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Fried Egg

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cyberpunkdreams said:
I'm not sure it really qualifies as "board" (as it's really a card game), but I'm really into Shadowfist.
I think we're talking about any kind of table top games in this thread...

As for myself, I've just aquired "Age of Darkness" (the first expansion for "Rivals For Catan") and someone has leant me their copy of "Pandemic" which I've played one game of so far and thoroughly enjoyed.
 
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If anyone's interested in playing board games on line I'm a member of the following sites that allow you to play a variety of board games when you don't have the time or ability to meet up with people face to face:

http://www.boiteajeux.net/index.php (I've played 'Agricola' and 'Castles of Burgundy' here)

http://en.boardgamearena.com/#!gamelist (They have games like 'Puerto Rico' and 'Race for the Galaxy')
 

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I have joined those online board game websites, not sure how we start a game or what game to play though.

I have played Eminent Domain and I hated it. It might be because the guy who taught it to me and two others kind of loved winning and we didn't really know how to play, he explained the rules but it seemed much more complicated than it was. I even ended up playing it again with him and thought it was rubbish the second time - but that might have been me being too angry with him for the first time we played.
 

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One of us needs to start a turn based game and then we can specify the number of players and specifically invite others to join it, if we specify their user name. On board game arena, I am "Fried Egg". On boiteajeux, I am "FriedEgg".
 

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I have played Eminent Domain and I hated it. It might be because the guy who taught it to me and two others kind of loved winning and we didn't really know how to play, he explained the rules but it seemed much more complicated than it was. I even ended up playing it again with him and thought it was rubbish the second time - but that might have been me being too angry with him for the first time we played.
That's a shame. I've not played it yet but I thought it sounded interesting. Does the game not have any redeeming features?
 

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Actually its a bit like Race for the Galaxy, I think the game is probably ok if you like that kind of game, I was probably put off by the annoying player.
 

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Indeed, games with an SF feel appeal to me too although currently the only one I have played is "Star Realms".

I have been considering Eclipse because of its high rating but the slightly long game length deters me a little I must admit. I'm also considering Race For The Galaxy, Eminent Domain, Quantum and Core Worlds.
Yeah, Eclipse is an intense game, but well worth it. It could be considered a sequel to Twilight Imperium which is even longer than Eclipse! :D But Race for the Galaxy is a much shorter game but there is a bit of a learning curve with all the symbols they use in the game.

If you don't mind more of a Fantasy theme, there is Seasons. Great artwork and theme and the game mechanics are really cool too!
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/108745/seasons
 

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An update of recent additions to my board game collection:

"Quantum" - A fun space exploration and battle game with a modular board and dice as ships.

"Race for the Galaxy" + "The Gathering Storm" (first expansion) - My new favourite game. A superb combination of brevity and depth. Establish your galactic empire before your opponents to win. Do it in a different way each time you play.

"Resistance: Avalon" - A Party game that requires 5 to 10 players. A game of deception and intrigue. Only played it a few times with children too young to bluff effectively and a grandparent too senile to remember what she's doing so haven't really seen it at it's best yet but seems a lot of fun.
 

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Betrayal at House on the Hill is a strange survival horror game of sorts. I've only played it a few times but it's been great and very surprising.

Warrior Knights is my latest purchase and I haven't had the chance to play it yet. Reading the manual though and looking over the components have gotten me realy exited. This might be my greatest game thus far.
Warrior Knights. That's a blast from the past. If it's the same one I remember (from 20+ years ago!) I loved it. You started out as different Barons (up to 6 players as I recall) and had a starting amount of gold. You could bid, in secret auction so you could over-pay a lot, for various mercenary armies each turn but had to have the funds to keep paying them or they'd leave. You could also fund trading ships and, if they returned, you'd get a good gold return on those. Great game & the secret auctions were quite tense when everyone wanted the strength 400 Lombards army group. You'd get random happenings like cards where all Milanese troops would desert so players who were unlucky enough to stack the same nationality of mercs (because they were cheaper) could be punished hard!

Betrayal is great as well, mainly thanks to all the numerous endings that game has.

Anyone played "7 Wonders"? Sounds like a good, fast paced game for up to seven players...
Yes that about sums it up. It plays very quickly for a 7 player game as there are only 3 Ages to worry about. Many ways to win (or lose) as well. A recent game I played I was stacking well with building modifiers and technology points but the two players either side of me had built up a substantial military and kept beating me in fights and claiming victory points, which meant I ended up last!

I've found that whilst games like Dead of Winter are fine for me that they are too heavy for my wife and friends, so I wont get much chance to play it.

