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Re: Board Games - what are you playing?
« Reply #50 on: February 01, 2017, 07:46:48 AM »
Oh I forgot to add, if you like Telestrations you might like the "After Dark" version. We crack it open at parties where we know the guests are there for a laugh and not easily shocked and there are always some pretty hilarious results.

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Re: Board Games - what are you playing?
« Reply #51 on: February 01, 2017, 01:53:21 PM »
I just kicked off the Seafall legacy campaign that I was given for Christmas. We've already plowed through the first hidden box and I am salivating over the all of the other things we still have to open and discover.

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Re: Board Games - what are you playing?
« Reply #52 on: February 01, 2017, 04:48:15 PM »
Has everyone forgotten about Monopoly?

Also, would card games count? President, Blackjack, Yugioh, e.t.c
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Re: Board Games - what are you playing?
« Reply #53 on: June 30, 2017, 07:24:07 AM »
Strategy Game addition

Roll for the Galaxy (2-5 players, 45 minutes) After playing this game once, I knew I had to add it to my collection! SO. MANY. DICE. So this game is both very complex, and very simple. When you first read through the rules, you might be a little dazed, but usually after a single round or maybe two, it "clicks" and you get the gist of the game. Your dice start out as workers from various factions, but each face of the die represents the action the worker is capable of performing for you. Some factions (colors of dice) are more likely to perform certain actions. But... here's where strategy comes in. At the beginning of each round, before you take your actions, after rolling the available worker dies... you can assign them to the action you want them to perform. Mostly that matches the face that you rolled, but lots of things, like technology you've researched while exploring the universe, can help you reassign them to a different action. Plus... you "vote" for which action you really, really want to happen this round. There are five actions, and in a two player game, only two (at most) are going to really happen. This is all hidden (but you can try to figure out what your opponents are vying for), and then you all reveal.... and get to take your space actions. Explore, discover technology, settle planets, produce goods, and finally ship it (for money to aid your progress, or for points to win the game!)

That probably sounds complex, but... once you get it, it's simply - roll, assign, take actions. Repeat! It's just that assign phase is where all the decision-making really happens. (Also explore, where you get to pick between new planets to settle, or technologies to discover!)
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Re: Board Games - what are you playing?
« Reply #54 on: June 30, 2017, 07:41:38 AM »
We are still hooked on "Firefly: Fistful of Credits" which has three very, very difficult heists. We still haven't been able to beat the third scenario. No matter how much we aim to misbehave.

Also, we have been playing a game called Lego Heroica. It's kind of a kids board game, but fun for anyone who grew up playing Lego.

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Re: Board Games - what are you playing?
« Reply #55 on: June 30, 2017, 09:30:28 AM »
Betrayal on house on the hill - No idea how to explain this game, you explore through a house that gets built room by room, and mid-game, one of the players becomes the traitor and the other players have to attempt to win against him. Interesting to play, but I haven't played enough to find the sweet spot of the right amount of players VS the traitor (at 6 players, the traitor got slaughtered pretty quickly)

LOVE Betrayal! It's a different game every time... I think there are something like 50 different storylines? And even those can change depending on the characters in play. I've only been the traitor once, and it was so much fun.

If you're interested in games that take 3-5 hours (shortest I've ever played was 2 hours, I've seen long games go for 6+) - Battlestar Galactica. You don't need to be a fan of the show to play (I've never seen the show), but if you know the characters you'll pick up on nuances quicker I'm sure. It's humans vs. cylons (evil robots if you're not familiar). Humans want to be able to travel a specific distance, cylons want to make humans fail. There are a lot of variations depending on the number of people playing and if expansion packs are involved. I've only ever played with a friend who knows every single rule backwards and forwards (he's obsessed), so it's easier having a talking rule book in play. Lots of fun though!!

Has anyone picked up the Game of Thrones board game? I'm a huge fan of the show, and this honestly looks really intriguing. It's just been hovering at $40-$50 on Amazon, I'm not sure if it's worth it.

I participated in the Zombies, Run! kickstarter for its board game... I believe I should be getting a copy this summer :)

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Re: Board Games - what are you playing?
« Reply #56 on: June 30, 2017, 09:52:36 AM »
Just picked up Sagrada, Ethnos, and Century: Spice Road and am loving all three. We're really getting out of the "heavy" game arena these days (just no time or desire to internalize lots of rules) and are looking for lighter, quicker games that still challenge the brain a bit. All three are marvelous at that!

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Re: Board Games - what are you playing?
« Reply #57 on: June 30, 2017, 10:50:37 AM »
This might be a good crowd to ask for suggestions--

We are going on a family reunion/vacation and I would love to pick up a couple of new card or board games for the group. Up to 10 people may be playing (teams fine) although we will probably have smaller groups too. Age range from bright 9-years-old to early 70s. We like word and trivia games. Strategy games are less preferred but OK if fairly simple, and anything with highly complicated rules to learn ahead of time is right out. Also games that involve quick reflexes tend to start fist-fights (among the adults...the kids have good manners :)) Attention spans are not likely to last more than an hour or two.

Any ideas much appreciated!

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Re: Board Games - what are you playing?
« Reply #58 on: June 30, 2017, 11:04:06 AM »
This might be a good crowd to ask for suggestions--

We are going on a family reunion/vacation and I would love to pick up a couple of new card or board games for the group. Up to 10 people may be playing (teams fine) although we will probably have smaller groups too. Age range from bright 9-years-old to early 70s. We like word and trivia games. Strategy games are less preferred but OK if fairly simple, and anything with highly complicated rules to learn ahead of time is right out. Also games that involve quick reflexes tend to start fist-fights (among the adults...the kids have good manners :)) Attention spans are not likely to last more than an hour or two.

