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I've been Googling, but having a hard time finding what I'm looking for.

I need a few board games that are too young and boring for my MG character (who's 11). There are plenty of games that are geared for little kids that aren't horribly boring for older kids to play, but I'm really looking for the ones that you play a few times and you're done.

The only one I've come up with is Cootie. To be honest, I do love the game still, but I've always found it's one of those games that's not much fun to play over and over again.

Oh, also, bonus points if the game is vintage from the 60s or 70s.

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#1 - May 20, 2015, 08:52 PM
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Candyland. Super boring when you are 11. I speak from experience.
#2 - May 20, 2015, 09:15 PM

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You know, I've never played it. But I'll take your word for it.  ;)

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#3 - May 20, 2015, 09:20 PM
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Candyland. Chutes & Ladders. Hi Ho, Cherry-O. They've all been around since at least the 60s and I'm feeling a little bored just thinking about them!
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Thanks, Shauna! I'll add those.  ;D

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#5 - May 21, 2015, 12:31 AM
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Candyland is super boring. I really dislike memory matching games too.
#6 - May 21, 2015, 04:55 AM
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Agree on Chutes and Ladders. Could it be a puzzle? One of those preschool puzzles where the picture is on a board behind the puzzle pieces so it's completely obvious where everything goes?

We had a game called "Big Bird's Special Delivery" which was a game involving the Sesame Street characters delivering mail. It was pretty boring. Not so well known, though, so I don't know if that works for you.
#7 - May 21, 2015, 06:23 AM
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Ditto Candyland and Chutes & Ladders.
#8 - May 21, 2015, 08:10 AM
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I was going to say Candyland.

However, might be funny to make up your own name. Maybe a play on "Chutes and Ladders" or "Candyland". Perhaps something that sounds extra childish.
#9 - May 21, 2015, 08:58 AM
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Thanks, everyone!

Call me weird, but I actually like Snakes/Chutes and Ladders. Of course, as kids we modified the rules so you don't have to roll an exact number to win. Made it way less aggravating and far faster to play! ;)

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#10 - May 21, 2015, 09:04 AM
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Thanks, everyone!

Call me weird, but I actually like Snakes/Chutes and Ladders. Of course, as kids we modified the rules so you don't have to roll an exact number to win. Made it way less aggravating and far faster to play! ;)

I liked C&L for the sliding, but was disappointed to find the next generation got tired of the moral lessons at each end.  They've gotten better over the years, but its roots are dated in the ancient days of kids' games.
Sorry! had just as much sliding (also had a version with teams of Disney characters), even if someone else had to read the cards.

I was also surprised to see that Hi Ho Cherry-O still holds up over the decades, but I can't speak for anyone else's experience.
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What about a memory match game? You know, where you flip the cards over and have to find the two matching ones.
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I liked C&L for the sliding, but was disappointed to find the next generation got tired of the moral lessons at each end.  They've gotten better over the years, but its roots are dated in the ancient days of kids' games.
Sorry! had just as much sliding (also had a version with teams of Disney characters), even if someone else had to read the cards.

I was also surprised to see that Hi Ho Cherry-O still holds up over the decades, but I can't speak for anyone else's experience.

I had to look it up to see what you were talking about, Eric. We grew up with Snakes and Ladders as opposed to Chutes and Ladders and there were no moral lessons involved! Just ladders to climb and snakes to slide down!

Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone! I think I've got a list of games for my scene now. :)

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#13 - May 21, 2015, 11:52 AM
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Interesting! I had no idea about the history of C&L.
#14 - May 21, 2015, 01:32 PM
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