Do Boardgames Dream of Miniature Porn?
  • Shinji has it I think.
  • I'm tempted by Mage Knight, despite the price.

    Has anyone here spent much time with it?

    Yeah! I really like it, although I haven't been able to get more than 2 players involved yet, it's a bit of a commitment.
    Big learning curve, you'll probably want to play 2-3 solo games before trying to teach it to someone else but it's a lot of fun once you get the hang of it.

    So many cool things in it, there's co-op, PvP, the combat's great, the day night cycle is really clever, as is the levelling system.

    If you have the spare cash I'd go for it, with the caveat that you're looking at 2-3 hrs per game, more while you learn the ropes
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  • Ticket to ride is an excellent start game. You literally do one of three things in a turn and you only choose one of them. simple as gump and very fun.

    Dominion is also not very complicated to play and fun. You can summarise a turn as ABC (play a card with Actions, Buy some stuff, Clean your cards up).

    I got netrunner the other day slowly working through the mechanics and seems like it could be sneaky and fun. Basically one guy has all the information and uses cunning and tricks to get the other guy to fall into traps.
  • I need a full report on Netrunner, I need a solid two player game that's a bit more asymmetrical than the usual, and this one seems to be it, but i've heard some bad stuff about certain rules... but usually that is down to ubergeeks working their hardest to break the game as fast as possible.
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    I've got an all day Arkham Horror session scheduled for Sunday. Gonna be about 5 of us battling Cthulu, with a couple of expansions, an illbient soundtrack, booze and snacks. Can't wait.

    Also, I just bought this! (and will finally see the bloody film this week).

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  • I bought this today:
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  • SG went out and got the Alchemy expansion for Dominion. I think that only leaves us with 2 or 3 to go between us.

    Had a bash last night. Fuck me Possesion is an annoying card. (Possibly not helped by my having just returned from the dentist.)

    We tried a hand with all Alc just to see what they did, but it was obviously very limited. Adds some interesting mechanics, but it's not as ott and powerful as Prosperity, so it's hard to go back to. Still, as another addition, and to add a couple of extra wrinkles to the play, it's all good.
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  • heh. Thread doesn't move for 3 days then 2 posts in 10 minutes.
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  • The Waterstones a few doors from my office has a copy of King of Tokyo that keeps winking at me whenever I pop in there. My collection doesn't really have a dice game at the moment.

    Face - as you have now played most of the expansions for Dominion, what would you recommend as the next step from vanilla? I know many say Intrigue, but is that too similar to vanilla? Would Prosperity or Seaside be a bit more of a refreshing change?
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  • My dice rolling skills are weak. The missus beats me 9 out of 10 times in King of Tokyo. 
    It's good fun but it really needs 3+ players in my opinion. When playing with only 2 it gets a bit samey and the games often don't last long enough for the status effect cards to make a difference.
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  • Id agree with this. My girl also beats me consistently. Its ridiculous how good she is on what appears to be a random game (esp in 2p)

  • Surveyor wrote:
    The Waterstones a few doors from my office has a copy of King of Tokyo that keeps winking at me whenever I pop in there. My collection doesn't really have a dice game at the moment. Face - as you have now played most of the expansions for Dominion, what would you recommend as the next step from vanilla? I know many say Intrigue, but is that too similar to vanilla? Would Prosperity or Seaside be a bit more of a refreshing change?

    Hmm, Prosperity is very fun, and probably my favorite, but both it and seaside add some pretty crazy changes to proceedings. Might be a big jump from vanilla. Also, thinking about combos that we've played repeatedly, they've mostly involved Intrigue. There's 2 intrigue + prosperity suggestions that are two of my favs, and and it was the same with seaside and intrigue as a combo, plus we did a random pick of prosperity and intrigue last week and ended up playing about a dozen hands of it. 

    Prosperity only hands tend to be OP. Fun, but OP, Intrigue adds just the right amount of, well, intrigue to take the edge off that and make it tactical.
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  • One thing to consider with intrigue is that a bunch of the pack is just base cards. If you have friends who play encourage them with intrigue and steal/swap kingdom cards.

    They should really do an intrigue mini expansion.
  • Yeah, I'll second that.  If you can encourage a friend to buy Intrigue as their base set then get one of the expansions for yourself you will get to check out more of the game and rope more people into playing it :-)  Intrigue's main mechanic is cards that give you multiple options, which gives nice variety.  Seaside introduces duration cards which influence your next hand, which makes for some great set ups, Prosperity is all about getting loads of cash quickly which is great fun and almost always OP to some degree when mixing.  The other two expansions I have seen are Alchemy and Dark Ages, but I wouldn't recommend either as your second set as their mechanics are slower and more complicated than other expansions, albeit fun in their own way.  It depends on what you like, I'm personally a fan of Seaside and Intrigue as first expansions, because as fun and OP as Prosperity is, it's a little more one dimensional - unless that's your thing.
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    So, I spent 7.5 hours (!) playing Arkham Horror yesterday. 

    Quite a session, 5 of us trying to stop a giant Cthulhu worm god from waking, closing portals, battling monsters, barely holding on to our sanity.

    It was a valiant attempt, with many setbacks and success but in the end Arkham was destroyed by an earthquake as the worm entered our dimension, killing all.

