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Board Games - what have you ended up throwing/giving away?

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Cagliostro Thu 27-Oct-16 22:14:18

As there are always threads about what games are good I thought it'd be interesting to talk about the not-so-good! I am game obsessed and we have a ridiculously huge collection, but I'm finally ready to start weeding out some of the less good games (as someone with ASD and hoarding tendencies this is a MASSIVE deal!)...

I am tempted to chuck some of the Lego games into the general box of bricks - much as the games are lovely to build and look at, I don't think the actual game play is that great with some of them.

Others I'm considering saying goodbye to:
Sort It Out - not much of a fan of trivia games TBH
Destination Hogwarts - love Harry Potter but this game is just meh
Fleeced - again LOVE Wallace and Gromit and the pieces are nice but it's a bit dull
Scrabble Trickster - we have regular scrabble anyway
Scotland Yard - haven't played this for years as I didn't understand it, will give it another go first
Simpsons Game - used to play this loads in my teens but it hasn't had a look in in years
Game of Life - ditto

I know lots of people have big clear outs before Christmas so if you're getting rid of games, what are you ditching and why?

ridingsixwhitehorses Thu 27-Oct-16 22:23:25

I remember Coppit from when I was a kid

AlbusPercival Thu 27-Oct-16 22:26:21

Oh I love Scotland Yard!

Agree with Lego creationary, we gave ours away.

OvOntToSuckYourBlood Thu 27-Oct-16 22:28:34


It was freaking impossible! I don't remember it being so hard as a child. No one (out of 10 people) could do it.

Cagliostro Thu 27-Oct-16 23:07:01

I'm sure Scotland Yard would be good if we could understand it grin

Have to admit we haven't actually tried Coppit yet - I picked it up dirt cheap in a charity shop as I'd seen it mentioned on MN game threads. So obviously we will try it in case we like it.

Creationary got tipped into the Lego box pretty quickly grin I think I'll put my foot down on Minotaurus, we have other far better maze type games and it's so dull. And technically it's my game not a family one grin I don't like city alarm or magma monster either.

We have so many games that we haven't actually tried, problem is when we want to play a game we end up going for ones we know and love!

Cagliostro Fri 28-Oct-16 20:04:28

Right well I just got home and DH appears to have tipped two of the Lego games (minotaurus and magma monster) into the brick box already! Kind of annoyed as I was looking forward to breaking it up myself.

I have decided not to bother trying some of the games. This is a big deal for me but I am ok with it.

I think really I am just generally done with any of the 'roll dice, move counter' type games. There are far better formats available nowadays.

There are still a few games I am going to try, but some I am just going to take them out and have a look tonight. I may even play Coppit by myself blush grin

Badders123 Fri 28-Oct-16 20:20:18

I've just done this!
I got rid of;
Twister. Kids never played it.
Operation. Far too hard!
Topple. Kids loved it when smaller
Giant snakes and ladders. Again, played with loads when smaller.
Old monopoly (I'm getting Ds2 GofT one for Xmas smile)
Ticket to ride - people raved about this. It only got taken out of its box once.
Fishing game
Tell the time game
Grand Prix game. Never played with.
Top gear game. Never played with.

Ones I've kept;
Chess set
Toppling dominoes set
Connect 4
Time shock
Animal safari - Ds2 loves it!

Cagliostro Fri 28-Oct-16 20:51:46

Ohhh now I bloody love ticket to ride! grin But quite right, no point in keeping if you don't.

DCs have finally gone to bed so I'm getting some games out the cupboard to investigate and likely send to the charity shop.

Badders123 Fri 28-Oct-16 21:08:02

I thought we would too but obv have far too short an attention span grin

Toffeelatteplease Fri 28-Oct-16 21:12:18

Game of Thrones the board game. Bloody brutal and the cause of too many near relationship breakdowns!!!! grin

Cagliostro Fri 28-Oct-16 22:34:50


I have heard mixed things about GoT game, haven't looked into it as I don't watch it!

Right, successful evening - Tummy Ache is going, which is a big deal as I was SO happy when I found it in a charity shop a few years back - it's an old version with exactly the same pictures as when I was young. So it's going to a friend.

I have chucked Uno Stacko, Cluedo Express, Friends Scene It, Chalenj and Upwords as they had bits missing somewhere in the house but I have never bothered looking for them soooo that tells me what I actually feel about playing them.

