more inside]
posted by GhostintheMachine on Sep 29, 2014 - 7 answers

Engaging card and board games I can play with a 3 year old?

I need some recommendations for engaging, inexpensive card and board games I can play with my 3 year old son. Bonus points for any involving trains, building / architecture, plants / gardening, or monsters (not too scary).
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 18, 2014 - 33 answers

Board Games to Promote Reading

Recently, I have been playing the board game Agricola with my daughter and I'd like to know if another game will provide some of the same things for her. [more inside]
posted by klausman on Sep 3, 2014 - 10 answers

Games in which the player, at first, doesn't know how to play the game?

In some video games, the player's first task is to figure out what they should be doing. So the first part of the game is learning how to play the game. Are there any non-video, non-digital games like this? [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Aug 25, 2014 - 21 answers

What are some activities/dates I can do to boost confidence?

I haven't been feeling so confident lately. I know my SO could also be much happier if she felt a bit more confident. When we first met around 3 years ago, we were both extremely confident. Now we seem to have trouble being decisive, making decisions to better ourselves/get necessary things done, and choosing a restaurant or a date idea gets harder and harder. I would love ideas of things that could help with this. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Aug 11, 2014 - 26 answers

Tabletop gaming in Italy?

My friend will be visiting Rome and Venice on her honeymoon in a few months. She loves the Italian card game Bang! and has joked that she expects to play it in Italy. Is there a way for me to actually make this happen for her? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink on Apr 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Online board games to play with faraway friends.

After geeking out about board games with some distant friends on Twitter, we came to a decision that we would like to play one together upon occasion using our computers. But there are a few problems with that. Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Feb 18, 2014 - 9 answers

This game doesn't have immanuel.

Did Immanuel Kant ever say anything about chess? What about other board games? [more inside]
posted by matkline on Feb 11, 2014 - 7 answers

What is this tile-based Board Game?

What is the board game in this picture? Things I can tell from the picture: the main board is 8x8, tiles come in two colors, the tiles have writing on them (I think it's hiragana but I can't make most of it out), there is a secondary board (or possibly just piece holder?) which is 10x10 which only seems to have pieces of one color. [more inside]
posted by 23 on Jan 31, 2014 - 5 answers

Family board games for adults and little kids

This holiday season, I'm thinking about giving the gift of board games. Most of my friends (adults in their 30s - 50s) have little kids (2-6 years old). Do you have any board game recommendations for a family with kids around that age, that everyone can play together? Card games, or heck any other games are good, too. Thanks!
posted by lillygog on Dec 16, 2013 - 33 answers

What board games are popular with the kids these days?

Yesterday, my gentleman friend brought home two cards from our community center "angel tree" - where you can buy holiday gifts for a neighborhood kid in need of some. The problem is, the cards are maddeningly opaque - they each just say the kids (boy age 13, girl age 11) want 'board games'. What should we get them? [more inside]
posted by catesbie on Dec 12, 2013 - 38 answers

What are some "open source" or "free-to-print" games?

Card Against Humanity is famously available as a PDF to download and print your own copy of the game for free. What are some other games that do this as well? I love the idea of a library of games that we can build ourselves, customize as we wish, etc, etc.
posted by o2b on Dec 9, 2013 - 13 answers

What are some good tabletop role playing games similar to D&D?

What is a good "offline" role playing game that I can buy as a gift for a 12 year old who has just gotten really into Dungeons & Dragons? (affordable ones?- under 25 dollars? other than d&d obviously)
posted by petsounds on Nov 22, 2013 - 19 answers

Transporting board games

What's the best solution for transporting a bunch of board games? [more inside]
posted by MsVader on Nov 19, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me remember an old board game about a haunted house

At a recent meetup, we played a cool game called Betrayal At House On The Hill. It reminded me a lot of a similar board game we used to have when I was a kid, but I cannot remember the name of it. [more inside]
posted by jpdoane on Oct 11, 2013 - 2 answers

Material for making game boards out of?

I'm trying to hand-paint gameboards (five 21cm x 29cm boards, for a boardgame) for someone, except I can't figure out what material can hold up to the dual stresses of being painted/printed on (not by computer, but by the older methods of linocuts or woodblocks or etching) and the day-to-day wear and tear from being used as a gameboard, while still being reasonably priced. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Aug 7, 2013 - 18 answers

How do I make this thing?

I found a cool thing on Thingiverse: a playing field for the game Dominion. How can I make this thing? If it were 3D printing, I'd go to shapeways, but it's not. Where should I go online to have this made?
posted by ocherdraco on Apr 15, 2013 - 8 answers

Games to be played over the internet at the same time?

My husband is away for work for the next few weeks. I'm having a few friends over this afternoon to play boardgames/drink beer. Assuming he can take care of the beer himself, how can we replicate/include him in this afternoon? [more inside]
posted by fontophilic on Feb 2, 2013 - 4 answers

Not too serious, not too silly board games

I'm looking for some board game suggestions. The target audience would never have the patience for serious German-style strategy games like Settlers of Catan. On the other hand, party games like Cranium or Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity are too freewheeling and silly for them. What are some games that fall into that sweet spot between serious and silly? Examples could be Rapidough, Pictionary, Balderdash. I haven't played it but I think Ticket to Ride might also fit in here.
posted by dontjumplarry on Jan 21, 2013 - 52 answers

kinetic, prop-based board games, please

Board game recommendations in the vein of 'Run Yourself Ragged?' [more inside]
posted by mintcake! on Nov 8, 2012 - 7 answers

"Well," thought Gurgeh, "I will have sex with her. I am, after all... THE PLAYER OF GAMES."

