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Title: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on June 05, 2005, 07:32:25 am
What are everybody's favorite board games?

This seemed like the most logical forum to put this in.

I happen to like Stratego and Scrabble. And chess.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Gandysampras on June 05, 2005, 07:33:19 am
id have to go with chess on this one, although i am partial to a good game of scrabble!
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on June 05, 2005, 07:36:26 am
Since there is already a chess topic, what is the favorite bingo you've played? (assuming you've had onr)

Mine is "antiique."

I can't remember how many point a scored.

Edit: Should probably create a "Scrabble" topic. to keep this topic...er...on topic.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: tomberg on June 05, 2005, 04:37:58 pm
my favourite is monopoly without a doubt
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Cobra on June 05, 2005, 10:57:00 pm
I enjoy a good card game from time to time.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: DevilMachine on June 06, 2005, 02:28:09 am
Risk is always good fun
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: zaphod on June 06, 2005, 06:12:53 am
Settlers of Catan is fantastic

Risk is good

Chess is good if you know how to play well

Checkers is great, my wife is absolutly fantastic at that game

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is absolute crap
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: lemurbouy on June 06, 2005, 09:21:24 am
Apples to Apples (more of a party game but I'll include it) is a game I've just discovered that I absolutely love.  Very simple yet really fun with people you know really well.  As for Board Board games I'd have to go with something like Settlers of Cataan or something like that.  My brothers and I own tons of the damn things and it gets hard to pick.  We own the Dune board game for crying out loud! -leeman

ps: The trick is to play as the Fremen.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Gil on June 06, 2005, 09:30:23 am
Settlers of Catan (with the cities and knights and the seathing expension), Risk is a great game
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: syphonbyte on June 06, 2005, 06:28:12 pm
I like Stratego because you can do all sorts of crazy things, and I also like Monopoly. I'm good at chess but I got bored after playing it at lunch every day all of this past year.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Sturek on June 07, 2005, 01:02:09 pm
Settlers of Catan...didn't even know that it was published outside Germany (it's a German game "Die Siedler von Catan" by Klaus Teuber)
Do you also have the Spacetravellers of Catan (Sternfahrer von Catan) or something like this over there ? That is a really good game too :D

I used to play some Table-Tops (Mechwarrior: The Dark Age, Warhammer 40k) and ccgs (Magic, Behind) but it got too expenisve...

I still play P&P RPGs (The Dark Eye, ST: TNG and Cthulhu) from time to time but I don't know if you could consider them board games ;D
Anyway, do you play any RPGs ? And what RPGs ?
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Cool AN on June 07, 2005, 01:03:42 pm
Chess and Matador (which is monoply).
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Gaming Steve on June 07, 2005, 04:06:49 pm
I don't even want to tell you how much I love board games. In fact, I might like board games more than video games. Well, not quite, but it is very very close.

I have a ton of board games and I usually try to play a few times a week. But recently my regular gaming group lost their gaming location so we need to find a new place to play.

If you are seriously into board games you need to check out: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/

Most of you probably know this web site already but definitely check it out.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: DevilMachine on June 07, 2005, 04:34:47 pm
If you are seriously into board games you need to check out: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/

this link doesnt work :(
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on June 07, 2005, 04:37:50 pm
It worked for me.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Gandysampras on June 07, 2005, 04:39:47 pm
yes it does, well for me anyway!
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Daxx on June 08, 2005, 08:12:59 am
Settlers of Catan (with the cities and knights and the seathing expension), Risk is a great game

Settlers rocks, but I don't like the expansions. Civ is also nice, but you can't beat the old abstract board games.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on June 09, 2005, 04:42:02 am
I have also made up my own board game, called "Chessckers." As you might guess it is a cross between chess and checkers. Let me know if you want to know more.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: zaphod on June 09, 2005, 06:15:13 am
I don't even want to tell you how much I love board games. In fact, I might like board games more than video games. Well, not quite, but it is very very close.

I have a ton of board games and I usually try to play a few times a week. But recently my regular gaming group lost their gaming location so we need to find a new place to play.

