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Jolla
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Board Game Suggestions
Been participating in a weekly game night with friends for a couple months. We've been big on Terraforming Mars and Betrayal at the House on the Hill, which I highly suggest both if you haven't played. Looking for some others to change things up once and a while

Anyone got some suggestions that may be similar?
What's your favorite?


Mystictiger
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re: Board Game Suggestions
Check out Scythe


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bluebarracuda
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re: Board Game Suggestions
It's more of a tabletop game rather than board game, but x-wing is a lot of fun, especially Extended/Epic where you go 2v2
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Freauxzen
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re: Board Game Suggestions
Depends on what you want.

Economic? Deduction and Social Interaction? More stuff like Terraforming Mars?

Something easy to start with - Azul for sure. Or a crazy game out there called Quacks of Quedlinberg. Super fun and unique, don't let the name fool you.

If you want something like Terraforming Mars - Scythe is a good recommendation. I would also look at Imperial Settlers or Concordia.

Like Betrayal - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Mysterium.



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What's your favorite?



Board games have really become the new video games for me, so I've played a lot. My favorites are Keyflower, Le Havre, and Archipelago.

If you like video games though, and want something that almost gives that feeling:

Age of Empires III - Should sound familiar. The board game is a little different, but quite awesome.
Carson City - City building, cowboys, and duels - RDR if it were to focus on building a western city
Street Masters - Literally a 90s beat em up in board game form
Blood Rage - Just try it. The theme works and should get you interested.


I also always suggest anyone starting to get into board games to pick up Lords of Vegas. It's Monopoly made right.


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VinegarStrokes
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re: Board Game Suggestions
If you have a dedicated group that meets up often (which it seems like you do), then I'd recommend going all in for some Gloomhaven. Think of it like a cooperative board game version of Zelda. It's a campaign of 90-100 different scenarios that are played in an order that is dependent on the direction that your group decides to take. Each scenario is similar to a Zelda dungeon where you don't know what is in a room until you open that room up. There are monsters to fight, treasure chests to loot, and sometimes a boss to defeat at the end.

As you progress through scenarios, your character will upgrade it's characteristics, have more gold to spend, and at some point you'll reach character retirement where you'll then select a new character to play with.

We've probably invested close to 50 hours and aren't close to being finished, but it never gets old, dull, or repetitive, especially after you get through 5 or so scenarios.


Freauxzen
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re: Board Game Suggestions
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If you have a dedicated group that meets up often (which it seems like you do), then I'd recommend going all in for some Gloomhaven. Think of it like a cooperative board game version of Zelda. It's a campaign of 90-100 different scenarios that are played in an order that is dependent on the direction that your group decides to take. Each scenario is similar to a Zelda dungeon where you don't know what is in a room until you open that room up. There are monsters to fight, treasure chests to loot, and sometimes a boss to defeat at the end.

As you progress through scenarios, your character will upgrade it's characteristics, have more gold to spend, and at some point you'll reach character retirement where you'll then select a new character to play with.

We've probably invested close to 50 hours and aren't close to being finished, but it never gets old, dull, or repetitive, especially after you get through 5 or so scenarios.


Have it, but have not started my play through yet. I'm pumped though.


Master of Sinanju
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re: Board Game Suggestions
Star Wars Rebellion


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skrayper
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re: Board Game Suggestions
When defining games to see what a person enjoys, I usually have 3 categories and then break those down further.

The three are:

Cooperative - where the players work together to beat the game itself. Like Pandemic or Gloomhaven.

Competitive- where players are against each other but not directly attacking. This can be games like Viticulture or Terraforming Mars.

Confrontational - where you fight players directly. This includes games like Axis&Allies and Scythe.

Subcategories might include a betrayer mechanic (like Betrayal at the House on the Hill), a team vs team mechanic, etc. That said, most games fall into those three core categories.

Which of those three do you ultimately want to play?


VinegarStrokes
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Have it, but have not started my play through yet. I'm pumped though.


If I were you, I'd go ahead and get a shite ton of card sleeves and research for a good Gloomhaven dedicated organization setup. There is so much shite inside the game box that you really need a way to keep it all in order.


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GumpInLex
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re: Board Game Suggestions
I really enjoyed “The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31”- it’s a game that works best with 6-8 people and is co-op with a betrayer mechanic.
Star wars rebellion is also awesome.


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Jolla
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re: Board Game Suggestions
Really just looking for some general suggestions and I'd do my research. We've played something from each category and enjoyed them all. Gloomhaven has been mentioned by the group but we've yet to take the plunge.


skrayper
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Really just looking for some general suggestions and I'd do my research. We've played something from each category and enjoyed them all. Gloomhaven has been mentioned by the group but we've yet to take the plunge.


Gloomhaven is a massive, campaign game. Be ready to take a long time to complete it.

Pandemic is great, and if you have a solid core of players Pandemic Legacy Season 1 as a persistent campaign game is a lot of fun too.

