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Dibdib

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Re: What are your favourite/least favourite board games?
« Reply #125 on: December 04, 2014, 12:12:50 pm »
if anyone has been made interested by this thread in trying board games again [Ticket to Ride Europe] is the game I would recommend getting.

I'd second that. I took it home last Christmas to a bunch of non-gaming-types.

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Dammit! Ear-wormed  :demon:

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: What are your favourite/least favourite board games?
« Reply #126 on: December 07, 2014, 10:37:29 pm »
Santa brought The Hobbit board game (no, this is not early - yesterday was St Nicholas' Day) and we've played it once. There were just two of us playing and it was ok, but it felt like it went too fast and too easily. I think it would be better with more people.
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Ruthie

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Re: What are your favourite/least favourite board games?
« Reply #127 on: December 07, 2014, 10:38:38 pm »
I'm thinking of getting the Discworld board game for Christmas.
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Dibdib

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Re: What are your favourite/least favourite board games?
« Reply #128 on: December 07, 2014, 11:21:00 pm »
I'm thinking of getting the Discworld board game for Christmas.

Ooh I'd be interested to know if it's any good :)

Re: What are your favourite/least favourite board games?
« Reply #129 on: December 08, 2014, 07:57:01 am »
I'm thinking of getting the Discworld board game for Christmas.
Which one? There are 3 that I know of; 'Discworld - Ankh Morpork' is by far the best IMHO.

Ruthie

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Re: What are your favourite/least favourite board games?
« Reply #130 on: December 08, 2014, 07:52:54 pm »
I'm thinking of getting the Discworld board game for Christmas.
Which one? There are 3 that I know of; 'Discworld - Ankh Morpork' is by far the best IMHO.

Well, if you've tested it for me I'll get that one.
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RJ

  • Droll rat
Re: What are your favourite/least favourite board games?
« Reply #131 on: December 11, 2014, 12:51:05 pm »
Catan is a favourite in our household too.

Also Carcassonne; and 221b Baker Street. 

Wascally Weasel

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Re: What are your favourite/least favourite board games?
« Reply #132 on: December 11, 2014, 01:51:26 pm »
Catan is a favourite in our household too.

Also Carcassonne; and 221b Baker Street.

I've got the City edition of Carcassonne - has lots of nice wooden pieces, city walls and towers as well as the meeples.  I have only reecently learned this word for the little wooden people pieces you can use to deonote different callses of person in game and I like it. 

Wascally Weasel

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The Board Game Thread
« Reply #133 on: December 11, 2014, 04:54:53 pm »
I went to Dragonmeet last Saturday which is an annual UK event where people* meet to buy games, playtest new games, play some new or classic games and sit in on panel discussions on various aspects of gaming**.

It’s an ok event, and was where I learned to play Lancaster a few years ago, one of my more recent favourites.  It has felt like it’s been getting smaller over the last few years to my mind but this year reversed that trend.  There seemed to be more people at it and also a little less of a gender imbalance too, both of which were nice to see.  I’m guessing this is due in part to the return to popularity of board games as an activity.

One of the good bits was a seminar where some stalwarts of UK gaming, Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson  were there to talk through their top ten favourite games (anyone remember The Warlock of Firetop Mountain and other choose-your-own-adventure games?  That was them)

Of the games they rated there were quite a few I’ve never heard of and a few I haven’t played in years like Acquire.  Steve Jackson favoured a mixture of more backstabby games or solo games, including two computer games (one of which was Dune II) while Ian Livingstone favoured less out and out competitive games. 

Livingstone also rated highly a lot of newer games including Small World, Pandemic and Ticket to Ride (Europe).  What I found really interesting was that  Ian Livingstone said that if he had been asked the question a year ago, Ticket to Ride (Europe) would have been his tenth favourite game but now it’s second (also since both Steve and Ian rated Dungeons & Dragons as their all time favourite game, perhaps unsurprisingly, that makes TtR his favourite board game ever!)

I’m also on a list to possibly do some playtesting of a co-operative game based around the Thunderbirds franchise, being planned for a launch next year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the TV programme.


*  There were a few Cosplayers there, I think maybe someone had told them it was like Comicon, which it isn’t really, at least not that aspect of it.

