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Title: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on February 07, 2013, 08:13:56 AM
NERD ALERT.

After years of playing almost nothing but Magic the Gathering, I've finally cooled to the game. The SO and I are branching out into other games, mostly board and card. So far we've picked up:

Settlers of Catan - Fun, but not a lot of variety for just two players.

Fluxx & Martian Fluxx - I love how the complexity can grow until you're almost overwhelmed, and then you can wipe the slate clean, or just get rid of the parts you don't like. Never the same game twice.

Risk: Godstorm - I got so pissed playing this the first time. One single card undid all my careful planning. Second time was better, though. Rules are overly complicated and unclear, but with some house rule tweaks I think we could make it kick some ass.

Chrononauts - Cool time travel card game. Only played once so far, but had fun.

I just ordered The Lord Of The Rings: The Card Game (a cooperative game with cards that have very cool artwork and layout) and Eminent Domain (a sci-fi game not unlike Dominion).
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Dan on February 07, 2013, 12:52:26 PM
Whhhaaaat?!? You're a M:tG player? Tell me! I loved loved loved that game in high school (1995-1997ish) but basically haven't played since. I have all my (better) cards in a drawer still and look at them every now and then but I don't know anyone that plays and all the rules and cards I have are from the 90s, so I'm a little outdated.

If I were to get back into it, is there a method you'd recommend? Is there an online version or something? I dunno... I'm just excited to talk about M:tG for a second even though I know you're trying to move on.


Settlers of Catan: Love this game, but you are right in that it's ideal for 3 players (or more if you have an expansion).

We love Cards Against Humanity for larger group gatherings.

Ticket to Ride is also a lot of fun.

There's a simpler and easier to learn game called Uptown that I enjoyed the one time I played it.

Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on February 07, 2013, 01:15:16 PM
I first played in the late 90's / 2000. Temptest / Urza's Saga era. But I dropped it as I was poor and my small playgroup went in different directions. Picked it up again a couple years ago when I discovered some recently made friends also played, and so quite by accident got my SO into it.

There haven't been many core changes over the years, at least in terms of casual play. What they have done is make the card layout much cleaner, and added new things like Equipment (artifacts that attach to creatures like enchantments, but can be moved around). Every expansion introduces a new mechanic: Some are cool, some are stupid, most are just kinda there.

The biggest change is that fact that nowadays you typically get more bang for your manna. What cost 7 manna back in the 90's now only costs about 5, and there are plenty of 3 manna cards that put old 5 ones to shame. I suspect this is because the game has become much more geared towards tournament play.

As far as getting back into it goes, I recommend the happy happenstance I encountered: Finding friends who are more up to date. ;) But you can play online, though I never have. If we lived closer together I'd be up for meeting up. I still like the game, I'm just exploring what else is out there. Besides, CCGs are expensive.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: lutz on February 07, 2013, 01:42:19 PM
Have you tried Munchkin? That's a fun game.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on February 07, 2013, 01:45:15 PM
Have you tried Munchkin? That's a fun game.
You know, that does look fun. Thanks for the reminder.  :)
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: dirk on February 07, 2013, 01:53:57 PM
If you like Fluxx you should check out We Didn't Playtest This At All.  It is a card game where you can literally win on any turn.  The cards are thing like "Take a vote, if Yes wins, you Win, if No wins, you lose" (there are probably 5 or 6 vote cards to that you never know what you are voting on).  It is just completely insane and you never know exactly what the hell is going on.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: lutz on February 08, 2013, 09:20:20 AM
I just ordered The Lord Of The Rings: The Card Game (a cooperative game with cards that have very cool artwork and layout)
Ooh, also, if you are into MMORPGs at all, you should come and join me in Lord of the Rings Online  ;)
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on February 08, 2013, 09:23:51 AM
I just ordered The Lord Of The Rings: The Card Game (a cooperative game with cards that have very cool artwork and layout)
Ooh, also, if you are into MMORPGs at all, you should come and join me in Lord of the Rings Online  ;)
Vile temptress!

What sort of time commitment is involved? Can you play for a few minutes here or there, or do you need to sit down for extended sessions?
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Homsar on February 08, 2013, 10:20:59 AM
LotR Online?  I maxed out a Dwarf Guardian in that game a while back.  Not a bad game, but I couldn't keep paying for the premium account.  Good stuff though.

And you want a nerd alert?  A few certain dudes and I have recently brought our Star Trek: Customizable Card Game back out of storage to play.  For some reason it's more fun now than it was 12 years ago.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on February 08, 2013, 11:06:29 AM
LotR Online?  I maxed out a Dwarf Guardian in that game a while back.  Not a bad game, but I couldn't keep paying for the premium account.  Good stuff though.

