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What game did you play last?

Discussion in 'Tabletop Games' started by GTanny, Jul 27, 2015.

  1. JeditOjanen

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 7, 2011

    Posts: 2,409

    I don't recall Nuclear War being a Kickstarter, because I probably would have backed it. The 50th Anniversary edition came out a year or two ago though.

    Last night I got my first run at Yamatai, Bruno Cathala's new one. It's clever, but I don't think three is the best number for it because the actions cycle more slowly. Then it was an old favourite in Caylus, where again we played with the worst count (five) until someone had to drop out early on. We carried on with four, but it was a bit of a curate's egg for one player and another just didn't like it.
     
  2. King4aDay

    Mobster

    Joined: Sep 4, 2003

    Posts: 4,013

    Location: Edinburgh/Cornwall

    Any recommendations for 2 player games? Not something I'm normally into but my other half likes them a bit, she plays Settlers but apparently it isn't great with only 2 players.
     
  3. JeditOjanen

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 7, 2011

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    This could use its own thread really, but: Caylus, Dominion and A Feast For Odin (if you can find it) are all great for 2 but expand to more. Games specifically for two are not something I normally play, but Jaipur, Patchwork and 7 Wonders: Duel get good noises.
     
  4. GTanny

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 24, 2002

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    Location: Hedon

    I second Jaipur, Patchwork and 7 Wonders: Duel, I own all 3 and they are excellent games, 7 wonders duel is a bit heavier but not too much, Dominion is also a fantastic deck building game that has had an update to the original and Intrigue versions recently, they come with multiple decks and you only use a select few so every game does feel different.

    depending what you are after in terms of complexity the simple ones mentioned you could also add to that Agricola: All Creatures and even Ticket to ride - a very light and fun family style game, moving up in complexity Concordia is an excellent game and very relaxed if you don't want cutthroat as is Viticulture, both lovely euro games. Pandemic and Carcassone are highly recommended games for most players and both scale depending on players.

    If you want more complex (and more expensive) Scythe and Mansions of Madness 2nd edition are both brilliant games but very different to each other, descent 2nd edition is also playable co-op and uses an app if you fancy more D&D style dungeon crawler.

    There is also the likes of Magic the Gathering, Dice masters or Star Wars Destiny that are collectable games that are made for 1v1 play, you can get starter sets for all that will play relatively well against each other but they can all get very expensive very quick with booster packs (dice masters is much cheaper in this regard as they are £1 each max apposed to £3-4 for the others)

    Whatever you decide to play have a look on youtube for "watch it played" you may be different but I find watching someone teach you a game is much easier then most rulebooks.
     
  5. King4aDay

    Mobster

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    Location: Edinburgh/Cornwall

    Awesome replies, thanks chaps.
     
  6. GTanny

    Wise Guy

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    now i am home i can see my collection, would also add Star Realms to the list, can pick it up for about £10 and its a 1v1 deck building game, there is also Hero Realms which is a slightly improved version imo and Cthulhu Realms but i never managed to get on with that one unfortunately.

    Castles of Burgundy, a dice rolling city building game, art isn't its strong point but id say its by far the best game you could pick up for £20

    Memior 44 is a hex and dice wargame, scenarios based around real battles if you like the history and a simple yet very fun combat mechanic.

    Splendor is quick game where you take your turn either taking gems (nice solid poker chips in the game) to buy cards which leads to making getting better cards easier, very nice game to play as the chips have a very nice hands on feel to the game.

    i think ill leave it there for now but hopefully you should find somthing you enjoy.
     
  7. JeditOjanen

    Wise Guy

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    Three games played last night. Yamatai again, this time with four which I think is a better count. Viticulture using the Advanced Board and Structures for the first time. The Advanced Board is good, but we all agreed that Structures are way too swingy and we prefer the Specialist Workers (which we'd left out to keep the module count down). And a first play for Dream Home, a card drafting tableau builder that is pretty light but a fun way to kill 30 minutes.
     
  8. Majago

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 5, 2004

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    Location: Stroud

    Thanks for this, very useful.
     
