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Game Personalities

Everyone likes different games, and until you're familiar with the huge variety out there it's hard to pick the games you and your friends and family might enjoy. To help out, Funagain has asked some of the staff to describe a little about what makes them like a game, and then list some of their favorites. So, read below to get a better idea of what sorts of games different types of players like and find out your game personality!

Rick -- Game-a-holic
Hi, my name is Rick, and I am a game-a-holic. I will pretty much play any game, anytime, with anyone. To me games are like wine, to be paired and served with the appropriate dishes, people, and settings. The number of players present, what moods they are in, whether or not they are hard-core gamers, casual gamers, or just looking for a way to enhance the enjoyment of the experience, these are all reasons to play and enjoy different games at different times. To me, the games I enjoy the most are the games which give those who I am playing with the most enjoyment at the time. That said, here are 20 games that I would happily choose from given the right circumstances.
2 players:  Lost Cities, Roll Through the Ages, 1960: The Making of the President
3 players:  San Juan, Carcassonne: Hunters & Gatherers
4 players:  Uptown, Power Grid, High Society
5 players:  For Sale!, Hoity Toity, Money!
6 players:  Incan Gold, Medici, Acquire, Liar's Dice
7 players:  Citadels
8 or more:  Take it Easy, Chronology, Encore
David -- Medium-weight Games
Hi! I've been a serious gamer for only a few years now. Sure, I grew up playing the usual suspects, but it wasn't until 2004 or so that I became aware of the huge variety of great board games that are out there, and that almost no one knows about. I’m usually up for playing just about anything, but the games I enjoy most are medium-weight strategy games with a well-matched theme. Games I dislike are those that punish non-ideal play; i.e. games that make you feel stupid if you don't make the perfect decision at every stage.
2 players:  Memoir ’44, Battlelore, Heroscape, Twilight Struggle
3 players:  Ticket to Ride: Switzerland
3-4 players:  Settlers of Catan (with or without Seafarers' Expansion), Race for the Galaxy, Pandemic
4-5 players:  Uptown, Ticket to Ride: Europe, Ticket to Ride: Marklin
5 players:  Power Grid, Hoity Toity, For Sale
5-6 players:  Elfenland, Ca$h'n Gun$, Dixit
6+ players:  Incan Gold, Take it Easy, Wits & Wagers, Telestrations
7 players:  Shadows over Camelot
8+ players:  Electronic Catch Phrase
Merry -- Everybody Plays, Everybody Wins
What's important to me in games is that they are easy to learn (less than 10 minutes) and quick to play (less than 45 minutes). I play games to bring people of all ages together. I love the 'table talk' and laughter the environment stimulates. Everybody plays, everybody wins best describes my style. Here's my top 15:
Can’t Stop
Slide 5
Take it Easy
     Incan Gold
For Sale!
Ticket to Ride (all versions)
Electronic Catch Phrase
Jigsaw Puzzles
Matt -- Hard-core Gamer
Hi, my name is Matt and I'm a hard-core gamer. I tend to prefer games that take a bit of thought and have a little luck. These games tend to last one to two hours. A few Saturdays per year, I like playing games that take 6 to 12 hours. Having said that, there are several shorter games with more luck that I enjoy as "openers" while waiting for people to show up for game night, or as "closers" at the end of the night.
Openers/Closers:  Can't Stop, For Sale!, Bongo, Boggle
Regulars:  Puerto Rico, Goa, Race for the Galaxy, Brass, Louis XIV, Caylus, Clans, Modern Art
Weekenders:  Titan, Civilization, Roads & Boats
Margaret -- Wide Variety
I enjoy playing a wide variety of games. Which game I prefer at a given time depends on a number of factors, including how much time I have, my mental energy level, and the type of game the other players are interested in. Many of my favorite games fit in to one or more of the following categories:
Strategy Games:  Settlers of Catan, Rumis, Brass, Caylus, Puerto Rico
Cooperative Games:  Scotland Yard, Shadows over Camelot, Arkham Horror, Lord of the Rings, Fury of Dracula
Holidays/New Gamers:  Uptown, Can’t Stop, Bang!, Lost Cities, Alhambra, Bohnanza, Oasis
John -- Abstract Strategy
I'm John. I enjoy Abstract Strategy style games best. Pure logic, devoid of distracting theme. At the same time I believe the meaning of life is to have fun. I have a lot of friends who don’t know about most board and card games, so I’m always looking for new games that are easy to learn, and fun to play the first time. I love to teach new games, all I need to know is how many people are playing!
1 player:  Grey Matter, Gordian's Knot, Word Winks
2 players:  Chess, Quarto, Magic the Gathering
3 players:  Risk 2210, Uptown
4 players:  Blokus, Settlers of Catan, Blongo Ball
5 players:  Bang!, Scattergories, Incan Gold
6 players:  Mille Bornes, Gift Trap
7 or more:  Apples to Apples, Werewolves of Millers Hollow, Electronic Catch Phrase
Steve & Jami's Family (Age 12)
We have regular game nights at our house and our kids, all age 12, have grown up loving board games (yes, they are all age 12 – quadruplets). Now that they are almost teens, we find games to be the absolute best way to relax and have fun together, with just us 6, or with a house full of friends. Although our tastes are diverse within the family, our list includes games that we all agree on... Well, mostly agree on.
Strategy:  Carcassonne, Alhambra, Metro, Pirates Cove, Hoity Toity, Jamaica
2 Players:  Lost Cities, Jambo, Carcassonne the Castle, Chess, Stratego,
Quick and Easy:  Incan Gold, For Sale!, Drakon, Uno
Other:  Apples to Apples, Dungeons & Dragons, Magic the Gathering
Syd & Jay's Family (Ages 5 and 8)
Our game personality is evolving as our children grow older and develop different interests. Our son Gabe is 8. Gabe is a good reader and interested in anything involving battles, wars, monsters, aliens, and armies. If it is his turn to select a game he would choose a game which has complicated directions (which he listens to and understands once being explained by an adult), takes at least 2 hours to play, and involves battles. Some of his favorite games are: Memoir '44 (very difficult); Heroscape (can be difficult to learn with all the special rules, but can also be played in a simpler version); Pokemon (easy to learn); and Battleship.

Our daughter Avrie is 5. She prefers games which are not complicated to learn, and can be played in no more than one hour. Some of Avrie's favorite games are: Pretty Pretty Princess; Dancing Eggs; Candy Land; I Spy Go Fish; Connect Four; and Good Night Moon Game.

When we play games as a family we have found that we prefer games that can be learned in no more than 10-15 minutes, that can be finished within an hour, and that do not have a lot of special rules that need to be followed. Some family favorites that seem to keep everyone’s interest are: Life -- Pirates of the Caribbean version; Can't Stop; Ned's Head; Mouse Trap; Card games such as Go Fish; Jenga; and Yahtzee.