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[Board games] Do meeples dream of cardboard sheep?

MNC DoverMNC Dover Game Designer/Stay-at-home DadSeattle, WARegistered User regular
edited February 19 in Critical Failures
Hey there! This thread is about board games. Let me tell you about them!

A different kind of board game is on the rise. Invading pop culture. Invading Target, Barnes and Noble, Toys R Us. Invading Penny Arcade itself.
There are brand-new games about dying in the desert:
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or 20-year old card games getting new life:
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or even family-friendly train games that stir something black in the soul:
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This thread exists to convey one simple message: board games have come a long way since Monopoly and Risk.

Perhaps you’re looking for something for your lunch hour.
Perhaps you’re looking for something to play when you’re just hanging out with friends.
Perhaps you’re looking for something like chess but more fun for newcomers.
Perhaps you’re looking for an all-day simulation of the asymmetrical struggles of Europe during the Protestant Reformation.

No problem, gotcha covered. So without further ado, let me attempt to give you a barely-sketched outline of what is possible in cardboard, wood and plastic.

Oh, and watch out for that pig-flooping.


GREAT GAMES FOR JUST ABOUT ANYONE (especially those new to games):

Ticket to Ride
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Quite possibly one of the best entry-level games. Draw cards into your hands, claim a route between two cities with your train cars by laying down same-color cards that match a route on the board. Simple, intuitive. Kids can grasp it, adults can play it more cut-throat and get into deeper strategies. Many versions have been made; they are pretty much all great, but check to see how many people can play. There’s also plenty of expansion maps, including a highly-rated Asia map for team play up to 6.

Trains
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Trains, while having a similar theme to Ticket to Ride, is almost entirely different! Trains is a deck builder. That's not to say it's like Magic: the Gathering, but instead you build your deck during the game! Furthermore, there's a board you'll be playing on, trying to connect routes and build stations and block your opponents from doing the same. However, beware Waste! You generate waste when you build things and it clogs up your hand, taking up the space of more useful cards.

Carcassonne
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Another older game, which has aged well because of its short length and wide appeal. Pick up a tile, add it to the tiles already placed so that you match the road, castle, or field. You may optionally “claim” a road, castle, or field with one of your followers or “meeples”, which gives you points. A great, quick game for pretty much all ages, but it is especially good for a younger crowd.

Lords of Waterdeep
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Newer game, but it has really made a splash. It’s a fairly light worker-placement euro that non-gamers (or minimal-gamers) really seem to enjoy. The “worker-placement” part is themed up as sending knights and wizards off to accomplish quests, and there’s even a bit of back-stabbery against the other players.

Forbidden Desert
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An amazing little cooperative game that starts with formula that made Forbidden Island and Pandemic so popular, and then develops and improves that formula into something magical. You must explore and excavate tiles to find pieces of an airship, while a sandstorm moves the tiles around and dumps sand everywhere. Everybody has their own special ability, and they work together in amazing ways. Get all the parts, find the launch pad, GET TO DA CHOPPA, and escape to safety. But you'll probably die of thirst first. Great components, too.

Okay, so I'm done with those gateway games! What's everyone really into nowadays?

Cantido's pick:
Clank!
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The only deckbuider I've owned and played since Penny Arcade's foray into the genre. Where the word "deckbuilder" sends some players running, Clank puts smiles on any player's face. It is a push your luck game, combining Ascension with Deep Sea Adventure. There is a double-sided board with two different dungeons that players traverse. Players build a deck to let them race to the deepest part of the dungeon to find the most valuable treasures while avoiding making too much noise to disturb the dragon who will attack players at random.

As the game goes by, players accidentally (or intentionally) give themselves or their opponents Clank! They put their colored cubes in a pile, and when the dragon attacks, those cubes go in a bag and are pulled out in increasing amounts. If a player's color is pulled, they took damage, and if their damage is maxed, they are out of the game. If they died underground they get zero points, if they die above ground, they at least get to count points at the end of the game.

