No one likes the wet blanket. The spoilsport. The poo-pooer. But sometimes a game is so insufferable that any sane person is given no choice in the matter. Which leads to today’s Friday question: is there a game that you refuse to play? A corrollary question: how do you get out of playing the game you hate? Answer in the comments.
There aren’t many games that I refuse to play, but a game that I hate is Apples to Apples. The game is subject to the caprices of the judge, who invariably is ill suited for that position (read: he doesn’t choose my card). I am also not a fan of Mafia. The game is mob ruled, and any player who uses logic is killed the first round. Or, he lives through the first round of killings, which goes against the “killed first round” normalcy and casts suspicion on him, making him the first victim lynched. (Read: I always get killed first and have to keep my mouth shut for the rest of the game.) I usually don’t refuse to play these games, but I try to steer the mob toward something more fun–which is almost anything.
I will pretty much play any game that a whole group wants to play, even if it’s not my favorite. Aside from obvious no-nos like Monopoly, I am actually not much of a fan of Bang. I try to avoid any game with player elimination (unless the game ends within 13 seconds of the first elimination) and in my experience, Bang either ends way too quickly with the death of the sheriff, or stretches on far too long after a few players are out and can no longer participate. Whenever a less-tasteful game is brought up, I either take the hit and don’t complain and just try to enjoy being with friends, or offer up a different game that everyone can participate in.