And you want a nerd alert?  A few certain dudes and I have recently brought our Star Trek: Customizable Card Game back out of storage to play.  For some reason it's more fun now than it was 12 years ago.
Played that once. The kid who showed me how to play DESTROYED me. Could have been a fun game, but it was hard to tell from that particular experience.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Homsar on February 08, 2013, 04:57:52 PM
Well, to tell you the truth, it's almost too complicated for its own good, which is why the manufacturer tried to make an entirely new 2nd edition.  We don't care about the complications, and I think it makes it more fun.  You can (somehow) still buy nearly any of the cards you want.  Interesting how we stopped playing a decade ago but were able to pick right back up where we started.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: lutz on February 10, 2013, 07:00:04 AM
I just ordered The Lord Of The Rings: The Card Game (a cooperative game with cards that have very cool artwork and layout)
Ooh, also, if you are into MMORPGs at all, you should come and join me in Lord of the Rings Online  ;)
Vile temptress!

What sort of time commitment is involved? Can you play for a few minutes here or there, or do you need to sit down for extended sessions?
It's F2P, so you can play as much or as little as you want. The first four zones are free, the rest of the quest packs (and other things like extra inventory bags, trait slots, etc.) have to be bought with Turbine Points (TP) or via subscription ($100 per year or $10 per month, I think). You can buy TP with real money or earn them (slowly) in-game. So far, through various expansion pack sales on Steam and elsewhere, I've shelled out a total of £45 and have unlocked nearly all the quest packs, loads of extras, and I have more than enough TP to buy the last bits I need. Not bad for over 200 hours played and counting.

The storyline is really good - you play in parallel with the events of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, up to Rohan so far. The game world is also amazing and incredibly detailed. If you want to try it out, join the Withywindle server and give me a shout!
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: MissKitty on March 05, 2013, 10:57:36 AM
We love Cards Against Humanity for larger group gatherings.

x2. Sooooooooooo much fun!
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Cockney Rebel on March 05, 2013, 01:06:35 PM
We love Cards Against Humanity for larger group gatherings.

x2. Sooooooooooo much fun!
x3. My kinda irreverence. Totally makes me LMAO
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on March 06, 2013, 02:51:44 PM
CAH is on the want list.

Update from the first post:

The SO and I have played Eminent Domain four times now. I love it, and she's into it, too, which helps. Coming off of MtG I love playing a game where there's nothing you can do against the other players. You're just competing to reach a goal first. It's a simple game to learn, but it's multi-layered and so much fun.

I'm having a great time learning The Lord of the Rings Card Game. It's a lot of fun to play, and hard as fuck to beat. The base game is for 1 - 2 players, so I can play by myself and not feel like a total loser.

It's very exciting where boardgaming has been going in the last ten years or so. Everything I ever knew about board games is decades out of date. There's so much going on, and I'm having a blast discovering it all.  8)
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Dan on March 07, 2013, 09:04:44 AM
As the resident urban planner on this board, I have to ask: is that a game about urban planning?!?!?
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on March 07, 2013, 10:03:01 AM
Urban in the galactic sense of the word. In the game you build a galactic empire by taking over planets, sometimes peacefully, sometimes not so much. It's sort of like a sci-fi version of Dominion.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Dan on March 07, 2013, 02:57:56 PM
Yeah, I could have just looked it up. Looks great.... I might buy it. Hmm.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Homsar on March 07, 2013, 04:54:13 PM
It's sort of like a sci-fi version of Dominion.

Whoa.  I'm watch ST DS9 right now.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Homsar on March 14, 2013, 04:50:35 PM
I'm glad I was scared away from buying Sim City 4 right away.  It is apparently horribly broken right now.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Fourthisto on March 14, 2013, 04:58:08 PM
I'm glad I was scared away from buying Sim City 4 right away.  It is apparently horribly broken right now.

You're welcome. And it's not just "right now", either. Wow did they mess this up.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Dan on March 14, 2013, 05:56:37 PM
I bought SimCity 4. I played it for a while - built a number of cities...even had a few different girlfriends build cities, but eventually got tired of it and moved on. It was nice that they were finally incorporating neighboring cities into the patterns of the residents, but I admit that I did not realize the level of this until right before I became interested in something else. I never really took advantage of it, but that was how I would have been able to unlock the Spaceport bonus which is what I really wanted. I remember something like the need for 25,000 high tech industrial jobs to get that, and I could never get more than 20,000 even though my city tile was completely built out. Alas - if only I had had the patience to keep playing, that would have been how to do it.

