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    Board Game Discussion/Recommendations

    I am a video gamer. I've always had a passion for the hobby, and I can really appreciate the hard work of crafting what I, in many cases, regard as works of art. My wife, on the other hand, plays a bit, but is far less into it (she'll play 2D mario, sonic, and that's about it). I always feel a bit bad for her when I invite friends over for a night of gaming (lately we've been settling lots of things in Smash!). Unfortunately, this kind of alienates my wife...

    I've very recently been introduced to the world of board gaming, and I have found that this world is far deeper than I had originally thought. There are so many engaging games that really bring you into different worlds. Just last night, we cultivated a Japanese garden to please the emperor in the delightfully charming Takenoko. The best part, my wife really enjoyed herself!



    Since I'm very much a novice to this gaming world, I loved the simplicity of this game. Basically you work to create bamboo gardens, while completing various objectives to score Victory Points.

    The Panda figure (which is adorable by the way - shown above) is ever ravenous and will eat a section of Bamboo on any garden tile he is moved to. Objective cards will task you in feeding the Panda a specific diet, consisting of combinations of Green, Yellow, and/or Pink bamboo.


    (card above - eat two Pink Bamboo to score 5 Victory Points)

    This action is to the utmost dismay of the Gardener, who works to cultivate the Bamboo gardens by growing Bamboo on any tile he travels to. Gardener objectives center around growing Bamboo to specific heights.


    (card above - grow Yellow Bamboo to the maximum height of 4 on a tile with the Watershed Improvement to score 5 Victory Points)

    The third way to score Victory Points is to Create Patterns Laying Garden Tiles. Having a beautiful looking garden pleases the Emperor and will surely put you in his good graces.


    (card above - the player would score 2 Victory Points for laying 3 Green Garden tiles in a row)

    That is the basic premise of the game, and while there are other mechanics such as weather, plot conditions, and irrigation, the game centers around completing these various tasks. We played 4-player, this being the first play for everyone at the table, and we all really enjoyed ourselves. I'm sure a 2-player game would have been a bit more strategic, as you could try to identify your opponent's objective by watching the movements of the Panda and Gardener, opening up blocking opportunities. In either case, I feel the game is light-hearted and enjoyable for many different players. The game boasts a beautiful art style, an engaging board, and just enough strategy to satisfy a wide walk of gamers.

    Anybody else have any suggestions for games? You obviously don't have to go into as much detail as I did, but a brief summary as to how the games would definitely be helpful!
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    Well, I got a board game named Machi #_# (been like 3-4 year I didn't play). and my memory of this game is low, excepting it's "japanese" :P

    description from a site:

    A small taste of Race for the Galaxy in medieval Japan, where each player must build and grow his village. To do this players have two types of cards, buildings and villagers.
    The game lasts eight years after which the player with the most points wins.

    you can play with 2 to 5 people (they said 3 people is the best). Also, you have 4 season and you must have the most point possible ( don't remember how)



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    I recommend that you dont play a board game alone, as a child I got a board game at christmas but never found people to play it with me, so i can´t say if it was any good (ohhh that old wounds)
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    I loved playing this with my family back in the day:



    Its nothing fancy or complicated, its just fun. Definitely recommend this if you don't have it already.
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    @Link - Machi sounds pretty cool. I did a little more reading on it, and it seems like it could be an interesting game. It seems I have a soft spot for Asian themes. Is it in print anymore? I can't seem to find anywhere that actually has the game in stock on the internet. All I see is Machi Kono, which sounds like a different game all together.

    Quote Originally Posted by estoy View Post
    I recommend that you dont play a board game alone, as a child I got a board game at christmas but never found people to play it with me, so i can´t say if it was any good (ohhh that old wounds)


    @Roy - Trouble - I loved that game! Sure, it's rather simplistic, but it's not every day you want to make your brain hurt - trouble is a great game to relax with. Plus it's ages 5 and up, so it's perfect for families with younger children...and it's even easy enough for Skyward, I'd reckon!
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    Trivial Pursuit is actually a really fun game to play. It can be specifically a board game or the DVD edition.

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    It's not technically a board game (but there is a board game version I've never played) but I for one love me some Munchkin. It's a twisted humour cardgame, made to be a parody of dungeon crawlers, where the goal is to reach level 10 by using whatever heartless and depraved means you can. I played a lot in highschool and last year bought the game for myself. Unfortunately it requires 3 people to play and I only have my girlfriend to play with, so I haven't been able to actually have a game since grade 11...

