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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #150 on: December 04, 2015, 08:22:51 AM »
I just got Agricola! I love dominion as well. But really I'm so eager to play any board game, anything will do. How does one find board gamers?

Meetup.com groups, local game stores (many run events or game days), game cafes/coffee shops in some cities, conventions. Or just put out the word to your friends and see if anybody bites.

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #151 on: December 04, 2015, 10:30:57 AM »
Pandemic
Power Grid
Acquire > > > favorite
Catan (straight up Catan or the 5-6 player expansion. don't like the add on packs)
7 Wonders
Battleship (as long as your older brother doesn't cheat and move his ships around mid-game)
Monopoly (as long as your older brother doesn't cheat and steal $500 bills from the bank)

Card Games:
Canasta Caliente, Rook, 10 point Pitch, Up and Down the River (with lots of people)

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #152 on: December 04, 2015, 12:36:09 PM »
Good for 2: Netrunner, Mage Wars, Twilight Struggle, Catacombs
Good for 3+: Acquire, Dixit, King of New York, Tumblin' Dice, Thunderstone, Blokus, Settlers - Star Trek edition (with cool character properties!)
Party games: The Resistance (or The Resistance Avalon), Time's Up

(some of these cross over, I know, but it seemed easier to organize them into these 3 groups)

Keeps us pretty entertained :)

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #153 on: December 04, 2015, 02:41:26 PM »

Good for 2: Netrunner, Mage Wars, Twilight Struggle, Catacombs
Good for 3+: Acquire, Dixit, King of New York, Tumblin' Dice, Thunderstone, Blokus, Settlers - Star Trek edition (with cool character properties!)
Party games: The Resistance (or The Resistance Avalon), Time's Up

(some of these cross over, I know, but it seemed easier to organize them into these 3 groups)

Keeps us pretty entertained :)

Thanks for the 2 player suggestions. We've tried Twilight Struggle but haven't come up the learning curve yet, so it's not super fun yet.

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #154 on: December 07, 2015, 12:04:02 PM »
Thanks for the 2 player suggestions. We've tried Twilight Struggle but haven't come up the learning curve yet, so it's not super fun yet.

Watch out, Netrunner has a crazy learning curve but has SO much replayability.

Some two player games with smaller curves but are still fun: Stratego, Mr. Jack Pocket, and Thunderstone are good ones. Catacombs (3rd edition) is my current fav dexterity game and plays as well with 2 players as 5 players.

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #155 on: December 07, 2015, 12:18:46 PM »
Thanks for the 2 player suggestions. We've tried Twilight Struggle but haven't come up the learning curve yet, so it's not super fun yet.

Watch out, Netrunner has a crazy learning curve but has SO much replayability.

Some two player games with smaller curves but are still fun: Stratego, Mr. Jack Pocket, and Thunderstone are good ones. Catacombs (3rd edition) is my current fav dexterity game and plays as well with 2 players as 5 players.

Probably these have been mentioned in this thread before, but other good 2 player games:
- Lost Cities
- Splendor (can go up to 5...?)
- Battle Line (learning curve isn't bad, but can take a lot of brainpower)
- Star Realms

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #156 on: December 07, 2015, 12:35:24 PM »
For those who asked about purchasing games in the US: as has been mentioned above, Toys R Us has a big sale a few times a year. Usually at the same time, the Sunday paper has inserts with good coupons on the games that are on sale. If you check the manufacturer websites, you may also see rebates. When all these stars align, you can get games very inexpensively. Check websites like Money Saving Mom - they give all the details.


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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #157 on: December 10, 2015, 11:30:47 AM »
Agricola
Caverna
Ora et Labora
Power Grid
Eclipse
Dominion
Star Wars Imperial Assault

Just picked up Android Netrunner

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #158 on: May 11, 2016, 02:06:23 PM »


I don't lose at Settlers.



That's a bold statement. If you're ever in Fort Worth I'd be happy to prove it wrong.


Has anyone else played Splendor?

Relic is a lot of fun if you have 3-4 hours to kill. Very chance based.
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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #159 on: May 13, 2016, 07:12:32 AM »

Has anyone else played Splendor?

Yes! Very good and quite quick game. Only played it with 2 so far though. It's one of those games everyone I've played it with wants to have a go at it again.

Another great game for 2 is patchwork. Also quick, quite unique and while the theme might not be appealing, it's good fun!

Besides that most of my games are a bit heavier though :-)

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #160 on: May 13, 2016, 05:48:55 PM »
Catan is the family favourite.  It's a great game.

The kids like Munchins, but I find it frustrating as rules are complicated and subjective, thus encouraging fighting. 


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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #161 on: May 14, 2016, 06:19:37 AM »
Has anyone else played Splendor?


We like it because it's an easy game to teach people and plays fast.

Kind of like Seven Wonders, you can teach/play in a short period of time.