SimCity 5 looks like a mess, though.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Homsar on March 15, 2013, 08:39:36 AM
For some reason, they underestimated the number of people that would try to log on to their servers.  They forgot the number of Sim City fans.  Doesn't seem like it would be that hard to remember.  Did no one learn from Diablo 3?  (which, btw, is another game I changed my mind about)  The worst part is, there should have been an option to play offline.  Playing Sim City with other people is a great idea, but when every other title in the series has been single player up until now, why would everyone want to suddenly play it online? 
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Fourthisto on March 15, 2013, 08:49:38 AM
Call if "Final Fantasy XI"-itis.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on March 15, 2013, 11:16:11 AM
Board Game Geek (http://boardgamegeek.com/) is a great resource for finding reviews and game info even if the site's a bit busy.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on April 24, 2013, 09:00:22 AM
Played Elder Sign for the first time this week. It's a dice game based on Cthulu lore. I was doubtful at first -- dice games seem rather silly to me -- but I liked it a lot. Being a cooperative game I enjoyed working with the other players to achieve goals. I'd definitely play it again.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on July 16, 2013, 08:11:31 AM
The current favorite game in our house is Sentinels of the Multiverse, a cooperative card game where you play as comic book super heroes fighting a super villain in some strange (and deadly) setting. There are several different heroes, villains and environments to choose from, so no two games are ever the same. It is corny and silly and tense and so much fun.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/102652/sentinels-of-the-multiverse (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/102652/sentinels-of-the-multiverse)
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Dan on July 16, 2013, 01:20:48 PM
The SO and I have played Eminent Domain four times now. I love it, and she's into it, too, which helps. Coming off of MtG I love playing a game where there's nothing you can do against the other players. You're just competing to reach a goal first. It's a simple game to learn, but it's multi-layered and so much fun.

I never told you but I got this as a gift due to your comments about it. We've played it three times I think? I like it, but I suspect I just want to like it, so that influences me. We collectively still have no idea what good strategies are, and everytime we've finished a game we have no idea who was winning until we started counting. Thanks for the recommendation, though!
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on July 16, 2013, 02:39:32 PM
I'm impressed anyone gave it a shot based on my comments. I have influence! And hey, influence points are how you win in that game. ;)

For strategies you can focus on one method for acquiring points. You could try to get only planets and tech cards that support producing and trading resources. Likewise, you could focus on the military (or colonizing) aspect of the game in order to acquire more planets faster. After a few turns the Research cards become quite powerful at adding stronger cards (some will have influence points) to your deck, while at the same time allowing you to strip out the weaker starting cards that might be slowing you down. (We often find the Survey cards start to clutter up the deck about halfway into the game.)

Part of the reason we like it is we like games where you build up things in play. Magic's great because you can play around with different synergies as you get more cards in play. The aforementioned Sentinels has some fun combos. The list goes on.

I'm glad you gave it a try, but I'm sorry it didn't really work out for you. There are tons of hobby games out there, so there are probably some better suited to your interests. Board Game Geek is a great resource. You can read reviews and comments about any game to get a sense for whether it might be something you'd like. Seriously, you name it, and there's probably a game for it: Winemaking, importing/exporting, fighting off infectious disease, monsters stomping around in Tokyo... Modern gaming is quite the experience.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Dan on July 16, 2013, 05:06:25 PM
Oh no - you needn't apologize for anything. I'm quite pleased with it and like playing it. We just don't play games that often, so the fact that we've played it a few times is very good. Sorry that I implied I wasn't happy with it - I totally dig. The first time we played it was a bit of a mess as we had trouble understanding the rules, but we are much better with them now and the games go faster.

I do like the way you build a deck, and I think the concept of building a deck is really cool. I'm just still very much a beginner and feel stupid. I'm looking forward to understanding the nuances better.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on July 16, 2013, 07:23:39 PM
Well, hey, glad I misunderstood!

If you like the mechanic of deckbuilding you may like Dominion, the game that started it all. It is insanely popular in the gaming world. We like it well enough, but it's not a go-to game for us. We find ED more interesting, what with all the fiddly bits and such.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: notoriouspbake on July 17, 2013, 10:08:16 PM
i'm addicted to civ 5 gods and kings. haven't ponied up the cash for the brave new world dlc that just came out. probably won't for awhile.

it's one of those turn based strategy games and once i start a game, i can keep playing for hours. that's why i only start about one game every three weeks during the summer. less often during the school year.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Homsar on July 18, 2013, 01:11:35 PM
Oh man, the hours I spent playing Civ 4 and Beyond the Sword.  I have 5 also, but something was different about it.  For some reason it didn't seem as epic.  Not sure why.  Of course I don't have either of the expansions.  Do they add a lot to it?  And around how much are they anyway?
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Butter on July 18, 2013, 01:38:59 PM
The 2nd Civ V expansion just came out, I think this and Gods & Kings are both about $30.

We are still trying to learn the first expansion, but we are serial game starters... often don't finish a game, and by the time we get around to playing again, it's 3 weeks later and we'd both rather start fresh than trying to figure out what was going on in the last game.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: lutz on July 18, 2013, 04:06:48 PM
it's one of those turn based strategy games and once i start a game, i can keep playing for hours. that's why i only start about one game every three weeks during the summer. less often during the school year.
Have you tried XCOM: Enemy Unknown? Seriously, seriously addictive.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: notoriouspbake on July 18, 2013, 10:16:13 PM
it's one of those turn based strategy games and once i start a game, i can keep playing for hours. that's why i only start about one game every three weeks during the summer. less often during the school year.
Have you tried XCOM: Enemy Unknown? Seriously, seriously addictive.

nope. one addiction is enough.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: notoriouspbake on July 18, 2013, 10:21:26 PM
The 2nd Civ V expansion just came out, I think this and Gods & Kings are both about $30.

