Title: Board Game Affictionatos Thread
decker_cky - June 9, 2009 11:27 PM (GMT)
This came up in discussion with mrtn once and I learned about a new fun game, and I think it might be fun to learn about the other games people play. This thread is all about the board games (and similar card games) you play.
I play Settlers of Catan with my friends a ton. Great simple gameplay and it's easy to get new players into it. While it isn't expensive by warhammer terms, they really do milk you with the expansions and 5 and 6 player expansions.
Bang and Guillotine are two self contained card games that are well worth it. Bang just came out with a new edition which is a little more friendly for new players. Cheap and loads of fun, but bang does require a minimum of 4 people which sometimes is tough. Haven't played guillotine in a while so can't remember how many players is needed for it.
And the game mrtn got me to try was ticket to ride. It looks complicated and seems like an odd concept (building train routes), but it's really fun and surprisingly simple to learn once you start playing. I've only played it the once, but I own it and will definitely play it more.
Formula Dé is another goodie, but it's a little hard to find since it isn't in production anymore.
So this is just to kick off discussion. Let's hear the games you play, why you like them, amusing stories, etc.. I bet we have a number of serious board gamers around. :)
Meals - June 9, 2009 11:43 PM (GMT)
Can't say I'm too serious about it.
The board games I have played and really enjoyed are Puerto Rico (trading and building game), Settlers, Carcassone (really fun fairly quick game) and Risk (both normal and 2210AD. Nukes in risk are just so much win!!)
The main problem I find is just organising people to play with...
But every Christmas, when my extended family gets together, we play a few brutal games of Risk, honestly the trash talking gets crazy and it can get pretty competitive sometimes. Especially one of my cousins who just loves winding people up so they do stupid things...we usually just start ganging up on him and wipe him out :)
mrtn - June 9, 2009 11:54 PM (GMT)
I'm a big board game nut. Most of ours are stacked double in a kitchen cupboard:
I won't talk about them all, but I can mention a few of them.Puerto Rico
is a great game.
|The players are plantation owners in Puerto Rico in the days when ships had sails. Growing up to five different kind of crops: Corn, Indigo, Coffee, Sugar and Tobacco, they must try to run their business more efficiently than their close competitors; growing crops and storing them efficiently, developing San Juan with useful buildings, deploying their colonists to best effect, selling crops at the right time, and most importantly, shipping their goods back to Europe for maximum benefit.|
The game system lets players choose the order of the phases in each turn by allowing each player to choose a role from those remaining when it is their turn. No role can be selected twice in the same round. The player who selects the best roles to advance their position during the game will win.
Another game I really enjoy, and which have great replayability, is Betrayal at House on the Hill
. This is a cooperative game; some people are locked in in a strange house and have to get out alive. One of the players is probably a betrayer, and will, after a key event has happened, have to read up on how to kill the others, while they get a set of instructions how to disable the betrayer and his minions. The scenarios are 50 different ones, but include standard horror movie set ups like madmen, werewolves, aliens, ghosts and the like.
In the future I'm looking forward to Chaos In The Old World
where you play as either Khorne, Nurgle, Tzeentch or Slaanesh and vie for domination of the Old World. Looks fun, should be released in August or so.
As you may have found if you followed any of my links you may find lots of information at http://www.boardgamegeek.com/
ungorlucky - June 12, 2009 07:38 AM (GMT)
A game I have recently bought but not strictly a board game but is very cheap. I have not had chance to play it yet but looks fun.
Its called Fiends of the Sea by Pocketbond.
Basically its a pirate game in which you have a small fleet of ships and have to go to islands to get treasure. But you have to look out for your oponents ships because you can give each other a broadside. The are also other obstacles to watch out for such as monsters and fog etc.
The basic game retails at £1.99 which includes 7 ships, rules ,cards islands and tokens.
Extra packs of ships are available at a £1.00 which includes 2 ships and more cards and gaming aids.
All the ships are kits out of precoloured plasticard and go together very easily.
I intend playing this at the gaming club as the more people that play the better the game appears. Though I will need to buy more ships. :)
mrtn - June 12, 2009 09:05 AM (GMT)
Yesterday I played a game I haven't played before, Imperial. Each player is an investor that can invest in European countries (Britain, France, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Italy and Russia). The one who has invested the most in a country gets to control it, and decide if it should focus on factory building, production of military units, taxation, manoeuvres and so on. It's very cynical in that you can control a country, take them to war, tax them and then leave them to their fate and invest your ill-gotten gains in the enemy. It was fun, but it took a while before we actually realised how you should play.
ungorlucky - June 12, 2009 11:11 AM (GMT)
Any of you guys played "Diplomacy" ?
