Boardgames - What have you played recently?

#1
In the spirit of the 'What have you ... recently?' threads over in the bar, what boardgames have you played recently? Our gaming group are playing more boardgames these days as it gets harder to get enough of us together to play rpgs. As a result, I've got to play some brilliant games recently. My current favourite, much to the despair of my bank balance, is Scythe. It's a thing of beauty, especially if you get all the realistic resources and promos and expansions (I can't help it...) But not only does it look nice, but I've found there's fantastic replayability as the combination of the players boards which give you your abilities and costs give a great range of different tactics you can try out. Got to play two games this last week, a six player where I tried out one of the expansion factions for the first time (a long complex game, very satisfying) and a two player game (fast and very finely poised - I won, for once, but with only one go left before my opponent would have pipped me). Highly recommended.
 
#2
Okay this could be a lengthy list since I'm currently board gaming every second week and I don't think we've repeated many games. The games which spring to mind which I've played in the last 5 months include:


Most of these were played with a predominantly child audience. The youngest player was 6.

Battlestar Galactica and Star Wars: Armada were played by a much older group (all adults).

and tonight we plan to play:
 
#3
That's an impressive list, many of which I haven't player - I'll have to read up (although I'm trying to exercise restraint at the moment for the sake of my shelves and bank balance...)
 
#4
Forgot to include:


Splitting them into games which worked well with a 6-year-old

Worked well
Worked well by avoiding optional rules / special powers
  • Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition) (https://goo.gl/6uPYk2) (Played without character cards)
  • Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters (https://goo.gl/2nS8hj) (Played the intro game, which doesn't introduce the more complex rules)
  • Nuclear War (Flying Buffalo Edition)(1985) https://goo.gl/aQWjeh (Played without countries, and with the pipeline turn face up)
Too complex

Complete Disaster

The real surprises here:
  • RoboRally - The box says ages 12+. It's too complex for either of my wife, my parents or my mother-in-law, yet a group of kids aged 6 to 12 immediately grasped it almost without any trouble.
  • Bang! - This is simpler than many of the games they could follow but requires players to work to a hidden agenda which makes it really difficult to teach. Also, it didn't help that most of the text on the cards is in Italian with icons to convey what the cards actually do.
  • One Night Ultimate Werewolf - not actually complex, but it requires players to close their eyes whilst other take their moves. It turns out half the kids were completely and utterly incapable of not cheating.
  • Space Cadets - Again a really simple game, which was difficult to teach because everyone has to do different things simultaneously, and the kids didn't have the patience to learn 9 mini-games. In hindsight, I now know how to teach this. It was also hindered by an adult who appeared to want the game to play itself.

Other lessons
  • Elimination games don't go down well with young kids. Expect a tantrum from anyone knocked out. Cooperative games or Euro style where there is one winner and no knockouts are much better.
  • Attention spans are limited. If the game lasts longer than 60 mins you've probably lost them.
  • If possible teach one or two kids how to play first and let them help with the teaching of the group.
  • On more complex games group an adult and a younger player as a team until the child has it.
  • Most games can be simplified by removing some rules, and then those rules can be added back in when the players are ready.
 
#5
Fortunately I don't have to play with a 6 year old so Agricola is right up my alley but I haven't played it in ages.

Recently I have played - Terraforming Mars, London, Charterstone (just started), Istanbul, Peloponnes and Glass Road.
Recent card games have been Skull King (trick-taking), Ladder 29 (a card climbing/shedding game), Crazy Lab (trick-taking but some cards have 2 or even 3 suits on them with different values per suit) and Mamma Mia! (a card game about making pizzas)
 

Dom

SuperMunchkin
#6
It's worth noting that Bang! The Dice Game worked well with my 7 and 11 year olds. It's pretty simple. Then again, they do like push your luck type dice games.