I like Eurogames (think Settlers, Arkham Horror, etc.). I sometimes have a tough time getting along with the other players, and now I'm nervous about joining board-gaming groups. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Oct 26, 2012 - 29 answers

Newly Single, New Neighborhood In PDX. Best Places?

New Neighborhood in Portland OR! New to me, anyway. I could use some help! I now live downtown. What bars, pubs, etc, are great for a casual first date? I'm in my late 30s if that helps. [more inside]
posted by Mr Ected on Oct 25, 2012 - 9 answers

A game and a book

Can you recommend an excellent board game (preferably involving some skill and thinking, and not an e-game) and an excellent illustrated book with a girls' sports theme (preferably soccer but not necessarily) as gifts for a 4 year-old girl? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Oct 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Where can I find 1960s Military Production Statistics

Where can I find information about military production by country in the 1960s? [more inside]
posted by Caduceus on Sep 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Monopoly for the 2010s?

What are some board games that are like a modernized version of Monopoly? Specifically: games that simulate the existing U.S. or global economy, with all the dynamics of lending rates, inflation-deflation, economic cycles, and so forth, and which help give some food on real-world issues for thought during play. The less "dry" and fun, the better, though I know that's a tall order. We have games like Agricola and Settlers of Catan, which are great but those are more in the realm of resource management. Also if there are any computer or console videogames worth considering, that's fine too, but board games would be better.
posted by crapmatic on Aug 6, 2012 - 14 answers

I am 99% sure that I will still lose at Monopoly with these rules

I am devising a revised Monopoly ruleset for my friends and family to follow, with an Occupy Movement theme. Can you suggest interesting rule variations to attempt? [more inside]
posted by davejay on Jul 25, 2012 - 17 answers

Help me schnappt Hubi in English?

Sprechen sie Deutsch? Could you help me work out how to make an English version of Spiel des Jahres winner for 2012, Schnappt Hubi!? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Jul 25, 2012 - 10 answers

A Compaq Presario V2000 for the Modern Man?

I have unearthed, from the bowels of my closet, a Compaq Presario V2000 that has been dormant for 4 or 5 years. It is in really good physical condition, but I need to know if I can use it for one main purpose: board game design. [more inside]
posted by Groundhog Week on Jun 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Diplomacy websites

Diplomacy (the board game): What are your favorite websites for playing Diplomacy? Simple, graphical sites a big plus. How about your favorite (offline) software for keeping track of games, for Mac? And finally, what are your favorite general-info Diplomacy sites? Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Apr 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Bar/Restaurant for board gaming near Midtown Manhattan

[manhattan-bar-filter] Looking for a place around Midtown Manhattan where 4 people can relax, drink, and play board games on a Friday night. [more inside]
posted by musicismath on Mar 29, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me make ice-albedo feedback fun!

Help me develop a board game to teach kids (and grown-ups) about positive feedback loops. [more inside]
posted by fermion on Feb 9, 2012 - 10 answers

Supernatural themed board games

Looking for favorite board games with a supernatural or otherwise dark theme. [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Jan 31, 2012 - 19 answers

DJ or Dominion?

Wedding DJ recommendations in L.A.? Alternatively, do we really need dancing at an evening wedding? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Jan 24, 2012 - 22 answers

Help me make an awesome trivia night!

Can anyone help me come up with a pub trivia points system? [more inside]
posted by keepmathy on Dec 17, 2011 - 21 answers

Board games as culture

What countries have notable/unusual board game cultures? [more inside]
posted by resiny on Nov 4, 2011 - 29 answers

What's that game where you draw spaceships and flick your pencil toward your enemy spaceships to draw a line and make them explode?

Looking for simple games to play while waiting for food or subways. [more inside]
posted by DaveZ on Oct 25, 2011 - 15 answers

This is no trivial matter

Which version of Trivial Pursuit do I want? [more inside]
posted by magnetsphere on Oct 4, 2011 - 13 answers

two player games?

My boyfriend and I are sick of watching tv at night. Board game suggestions for two players only? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Sep 16, 2011 - 46 answers

Recommend me some mellow, non-electronic two-player strategy games.

My spouse and I are looking for some new board/card games - can you help? [more inside]
posted by expialidocious on Jun 11, 2011 - 72 answers

Crokinole board in Vancouver?

Where can I buy a Crokinole board in Vancouver, BC? [more inside]
posted by yukonho on May 25, 2011 - 1 answer

Awesome board games for sale in New York City

Where can I find board games for sale in New York City that, in addition to being tons of fun, could be considered vintage, collectible, obscure, quirky, what have you. [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah on May 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Chess sites wanted

I'm looking for free sites on which to play chess against live people. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Apr 15, 2011 - 20 answers

The green fields of Frankreich

Carcassonne for iOS scoring mystery: where did my field points go? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Apr 1, 2011 - 9 answers

Think FreeCiv or Clevelandopoly

There's a board game I enjoy, and I've been considering programming a web version of it to play online. How different must my knock-off version be from the "real" one to avoid trouble? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jan 31, 2011 - 11 answers

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