If you are seriously into board games you need to check out: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/

Most of you probably know this web site already but definitely check it out.


Yes, board game geek is great.  Also check out their podcast.  Geek Speak.  Its like gaming steve for board games.  Well, not really.  Each week they post an interview with a game creator.  They are really interesting.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Gaming Steve on June 09, 2005, 09:06:08 am
I have also made up my own board game, called "Chessckers." As you might guess it is a cross between chess and checkers. Let me know if you want to know more.

I want to know more!

Yeah, Geekspeek is pretty great. It's the only other podcast that I listen to on a regular basis. But you have to be into boardgames pretty hardcore to really enjoy it since they mostly do interviews. But if you think my podcasts are long ... these guys do over two hours on a regular basis without taking a single break. Really amazing, but I also think doing a podcast with two people is a lot easier since you can "take a break" while the other person is speaking. But check it out...
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on June 09, 2005, 09:46:11 am
I have also made up my own board game, called "Chessckers." As you might guess it is a cross between chess and checkers. Let me know if you want to know more.

I want to know more!

 Don't worry, I will let you know more when I get home. (I am at work)
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Gaming Steve on June 09, 2005, 01:28:34 pm
Don't worry, I will let you know more when I get home. (I am at work)

Don't you mean "work"? ;D You seem to post a lot! Where do you work?
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on June 09, 2005, 01:35:41 pm
I work at a mapping company, called DeLorme. I do all my work on a computer so it is easy to keep checking in. (although I should be working) I check in every 1/2 hour. I work 8 1/2 hours a day and get three breaks aprox 3 hours apart. Guess what I do then.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Gaming Steve on June 09, 2005, 01:38:30 pm
I work at a mapping company, called DeLorme. I do all my work on a computer so it is easy to keep checking in. (although I should be working) I check in every 1/2 hour. I work 8 1/2 hours a day and get three breaks aprox 3 hours apart. Guess what I do then.

So YOU are the person "who brings technology down to earth"!

So do you have like a GPS in everything you own?
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: bwl2 on June 09, 2005, 01:40:45 pm
hmm thats an interesting job
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on June 09, 2005, 01:41:29 pm
I work at a mapping company, called DeLorme. I do all my work on a computer so it is easy to keep checking in. (although I should be working) I check in every 1/2 hour. I work 8 1/2 hours a day and get three breaks aprox 3 hours apart. Guess what I do then.

So YOU are the person "who brings technology down to earth"!

So do you have like a GPS in everything you own?

No, I don't. Unfortunately, I am only a temp, but I do get a 50% discount on all Delorme products!
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on June 09, 2005, 03:05:13 pm
Okay, back on topic.
 
Chessckers board:


/\/\/\/\
/\/\/\/\/\
/\/\/\/\/\/\
 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\
 \/\/\/\/\/\/\/
\/\/\/\/\/\/
\/\/\/\/\/
\/\/\/\/

I is supposed to be closer to a regular hexagon.

Rules: Each player as 16 pieces, 1 ruler, 6 attackers, and 9 deffenders

At each end of the board they are set up something like this:

d d d d d d d d d
  a a a  r a  a a

Defenders can only move forward and diagonally forward one space at a time. They cannot move sideways. The only way fro them to capture other pieces is by jumping them. If you mannage to get a defender all the way across to the other side of the board, it becomes an attacker.

Attackers can move in any direction for any number of spaces. the only way they can capture it by moving an attacker to the same piece as the one your attacking. (like in chess)

Rulers can move in any direction one space at a time. They can capture using both techniques.

To win you must trap your opponent's ruler. This works the same way as the chess check and checkmate system.

ANy questions?

PS if anyone can make a better representation of the board please post it, I will tell you if it needs to be fixed.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Daxx on June 09, 2005, 03:52:50 pm
A reasonable system, if I may say so. Would possibly benefit from a little tweaking, however. Here are my suggestions:

1. Change the starting setup to

d  d  d  d  d  d  d  d
  a  a  a   r   a  a  a

a fifteen piece setup fits a triangular board better, with symmetry. Remember though that even with a reduction like this, the board will be huge. One advantage is that with the board as it is you can play with three players - possibly a more interesting game. The other option is to reduce the number of pieces and make the board smaller.

