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34 minutes ago, Glitterwolf said:

November 13th

What's your favorite board/card game?

 

Bonus question, any good stories about playing it?

Lunch money - we used to play it in between rounds at tournaments so it got a lot of airing

 

In the game there is a card called 'backlash', which reflects damage back on the person who made the attack....so it can be a pretty powerful card. In one game I'd made excellent use of it to avoid getting taken out, so in the next game one of the other players was very hesitant to attack me because of the risk of me holding a backlash card - we got down to myself and that player being the only two left in the game. So, of course he had to attack me. Unfortunately for him his previous strategy came back to bite as I was pretty much undamaged (I think I'd taken 3 or 4 out of a maximum 15 points) and he was at a point where a couple of good attacks would drop him. We spent the next couple of rounds trading blows and trying to build a good combo in our hand - he managed to get the combo together first and launched a massive attack that would've taken me out if it landed.

 

 

Of course I had the backlash card....and had been sitting on it the entire game

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3 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

November 13th

What's your favorite board/card game?

 

Bonus question, any good stories about playing it?

Heroquest. Dunno if it's what you meant or not, but it's got a board AND cards in it, so I say it counts.::D:  I never got to try Warhammer Quest, but I'm sure that would be here, too.

More conventionally, I've always liked and enjoyed Clue.

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4 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

November 13th

What's your favorite board/card game?

 

Bonus question, any good stories about playing it?

 

One of my favorites is RISK closely followed by The Fall of Rome ( A Catan Spin Off).

 

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4 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

November 13th

What's your favorite board/card game?

 

Bonus question, any good stories about playing it?

 

Risk was my favorite board game. The last time I played it, however, was sometime in the mid '70s. 

Any stories I might recall would, after so many years, fall in the category of myths.

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4 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

November 13th

What's your favorite board/card game?

Conquest / Waterworks 

(Both links ^ go to pictures hosted at boardgamegeek . com showing these games.)

 

Conquest was a board game with plastic figures: Spearmen, Chariots, Knights, War Elephants, Ships, and Galleons. One of the cool features was that the pieces could stack and be carried by other friendly pieces. 

 

Waterworks was a Card game that was highly visual: every card was a segment of pipe. The objective was to build a successful and contiguous pipe with no leaks from the cvalve to the faucet downspout, while sabotaging the pipeworks of opponents. 

 

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I played these with my brother when we were kids. 

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On 11/12/2019 at 3:00 AM, Glitterwolf said:

November 12th.

Describe the toughest fight you had in a RPG or Wargame this can be both miniature or PC Games.

 

A couple of years ago my wife and I demo'd a cooperative version of Star Trek Attack Wing at a convention. Basically there was a rulebook with all the possible actions the bad guys could take in reaction to things like what round it is and what the good guys are doing. The scenario was set during the Dominion war from DS9. We were a mix of Federation and Klingon ships trying to get a science vessel near enough to some sort of Dominion facility to scan it and then we had to get that lightly armed vessel off the board safely to win the scenario. All our first couple of rounds of rolls went bad and half our Klingon escort got destroyed.  Then the game heated up with Cardassian ships arriving to block our escape route and wave after wave of Dominion ship decloaking and attacking us. 

 

In the end we won. But that's only because the winning condition was to get that single ship off the board. And that was the only ship to make it. Intense, but being cooperative it was super fun. At the time the game designer was in discussions with Paramount to release some scenarios with some ships as a kind of starter set. But since that's never materialized, I'm guessing they never got the rights to publish.

 

5 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

November 13th

What's your favorite board/card game?

 

Bonus question, any good stories about playing it?

 

Card game would be Fluxx. I once wrote them an email suggesting that Craft Beer Fluxx would be fun. After all they already publish Stoner Fluxx. So I'm guessing there's some audience overlap there. They responded saying they thought that was too narrow an idea but that they were looking into Alcohol Fluxx for their 21st anniversary. Sure enough, a couple of years later and they came out with it. I usually throw a couple of copies in my travel bag during field season. Then, when we're stuck at some run down hotel in some tiny town with nothing to do I can entice my crew into a friendly game. 

 

As for board game that just depends on what kind of mood I'm in. Though I typically go in for the more complex stuff, like Arkham Horror. Theres a 3rd edition out these days. Which, despite having played several times, I have yet to win. 

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Clue is my favorite board game. Favorite card game is probably Despair or Exploding Kittens. 

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5 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

November 13th

What's your favorite board/card game?

 

Bonus question, any good stories about playing it?

Axis & Allies was my favorite through high school when we used to play all nighters.  But I haven't played it in many years even though I've picked up a couple of copies of it.  Hard to find 3-4 people willing to commit to a 6+ hour board game. I'd have to completely relearn the rules by now....

