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#701 Edited by citan359 (31 posts) -

@adamdork:

Fair enough. As someone coming from playing Descent with my friend GMing, he often had to tweak the difficulty on the fly to make for a fun round for us vs a fair round for him. I enjoyed it being a bit more rough on the invader (GM) since it allows me to go all out on my play group and feel really good about my turn instead of dialing it back on them so that the 4 people I am playing with have fun and get to feel clever. If you are playing with less than 4 soldiers I can totally see what you are saying though, I didn't try it much but the balance mechanic for less than 4 seemed too... simple, and it just made a good player too good from what I could see. I gave away a fully sleeved Dead of Winter because it just wasn't hittin for me for the same reason you mention for DOOM, so I getcha. Do you have other 1 vs Many games that you like?

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#702 Posted by Gfeltner78 (61 posts) -

I think Board Games have definitely been enjoying a bit of a reinassance over the past 20 some odd years and it still tickles me to see Catan on a Target shelf. For me my favorites are:

1. Catan

2. Pandemic (especially Pandemic Legacy)

3. Firenze

4. Tammany Hall

5. Junk Art

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#703 Posted by AdamDork (23 posts) -

@captain_insano: I heard that about Adrenaline. DOOM tries to capture the fast-paced action and especially with the glory kills. You get mega powers for doing a glorykill.

@citan359: Dead of Winter was not good to me either. Theme was too dry for me the first time I played it and the instant death rolls at the beginning of second game just nailed the coffin shut. I enjoy Imperial Assault (though full campaign's are too long), Last Night on Earth, TMNT (only played it once as a big group though), and Nuns on the Run (kind of different). Don't know if I played too many 1 vs many games outside of those.

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#704 Posted by phish09 (1136 posts) -

Picked up a couple good two player games a couple weeks ago; Patchwork and Caverna: Cave Vs Cave. Have played lot of both games over the last couple weekends and I'm loving them. So quick and easy to set up. A good amount of strategy in both. I kind of wish there were a few more tile pieces in Caverna that you alternated between (the action pieces in particular), but I get that it would probably throw off the balance quite a bit.

The other game I'm really into right now is Orelans. I see there are a couple expansions out for it. Has anyone here played either of them? Are they just "play with more players" type expansions or do they make a two player game better?

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#705 Posted by Captain_Insano (3271 posts) -

@phish09: I have both Orleans expansions but so far have only played Orleans: Invasion. I really like the solo scenarios in it. I haven had a chance to play its co-op board yet but I hear that is very good. Invasion is a big expansion which adds lots of little modular components so I'm very happy with it.

Trade and Intrigue I've heard great things about the 'Trade' additions and negative o the 'Intrigue', but I've not played either yet.

Orleans is a great game - probably in my top 5 or 10

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#706 Posted by jakoo_P (30 posts) -

@phish09 said:

Picked up a couple good two player games a couple weeks ago; Patchwork and Caverna: Cave Vs Cave. Have played lot of both games over the last couple weekends and I'm loving them. So quick and easy to set up. A good amount of strategy in both. I kind of wish there were a few more tile pieces in Caverna that you alternated between (the action pieces in particular), but I get that it would probably throw off the balance quite a bit.

The other game I'm really into right now is Orelans. I see there are a couple expansions out for it. Has anyone here played either of them? Are they just "play with more players" type expansions or do they make a two player game better?

How would you rate the two player Caverna for someone that only has a passing interest in board games? I like getting two player games for my wife and the Uwe game's I've gotten have been hit or miss. Patchwork is one of our favorite games of all time, however Agricola: ACBAS didn't land with her as well as it did me. Does Caverna lean closer to Patchwork or ACBAS?

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#707 Posted by phish09 (1136 posts) -

@jakoo_p: I don't like ACBAS either. I enjoy regular Agricola, but ACBAS was just not as much fun. I haven't played regular Caverna, but my understanding is that the two player version really loses very little in terms of features, but just instead of collecting a bunch of pieces of wheat, flax, etc, you are just moving an individual piece of each kind up a track to keep track of how many pieces you have. So it makes set up and clean up a breeze. It might even be a bit quicker than Patchwork to set up, but a little bit longer to play...not much though...say 40 minutes instead of 30 minutes. The more I think about it, it's just a really well balanced game. Every game my gf and I have played we've come within one or two points of each other with scores in the 50's and 60's. To answer your question, I think it leans more Patchwork in terms of simplicity and brevity....and doesn't really have all that much in common with ACBAS at all. I think you'll like it.

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#708 Posted by jakoo_P (30 posts) -

@phish09: damn you said just about everything I wanted to hear and I didn’t even know about this two player implantation until you mentioned it! I’m gonna definitely check it out.