Healing is scarce. Really scarce. You can't count on it. Your options are to increase the Clank of other players, reducing the probability of your cubes getting pulled, or just grabbing a lesser treasure and ending the game early. You might come across cards that reduce your clank, or really rare ones that give you healing.

The Dungeon Row deck changes up the flow of the game every time. I've seen games with absolutely new healing and a very aggressive dragon where only one player escaped, I've sen slow games with plenty of healing where every player scored high, and everything in between. I've also seen players boldly (or recklessly) build their decks with high Clank and high Card Draw, allowing them to rampage through the dungeon and end the game early. Either way, the finale of the game leaves players clutching their pearls, biting their nails and possibly screaming. Don't let player elimination scare you off either. If all players are playing optimally, everyone should be lasting an equal amount of time in the game.

My only complaint is that some cards in the Dungeon Row are utter garbage and nobody wants them, such as the Lucky Coin.

Mikey CTS's Picks!
Chinatown

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You have to make peace to wage war. Chinatown is a game of negotiation and trading, as you claim board spaces, draw building tiles, and start putting those businesses on the board over the course of six years (rounds). The larger the business you can build, the more money it'll earn you every year. However, you'll never get the board placement or tiles you'll need to build those businesses up on your own. This is where negotiation and trading come in to play - you'll have to wheel and deal with your other players to complete that Dumpling Shop you desperately want. And during negotiations in Chinatown, there is one simple rule: ANY. THING. GOES. Want to trade tiles for spaces? Be my guest. You want to make some deal or future trade agreements, go right ahead. You want to offer your buddy a soda for that spot you need on the board? Maybe they'll go for it. Just remember, any agreements made regarding future commitments are not binding. Happy negotiations!

Broom Service

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A criminally under-appreciated gem, it's Kiki's Delivery Service the Boardgame. Well, not quite, but pretty close. In Broom Service, using your witches and their assistance, you create potions and send your witches off to distant lands to make deliveries. During each round, players will select six of their ten cards to play during that round. Each card represents a witch-y helper, like gnomes, druids, or witches, who each have specific jobs. Whenever another player selects to play a card, every player must play the same card in clockwise order if they have it. The catch is, each card has either a coward or brave option. If you are cowardly, you may claim your reward immediately. If you select brave, your rewards will be much greater but you must wait till the end of the round to claim them. If another player after you also claims to be brave, you will receive no rewards at all. Last player to select brave picks the next card to play. It's a game of risk and reward, of gosling for position, and jockeying for the the order of actions. The player who takes the wisest risks and can best predict their opponents' plays will win.

Athenor's Game Picks:
Mint Works

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What started as a Board Game Geek contest has quickly become my favorite pick up and play game. A worker placement game, you use resources on a limited set of actions to purchase plans for buildings, then build them in order to score points. The game is incredibly fast, playing in about 10-15 minutes, and it all fits into a mint tin!

Keep your eye out for this one once the designer gets his distribution issues resolved.


Lotus

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A serene-looking game that actually gets very cutthoat! You are guardians of a garden, cultivating flowers. Completing flowers gets you points equal to how many petals it has, and also allows the controlling player to either gain a special ability or 5 points! You control a flower by having the most of your symbol on it, augmented by your bug avatars. But only 1 of each type of flower can be out on the board at once. So do you go for the score or go for the control?

Star Wars: Destiny

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THIS IS A COLLECTABLE CARD GAME. BUY IN AT YOUR OWN RISK.

That said? The game is incredibly fun. Using a very fast-paced back and forth playstyle, where you get a moment of breathing to react to any given action...

You enter the game with a set of characters that get their own dice and resources. Your deck is then used to add upgrades, support, or play events. It's a simple game on the surface, but getting to play it is where it shines. Unfortunately, its popularity is making it very hard to find at the moment. Still, grab a starter and see if it is worth playing for you.


