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[–] Weiji 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I do all the game buying in my group so they play what I bring. Small World is my group's favorite game by a long shot. Anytime I bring a new game over and ask how people liked it, I am usually asked "Why didn't you bring Small World?" So, what I'll do is bring Small World every few weeks and only Small World. I have had luck getting games that are requested other than Small World in my case, it just takes some figuring out on what your group likes. My group definitely wants theme and things that don't last longer than 90 minutes. Small World, Alien Frontiers and Dead of Winter have been among the most requested, and games like Five Tribes, Caverna, and Keyflower get "I'm so bored shoot me" looks. Of course it is difficult when sometimes I am given mixed signals like 'this game isn't so bad, maybe bring it again" only to later hear "oh I hated that game so much". Perhaps in your case your group is saying that they like Pandemic, Small World, or Betrayal, and they are really saying they hate it.

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[–] shaken_not_stirred [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Good point. I guess I just need to try more games with them and hope something sticks. I never thought about them not wanting to hurt my feelings by saying they enjoyed a game when they actually didn't. I think I'll ask a friend or two, one-on-one, to get their honest opinion. Thanks.

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[–] Weiji 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Another thing to consider is printing out player aids for games. When I brought Alien Frontiers out I kind of assumed no one needed the player aids since the game board has icons for actions but I found out quickly I was wrong. The game really dragged and player aids were of discussion throughout. I printed out some player aids the second time and it went smoothly. I know some games come with player aids but BoardGameGeek might have some better ones with a more thorough explanation of actions. I know when I've played a few games at a game shop, that when I don't have a player aid I really struggle to keep up with a new game.

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[–] Bu11DawgNC 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

It's a tough situation once you get into the wild. Honestly most of my gaming is either solo, or with my wife and son.

I'm guessing once my kids are a little older I'll probably start looking for regular groups on meetup or at my FLGS, but until then, I'm soaking up as much time as I can with my little ones.

Sorry for an answer that doesn't help you AT ALL. :) It truly can be difficult once post college life kicks in.

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[–] shaken_not_stirred [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Thanks for the reply. At least I know I'm not alone :)