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#709 Posted by Matticus (58 posts) -

My favorite board game is Betrayal at House on the Hill. It's the only board game that I will always say yes to. It's just too much stupid fun, especially if you do some light RP. Even if you manage to play through every scenario the outcome will still be different based on the people you play with and the circumstances leading up to the betrayal.

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#710 Posted by Captain_Insano (3271 posts) -

@matticus: I don't know if you have any affinity for DnD or for CRPG games but I am hearing very positive things about Betrayal at Baldur's Gate.

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#711 Posted by avantegardener (2263 posts) -

I usually play a good few mentioned on new years eve, got Scythe, Secret Hitler and the X-Com board game lined up for this one.

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#712 Posted by Brackstone (722 posts) -

So I'm one of the lucky few that managed to get a Mondo copy of The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31, and had a game tonight.

It's really good. It's a fantastic mesh of the ideas of Resistance and Battlestar Galactica, using the best parts of each to solve the biggest problems of the other. Heavier than Resistance, lighter than Battlestar. If you've played either a lot, it may not blow your socks off, but my Resistance playing group liked it a lot.

The minis are good for their size, but could be better. That's probably my biggest criticism.

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#713 Posted by Captain_Insano (3271 posts) -

Just picked up a couple of great semi-dexterity but really puzzle games in Dr Eureka, Dr Beaker and Go Go Gelato

Also recently played Azul at a friends' house and it was fantastic. Decided to purchase Stockpile and Manhattan Project Energy Empire after playing them.

My Rising Sun KS arrived but I don't actually know if I will ever get it to the table. Minis look really cool though.

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#714 Posted by FateOfNever (1908 posts) -

Recently played Battle for Rokugan which I had a blast with. It's like Risk lite. No dice rolling, hidden objectives, smaller board, and limited turns. But a more covert and mind games play style. It helps if you like L5R but I had a great time of it as someone who doesn't have the time to play Risk anymore.

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#715 Posted by AlKusanagi (1563 posts) -

@fateofnever: Yeah it's a fun game. Currently undefeated in 3 games as Phoenix clan. It's also pretty much a reskin of a Game of Thrones board game they did a few years ago, so if you get bored with it and want to try a different map, that's an option.

Recently we've been playing a TON of Gloomhaven. It's a really good persistent RPG/board game with some fun mechanics, and a ton of value for the price. Literally 20 pounds/9 kilos of game for about 120 bucks, although online retailers have the price jacked up because it's murder on shipping costs, what with it weighing more than a small child.

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#717 Posted by Captain_Insano (3271 posts) -

Was excited to see this thread come back, but it was a bot that did it.

Anyway,

I just ordered

Criss Cross

Happy Salmon

Santorini

Was considering the Star Wars: Rebellion expansion

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#718 Posted by FrodoBaggins (1559 posts) -

Had a few sessions of Pathdiner the card game with 4 of my family members and we are having a blast! As a group that love RPGs and fantasy but struggle to feel comfortable with actual role-playing, this is hitting the spot.

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#721 Posted by avantegardener (2263 posts) -

@avantegardener: What is Secret Hitler like?

It's fun, got a fair bit in common with Avalon, Werewolf and Coup, only thing is you need a minimum of 5 to play.

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#722 Edited by HerrHeimlich (78 posts) -

@frodobaggins said:

Had a few sessions of Pathdiner the card game with 4 of my family members and we are having a blast! As a group that love RPGs and fantasy but struggle to feel comfortable with actual role-playing, this is hitting the spot.

Coolios. I played a lot of the Pathfinder app game and it's fun though missing co op. I would totally suggest playing Arkham Horror LCG. It's another great co-op rpg game that keep getting new expansions!

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#724 Posted by FrodoBaggins (1559 posts) -

Reccomendations for fantasy games suitable for a 6 year old girl? Thinking of getting my daughter involved in the genre I love so much! My first thought was something like Dungeon! ?

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#725 Posted by Zelyre (1855 posts) -

@frodobaggins:

If you can find it, Mice and Mystics if you want a cooperative story based dungeon crawler. Really simple rules, the boards are basic, and its a very cartoony-fantasy story.

Munchkin, maybe? It's been a while since I played it, but there was nothing offensive about it that I remember and the rules were simple enough.

You could run the Pathfinder or D&D starter box.

Zombicide Black Plague has really simple rules, but if I were 4 the zombies would probably scare me. Otherwise, rules wise its really basic.

Massive Darkness is a modified Zombicide engine. The minis are more cartoonish and it's more dungeon crawly than Zombicide is. I feel like the price of this has skyrocketed, though...

I think the Tales & Games series is really neat. It takes various fairy tails and turns them into quick and easy to play games. We own a few, the games are fun, and they look really nice on the bookshelf.

These I have 0 experience with, but they look family friendly:

Welcome to the Dungeon

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UQZGG3E/

Five Minute Dungeon

https://www.amazon.com/Spin-Master-Games-Minute-Dungeon/dp/B01N4PN3ZP