If so did it cause any rows? :rolleyes:
mrtn - June 12, 2009 01:17 PM (GMT)
I've played Diplomacy a couple of times, but didn't like it. I don't like the "diplomacy" part of the game, and I don't like that it's a zero sum game, I hate it when people are getting knocked out of a game.
However I'm friends with people who used to be the Swedish dippy elite.
Imperial reminds of Diplomacy quite a bit (especially the map, only Turkey is a bit different), but has a neat way to let people in in the game again if they've lost control of all countries.
gjnoronh - June 12, 2009 09:04 PM (GMT)
Well don't forget there is this one coming outhttp://new.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_min...?eidm=84&esem=1
I'm actually also a big fan of talisman (the original in particular) as a beer and pretzels game.
Carcassone another german game is also excellent.
I like ettlers as I feel theres a lot to it and like carcassonne it's aeasy to get non gaming friends to pick it up.
We play some ticket to ride and formula de I don't like either honestly. We also play some Junta sometimes - I have a friend who loves twilight imperium but I can't get into a game with a 2-3 hour set up.
Anyone play Battlestar Galactica from Fantasy Flight I hear it's a good game.
Finnigan2004 - June 21, 2009 12:32 AM (GMT)
I love a lot of different board games. I especially like the Fantasy flight ones (shame on you for dissing Twilight Imperium Gjnoronh :P ! War of the Ring by Fantasy Flight looks great too, although I've just finished reading the rules and will have to get some games of it going this summer. My next purchase will have to be Conan though-- it looks awesome. Also Fantasy Flight, and no-- I'm not an employee or a shareholder.
decker_cky - June 21, 2009 02:25 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Finnigan2004 @ Jun 20 2009, 05:32 PM)|
| shame on you for dissing Twilight Imperium Gjnoronh :P |
I've only played it twice, but I agree with gjnoronh to an extent. It's a great game and very fun to play....but you need everyone playing to be dedicated players, and to commit the whole day to playing the game, so it's tough to get games too often. Still...it's a very fun game, and one of those games that really teaches you to focus on the objectives rather than just building and fighting. The mindset can really help with a lot of games.
A few of you had Puerto Rico. What's the game like?
mrtn - June 21, 2009 09:58 AM (GMT)
Puerto Rico is good. There's not much direct player interaction, as you each have your own little town and fields, but there is quite a lot of indirect interaction as you can pick turn options that can really b*tch the other players, preventing them from shipping commodities to Europe.
It's quite depending on the number of players, as with fewer players there's fewer phases played each turn.
decker_cky - July 9, 2009 03:15 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (mrtn @ Jun 9 2009, 04:54 PM)|
| In the future I'm looking forward to Chaos In The Old World where you play as either Khorne, Nurgle, Tzeentch or Slaanesh and vie for domination of the Old World. Looks fun, should be released in August or so. |
If anyone's interested, I just saw that you can get this quite cheap from amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Warhammer-Chaos-Fant...46989506&sr=8-1
37% off isn't too bad at all.
Beastlord Karankawa - July 9, 2009 03:16 PM (GMT)
Liked the Milton Bradley series - Shogun and Axis and Allies in particular.
Grarrzag - July 9, 2009 04:43 PM (GMT)
I play the popular french card game Mille Bornes, it is very simple and enjoyable.
I've seen people playing the catan dice game and it looked interesting, that would be something I would go for in the future.
gjnoronh - July 9, 2009 08:06 PM (GMT)
Just played Munchkin (the space version) this weekend for about 22 dollars US it's a good beer and pretzels game.
joey - July 9, 2009 08:55 PM (GMT)
Settlers is great, as is most of the Avalon Hill games. (Axis and Allies, Battle Cry etc.)
As far as self contain card games, Guillotine is awesome, but the best self contained card game IMO is Chez Geek. Very simple, interactive (you can do stuff on other peoples turns, which helps keep people into the game), and while strategy is important, luck plays a pretty good role which helps newer players do well.
I have played Puerto Rico once and it was ok, not as good as settlers IMO.
The best multiplayer traditional board game is Shadows over Camelot. It does require at least 3 people to play but it is unique in the fact that players work together to try and beat the game, instead of each other. With larger groups and more advanced players you can play with the chance that someone is a traitor and secretly trying to undermine your efforts.