Powerpupp's Game Picks:
Blood rage!
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This is a heavy game with drafting, fighting, and card synergy. You play for three Ages of the end of the world. Don't worry about dying - heroes are resummoned to their clan longboats out of Valhalla at the beginning of each age. Each age begins with drafting six cards from packs of 8, which get you monsters or combat bonuses or points or quests. Quests and successful pillaging of the surviving provinces of the world let you advance your clan stats to give you more actions per age, more points per fight, or a higher max army size. It's a combat-heavy game but combat is neither an unalloyed good thing nor an unalloyed expenditure of resources. Losing fights can help with quests and points and trigger clan upgrades, so you're not constantly maneuvering to threaten without actually fighting like in TI, but it's not a straight up war game, often the best strategies involve your own heroes dying or standing off in a corner not fighting.


Darric's Game Picks:
A Feast for Odin

I like Agricola a lot. I like how tense it is. I haven't played Caverna, but if I had to pick a game that's much nicer than Agricola, and still gives me what I want from it, it'd be A Feast for Odin. It's ... kind of incredible. You're vikings, doing everything vikings do. Everything. Building houses, growing food, hunting food, eating food, building boats, going whaling, going to market, trading goods, pillaging, discovering new lands, emigrating - these are all mechanically represented in a game with the biggest worker placement action board you've ever seen. And while that might seem like design creep in the worse possible sense, everything is in service of this brilliant simple (but brain burning) tile laying (ala Patchwork) mechanic where you're trying to cover as much space as possible with high quality goods. I love it.


TimFiji's picks:
Captain Sonar
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Scythe
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Shadowfire's pick:
Red Dragon Inn
Adventurers have downtime too, and after their latest dungeon dive, they retire to the Red Dragon Inn to brag about their travels, flex their muscles, gamble, and drink.

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Each character is a little different, with some like Fiona whittling away at others' fortitude and keeping from getting drunk, or Gerki being a great gambler. The wizard Zot and his familiar Pooki add a bit of unpredictability to the mix since Pooki's mood can change. The characters have their own decks, and you use those to be the last adventurer standing, because everyone else is too drunk, too injured, or broke! There are five volumes of Red Dragon Inn available, all with different characters, plus individual packs with new characters, and each one can interact with the other. New characters have included Pooki as a separate character, the summoner Zariah, and the best character of all time: Wizgille, the Gnome Artificer.

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I adore this game. Everyone should own at least two editions of it.


Fairchild's pick:
Sentinels of the Multiverse
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Mansions of Madness: 2nd Edition
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Zombie Hero's pick:
Mysterium
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Castles of Mad King Ludwig
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Jonbob's pick:
Fantastic new games keep coming out! For example, check out Potion Explosion.
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This is a short game of collecting ingredients to brew potions, which give you points as well as special abilities you can use if you drink them. That's fun by itself, but the magic comes in the way you collect those ingredients.

There's this nifty cardboard dispenser you pour a bunch of marbles into, and they fill the columns with a satisfying clacking sound. Then, when you take an ingredient, new marbles will roll down into place, and if you cause like colors to collide, you get those too. Causing these chain reactions is the heart of the game, and it's extremely clever and fun.


I love little, simple games that are easy to teach. That's why it's so notable that I love Vast, which is the opposite of these things.

Vast is a game of asymmetry, which is handily summarized in the following simple diagram:
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In Vast, each player takes on a role with its own rules, its own goals, and its own mechanisms. Turn structure for one player bears no resemblance to the turn structure for the next. The Knight is playing a typical RPG, exploring a cave, completing sidequests, gaining experience, and trying to slay the dragon. The Goblins, on the other hand, are controlling a bunch of moving parts, swarming and darting through the darkness and trying to chip away at the Knight. The Cave player is trying to misdirect and slow down other players long enough to collapse in, killing everyone. And so on! It's a marvel that it works at all.


But new games aren't everything! Classics return to the table every week. For example, I'm enamored of Edel, Stein & Reich, an older game of bluffing and brinksmanship.
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This is a simultaneous action selection game. I love games like this, because everyone is always involved! Players try to collect majorities in four different colors of gems by deciding what action to take: claim gems, claim cash, claim a special action card, and so forth. If nobody else chose what you did, then great! You get to take that action. If three or more chose it, nobody gets to do it. But if two people chose it, they have to negotiate over which one gets to do it, and how the other one gets compensated. Simple, clean, cutthroat, and fun.


