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 Post subject: Boardgame Thread: Let's organise a beexordgame night.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 21:22 
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We need a boardgame thread here and I couldn't find one.

And I'm not just talking about (just) Risk and Monopoly I'm talking about super awesome boardgames made by germans and crazies. Carcassone! Spy Alley! Lost Cities! Small Worlds! etc.

I've run out of time now, but I'll hopefully put up mini-reviews of those and others.

Also we were talking in another thread about a board games meet up. Like the ageing looooooosers we are.

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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread. It's all 3D & your body's the controller.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 21:24 
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Ticket to Ride has a well deserved following here.

Totally Renamed Spy Game has potential but, sadly, isn't that fun.

Carcassone with the River expansion is awesome, too.

Will comment upon War On Terror when I have played it, as I will that Zombie game.

Blast Off! gets a mention in dispatches.

If you need two easy to learn but had to master games in your collection, get Ticket to Ride and Carcassone. They are the most loved in MaliTowers, and were well received in Derbyshire.


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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread. It's all 3D & your body's the controller.
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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread. It's all 3D & your body's the controller.
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Dr Lave wrote:
Also we were talking in another thread about a board games meet up. Like the ageing looooooosers we are.

You should have come to the last one we had ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread. It's all 3D & your body's the controller.
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IMPORTANT: Warhammer games that come in one box can count. (Spacehulk, heroquest etc). Nerdlings go here: NERD HO!.

I found War on Terror to be a little underwhelming I'm afraid. A game mechanics based around the joke, rather than the other way around.

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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread. It's all 3D & your body's the controller.
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Dr Lave wrote:
IMPORTANT: Warhammer games that come in one box can count.

In fairness, that's every Warhammer game, depending on the box you buy.

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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread. It's all 3D & your body's the controller.
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I am rather deperate to play Advance Wars, but on a table.

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Dr Lave wrote:
IMPORTANT: Warhammer games that come in one box can count.

In fairness, that's every Warhammer game, depending on the box you buy.


Yeah, yeah, yeah. Facts smacts.

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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread. It's all 3D & your body's the controller.
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Semi-obscure childhood fave - Lost Valley Of The Dinosaurs:

http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/3149 ... -dinosaurs


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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread. It's all 3D & your body's the controller.
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Dr Lave wrote:
Grim... wrote:
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IMPORTANT: Warhammer games that come in one box can count.

In fairness, that's every Warhammer game, depending on the box you buy.




Yeah, yeah, yeah. Facts smacts.


Buy ticket to ride ( USA or Germany) now, fool.

I can't begin to describe how proper ace it is.


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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread. It's all 3D & your body's the controller.
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Grim... wrote:
I am rather deperate to play Advance Wars, but on a table.


You get that, and I'll let you play Zombies with me.


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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread. It's all 3D & your body's the controller.
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Considering I only have to print that out, it's a motherfucking deal.

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My next games are either:
Citadels (you complete to build up a city or something)
Dominion a weird CCG game a like (without the buying new cards nonsense) which comes with 500 cards and your aim is to build a deck.

Or

Tales of the Arabian Nights which is a board game mixed with a choose your own adventure. It comes with a book where 3000 different things can happen. I'm normally all about the game's mechanics and this one has none as it is purely luck based and full of nonsense, but amazing fun.

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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread. It's all 3D & your body's the controller.
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My next games are either:
Citadels (you complete to build up a city or something)
Dominion a weird CCG game a like (without the buying new cards nonsense) which comes with 500 cards and your aim is to build a deck.

Or

Tales of the Arabian Nights which is a board game mixed with a choose your own adventure. It comes with a book where 3000 different things can happen. I'm normally all about the game's mechanics and this one has none as it is purely luck based and full of nonsense, but amazing fun.

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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread. It's all 3D & your body's the controller.
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Grim... wrote:
Considering I only have to print that out, it's a motherfucking deal.


Ace. Zombies should arrive this week. I'll have the social secretary work out a space in the calendar.

I suppose we could do an afternoon in a pub which has a large table in lieu of a weekend. We can probably organise this at shortish notic, too


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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread. It's all 3D & your body's the controller.
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'Ticket to Ride' and 'Carcassone' are ace, though I think the former is probably easier to learn and grasp (the rules on farmers in 'Carcassone' can be a bit tricky at first).