Overmind - July 9, 2009 10:23 PM (GMT)
Okay I can't eleive this didn't come up yet...
I remember back a few years when we'd play as a family and commenece to ripping one another apart. There would even be loan sharking and cartels of course.....
Ahhh I miss my family sometimes. :)
mrtn - July 9, 2009 10:26 PM (GMT)
You shouldn't miss them Overmind, they play lousy board games. ;) :)
decker_cky - July 9, 2009 11:17 PM (GMT)
Monopoly is awesome, but it's really rare that people don't play house rules which ruin it. Things like needing to pay 10% extra to unmorgage properties, and for a person getting property from a bankrupt player. Worst I've seen was someone who played that the money from houses in the free parking. With all the proper rules though, Monopoly is pretty awesome and does actually end.
Oh, and the time when friends (a couple) were offering bedroom deals to each other which ended up screwing me over (pun intended) was a little evil. :P
RedSquid - July 10, 2009 07:13 AM (GMT)
I quite like board games too. I have some friends who do too, but we only game once every 2 or 3 weeks on average.
Most played with one group of friends is Risk. It's a great game, especially with a beer or two on the side, but only if people pay attention and keep playing (guess that holds for all games :P)
I also enjoy a game of poker every once in a while, but that might be a bit off topic.
There are some card games I've played and "Werewolves of Miller's Hollow" ("Weerwolven van Wakkerdam" in Dutch) and "Saboteur" are both quite entertaining group games, playable from 3 players up, but most fun with 5 or more players, especially werewolves.
Also fun are Machiavelli and Carcasonne.
I myself have the boardgame of Warcraft (not WOW, which I also have, but my friends typically don't play) which is quite nice. My (currently ex-)girlfriend liked to play it even, and she normally isn't too fond of games.
Also a cute little quick game: Battle Ball (from America). Easy rules, quick play, just for fun.
What's a really nice game as well is Jungle Speed, quite hectic, a speed-game. Confusion is a game that could fall in the same category but feels a bit more structured. Jungle speed can be a lot more fast paced and more fun in my opinion.
I also have LOTR Risk, which I'm planning on playing someday again and I'm interested in the War of the Ring board game as well, but still not sure whether to get it or not.
Well, those are the main games that come to mind at the moment. But really I can enjoy almost any kind of game, as long as the company is playing "seriously" as well. :)
Beastlord Karankawa - July 10, 2009 02:17 PM (GMT)
Like "Zombies" too - card / board game.
Monopoly is great - but hard to find good players for it.
decker_cky - August 12, 2009 07:35 PM (GMT)
Touching back on chaos in the old world:http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/ffg_cont...le-book-web.pdf
FFG has put the rules online.
mrtn - August 12, 2009 07:53 PM (GMT)
Those rules look very neat, GW have a thing or to to learn from FFG about writing rules, and about building hype for a product as well.
Overmind - August 12, 2009 08:19 PM (GMT)
Those look fun! I might have to get that....
EDITED FOR IDIOCY
Kurzan - August 12, 2009 09:41 PM (GMT)
I loved Key to the Kingdom
when i was younger, this game rocked. You compete with your fellow adventurers moving around the board trying to find a key which is randomly in a number of places such as castles or graveyards..not to mention the whirlpool flip board action and the evil dude who chases you around on a random D8 roll.
This game was just so good. I still have it and play it :Dhttp://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/1933
TraitorKing - August 12, 2009 10:17 PM (GMT)
My and my friend once play escape from Coltitz...
Oh yeah, a game about escaping from a Nazi camp...
mrtn - August 30, 2009 10:33 PM (GMT)
Today I played a cardgame called Dominion: Intrigue. It was very fun, you build your own deck by buying more money, action cards and victory point cards. You reshuffle your own deck and reuse it many times, so if you buy victory point cards instead of action cards you get a useless hand, but on the other hand it's the VP cards you win with, so you have to strike a balance between the different kinds of cards.
Grarrzag - August 31, 2009 03:35 PM (GMT)
I played star wars stratego with ym friends the other day and I say: What a great game! It's so fun to suicide jaba the hut into a bomb! :)
Exeter - September 8, 2009 08:14 PM (GMT)
I used to enjoy hero quest a lot as a kid. I probably would now, I just need the time to play it.
Settlers is a great game. Hands down. I haven't played it in years but when my brother first got it, it was all we played for a while. And its not so fantasy that you cant get the "normals" to play.