Further investigation into Coppit just makes me think it's a bit dull, and I'm also getting rid of Ginny O, Rummikub Express and Scrabble Trickster.

Sorry this has basically turned into a decluttering thread! blush

Badders123 Sat 29-Oct-16 07:33:24

Oh I love a good declutter

AlbusPercival Sat 29-Oct-16 10:24:34

Game of thrones card game.

Bought for DH 2 xmas ago. Took out box once. Read rules for 90 minutes. Gave up

booellesmum Sat 29-Oct-16 10:31:19

I really hate the puppy in my pocket board game - but am not alowed to get rid of it. sad

scaredofthecity Sat 29-Oct-16 10:37:18

Omg yes GoT card game. We've really tried several times. That game is rediculously complicated.... grrrrr.

NotCitrus Sat 29-Oct-16 10:51:08

The Hobbit game is pretty poor, but the dcs like it because it has shiny jewels and sandwiches. Also if you play on the easy setting you always win against Smaug.

Gloom - looks beautiful, never got into it
Ninja Burger - should be a funny quasi-roleplaying game like Munchkin, but isn't well balanced.
Game of Life - kids just not interested
Various move counter, go back/forward type games - kids like them, on a good day they will play without me

Badders123 Sat 29-Oct-16 12:45:26

PersonAlly I think that's the issue....ridiculously complicated rules so you only take it out of the box once!

crankyagnes Sat 29-Oct-16 13:26:42

We got rid of Game of Life recently, DM gave it to me since it was mine as a child - didn't even like it then!

Also moved on -
Taboo - also mine as a child
Scrabble Junior - now way too easy for DS1
2 Scooby Doo games - 1 I loathed 1 that wasn't too bad, both charity shop both now grown out of

Wish I could persuade DS1 to let go of Monopoly but fear that will never happen! Not a huge fan of Battleships either.

Makes room for all the new games we've been getting over the year, so well worth the time spent smile

crankyagnes Sat 29-Oct-16 13:28:19

Our lego games also ended up in the lego bricks box - not entirely sure that was a conscious decision, more an reluctance to fish the right bits out again!

ChoccyJules Sat 29-Oct-16 13:32:02

Took Lost (TV spin-off) game to the charity shop. Almost threw it instead as didnt want to inflict the inaneness on anyone else!
We also gave away a scrabble for two people which had a sandtimer and various rounds. It bored me.
Wrong thread but have to mention we got Agricola yesterday (I used some birthday money). DD8 went to bed at 10pm and is now playing the solo game in the kitchen. Love it!

Undersmile Sat 29-Oct-16 13:35:28

Oh, I used to love Coppit as a child!

Cagliostro Sat 29-Oct-16 13:54:30

Yes I agree generally games are better when they have rules that at their core are really simple, but that leave a lot of room for personal strategies to develop. The old "easy to learn, difficult to master" type thing.

With more complicated games it's good if you can find someone to play with you who already knows it well - that's what we did with TTR.

Some games are definitely too complex though. Trying too hard I think.

CakeNinja Sat 29-Oct-16 15:41:16

Oh god, I dislike bored (intentional!) games intensely but suffer them for my children.
Not ticket to ride though.
We unboxed it. I looked through the instruction book, eyed up the board and pieces, re read the lengthy instructions and boxed it all back up again with a sigh. Wtf is that all about?

Others I really hate being asked to play are frustration, twister (for obvious reasons), anything longer than about 15/20 minutes, anything requiring strategies... I have never played cluedo and never will!

CakeNinja Sat 29-Oct-16 15:42:07

Oh god, they've got another one called Camel Cup or something, another one I won't play with them!!

NotCitrus Sat 29-Oct-16 16:28:34

Ticket to Ride isn't complicated, but the rules aren't well written. Basically choose which places you're going to try to join together, then when it's your go you either pick up two cards, or lay down the right number of cards of a colour to do a route. Or draw more destinations. That's pretty much it.

If you don't want a hugely complex game, don't buy Puerto Rico (needs 3+ gamers who know what they are doing, and about 3 hours).

I also own Diplomacy. Which needs 6 or 7 people to devote a good 5-8 hours to it. I've played a couple games over email with two moves a week, but otherwise never got the board out since I was a student.

The Carcassonne city walls version is horribly complicated but does come in a nice wooden box with wooden pieces of wall and turret. There's never enough to go all round your city though, so it feels a bit flat at the end.

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