 

Now I think probably Carcassone.  It is fun and fairly quick (unless we play with all the everything) and has lots of interesting little expansions (and a couple of duds).  It is one we always fall back on when no one has something new to try out.

 

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6 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

November 13th

What's your favorite board/card game?

 

I have less than 1000 board games ... but not a lot less. So I'll mention a few, which should not be considered some sort of definitive list:

  • Ticket to Ride (as a group) - The best general experience is probably Europe. I've explained the rules for this game many, many times.
  • Clank! - I like the fantasy game better. Just picked up Clank: Legacy, which looks to be an interesting entry into the series.
  • Panzergruppe Guderian - Old SPI game; one of my favorite operational-level boardgames. Hidden information, slick mechanics, tense play.
  • Squad Leader/ASL - Excellent tactical-level game. Extremely detailed rules, most of which aren't really necessary for many scenarios. The core mechanic is very clean.
  • Krieg! - Grand strategic WWII in Europe. Political objectives and effects make for a very interesting experience, but this is a long game.
  • Any of the Richard Borg card-driven games (Memoir '44, Battle Cry, Commands and Colors: Ancients, ...) - Quick play, card-driven orders system does fog of war pretty well, good variety within a single general mechanic.
  • St. Petersburg
  • Citadels
  • ....

For card games, my favorites would probably be 7th Sea and Legend of the Five Rings, especially multi-player. Interesting asymmetry, nice flavor, good balance.

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6 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

November 13th

What's your favorite board/card game?

Board game?  BattleTech.  This should surprise no one.

 

Honorable mentions go to Russian Campaign and Afrika Korps, both World War II board games.  (I'm only familiar with the Avalon Hill releases.)

 

OGRE should be on this list but I didn't play it very often.  This was, however, my father's favorite board game and he still had the original release of it, ziploc bag and all.

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Favorite Board game: 

 

Kingdom Death.  

stories about it this is why I love it.  I spent an entire year playing it solo and writing up the results.

 Settlement "Trumps America"  burning out at the top of the 8th year, 1-legged tiffany blowing out her own lantern and wandering into the darkness. 

(last survivor just giving up hope) 

 

Settlement "Disney Land" being lost, and Prince Charming and 3 princesses settling into "Disney world"  with the people named after mice and ducks. 

- that game was later reduced to a single fertile female and then rebuilt in time to challenge the final boss. 

 

I don't play it as much now,  it takes a lot of time and mental energy. 

 

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1 hour ago, Xiwo Xerase said:

OGRE should be on this list but I didn't play it very often.  This was, however, my father's favorite board game and he still had the original release of it, ziploc bag and all.

 

I think I have at least three different versions of OGRE/GEV, including the original Metagaming plastic bag release (which had a tape-closed bag rather than ziplock) and the boat-anchor Kickstarter re-release. Solid game.

 

ETA: I also have a bunch of the SJG OGRE miniatures (the metal ones), which are quite nice.

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7 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

November 13th

What's your favorite board/card game?

 

Bonus question, any good stories about playing it?

I was part of a board game club for nearly three years, so I got to play a ton of different games. So I have a list of different games I love.

 

I'd say that one of my overall favourites, which I also own in PC version, is Ticket to Ride. I've played the standard version, Europe, Switzerland, Asia. And the different ticket/destination expansions. No real stories. I just like train games.

 

Settlers of Catan: Cities & Knight. It's sooo much better than the standard game that I can't imagine myself going back.

 

Smash Up. I have several expansions, so the unpredictable combinations keep the game interesting. Down side is that it runs best with 4 players. More than that the game really slows down.

 

Tiny Epic Galaxies, originally from Kickstarter, was a breakout success with our group. Part strategy, part lucky dice roll, many possibilities to perform actions outside of your turn, so it keeps you engaged from beginning to end.

 

Lords of Waterdeep. Simple mechanics, but plenty of variety and lots of D&D Forgotten Realms flavor.

 

Honorable mention to the Fluxx games. I've played standard, Cthulhu, Doctor Who, Firefly, Monty Python Holy Grail, Pirates (and probably forgetting a few).

 

A game that will *not* go on my list of favourites is Talisman. I *want* to like it, it's pretty to look at, but the dice mechanic and pacing is horrible. The more expansions you add, the slower it can get. With the expansion, it takes a lot of table space, and we rarely ever finished a game unless we started early.

 

P.S. I have to remember to bring my board game bag during the holidays.

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7 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

November 13th

What's your favorite board/card game?

 

Bonus question, any good stories about playing it?

When I was a kid, Stratego or Tank Battle. now I enjoy just about any game where I can sit down with friends and play.

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