The old OP has a ton of recommendations too!

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  • CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    edited February 18
    Cantido's pick (yes, I'm doing one)
    Clank!
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    The only deckbuider I've owned and played since Penny Arcade's foray into the genre. Where the word "deckbuilder" sends some players running, Clank puts smiles on any player's face. It is a push your luck game, combining Ascension with Deep Sea Adventure. There is a double-sided board with two different dungeons that players traverse. Players build a deck to let them race to the deepest part of the dungeon to find the most valuable treasures while avoiding making too much noise to disturb the dragon who will attack players at random.

    As the game goes by, players accidentally (or intentionally) give themselves or their opponents Clank! They put their colored cubes in a pile, and when the dragon attacks, those cubes go in a bag and are pulled out in increasing amounts. If a player's color is pulled, they took damage, and if their damage is maxed, they are out of the game. If they died underground they get zero points, if they die above ground, they at least get to count points at the end of the game.

    Healing is scarce. Really scarce. You can't count on it. Your options are to increase the Clank of other players, reducing the probability of your cubes getting pulled, or just grabbing a lesser treasure and ending the game early. You might come across cards that reduce your clank, or really rare ones that give you healing.

    The Dungeon Row deck changes up the flow of the game every time. I've seen games with absolutely new healing and a very aggressive dragon where only one player escaped, I've sen slow games with plenty of healing where every player scored high, and everything in between. I've also seen players boldly (or recklessly) build their decks with high Clank and high Card Draw, allowing them to rampage through the dungeon and end the game early. Either way, the finale of the game leaves players clutching their pearls, biting their nails and possibly screaming. Don't let player elimination scare you off either. If all players are playing optimally, everyone should be lasting an equal amount of time in the game.

    My only complaint is that some cards in the Dungeon Row are utter garbage and nobody wants them, such as the Lucky Coin.

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  • Grunt's GhostsGrunt's Ghosts Registered User regular
    Best thread title ever.

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  • Mikey CTSMikey CTS The Fool Registered User regular
    edited February 18
    Mikey CTS's Picks!
    Chinatown

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    You have to make peace to wage war. Chinatown is a game of negotiation and trading, as you claim board spaces, draw building tiles, and start putting those businesses on the board over the course of six years (rounds). The larger the business you can build, the more money it'll earn you every year. However, you'll never get the board placement or tiles you'll need to build those businesses up on your own. This is where negotiation and trading come in to play - you'll have to wheel and deal with your other players to complete that Dumpling Shop you desperately want. And during negotiations in Chinatown, there is one simple rule: ANY. THING. GOES. Want to trade tiles for spaces? Be my guest. You want to make some deal or future trade agreements, go right ahead. You want to offer your buddy a soda for that spot you need on the board? Maybe they'll go for it. Just remember, any agreements made regarding future commitments are not binding. Happy negotiations!

    Broom Service

    Broom-Service-Spiel.jpg

    A criminally under-appreciated gem, it's Kiki's Delivery Service the Boardgame. Well, not quite, but pretty close. In Broom Service, using your witches and their assistance, you create potions and send your witches off to distant lands to make deliveries. During each round, players will select six of their ten cards to play during that round. Each card represents a witch-y helper, like gnomes, druids, or witches, who each have specific jobs. Whenever another player selects to play a card, every player must play the same card in clockwise order if they have it. The catch is, each card has either a coward or brave option. If you are cowardly, you may claim your reward immediately. If you select brave, your rewards will be much greater but you must wait till the end of the round to claim them. If another player after you also claims to be brave, you will receive no rewards at all. Last player to select brave picks the next card to play. It's a game of risk and reward, of gosling for position, and jockeying for the the order of actions. The player who takes the wisest risks and can best predict their opponents' plays will win.

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  • MNC DoverMNC Dover Game Designer/Stay-at-home Dad Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    Added game picks to OP! Give me more people!

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  • AthenorAthenor Who needs lions when you have a battlecruiser? Registered User regular
    Athenor's Game Picks:
    Mint Works

    Coming soon - so new that there aren't even good pics out there!

