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Posted 3/24/15 , edited 3/24/15
We've got a board gaming association in my city, that has given me an opportunity to try a lot of interesting games. Couple I've really enjoyed are

Carcassonne
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Viticulture

Viticulture I played just last week, it's about wine making, very fun and requiers a lot of forward thinking
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A good co-op card game me and my friends keep falling back on is Sentinels of the Multiverse , basically player controlled superheroes vs a supervillain deck.

My favourite game right now though is Shadows of Brimstone, a cowboys/Cthullu style dungeon delving game.
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Shadows of Brimstone is fantastic. For those that don't know, it's a co-operative dungeon crawler that never plays the same twice (even if you're doing the same quest/mission) due to the random tile placements. And the game is streamlined, so that you never need a person dedicated to play a Game Master - like Descent 2.0, Imperial Assault, or Mansions of Madness. On top of that, it has character progression (for the role-playing fans out there). Currently, there are 8 available classes with 4 subclasses per class. So, there are quite a few ways to play this game. You level up, and a big portion of the game content takes place after the quest - when you go into town (You can actually die in town).



There has been a lot of talk about Arkham Horror in this thread (over the course of the past year) and rightfully so. However, many die hard Arkham fans (myself included - a friend of mine owns every single expansion out there) actually feel that Fantasy Flight's latest iteration of the Cthulhu mythos - Eldritch Horror - is actually a superior game. It's basically a streamlined version of Arkham Horror. Period. It takes all of the good aspects of Arkham and sifts out all of the muck and grime that can potentially make Arkham a laborious experience. Every Arkham Horror fan needs to give Eldritch a chance. And hey... it's by the same publisher, and most of you know the kind of quality components that Fantasy Flight puts out.

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Board game recommendations... gosh. Well, there have been some great suggestions in this thread already, but it really comes down to what sort of thing you're interested in. Cooperative? Competitive? Theme-heavy? Mechanics-heavy?

I'd second the mentions of Ticket to Ride as a great "gateway game" -- not only is it a lot of fun to play, it's also very easy to teach to new people, making it a great game to take to social gatherings where people might not be familiar with them. Don't worry if you're not interested in trains, the theme is largely irrelevant; it's primarily a game about collecting sets of cards and then tactically screwing over your opponents on the route map.

Arkham Horror... I love it, but it really does take a whole lot of time to play -- like 3+ hours, probably more if you're not familiar with the rules. It makes for some great stories if everyone involved is invested in it, but if your tablemates have short attention spans you may want to look at something a little different.

Here's some interesting ones I've played recently.

Dungeons & Dragons Adventures: The Legend of Drizzt is a bit like Hero Quest, which you say you played, but it has a little more flexibility and some more balanced rules. Based loosely on 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons rules, it has a series of scenarios to work through (including both cooperative and competitive variants), a system for randomly generating a dungeon using tiles, an "AI" system of sorts for the monsters to run themselves and some lovely miniatures. It also plays pretty quickly, though there are a few rules to get familiar before you jump in. It's cross-compatible with the other D&D Adventures games Wrath of Ashardalon and Castle Ravenloft, too, so if you like this one you can grab the others for more characters, monsters, treasures and dungeon tiles.

Escape: Curse of the Temple is an interesting cooperative game that plays in real-time. You put a CD on while you play, and then everyone takes their turns simultaneously as quickly as possible, responding to cues on the CD as appropriate. It's mostly a game about rolling particular combinations of dice, but the cooperative element comes in when you start taking damage to your dice pool or working with your teammates to score more points by the end. It's a chaotic, silly game that is a lot of fun, and it only takes about 15 minutes to play.

Blokus is a good abstract game if you enjoy Tetris-like puzzle games, but you really need four players to get the most out of it. (Or two, if you get the "Blokus Duo" version; three-player games don't really work, however. You take it in turns to place pieces made out of one, two, three, four or five tiles on the board, and the aim is to block off your opponents from being able to place their pieces while being able to put as many of your own down. You can only place your own pieces so that they touch corners of your own already-placed pieces, but you can wrap around other players' pieces and get in the way as much as you like. It's a really simple game that gets enjoyably tactical.

Tsuro is another nice quick abstract game. Here, you're simply aiming to be the last person standing. You lay down tiles on the board, and move your playing piece along the wibbly-wobbly lines on each tile. If you crash into the wall or another piece as a result of the path you've created, you're out. Simple as that... until you start thinking about how the pieces you place can mess with your opponents, too. Another game that is very simple to learn and quick to play, but a lot of fun.
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Pathfinders will be my game in the future!! also Magic it's not a tabletop game but you play it on a table top ;^)
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I just played Dead of Winter a couple nights ago, and that was surprisingly fun.

Its is a pretty fun Co-op, game with a possibility for betrayal. Worth checking out.
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Sir_jamesalot wrote:


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Sorry, life


You're 14. You don't have a life.


OOOOOOOH That burns!

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Are we talking about like board games or like actual table tops?

If its the latter, I've been thinking about getting into Battletech once I get out of college
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Dark Tower has always been my favorite board game. I'm suprised that Milton Bradley has greenlighted an app for it or rereleased it. It would sell like mad.

http://boardgaming.com/games/board-games/dark-tower
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as you can tell by my avatar I enjoy warhammer 40k
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I love board games, CCGs, and good ol' D&D, though I usually have no fellow players.

My contribution here is that one of my favorite board games, Talisman, has been redone as Talisman: Digital Edition on Steam, and it has all kinds of expansions and extra rules available. (There is also a one-player version called Talisman Prologue.) It comes from Games Workshop, the folks behind Warhammer, and contains appropriate amounts of bastardy and backstabbing.
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I have a gaming group that gets together every weekend to play some tabletop games. One of my favorites is Tokaido. The artwork is really beautiful and it's easy for anyone to pick up and play.

Lords of Waterdeep is another one of my favorites. There's a lot of strategy involved with this one and it's easy for someone to move from last place all the way up to first, just by fulfilling your character's secret agendas. I love it when we get to the end of the game and find out that the person hanging out in last place actually won the game! Great fun!

I also like to play deception games, like Resistance, Avalon, One Night Werewolf, and the Japanese one "Shadow Hunters". Mind games can be a lot of fun, but it can also turn your game table very hostile quickly. Haha. But, it's up to your gaming group! We don't mind calling each other names, as long as it's all in good fun.
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Settlers of Catan is pretty simple and fun to play with anyone.
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Posted 4/25/15

MP7373 wrote:

Settlers of Catan is pretty simple and fun to play with anyone.


"Simple" is not a word I'd use to describe the rules of Settlers of Catan.
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My roomates taught it to me in like 3 minutes and we have had lots of different people come over and had them play for the first time and they all learned it in like 5 ish minutes. There was only like one girl that took awhile to get it but its a game you just explain the rules and hop in even if you do poorly the 1st time.
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