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#41 Thunder

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 11:39 AM

I'm getting a new game for my birthday next week. I don't know what it is yet, but one of the options is Lords of Waterdeep.

 

I'm psyched to say the least!


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#42 bodhranist

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 11:50 AM

How have I not posted on this thread? Even though it is pretty much to ditto what everyone else has been saying - Pandemic is good, even better with the OTB expansion. Lords of Waterdeep is also great. It's got an expansion out now, but I've heard there are some issues with the expansion cards differing slightly from the original cards in color, size, and front/back orientation. I'm going to go to a game night at my Friendly Local Gaming Store to see if the differences are too glaring for me to pick it up before things get solved.

 

Personally, the game I end up playing the most is Race for the Galaxy. It works well with two players, it plays in about a half hour, and we probably break it out a few times a week, and have been doing so for several years. The only drawback is that it's tricky to explain/learn the basic mechanics. It's much easier if you've played Agricola or Puerto Rico (both also good games).


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Posted 29 August 2013 - 11:55 AM

I have Race for the Galaxy but it's too hard to teach people (and remember, due to how infrequently we play it).

I've heard it's pretty good once you get into it though.

 

I've managed to get my wife into playing Hive though. She loves it. In related news, Hive is an amazing game to play at the bar due to it being able to be washed off (when you spill your beer and/or get "nacho fingers" on it)


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#44 bodhranist

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 11:43 PM

I've seen Hive played as a bar game. There's an Irish jam session I go to, and a couple always brings their kid, and they trade off, one playing music and one keeping the kid entertained with board game, and Hive is one they're brought. Another game that works well withstanding beer spills, etc is called (I think) Army of Frogs. It's simpler than Hive (all the pieces move the same) and it can have up to four players. I always forget the real name, since we always call it Orgy of Frogs, because that amuses us.


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Posted 30 August 2013 - 12:24 AM

Since we're on the topic of abstract strategy games, has anyone else tried For The Win! ?

I got it about a year ago. Base game is just two players, but since I backed it on kickstarter I got the 3-4 player expansion (technically just two sets of tiles with unique colouring, nothing stops a person from buying an additional set and using a sticker or painting them to differentiate). A fun, quick game, works just as well for two players as it does three and four. A similar concept as hive, but enough differentiation to still be unique on its own. I'll usually include it when I put together a travel pack of board games on the off chance I can convince people to play it.
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Posted 30 August 2013 - 12:13 PM

Army of Frogs looks *very* familiar, even though I know I've never played it.

 

Man, now I'm trying to brainstorm good bar games...

 

Gloom maybe? It's fun, easy to learn with some strategic depth, and the cards are 100% plastic (as opposed to plastic-coated) so they can be cleaned :)


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Posted 31 August 2013 - 11:08 AM

The transparent card mechanic of gloom is one of the more clever things I've ever seen a card game do.


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Posted 05 September 2013 - 09:53 PM

So it turns out my wife got me Space Alert for my birthday yesterday :)

We had a great game session tonight with it. It has a graduated system where you learn the rules gradually as it introduces them one or two at a time. Since games only take about 30 min to play and resolve, it works *very* well.

 

Everyone agreed that the game was very frantic, but fun. Our win % was about 50~ish percent.

 

I have some game logs we wrote down if anyone is interested.


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Posted 24 September 2016 - 01:05 AM


I'm hoping to introduce the rest of the Wharties group to SENTINELS OF THE MULTIVERSE (you have to say it in capitals) - a fantastic fun co-op superhero silver-age game. Pow! :)


I've been interested in picking up SENTINELS. I have to admit it looks good. Is there lots of replayability?


Replay ability is very good. Each villain and environment are nice and distinct, so fighting baron blade on the mars base is very different from fighting him in megalopolis. And each combo of heroes will work together differently.
In just the base game there's 4 villains and 4 environments (so 16 games to do them all). And 10 different heroes (I'll leave the math on the combination possibilities of that up to you).

Then you add in expansions (which is inevitable) and you end up with 18 heroes, 18 villains and 12 environments. All cool, all full of flavour. :)


And now, Lockhart has finally gotten his hands on it, too! :)

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Sentinels of the Multiverse board game arrived. With just a few expansions.

#I bought the game with all the expansions as part of kickstarting the last expansion, #this isn't even everything I'm due, #still owed three of the big box expansions, #and the collectors expansion box #and a few other misc things, #no I don't have a board game addiction, #totally not, #that plushie is totally part of the order though


Ooh, shiny! :) Are you gonna include this in your on-going "Get Heather to Play More Board Games" project? Even better, are ya gonna record the game for our listening pleasure, or at least write a review? ;)
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#50 Lockhart

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 10:06 AM

It is definitely going to be a game I try to play often with Heather. One of the games she loves the most in my collection is Red Dragon Inn with the different character decks having their own mechanic. I feel Sentinels is a similar game in a co-op fashion so I think it'll be a great hit with her.

I don't know about recording it. Unlike Arabian Nights, there isn't a huge narrative element to it that would make for a quality audio experience.

However I hear there is a game called Mansions of Madness recently released which appears to be something of a mix between the narrative style of Arabian Nights and the play style of Betrayal on the House on the Hill which might make a better recording. And the newest version of it is meant for an app to be integrated as the GM basically.
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Posted 28 September 2016 - 07:09 AM

Speaking of board games, the Board With Life podcast had an episode about board game porn, where they discuss such classic titles as Lords of Knuckle-Deep, Arkham Whore, Assholes to Assholes, and Parcheesi Foreskin.

(Not sure if @Lockhart would want to introduce @Heather to that kind of gaming, but @Thing would probably get a chuckle out of it.) ;)

However I hear there is a game called Mansions of Madness recently released which appears to be something of a mix between the narrative style of Arabian Nights and the play style of Betrayal on the House on the Hill which might make a better recording. And the newest version of it is meant for an app to be integrated as the GM basically.


Hmm, the minis certainly look pretty great! :)

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First of many #MansionsofMadness #miniatures to be painted. #board games


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I PRESENT TO YOU A FUSTERCLUCK OF HORROR.

Her name is Samantha.


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