I really like 'Chrononauts', a time-travel card game. The mechanism of flipping over critical events and watching it ripple through time is very smart. Most games descend into multiple deaths and resurrections of Hitler though...

'Blast off'? The winner is the first person to understand the rules of the game.


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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread. It's all 3D & your body's the controller.
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Kern wrote:
I really like 'Chrononauts', a time-travel card game. The mechanism of flipping over critical events and watching it ripple through time is very smart. Most games descend into multiple deaths and resurrections of Hitler though...
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though!‽ though!?! THOUGH!!??

wantwantwant.

EDIT: THERE IS A BACK TO THE FUTURE VERSION! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrononauts

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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread. It's all 3D & your body's the controller.
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Chrononauts is really good.

I think interior of MaliTowers can sleep 5 or 6 guests if people don't mind some snuggling, so I could offer some accommodation if people want gaming chez moi. Have two tables in living room.


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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread. It's all 3D & your body's the controller.
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MaliA wrote:
Totally Renamed Spy Game has potential but, sadly, isn't that fun.


It could be, but there needs to be some incentive for the players to not play defensively.
(The game, for those who aren't aware of it, involves building up an evil genius lair then luring spies in to kill them, with bonus points for successful taunting).

Sometimes games work because of the experience rather than the mechanism. I love 'The Big Idea', where people make crazy inventions and pitch them, ala 'Dragon's Den', but the actual way people score is somewhat arbitrary.


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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread. It's all 3D & your body's the controller.
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Are we allowed to include card games?
If so, then the best game ever invented is obviously "Shithead".

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Semi-obscure childhood fave - Lost Valley Of The Dinosaurs:

http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/3149 ... -dinosaurs



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Arkham Horror is acebest...especially if you are into your Lovecraft...however even the basic game does require an awful lot of real estate to play.

Looking forward to the new Lovecraft game Mansion of Madness (or something like that).

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Kern wrote:
(the rules on farmers in 'Carcassone' can be a bit tricky at first).


Maybe you already know this, but if not, make sure to play by the officially revised rules, which can be downloaded from http://www.riograndegames.com/games.html?id=48. They are much easier for new players to understand, and make the score easier and faster to tally up as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread. It's all 3D & your body's the controller.
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This isn't a problem if you play on the Xbox, though. Also, Curiosity can't spill wine on the pieces.

[edit]What's different about those rules?

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I forget the exact name of it now. It was a Sherlock Holmes based game where you had to read clues and put it together. The difference, however, was that unlike Cluedo this one had actual cases that you needed to read through and study. This meant that you needed a notebook and had to think hard. Amazing game. When you were all done with all of the case files you could order extra ones, but for the life of me I can't remember what it was called. Will do some digging later !

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 Post subject: Re: Boardgame Thread. It's all 3D & your body's the controller.
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JC, I think you're thinking of 221B Baker Street. I haven't played that one since I was a in my early teens, but I remember enjoying it.

I'm a bit old fashioned when it comes to board games - I still love Cluedo, Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit but they're pretty much all I know. I got tricked into playing tabletop Dungeons & Dragons with some of my geek mates at Uni and had one of the most dull and boring nights of my entire life, so I'm always fearful that these different board games you lot go on about that I've never heard of before would be like that.


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Agricola! I'm a farmer! In the 17th century! In Germany! Lolz.

That's my first German board game. Played 3 games now. I luvs it.

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Grim... wrote:
I am rather deperate to play Advance Wars, but on a table.

That looks full of win.

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Grim... wrote:
This isn't a problem if you play on the Xbox, though. Also, Curiosity can't spill wine on the pieces.

[edit]What's different about those rules?

I think the XBLA version uses the revised rules.

ORIGINAL RULES
Each completed city is scored once, giving 4 points to the player with most farmers 'supplying' the city. A farmer 'supplies' a city if he is in any farm that touches that city.

REVISED RULES
Each farm is scored once, giving the player with most farmers in a given farm 3 points per completed city touched by that farm.

EDITZ: Farm scoring is the only thing that has changed in the rules revision.


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