Manly games for Manly men?
2 months. that's all I have left until the anual mens campout. once a year a bunch of us guys pick a weekend, go out to a secluded camping area (occasionally in a campground) & behave poorly. We drink, we cuss, we eat meat & not much else, and we play poker using risque cards. We've been doing this for about 9 years now. The faces change a little, but theres always between 6 and 13 of us & a core group of 5 that show up every year. The problem is the poker. There are a couple of guys who claim to have "not budgeted" for gambling. And "let's divvy up the chips & play for fun". Now playing poker for fun is like climbing a rosebush. Sure it's a challenge.... But it's kind of stupid, and there is no feeling of accomplishment at being on top. The risque cards do have a certain attraction, but let's face it after the 6th year it's kind of redundant.
So I figure if we're not going to play for money, we might as well play something more enjoyable. I have been trying to introduce alternate games. But it's not a simple task. First off despite the fact that we carry 3 pickup trucks worth of gear (admitedly half of that is coolers (some of which have food)) we delude ourselves into thinking we are rough & manly men, secondly we drink early and often. So traditional "gateway games" are just mostly invites to ridicule. Sadly my biggest success was LCR huge in the non-money poker game. (but in the end voted down due to no money & no risque dice) At this point I'm thinking Risk just because it's simple, everyone has played it, and world domination feels manly. But there has to be something more and better out there.
So I appeal to you Spielers. I have been absorbing back issues, and there are tons of games I'd love to try. But last year my attempts with Polarity (first night & all players sober and abstract tolerant. (one of the guys loved Khet but wouldn't touch polarity)) and Kapow (thought the screw our neighbor aspect would work) I realize that practical experience makes a difference. So rather than stab in the dark again, I am asking for advice from practiced hands.
There is kind of a double edged benefit to the even this year. It is scheduled for Talk Like a Pirate Weekend. (okay yes it's technically only a day but since it falls on a friday, (like a birthday), it gets celebrated all weekend.) This means Pirate games have a decent chance. (So far I only have Cartagena and Loot, but I have hopes for both of them.) The downside is knowing the group we will be hitting the rum early and often. So simplicity (or knowing the rules drunk & sober on my part) is a must.
Having said all that...any suggestions?
(as another aside. the skies the limit. while I am budgeted, I am more than willing to use an excellent suggestion as an excuse to convince my wife I need to buy another game (or 7)
Thank you for your time,
PS. If this is the wrong forum I apologize. I wasn't sure where to post.