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Old 03-30-2014, 08:31 PM   #101
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Mass Effect Risk.

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Old 03-30-2014, 08:57 PM   #102
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Chess isn't. It's kind of Broken. You can do some things to alter it, like randomize the back row, etc. but most Chess masters agree as a game it's dated and lacks variance. The openings are all memorized and once the center is controlled Black either concedes early or turtles for a stalemate. Objectively speaking, it's not that awesome.

Once again, just because a game is old and famous doesn't mean it is actually good.
I'm not disagreeing with you. I don't know what it really means to be broken. Is it like Tic-Tac-Toe, or Bo Jackson in Tecmo Bowl? I'm not a chess player. It seems like AI could have beaten humans much earlier, or humans could beat AI now if the game was broken.
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Old 04-03-2014, 03:51 PM   #103
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David Wooderson, what is your favorite game? You should add to the Dice Tower network on You Tube. You'd probably have a lot to contribute.
It's hard to pick just one favorite overall, but I have favorites in each category.


Small World is my favorite game about taking over the world. I love all the endless combinations of army units.



Small World is inhabited by a zany cast of characters such as dwarves, wizards, amazons, giants, orcs, skeletons, spiderines, ghouls, ratmen, trolls, tritans, sorcerers, halflings, and even humans. Picking the right combination from the 14 different fantasy races and 20 unique special powers(stout, dragon master, commando, berserk, wealthy, mounted, seafaring, diplomatic, alchemist, bivouacking, fortified, merchant, spirit, heroic, underworld, flying, pillaging, forest, hill, and swamp) players rush to expand their empires - often at the expense of weaker neighbors. Yet they must also know when to push their own over-extended civilization into decline and ride a new one to victory. No race or power stands alone. In Small World, itís the combination of race and powers that makes for the best strategy at each point in the game. For example, Commando Amazons creates an offensive juggernaut, while Fortified Trolls merges the two into a defensive powerhouse. Berserk Skeletons will scare up a lot of territory; Heroic Skeletons not so much. Even Dragon Master Dwarves can work, though Merchant Dwarves, with their whopping five tokens, falls flat in any situation. Expansions add more races and special powers. New races include gypsies, priestesses, ghostly white ladies, kobolds, goblins, barbarians, homunculi, leprechauns, pixies & pygmies. New powers include historian, peace-loving, cursed, hordes of, marauding, ransacking, Were-, barricade, catapult, corrupt, imperial & mercenary.







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Old 04-03-2014, 03:53 PM   #104
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I like Small World. It has a paleontologist feel to it, like as the race goes into remission or whatever and the new ones come. Very evolutionary feel.
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:10 AM   #105
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My son and I have been getting into Settlers of Catan. Of course, he's recently earned Minecraft for having good grades, and so every waking moment is spent either there or on the Minecraft wiki. I have to say, Minecraft has been an excellent way to introduce a 7 year old to the glory of the internet. He spends hours on that wiki studying minecraft recipes and watching youtube minecraft tutorials.
Settlers of Catan is an awesome game. Would recommend to anyone.
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Old 06-09-2014, 01:37 AM   #106
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I have a new favorite game. Just finished playing Through the Ages. I've played it a few times over the years, but really got into an epic game last night. The first time I played like 6 years ago. I developed fast food restaurants right after my civilization got wiped out. Needless to say, it didn't pay off to have fast food chains for one guy. Last night, the weakest civilization led by William Shakespeare was committing terrorist acts. It was great! Except that he destroyed my movie theater! Anyway, the simple game lasts 2 hours. It just goes through Antiquity and Middles Ages. The advanced game last about 4 hours and goes through the Age of Exploration. The full game lasts 6 to 10 hours and goes through the Modern Ages. You don't have to play it in one sitting. Sure there's a winner, but it's cool to look at everybody's civilizations at the end of the game. A close 2nd is almost as good. Your people were happy, your military was strong, your technology was advance, your resource production was up, and so on. You did good. Talk about the cool things that happened like the time when you assassinated Christopher Columbus before he could discover new territory. Or that one time when you sabotaged the Eiffel Tower before they could get it built. Lead a powerful air force with Napoleon! So many possibilities, combinations, and replayability.
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Old 06-09-2014, 06:45 AM   #107
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Just tried this one out recently:

Cornish Smuggler
http://www.grublin.com/cornish-smuggler/main

There is a lot to explain to first time players, but once everyone is up to speed, the game runs very smoothly and escalates quickly. Fun game. I highly recommend it.
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Old 06-09-2014, 07:47 AM   #108
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I have a new favorite game. Just finished playing Through the Ages. I've played it a few times over the years, but really got into an epic game last night. The first time I played like 6 years ago. I developed fast food restaurants right after my civilization got wiped out. Needless to say, it didn't pay off to have fast food chains for one guy. Last night, the weakest civilization led by William Shakespeare was committing terrorist acts. It was great! Except that he destroyed my movie theater! Anyway, the simple game lasts 2 hours. It just goes through Antiquity and Middles Ages. The advanced game last about 4 hours and goes through the Age of Exploration. The full game lasts 6 to 10 hours and goes through the Modern Ages. You don't have to play it in one sitting. Sure there's a winner, but it's cool to look at everybody's civilizations at the end of the game. A close 2nd is almost as good. Your people were happy, your military was strong, your technology was advance, your resource production was up, and so on. You did good. Talk about the cool things that happened like the time when you assassinated Christopher Columbus before he could discover new territory. Or that one time when you sabotaged the Eiffel Tower before they could get it built. Lead a powerful air force with Napoleon! So many possibilities, combinations, and replayability.
Yeah a lot of board games fans seem to enjoy through the ages.
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Old 02-11-2015, 09:16 AM   #109
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Just picked up Level 7: Omega Protocol. I'll let you know how it goes.



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Doesn't really fit the criteria you're looking for, but playing Cards Against Humanity at a family event beats all.
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Doesn't really fit the criteria you're looking for, but playing Cards Against Humanity at a family event beats all.
It totally fits. I LOVE that game. It's Apples to Apples but so much more hilarious.
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This. LOVED Axis and Allies. Replaying WW2 over and over was great.

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By far what sank the most hours growing up.

I'll never forget some of those multi-day near stalemates. As for balance, there's different things you could do to balance it (ie, let the Axis roll for a technology at the beginning) Often wasn't needed though. If you had a less experienced player, you could give them allies and it served as a kind of handicap.

Lost a lot of its fun though when the internet came along and gave everyone a recipe to play. Strategies seemed a lot more creative and unpredictable before that.
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Old 02-11-2015, 09:52 AM   #113
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Doesn't really fit the criteria you're looking for, but playing Cards Against Humanity at a family event beats all.
We finally beat that game into the ground. At some point you finally get kinda numb to the profanity of it. Unless you're playing with a noob. That keeps it fresh.
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Old 02-11-2015, 09:56 AM   #114
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Never played that one. Have you tried any of the train games?

Tracks to Telluride
Ticket to Ride
Railroad Tycoon
Empire Builder
Train game
Crayon rails
Iron Dragon
TransAmerica
The London Game
Rail Baron
The Great Train Robbery
Age of Steam
Railway Rivals
18XX (lots and lots of of games in this series!!!)
Trains and Stations
There was a railroad game where you bought and controlled routes that was awesome, and I can't remember the name of it.

Also a kinda similar airline game where you bought regional airport hubs for control of regions. Don't remember the name of that either. I never owned 'em but played them with friends a few times.
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Rail Baron was it. Looks like it was Avalon. Wish I had a copy of that.
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Any cribbage players around the OM?
I love cribbage. My grandfather got me started on it when I was young.
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