My personal favorites are:

Dead of Winter - Cooperative with a potential betrayer mechanic as well as hidden goal for each player that may or may not interfere with other player goals

Viticulture - Fun game about making wine. Really good with the expansion and at least 4 players.

Terraforming Mars (You've played this one)

High Frontier - Game about the exploration of the Solar System logically

Mansions of Madness 2nd Ed (build a board game where players are directed through the scenario through an app - really good on a tablet because there will be puzzles on the app for the players to solve)

Lords of Waterdeep - Worker placement game in a fantasy setting

Eldritch Horror - Cthuluh setting where players work to beat the scenario. Cards dictate the random scenarios.


Games I have not played but heard good things about:
Dominion
Agricola
T.I.M.E. Stories


A good place for ideas:

Boardgame Geek

Gloomhaven and Pandemic Legacy: Season One are the only games that rate higher than Terraforming Mars. Both are games where the map changes as you play. It does mean that there are limits to how many times you can play, but...

Pandemic Legacy: Season One will have a minimum of 12, max of 24 sessions.

Gloomhaven: About 75 scenarios. Estimates I've seen is if you have the max 4 players for each session, you'll get about 150 hours of game time.


puffulufogous
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re: Board Game Suggestions
Dominion is a great deck builder. It was the first of it's kind so while I enjoy the hell out of it, it's not the most thematic version of deck building. Now there's clank, Arkham horror, and lots of other deck builders that draw on a lot of other game types.

I like a lot of abstract games because my wife and family don't get into the thematic parts of gaming. Played inis one time with wife and father in law. They pretty much ignored the Celtic warrior theme and just wanted to figure out how to win. You can forget cooperative games. We play a lot of Azul, patchwork, suburbia, lost cities.

Haven't bought a game in a long time because having a toddler doesn't work well with gaming. Hard to not buy quacks or wingspan.


illuminatic
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re: Board Game Suggestions
I had no idea we had board gamers on here. Horrified is a great co op. If you've played and liked Pandemic I'd highly recommend. I've recently played Architects of the West Kingdom and really liked it. It's a new take on worker placement. The Networks was another I played recently. It's a cool card drafting game where you each run your own TV network. I'd also vouch for Dead of Winter that was mentioned above me. Others on my shelf waiting to be played are Clank!, Champions of Midgard, Spector Ops and Orleans.
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Jolla
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Member since Dec 2018
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re: Board Game Suggestions
Can't ask for much than this.Pretty new to the board game world, so luckily I got all weekend to do some research on this. I'm sure we'll organize an effort for Gloomhaven, but Mansions of Madness and Dead of Winter sound pretty awesome.

I've been growing fond of Betrayal at the House on the Hill because it's produce some scenarios that made some electric endings, which is funny when talking about board games. Terraforming Mars mobile app changed the way I play that game now. So money.

Thanks everyone for the suggestions! good to uncover a decent board gaming community on here.



TiketheMiger
Member since Oct 2011
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re: Board Game Suggestions
Here are some that I have enjoyed over the years.

Co-Ops - Defenders of the Realm, Aeon's End, Ghost Stories/Last Bastion

Semi Co-Op - Dead of Winter, Nemesis

Competitive - Arcadia Quest, Blood Rage, Champions of Midgard, Vast/Root series of games.

Puzzle/Story - T.I.M.E. Stories, Chronicles of Crime,

Party/Quick - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, Sheriff of Nottingham, Cockroach Poker, Skull, Captain Sonar (Really only is best if you have 8)

Hidden Movement - Specter Ops, Fury of Dracula, Star Wars: Rebellion


bluebarracuda
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re: Board Game Suggestions
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Party/Quick


Resistance is always a great party hit, especially a few drinks in

King of Tokyo is a fun party/quick game too


TiketheMiger
Member since Oct 2011
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re: Board Game Suggestions
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I've been growing fond of Betrayal at the House on the Hill because it's produce some scenarios that made some electric endings, which is funny when talking about board games. Terraforming Mars mobile app changed the way I play that game now. So money.


They have a Betrayal Legacy game. Before getting something as massive as Gloomhaven or another long campaign game I would recommend giving this one a shot. You love the game already and this will get your gaming groups toes wet with a campaign type game as it is played over multiple games.

If your group can come up with regular meetups to get this one done then maybe getting one of the longer campaign games will work with your group.



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TiketheMiger
Member since Oct 2011
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re: Board Game Suggestions
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Resistance is always a great party hit, especially a few drinks in


I originally had it on the category but was trying to cap the categories at 3-4.

Great game though especially for anyone just getting into board games.


illuminatic
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re: Board Game Suggestions
One thing I'd like to mention. I learned pretty quickly not to blindly trust the rankings on Board Game Geeks. It's a great resource but I found it was much better to figure out which specific game mechanics you enjoy. Gloomhaven might be considered the best game currently on their list but it's a pretty hefty investment only to find out you hate dungeon crawlers/campaigns.


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