It's summer and this traditionally means that it's boardgame season. So we need a thread, once again, to discuss purchase choices, tactics, session reports and all the other nonsense that needs to be said.
We tend to have pretty terrible OPs in these threads, I'm going to try and change that this time.
Boardgames? Moer leik Bored Games, lol!
I don't care if you really feel that way or if you are just being a cock. The answer is the same, don't go shitting up this thread. Instead, you can amuse yourself by eating as many pills as you can find in your parent's medicine cupboard as quickly as possible.
Is Tempus out yet?
: Yes, yes it is. I've just started hearing reports of online stores having it in stock. This means that you can even likely skip down to your local FLGS (or Travelling Man) and pick yourself up a copy. A word of caution though: This isn't the game people thought it was and those who go in expecting it to be a civilisation building game have come away dissapointing. It is very much more abstract than people expected.
Monopoly/Munchkin/Fluxx is the best!
It really isn't. Nobody wants to claim that the game isn't fun in certain conditions but it relies almost entirely on luck. There is a big exciting world of more advanced games out there and you'd do well to experience it.
"Game name". Thread over
This isn't a poll thread asking which is the best game. That question doesn't even make sense. If you want to discuss how much a game rocks then do it, but try to actual stimulate discussion rather than failing to manage even one sentence.
Is there some kind of site on the internet that deals with boardgame reviews and news?
Yes, it's called BoardGameGeek
and it can be very useful for finding out lots of things. They also run PBP games on there, which are really slow but can be great fun.
Most of the people on these forums have an account there. I know I do
I thought I'd also include some pretty photos and brief descriptions of what I'd consider the popular boardgames and those that people on these boards might care about.
This was my gateway game. We bought this and it set us off on our tradition of meeting a few times a week during summer to play some games.
It now comes in a few flavours, most notably, Godstorm
Most people shy away from this as they have horrible memories of games taking several days. Usually, this means they were trying to play a conquest game. I like to think of this as playing the game wrong, as it really isn't fun. Play with missions. It's awesome and games are shorter.
Settlers of Catan
This was my second game as far as I remember. Still played as much now as it was then.
It's a game of resource trading and the eternal "I've got wood" jokes. There are a few different versions with different art, some much prettier than others.
Two expansions also exist:
Seafarers of Catan
. This one was original going to be part of the base game but was taken out in order to cut costs. It fixes a few resource imbalances by allowing you to make sea routers in addition to paths. Also introduces the GOLD
tile and some scenarios (although most people don't like the scenarios). We've played one game of standard settlers since we picked up this expansion and that was to teach a new person the rules.
Cities and Knights Of Catan
. This one is less of an expansion and more of a brand new game with similar mechanics in places. Introduces advanced resources, different city levels and some other bits and bobs. Fun, but we don't play it as much by any stretch of the imagaintion. Provides a fun change though.
This is considered by many to be the finest boardgame ever made. It is always at the top of the highest rated games on BGG too.
The players are plantation owners in Puerto Rico in the days when the 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. It has a fairly small random element which most hail as a good thing. There are no dice to be held at the mercy of, just the available crops. Everything that goes wrong tends to be your own fault. It really is awesome.
The big game that I've not bought or played. Yet.
This one is a game based around laying tiles. I can't really say much except it's quite light and I'll be picking up it up shortly. It also has 6.39billion expansions and a few hundred different base sets. Nobody knows whether any base set and expansion combination will work.
Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition
Not really as famous as the others I've listed, but I play a great deal of it and it is pretty different to the others I've presented
If that picture doesn't do something for you then you're dead inside. This is a game about managing a space empire. It's a little like a Master of Orion boardgame. Some people have a problem with victory being based on victory points rather than conquest, so you may want to try before you buy.