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SimoSkunk
10-19-2014, 11:22 PM
Just wondering if anyone else is into board/card/table-top games.

Me and my mate have been getting into a few of them, and I wondered if anyone else is much into this kind o thing.

So far, we have/play:

Robinson Crusoe (my personal favorite, so far)
Pandemic, and expansions
Quantum
Legacy (great Euro game)
Landlord (card game)

Does anyone else prefer this sorta gaming? Oddly, I find myself more attracted to these than video games, so I guess I'm weird that way.

So if you play such games, what are your favorites?

DrunkCat
10-20-2014, 09:38 AM
Hell yeah! One of my top favorites is Cosmic Encounter (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/39463/cosmic-encounter), it has the best balance of fun party game and in-depth strategy. Pandemic is a great game too but if you really want to feel helpless Yggdrasil (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/71671/yggdrasil) is were it's at.

I'm not a big fan of card games (unless they use Magic the Gathering mechanics) but I really love the Catan Card Game (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/278/catan-card-game). I find the original Settlers of Catan game to be ridiculously dry and boring but the card game was very enjoyable.

As for other mentions, the first "eurogame" I played was Pompeii (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/13004/downfall-pompeii) and it's still in my top favorite. Power Grid (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/2651/power-grid) is also a good one as is Twilight Struggle (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/12333/twilight-struggle) (which also works as an entry game into the world of war gaming GMT (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamepublisher/52/gmt-games) style).

In the realm of party games, Dixit (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/39856/dixit) and Telestrations (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/46213/telestrations) are fun as hell. Dixit is the reason why I don't really care for Cards against Humanity. CaH is much less a game and more so an aide to normal conversation, whereas Dixit really brings out the imagination in people and tests to see just how well everyone knows each other (the 'main' person only gains points if some people guess right; if everyone guesses right or no one guesses right the 'main' gets 0 points). Besides which, if you also add The Resistance (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/41114/resistance) to your library then you can just dump CaH into a dumpster because you will never play another game that will destroy both your friendships and eardrums. (Well, except for maybe Diplomacy (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/483/diplomacy)).

There are also a ton more games I could mention that I've played and enjoyed but sadly my memory is a terrible thing.

piņardilla
10-22-2014, 05:39 AM
I'm a strong amateur at Scrabble and play a decent (albeit rusty) chess game as well. I'm also interested in learning Go if I ever find the time.

DrunkCat
10-22-2014, 09:06 AM
I think Scrabble is my weakest game. I'm terrible at spelling and my mind is not wired to be able to anagram on the fly; which causes exceptionally long game turns for me (at the annoyance of the players). I play Chess on occasion on chess.com and played a few games of Go on Yahoo. Go is actually a really simple game to learn mechanically speaking. The only illegal move is to place a "dead" piece (a piece is dead if it is surrounded on all four sides). This site isn't too bad for learning the game: http://playgo.to/iwtg/en/

Tipsy
10-22-2014, 09:22 AM
The games I play feel so... basic, compared to all these, lol. I'm into games that can be played almost subconsciously over drinks, dinner, and some conversation, 'cause I host Friday night game nights at my place (haven't lately because of broken air conditioning, though). Stuff like UNO, Clue, Wits and Wagers, Sorry, Aggravation, etc.

Cards Against Humanity is the best one, though, usually ending up with someone laughing so hard that they're in tears. :'D

piņardilla
10-22-2014, 10:13 AM
I think Scrabble is my weakest game. I'm terrible at spelling and my mind is not wired to be able to anagram on the fly; which causes exceptionally long game turns for me (at the annoyance of the players). I play Chess on occasion on chess.com and played a few games of Go on Yahoo. Go is actually a really simple game to learn mechanically speaking. The only illegal move is to place a "dead" piece (a piece is dead if it is surrounded on all four sides). This site isn't too bad for learning the game: http://playgo.to/iwtg/en/

Scrabble's definitely my best game, in a two-player Scrabble game I average around 300 points. I've read through that Go site before, got through all the lessons feeling reasonably competent, then went to play a game against a bot in a beginner room on KGS and was promptly slaughtered.


Speaking of Cards Against Humanity, I should start a Xyzzy session sometime in the next week or two.