2. I like your differentiation between the movement styles for the pieces. Very elegant. You must, however, clarify the defender's method of capturing - this would potentially allow two different moves to be made to capture the same piece, with different end points (though this could be a good thing, I suggest keeping it, gives them more flexibility). Also, can a defender capture if it'll end up in an occupied square? Silly question, but it needs to be asked. 'Backwards' also needs to be defined in relation as well - I suggest from the mid-points of the triangles in question.

3. I take it that 'any direction' is intended to mean in  /\/\/\/\/\/ rows. As opposed to any direction, which could be interesting.

Just some constructive criticism, I think this has great potential, and I mean it. Have you playtested to check for noticable first/second mover advantages? I suggest also playtesting the three player version.

Great game! Just wish I had thought of it first, my agent loves abstract games.

Edit: Modified board (http://img34.echo.cx/img34/589/chesskersboard9ad.png) (http://www.imageshack.us)
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on June 09, 2005, 04:12:57 pm
Sorry about the pieces it was a typo. The way you mentioned is the way I Had planned it.
Okay, pieces fixed.

That board is too big, it needs three upright triangles at each end (top and bottom)

And it needs four rows, \/\/\/\/ from bottom, including the bottom to the middle. Does that make sense? I hope so.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Daxx on June 09, 2005, 04:15:03 pm
I guessed you might. Do you play this much?
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on June 09, 2005, 04:17:01 pm
I would except I have no one to play it with.

All the assumptions (i think) you made are correct. If some how I could better show you how it works exactly.

I would like to see the board the way I designed it though
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Daxx on June 09, 2005, 04:23:43 pm
If I were you, get this playtested somehow (hell, I'll do some if you like), and get this sent off to an agent, when it's been polished up. This is publishable material.

Edit: Also, I think you're going to have to show us how a 3 on a side board would work, I can't quite visualise how you'd arrange the pieces. I was assuming at opposite edges, was that correct?
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on June 09, 2005, 04:25:45 pm
Thank you! :)
If I were you, get this playtested somehow (hell, I'll do some if you like), and get this sent off to an agent, when it's been polished up. This is publishable material.
How on Earth would I go about doing that?

And is there some way to playtest it with people here?

By the way, I invented this game 5 or 6 years ago but I have only really played a few games, and never to comlpetion. (except for by myself)
Edit: Also, I think you're going to have to show us how a 3 on a side board would work, I can't quite visualise how you'd arrange the pieces. I was assuming at opposite edges, was that correct?

You mean show you an accurate board? I would but I don't know hoew to post pictures.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Daxx on June 09, 2005, 04:32:18 pm
How on Earth would I go about doing that?

And is there some way to playtest it with people here?

Well, firstly you'd need to find a local games group. You only live in Maine, so not out in the sticks, you should be able to find one somewhere near you, it's a question of tracking them down. Otherwise use friends and family (sometimes they're the best ones, because they'll try to break rules you haven't made without realising it). College/School/Uni (if you're at it) might also be a good bet. Anyone who'll sit down long enough to play is a good candidate.
If you playtest, it doesn't have to be fancy, coins on a piece of paper is how I playtest a lot of my games. Just something that gets the message across.

Playtesting with people here could be very tricky unless we either keep posting images to each other or someone writes a program to simulate it.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on June 09, 2005, 04:35:53 pm
I'll make a board but I don't know hoe to show it to all of you.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Daxx on June 09, 2005, 04:38:57 pm
Do it in paint, go to imageshack.us, upload the pic in the little box thing (where it says browse), hit host it! and copy the link you get afterwards. (it's that simple, no registration required or anything)
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on June 09, 2005, 04:45:07 pm
By the way, I was right the first time about the pieces and I will show you shortly how that's possible.