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #162 on: May 15, 2016, 10:09:42 AM »
My favorite board game at the moment has to be Cash Flow.  Honestly, I enjoyed playing Scrabble and Sorry too but something about Cash Flow.  It teaches me about money and negotiation and I can apply some of those ideas to managing my investments in real life.  The practical application of the game is really my favorite feature.
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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #163 on: October 05, 2017, 03:08:42 AM »
I like playing in UNO game with my friends. Every friday we play in my flat

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #164 on: October 05, 2017, 07:47:12 AM »
Has anybody played a game called "Secret Hitler" ?  An acquaintance recommended it to me but I haven't played it.

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #165 on: October 05, 2017, 07:55:07 AM »
Has anybody played a game called "Secret Hitler" ?  An acquaintance recommended it to me but I haven't played it.

Yeah! It's a similar style to Resistance / Resistance Avalon if you've ever played those. It's a mafia/Werewolf-style game where you have to guess what side people are on.

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #166 on: October 05, 2017, 09:23:54 AM »
Super Stratego

Which is basically like regular stratego, except that (almost) all the pieces have special powers

1 and 2 are powerful enough already
3 (kamikaze) sacrifice it plus a bomb to take out any opponents piece on the board from anywhere
4 (air lift) can switch places with a bomb or flag (once per 4)
5 (marine) can walk over lake squares
6 (paratrooper) can jump over another piece (of either team)
7 (guerrilla) can move/attack diagonal
8 (bomb squad) can dismantle bombs (as in original rules)
9 (stealth scout) can move and strike on same turn
S (cia assassin) if it reaches last row (closest to opponent) beats all number pieces - but only if it strikes first. It loses to everyone when defending
Sounds cool with the exception of the kamikaze rule which seems too strong.  Does it apply to any opponent piece (humans, bombs, and flag)?  Which bomb gets removed from the attacker?  Does the attacker get to choose or is it randomly assigned (number your bombs 1 to 6, roll a die)?

What if you had to have a "runway" of three consecutive empty land spaces (and/or water spaces if they were occupied by marines and in the runway path) in any cardinal direction for the kamikaze pilot to have room to take off?

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #167 on: October 06, 2017, 08:49:28 AM »
Has anybody played a game called "Secret Hitler" ?  An acquaintance recommended it to me but I haven't played it.

It's a great larger group game and easy to learn/teach. It's a social deception & deduction game that is a lot of fun to play, as long as people don't take it to personally when others lie to their face. Overall, I like it better than the resistance as it adds some randomness mechanics that tend to make it more fair who actually wins the game.

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #168 on: October 06, 2017, 11:36:21 AM »
I went through the thread and noticed that Keyflower was only mentioned once.  For those of you who like the Uwe-style Eurotrash econ engine games (my personal favorite along with 4X), Keyflower is pretty much on the top of my list. As for 4X, it's damned hard to beat Through the Ages, though Eclipse certainly does a great job as well. For lighter games that can be taught quickly, I really like Carcassone or 7 Wonders, but one that often gets overlooked is Endeavor.

Heavy Euro
Keyflower
Ora et Labora
Agricola
Le Havre
(all other Uwe Games)
Caylus
Puerto Rico
Age of Steam

4X
Through the Ages
Eclipse

Medium
Castles of Burgundy
Troyes
Pandemic
Five Tribes
Race for the Galaxy
Dominion
Endeavor
Stone Age

Lighter Euros / Intro Games
7 Wonders
Carcassonne
Love Letter
Ricochet Robots
Blockus
RoboRally

Area Control
Terra Mystica
El Grande
Wallenstein / Samurai
Small World
Tigris & Euphrates (kind of)

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #169 on: October 06, 2017, 08:32:36 PM »
Will second Keyflower. But its a 3-5 player type game, sadly the auction mechanic doesn't work really at all with just 2 people. At least for me.

Also been playing so much Clans of Caledonia. Really excellent engine/economic/living market game. I highly recommend this. Its a mix between Brass and Terra Mystica, but faster than both and much easier to play. In the top 10, solidly. Plays really well with 2,3 and 4.

Another that has hit the table a lot has been Troyes and its a little weird for me, clawing out those points, each game is so different.

My job is a bit stale so I like thinking games. But nothing too long. 2 hours including setup is my limit.

