I game with a group of friends and, while we all started with Catan but have moved on. For those who like not overly complex gaming, my current love is Ticket to Ride.
I love Ticket to Ride! I have the USA and Europe editions and am still kicking myself for not buying the Netherlands edition WHILE I WAS IN THE NETHERLANDS.
I'd pay cash money to see the Green Bay Packers appear on an episode of Table Top.
I like Ticket to Ride more than Catan - but mostly I like games that make people laugh more than strategy games, so I like the older party-type games like Pictionary, Apples to Apples, etc. Can't see myself playing Cards Against Humanity with the teen (though he plays it with friends). Recently found Anomia which is very simple and fun. Looking for more games among those lines.
Has anyone played Pandemic? Any good? (I'm still trying to find a group willing to play my nice new Kill Doctor Lucky -- I played the old Cheap-Ass Games edition, but it's been years.)
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I've played solo Pandemic a couple of times. Cooperative games aren't for everyone, since it can turn into an "I'm the boss!" situation.
Yes! I love Pandemic, but when you loose, it can be a little demoralizing (since it means the planet has been overcome by disease.) Forbidden Island is the same game mechanics (and designer), but a little simpler and quicker.
Ticket to Ride is the game I usually use to hook people- I love it, too. :) I pretty much only play game which can be played in about an hour, so my current favorites are Bohnanza, Carcassone, Power Grid, Stone Age, and all of the varieties of Dominion, which I would play every single day, if I could!
I really don't. It reminds me of the time my friends and I got together to play the Game of Thrones game, at the two hour mark we were still reviewing the rules. If I want to learn something that nonsensical, I'll pull out the Federal Acquisitions Rules and do something practical with my time.
When you play the game of Federal Acquisition Rules, you win or you get so bored that you give up.
Power Grid is my absolute favorite! We've been playing a lot of Seven Wonders and The New Science lately too.
Pandemic is great; I highly recommend the On the Brink expansion because the extra roles that come with it are a lot more flexible.
I believe the most obscure rule I've ever encountered in a game was for a Stalingrad supplement to Advance Squad Leader, there was a separate table to assess the ability of your troops to get out of the sewer while still maintaining initiative. I never played ASL, but I loved the fact that this rule exists.
Wait, there's a new version of Kill Dr. Lucky?!??!??! I still have my CheapAss version (and several of their others as well - I got a subscription as a wedding gift, which was awesome). Are they re-releasing some of the old ones? I never got Devil Bunny Needs a Ham and I want it...
That's how I felt about the Battlestar Galactica game. I know it's very highly rated, but after three hours, we'd managed to get through one turn. Not my speed. (That said, if I ever get the chance to be taught by someone who has played it, rather than to try to figure it out on my own, I'll jump at it - I bet it's fun if you know what you're doing.)
Marsha, can I make your day by linking you to the free download of Devil Bunny? http://www.cheapass.com/freegames/major
Wait, wait... here's the direct link: http://www.cheapass.com/freegames/dbnah
Holy schnikes! Never occurred to me to go looking for it. WOOHOO!!!!! Thank you!!!!
I'd gone looking for them a couple of years back to see if they were still around. At that time, they were running a thing where they would hold a game "ransom" and once a certain donation goal was met, the game was released for free to everybody. Kind of a neat business model.
And now I am down the CheapAss rabbit hole for hours. Sigh. Watts, when you come visit, we need to break out the board games. I have a decent collection.
Sure. But you can tell Sam I'm on to him. He acts all "Oh, teach me how to play" and then uses it to beat you. If I'm going to lose to a 6-year-old (or is he 7 now?) he's gotta get there on his own.