Here it is:

http://img227.echo.cx/my.php?image=chessckersboard8xs.png

Edit: The triangles are supposed to be equilateral
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Daxx on June 09, 2005, 04:54:06 pm
Aha! That will work wonderfully. I just couldn't see it in my head. so, is the board 3x3x3 or 3x4x4 (as you have drawn it)? Both should work equally well - with the second leading to a slightly longer (and possibly more interesting, more strategy involved) game, the first will have a significant amount of defender involvement (at a glance).
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on June 09, 2005, 04:56:04 pm
Aha! That will work wonderfully. I just couldn't see it in my head. so, is the board 3x3x3 or 3x4x4 (as you have drawn it)? Both should work equally well - with the second leading to a slightly longer (and possibly more interesting, more strategy involved) game, the first will have a significant amount of defender involvement (at a glance).

I prefer it the way I drew it because I would rather more strategy.

Anyone else have any questions? I don't want anyone left in the dark. ;)

PS should I post pics of how the pieces move?
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Daxx on June 10, 2005, 05:04:28 am
If you like, clarification is always good.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on June 10, 2005, 05:22:38 am
If you like, clarification is always good.

I will do it as soon as I get home from work.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on June 10, 2005, 02:42:03 pm
Okay here are how pieces move. If you have any questions let me know.

Defenders:
(http://img159.echo.cx/img159/6630/defenders7yb.th.png) (http://img159.echo.cx/my.php?image=defenders7yb.png)

Attackers:
(http://img159.echo.cx/img159/7348/attackers6sa.th.png) (http://img159.echo.cx/my.php?image=attackers6sa.png)

Rulers:
(http://img159.echo.cx/img159/556/rulers9bv.th.png) (http://img159.echo.cx/my.php?image=rulers9bv.png)

Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Daxx on June 10, 2005, 03:25:51 pm
Looks good. I'm going to see if I can get a playtest session running, and I'll post the results when we're done.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on June 10, 2005, 04:32:14 pm
Fantastic! :)

I only wish I could be there as well. :'(

I was thinking about what you said yearlier and came up with a possible 3-player variation. I have no idea how it would affect gameplay.

(http://img143.echo.cx/img143/5114/3player0gu.th.png) (http://img143.echo.cx/my.php?image=3player0gu.png)

Note: the purple lines are where I added to the gameboard

Postnote: Incase you were wondering, because I forgot to mention it, the ruler can jump one of its own pieces, but only when it is in "check."
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Daxx on June 11, 2005, 02:46:05 am
That'll also work well. Gameplay will be very interesting. There's almost enough space for each player to be comfortable, which should spark conflicts more quickly. The ruler's 'get out of jail' move is interesting, we'll try variations where you are and aren't allowed to do that so that you can see how it affects gameplay.

I was going to suggest that you get rid of the 'check' rules, and just make the aim of the game to capture the ruler, or have the last surviving ruler. That way, you get rid of the complexity of the check rules, and make it easier for the three player variation.
You'd need to change the ruler's escape move to be whenever he's being threatened, if this happened.

If we're lucky we might be able to play a game or two today.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on June 11, 2005, 05:52:15 am
Thanks again Daxx, I am looking foward to your results. The reason I gave it check rules was I thought it would make the game last longer, but for three-player I can see why that might not work.

Again, let me know how it goes.

Wish I were there.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Daxx on June 12, 2005, 09:08:11 am
Okay, here are the results for the first playtest session, with comments from the other playtesters, and my comments:

Initial Observations (Before Gameplay):

Appears to owe more to Chess than Draughts, but the triangular board gives an interesting twist. Piece arrangement and types simple and functional. Ruler piece appears to be very vulnerable initially. Centre of the board could be key to the game - much like Chess - due to ranged pieces. Opening play might be slow but could leave room for maneuvering. Board large enough for maneuver. Initial piece setup conductive to conflict.

Number of games played: 4

I wanted to play a few more but we were pushed for time.

