New board games I've been playing

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  1. Bort

    Bort Well-Known Member

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    Well, new to me anyway....

    Lords of Waterdeep - introductory worker placement game. Takes about 10 minutes to explain. Very nicely presented. The cubes (representing fighters, clerics, rogues, and wizards) are a bit dull - so I bought some custom made meeples from a guy on bgg, same colours, but cut into representations of the actual class.

    The expansion is just out now for this too, and seems to be getting good reviews. I feel like the base game will keep me happy for quite a bit longer.

    Love Letter - had this for ages, kept on chucking it in the game bag for board gaming, because its so small. The entire game comes in a little bag, it has 16 cards and a couple of tokens. But you get a lot of fun in that little bag. Another easy to explain game - take a card, play a card, your hand is always a single card. The cards are various ranks, up to the Princess, and you want the highest card at the end of the round, to get your love letter to her. A bit of deduction, a bit of luck, but entertaining stuff, I'm looking forward to playing this quite a few more times. Cheap as, well worth throwing into your next order.

    Libertalia - this wasnt on my radar for ages, because its actually a pirate game, which the name doesnt really suggest. You play pirates trying to split up your booty. The game lasts for 3 campaigns, each of which is 6 days long. Booty is handed out randomly for each day, from very good (treasure chests), ok (jewels/goods), potentially good (maps - worth lots if you can collect 3), and bad (cursed relics).

    Your deck consists of 30 cards with various unsavoury characters, from the lowly ranked ships parrot, up to the Captain himself. The starting player randomly chooses 9 cards, and then everyone picks those same cards from their deck, so you're choosing from the same deck. Each card has an ability as well, that can go off during the day (before booty is taken), dusk (when booty is taken), night (after booty), or on the 7 day of rest - at the end of the campaign. Some characters can have several of these abilities.

    So, each player secretly chooses a card to play for each day, and the highest rank gets to pick his booty.

    Its actually quite a quick moving and interesting game - pretty easy to pick up after a bit. You make your decision on a card based on what has already been played, or what you think the other players will do - it can get a bit tense as people strive desperately to avoid the cursed booty.
     
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    Been playing nothing but Vampire Empire lately. A two player game where the human player needs to guess the identity of and eliminate 3 hidden vampires before the bloodsuckers kill off everyone. Simple but effective combat system and perfectly balanced between the 2 different decks. The game plays in 15 minutes and each match has gone down to the wire. I picked it up for $19 in the last ozgameshop 30% off sale and knew nothing about the game. The wife enjoys it, so a real lucky find.

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    Sounds like fun - I think I looked at it even, and then saw 2 player, which is a deal breaker for me (it means I'll never play it at the board gaming group, or game days with mates).
     
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    In the photo you will see a trick we use. We play all our card games on a shammy towel, so if the kids knock over a drink it soaks up the spill immediately and we can get right to the job of rescuing cards. There have been no major spills so far...
     
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    Being playing Talismen the last two weeks.
     
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    Managed to get about 5 of us for Game of Thrones... going to try for a full group of 6 next week. So far it has been pretty fun. Alot of political intrigue and such..

    I've got a copy of Risk Legacy that I am just waiting for the right group to try it out with... No idea how that will go.

    Still waiting on Kingdom Death: Monster to become available.. really peaked my interest and now I just have to play the waiting game.
     
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    Finally getting my copy of Hanabi tonight - excited! And a pox on Milsims, who couldnt get a copy to me inside of 10 weeks....luckily my board gaming group organised a group buy from Amazon Germany (the organiser liked the German artwork better, and its not like its language dependant).

    I've seen people play this game very seriously - like gamers after a high score, which is maybe more serious than I like to take it. But I think it will be a fun game to play with casual friends/gamers. Certainly a different angle to most card games.
     
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    Ok, played a couple of games of Hanabi - still a bit unsure if I like it. Its certainly clever, and a bit different, and can be played by anyone.

    I think my problem with it is that its a cooperative game, but rather than a co-op where you can discuss what to do as a team (which I enjoy), each of you is locked into your own game of deduction. You cannot say anything about your hand, or others - unless you give a hint on your go. So theres no table talk - which I like in a game.

    And it seems the game is really about how to give hints, understanding what people mean when they tell you something. And of course you cant ask them what they mean during the game - thats not allowed.

    Its a surprisingly tense game too - if you play the wrong card, your entire group will roll their eyes and complain (in a fun way, unless you play with dicks). The guys I play with are great, but I'd hate to be on the verge of a good score and then blow it.

    Maybe if I play this game more, my memory and deductive skills will get better.
     
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    Played Diamant today - quick filler that could be enjoyed by anyone - its a push your luck game where you decide whether to explore a cave further, or take your treasure and run. Lots of fun, because treasure if shared when you decide to run, so if you're the only one, its all yours (which is a cool feeling, especially when the others get crushed by rocks on the next turn....bwhahahahaha). The game is hard to get, but its been reprinted as Incan Gold.