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    Battle of the Sexes is also a really fun game to play.
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    @Rainmaker - I played some Munchkin just last weekend at a holiday get-together (the Adventure Time version). It was definitely a good time. I could see that game getting pretty heated, what with all the screwing over that goes on, but luckily nobody we were playing with was taking it too seriously - taking Munchkin seriously would be a terrible, terrible mistake...haha
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    If you can find an intact set, Feudal was really good. It was made in the seventies, I think, and it's a bit like chess and Risk.

    My uncle bought it for me at a flea market, and although the board was taped together, it's a really solid game.

    You also might want to check out "Board James" on Cinemassacre. He tries out some really elaborate stuff.
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    I've tried playing this game, but it's a little hard for me to get into, but my co-workers and friends are all totally into Ticket To Ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetcosmicpope View Post
    I've tried playing this game, but it's a little hard for me to get into, but my co-workers and friends are all totally into Ticket To Ride.
    Ticket to Ride is an amazing gateway game. In fact, it was the game that really warmed me to the idea of inviting friends over specifically to play board games. I've had people come over to play it that were slightly confused by the idea of it, but by the end something clicks. At which point, I've had several friends ask for a second game straight away!

    I've only played the original - I hear TTR: Europe and Nordic both add some different gameplay elements that make it a little more strategic. I've heard the same thing about the Tokaido expansion, but I fear the expansions would take away from what make these two games enjoyable to begin with - dat laid back feel!

    Turning to something I'm eagerly anticipating - I ordered Samurai Spirit. This game is yet another Antoine Bauza CO-OP game in which you and up to SIX other friends are Samurais fending off waves of enemy invaders. Each wave gets more and more intense, and your job is to protect the village. It is a card-based game that revolves around a Blackjack-like component. Here's a video on the basic idea of the game.

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    Great idea of a thread! I wish I saw it before Christmas, it owuld have made a great present. I'm ordering up Takenoko on amazon right now. My boys are going to love it. Don't get me wrong, I love gaming and will continue to do so, but the quality time you spend sitting around the table goes unmatched in my estimation. Thanks for the idea rug!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wiiant View Post
    Great idea of a thread! I wish I saw it before Christmas, it owuld have made a great present. I'm ordering up Takenoko on amazon right now. My boys are going to love it. Don't get me wrong, I love gaming and will continue to do so, but the quality time you spend sitting around the table goes unmatched in my estimation. Thanks for the idea rug!
    Cool! This is precisely the reason I started this thread. There are so many games out there, that it is almost an impossible task to try and choose something to play, especially when you start looking beyond the Monopolys and the other universally known games. Just like in video gaming, there is a lot of 'shovelware' out there! Having a game recommended to you always gives you that much more comfort that you'll enjoy the experience.

    As for Takenoko, I purchased the game without ever playing it, but I felt confident in my purchase after I watched Wil Wheaton and his friends play the game on his web series Tabletop. From that episode, I got a great idea on how the game plays, plus I could immediately sense that everybody around the table was having a lot of fun! There are a few episodes that seem rather dry, despite the best efforts of the players trying to liven things up with jokes. Takenoko looked great from the get-go!

    Hope you and your family enjoy it!

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    What about Ants in the Pants?

    It sort of like playing Quarters, except less broken glass and restraining orders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew79 View Post
    What about Ants in the Pants?

    It sort of like playing Quarters, except less broken glass and restraining orders.

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    While Ants in the Pants is great, I was always partial to Don't Break the Ice. Talk about tension!!


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    If you're willing to learn the rules Settlers of Catan is probably up your alley:



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    Japan is a beautiful country, full of rich culture and history. It boasts some of the most beautiful landscapes in our world. Join me on the legendary Tokaido, a very important route connecting Kyoto to Edo (modern day Tokyo). In this game, we take on the persona of one of ten travelers walking the beautiful Tokaido. The object is simple, to make the most of your travels and have a better vacation than your fellow travelers!



    Each player chooses a traveler, all of which have set aside a certain amount of money to spend on their travels, along with their own unique ability. There are ways to earn more money throughout your travels, but money is tough to come by! Character choice plays into just what sites you will want to focus on along your journey. As is the case in all vacations, there is simply not enough time to see it all! Take for example the priest, Hirotada, who receives a bonus when he donates to the Temple (the bank adds an additional coin to his donation). It makes sense for Hirotada to prioritize landing on as many Temple spaces as possible, provided his funds don't dry up! Hiroshige is the poor, starving artist, who has little money to his name, but has a gifted memory and the ability to Paint an additional section of his Panoramas whenever he visits an Inn. The player that completes a full Panorama first receives an additional bonus, giving Hiroshige an advantage due to the increase in painting opportunities.