FP/SP victory: First Player 2 / Second Player 2

No discernable first mover advantage that can't be countered by a competant second player, as far as we can tell. First player can force the game if his opponent does not anticipate moves. In this respect, the game is similar to Chess in that if the two players are equally matched, then the first player might win more games.

Strategies Tried:

Opening:
1. Defenders rapidly vacating the centre to allow attackers to reach the centre quickly
2. Defenders on sides moved so Defenders in centre can protect ruler
3. Advancing one defender in front of attackers to take the centre of the board

Mid-Game:
1. Attackers lining up to force exchanges to clear defenders off the board
2. Attackers picking off defenders
3. Defenders advancing in front of protective array of attackers

Closing:
1. Lining up attackers in order to punch through defences and take the ruler
2. Sneaking an attacker past defences to take ruler

Success of Strategies:
O1: Appears to be effective if opposing player is slow to start
O2: Was not particularly successful, ended up jamming those attackers in the centre
O3: Enabled domination of centre at expense of mobility of attackers
M1: Generally successful when it could be arranged without interference
M2: Useful when 'forking' pieces as in Chess
M3: Forced retreat of enemy attackers, but started to break down when opposing player countered with defenders of her own
C1: Worked when it could be arranged. Very obvious, and was prevented several times before the victory came
C2: Was tried in all bar the last game. Failed, because opposing players were too observant.

Comments:
A competant Chess player should have no trouble picking this game up. The board and the pieces (especially the method of capture for the defenders) make the game particularly interesting. All players involved expressed interest at having another session, possibly involving three player variant. Strategies were easy to arrange and great subtlety was possible. Game has great promise. The ruler's jump move to stop being threatened wasn't used, but could see how it might be useful. Ruler very unprotected unless steps are taken. Defensive potential of pieces as useful as offensive pieces.

Conclusion:
A well put together game. Easily a possiblilty for sale.

Is there anything else you want to know?
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on June 12, 2005, 01:42:45 pm
Wow. When can I play?  ;)

Thank you so much for your help. The only question I have is how on Earth would I sell it? I don't have any clue at how to go about marketing a game.

As I have said before, I made this game a long time ago. I never thought it would come to anything, but now I see that maybe it is possible.

So was all the feedback good?  Was there anything that didn't seem to work to well? From what you said it looks like it provides unique gaming strategies.

About how long di it take to complete a game? Was it ever repetitive? Is it a game you could find yourself playing?

Again thank you for all of your help.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Daxx on June 12, 2005, 01:59:55 pm
Thank you so much for your help. The only question I have is how on Earth would I sell it? I don't have any clue at how to go about marketing a game.

That's a more detailed question. I can help you with it, in my experience the best bet is to go through an agent, but check this out http://www.amherstlodge.com/games/reference/gameinvented.htm. This article is brilliant (though not all of it will necessarily apply to you).

So was all the feedback good?  Was there anything that didn't seem to work to well? From what you said it looks like it provides unique gaming strategies.

Mostly good, two of the guys were talking about your 'get out of jail' move (sorry, but the name stuck) and they were saying it's nice but the game is quite simple and doesn't need complicating. One other comment was that it is a little slow paced for the casual gamer, at least at the start - in the games we played the situation flared up quickly later in the game. This is kind of moderated by the fact that movement is simple. Another comment (though I think I mentioned this one) was that it's easy to pick up if you're a chess player, but it might be more tricky for a non-chess player; unfortunately we all play chess so it was hard to check that one!

About how long di it take to complete a game? Was it ever repetitive? Is it a game you could find yourself playing?

Not too long, our quickest was I think 15 mins and the longest took nearly 40 (but that was quite an involved game, I would estimate around 20-25 mins on average - although again, we're seasoned game players and there isn't much downtime whilst we think about moves)

It didn't get repetitive, because the game was quite emergent. It's like Chess in that respect, because with two players competing and trying to each out-do the other there are so many permutations that a casual player would be unlikely to come across the same situation repeatedly. Youn tend to find this is the case with most games like this.