**And buy dice, lots of dice.  I’m somehow unable to leave this event without buying a new set of dice.

Edit: I've changed the title to be a more general thread on the subject

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: The Board Game Thread
« Reply #134 on: December 11, 2014, 09:01:23 pm »
Gender imbalance? I don't know, cos it's not my thing, but the very name Dragonmeet does suggest more fantasy, geeky games - a long way from snakes or ladders or Monopoly! - and that does seem to be very male interest. (As to why it's a male interest, that probably would require a thread of its own!)

(I played The Hobbit again this evening, and it seemed more fun than last time. Probably just the luck of the cards and dice - it seemed more challenging and like a thing to do - and I lost this time!)
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a lower gear

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Re: The Board Game Thread
« Reply #135 on: December 11, 2014, 10:24:11 pm »
Apocalypse - the game of nuclear devastation. Cult game in my university circle. We used to take the board on holidays in the west of Ireland and play interminable games in the pub whilst waiting for the rain to stop. After a few years we lost the missile pieces and played with Lego bricks instead

"It's not personal - I just need to nuke that part of your empire to clear a path to attack Xxxx".

Onlookers, seeking to end game because the rain has stopped: "Fire the missle!" [American pronounciation].

Brabant ALWAYS got nuked.

http://2warpstoneptune.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/board-games-apocalypse-the-game-of-nuclear-devastation-1980/

http://batscaveofgames.co.uk/?page_id=401

Ruthie

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Re: The Board Game Thread
« Reply #136 on: December 11, 2014, 10:28:53 pm »
Cards Against Humanity definitely my favourite, I think.
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Mrs Pingu

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Re: The Board Game Thread
« Reply #137 on: December 11, 2014, 10:45:01 pm »
Any games good for just 2 players?
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Wascally Weasel

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Re: The Board Game Thread
« Reply #138 on: December 12, 2014, 11:56:02 am »
Any games good for just 2 players?

There are a lot of exceptionally good strategy games and simulations that are specifically two player games but I suspect you’re asking for more fun two player games than wargames?

There are a lot of card and deck building type games* that are either specifically two player games or work well with two players and if you’ve got a game shop anywhere near you, it’s worth a look around and ask for recommendations in the shop – I’m less keen on this mechanic myself so don’t know good games of this type.

Of the games I’ve mentioned upthread, Carcassonne is pretty good with two players.  I don’t think it suffers as a two player game at all and many people think it is best with two players.  It’s a game with a very broad appeal and a good one to introduce people to newer style board games with.

Lancaster has a specific two player game mode with two lower powered ‘ally’ player positions that each person in a two player game controls.  Works quite well and is good if you can’t get more players together.

Awful Green Things is specifically a two payer game and is fun if very silly.

Ticket to Ride isn’t bad as a two player but is much better with at least three people.

Pandemic
can be played fine with two, with each player taking two player cards – it’s a co-operative game so it doesn’t really matter that there are only two people playing and I have really enjoyed playing it that way.

I’ve got a quite good game called A Few Acres Of Snow which is a board and deck building game around the Anglo French conflict in 18th Century North America – a bit more serious and lengthy than the other games I’ve mentioned.

Games I haven’t played but have heard recommended as good with two players:

Lost Cities
Troyes
Mage Knight
Netrunner
– None of my friends have played this but it has been very highly recommended.


*Some people here are obviously keen players of lots of different games but I appreciate not everyone is – I’ll do a separate post on the different types of game and gameplay as some may be unfamiliar to anyone who hasn’t played a new game recently, a lot has changed!

Wascally Weasel

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Re: The Board Game Thread
« Reply #139 on: December 12, 2014, 12:19:32 pm »
A brief explanation of the different type of games out there, in terms of type of gameplay – some of course will be a mixture of two or more aspects of play!


Board games – as they sound, games based on a board, usually with playing pieces moving around terrain or a track.  From as simple as Ludo to complicated wargames like A World at War – a game so big it has specific named counters for each and every capital ship in world war two (I’ve got a copy and had to build a special board for the (paper) map as I didn’t have a table big enough). 

Many, many board games really are just variants of either Ludo or Snakes and Ladders (especially the shit TV tie in games that appear every Christmas) but there are multitude of different board games out there, as described in the posts above and there has been a revolution in terms of quality over the last decade or so.  This seems to have been at least partly led by the really good games design coming out of German games companies. 

Play can include laying pieces on the board like the train counters in Ticket to Ride, attacking other players (Risk, Britannia and loads more) or even removing pieces such as the disease counters in Pandemic.

Examples: Ticket to Ride (various versions available but the European map one is strongly recommended), Small World, Civilisation, Britannia and many, many others.