Other popular ones with the kids
  • Pocket Dungeon Quest
  • Machi Koro (the eldest loves this)
  • Dalek Dice
  • Dragonslayer
  • Hey that's my fish!
  • Castle Panic
  • Forbidden Island
  • King of New York
  • Scuttle
  • The Hobbit (Love Letter)
  • Dead Man's Draw
The eldest tried Escape... but didn't like the sound track
 
#8
In the spirit of the 'What have you ... recently?' threads over in the bar, what boardgames have you played recently? Our gaming group are playing more boardgames these days as it gets harder to get enough of us together to play rpgs. As a result, I've got to play some brilliant games recently. My current favourite, much to the despair of my bank balance, is Scythe. It's a thing of beauty, especially if you get all the realistic resources and promos and expansions (I can't help it...) But not only does it look nice, but I've found there's fantastic replayability as the combination of the players boards which give you your abilities and costs give a great range of different tactics you can try out. Got to play two games this last week, a six player where I tried out one of the expansion factions for the first time (a long complex game, very satisfying) and a two player game (fast and very finely poised - I won, for once, but with only one go left before my opponent would have pipped me). Highly recommended.
Scythe is a game I haven't played but really fancy it. It just looks and sounds so cool, plus, I know so many people that love it.

I play boardgames two to three times a week at the moment, in fact our RPG group are having a rest from RPGs to play boardgames this year. Although we started off with quite a variety, for the past couple of months it has just been Gloomhaven, Gloomhaven and Gloomhaven (with the odd game of Eldritch Horror in between). So, games played this year are: Godfather, This War Of Mine, Machi Koro, Police Precinct and Mansions Of Madness 2.

Today, I spent 6 hours playing Gloomhaven. Without giving any spoilers away, we have just hit Prosperity level 7 in the city, are on our second characters, and have probably played half of the scenarios? I would guess we have put in about 70 hours game time. Fantastic game.

This weekend, different group, as it is me, Mrs Z, along with sister-in-law, and the brother-in-law. When we get together it is generally just co-operative games that we play. We are going to play Arkham Horror LCG for sure, as all four of us own a set. In addition, I am hoping to get Robinson Crusoe to the table again, as it must have been 6 months since I last played it, and could do with a couple of games before playing First Martians (sitting unplayed. despite getting it on pre-order last year.
 
#10
I like the look of Gloomhaven.. providing someone *else* runs it.. it does seem to be an rpg in a box...
Yes, it does have the feel of an rpg in a box for sure.

btw you play as a party against the game, it is a true co-operative game, so nobody 'runs' it.

The thing I do like is that the races and classes are not your stereotypical humans,dwarves,elves and fighter,thief, wizard,magic-user respectively. Actually nobody 'runs' it: it is a co-operative game, so it is all the players ( in a 'party') against the game. It is also cleverly scaled so that players can drop in and out of sessions, so you don't need all of you there every single session.
 
#11
So, with only just making it back from China, last weekend we played

Machi Koro(mentioned above, we played with Harbour & Millionaires Row expansions) , & Roll For The Galaxy + Expansion(one of my favourite dice rolling games) on Friday night

Medici (classic Reina Knizia euro game) & Godfather (Eric Lang area control game - good fun as you send people to sleep with the fishes)on Saturday

Arkham Horror LCG on Sunday (4 player) - we played through the first two scenarios, not too shabby a performance, and a bit of a novelty for me as I have only played 2 or 3 player before.
 
#12
Yes, it does have the feel of an rpg in a box for sure.

btw you play as a party against the game, it is a true co-operative game, so nobody 'runs' it.

The thing I do like is that the races and classes are not your stereotypical humans,dwarves,elves and fighter,thief, wizard,magic-user respectively. Actually nobody 'runs' it: it is a co-operative game, so it is all the players ( in a 'party') against the game. It is also cleverly scaled so that players can drop in and out of sessions, so you don't need all of you there every single session.
That has sparked my interest, if only I had the time and players to play all the games I already have so I could justify buying more! (Not that this has ever stopped me in the past...)
 
#14
That has sparked my interest, if only I had the time and players to play all the games I already have so I could justify buying more! (Not that this has ever stopped me in the past...)
That should NEVER stop you buying more games, go and have a cold shower, then rethink what you have just posted!
 

Dom

SuperMunchkin
#19
First game of Forbidden Desert today with my eldest Nathan (11). Very enjoyable; had we not succeeded building the air boat when we did we would have lost the same turn as our Climber would have died of thirst.

It felt a significant bit harder than - and different to - Forbidden Island, which is an old favourite of ours.

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#20
Just finished a couple of games of Settlers of Catan followed by a handful of goes at Pandemic. All with four players.

It was fun to return to Catan. Still a classic although not perfect. I'd not played Pandemic with four players before but enjoyed by all the players. Last game we got to within a single turn of winning.

Both games still deserve their slots in my collection and won't be heading off to eBay anytime soon.
 
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