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Fried Egg

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We have been having fun with Puerto Rico since Christmas. Simple yet deep. The amount of detailed needy analysis of this game on the web is impressive.
And it's inspired many other great games...
 

MaxiPower

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The sheriff of notthingham is a great party / family card game. Involves players taking turn playing the sheriff and basically having the other players having to lie in declaring what they have in their bag to sneak contraband past him. The sound of your bag opening brings laughter and sometimes dred to the group lol. Really recommend it.
 

M. Robert Gibson

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I've just found an old link to a list of board games and I wondered if there was a thread on here for SFF based games where I could post it.

Silly me. Of course there is ;)

A lot on the list have already been mentioned, but I'm ashamed to say I've only heard of a couple and played even fewer

Carcassonne sounds great, I'm off to try and find a software version
 

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Carcassonne is great. Made even better by the Inns and Cathedrals expansion.
From that list I would also recommend Ticket to Ride and 7 wonders which my family have played regularly for years. Dominion is a clever game which has some serious fans.
Check out the top 100 or so games on the Boardgamegeek website.
 

Vince W

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Does anyone else play Illuminati? This is one of SJGames best and was recently updated and reissued.
 

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Has anyone here played either Concordia or Castles of Burgundy?

If so, any opinions?

Thinking of getting them to help keep the family entertained over the Summer.
 

M. Robert Gibson

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Fried Egg

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The latest review from Ars Technica, a board game civilisation builder

As a fan of of empire building games, I'd like to give this a go, but I don't have any friends who'd play it with me :cry:
It's not the end of the world; it has an excellent solo "automa" that simulates another player so you don't need any friends!
 

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My partner and I have been playing Scrabble, with a board from the 1980s. We are also fans of Scythe and Pandemic.
 

Peter A

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Frustration is a great game. There's a dice in a plastic bubble, and the object is to get your pegs around a board. It is also called Trouble. :D
 

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Just played a game of The Oregon Trail last night with some friends. It's a lot of fun and a great introduction to more "advanced" games for people who don't have much experience with complex games.
 

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Just to jump in here - games I love:
Azul (placing glazed tiles to get points in a game concept I haven't encountered before it is my favourite at the moment - fast, easy to learn and hard to master - no text and easy rules make it perfect for international groups)
Isle of Skye (like Carcasonne you place land tiles but you have to buy them from you opponents first and everyone builds their own little kingdom - it is very good and gets better with the expansions - also it is set in Scotland - sheep and Whisky a plenty:love:)
Carcasonne (it is a classic and I like to be classy - the bigbox with a number of expansions is fun - mix and match what fits your style and mood)
Settlers of Catan (as mentioned I like the classics and I grew up with this)
Arkham Horror (Lovecraftian Game about the threat of the great older ones - a coop game where all players play against the board - true to the mythos most of the time you horribly lose - that makes fun stories - it gets more complex with expansions but also more fun and harder - needs a dedicated group as it has a learning curve and needs team communications - takes almost an hour to set up and then if you are unlucky you lose after 15 minutes - but setting up a second game is much faster)
Pandemic [Legacy Season 1] (another Coop game - again really fun - again you need a dedicated group - the legacy version includes ripping up cards and stuff - which is super fun once you get over the pain of destroying parts of your game for the first time)
Agricola (basically it is farmville for people without a phone - you have a farm you plot your land and make babies and feed babies turn cattle to food and all such things - quite fun and high emphasis on tactics - with the downside that more experienced players have a huge advantage)
Caylus (pure tactic game about building the castle for a king - no random elements - if you are into tactics it is great)
Tzol'kin the Mayan calendar (super complex worker placement game with many aspects but still a easy core gameplay)

so these are the games I like - I have a sweet spot for tactical gameplay which gets refelcted by the choice of games
for easy short fun I like Munchkin (ok not really short) and Codenames

I despise monopoly and risk (the former gets tedious and boring and the latter gives me dice-throwing-related-carpal-tunnel-syndrome just from thinking about it) - so yeah I do not like all the classics - on the topic of classics I am always open to a round of "Mensch ärger dich nicht" (the German and maybe original version of Trouble) and a nice evening of Skat (a German card game I will not even attempt to explain - it is very fun though)
 

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My partner got me the LOST game as a gag gift for Christmas. We recently watched the entire series and really enjoyed it. I'm curious to see how this game plays.
 

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Yes, I do! My grandparents bought it for me when I was young. I don't remember it being a brilliant game but I loved the look of it. It had a great pulpy cover of an explorer in shorts fending off a dinosaur with a revolver.
 

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Yes, I do! My grandparents bought it for me when I was young. I don't remember it being a brilliant game but I loved the look of it. It had a great pulpy cover of an explorer in shorts fending off a dinosaur with a revolver.
My parents refused to play it with my brother and I, they said it was too complicated. But we did have some great afternoons with friends over
 
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