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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

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Gin Rummy
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 14, 2014 @05:47PM (#47673597)
    Why can't anyone make a decent version of Global Thermonuclear War?
  • Go (Score:5, Insightful)

    by bargainsale (1038112) on Thursday August 14, 2014 @05:48PM (#47673605)
    Go. How could you miss that one?
  • Social Opportunity (Score:4, Insightful)

    by bobdehnhardt (18286) on Thursday August 14, 2014 @07:14PM (#47674203)

    My choice is Poker, because for me, it's the most social of the games listed. When my friends and I were all local to each other (we're now scattered to opposite ends of the country), we'd get together for penny-ante games that were more about conversation, jokes and obscure movie references than about gambling. The big winner of the night might leave $4-5 richer, the big loser might drop $2-3, but everyone would have had a great time.

    • by mythosaz (572040)

      We still use one of the big poker sites to host our free games, then include a Google Hangout on top of it for some multi-person video conferencing, allowing people cross-country to virtually play at the same table.

    • by istartedi (132515)

      We had games like that in high school. Best poker experience ever.

    • Penny ante sucks and is not really poker. You can't bluff in penny ante, everybody is always going to call. Might as well play 'go fish'.

    • by Kjella (173770)

      We did that a few times with Texas Hold'Em except with a winner-takes-it-all prize, but the challenge was finding the sweet spot where there's enough at stake that people take it a bit seriously but not too seriously. With no money involved it was just crazy random play, people didn't care so they played the way that was most fun like playing every hand, pulling off the most absurd bluffs and so on. It gets old pretty quick and there's no penalty to busting out, the resemblance to real poker was minimal.


    • All of that applies to bridge too. The main problem with bridge is that you need multiples of four to play.

  • Chess (Score:4, Funny)

    by GrahamCox (741991) on Thursday August 14, 2014 @07:19PM (#47674231) Homepage
    Of those listed, Chess is the only game (possibly the only game ever invented) that has no element of chance whatsoever. You win or lose purely by the decisions you make and the power of your own intellect. Even though I'm not very good, I do find it a stimulating and very satisfying game.
    • by mythosaz (572040)

      possibly the only game ever element of chance


      Go? Arimaa? Tic-Tac-Toe?

    • Chess is the only game (possibly the only game ever invented) that has no element of chance whatsoever. You win or lose purely by the decisions you make and the power of your own intellect. Even though I'm not very good, I do find it a stimulating and very satisfying game.

      Possibly the only game event invented that has no element of chance? You need to try more games, it's not even the only one in that list. Anyway, a lack of chance doesn't by itself make chess better or worse than anything else.

    • When you play a bridge tournament, you play as part of a 4-person team. All the cards are dealt and placed in boards such that once they're played, they're replaced back as the North, South, East, or West hand.

      Now your team of 4 is split into two partnerships, one playing all the N/S hands, one playing all the E/W hands. For any given hand of N,S,E,W, what counts isn't what your partnership does on your cards (either N/S or E/W), it's the delta between what your other partnership scored and what you scored.

      • While this is an important part of making competitive bridge fair, I'd argue that there is still an element of chance, since players lack perfect information. As with chess, the notion of strategically perfect play makes sense. However, in contrast to chess, a bridge player could make the "wrong" decision based on a poor assessment of probability, yet still be rewarded when their bad guess happens to be correct. In any given game, this could lead to a bad move having a better outcome, even when the other
      • by lazlo (15906)

        I was going to say pretty much the same thing and you beat me to it. When I was young I loved bridge so much. My parents played duplicate bridge in a local group and taught me to play and let me say, being a bridge-playing only child is incredibly frustrating. The only way I could get a chance to play was if someone came to visit by themselves, who also played bridge, and who didn't mind playing with a young kid. That didn't happen much.

        • I played a lot of bridge in college & grad school, but then only read about clubs playing in the middle of the day. Just six weeks ago, I found a local club that has evening games, and I'm getting back into the groove after two decades of playing only bad contract bridge every other year when Christmas was at my parents' house.

          Check for local bridge clubs where you are; they love to have younger players, and most are happy to accommodate singletons until they find a regular partner.

    • The AI in master chess computers, in essence try as many combinations as possible to find the best outcome. However it still takes way to long to process all the possible games. So there is a degree of trimming involved. Meaning not all combinations are in play. So there is a particular degree of randomness based on what future actions we choose to predict and not.

      I personally stink at chess and can barely see 2 moves ahead of me.

    • by SQLGuru (980662)

      Actually, if properly (perfectly?) played, doesn't White win? So that random selection at the very beginning really determines the inevitable outcome?

      • by jez9999 (618189)

        Nope, if both sides play pretty much perfectly they'll always draw, I think.

        • While it seems likely that perfect play by both sides in chess will result in a stalemate, a quick search didn't turn up any actual research that proves it. Interestingly, for Go, there is a simple argument to see that perfect play will result in a draw, provided that the komi [] (handicap points awarded to white as compensation for moving second) are chosen optimally.

          Let's say we have two theoretically perfect players playing a game of go. In normal go games, it doesn't matter what the difference in points

          • by ihtoit (3393327)

            I always played chess to stalemate. It's usually a mistake on my opponents' part that hands me the game. I've lost probably 2% of the games I've ever played.

      • Actually, if properly (perfectly?) played, doesn't White win?

        It's an open maths question, nobody has ever number crunched the perfect game.

