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Boardgames (and Other Tabletop Games I Guess)

Discussion in 'Games' started by Trynant, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. Trynant

    Trynant Manic Brawler

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    Let's talk about boardgames in this thread! And other tabletop games if you want!

    There was a thread in OT before the forums got split, found here, and we can just resume conversation from there.

    Sorry for lack of response for past few months. Nevertheless, here's a belated reply:

    Catan is okay. It's a good "gateway" game to the rich world of designer boardgames, but once you start playing beyond it, Catan wears out its welcome fast. If you have a Barnes and Nobles nearby, that store tends to sell some of the weird boardgames out there (at least the store near me does). Dominion is much better than Catan.

    Dungeon Twister is still my favorite game (although it might be tied with two other games, see below). I actually started with the Prison standalone game and ended up getting all the expansions barring the French-only ones. Basic is probably the best starting point, but Prison is fine too. The only thing is I don't get much playtime recently because, well, you need another player willing to play the game, and frankly I don't have too many friends that like Dungeon Twister. Also, I've been distracted by a few new games I've gotten.

    Aside from Dungeon Twister, I really love Caylus. It's a worker-placement game (you spend a round taking turns with other players placing workers on various action squares), and it has 0 luck with the possible exception of what the other players are doing, if you call that luck. Caylus is an amazing game, but it's fairly complex. Try something simpler like Dominion first.

    The game that is blowing my mind at the moment is Earth Reborn. Earth Reborn is designed by the same guy who made Dungeon Twister, and while ER is a tactical minis game, it has a good amount of differences. Earth Reborn is a scenario-driven post-apocalyptic shooty game (imagine X-Com the boardgame with more available options for what you can do), and you assemble the board using a bunch of Tetris-like tiles for rooms.

    While I only got it recently so I'm stilled hyped up, Earth Reborn is fucking amazing. It has so many different things you can do that it's almost a role-playing game, but it still retains the gamey values of a boardgame. In Earth Reborn you can:
    • Destroy the environment, i.e. doors, walls and objects
    • Surprise attack enemies that walk into your Line of Sight
    • Carry and use loads of different equipment, including the US Constitution and a Zombie Virus
    • Fire nuclear missiles
    • Woo a 500-year-old golem with your hot female character to join your side
    • Spy on the enemy
    • Scramble the enemy's radio
    • Control a mech
    • Hijack a mech
    • Torture characters for information
    • Procedurally generate your own missions
    • Get scoring points for getting one of the characters to a bathroom (he has irritable bowel syndrome)

    Among other things. It's fucking astounding. I'm doing a big session of the game today and it should be a blast. Or I'll play Twilight Imperium (it's Sins of a Solar Empire the boardgame).
     
  2. dragonfliet

    dragonfliet I write stuffs

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    I've been curious about picking up Arkham Horror (the Lovecraft boardgame ), has anyone had any experience with that?
     
  3. Agent_5

    Agent_5 Replica?

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    I haven't played it myself, but RPS did a review of it and so did Shut Up and Sit Down (starts at 3:39 or so).
     
  4. Trynant

    Trynant Manic Brawler

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    Arkham Horror imho is meh. It's very dice-heavy and is more about coming up with an interesting story about Lovecraftian horrors than feeling like you're in control. It has lots of fancy pieces at least >.>

    If you want to play a cooperative boardgame, may I recommend Space Alert?

    [m]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5fHzYtuHBA[/m]
     
  5. QuistTerry

    QuistTerry New Member

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    I've been curious about picking up Arkham Horror
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  6. Plumb_Drumb

    Plumb_Drumb yumb

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    Penis CuntTwat, amirite, penis
     
  7. Balton

    Balton The Beast of Worship

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    I got myself Settlers of Catan and had some very botched up 3 player rounds... if I didn't have such shitty work hours I could get a 4p round going, oh well...

    I'm looking to buy some additional boardgames, any ideas what I should look for(even though I know that you know that I am very hard to persuade)?
     
  8. Trynant

    Trynant Manic Brawler

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    Current Favorite: Earth Reborn

    Balton, this is pretty much the best introduction-to-boardgames video I've found:

    [m]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPi_uNWUJy0[/m]

    Aside from that, without knowing what kind of game you'd like to play (catan I guess?), I can't give much advise other than saying what I ended up getting early on. Catan was my first purchase along with Carcassonne, which are about the same level of complexity and game type (medium-light strategy eurogames). The 'next step up' so to speak for me was Puerto Rico, which is easily one of the best boardgames I've ever played and absolutely love it (also the same kind of genre as Carcasonne, although less about trading and more about indirect screwing-with-eachother).

    So yeah, if you liked Catan, Carcassonne might be worth checking out. If you want even more from boardgames, go for Puerto Rico. There's plenty more in the world of tabletop gaming, but these are good starts (along with that video).
     
  9. SleepyHe4d

    SleepyHe4d fap fap fap

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    So I have all my old Pokemon and Magic cards out.

    Wat do?
     
  10. Trynant

    Trynant Manic Brawler

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    Supposedly you're supposed to make a thing called a 'deck' and use this 'deck' in a 'game' with other 'players.'

    EDIT: Since this thread got bumped, I just want to interject that board games are still, indeed awesome. Current favorite toys are Earth Reborn, Ora et Labora and King of Tokyo.

    I'm even making my own! It's in such an alpha state that I can't even say it sucks yet!
     
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  11. SleepyHe4d

    SleepyHe4d fap fap fap

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    I wish I had friends to play board games with. :(

    I need to get rid of all these damn trading cards, not play with them! It seems like such a hassle to find the prices of the good/rare ones and sell them off though. Has anyone had experience with doing this?

    Also they are so old I don't even know if they are in play anymore, they are always making new decks and old ones get outdated and stop being used. :(

    On another subject, this is why computer games are so awesome. You can have customized, random "boards" set up instantly, play with people around the world, and have all the calculations and rolling done in the background. Too bad it's so freakin hard to find video games that have a feeling like true "board" games, and even harder to find a good one.
     
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  12. ambershee

    ambershee Nimbusfish Rawks

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    General rule of thumb is that it's just not worth the hassle. Very few cards are worth any real money, especially if they're not mint or close to.

    This place is good for selling magic cards:
    http://www.magiccardmarket.eu/
     
  13. Trynant

    Trynant Manic Brawler

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    DERP

    Well since I made a nice long post in the wrong thread I'm going to quote it here.

     
  14. phil

    phil OH GOD

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