It is definately a game I personally would find myself playing again, it was enjoyable to play. I thought the novelty value might wear off after a couple of games, but it's still  interesting. Still, again, I'm not a brilliant example, but that's my opinion.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on June 12, 2005, 02:04:25 pm
Thanks again, I am reading the article now.

Wow. I read the article and it is a bit overwhelming. I think I'll have to let it sink in a little more.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Daxx on August 21, 2005, 02:55:35 pm
So, Ovi, what do you think? I'll publish it if you don't, it's quite promising.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on August 21, 2005, 02:57:57 pm
I would love to publish it myself, but where am I going to do it?
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: sgore on August 21, 2005, 04:20:23 pm
It's always fun to be a witness to the start of what might be something really big...I'd recommend that you do something to make sure nobody steals it, and soon.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Leng on August 22, 2005, 05:49:09 am
Illuminati: it's not a board game per se, but plays like one.  You use cards to extend your power base and complete your goals for world domination.  It's very tongue-in-cheek.  You have south american nazis, international communism, people putting flourine in the water, etc.  Also very deep, except I can't find anyone to play it with because the rules are so complicated.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: 762 on August 22, 2005, 07:36:25 am
I liked Risk, I think. At least the copy of the PC version that I borrowed from my friend and conveniently forgot to give back...
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Nic on August 24, 2005, 07:58:51 pm
Oviraptor, I really like your game idea. I was wondering if I could turn it into a flash game? All credit would go to you of course. I warn you though, I'm not quite as experianced as I like to think I am, so it might not be done for a while. I've been looking for a project to work on and I like the concept.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on August 24, 2005, 08:01:42 pm
Well, I suppose if all credit goes to me, but just to warn you, if I ever get it published (which I really want to do) I'm not sure what would happen to your flash.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Nic on August 25, 2005, 10:38:09 am
Well, there are flash versions of many popular board games. Whatever you decide to name it, I'll just have to pick a different name.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Oviraptor on August 25, 2005, 10:58:19 am
You can use Chesskers, since I'm pretty sure I can't use it.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Daxx on September 29, 2005, 06:53:48 am
I liked Risk, I think. At least the copy of the PC version that I borrowed from my friend and conveniently forgot to give back...

Never Never Never ever mention that game again. Ever.

That game is the worst thing to happen to the board games market. Ever.

On a side note, self publishing is hard. Believe me, if you think you can do it successfully in less than 1000 (looking to almost $2000 in the US), you're wrong. You have to produce copies, and then convince stores to take them, which is hard enough work. Advertising/Marketing takes a lot of money, and going to trade shows even more.
But good luck if you're willing to spend.

On another note, I'm back...
Title: Board Games
Post by: Cyst on April 24, 2009, 07:28:59 am
I'm sure we all have played one. Currently I am playing Wiz War alot. How about you guys? Have any board games you want to talk about? Post them here.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: LadyM on April 24, 2009, 10:25:34 am
Signs that I've been here too long: I remember a topic like this was already made. (merged)

My favorite board game is monopoly but I really haven't played one in a really long time. Most board games are available in video format now.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Skyward on April 24, 2009, 10:33:39 am
Monopoly is always fun, as well as Risk.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Cyst on April 24, 2009, 10:38:05 am
Yeah Risk and Monopoly are both fun.
Title: Re: Board games?
Post by: Inkling on April 24, 2009, 11:16:45 am
Does Apples to Apples count?  I'm going to say it does.  What was that game called I keep hearing about... Settlers of Cataan?  It sounds like kind of a big deal.
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Post by: Daxx on April 24, 2009, 04:27:42 pm
Eugh, Risk and Monopoly. Crap games which are inexplicably popular for the sole reason of tradition.

I highly recommend Settlers of Catan, as well as Carcasonne and other german-style games. Diplomacy is good if you're a hardcore Risk fan, and casual games like Fluxx, Hive and others are great for casual gaming.
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Post by: Grangan on April 24, 2009, 05:12:43 pm
I love Monopoly.  I can nearly always beat my dad at it.  Also, I like Risk, but only using simpler rules.