Tile laying games – as it sounds, a game which usually doesn’t have a map or board, instead players take turns to lay terrain/map tiles as part of their turn.  This results in much more varied play as the map is rarely the same twice.  Play usually also involves card play of some sort, although not always.  A lot of the very good games of recent years have been tile laying games. 

Examples: Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, Forbidden Island and Zombies


Co-operative games – games in which players are working together to reach a common goal and are effectively playing against the game.  This can be a board game like Pandemic, played on a map of the world or a tile laying game like Forbidden Island where players are trying to rescue four treasures before the island sinks into the sea.

Some co-operative games have the possibility that one player will turn out to be working against the team, as in Shadows over Camelot where players are Knights of the Round Table trying to prevent Camelot falling, but one may be a traitor.  It has little model catapults and wins because of this alone.

Examples: Pandemic, Shadows over Camelot, Forbidden Island.


Card games – there are lots of different types of these too:

Trading card games such as Bohnanza where players gain points by collecting suits in the form of different types of beans and can trade cards with each other.

Deck building games such as Dominion where players are building up a collection of cards which allows them to reach objectives, perform tasks and attack or defend from other players.  Some are stand alone card games and some are combined in play with a board game.

Happy Families type games
where people are either collecting or getting rid of cards.  A personal favourite is Family Business where players start with a ‘family’ of historical mobsters and seek to wipe out the gangsters of all the other players, using different event and action cards.

Story telling – some games involve card collecting that effectively build up a story.

There are probably loads of other different takes on card games I haven’t thought of but that’s a good start.

Wascally Weasel

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Re: The Board Game Thread
« Reply #140 on: December 12, 2014, 12:29:25 pm »
Gender imbalance? I don't know, cos it's not my thing, but the very name Dragonmeet does suggest more fantasy, geeky games - a long way from snakes or ladders or Monopoly! - and that does seem to be very male interest. (As to why it's a male interest, that probably would require a thread of its own!)

That's certainly the prevailing media opionion and may once have been true.  But as with SF/Fantasy fandom, women are better represented than the media imply and are a significant proportion of gamers. Of the circle of people I play with, I think it's between about a 60/40 to 50/50 split at most sessions.

I wouldn't actually want to play/socialise in a group that was always just blokes.

I loved the tshirt one woman had on at Dragonmeet which said 'Fake Geek Girl' on it.  It's all about ethics in gaming journalism of course.

Mrs Pingu

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Re: The Board Game Thread
« Reply #141 on: December 12, 2014, 05:38:18 pm »
Thanks for the explanatory posts Mr Weasel :)
I had a look at Carcassonne but my brain said "sounds like civ, Pingu will kick your arse at that". Big river corp didn't have Awful Green things, so I have ordered Pandemic and Netrunner, and Cards against Humanity cos I thought it would make my brother arf.
Will see how we get on with those....
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menthel

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Re: The Board Game Thread
« Reply #142 on: September 17, 2015, 01:41:41 pm »
Sushi Go! Its a great little card game that takes no time to play but is such good fun. Its basically a pass the cards collecting game with short and long term play. We played it three times last night and it was really, really good fun!

Re: What are your favourite/least favourite board games?
« Reply #143 on: September 17, 2015, 02:50:03 pm »
The nice thing about backgammon, is that it's skill and luck. A few double sixes and you're in with a fighting chance against anyone.
Or not... one of the most intriguing things about backgammon is that the 'best' roll changes from turn to turn.  6-and-1 and 3-and-1 are the best rolls to start with, but they might be useless if you're trapped on the bar and can only come in on a 4!  It's great that backgammon can swing so much over the course of a game, and that it's not often clear-cut what the best move is for any given roll.

My brother and I used to play the politically-incorrect http://www.games-collector.com/boardgame/g/great-blackfeet-indian-canoe-game-1980.html at my grandparents' house.  A simple card game, partly luck-driven but underlain by a surprisingly sophisticated strategy.  And the artwork is beautiful.

Another of my favourites is 'pick-up-and-deliver' game https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/14196/ocean-trader.  Many wonderful family strops were had while ferrying spices, timber and dates around the world.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: The Board Game Thread
« Reply #144 on: May 25, 2016, 11:33:51 am »
There are now board game cafes! Where you can play board games on special board game furniture while eating special board game food (sandwiches... ).
http://www.bristol247.com/channel/news-comment/daily/news-wire/bristols-first-board-game-cafe-opens
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