    Players can move to ANY destination along the Tokaido he or she chooses (but must stop at each of the four Inns), meaning you could skip over a lot of destinations to ensure you are able to visit the sites you are interested in. Where the strategy component comes in is the player furthest behind on the road always moves first! That means you can have multiple turns in a row, provided other travelers are still in front of you. You may also not move backwards, so jumping ahead may result in you missing a lot of points! Each place has a finite number of spaces, so players can block others from getting to their desired destinations.

    There are Panoramic Views to paint, Villages to purchase souvenirs from, Farms to earn more money, Temples to give donations to, Hot Springs to soak in, local cuisine to dine on at the Inns...all of which have added benefits for particular characters. Each action will give you Victory Points and the player with the most enjoyable vacation at the end of the road will be crowned the victor. Bonuses will also be awarded to the player who finishes their Paintings first, has the most Encounter cards, etc.

    I have played through this game a couple of times now, and it is the most serene experience I've had while playing a board game. That said, there is plenty of player interaction, what with blocking and the like. While I have yet to win, it hasn't bothered me in the least. This is a relaxed affair, just like a vacation should be. I love this game!
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    I got my copy of Samurai Spirit in the mail yesterday! I played two solo games, one controlling two samurai and the other controlling four. The first game I WON! But then I realized I cheated about 5 times, forgetting about certain rules...I MIGHT have still won though. The second game I got completely obliterated...but at least I didn't cheat!

    I can't wait to have a some friends over to actually play this game as an actual Co-Op instead of solo play. There's a lot of strategy at work with this one.

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    I backed my first project ever on Kickstarter. It's a board game called Trickerion, where each player is a rival magician competing to become the successor of the greatest magician of the era. Basically it's The Prestige (Christopher Nolan movie) in board game form.







    I was immediately drawn to the gorgeous art style and components...and I just adore the theme and period in history. The game itself has a very interesting worker placement mechanic that I haven't seen in a game before (you basically have workers/assistants that help you learn and build new tricks to perform).

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    Been a good while, but for a time I was into the strategy board games. I actually owned Blitzkreg. My cousin had many more of the old Avalon Hill games. I only know one guy who still had his.

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    I'll trade you my Rosalina amiibo for that game!

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    While Heroscape doesn't technically count as a board game (it doesn't use a board) I still consider it one. The whole goal of the game is to take over your friends' bases. Put simply, you get a set of heroes, and they each have a set of stats put on a card. Your goal is to defeat your friends' teams and take over their bases. It's kind of complicated, but well worth looking into.
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    I love this thread! I love board games, and a couple of buddies of mine used to have a board game night monthly to play risk legacy (still risk, but has UNLOCKABLES!).

    That takenoko game looks very fun, and very Japanese-version-of-settlers-of-catan.

    Here are my favorite board/real life games currently:
    Settlers of catan (definitely a great gateway into Euro-style board games, and very fun). Lots of expansions if you want to expand it, but I don't feel like it needs them.
    Carcassone. Map building tile based game. Great fun, even for just two people.
    Ticket to ride is a bit messy to set up/score. Play this one on the ipad for best results.
    Smallworld is a pretty fun game. Sort of a dog-eat-dog extinction/survival of the fittest game.
    Bohnanza. Fun card game where you plant and sell beans. Really. Works great for people that get too heated with other board games because you are sort of forced to be nice.
    Sushi go. Collect sushi. Get points. Card game. All players play at the same time, and so there's no waiting.
    Dominion. Card game, deck building-lite. Wifey loves it, we play it two player all the time. Lots of expansions if you want, but again, not needed. This is an excellent game to introduce non-believers into games.

    Coop games: shadows over camelot. Board game, you vs the board. Go on quests. One person *may* be a betrayer and work with the board secretly. Super fun.
    Pandemic: try to beat the board and eradicate disease. Super hard, fun with the right people.
    Last night on earth: one of my personal favorites. You vs zombies. You can make it coop vs the board, OR you can have zombies vs humans. Multiple scenarios included with the game. This one is a blast.
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    settlers of catan is pretty fun but i haven't played the expansions

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    I'll trade you my Rosalina amiibo for that game!

    You could learn a lot about Puerto Rico with this game, but it's in Spanish. Sorry gringos.

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    @Mjeku - I'm familiar/have played most of the games on your list and agree that they are all very enjoyable. You would definitely enjoy Takenoko. The objective cards feel very similar to route cards in Ticket to Ride, in that you have to complete certain criteria to score the points. The tile laying and ever changing game board really brings the game to life.

