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Chris

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Re: Random Game Musings
« Reply #45 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.
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Dan

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Re: Random Game Musings
« Reply #46 on: August 15, 2013, 09:35:38 PM »

What's the optimum number of players for that game?
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luisterpaul

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Re: Random Game Musings
« Reply #47 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.
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lutz

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Re: Random Game Musings
« Reply #48 on: August 22, 2013, 03:14:35 AM »

Sony are releasing a festival simulator for the Vita called BigFest. It's basically like Theme Park/Theme Hospital but with real unsigned bands.
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Ella Minnow Pea

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Re: Random Game Musings
« Reply #49 on: August 23, 2013, 12:24:31 AM »

Is is strange that Theme Hospital was one of my favorite simulation games?
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lutz

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Re: Random Game Musings
« Reply #50 on: August 23, 2013, 03:57:47 AM »

No, Theme Hospital was amazing.

"Patients, try not to die in the corridors."
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Butter

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Re: Random Game Musings
« Reply #51 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.
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luisterpaul

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Re: Random Game Musings
« Reply #52 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.
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Dan

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Re: Random Game Musings
« Reply #53 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.
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Chris

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Re: Random Game Musings
« Reply #54 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.
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luisterpaul

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Re: Random Game Musings
« Reply #55 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



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/

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luisterpaul

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Re: Random Game Musings
« Reply #56 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.
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luisterpaul

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Re: Random Game Musings
« Reply #57 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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Chris

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Re: Random Game Musings
« Reply #58 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.
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luisterpaul

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Re: Random Game Musings
« Reply #59 on: December 24, 2013, 09:21:00 AM »

Same guys as Cards Against Humanity? Sure looks like it.
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