Good games that we play regularly.
. ($45)A great game that has really simple concepts but constantly has you thinking. Most deaths in the game are caused by your own mistakes, which is hugely funny. We played this game for over 6 months straight, and will often go back to when we are unsure what we want to play for the night.
We have this, but havn't played it too much. The game is good, but tends to take a bit long to play since we play nights.
This is a good filler. It is a tile based game, with about a dozen different tiles and only two options. Place a tile or move your character. Each tile has a different action that occurs when you move onto it. That makes the game really easy to learn and play. It is for 2-6 player and a game normally only lasts for about 20-40 minutes. (team based variants are good). Being such a quick game it makes it perfect to finish off a night if the main game finished early, or to play while waiting for someone to arrive if they are running late. You can get it fairly cheap. About $40 I think it was.
Two new games we just picked up recently and are enjoying so far.
Last Night on Earth, The Zombie Game
This is a team based game, 2-6 players. Little on the expensive side, ($75) since you are paying for Music CD's etc in the game, but the gameplay is nice and quick, and the sides seem fairly even. Its a new game from a new company and was only released last year. The rules havn't had any glaring faults, and there are only a few minor clarifications/errata so far. They are also bringing out new characters and scenarios on their website, which is a nice level of support. The expansion is due out for the game some time this year, and I expect we will have no hesitation in buying it. Interesting thing about this game, is there are 8 Human character types, but you only play with 4 of them, randomly selected. If someone dies, they get a replacement character. Great to ensure everyone gets to play the whole way through, and no one is eliminated early.
($75) This game has lots of expansions, and is in its 3rd or so revision. It has the notable honour of being the only game we have that is 100% cooperative. The game can even be played solo without any modifications to the rules. We have only played it twice so far, and the rules are in depth (and has a terrible index). The game is fairly hard against the players, but we found that it would have been easier if we worked closer together. After playing our second game, we noticed we started the game playing on the same side, but playing seperatly. Towards the end of the game we started to work more effectivly by teaming up to cover each others characters strengths and weaknesses. (just like Last Night On Earth, you are given your character randomly. There are 16 character sheets, which makes you play very differently each time).
This game will be our focus for the next few weeks of play.
Some other very popular games that we have got are Puerto Rico
. The games a both fairly solid gameplay, but for some reason never really grabbed us. We have played Tikal 3-4 times, and Puerto Rico only got played once.
Oh yeah, probably no surprise, but stay away from most of the computer game -> board game releases. I have Sid Meier's Civilization: The Boardgame
. Played it once with the basic rules (took about 4 hours, no result), and once with the advanced rules. Don't even recall what happened with that game. Nice figures, but they tried to cram too many of the Civ concepts into the game and it just was a mess. Some nice minitures, and the board is HUGE(46” x 36”), but a terrible game. Even house rules can't make that a decent game to play.
I have also played Warcraft - The boadgame
. The dice rolling mechanics were so convoluted and individual to each player, that the people I was playing against could have been cheating on every battle and I would never know. Hell, I didn't even know if I
was cheating on my battles half the time.
Descent: Journeys in the dark
is by the same people. It also had convoluted game mechanics, but we hadn't finished reading the rules, and I think the game may be worth a second look.
I have heard some ok reviews for Doom: the boardgame
, but past experiances with these have made me very cautious.