Four board games that don't suck
People who say they don't like board games are probably playing shitty games. What's not to like? You get to hang out with friends and scratch a competitive itch while pretending to be a business tycoon or ruler of the world. That's a good time! Well, it is as long as the game you're playing doesn't suck. Anyone whose experience of board games begins and ends with old chestnuts like Sorry!, Risk and Monopoly has good reason to dislike board games; those games are fucking terrible. But plenty of other great games are out there, waiting to fill your stay-at-home evenings with good times, stirring victories and the occasional crushing defeat. This guide to a few of my favorites -- most of which are considered classics in the board-game community -- should soon have you hooked, to the point that you, too, will stay home Friday nights in order to move tiny plastic men around a board in pursuit of abstract goals.
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Or maybe you'll be inspired to head to this weekend's conclave of gamers...
Ticket to Ride
If your favorite properties in Monopoly were the railroads, you'll love Ticket to Ride. Actually, you'll love it regardless of your approach to Monopoly, because it is fast to learn and super-fun. You start with a map of the U.S. (or other places, depending on the version you're playing) and a shitload of plastic trains. Collect color-coded cards that allow you to develop railway lines between the cities you're assigned as goals until someone runs out of trains, then score it up and play again. Unlike a lot of these games, Ticket to Ride is just about equally fun with any number of players, up to five -- and it's simple enough to teach anyone (even kids) while still retaining some strategic depth. Plus, toy trains!
Go all Indiana Jones on sunken temples and desert ruins with Lost Cities, which calls on you to use your resources -- in the form of numbered cards -- as efficiently as possible while maximizing your progress. It's another simple-to-learn game with some strategic depth (not a lot, but some), and it's super-fast to play. This one is especially good as a two-player game, which is nice for those nights at home with your better half when there's nothing good recorded on the DVR.
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