Boardgames - What have you played recently?

#42
Grad Pad Games was yesterday. I played the following games:

Paper Tales: described as the designer playing 7 Wonders and disliking the fact that it is a perfectly viable strategy to completely ignore military. Here the emphasis is on military - it's impossible to get anywhere without it. I'm not sure if I liked it or not - I suspect I won't like it in the long run.

St Petersburg: a game I haven't played for some time. I probably ought to have purchased more buildings - I lost on the tie-breaker because I purchased some nobles from my hand in the final round.

Paperback: another new game. Basically Scrabble turned into a deck-building game. Very odd.

Paul played Babylon 5, I don't know if he got any other game in (I had to go out so wasn't around the whole time).
 

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#43
Played Timeline: British History with my parents and the kids, which went down well.

We followed this up with The Forest Dragon, which was fun as ever.
 
#44
Dug out my old Squadleader stuff, such a complex game, can't believe I used to play it so much when I was younger. There's a simplified rule set called Retro which has some interesting ideas but is often every bit as ambiguous as its parent. At a similar scale have been investigating Valour and Victory which is far more straightforward but is print and play so will require investment in plentiful stocks of card and printer ink, plus acquiring the necessary precision cutting skills with a hobby knife and a metal ruler. Possibly life's too short.

Also dug out Intruder, a Task Force Microgame from 1980 in which the crew of a space station have to track down and neutralise or kill an alien specimen that's escaped from the science lab. Uses a form of hidden movement and is designed for solo play. Similarities with a certain well known sci-fi horror film from the same period are of course entirely coincidental. Not actually got round to playing this yet - am reacquainting myself with the rules. I think the game is fairly simple in essence, but it's written in a manner consistent with 1970s wargames i.e. more like a legal statute than a user friendly how-to guide. The space station is called Prometheus so Task Force were arguably ahead of Sir Ridley there.
 
#45
Played Portal Games' 'First Martians' last night. The 'sequel' to their awesome 'Robinson Crusoe: Adventures On The Cursed Island'. The same game play, except by using the game app, you cannot see the potential consequences for your decisions (which you can in RC as the consequences are on the bottom of the cards). Overall, enjoyable, but quite complicated with a LOT of on board icons. Even on Easy Mode in the tutorial mission we failed, albeit on the turn of a card which blew one of our oxygen generators, which was one failed part too many for us to win.
 
#46
I'd like to play boardgames but never get around to it...if my group gets together its always to role play. I think the last boardgame I played was Mystery of The Abbey - quite a few years ago.

Tell a lie, I played a zombie game Last Night on Earth a couple of years ago.
 
#48
Finally played Altiplano this weekend. Quite an enjoyable bag builder, in that instead of building a deck of cards you build up tokens which go into a bag for you to draw from.

Also played Outlive, described as Fallout by someone I know. Another good strategy game of worker placement/resource management.
 
#49
Finally played Altiplano this weekend. Quite an enjoyable bag builder, in that instead of building a deck of cards you build up tokens which go into a bag for you to draw from.

Also played Outlive, described as Fallout by someone I know. Another good strategy game of worker placement/resource management.
I have yet to play a bag builder game, which I am sure I would enjoy, as I enjoy deck building games. As for Outlive, never heard of it, looks interesting, cheers! :)
 
#50
Per my post above I've finally settled on the Squadleader/Cross of Iron rulebooks which seem to be an acceptable compromise between realism and rules density. Played some good small engagements which for me is where the system shines. I don't think it really suits the big pitched battles that turn up in some of the scenario cards.
 
#51
Stuff we've played over the past few weeks/months:

  • Cthulhu Wars
  • Founders of Gloomhaven
  • John Company
  • Escape the Dark Castle
  • Space Base (apparently this is closely related to Machi Koro, which I haven't played)
  • Renegade
  • Azul
  • Spirit Island
  • Minerva
  • Mythic Battles: Pantheon
  • Terraforming Mars + Venus Next
  • Fief: France 1429
  • Great Western Trail
  • Port Royal
  • Legendary Encounters: Alien
  • Hazienda
  • Pax Porfiriana

Escape the Dark Castle, Azul, Port Royal, Space Base would all work well for family games.

We play a lot of LE:Alien, it does capture the feel of the films well we think and it's always good fun until someone gets eaten...
 
#52
We play a lot of LE:Alien, it does capture the feel of the films well we think and it's always good fun until someone gets eaten...
Agreed! I am actually not keen on Legendary as you don't get to play as a character, and it feels quite abstract. In this reworking you get to play a character, far better IMHO.
 
#57
I have the original and we played it a lot and I also picked up the new Osprey version. Yes very good. The game changes a lot depending on the order that the cards come out and how much the players evaluate them to be worth. It's a classic Knizia game.
 
#59
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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Is it different enough to forbidden Island to be worth buying? We played that a lot 2-3 years ago.
 
#60
Same sort of theme in that if one person dies you loose. But my opinion is that it's more difficult than Forbidden Island as you've got 2 ways to die instead of one, characters can die of thirst or you get buried by sand instead of just drowning.
 
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