DrunkCat
10-22-2014, 10:24 AM
Go has a tremendously steep learning curve. You'll pretty much be stuck playing on a 9x9 board for a while. I play most of the time on my phone via: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.aifactory.go And I can barely get up to CPU(5), and that's with the visual aide it provides.

Tipsy
10-22-2014, 10:33 AM
Speaking of Cards Against Humanity, I should start a Xyzzy session sometime in the next week or two.

Cards Against Humanity is so much better online, in my opinion. I wish there were regular weekly games for Weasyl members! That'd be really fun! :'D

piņardilla
10-22-2014, 10:44 AM
Go has a tremendously steep learning curve. You'll pretty much be stuck playing on a 9x9 board for a while. I play most of the time on my phone via: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.aifactory.go And I can barely get up to CPU(5), and that's with the visual aide it provides.

I was looking for an app like that, and I can spare three bucks. Thanks.


Cards Against Humanity is so much better online, in my opinion. I wish there were regular weekly games for Weasyl members! That'd be really fun! :'D

That was a thing for a while after I started a thread for Xyzzy games (https://forums.weasyl.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?3434-Let-s-pretend-we-re-Xyzzy) but then I got busy and it's been inactive since. Might find some time this weekend to try to revive it, even though I work and should churn through some of the ticket queue sometime too.

DrunkCat
10-22-2014, 11:23 AM
They do have a free version if you want to check it out here (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.aifactory.gofree). I've actually grown to really like the company as I also bought their Sudoku and Backgammon apps.

SimoSkunk
10-24-2014, 02:24 PM
Hell yeah! One of my top favorites is Cosmic Encounter (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/39463/cosmic-encounter), it has the best balance of fun party game and in-depth strategy. Pandemic is a great game too but if you really want to feel helpless Yggdrasil (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/71671/yggdrasil) is were it's at.

I'm not a big fan of card games (unless they use Magic the Gathering mechanics) but I really love the Catan Card Game (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/278/catan-card-game). I find the original Settlers of Catan game to be ridiculously dry and boring but the card game was very enjoyable.

As for other mentions, the first "eurogame" I played was Pompeii (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/13004/downfall-pompeii) and it's still in my top favorite. Power Grid (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/2651/power-grid) is also a good one as is Twilight Struggle (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/12333/twilight-struggle) (which also works as an entry game into the world of war gaming GMT (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamepublisher/52/gmt-games) style).

In the realm of party games, Dixit (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/39856/dixit) and Telestrations (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/46213/telestrations) are fun as hell. Dixit is the reason why I don't really care for Cards against Humanity. CaH is much less a game and more so an aide to normal conversation, whereas Dixit really brings out the imagination in people and tests to see just how well everyone knows each other (the 'main' person only gains points if some people guess right; if everyone guesses right or no one guesses right the 'main' gets 0 points). Besides which, if you also add The Resistance (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/41114/resistance) to your library then you can just dump CaH into a dumpster because you will never play another game that will destroy both your friendships and eardrums. (Well, except for maybe Diplomacy (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/483/diplomacy)).

There are also a ton more games I could mention that I've played and enjoyed but sadly my memory is a terrible thing.

I'll have to check some of these out.

Powergrid has been on our list for a while, and it certainly seems like the sort of game I'd be into. I tend to like what I call random, odd games, more so than war and fantasy types of games, though of course there are exceptions.

My mate got Mice and Mystics and the expansions, simply because it's soooo cute!

Dixit and Telestrations also seem right up my alley...will have to look for these, as well.

One game that's out of print we really, really want is one called, Funny Friends (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/16366/funny-friends). I love this designer, and we just ordered the new version of Landlord. But funny friends has such a dark, biting sense of humor, it's hard for me to resist!

Glad to see there's this much interest in these sorts of games...and I still like simpler board games. Games like Sorry, simple as they are, still amuse me, if only because they expose sore losers, and give you the ability to tease and heckle! As an English major, I'm pretty good at scrabble, though haven't played it in some time.

Happy gaming, everyone :)

DrunkCat
10-24-2014, 02:55 PM
Definitely gonna look into Funny Friends.

