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Beginner strategy board games?

05-15-2013, 11:19 PM
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 569
Beginner strategy board games?

I spent last Saturday playing real board games with people. The three I played were called Puerto Rico, Tikal, and one that I can't remember the name of. In any case, all were too hard for me to understand from playing one game of each.

I bought the iOS version of PR. Since then.

What I need is a game that has some learning curve, but that I should be able to play on my mini w/o feeling like an idiot..... Maybe I am just not wired for hardcore board gaming.

05-15-2013, 11:26 PM
Joined: Mar 2013
Posts: 3,243
Well there are a bunch of chess apps.
Hmmm... Catan? If its up.
Edit: Tip 1: check the rules for the tabletop version on any boardgame you are unsure of
Tip 2: Avoid EA's RISK game. Warlands is free, and fun version.

Last edited by saansilt; 05-15-2013 at 11:30 PM.

05-16-2013, 12:39 AM
I have also just recently become very interested in board gaming on my iPad despite having no real background with physical or digital board gaming. I've bought quite a few over the past few months, and so far I would say Stone Age is an excellent, accessible choice. I'd also recommend Lost Cities and Ticket to Ride as fairly light, but strategic board games that are well suited for people relatively new to board gaming such as myself.

If you're open to card games I'd also highly recommend Ascension and the Penny Arcade Game, both by Playdek. I've spent a ton of time with both.

I've picked up some more complex titles as well such as Neuroshima Hex, Caylus, Tigris and Euphrates, Le Havre and most recently Eclipse. I haven't fully grasped these titles yet, but I look forward to digging into them deeper as I spend more time with the genre.

Hope this helps!
05-16-2013, 02:48 AM
Joined: Dec 2012
Posts: 2,391
Strategery is a super easy to play risk type game...

I am not the developer.
05-16-2013, 12:40 PM
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 569
JNT, thanks for reminding me that I actually own a copy of Ticket to Ride.... someone gave me a copy.

I have never done any playing of that type of card game, but I am open to it.... Also my buddy who LITERALLY, God's honest truth here, has 1500+ board games, just gave me a DC Heroes card game.

I have seen Stone Age mentioned a few times while perusing the boards, so that may be my next purchase. Thanks.
05-16-2013, 12:49 PM
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 837
I had no real interest in this genre until I finally picked up Battle of the Bulge. I'm not sure where this falls in the difficulty curve, but I found it easily understandable and it's a spectacular game. Ravenmark is another I've had my eye on for some time. There is a free version worth checking out if you're interested.
05-16-2013, 01:00 PM
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 248
+1 to Strategery as an awesome light and quick risk type game..
05-16-2013, 02:46 PM
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 928
Neuroshima Hex is quite easy to get into and there is a free lite version as well. I like it. Ascension is not really a board game but a great card game with awesome multiplayer. It's NOT yet another Magic the Gathering clone.
05-16-2013, 03:34 PM
05-16-2013, 11:12 PM
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 569
I just bought Le Harve and Medicio < sp? > for 99 cents..... They are on sale, it seems.... I passed on Tikal.