TLDR:Daxx, don't insult the classics.  Seriously.
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Post by: /lurk on April 24, 2009, 05:43:39 pm
Actually Daxx knows what he's talking about. A lot of the the german-style boardgames really are better than the 'classics.'  I know I'd rather play Ticket to Ride, say, than Monopoly.

Scrabble's still cool, though.
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Post by: Josasa on April 24, 2009, 10:25:43 pm
Acquire is a good one, along with Diplomacy (as mentioned), and Axis and Allies. Don't like the last one because of the die though, that can get a bit annoying.
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Post by: Cobra on April 24, 2009, 10:59:18 pm
I always enjoy a good round of trivial pursit especially when you question cards are real old it practically becomes a history question every time.
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Post by: DarkDragon on August 15, 2009, 10:18:28 am
I love Carcassonne, I'm still waiting for a pack with the original and all the expansions though :(
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Post by: Detoxicated on August 16, 2009, 10:36:14 pm
whats the game hive all about?
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Post by: TimeMaster on August 17, 2009, 09:55:06 am
I always liked Sorry.  Plus Risk too.  Apples to Apples is cool.
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Post by: Cow on August 19, 2009, 03:31:40 pm
Risk is really great with 5 or so people. 3+ is fine, but it's just not as good.
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Post by: eropS on August 19, 2009, 06:32:18 pm
Ohhh, I love risk. Its better when you have less people to do the 'mission' risk. Its a much faster and more intense game.
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Post by: martyk on August 24, 2009, 12:07:41 am
Screw fast and intense.  In Grade 8 we spent half the year playing big 8 player games that would go on for weeks.  I tell you, the amount of backroom politics and subterfuge that went on was crazy.
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Post by: omegatripod on August 29, 2009, 10:20:13 am
I once played Global Thermonuclear War.

A strange game. The only way to win is not to play.

How about a nice game of chess?
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Post by: pie on August 30, 2009, 11:58:03 am
Chess and Risk is what I play.
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Post by: Kenobro on August 30, 2009, 12:04:41 pm
I like Monopoly.  Best board game ever.
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Post by: Cobra on August 30, 2009, 08:30:18 pm
I have started regularly playing scrabble via facebook lately becoming a regular thing to play a game with a friend of mine.
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Post by: Kenobro on August 31, 2009, 07:25:05 am
Ah, scrabble is a good one.  If you clear all your letters you get 50 points if I remember right.
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Post by: omegatripod on September 07, 2009, 05:16:51 pm
This happened earlier today, while I was playing Heroscape with one of my relatives. She was beating me. My men were getting mowed down one by one.

"I just totally killed your guy!"
"Okay, your Airborne Elite soldier shoots down Ne-Gok-Sa. He melts and evaporates."
"No, my guy didn't shoot him. My guy - no, Private Josh Alexander, nephew of Sgt. Drake Alexander punched him."
"Punched him?"
"Yes, he punched him!"
"You can't do that!"
"Yes I can!"
"No, he's a Marro! He's like, over 90% water! You know, they can Water Clone?"
"Okay, my guy drinks him."
"What?!"
"You heard me!"
"What, so like, he uses his gun? Breaks off the barrel or something?"
"No, he uses a straw!"

(http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x30/Zeeky64/drinkmarro1.jpg)

"You can't do that!"
"I just did! The Private slurps him up!"
"Whaaaa?"
"I drank his brains!"
"His brains are in his crotch!"
"Then what did I drink?"
"His reproductive system!"
"He's dead now!"
"I can't believe you just drank an alien's reproductive organs!"

(http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x30/Zeeky64/drinkmarro2.jpg)

"That's a he?"
"Well, technically, the Marro are hermaphrodites."
"Then I slurp 'em both down!"

(http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x30/Zeeky64/drinkmarro3.jpg)

By now, we're both laughing so hard, we can hardly speak. It was very funny at the time.
"I can't believe this!"
"Mmm, tastes like strawberries!"
"No they can't! They have acidic blood!"
"Well, it tastes like strawberries to Private Josh!"