  • Spades is my favorite card game. Used to play just about every night with my suitemates.

  • by X!0mbarg (470366) on Thursday August 14, 2014 @07:58PM (#47674551)
    Seriously, folks. It's a Blast to play.
    • It can be, but it can also get to be a bit of a slogfest with more than two or three players. I've played games that have lasted six hours because the incentive is to constantly team up against the person in the lead, and there are so many ways to knock them down. I've also seen people get pissed off at other people while playing, which is probably to be expected in a game that openly encourages you to stab your buddy in the back.

      It's clever and the cards are especially funny the first three or four times

  • It's the one group game I get to play semi-regularly - my wife and I have been playing it with the same friends ever since we got out of college, back in the 80s.

    When I was still in college, Cribbage, Hearts, and Spades were all very popular in the dorms.

    I've always wanted to learn Bridge, but since I'm the only one in my circle with any interest - it's never happened.

  • Pinochle wipes the floor with the rest of these. There is chance involved (based on the deal), wagering, trump cards, having a partner whose cards you are not fully acquainted with, and various styles of play that have all sorts of good and bad consequences based on all of the above, as well as the opponents style.

  • by NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) on Thursday August 14, 2014 @11:40PM (#47675361)

  • by lister king of smeg (2481612) on Friday August 15, 2014 @02:17AM (#47675793)

    This is slashdot why is there no AD&D option? No Gurps? and worst of all no cowboyneal?

  • Is the only game on the list that I know the rules for. Am I henceforth banned from Slashdot?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Chance and partnership - when you lose, you can blame the cards or your partner.

  • The non-computer game I like best right now is Oh Hell, [] especially at a penny a point. I've been playing it for decades at a club I belong to and according to the records kept by one of the players I'm "lifetime positive" because I've won more overall than I've lost. Most players consider it a cheap form of entertainment but I'm one of the few who considers it a minor source of income.
    • That's one I used to play when I was a kid. We played games every Sunday, before the Disney movie of the week started at 8:00. We would play board games like Monopoly, Life, Careers, and so on, or play card games like pinochle, canasta, and poker. Not all on the same night, of course.

      With poker, we played many different types, including 5 card draw, 5 and 7 card stud, something dad called baseball, Oh Hell, and a few others. The dealer called which game we played, and the deal passed to the left after each

  • by bluegutang (2814641) on Friday August 15, 2014 @03:31AM (#47675945)
  • Calvinball (Score:5, Funny)

    by pla (258480) on Friday August 15, 2014 @10:24AM (#47677419) Journal
    Subject says it all.
  • I voted for poker, but only if it's casual. I'm no world class card player. But from that list, it's what I could spend an afternoon doing with a group of friends. Second would have been Checkers, but that is slightly limited.

  • by mx+b (2078162) on Friday August 15, 2014 @01:07PM (#47678981)
    but only on Tuesdays.
  • by gemtech (645045) on Friday August 15, 2014 @01:12PM (#47679031)
    living in the eastern extreme of the Midwest, Ohio.
  • by fph il quozientatore (971015) on Friday August 15, 2014 @01:53PM (#47679439) Homepage
    I started playing bridge during my PhD, at 25. it's a very interesting strategy game, once you get over the "game for old people" stereotype. If you can find a few friends to learn and practice with, I definitely recommend it.

    There is also a very nice web-based community (so you can play it even without friends and without leaving your mom's basement); most active players play online on, including the pros -- on that website you can easily find world champions playing a hand or two just to chill out. It's free (as in beer), unlike the face-to-face tournament which are sorta expensive.

  • If you are from western Canada. Much like Hearts/Bridge or Whist with a limited deck of cards.
  • Come one, how can you not have that as a choice? It has all the movie and nerd cultural references you could ask for.

  • by TheNinjaroach (878876) on Friday August 15, 2014 @04:29PM (#47681023)
    Short of the missing CowboyNeal option, I'd play euchre.
    • How is this not in here? Must be the most popular card game I have ever played. I have in the euchre club in my high school. We did not have a football team, or any official clubs that I know of, but we had euchre every day.
  • I especially love the rule of "Red dragons are wild on even-numbered hands"
  • by ihtoit (3393327) on Friday August 15, 2014 @07:15PM (#47682133)

    Anyone who voted anything else=fail. Please turn in your Nerd Pass immediately.

  • I can't believe that Cribbage isn't on the list. Then again, maybe it doesn't meet the Slashdot demographic. My parents, who are in the 70s+ now, and their friends all play Crib. Maybe it just isn't as popular in the US as it is in Canada.

    I've always been interested in learning how to play Go, ever since I read about the game in an old DIY woodworking book. My plan was to build a Go board and then learn the game. It's one of those projects on my To-Do list...

    Personally, I like Hearts. I find it has th

  • whist! But I rather play a board game. power grid, agricola, pandemic, 7 wonders ...

  • But in a poll like this there really, really needs to be an "Other." I'm a Scrabble man.

  • ... but not on Tuesdays.

  • I choose Chess because of the ones listed, it's the on I enjoy most with my kids, but if I was playing a game against Magnus Carlsen, then Chess would just be a waste of both our time. Granted, a brief waste.

  • by Hamsterdan (815291) on Monday August 18, 2014 @10:48AM (#47695103)

    I stopped playing it, the cards kept flying off the car's dashboard as soon as you get the windows down on the highway

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