We are still trying to learn the first expansion, but we are serial game starters... often don't finish a game, and by the time we get around to playing again, it's 3 weeks later and we'd both rather start fresh than trying to figure out what was going on in the last game.

i cant figure out how to do the multiple quote thingy.....

if you like playing civ, head to the civ fanatics forums. i don't post there, but mine the threads for strategies to play the game better. each xpansion pack is 30 bucks. i just upgraded to g&k, so i'll wait for awhile before i go with bnw. 

if you have the inca, play them on a highland map and build the crap out of terrace farms - more food, and build roads through hills - half cost or free, i can't remember at the moment. i'm due for another game soon. big fan of the inca.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Dan on July 19, 2013, 09:42:32 AM
Random Game Musing:

My PS3 was stolen a few weeks ago, so I can't play anything on that anymore.
I'm almost done mastering the not-exactly-challenging Mario Kart Wii.
I think I'm done with FM2010 (finally? It's been 4 years).

My plan is to wait until the PS4 comes out before I buy a new system.
I assume I'll buy FM2014 when that comes out, although we'll see.

In the meantime...what should I play? I have a PS2, SNES, NES, and a computer at my disposal.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: dirk on July 19, 2013, 09:54:23 AM
If you have a computer, play The Walking Dead.  You can get it on Steam pretty cheap now.  It is easily one of the best games I have ever played.  It is probably around $20 or so, and it is well worth it.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: lutz on July 19, 2013, 11:15:25 AM
Talking of zombie games, we just bought The Last of Us yesterday and I'm already in love. It's the first game I've ever encountered where I'm content to watch someone else play without getting bored.

Dan, what PS2 games have you got? I've had a really weird craving for Tony Hawk's Underground recently. Ico is still a fantastic game if you can find it.

Computer-wise, there's an MMORPG called Rift that has just gone free-to-play. Or you could play Lord of the Rings Online with meeeeee.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on August 15, 2013, 03:45:15 PM
Recently learned, and played several times, a game I had been hearing about for a while: Betrayal at House on the Hill. It's a board game you play in two parts. In the first part everyone plays explorers who are, well, exploring a huge old abandoned house. Tiles make up each of the rooms, and get placed as you explore, so no two games will have the same layout. As you move into rooms you find items as well as omens. With the omens comes an ever increasing chance of beginning the Haunt, this being the second part of the game.

When the Haunt begins one or more explorers turns traitor (ie, possessed by the house) and tries to kill off their up-until-very-recently friends. There are 50 different haunts, so you could play dozens of times in a row and not have the same game twice.

We're having a lot of fun with this. It's a bit like an RPG for non-RPGers.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: c-lando on August 15, 2013, 04:05:25 PM
Recently learned, and played several times, a game I had been hearing about for a while: Betrayal at House on the Hill. It's a board game you play in two parts. In the first part everyone plays explorers who are, well, exploring a huge old abandoned house. Tiles make up each of the rooms, and get placed as you explore, so no two games will have the same layout. As you move into rooms you find items as well as omens. With the omens comes an ever increasing chance of beginning the Haunt, this being the second part of the game.

When the Haunt begins one or more explorers turns traitor (ie, possessed by the house) and tries to kill off their up-until-very-recently friends. There are 50 different haunts, so you could play dozens of times in a row and not have the same game twice.

We're having a lot of fun with this. It's a bit like an RPG for non-RPGers.
This sounds super fun to me!
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: lutz on August 15, 2013, 04:09:22 PM
That sounds amazing. Like an extreme version of Cluedo or something.

Question: is there much difference between editions, do you know? The one I found on Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Avalon-Hill-266330000WOC-Betrayal-House/dp/B003HC9734/ref=sr_1_1) is the second edition and describes itself as an "exciting refresh".
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on August 15, 2013, 05:30:26 PM
That sounds amazing. Like an extreme version of Cluedo or something.

Question: is there much difference between editions, do you know? The one I found on Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Avalon-Hill-266330000WOC-Betrayal-House/dp/B003HC9734/ref=sr_1_1) is the second edition and describes itself as an "exciting refresh".
I understand the second edition fixes some typos and misprints. For example, there are three floors in the house: Ground, Upper and Basement. One of the rooms is an Underground Lake. In the original edition you could place it in the Upper floor or the Basement. They fixed that to just the Basement. I'm not aware of all the differences, though, having only played the second.

One physical flaw with the game is the plastic chits you clip to the character cards to keep track of stats. They tend to be loose and easily moved by accident, making it easy to screw up your character's current stats. We haven't done research yet on easy ways to fix it. For now we're just being super careful.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on August 15, 2013, 05:32:47 PM
Recently learned, and played several times, a game I had been hearing about for a while: Betrayal at House on the Hill. It's a board game you play in two parts. In the first part everyone plays explorers who are, well, exploring a huge old abandoned house. Tiles make up each of the rooms, and get placed as you explore, so no two games will have the same layout. As you move into rooms you find items as well as omens. With the omens comes an ever increasing chance of beginning the Haunt, this being the second part of the game.

