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[#] Wed Sep 04 2019 00:56:46 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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All the people I know who are smart enough to play "serious" games live far away or are too dead inside to actually have time to spend playing tactical games or FRPs that require entire weekends. I've got a whole game room with all my retro consoles and PCs that also has a showcase of old Steve Jackson games like Car Wars and AD&D 1st edition - and no one nerdy enough to play with. My friends who are fun, aren't into the heavy nerd stuff. I can get them playing Mike Tyson's Punch Out on the NES - but that is about as deep into the geek pool as they'll climb. It is a real catch-22.

[#] Wed Sep 04 2019 10:22:44 EDT from darknetuser

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@ParanoidDelusions: If you don't live in a rural isolated area, it is usually easy enough to find game asociations. Really. They are no magical solution but I would be surprised if you can't make 2 games per month with one. I am lucky because both my family and close friends are heavily into board games. My family is into euro titles while my friends just want to amerithrash-kill hordes of enemies.

[#] Wed Sep 04 2019 21:55:50 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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@darknetuser - the problem with that, is the wife-unit already thinks I have enough strange, nerdy friends (and she is probably right). I'm conserving geek-points I can spend on things like going to Comic Cons and Retro Gaming cons - I don't have enough left over for pen and paper FRP gaming, I guess. :)

[#] Thu Sep 05 2019 10:03:34 EDT from darknetuser

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Well you can tell her that she can choose to let you play weird childish games, or let you descent into a spiral of depression, drugs and alcohol because she won't let you be yourself. See what happens. Then tell us :-)
Sincerely, that people looks down on us geek gamers and then go out and get drunk and participate in all sorts of dangerous behaviour always felt a bit off to me.

[#] Mon Sep 09 2019 01:13:35 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Thu Sep 05 2019 10:03:34 EDT from darknetuser
Well you can tell her that she can choose to let you play weird childish games, or let you descent into a spiral of depression, drugs and alcohol because she won't let you be yourself. See what happens. Then tell us :-)
Sincerely, that people looks down on us geek gamers and then go out and get drunk and participate in all sorts of dangerous behaviour always felt a bit off to me.

Honestly, my peak drug use was when I was playing a regular campaign of AD&D at around 14-15. But I still binge drink like I was in college. Maybe not quite that bad anymore... but I like to tie one on. 

And she knows I won't quit that... so... this strategy isn't going to work! ;) 

It isn't that she looks down... ok... yeah, it is. We're a weird tribe. I've always been able to blend in with regular people - but as I said somewhere else, I'm not actually as smart as most of you - just a lot smarter than average people. My social IQ seems to be higher than the typical nerd/geek/dork - in that I can play all the social cards and get invited to all the reindeer games, and always have. Not that nerds/geeks/and dorks *couldn't* play those games if they wanted to - they just have so much contempt for them that they wouldn't. 

My wife knows I've got a legion of friends from Retrogaming, FRPing, SCAing, BBSing, and other various nerd activities, and sometimes our paths cross outside of those worlds where she has to deal directly with them. She is a nerd herself on a lot of levels - but the manic intensity and social awkwardness of these kind of people just kind of unnerves her.  

When we were dating, I took her up to Folsom Dam, when it was still open. We were in the parking lot, walking back to our car, and some kid with greasy hair suddenly screamed out, "MetallicA! DooD! I haven't seen you in AGES!" and came running up to me. That was my handle on the Sacramento Cits. I talked to the guy for a while, was nice to him, he was polite to my wife, but as we walked off and I explained why some guy thought I was an entire metal band, she began to formulate the idea that I was King of the Geeks. Countless interactions since then have affirmed that if there is a nerdy subculture - I'm probably well connected and recognized within it. I don't really mind. There are worse subjects to lord over. ;) 

 






[#] Fri Sep 13 2019 10:33:12 EDT from darknetuser

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Hot news, Harbro releases a feminist version of Monopoly. This is no prank.
In this version, women make more money than men and you trade with inventions created by women.
It looks so fun, can can't wait to buy it!
/sarcasm_mode=off

[#] Fri Sep 13 2019 11:27:10 EDT from zooer

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I heard about this, Monopoly was a game that treated everyone equally, the politically correct crowd found a way to make Monopoly sexist.



[#] Sat Sep 14 2019 08:38:24 EDT from darknetuser

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So true.
I was never a fan of Monopoly to begin with. Once all the deals are made, only dice throwing for hours remains, until only a player is left standing. Which is very very boring IMO.
They also have a Monopoly FOrnite and a Monopoly Socialism version.
It sounds like a TV series jumping the shark.

[#] Mon Sep 16 2019 06:45:56 EDT from fleeb

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I've heard most people don't play Monopoly correctly, which leads to a boring game.

I forget where they go wrong with it, though. Maybe later I'll remember and post.

[#] Mon Sep 16 2019 07:59:16 EDT from darknetuser

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Monopoly proponents argue that the right way to play Monopoly is to aggressively pursue deals and exchange property, because the fun of the game is being able to get the most of the deals and leaving the other part feeling they made a fair exchange. That is the theory.

My experience is that once all the property on the board has been bought by players, there are a couple of deals and then the game stalls, and only throwing dice one and again and again is a viable option. What Nash called a saddle point. No more deals to make, just throw die and die and die until everybody but one person remains.

Catan also suffer a bit from being a souless dice thrower at some stages, but at least it gives you more to do most of the game.

[#] Wed Sep 25 2019 16:24:18 EDT from darknetuser

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hohoho, I am active at a boardgme forum and somebody posted that many WWII games are bad because there are nazies in it and people can play the nazi side of the conflict.

[#] Sun Sep 29 2019 15:25:13 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Ironically, WWII history would be a place where you will find *actual* nazis, and not the imaginary ones some people see lurking behind every corner.

[#] Thu Jan 16 2020 17:13:22 EST from Bob Randale

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We just bought the new version of Monopoly; there's a device in the middle of the board which keeps track of all money. Each player has a debit card that you swipe on it, and each property card is swiped as well. Same thing for the "event" cards...



[#] Thu Jan 16 2020 19:32:17 EST from zooer

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WTF.... what is Monopoly without the kickbacks, backroom deals and the corruption? 



[#] Thu Jan 16 2020 21:12:30 EST from wizard of aahz

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And the interest free loans from the bank.

[#] Fri Jan 17 2020 08:47:12 EST from darknetuser

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I got to play lots of boardgames this Christmas.

Those playing Monopoly have to give Brass: Lancashire a chance. Now, with that one you really feel like an entepreneur building an industrial empire, manipulating the prices of commodities in the market, and taking profitable markets before other people does.

Very thematic for an eurogame.

[#] Fri Jan 17 2020 23:21:16 EST from LoanShark

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2020-01-16 21:12 from wizard of aahz
And the interest free loans from the bank.



That's why I like it.

[#] Wed Feb 05 2020 13:18:45 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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I think we should build a hybrid of Monopoly and Risk where you can use financial strategy *and* military force to win the game.

[#] Wed Feb 05 2020 18:20:53 EST from zooer

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Only if you use real currency and actual military weapons.



[#] Thu Feb 06 2020 06:51:56 EST from darknetuser

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2020-02-05 13:18 from IGnatius T Foobar
I think we should build a hybrid of Monopoly and Risk where you can use

financial strategy *and* military force to win the game.



Does Scythe count?

In that game you are basically managing workers in order to generate and move resources around the board, then a player with more Mechas attacks you and takes your hard earned stuff.

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