    I'm glad people are enjoying this thread - Another game that I just discovered is Tobago. It's sort of a reverse deduction treasure hunting game. I'll probably do a writeup about it (do people enjoy my writeups?) and post it here to give everyone a feel for how it plays. It's been a pretty big hit when I've brought it to the table.

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    I just have to say that Tabletop Simulator does the job.
    So you can play board games with people, without being in the same room.
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    I have yet to try Tabletop Simulator, since I haven't really had a problem getting friends together to play in person. Nothing beats getting everyone together for a night of gaming. I just love it.

    I just received a new game yesterday that I'm super excited to try out. It's called Castles of the Mad King Ludwig, where each player is commissioned to design and build a castle for King Ludwig, who has, we'll say...peculiar...taste in castle design. Players will take turns being the 'Master Builder', who will get to set prices for rooms that are available for purchase that turn.



    Other players will pay the master builder for rooms and build them. The Mad King will have public desires for what he wants in his castles (that everyone will be competing for), while each player will also have their own 'secret goals' they will also be working towards. 'Completing' rooms (all entrances are connected to other rooms) also yields bonuses depending on what room type it is.



    The game becomes very tactical when trying to figure out what room types each player is going for, then setting those prices to maximize income (when playing as the master builder), or you could also ensure the player isn't able to accomplish his/her goals by setting room prices out of reach.

    Balancing room purchases with current income, completing secret goals and public goals for victory points, significant player interaction...this game hits all my criteria for a great game. I can't wait to try it out with some friends this weekend.

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    Tabletop Simulator on Steam. I just purchased it and having a blast with my friends.
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    My coworkers and I recently started Board Game / Tabletop night at work every Wednesday night. It's been a lot of fun. So far we've played: 7 Wonders, Munchkin, Carcassonne, Zombie Dice, Kross Master, and Red Dragon Inn. I'm looking to buy some new games to add to the mix.

    I've enjoyed all of them, sorry I can't offer more of a review.

    I've played several other games over the years I've enjoyed. Room 25, King of Tokyo, Bohnanza, Thunderstone, and several others.

    I also love Tabletop and watch it fairly regularly.

    I look forward to seeing people adding more impressions of games here. It will give me more ways to spend my money.

    Edited to add: If you're looking for a good game to play with some younger family members (I would say at least 5-6, depending on the kid), check out Forbidden Island. It's a co-op game, which means all the players are playing against the game and try to win together. I've played it with my son a couple times and it was a lot of fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Detonator View Post
    Tabletop Simulator on Steam. I just purchased it and having a blast with my friends.
    I picked that up on sale too. I haven't had a chance to mess with it yet.
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    Last Wednesday, our board game group at work played The Resistance. The mechanics of the game are somewhat similar to games like Werewolf and Mafia. In the game you play as the Resistance, a group of rebels against an evil empire, but there are (secretly) spies in your midst. Each player is dealt a character card to determine if they are a spy or part of the Resistance. At the beginning of the game, the spies reveal themselves to each other (in a heads down, eyes closed format), but no one else knows who the spies are.

    The goal of the game is for the Resistance to have 3 successful missions (out of 5) or for the Spies to sabotage 3 missions. Each turn there is a leader (it passes clockwise) that will nominate 2-4 players to go on a mission. Everyone votes on their selection depending on who they think are spies/Resistance. If the mission is rejected, leadership passes. If the mission is approved, each player on the mission votes for the mission to succeed or fail. Resistance HAVE to vote for success, but spies can vote for success or fail. Those votes are done in secret (cards are passed and shuffled) so no one knows for sure who voted for what.

    The fun of the game is the social aspect. Lots of accusing each other of being spies. Legitimately innocent people being accused and not trusted. If you have the right group, it's an absolute blast.

    We played 3 rounds (it's a quick game) and everyone had a very good time. The nice thing is that it can accommodate large groups (it's for 5-10 players).

    There are a couple expansions that add more to the game. There's also a King Arthur themed version (The Resistance Avalon) that is supposed to be very good.
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    My coworkers and I recently started Board Game / Tabletop night at work every Wednesday night.
    You work at a daycare?

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    A bunch of my coworkers play Dominion every day at lunch. They've been doing it for months but there's enough variety that it never gets old. Highly recommend that game, as Mjeku also did.
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    You work at a daycare?
    I don't get it...
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    I don't get it...
    How else are you able to play games at work? Maybe it's a nursing home instead?

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