When the Haunt begins one or more explorers turns traitor (ie, possessed by the house) and tries to kill off their up-until-very-recently friends. There are 50 different haunts, so you could play dozens of times in a row and not have the same game twice.

We're having a lot of fun with this. It's a bit like an RPG for non-RPGers.
This sounds super fun to me!
It's a blast. There isn't much strategy until the haunt begins, but exploring the house is wicked cool in and of itself. The first part is almost entirely random, but it does a great job of setting the stage for the second part.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Chris on August 15, 2013, 07:58:34 PM
Recently learned, and played several times, a game I had been hearing about for a while: Betrayal at House on the Hill. It's a board game you play in two parts. In the first part everyone plays explorers who are, well, exploring a huge old abandoned house. Tiles make up each of the rooms, and get placed as you explore, so no two games will have the same layout. As you move into rooms you find items as well as omens. With the omens comes an ever increasing chance of beginning the Haunt, this being the second part of the game.

When the Haunt begins one or more explorers turns traitor (ie, possessed by the house) and tries to kill off their up-until-very-recently friends. There are 50 different haunts, so you could play dozens of times in a row and not have the same game twice.

We're having a lot of fun with this. It's a bit like an RPG for non-RPGers.
This sounds super fun to me!
It's a blast. There isn't much strategy until the haunt begins, but exploring the house is wicked cool in and of itself. The first part is almost entirely random, but it does a great job of setting the stage for the second part.

Quickplay details in under 5 minutes. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmSIlNNMSkI)
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Dan on August 15, 2013, 09:35:38 PM
What's the optimum number of players for that game?
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on August 16, 2013, 07:24:21 AM
What's the optimum number of players for that game?
I've only played with four, but that number seems to work well. It's for 3 to 6, and based on the rules for the haunts it sounds like it scales evenly for the different numbers of players. Board Game Geek users say 5 or 6 is best, fwiw.

ETA: Come to think of it, the more players you have, the less likely you'll be to get the same person turning traitor from game to game. In the four games my group of four has played, I've been the traitor three times. One of those times I offered it to someone else just to mix it up more.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: lutz on August 22, 2013, 03:14:35 AM
Sony are releasing a festival simulator (http://www.joystiq.com/2013/08/21/sony-introduces-bigfest-a-music-festival-simulator-for-vita/) for the Vita called BigFest. It's basically like Theme Park/Theme Hospital but with real unsigned bands.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on August 23, 2013, 12:24:31 AM
Is is strange that Theme Hospital was one of my favorite simulation games?
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: lutz on August 23, 2013, 03:57:47 AM
No, Theme Hospital was amazing.

"Patients, try not to die in the corridors."
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Butter on August 23, 2013, 08:27:26 AM
Trying to decide between this Betrayal game mentioned here, Pandemic, and Ticket to Ride to order from Amazon.  I think we are all kinda sick of Monopoly, Axis and Allies just takes FOREVER to play, and I did buy Carcassone a while back, but that game is just not as fun as I would have hoped.

Everyone is so competitive in my family, I think we may go with Pandemic, just since it's a co-op game and won't cause hard feelings.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on August 23, 2013, 08:37:46 AM
I still haven't played Pandemic, but I hear lots of good things. It's hard to win, so victories are all the sweeter. It'll probably be money well spent.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Dan on August 23, 2013, 09:06:20 AM
Ticket to Ride is a lot of fun.
Pros: It's easy to learn, quick to set up, easy to play, and very good for "this is the first or second time playing it" situations. You know, when you have someone new who has to learn the nuances. It's also nice to play every once-in-a-while.
Cons: I played Ticket to Ride three times this past weekend, and by the third game I was a little bored. I get the feeling that its level of strategy doesn't go that deep and if you are going to play a game a lot, this isn't the one for you. Eminent Domain, on the other hand, feels like the opposite.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Chris on August 25, 2013, 12:18:26 PM
Ticket to Ride would get my vote as well. Very fun, especially baiting people to take longer trip cards and then stealing their most direct pathway.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on September 10, 2013, 02:43:00 PM
I'm super excited for this, but I have to wait a whole year for its release, probably. Ladies and gentlemen, I present:

BREW CRAFTERS

(http://dicehatemegames.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/BrewCrafters896X450inside.jpg)

Brew Crafters is a unique blend of Euro gaming sensibilities and American brewing pride for 2 to 5 players.

Itís a time of regrowth in the old urban center, and the hippest and best beer crafters have gathered both hops and hopes in building the best brewery in the city. It wonít be an easy task, as players compete for precious resources such as malt, hops and yeast in the local markets, all while managing and optimizing their growing bottling empires.