Any ideas much appreciated!

We Didn't Playtest This At All. Each game lasts 2-5 minutes (maybe more if you have loads of people). The rules change each round, so once you pick up on the concept, it's pretty easy. Appropriate for all ages.

Apples to Apples is also fun and relatively quick. I've read people scan through the cards of Cards Against Humanity and pull out the super inappropriate ones so they can play with kids, but I'm not sure I'd recommend that stil.

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Re: Board Games - what are you playing?
« Reply #59 on: June 30, 2017, 03:00:02 PM »
This might be a good crowd to ask for suggestions--

We are going on a family reunion/vacation and I would love to pick up a couple of new card or board games for the group. Up to 10 people may be playing (teams fine) although we will probably have smaller groups too. Age range from bright 9-years-old to early 70s. We like word and trivia games. Strategy games are less preferred but OK if fairly simple, and anything with highly complicated rules to learn ahead of time is right out. Also games that involve quick reflexes tend to start fist-fights (among the adults...the kids have good manners :)) Attention spans are not likely to last more than an hour or two.

Any ideas much appreciated!
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Re: Board Games - what are you playing?
« Reply #60 on: June 30, 2017, 03:35:28 PM »
I've read people scan through the cards of Cards Against Humanity and pull out the super inappropriate ones so they can play with kids, but I'm not sure I'd recommend that stil.

The really inappropriate stuff would probably go over the heads of the youngest, but I'm not sure I would be willing to play Cards Against Humanity with my mother... and I suspect my siblings' spouses would REALLY rather not play with their mother-in-law...  :)

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Re: Board Games - what are you playing?
« Reply #61 on: June 30, 2017, 05:59:41 PM »
I've read people scan through the cards of Cards Against Humanity and pull out the super inappropriate ones so they can play with kids, but I'm not sure I'd recommend that stil.

The really inappropriate stuff would probably go over the heads of the youngest, but I'm not sure I would be willing to play Cards Against Humanity with my mother... and I suspect my siblings' spouses would REALLY rather not play with their mother-in-law...  :)

There's a clean version of Cards Against Humanity called Apples To Apples and it actually predates the former.

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Re: Board Games - what are you playing?
« Reply #62 on: July 09, 2017, 04:35:56 PM »


There's a clean version of Cards Against Humanity called Apples To Apples and it actually predates the former.

Would not recommend this either. My 7 and 10 yr old try to play it, and don't know anything about most of the nouns provided...

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Re: Board Games - what are you playing?
« Reply #63 on: July 10, 2017, 05:54:09 AM »
Just picked up a copy of RoboRally and this game is so much fun. It would appeal to the coders on this forum. Players portray robots that have to navigate an obstacle course to reach their objective and you have to preprogram the robots with a series of moves you want them to make. The hilarity ensues when everyone's robots are activated and things go terribly awry and they crash into each other, go off-course, get damaged, go the wrong way, etc. What a great board game. :-)

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Re: Board Games - what are you playing?
« Reply #64 on: July 13, 2017, 08:07:33 AM »
We've been big into "Lords of Waterdeep" and its two expansions. It's a worker placement game in the spirit of Agricola or Stone Age, with a few twists and an interesting Dungeons and Dragons theme. Appropriate for 10 and up, I'd say.
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Re: Board Games - what are you playing?
« Reply #65 on: July 19, 2017, 12:23:37 AM »
I love games!

I did find an Apples to Apples: family edition, and there is also an Apples to Apples Picture edition (no words, just images) and my kids love both of them (9 and 13)

My brother and I play alot of games together, here are some of our favorites:

Jaipur, a 2 player card game, collect resources, trade them in for coins, earn points. The illustrations are pretty and its goes by pretty quickly.

Lost Cities, a 2 player card game, pretty illustrations, 3 rounds of trying to create "expeditions", there is never enough time or resources and the end is always too fast!

Quirkle cubes: multiplayer game with cubes that are placed on the table.

Five Crowns: multiplayer card game, sort of like gin with progressive number of cards per hand and changing wild cards.

Quiddler: multiplayer card game, a lot like five crowns, but with letters, and you make words instead of sets and runs

Karma: a diabolical card game that my brother never ever wants to play with me because he is a giant babyhead.

We also play Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Trivial Pursuit (the original edition or the second genus hold up pretty well, and can often be found at thrift stores) and Takenoko, which is similar to Catan, with tiles and multiple ways to earn points to win. The illustrations and characters seem a bit more kid friendly than Catan. There is a panda and pastel colored bamboo trees. If you like Forbidden Island, try Forbidden Desert-its harder to beat, and enough different then Island so as not to seem the same. We also like Tapple, which is a game of quick answers using different letters of the alphabet.

For groups I would recommend Scattergories, Wise and Otherwise (this is old, not sure if its still around, but it is so much fun. similar to balderdash, except players complete a proverb or saying, and then vote on which is the correct answer). Dixit is fun, and kids can play it too. Anomia is another fun card game.

For non readers or mixed age groups that include non readers:
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Dixit
Tsuro
Tummple!
Aquarius
Yamslam!
Roll For It
Quoridor
Memory type games- I have one that all the tiles are Impressionist paintings and one that is for kids with illustrations of faces of children from different countries.

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Re: Board Games - what are you playing?
« Reply #66 on: July 19, 2017, 01:18:25 PM »
Not a board game, but a fun party game for 6-10 people is "Secret Hitler." It's sort of like Resistance, but instead of spy operations, there are Liberal or Fascist policies implemented. A team (either Liberals or Fascists) win after 5 policies for their side are implemented.

It's a blast and everyone I've played it with loves it so far.