(http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x30/Zeeky64/drinkmarro4.jpg)



Have you ever had any moments like these at the gaming table?
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Post by: Cobra on September 07, 2009, 09:14:23 pm
If the blood is acidic shouldn't drinking it kill you? Or is the acidic level something like sitric acid in which case maybe it might taste more like an orange or a lemon.
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Post by: omegatripod on September 08, 2009, 02:28:44 pm
If the blood is acidic shouldn't drinking it kill you? Or is the acidic level something like sitric acid in which case maybe it might taste more like an orange or a lemon.

I was just making the stuff up as I went along. Except for the water clone and melting part.
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Post by: dndfreak on September 10, 2009, 05:15:01 am
Heroscape was... interesting.  Ah well, I find any game sweet if I can kill a dragon with a giant robot named Deathwalker 9000.

Loled so hard at the straw thing.
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Post by: Rysworld on September 10, 2009, 06:30:06 am
A strange game. The only way to win is not to play.
The right way to say it would be "The only winning move is not to play."

Oh, and I play Risk and Monopoly.
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Post by: dndfreak on September 10, 2009, 11:57:29 am
A strange game. The only way to win is not to play.

I believe you're referring to THE GAME
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Post by: Kenobro on September 10, 2009, 01:40:57 pm
That, has nothing to do with board games.  It's also quite old.

Oh, and rysworld, Monopoly is awesome.
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Post by: dndfreak on September 10, 2009, 01:42:25 pm
I was just making a point, he might as well been playing THE GAME.  It's the same rules, apparently.
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Post by: Little on September 11, 2009, 09:58:36 pm
A strange game. The only way to win is not to play.

I believe you're referring to THE GAME

... :'(

(http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/1895/facepalmsl.th.jpg) (http://img34.imageshack.us/i/facepalmsl.jpg/)
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Post by: dndfreak on September 11, 2009, 10:09:59 pm
I myself play a LOT of board games.  It should be expected for someone like me who earns a good $200 a wekk playing Magic: The Gathering.   What I want to know is, have any of you guys fooled around with making your own games and such?  I've been trying to breach into the industry but it's tough to get a decent contract these days.
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Post by: omegatripod on September 12, 2009, 05:58:36 pm
I myself play a LOT of board games.  It should be expected for someone like me who earns a good $200 a wekk playing Magic: The Gathering.   What I want to know is, have any of you guys fooled around with making your own games and such?  I've been trying to breach into the industry but it's tough to get a decent contract these days.

I was making extra rules for Risk, but then I realized that Risk is supposed to be simple and sweet. Everyone is a vicious dictator that has armies everywhere and blows the hippikaloric* out of EVeryone in sight.

(Now, pOZ for a second. You get 5 bazillion nerd points if you might by some chance know which book I'm referring to.)

When I was a little kid, I made my own cards for Monopoly.

"Bean an old lady with a frozen carp. Get fined $500."

"A radioactive spider bites you. Use your cool web powers to snatch $5,000 from your opponent's cash pile."

"Find out that you're Force-sensitive. Use the force to move your piece anywhere. If you pass Go, you do not collect $200."

"Martians land and take over the world. Go to Jail. If you don't get out of Jail in 5 turns, the Martians suck your blood and you die. You lose. If you escape, you hijack a tripod and kill your opponent(s). You win."

"Godzilla attacks the city. You die. Game over."

*This must be a dreadful word because we don't know what it means.
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Post by: Cow on September 12, 2009, 07:41:43 pm
Playing risk with my family is not fun. My dad's down with it, but my brother is just plain uninterested. Makes the game boring.
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Post by: dndfreak on September 13, 2009, 09:55:13 am
Don't know the book, but I DO know that ozma is a band.
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Post by: Lippy on September 19, 2009, 07:48:16 pm
In no particular order...

Carcassonne
Anything with "Munchkin" in the title is fun.
Cosmic Encounters
Talisman
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Post by: dndfreak on September 19, 2009, 09:00:24 pm
OH YEAHHH MUNCHKIN!  That was always cool.