Descent Journeys in the dark has been my latest game. Its equivalent to heroquest but on crack. Its rather pricey though, costing 70 bucks initially and each expansion is $50. The road to legends is a campaign expansion and really the best for get the most out of the game. It makes it more like D&D but not as complicated. I write about it a lot on my website.
Munchkins the card game (any version) is a lot of fun and good for laughs. Its pretty cheap and you can get normals involved as well. You can mix the sets together if you have a lot of players. It's just pretty crazy and fun.
gjnoronh - September 8, 2009 08:55 PM (GMT)
Played Chaos in the Old World sunday night the new GW/fantasy flight product.
I thought it was a lot of fun and they've done a good job capturing the way the different chaos powers would gain influence in the Old World with different but not overpowering rules.
mrtn - September 8, 2009 09:11 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (gjnoronh @ Sep 8 2009, 10:55 PM)|
| Played Chaos in the Old World sunday night the new GW/fantasy flight product.|
I thought it was a lot of fun and they've done a good job capturing the way the different chaos powers would gain influence in the Old World with different but not overpowering rules.
Damn you! I want that game so much... It's not available here yet.
decker_cky - September 8, 2009 09:20 PM (GMT)
I'll be getting mine tomorrow or Thursday. If only my Space Hulk that should've arrived before last Saturday weren't effed up by GW and sitting in their warehouse.
gjnoronh - September 9, 2009 05:07 PM (GMT)
I would suggest having everyone read through the strategies for their power section at the end of the rules before playing.
We found that it seemed easier in our two games to just get the advancements win as opposed to the victory point win. But I think we didn't really make the most of how domination/ruination works.
I thought having slaanesh in the games made for a more interesting balanced game. Khorne unsurprisingly was all about killing things = to everyone elses chagrin.
MRTN with international shipping it's probably not worth it but my local gaming store has previously helped out herdstone members who wanted things that weren't available locally
Good folks who run a great store (and it's 2 blocks from my house!)http://cantongames.com/
mrtn - September 9, 2009 08:05 PM (GMT)
Thanks, but I suppose it will surface in my FLGS sooner or later. :)
decker_cky - September 10, 2009 07:10 PM (GMT)
I picked up both Space Hulk and Chaos in the Old World yesterday. But didn't really get a chance to go through them more than a quick flip through the cards and rules. I'm excited, should get in a game of each this weekend.
Matt1982 - October 5, 2009 03:31 PM (GMT)
Risk is a brilliant old classic but most recently I've been playing Munchkin which has been mentioned and Flux, the Monty Python edition, great fun, especially the 'outrageous accent' card.
The family favourite boardgames for get-togethers though are Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit or Boggle.
Stavrogin - October 6, 2009 07:30 PM (GMT)
@ decker sky
So-which one is better Space Chaos or Old World Hulk?
Arjelte - October 6, 2009 07:53 PM (GMT)
I like to play board games a LOT. I also have quite a lot of them (together with my girlfriend that is).
Agricola, a bit complicated for a board game, but the fact that it's almost only choice and tactics and no luck makes it really fun to play with other enthousiasts!
The big idea, You get 3 random nouns and 3 random additives and you have to make a product out of it and sell this idea to the other players. A lot of fun! Especially with our house rule: You have to make a slogan!
Pim pam pet, probably called different in other countries (this is dutch). A wheel of fortune with letters and a card which says something like: 'A musician' or 'something you see at the farm'. The person who says something with the letter first wins the card. I know it's a kids game, but it's actually a lot of fun.
Others: Carcassonne, Munchkin, Settlers, Machiavelli, Blue Moon, 'Weerwolven van Wakkerdam', Labyrinth.
Garganthor - October 7, 2009 10:51 PM (GMT)
So, I have played a couple of test games of Chaos in the Old World. Although we were just two guys, and thus the game couldn't be played properly (we took two gods each, which led to some weird stuff) the game seems really awesome.
Funny thing though is that plaguebearers die in droves, while Daemonettes and Horrors are a bit harder - especially the Daemonettes with upgrade.
I hope to soon get a proper game going, and think it's going to be even better.
heinzdwarf - October 8, 2009 02:40 AM (GMT)
I have a soft spot for board games, but have trouble getting enough people organized to play.
Here are some games I've enjoyed in the past:
Axis and Allies
Conquest of Rome
I played a card game called Red Dragon's Inn (or something to that effect) a few weeks back and it was actually a ton of fun. Easily translates to a drinking game as well.