In Brew Crafters, players assume management of a local craft brewery, working hard to manage resources, use their workers wisely, and develop their brewing line to create the best local brews. Brew Crafters honors the tradition of classic Euro games such as Agricola and Puerto Rico, but at its heart beats a unique brewery processing system that must be constantly improved, monitored and manned in order to keep the beloved beverages rolling off the line. Each brewery has access to a variety of equipment upgrades, local farms, markets, and a plethora of specialty workers, ensuring a high level of replayability and strategic avenues. In addition, each player is studiously working to be first to develop several rotating gold label specialty brew recipes that will earn them extra points and prestige at the end of year three when the best local brewer will be honored.

http://dicehatemegames.com/games/brew-crafters/ (http://dicehatemegames.com/games/brew-crafters/)

Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on November 25, 2013, 10:59:30 AM
Every now and then a board game surprises me. Yesterday the SO and I learned Lords of Vegas. It's a pretty simple game where you build casinos and try to expand your influence (and thereby income) in Vegas. The theme didn't appeal too much when the game was suggested, but I'll try almost anything once.

Turned out to be a LOT of fun. Much of that was all four players didn't care that much about winning. We just wanted to play and have fun, so we ended up making riskier decisions than we might usually, and it paid off. There were a few opportunities to make strategic decisions, but most of the results of the decisions you could make were determined by dice rolls. Just like in Vegas. I'd definitely play again with the right crowd.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on December 10, 2013, 07:45:25 AM
Met up with a friend at a brewery last night to play some games. Of course we had to bring out The Red Dragon Inn. It's a game about adventurers drinking it up in a tavern after a hard day of adventuring. You start out with a Fortitude of 20 and an alcohol content of 0. As the game goes on your alcohol content goes up and your Fortitude goes down. Once the two meet you've been drunk under the table. There's even gambling in the game. The names of the cards and the flavor text are pretty funny, too, especially after you've had a couple.

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Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Chris on December 23, 2013, 09:00:12 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY1KHTFkJhg

Superfight...

I knew I would like the game when I tried to make a case that my Statue of Liberty, who is sticky from head to toe and afraid of water could defeat a priest wearing a feather boa who could sing Beatles songs at will.

So what if she's on an island, she has reach advantage.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on December 24, 2013, 09:21:00 AM
Same guys as Cards Against Humanity? Sure looks like it.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Buzzstein on December 26, 2013, 01:11:08 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY1KHTFkJhg

Superfight...

I knew I would like the game when I tried to make a case that my Statue of Liberty, who is sticky from head to toe and afraid of water could defeat a priest wearing a feather boa who could sing Beatles songs at will.

So what if she's on an island, she has reach advantage.

That sounds awesome and hilarious.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on December 31, 2013, 11:08:10 AM
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Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Butter on January 02, 2014, 01:29:41 PM
Full disclosure: we've now run 5 games of SETTLERS OF CATAN (which I got for Christmas), and I haven't even come close to winning.  Alex has won 2, C-Fan has won 3.

Can't figure out if I'm just bad at it, or am getting bad dice rolls.  Maybe a combination of both.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on January 02, 2014, 10:38:22 PM
Full disclosure: we've now run 5 games of SETTLERS OF CATAN (which I got for Christmas), and I haven't even come close to winning.  Alex has won 2, C-Fan has won 3.

Can't figure out if I'm just bad at it, or am getting bad dice rolls.  Maybe a combination of both.
Strategically your most important choice is getting settlements and/or cities built on numbers that come up frequently. As long as you're placing on 5s, 6s, 8s, and 9s more than 2s, 3s, 11s, and 12s you've done everything in your power to achieve victory. The rest is luck of the roll.

This is my main complaint with the game. It feels too much like Monopoly. Roll the dice and hope for the best.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: lutz on February 02, 2014, 11:41:06 AM
Finally got round to playing through TellTale's Walking Dead. The ending left me blubbing like a baby! I don't know why it seems to be zombie games that have the best voice acting and storylines recently. Both The Walking Dead and The Last of Us had some seriously good emotional sucker punches, and despite perhaps not having the most compelling gameplay they both immediately made it into my all time Top 10.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Dan on February 03, 2014, 10:10:28 AM
I tried out 7 Wonders a couple of weeks and quite liked it. It seems like there's a lot of strategy and different possible methods of victory. Needless to say, I didn't win, but after spending a couple of hours figuring out the process I think it's a game I'd like to play again.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on February 03, 2014, 10:19:15 AM
I tried out 7 Wonders a couple of weeks and quite liked it. It seems like there's a lot of strategy and different possible methods of victory. Needless to say, I didn't win, but after spending a couple of hours figuring out the process I think it's a game I'd like to play again.
Great game with a huge learning curve cliff. When I learned it I played three times in a row, and still wasn't entirely sure what I was doing. A while later I played a couple more times and it finally clicked. Now I find it's an incredibly easy game to play, just very tricky to win. Every choice you make has to take your opponents into consideration at least to some degree.