Also I picked up Ingenious and Incan Gold from charity shops in the past few weeks.
That's a shame but it is a problem with the types of board games out there now. For people brought up on Monopoly or Risk it can seem intimidating and I have similar problems trying to persuade my friends to join in too. I suppose when you're having to spend 30 minutes setting up the game and explaining the rules then it gets a bit scary. The best way is to spend time getting to grips with the rules yourself, inside and out, and then just play a few quick "open" turns where everyone can see the basic mechanics and then try and go from there.

I loved board games as a kid but grew out of them as I got older. But I've recently joined a board games club in my local area (check out your local area, you might have similar!) just after this year's International Tabletop Day (April I think?) and I've met some really nice people and gotten to play a lot of new and interesting games. And that's caused me to go out and splurge on games myself.

My collection currently includes:
Smash Up (with all expansions bar the Pretty Princess one...)
Dead of Winter (zombie-themed co-op survival game)
Firefly (authorised board game from the show), with Pirates & Bounty Hunters expansion
Sentinels of the Multiverse (superhero themed co-op card game), with Rook City, Infernal Relics, Shattered Timelines & Vengeance expansions.
Game of Thrones (1st edition!)

But thanks to the board games club I've managed to play a lot more, probably more than I can even remember to list here! I did like BSG (but the cylons always win!)
 

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That's a shame but it is a problem with the types of board games out there now. For people brought up on Monopoly or Risk it can seem intimidating and I have similar problems trying to persuade my friends to join in too. I suppose when you're having to spend 30 minutes setting up the game and explaining the rules then it gets a bit scary. The best way is to spend time getting to grips with the rules yourself, inside and out, and then just play a few quick "open" turns where everyone can see the basic mechanics and then try and go from there.
Yeah, sometimes it's tough finding the right group for the rights games. But for those who are new to more heavy board games there are "gateway" games which can be used to introduce newbie players to more heavy games. Games like Carcassonne and Settlers of Catan are a great way to wet the appetite of non-gamers to the world of boardgames.
 

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I just got the game "Innovation" and after playing one game I have to say that it is fantastic. It's a kind of civilization building card game where each card is a technology. Quite abstract and fairly simple play mechanisms yet it allows for a rich and varied game play. The game unfolds very differently with each play and can change quite chaotically within each game.

Highly recommended.
 

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I was into AH's Panzerblitz back in the day. I used to get the SPI magazine delivered monthly, with a game in each issue.
Losing a counter or three was a bind, though!
 

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Latest games I've played:

"Dixit" - I got this as part of an effort to engage my entire family in a board game. Something more about imagination and word play than anything else. So far it's been quite successful but I wonder about the longevity. I recommend buying at least one expansion pack, possibility even before playing the game once, to help in this regard.

"Condottiere" - I wanted a game that worked well for fairly large player counts (4-6) yet retained brevity and strategy. It does indeed do that. Lots of bluffing, intrigue, strategy and fun. Highly recommended. A good game for travelling too as it is a tiny box with a small board.
 

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Anyone get any Christmas board games?

I had:

Memoir '44 - A quick playing two player war game that recreates various battles from WWII during the liberation of France.

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Five Tribes - Manipulate the five tribes of Nagala in order to maximise your points whilst trying to make it difficult for your opponent. Not as complex as it initially looks!

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Ooh, and another cheeky little game I picked up since Christmas:

Tiny Epic Galaxies - I'm a sucker for space themed games but got this mainly for it's small box and portability. Actually a lot of fun as you compete to establish the best galactic empire.



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I would post mine, but I got 9 games for Christmas and I haven't got the time (or inclination) to find pictures for them all.
They are
T.I.M.E Stories - A sort of role playing game, that you play through many times before you can win/complete it, other scenarios/expansions available
Pandemic Legacy (season 1) - A legacy version of the ever popular co-operative game.
Libertalia - Pirate ship crew themed game, I think it is card drafting mechanic, but not played it yet
Jamaica - Race ships around the island, not played this either
Jaipur - a simple 2 player card drafting/collection game, played it online with FriedEgg but not in real life
No Thanks - A great little card game, very easy and simple
6 Nimmit - another small card game, tricky little one this
Coup - I actually have this game already, so gave it away as a present to another gaming fan
Age of War - great little dice game, themed on Japanese feudalism.

I may have lied, I also got Game of Thrones Monopoly (what was my brother thinking! Monopoly!!!) and a little quiz Time Lines (music and movie edition)

All in all, we've only played 2 games so far, Age of War and TIME stories, but loving them both.
 

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Several of my board games can be played solitaire but this is the first game I bought that is specifically best for solitaire: Space Hulk: Death Angel.


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It can play up to six people (cooperatively) and it is a brutally punishing game but a lot of fun (if storming a hostile alien ship wreck with a bunch of futuristic space marines who are all likely to die is your idea of fun).
 
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