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Andrew / February 29, 2008 12:51 PM

I'm a Scrabble man, myself; I've resisted Scrabulous for the sole reason that I occasionally need to get work done.

karen / February 29, 2008 1:04 PM


i love trouble. the little noise the die makes when you pop it... ahhh.... memories.

David / February 29, 2008 1:09 PM

Classic, plastic Connect Four for me, thank you very much.

It's like vertical checkers with different rules!

dan / February 29, 2008 1:31 PM

As far as the standards go...
I loves me some Scrabble and chess.

I used to geek out on Warhammer 40k, Pirates of Cattaan, and this obscure German candle game. (Anyone every played this?) Haven't played any of those in almost 10 years.

As far as video games, I love them, but I feel guilty playing them. I saw Michel Gondry speak at the Apple Store, and he talked about how video games demolish your creativity. I somewhat (but not totally) agree. That said, Resident Evil 4 for the PS2 is friggin' awesome.

And this drum game too!

wackpuma / February 29, 2008 1:33 PM

Right now my favorite is German export, Settlers of Cantan. My friends have been playing constantly for a while.

Mikey / February 29, 2008 1:51 PM


Mercourier / February 29, 2008 1:51 PM

I love a good game of Candy Land. When my mom sold my old classic version in a garage sale I was really upset. The new one just isn't the same.... sigh.

Eamon / February 29, 2008 2:01 PM

Video: Rez
Board: Scrabble
Ball: Football
Drinking: Asshole
Big: Lion
End: Global Thermonuclear War

whitney / February 29, 2008 2:26 PM


whitney / February 29, 2008 2:26 PM


mary / February 29, 2008 2:28 PM

dr mario!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i will play it on any system its available on. i own at it.

as for board games, scrabble and cranium are my top picks.

A / February 29, 2008 3:13 PM

Not the question, I know, but I'll tell you what is NOT my favorite game is any of the super-involved, strategic games that my husband likes to play with his friends. They will all have "homework" to read the instructions the night before and then be playing these insane games for hours over the weekend. That is not a game, it's a part time job! If I can't drink beer whilst playing, it is not the game for me.

Steven / February 29, 2008 3:25 PM

Dirty Scrabble. Naughty words count twice PLUS your competitors need to remove an article of clothing.

robin / February 29, 2008 3:25 PM

World of Warcraft
any funny boardgame

flange / February 29, 2008 3:27 PM

stalking exes.

or texas hold 'em. but all my hipster friends have moved on to other games.

so stalking exes.

anne / February 29, 2008 3:46 PM

I still lament my parents secretly selling my Hungry Hungry Hippos game out from under my nose at a yard sale when I was little. It was too loud, they said, but I thought it was awesome.

milena / February 29, 2008 3:52 PM

Board games - Scrabble is my pick because its inspiring. Words you dont use in your every day vernacular suddenly come out and you feel like a genius for a moment and hope and pray your oppenent doesnt put thier letters in your spot.

Video games it would have to be Mario Kart or Tetris. Both have equally addictive qualities

Mare Duh / February 29, 2008 4:00 PM


Utter / February 29, 2008 4:43 PM

Seconding Hungry Hungry Hippos. It's hippos. They're hungry. What more do you need?

Kevin / February 29, 2008 5:09 PM

My favorite game is: I'm captain of the football team, and my wife is on the cheerleading squad and....

Mindy / February 29, 2008 6:05 PM


JD / February 29, 2008 6:16 PM

Civilization 1

T. Sawyer / February 29, 2008 9:11 PM


freepy shwirtel / February 29, 2008 9:44 PM

I admire a Ouija board from a distance. And every so often, maybe get it out of the box and tempt the spirits...

Board Game Raised / February 29, 2008 11:34 PM

Grew up playing all the classic Board Games of the 60"s , always got a game at Christmas. Milton Bradley's war series games were good.... best was Battle Cry ( Civil War ). The 3M Bookshelf games were great, such as Stocks and Bonds, Acquire.

If you play Risk in it's designd glorious cut throat manner, I believe it is the only game where you can end up loosing your best friend.

Hearts needs to be played that way too, but it lacks that continued intensity of Risk. Back some forty years ago, my brother flipped the Risk board once he was so mad. I have a wooden pieces set.

Lori / March 1, 2008 8:24 AM

Scrabble- I play through
The Pixie Pit- almost every single day.

I also love my travel Scrabble set- the pieces lock in-

greg / March 1, 2008 12:32 PM

Party: Cash 'n' Guns

Strategy Board: Robo Rally

Classic Parker Bros: Can't Stop, Masterpiece

2-player: Pente, Backgammon

charlie / March 1, 2008 4:16 PM

Doctor & Nurse

joshua / March 1, 2008 9:04 PM

correction to wackpuma's post: it's Settlers of "Catan," which i point out only because it's one of my favorites and i want others to find it easily. get Cities & Knights expansion.

another is Pop 5 which is a super fun team game.

and, if you think you can lose a friend over Risk, then stay far away from Diplomacy.

lastly, Anagrams, like scrabble without the board where you can steal words from each other by making them into new words.

Mattz / March 2, 2008 3:55 PM

Chess by far...My friends and I would play so much in college that we would see pieces move in our dreams. After that, the slightly less geeky Risk.

corinna / March 2, 2008 7:01 PM


vanessa / March 2, 2008 8:06 PM

I love Scrabble, but Upwords is my current favorite. Love it.

Also, Bang. It's a card game by an Italian game company. It's sheriff and deputies vs. outlaws, set in the Wild West and it is fun!

kate / March 2, 2008 8:48 PM

Video: Contra

Board: Catch Phrase

Brandy / March 2, 2008 10:39 PM

Board = Rail Barons. Great reason to get 5 people (the perfect number) together for BS, snacking and rail empire building.

spence / March 3, 2008 9:06 AM

chess, backgammon, risk, oh my. I've never been much of a video "gamer."

Vin / March 3, 2008 9:50 AM

Board game, either Trivial Pursuit or Risk. I'm not much into board games, though.

Video game, Sim City, otherwise-game, texas hold 'em.

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