    Despite the disastrous end, it was a lot of fun and i'd highly recommend playing it if you get the chance. Or there's a stripped back spin-off iOS & Android game called Elder Sign: Omens if you fancy it.
  • Elder Sign on iPad is very good, although I haven't played the board game. Planning on buying Arkham Horror soon. I've been mulling over a Mage Knight purchase for a few days. Think I'm going to take the plunge. I keep reading about it and I've watched a few videos.
  • I have played a few games of Alien Frontiers on the iPad this week, really fun worker placement and resource management game.

    Will probably have to stick to the ios version rather than invest in the box, as the space theme probably won't appeal to many of my gaming circle.

    You start with 3 dice, which are your ships (you can expand your fleet to get more ships, and therefore more options), depending on the die roles and whether you have say, 3 in sequence, or a pair etc, you can put them in different docking stations that grant you a different power or resource, fuel or ore. Once you have enough resources you can use different stations that allow you to colonise a section of the planet, of which there are 8 or so, and it is these that earn you victory points.

    Nice little brain burner, and I like the element of luck from the dice, and having to best utilise the hand you are dealt, so to speak.

    Was in London on Monday and managed to find time for a quick visit to Orc's Nest, so picked myself up a copy of Citadels, hopefully get in a couple of games of that over the weekend.
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  • Got some starwars miniatures yesterday. Fucking ace. Its fairly light but with enough choice to make it feel like your not entirely beholden to dice rolls. Excellent components too. Also its fun moving space ships around going "pew".
  • Finally got round to buying Mage Knight today. Gazed at the contents of the box and went for a stiff drink. Will get stuck in tomorrow.
  • Finally got round to buying Mage Knight today. Gazed at the contents of the box and went for a stiff drink. Will get stuck in tomorrow.

    I also have a 3 hour stint booked for some Mage Knight tomorrow. Can't wait
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  • Just finished up game number 4 of Mage Knight. I played the first two solo, the 3rd with two and the 4th with three people. I reckon I'm touching on 10 hours so I've a fair grasp of the basic mechanics of the game.

    I love it oh so very much. It pretty much has everything I'd want from a game (board, video or other). The exploration is great, especially at night when everything is so much riskier. The levelling up is brilliant. All characters start off pretty much the same (there are small differences in the starting decks) but through levelling up you get to choose how your character develops. Interaction with the locals is also handled very well.

    And then there's the combat. The combat seems complex and overwhelming at first. There are 4 stages and you've usually only got 5 cards to get you through the whole thing. But once you get the general idea you start planning ahead. You start juggling possibilities, trying to minimise damage taken while making sure you defeat the enemy. 

    It's a bit of an investment (time and money) but if you've got a few people you could bring along it's completely worth it.
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  • Good to hear you're having a good time with it, Shinji. I've played through the walkthrough twice and even though I'm always checking back over the rules to check stuff, both experiences have been highly enjoyable. Took me a while to set up but worth the effort once you start playing. Need to find more time to play, but I have some time off work in the coming weeks, so that will be an ideal time to play.

    Also wanted to ask, is it OK to talk about iOS ports of board games in this thread? Playing some of them on iPad is the reason I've rediscovered board gaming and thought I might not be alone.
  • Also wanted to say that the new board game selection in Waterstones is very impressive. Had a look in on Friday and they had Arkham Horror, Elder Sign, Discworld: Ankh Morpork, Dominion, Carcassonne, Descent, Pandemic, King of Tokyo and a few more.
  • Good to hear you're having a good time with it, Shinji. I've played through the walkthrough twice and even though I'm always checking back over the rules to check stuff, both experiences have been highly enjoyable. Took me a while to set up but worth the effort once you start playing. Need to find more time to play, but I have some time off work in the coming weeks, so that will be an ideal time to play. Also wanted to ask, is it OK to talk about iOS ports of board games in this thread? Playing some of them on iPad is the reason I've rediscovered board gaming and thought I might not be alone.

    Please talk about ios ports because I don't have friends willing to play physical board games so I am after some iOS ports.
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  • Looking for some Halloweeny boardgame goodness. I'm thinking either Last Night on Earth or Level 7 Escape. Leaning towards Last Night, looks like a whole heap of zombie fun. Any other possible recommendations?
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  • I've heard good things about Ghost Stories but never played. There's also an iOS version: http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/37046/ghost-stories
  • Looks good, shame it's iPad only. I'll give the board game a bit of research
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  • Shinji wrote:
    Looking for some Halloweeny boardgame goodness. I'm thinking either Last Night on Earth or Level 7 Escape. Leaning towards Last Night, looks like a whole heap of zombie fun. Any other possible recommendations?

    By most accounts city of horror (or city of zombies its called) is pretty awesome. Its a zombie game where you have to talk and decide who to throw out to the zombies every turn. Probably better with more people

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    Shinji wrote:
    Looking for some Halloweeny boardgame goodness. I'm thinking either Last Night on Earth or Level 7 Escape. Leaning towards Last Night, looks like a whole heap of zombie fun. Any other possible recommendations?
    By most accounts city of horror (or city of zombies its called) is pretty awesome. Its a zombie game where you have to talk and decide who to throw out to the zombies every turn. Probably better with more people
    I'd recommend Zombies!!! 

    Have had some great games with that. Only issue with it is that the basic rule set is broken, so you need to download some modified rules to sort it out.

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