    What started as a Board Game Geek contest has quickly become my favorite pick up and play game. A worker placement game, you use resources on a limited set of actions to purchase plans for buildings, then build them in order to score points. The game is incredibly fast, playing in about 10-15 minutes, and it all fits into a mint tin!

    Keep your eye out for this one once the designer gets his distribution issues resolved.


    Lotus

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    A serene-looking game that actually gets very cutthoat! You are guardians of a garden, cultivating flowers. Completing flowers gets you points equal to how many petals it has, and also allows the controlling player to either gain a special ability or 5 points! You control a flower by having the most of your symbol on it, augmented by your bug avatars. But only 1 of each type of flower can be out on the board at once. So do you go for the score or go for the control?

    Star Wars: Destiny

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    THIS IS A COLLECTABLE CARD GAME. BUY IN AT YOUR OWN RISK.

    That said? The game is incredibly fun. Using a very fast-paced back and forth playstyle, where you get a moment of breathing to react to any given action...

    You enter the game with a set of characters that get their own dice and resources. Your deck is then used to add upgrades, support, or play events. It's a simple game on the surface, but getting to play it is where it shines. Unfortunately, its popularity is making it very hard to find at the moment. Still, grab a starter and see if it is worth playing for you.

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  • PowerpuppiesPowerpuppies Registered User regular
    edited February 18
    The ppups choice:
    Blood rage!
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    This is a heavy game with drafting, fighting, and card synergy. You play for three Ages of the end of the world. Don't worry about dying - heroes are resummoned to their clan longboats out of Valhalla at the beginning of each age. Each age begins with drafting six cards from packs of 8, which get you monsters or combat bonuses or points or quests. Quests and successful pillaging of the surviving provinces of the world let you advance your clan stats to give you more actions per age, more points per fight, or a higher max army size. It's a combat-heavy game but combat is neither an unalloyed good thing nor an unalloyed expenditure of resources. Losing fights can help with quests and points and trigger clan upgrades, so you're not constantly maneuvering to threaten without actually fighting like in TI, but it's not a straight up war game, often the best strategies involve your own heroes dying or standing off in a corner not fighting.

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  • MNC DoverMNC Dover Game Designer/Stay-at-home Dad Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    Added @Athenor review (and found a Mint Works pic to boot!). Keep 'em coming folks!

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  • AthenorAthenor Who needs lions when you have a battlecruiser? Registered User regular
    MNC: That pic is of a prototype and not representative of the final game. Give me a few, I'll bust out my copy and get some pics of the final product. :)

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  • InquisitorInquisitor Of mercenary mind. Registered User regular
    First day of the convention down, played three games: Captain Sonar, Battlestations (I guess the 2nd edition that is still being finalized via kickstarter and it was the prototype with the developer which is cool?) and Two Rooms and a Boom.

    Captain Sonar is GOD DAMNED AMAZING.
    Battlestations made some great stories (yes my robot murder bot and an armed turtle launched ourselves in a missile off of a planet to intercept an enemy ship chasing our ship and murdered all the crew on it) but the rules seem pretty bloated.
    Two Rooms and a Boom is always a fun time.

    I'll try for more detailed write ups when the con is over.

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  • MNC DoverMNC Dover Game Designer/Stay-at-home Dad Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    Athenor wrote: »
    MNC: That pic is of a prototype and not representative of the final game. Give me a few, I'll bust out my copy and get some pics of the final product. :)

    Yeah I know, but it was better than nothing. I'd like a better, in-game pic if you can get one. ;)

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  • AthenorAthenor Who needs lions when you have a battlecruiser? Registered User regular
    MNC Dover wrote: »
    Athenor wrote: »
    MNC: That pic is of a prototype and not representative of the final game. Give me a few, I'll bust out my copy and get some pics of the final product. :)

    Yeah I know, but it was better than nothing. I'd like a better, in-game pic if you can get one. ;)

    Staged in-game work? :)
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  • MNC DoverMNC Dover Game Designer/Stay-at-home Dad Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    Love it, added!