Moogle
09-05-2015, 10:38 PM
http://i.imgur.com/26npnGx.jpg

Guess who got Catan! Such a great fast-paced game. I needa learn to position my settlements better though (2 wasn't a good choice D;).

Pignog
09-09-2015, 05:21 AM
Catan is trash garbage Moogle... unless I win next time I'm there.

Twilight Struggle is amazing.

Hewge
09-09-2015, 05:29 AM
I used to play Chess a lot :v

That counts, right?

Pignog
09-09-2015, 05:32 AM
I love Chess, it's my favorite game. :D

I also like Go but I'm new to it.

I also love terrible hex-based wargames but they all have 60pg rulebooks and no one wants to play them.

Lizard King
09-10-2015, 11:10 AM
We usually play a few when I go around to a friend's house. Carcassonne (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carcassonne_%28board_game%29) was quite good, and I really enjoy Rummikub (http://www.pagat.com/rummy/rummikub.html), though we play it without the 60-second time limit, to give us more time to pull of really crazy shit. I think we had some Scrabble last time too.

Eagle GodHeart
09-10-2015, 11:11 AM
yep, board gamer right here....

Pignog
11-10-2015, 02:51 AM
Played sum borrrred games over the weekend, Galaxy Trucker and Pandemic. Galaxy Trucker is hilarious and great if you just want to get drunk and laugh at each other. Pandemic is a neat co-op game but I feel like a couple of the characters trivialize the game, maybe I'm wrong though.

Trying out that Game of Thrones boardgame this weekend. I heard it's like Diplomacy. Anyone have any experience with it? Before we play it we're gonna warm up with this puppy I just got: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/171668/grizzled You play as some french soldiers and try to survive WWI with the power of ~friendship~. The art is gorgeous and was done by one of the cartoonists who died during the Charlie Hebdo attack back in January: http://cmon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/The-Grizzled-COUV-BOIT.png

HappyWulf
11-22-2015, 07:55 AM
Totally! I like all sorts, deep strategy, co-op, themeatic, bluffing, hidden role, wargaming, RPG...

Recently I've been playing Betrayal at the House on the Hill, StarWars Imperial Assault, Coup, and a bunch of stuff I've recently kickstarted like 10 Minutes to Kill (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/174476/10-kill very Furry!) and Kingdom Death: Monster, which has in turn gotten me into miniatures painting as a hobby.

I've been looking for a group to play KD:M online with, a few interested, but no one follows through. It's a 25-session epic campaign that are a series of grid-based fights and base building in between. It's very themeatic and story driven. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/55690/kingdom-death-monster

teahee
11-22-2015, 02:35 PM
Anyone play Smallworld? My brother-in-law who is a board games guru introduced me to it. I liked it so much I ended up buying it! But sadly, my friends never want to play it. Everyone has such short attention spans these days, but I'm not one to talk at all. I find games like Catan incredibly boring.

Thanks to the bro-in-law I get introduced to new games every Thanksgiving or Christmas, but it's very hit or miss with me. It's neat to think so many of the games started with Kickstarter, though. Dreams do come true!

DrunkCat
11-23-2015, 01:23 PM
KickStarter seems to be a ripe breeding ground for boardgames. I'm still waiting on High Frontier (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/172737/high-frontier-3rd-edition) which is a board game about exploring/exploiting the solar system in a as-realistic-as-you-can spacecraft. The edition I played had a beautiful board and the routes were basically all those you would use in Kerbal to explore the solar system. I fell in love instantly with the game when my solar sail exploded into a million pieces because it got hit by a solar flare.

Also Catan is incredibly boring. At least any of the original variants. I do however love the 2 player Catan board game (and the dice game).

HappyWulf
11-26-2015, 06:29 AM
Teahee, try getting Carcassone as a gateway eurogame. It's simple, fast paced, fun, semi-competitive. You build cities and towns, trying to score points. The rules are extremely simple and they'll get you in that right mind set that will allow you to enjoy the deeper euro games like Catan. If you can get to the point where you enjoy Catan, you can then try Puerto Rico which is more about winning through new world market trade than by inter-player resource trading.

I also recommend BANG! The Dice Game for groups with short attention spans.