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Any big time board gamers here?

08-16-2016, 02:10 PM
#1
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 559
Any big time board gamers here?

My buddy at one point had 1200 board games and he was always asking me to play, but I never would. At some point I broke down and played a game he owned called Jamaica. I really liked it..... so much so that in the last year I became a real board game junkie. I have purchased about 60 games in the last 12 months. Prices go from $12 - $50 per game for the ones I own. I would say $25 is average for me.

I am not talking about mass market games that you can buy at Walmart or Target. I buy 90% of mine online - usually from Amazon.

Some of my favorites are:

Takenoko - grow bamboo, and please the emperor.

Jamaica - a pirate ship racing game

Lanterns - based on a Japanese festival with lanterns

Tsuro - move your piece around the board and try not to force yourself off the board. And don't bump anybody else or you are both out of the game.

Pandemic: The Cure ( you know the app / game, most likely ).... a cooperative dice game to stop a Pandemic from killing everybody

Any other players?
08-16-2016, 03:37 PM
#2
Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 4,484
Not sure if I'm big time, but I have quite a few board games acquired over the years. Some of my favorites:

King of Tokyo
7 Wonders
7 Wonders Duel
Carcassonne
Ghost Stories
Ticket to Ride
Tiny Epic Galaxies

Are you on boardgamegeek?

08-16-2016, 03:41 PM
#3
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 10,966
Been playing board games for a long time, kids are 7 and 3 and... it's still hard to play anything too serious.

All time favorites are Advanced Squad Leader, Advanced Civilization, Twilight Imperium, Illuminati, Settlers Card Game, Carcassone...

Currently we're playing Sushi Go, Eye Found It, Pokemon TCG, My Little Pony TCG, Fluxx, Happy Family, Parchesi...

One more we play, I had as a kid and our kids love it is I Can Count, and that probably dates me a bit...

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08-16-2016, 04:05 PM
#4
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 559
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Originally Posted by crunc View Post
Not sure if I'm big time, but I have quite a few board games acquired over the years. Some of my favorites:

King of Tokyo
7 Wonders
7 Wonders Duel
Carcassonne
Ghost Stories
Ticket to Ride
Tiny Epic Galaxies

Are you on boardgamegeek?
yep I sure am
08-17-2016, 09:50 AM
#5
Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 4,484
Avalon Hill was based near us and one of my brothers use to help them test Advanced Squad Leader expansions for them. I never was into Squad Leader myself, but that was his favorite game at the time.
08-30-2016, 01:46 PM
#6
Joined: Feb 2016
Location: London
Posts: 57
I don't get to play as much as I like, but I'm a big board game fan. Staring at a big stash of them in my cupboard right now, they deserve more play...

A few years ago I told an old colleague that I loved board games. When I told her which ones she rolled her eyes and recommended some stuff with a bit more depth than Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit :-)

Settlers of Catan was a gateway game for me into more complex stuff. Pandemic, plus these two in particular:

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Some of my favorites:

Carcassonne
Ticket to Ride
have become big faves as well, especially on the iPad

I highly, highly
recommend Betrayal At The House On The Hill. It starts as an RPG-lite co-op game where you're exploring a haunted house as you go. The twist is that at some point one of your party is revealed to be the betrayer (they don't know themselves until that moment either) and then you have to escape, or meet a win-condition, while they try and stop you. The shape of the house is generated by your actions in the game and changes each game too. It's ace.
09-12-2016, 08:25 PM
#7
I love Zombiecide. It takes a while to set up but it's absolutely a blast to play!!! Risk is a classic and never gets old for me!
09-13-2016, 08:38 AM
#8
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Location: London
Posts: 57
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Risk is a classic and never gets old for me!
Have you seen Risk Legacy? It's very cool, one of those ones where the board, factions and rules evolve with each new game up to a certain point. It comes with loads of additional packs of cards lining various parts of the game box, which you only get to open when certain conditions are met. Well worth the 40 I spent on it.

Star Wars Risk is a good spin on it too, where you play as the Empire, Rebels, or the Hutts. I cynically expected all the spin-offs to be cash-ins that weren't particularly thought through, but was pleasantly surprised to be proved wrong. They're balanced pretty well.
09-13-2016, 10:21 AM
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Risk is a classic and never gets old for me!
If you added up the hours, I've probably spent several months playing Risk.

That said, the original game has a number of things going against it - mostly that it's an elimination game that takes many hours to play. When everyone knows what they're doing it almost always boils down to 2 players who cat-and-mouse each other until someone gets a string of good dice roles and finally gets enough of an advantage to win. (Another fantastic game that suffers from the same problem is Titan, which makes it hard to bring to the table...)

Thankfully we've got a couple of good variants that actually end!

My personal favorite is Risk 2210, I also like the LotR version. Haven't manage to play Legacy yet.

On iOS, I love Strategery, and KDice was good, though it's implementation was not so good. If only I had a functioning iPad I could play Titan...

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09-19-2016, 11:13 AM
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Location: London
Posts: 57
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Originally Posted by drelbs View Post
If you added up the hours, I've probably spent several months playing Risk.

That said, the original game has a number of things going against it - mostly that it's an elimination game that takes many hours to play.

...Haven't manage to play Legacy yet.
Without spoiling it, Legacy deals with that issue you describe pretty well. It takes a lot more than regular Risk for a player to be completely eliminated. Didn't happen in any of games I've played so far and was all the more fun for that.