We just got the Leaders expansion and can't wait to try it out. I've played it before, but it's been months.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on February 03, 2014, 12:30:35 PM
Yesterday I learned Regatta, a sailboat racing simulation game. It has some fiddly rules it took me a bit to get used to, but once I did the game was a lot of fun. In the pic I'm in first place (green), but I was in last place when the leader crossed the finish line. Tight game.

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Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on April 04, 2014, 04:49:37 AM
Tomorrow is International TableTop Day! Get out there and play some games!  8)

http://www.tabletopday.com/ (http://www.tabletopday.com/)

Wil Wheaton-approved.

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Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Homsar on April 04, 2014, 08:44:06 AM
Oh, Hwill Hweaton?
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: c-lando on April 04, 2014, 11:18:48 AM
Double Dubs!
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on May 01, 2014, 08:57:07 PM
There were about a dozen of us over the course of the day, and here's what we played:

Tsuro * Player elimination in what I believe is a Japanese sand garden.
Suburbia * Tile placement game where you build up your own bit of suburban sprawl.
A La Carte * A game about cooking. Much more fun than I expected.
Click Clack Lumberjack * Hilarious game in the "genre" of Jenga.
Castles of Burgundy Fantastic tile placement dice game where you build up your medieval estate.
King of Tokyo King-of-the-hill style dice game. You play as giant monsters. Very silly. Very fun.
Bananagrams * Intense Scrabble.
Goa * I've only played the one time, so not sure how best to describe it. One of the heavier games we played.
Letters From Whitechapel Semi-cooperative where one person plays Jack the Ripper and the others are the police trying to catch him. Essentially a more sophisticated version of Scotland Yard.
Star Trek Catan Settlers of Catan and Star Trek. What more can you say?
Forbidden Island Cooperative game where you play as explorers trying to find the four ancient relics before the island sinks.
Macao * Medium-light euro where you're trading goods in medieval Europe. Has a fun twist of a mechanic that decides what kinds of actions you get to play each round.
Alien Frontiers Worker placement with dice, set on another planet. One of the first games I played getting into the hobby last year.
Hanabi Haven't played this one, but I understand it's a coop about putting on a fireworks display.
Puerto Rico Haven't played this one, either, but it's a classic euro game.
The Little Prince "Kid's" game based on the book. Very screw-your-neighbor-y.
Concordia * Resource management game set in the ancient Mediterranean. There's a board, and some cards. The cards give you points, but the amount of points they give depends on your control of the board. This one's all about striking a balance.

(* I played these.)
Title: Re: Random Game Musings - PS4 edition
Post by: Dan on December 10, 2014, 11:46:33 AM
I know I'm over a year late to the party, but I have fallen in love with "The Last of Us." It took me a LONG time to get into it, but once I did the game has just become incredible. Part of it was that I switched from Normal mode to Easy mode and then suddenly the game started moving along - I got tired of repeatedly dying and redoing things. But then the Easy mode is a little too easy, so I recently switched it back. Maybe I have better gameplay skills now, though, so we'll see.

Regardless, the story about Joel and Ellie is great and I can't wait to see what happens next. I enjoy the character development (actually, I wish it was better and deeper, but that's not a knock) and I think I dig the setting /environment. The game is beautiful and conceivably realistic, which is nice.

Highly recommended, and special thanks to lutz for recommending it to me when I asked her for a good game to play.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: lutz on December 10, 2014, 01:37:08 PM
Awesome, glad you're enjoying it! - I'd been meaning to ask how you were getting on with it. The gameplay is really intense sometimes, but the story is soooo good. The multiplayer is quite fun as well and similarly intense. The first time someone gets the jump on you and shivs you in the neck, or brutally smashes your face in with a 2x4 as you try to crawl away, is quite a shock.

I recently played through Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons again to finish the trophies, and it made me cry all over again. Such a beautiful game - both visually and emotionally.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: lutz on December 10, 2014, 02:12:23 PM
Here's my random game musing of the day: I cannot overstate how happy I am that game graphics have developed to the point where I can see Nathan Drake's chest hair rippling in the wind. *swoon* (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70jVUBnp6lQ&t=42m50s)
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Dan on December 10, 2014, 04:10:48 PM
Gah. I have yet to play any Uncharted game, and I even had a free one for a while. I suck.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Dan on December 15, 2014, 10:41:15 AM
I know I'm over a year late to the party, but I have fallen in love with "The Last of Us." It took me a LONG time to get into it, but once I did the game has just become incredible. Part of it was that I switched from Normal mode to Easy mode and then suddenly the game started moving along - I got tired of repeatedly dying and redoing things. But then the Easy mode is a little too easy, so I recently switched it back. Maybe I have better gameplay skills now, though, so we'll see.

Regardless, the story about Joel and Ellie is great and I can't wait to see what happens next. I enjoy the character development (actually, I wish it was better and deeper, but that's not a knock) and I think I dig the setting /environment. The game is beautiful and conceivably realistic, which is nice.