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #170 on: October 10, 2017, 04:25:10 PM »
Medieval Academy is a really good, quick to learn but has some strategy, fun game.
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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #171 on: October 17, 2017, 06:32:09 PM »
Super Stratego

Which is basically like regular stratego, except that (almost) all the pieces have special powers

1 and 2 are powerful enough already
3 (kamikaze) sacrifice it plus a bomb to take out any opponents piece on the board from anywhere
4 (air lift) can switch places with a bomb or flag (once per 4)
5 (marine) can walk over lake squares
6 (paratrooper) can jump over another piece (of either team)
7 (guerrilla) can move/attack diagonal
8 (bomb squad) can dismantle bombs (as in original rules)
9 (stealth scout) can move and strike on same turn
S (cia assassin) if it reaches last row (closest to opponent) beats all number pieces - but only if it strikes first. It loses to everyone when defending
Sounds cool with the exception of the kamikaze rule which seems too strong.  Does it apply to any opponent piece (humans, bombs, and flag)?  Which bomb gets removed from the attacker?  Does the attacker get to choose or is it randomly assigned (number your bombs 1 to 6, roll a die)?

What if you had to have a "runway" of three consecutive empty land spaces (and/or water spaces if they were occupied by marines and in the runway path) in any cardinal direction for the kamikaze pilot to have room to take off?


Thus far its been that attacker picks a bomb.  It seems like it would be too strong, but in practice it doesn't seem to have changed many games too significantly.  Often takes out a '1' as soon as it is revealed.  8 is immune to it.  Wasted them on guessing 8s more than once.  One time I successfully guessed the flag (out of maybe 5-10 pieces it could possibly have been) using a kamikaze when I was one move away from losing.
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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #172 on: October 19, 2017, 05:24:11 AM »
I would recommend Dixit :)

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #173 on: October 30, 2017, 05:10:29 PM »
Nertz - It's competitive multi person solitaire where you can build up from the ace of a suit on from anyone of your opponents. You need one deck of cards per team. Rounds can go pretty quickly.

D&D 3.5 - During a family vacation my wife and I played it with her brother and his kids(Age 7-13). The kids really enjoyed the freedom within the game to do whatever they chose on their turn. Role playing was really a hit for one of the older kids, who played an extremely apathetic elf/wizard. I really liked the paper based element of it. The game seemed like it had aged well. I hear fifth edition is good, but I don't see a reason to buy it. Salespeople were also trying to pitch me Pathfinder, but it's easier to stick with the version the rest of your friends/family had. D&D doesn't require many accessories: Dice, paper, game board(optional), player's handbook... I would say it's pretty mustachian overall. Used 3.5e PHBs pop up on eBay regularly or you can find searchable PDFs online if you look hard enough.

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #174 on: October 30, 2017, 09:58:36 PM »
Has anybody played a game called "Secret Hitler" ?  An acquaintance recommended it to me but I haven't played it.

It's a great larger group game and easy to learn/teach. It's a social deception & deduction game that is a lot of fun to play, as long as people don't take it to personally when others lie to their face. Overall, I like it better than the resistance as it adds some randomness mechanics that tend to make it more fair who actually wins the game.

I played this for the first time the other night with a group of 8 friends and it was a blast.  Only one person had played before, but the rest of us were able to immediately pick it up and have exciting, competitive games.

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #175 on: October 31, 2017, 02:53:47 PM »
Just started going through Knizia's games. Really digging "Ra" so far. We were already in  love with lost cities. From him I'm looking forward to test lotr: the confrontation (a better asymmetrical stratego with the fellowship vs sauron) and blue moon ( scratches the magic/ccg hitch wmwhile not being expensive at all)

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #176 on: October 31, 2017, 03:21:57 PM »
Legendary : Marvel. (Cost a lot but I enjoy it.)
Warhammer 40k.

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #177 on: October 31, 2017, 11:46:12 PM »
Legendary : Marvel. (Cost a lot but I enjoy it.)
boardgamegeek.com has some fan made custom Legendary expansions you can download than lowers the cost of ownership.

Legendary starts to suffer from bloat after you get too many cards. I like the game, but the completionist in me is disappointed that I can't have it all... and then having all of them makes for way too many card boxes and penny sleeves.

It's a cool game though. I like the cooperative gameplay.

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #178 on: November 03, 2017, 12:09:39 PM »
I recently played a game called Web of Spies that I really liked. It's like risk but without the supply chain management that makes strategy hard for people interested in quick fun rather than planning a full-scale war.
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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #179 on: November 03, 2017, 12:25:41 PM »
I just picked up power grid's card game version. Played it once with DW. Played okay. Not sure on the replay value at 2 players -- the trust makes it interesting but I wonder if there isn't enough position switch-ups happening (read: none).

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #180 on: November 03, 2017, 01:49:27 PM »
Dominion
Carcasonne
Settlers of Catan
Ticket to Ride

If we're going for a co-op game...

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Re: What are your favorite board games?
« Reply #181 on: Today at 08:27:29 AM »
I recently found this list https://trollitc.com/2017/11/08/lots-of-games-for-mostly-under-20/ from this reddit post https://www.reddit.com/r/boardgames/comments/7bta8o/listanother_year_another_curated_list_of_over_100/ which has a ton of game that are fairly inexpensive. Most under $20. I've played a few and enjoyed them. Figured this would help out those looking for some good games that are inexpensive.