  9. Psymonkee

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 24, 2004

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    Location: St.Andrews

    Had a go at Burgle Bros last night. What an utter fuster cluck!

    For those unaware you and your team are breaking into a 2 or 3 storey building to crack some safes and steal the goodies. Obviously there are guards looking after each floor and they'll respond to any alarms you set off. To give you a slight advantage you have 3 stealth tokens you can burn through to avoid guards but the 4th time means you get caught and lose the game.

    Guess who lost 2 on his first move and 1 on my partners next move? Yup - THIS guy! Made for a properly intense game that we couldn't quite win!
     
  10. GTanny

    Wise Guy

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    No worries hope you find something enjoyable.

    Just finished a game of castles of burgundy with the wife, forgot most of the rules but after a quick youtube video it all clicked again and its such a smooth flowing game, also finally put it in an organiser we can play out of instead of stacking everything which should make things much smoother for setup.

    Yesterday we had a quick game of click clack lumberjack with the family then sat down with the wife and my parents for a game of Lords of Waterdeep... my parents had never played board games other then monopoly and cluedo until we showed them ticket to ride and now my dad has purchased an extendable dining table so we can play games at his and we all go away in August for a week and are hoping to have a few game nights.

    i feel we are infecting others in the family as we now have my sister, nephew, brother and sister in law, nieces and my parents all playing the games with us, not bad for a hobby i had always wanted to try but never did until i was in London 2 years ago for my 30th and decided **** it I'm going to give it a go and picked up Pandemic and D&D Wrath of Ashardalon. We have never looked back and love having a gaming day with the family with little to no technology and just talking and laughing with each other.
     
  11. JeditOjanen

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    I think I've addicted half of my Sunday group to Dream Home. We ended up having three sessions of it across the evening. It's even faster than I thought: we managed to play a three-player game in under 20 minutes including setup, breakdown and teaching.

    Apart from that we played Yamatai once more - still good - and a round of Tallinn, a mini tableau builder by Stefan Risthaus with the twist of "set collection, but you need to give up pieces of your set to score" that he used in Monuments: Wonders of Antiquity.
     
  12. PixieLandGirl

    Hitman

    Joined: Jul 13, 2009

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    Location: ROI

    Played the first scenario for Robinson Crusoe (2nd ed). Was good fun even with just 2 of us playing. We 100% learnt we are not the best castaways :D.

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  13. ETanny

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    Got my butt handed to me in a game of Scythe. Boo.
     
  14. Bickaxe

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 8, 2013

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    Location: Fareham

    We've got a whole weekend of board gaming ahead of us. Nothing new has hit the table for a while but its a chance to play some as 4 player games (normally at least 6 of us) instead.

    Zombicide: Black Plague - (team game) 2 bonus maps to do. The 5 of these run like a campaign so you keep the same characters and can do the maps in any order. Probably available on the CMON site.

    Firefly: The board game - (pvp in a way) With all expansions, this will go for a few hours. I like the relaxed style of completing the missions and then the race to the end to see who wins.

    XCOM - (team game) A group favourite with the expansion. Models all painted now too.

    The Dresden Files - (team game) Quite quick to play once you get your head into it. Follows the books with the missions.

    Ticket to Ride (Europe) - (pvp) Getting the dust blown off this one for a change

    Descent - (Us vs GM) Continuing the campaign, the brave adventurers assault another dungeon (and get wiped out).

    The Others - (Us vs GM) Only played once and it was interesting. A bit like Descent but with a more modern day take.

    Rum'n'Bones - (team vs team) Pirate ship vs Pirate ship. Waves of crew attack and the heroes (3 of 5 at any one time per team) do their thing. Rum and Alestorm playing in the background obligatory

    Other that might get a look in.
    Plague Inc.
    Pandemic Iberia
    Camel Up
    Word Whimsy
     
  15. JeditOjanen

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    Had our first run at March of the Ants on Wednesday. Interesting little 4X area control game. As I've heard others say, it reminded me of a smaller scale Eclipse. Looking forward to trying the expansion at some point.

    After that we played Bomarzo, which is a good tight worker placement game that I enjoy a lot. It's one of the few non-social games I've played twice in one night.
     


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