Highly recommended, and special thanks to lutz for recommending it to me when I asked her for a good game to play.


Annnnd... I finished the story line last night. What a story, what a game. I was a little sad that it was over so soon. I am likely going to go back and play a few of my more favorite "boards" again but I don't think I will keep playing too much longer. We'll see...maybe, but I do want to move on to GTA5, so that will probably call my name before long.

It's too bad because I was finally getting good at the controls and figuring out how to use the controls effectively and some of the weapons, etc. I will miss Joel and Ellie - they had become good friends.


Also also... was it me, or does the Assault Rifle suck? I swear I would unload 40 or 50 rounds into some guys and they were still alive. I would switch to a regular gun and they were dead in one shot.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: lutz on December 15, 2014, 04:45:28 PM
Don't forget the DLC story, Left Behind! It's included for free with the PS4 version. I haven't actually played it yet because I want to play through the main story again first, but the thought of going through that basement level again fills me with so much dread...

Oh yeah, also, you definitely have to play The Walking Dead if you haven't already. Also has a wonderful story, full of agonising decisions and "Holy shit, I can't believe that just happened!" moments. I just started the second season and it looks like it's going to be as good as the first, happy days :)
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Dan on December 16, 2014, 12:59:30 PM
Hah, the basement level in the hotel in Pittsburgh? That was the level that caused me to switch the difficulty from 'normal' to 'easy.' I got out of it on the first try when I did that. Then I forgot to change it back for a while, although I did eventually. I recommend doing the same - it's not worth it.

I going to play the Pittsburgh's suburbs level on Normal again, and then I'll play Left Behind I guess. Then I'll probably move on to GTA5.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Dan on January 20, 2016, 12:23:08 PM
I went looking for a city building game for my tablet. You know...SimCity style something or another.

Does anyone have any recommendations? Has anyone played any of the below?

I downloaded Megapolis because it was reviewed okay. It's...okay. Kind of annoying because they want me to work with other players to donate resources. It's also a Freemium game and I'm not sure that I want to spend potentially unlimited money on a game. I also don't like how I don't get to do zoning - if I want an apartment complex I just build said apartment complex.

There's also SimCity: Build It but I don't trust the SimCity brand anymore. Not after what they did with SimCity5. Anyone have any recommendations or thoughts about this? There's a lot of advertising for it, which makes me think it's Freemium, too.

And what about Cities: Skylines? I keep seeing this and seeing recommendations for it, but I'd rather hear someone describe it and say they have played it. Is it any good?


Ideally what I'm looking for is an old console game: pay up front, then get the whole game. I am fine with the new Freemium business model (hell, I've been on Clash of Clans for two years), but for this I seem to be leaning back toward old-school.

Any help?
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Butter on January 21, 2016, 07:34:16 AM
I have not played Cities:Skylines, but have kept up on it because I was very interested there for a time.  I heard the main complaint was that the game was ALL about traffic.  But that since the initial release, there have been mods released that can turn the difficulty of traffic management up or down to your taste. 

Also, that it's not as much a game as it is a sandbox.  With SimCity (the older versions), there were always money goals, population goals, etc... but that with Cities, there is not much of a "challenge".

Now, with it having been out for nearly a year at this point, I imagine there are tons of mods for it that can fine tune it to your taste.  By the time I get around to pick it up, I imagine they'll be ready with the sequel.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: luisterpaul on February 14, 2018, 09:22:31 AM
I prefer board games to video games for a couple reasons: I like the tactile sense of moving bits around a board, or tossing cards on a table. I also like the social interaction. Getting together with people every so often for a shared activity, especially one with a given structure, gives me a place to catch up with friends, but without having to chat all evening. We can interact, joke, have fun, all while engaging in something that engages the mind.

Last night was an exceptional example. There were five of us gathered, one who hadn't attended game night in a couple years. He had recently lost his job and needed to get out of the house. We were instantly joking with him, cheering him up as we could. We decided to play something we'd all played before: Puerto Rico. It is not remotely a silly game, but we were almost constantly laughing all evening. We all had high spirits, infecting each other, the laughter coming easily.

So glad I found this hobby.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Kwyjibo on February 14, 2018, 10:07:40 AM
I wish there was a SimCity type game for mobile that didn't follow the Farmville mold.  I had fun with it for a while, but once you got to the point that you couldn't accomplish anything for days or weeks it was pretty boring.  I have no interest in sitting in front of a PC playing games and our Nintendo is monopolized by platformers.
Title: Re: Random Game Musings
Post by: Dan on February 14, 2018, 01:08:56 PM
I agree with you fully, Kwij. Somehow the SimCity games have disappeared and now they are all freemium models and really a loss for all gamers. I wouldn't even mind if they just ported SimCity 3000 into a mobile app, you know? I still play Megapolis but I honestly don't recommend it to anyone. I'd love to find another game that takes my attention and gets me to just drop Megapolis.

Le Sigh. So much untapped potential.