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  • Mojo_JojoMojo_Jojo A lemon squeezed in the salty fist of Poseidon Registered User regular
    The rulebook and crib sheet for Mint Works are just slightly too large so that they catch on the lip of the tin and end up tattered really quickly.

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus My baby, please show you to me fast. Registered User regular
    Mojo_Jojo wrote: »
    The rulebook and crib sheet for Mint Works are just slightly too large so that they catch on the lip of the tin and end up tattered really quickly.

    Yeah I wish I knew of a good way to round those edges off.

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  • DarricDarric Santa MonicaRegistered User regular
    My game pick of right now:
    A Feast for Odin

    I like Agricola a lot. I like how tense it is. I haven't played Caverna, but if I had to pick a game that's much nicer than Agricola, and still gives me what I want from it, it'd be A Feast for Odin. It's ... kind of incredible. You're vikings, doing everything vikings do. Everything. Building houses, growing food, hunting food, eating food, building boats, going whaling, going to market, trading goods, pillaging, discovering new lands, emigrating - these are all mechanically represented in a game with the biggest worker placement action board you've ever seen. And while that might seem like design creep in the worse possible sense, everything is in service of this brilliant simple (but brain burning) tile laying (ala Patchwork) mechanic where you're trying to cover as much space as possible with high quality goods. I love it.

  • Custom SpecialCustom Special Registered User regular
    Just played a solo round of Robinson Crusoe (ordered right when CSI had a restock last week). Knew I was going to lose about half way through because I wasn't doing enough on the scenario objective. Really really looking forward to playing it with my wife soon and seeing how we fare!
    Also I died so hard in my final round (took like 6 or 7 damage all in a phase or two).

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  • TimFijiTimFiji Registered User regular
    Updating my picks:
    1. Mechs vs. Minions
    2. Still Scythe
    3. Gloomhaven
    4.

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  • AetherAether Registered User regular
    Did the latest expansion for TIME Stories yesterday. I have much love for this game, and Expedition: Endurance did not disappoint. It was our fastest of the missions so far, two and a half hours, but still 3 runs.

    Spoilers of Endurance and slight spoilers for Prophecy
    I just love how this game keeps playing with my expectations. When we opened the box and saw the second "secret" deck I assumed it was just a save point, like in Prophecy of Dragons, but to visit the ship two days late, and the clues and story you get out of that really interested me. We correctly identified and avoided the massive time sink this time.

    No one had to go to location 666, and only one receptacle went insane. So we missed most of that content. We deciphered the whole journal, but only summoned the demon on the penultimate time unit on the second run to see if it was worth getting for the third run, I totally expected it to be a trap.

    I also really enjoyed the little additions to the overarching story at the beginning, and I enjoyed Bob being late to the meeting a little to much. Why is all the time equipment breaking down? I dunno, but I want to find out

    I love this game, but part of that might be the group I play it with, and the building meta we have with it. I can totally see that people might not like it, I nearly classify it as an activity rather than a game, and while I don't have a problem with it the play once nature of it can be off putting. To top it off, I saw some photos of the new expansions, and one of them is Pirates! Yay!

    Also got through a couple of Mansions Of Madness, and as much as I enjoy it, the Insanity cards that mean someone wins if they "kill" another investigator are gooseshit.

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  • Ah_PookAh_Pook Registered User regular
    DarkPrimus wrote: »
    Mojo_Jojo wrote: »
    The rulebook and crib sheet for Mint Works are just slightly too large so that they catch on the lip of the tin and end up tattered really quickly.

    Yeah I wish I knew of a good way to round those edges off.

    They make corner rounders for papercraft stuff, presumably one of those would work...

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  • AetherAether Registered User regular
    edited February 18

    I really enjoy Caverna, and would like to try A Feast For Odin, but the price tag on that game seems high. Also availability is an issue on this side of the planet.

    With so many options, are you meaningfully messing with other people's plans when you take a spot? That's the only interaction you get with Caverna, and I feel like the table would be a bit subdued without it.

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  • CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    How is Iberiademic?

  • Mikey CTSMikey CTS The Fool Registered User regular
    Man, I've played Chinatown so much the cards are browning...

