Why Games Work In Some Families And Not Others?

Is it just chance, or are there some common factors that affect or indeed afflict those families where the mention of playing a board game will trigger the strongest of reactions? Some will encounter groans or worse people making for the nearest door; meanwhile in other families peoples’ eyes light up and a stampede for the gaming cupbard ensues.  Let's examine why this can take place - and what we can do about it.