    Also played Citadels - hidden role card game, where your role changes on every round. You are trying to make 8 buildings, but on any round someone could choose the assassin and kill you, or choose the thief and steal your money, or even become the magician and take your cards! Fairly easy to pick up, but a bit of deduction is required, since targets are the role (not the player). Quite a reasonably priced game too - I'm definitely giving this another go in the future (now that I know how to play it).

    It might have the potential to get pretty nasty...
     
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    You play some very good games Bort, Diamant is a classic. If you like Diamant, you'll probably like Blockade Runner: Blockade Runner | Board Game | BoardGameGeek

    The key driver in this game is that each player must balance profit (by bringing in black market goods) versus keeping the ports open (by bringing in low value war goods).

    Just a note that freight costs have absolutely skyrocketed in the last couple years and Milsims have done well in keeping game costs low, most likely by relying more on low cost bulk freight. Hence 10 weeks may become the standard turnaround for back orders / pre-orders, much the pity.
     
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    Luckily I've found a great gaming group, who have exposed me to games I never would have found by myself.

    And yesterday I was playing at a friends place, literally surrounded by shelves of games. An afternoon just wasnt long enough.

    I've already bought Incan Gold, but I might replace the gems with some more shiny versions (like the Diamant style).

    Blockade Runner looks interesting - not as easy to pick up and play as Diamant.
     
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    I'll just buy from elsewhere, even if it costs more. I'm not waiting 10 weeks for a game (unless there really is no other choice).

    And I'd have to really be desperate now to order anything backordered from Milsims
     
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    Pickup and play games are what I like as well. You're lucky to have a good gaming group, keep it up and don't miss a session :)

    Lots of my friends have strong opinions about Milsims, but I've never had a problem with them. The last game I order from overseas cost 95$: 45$ for the game and 40$ for the postage. That same same at Milsims is $75. I'm happy to wait 10 weeks to save $20, but it's a trade off of playing a new game in 7 days (ordering from overseas), or playing a new game in 70 days (ordering from Milsims)

    What are your top 10 games?
     
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    I'm just impatient - 70 days!! If I knew what the waiting period would be - maybe, but when they dont seem to have any idea either when games are coming in.

    Ok - my top ten (from 1-10):

    7 Wonders
    Dixit
    Love Letter
    Libertalia
    Skull and Roses
    Cyclades
    Space Alert
    Flash Point: Fire Rescue
    Castle Panic
    Citadels (yeah, I know - only 1 play and its in the top ten!)

    I'd love to hear anyone elses top list
     
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    Wow some nice games there! I absolutely love Castle Panic. I've heard good things abut Cyclades and Space Alert. In fact they're good games and I'm going to pick up Love Letter, that one sounds cool.

    My top ten list is (no particular order):

    Castle Panic
    Prophecy
    Eastfront II
    Defenders of the Realm
    Ave Caesar
    Cowboys: The way of the Gun
    Last Night on Earth
    Space Infantry
    Memoir '44
    Napoleon's War
     
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    Castle Panic is such a cool idea. Bit easy without the expansion - although you can still die.

    The expansion is awesome (imo).

    My mate has Last Night on Earth, but I havent managed to get a game of it yet.

    I'll have to check a couple of those games out, havent heard of a couple.
     
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    I got the castle panic expansion but haven't played it yet.

    I personally think Last Night on Earth is the best zombie game out there; easy enough to teach it to non-gamers, very thematic and best of all, you can combine it with Invasion of Outer Space (circus freaks and aliens) for the ultimate b-rate movie mashup!
     
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    Of the games we currently play, these ones get the most plays / requests :

    Vampire Empire
    Dixit 1,2 & 3
    King of Tokyo
    Small World
    Jaipur
    Pandemic
    Get Bit
    Bohnanza
    Once Upon a Time
    Summoner War
    s (Over it a bit. Mage Wars is a much deeper 'mage' experience)

    I'll leave off Dominion, the whole family enjoys it but we mainly play the online version (less shuffling) :)

    Other games we enjoyed and want to play again :

    Flashpoint
    Forbidden Island
    Zombie Dice
    Hive
    Mage Wars


    Next Purchases will be :

    Love Letter
    Bang
    Survive
    Lords of Waterdeep
     
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    I love Pandemic and Forbidden Island, but just couldn't get into Small World. Great game, but just didn't click for me.
     
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    I had a very quick round or two of Pathfinder (the card game) last night. Didnt get to play much, spent more time just reading thru the rules, setting stuff up etc. But it seemed like fun. I've never played the pen and paper game, so I'm coming in without any idea of what it is.

    Getting a lot of attention (good and bad) from bgg.

    Re: Small World, I bought it after playing a friends copy. I like it, but I'm not as into it as I thought I might be. I like the mixing up of races and powers each game. Maybe its just because I'm really, really bad at it so far.

    Woo: new games at work today!

    Kemet - I've waited for months, and 3 suppliers to get this
    String Railway
    Dread Curse
    Titanium Wars
     

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