    Guess I'll have to either order replacements or a whole new copy.

    Either way, I'll sleeve the cards this go around.

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  • FishmanFishman They can see that he's just a fool and he never gives an answer Registered User regular
    I just the results of a Math Trade I was in.

    I traded the game I least wanted to lose for the game I wanted most.
    And I traded the game I most wanted to lose for the game I wanted least.

    All up, probably an even trade for me.

    I mean, I moved my old copy of Roborally and got a copy of Mage Wars Arena with 4 expansions, so on paper I'd call that a win, but I'm kinda dubious how often I'll get Mage Wars to the table and it's not really filling an underserved hole in my library, so I kinda wavered about even adding it to my want list, but I basically decided it's a lot of game for something I'm happy to lose, so why not?

    On the other hand, I lost Cosmic Encounter with 2 expansions, which was no one's favourite game in my group but was a comfortable enough fallback. It was not in regular rotation and only really played when we were bereft of ideas of what to play, but I would have happily held on to it, so I'm bittersweet about letting it go.

    In exchange I'm getting an unplayed copy of Endevavor, cards still in wrap.

    Endeavor is going to fill a hole in my library, has great word-of-mouth, and is nigh impossible to get a hold of in any condition, let alone like new. Endeavor has been out of print for at least 5 years, and there has been no sign of a reprinting. And, for extra flavour, it was designed by two guys from my hometown in the era before crowdfunding, who managed to get this game published by an international distributor and get a game into the top 100 at BGG. It a huge success story and it's fans continue to wonder why there's no sign of a reprinting, as even used copies are traded for above MSRP regularly.

    So while I lost a game that I still played and enjoyed well enough, at the end of the day I traded something I can replace for $80 at any downtown toystore and got an essentially unavailable ultra-rare grail game in an unplayed condition in exchange.

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  • Mojo_JojoMojo_Jojo A lemon squeezed in the salty fist of Poseidon Registered User regular
    Tell me more about Endeavour. I've never heard of it

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  • AthenorAthenor Who needs lions when you have a battlecruiser? Registered User regular
    DarkPrimus wrote: »
    Mojo_Jojo wrote: »
    The rulebook and crib sheet for Mint Works are just slightly too large so that they catch on the lip of the tin and end up tattered really quickly.

    Yeah I wish I knew of a good way to round those edges off.

    I think, given how simple the game is, I'll just not keep them in the tin.

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  • PowerpuppiesPowerpuppies Registered User regular
    edited February 18
    I hated endeavor. I'm really sensitive to "i know I lost and there's and hour left in the game" problems and it had them in spades.

    The rest of my group liked it though! Explore, fight, calculate what your opponents can do now and what they can do soon... I think there's a buy low sell high merchanty bit to it too. It's not too fiddly and it has a pretty good theme.

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  • CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    I dont know why but I enjoy Secret Hitler far more than Avalon.

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  • Mikey CTSMikey CTS The Fool Registered User regular
    edited February 18
    Cantido wrote: »
    I dont know why but I enjoy Secret Hitler far more than Avalon.

    Avalon is still good, but as far as social deduction games go it's starting to show its age.

    Weighed against Deception, One Night Werewolf, and Secret Hitler, it's still a clean design but lacking in the wow factor.

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  • FishmanFishman They can see that he's just a fool and he never gives an answer Registered User regular
    Mojo_Jojo wrote: »
    Tell me more about Endeavour. I've never heard of it

    It's supposed to be a nicely tuned Euro game set during the European exploartion and colonisation of the globe with your usual grab bag of explore/trade/research/economy points options. The theme is that of European powers exploring and expanding into Africa, the Caribbean, South East Asia, etc. to establish empires. Basically it's a nicely sized, well tuned, fairly swift Euro that supposedly just works?

    I'm curious about it myself, because I've never had a chance to play it, but I'll definitely write it up if it's decent.

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  • VyolynceVyolynce Registered User regular
    Mojo_Jojo wrote: »
    Tell me more about Endeavour. I've never heard of it

    I reviewed it a while ago!

    Cantido wrote: »
    How is Iberiademic?

    Covered this in the last thread, but it does some very interesting things. Not being able to eradicate a disease is harsh, but the treat water action is great as are the concept of regions. It is closer to base Pandemic than Cthuldemic is, but feels different enough to almost stand on its own.

    DarkPrimus wrote: »
    Mojo_Jojo wrote: »
    The rulebook and crib sheet for Mint Works are just slightly too large so that they catch on the lip of the tin and end up tattered really quickly.

    Yeah I wish I knew of a good way to round those edges off.

    I like those corners. It helps those items stay in the tin. I layer it mints/aid/cards/rules from bottom to top.


    Got another Anachrony in today, still not using any variants or expansions. Came in 2nd again: 30/50/51; 3rd place was new to the game, 1st was the same guy who won Thursday night. Should be playing again on Monday since a lot of us have it off.

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  • Wolf of DresdenWolf of Dresden Registered User regular
    Tried Bloodborne and Academy's new 1754 today.

    Bloodborne is decent filler, with more choices than I would have expected going in. Rather than deck-building, you are hand-building and masterminding some serious push-your-luck elements. Not having a PS4, I have no real familiarity with the IP, but the game seemed to capture the idea of deciding when to fight, when to rest and enemies who can explode for a punishing amount of damage.

    I liked 1775 a lot and 1812 very little. 1754 is sort of in the middle? The players' starting positions are very fragile and it feels like some early luck can snowball rapidly, leading to a quick defeat. 1754 also feels like it is making much less of an effort to portray the big picture elements of this conflict - for example, the French and English recruiting is even (um no) and the Indians are neatly distributed between the two sides (again, not so much). Oh and the French amphibious capability is equal to that of the English (so, so, so much no). I might be able to overlook the weak sim elements if the gameplay was strong, but as my first comment suggests, we didn't really feel it.

  • JonBobJonBob Registered User regular
    Ah_Pook wrote: »
    DarkPrimus wrote: »
    Mojo_Jojo wrote: »
    The rulebook and crib sheet for Mint Works are just slightly too large so that they catch on the lip of the tin and end up tattered really quickly.

    Yeah I wish I knew of a good way to round those edges off.

    They make corner rounders for papercraft stuff, presumably one of those would work...

    I used a 1/4" corner chomper on my rulebook, and it fits so much better. The crib sheet isn't a problem as-is since it's thin enough to bend into place easily. The corner chomper is a regular part of my prototyping arsenal, so I always have it handy.

    You could always just cut the corners at a 45° angle and pretend you're in Battlestar Galactica.

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  • PowerpuppiesPowerpuppies Registered User regular
    Dover i edited in a writeup and picture for my pick

    i almost went with Inis but BR is best by test and Inis hasn't yet demonstrated staying power

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  • CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    edited February 19
    Attempt #2 at sealing Skull:

    Tools: Clear coat acrylic spray and aluminum foil

    Results were unimpressive. One card got artwork bits ripped when lifting it from the foil. The cards stick to each other when removing them from the box. They still look nice, so I might keep it or use them as coasters. I gave Asmodee feedback asking them to make the game with more lifespan, for whatever its worth.

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  • Mojo_JojoMojo_Jojo A lemon squeezed in the salty fist of Poseidon Registered User regular
    DarkPrimus wrote: »
    Mojo_Jojo wrote: »
    The rulebook and crib sheet for Mint Works are just slightly too large so that they catch on the lip of the tin and end up tattered really quickly.

    Yeah I wish I knew of a good way to round those edges off.

    I used nail scissors

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  • CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    I snagged Pandemic Iberia for $30 on Amazon.

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  • Ah_PookAh_Pook Registered User regular
    edited February 20
    Speaking of pandemic, this shot of the back of the pandemic season 2 box is intriguing AF

    I'm real curious about how much pandemic is even left at this point... It looks pretty different.

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus My baby, please show you to me fast. Registered User regular
    Put that in a spoiler tag, please. I know it's the back of the box, but it still feels like a big spoiler.

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  • OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    Not having played Season 1, I feel like that probably gives some pretty important stuff away.

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