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[–] Project2501 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Chess

Go/Baduk

Diplomacy

Last two slots I'll leave empty as honestly, depends on if card games/etc count, and after leaving reddit, moving away from usual crew, just haven't gamed that much in the past two years.

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[–] Goldenshowergirl [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I have some mad respect for anyone who can sit through an entire game of Diplomacy without flipping the table. Sounds like you're into abstract games? I have played Go once or twice, but I honestly have had problems wrapping my head around the strategy. For a game with only a few rules, it's insanely deep.

Have you played Hive before? Definitely fits into that niche for me and I believe it's free on Android. Plus it has cute bugs.

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[–] Project2501 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Diplomacy requires the right people, more of an event then a session. I could say the same thing about Twilight Imperium.

Hive is cute, but always is a case of when I want something just a little deeper, I end up going for something else. It could just because I know other games more deeply, and so, just don't bother with it too often. And honestly, a key aspect of just chilling, and appreciating Go/Chess is just the depth of books covering puzzles, strategies, important games, as well as having fairly robust online communities, to keep that itch going no matter where I am, and surrounded by different people.

The problem with more recent games is one year I am obsessed with Pandemic, and its expansions. Another year its all the quick 15 minute games like Coup. Then there is an obsession with games like Descent: Journey into Darkness. It's not that I don't like different games, like co-op, or 4X, it is more about the group usually. A good group can make Risk or Monopoly fun. I really want to play Pandemic Legacy or Level 7: Omega Protocol, but just haven't yet. It just says a lot that no matter how I sway, that my top three remain the same.

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[–] stolencatkarma 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Settlers of catan

Carcassone

Warhammer 40,000

Dead winter

Dungeons and dragons

I use tabletop simulator to play those it's pretty amazing.

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[–] Goldenshowergirl [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I've used TTS a bit, but for some reason I get nervous playing online games. I did see that they had a lot of Dead of Winter going on there. Have you played The Long Night yet or just the base game? I watched a few people play The Long Night at Gencon, but I didn't have time to get into a game myself.

Can you really play WH40K on TTS? The reason I haven't gotten into that game is because I just can't afford to. Is the game any different in an environment where everyone can afford to make any army?

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[–] stolencatkarma 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

On a side note if you want to play a game on Tts I can walk you through some stuff. Maybe play a practice game.

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[–] stolencatkarma 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I've just played the base game. I feel bad playing anymore then that as I haven't bought it. (soon as I have some spare cash I promise)

Wh40k is really easy to play and most people just play for fun. If you want some armies there's are tons to choose from. I uploaded a few myself when it was first taking off.

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[–] 8124115 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

My favorite game of all time is Cosmic Encounter! It sits in a place of prominence in my house, with the first 5 (?) expansions safely organized in my Broken Token insert.

Resistance, Codenames, Pairs, Cockroach Poker, Bohnanza, Power Grid and Castles of Burgundy are some other favorites. Hard to rank though :)

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[–] Goldenshowergirl [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Oh god cockroach poker is some stupid fun, I'm glad someone mentioned that one.

My copy of CE is held together with duct tape and had a few pieces missing. It's a well loved and worn game. So happy that so many others share that love with me. :)

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[–] 8125033 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I taught 5 people to play Cockroach Poker last night. Took out the "royal" cards because their eyes were glossing over :)

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[–] LoungeAbout 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This list probably changes on a yearly basis. My current favorites in no particular order:

  • Vegas Showdown
  • Terra Mystica
  • Tikal
  • Le Havre or Puerto Rico
  • Dungeon Pets

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[–] Goldenshowergirl [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Terra Mystica is an amazing game! If you're a fan of Puerto Rico, have you tried Race for the Galaxy? It has many of the same mechanics, but the cards make it a lot harder of a game to solve than PR.

I haven't tried Dungeon Pets. I love Space Alert and Codenames (same designer), but I thought that Dungeon Lords had a little too much going on for just a worker placement game. Do you know how Dungeon Pets compares to Dungeon Lords? I love the theme of it so I'm tempted to give it a try.

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[–] LoungeAbout 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I have played Race for the Galaxy, but am now favoring Roll for the Galaxy.

Space Alert is another of my favorite games and I've played it with my gaming group 30+ times.

Dungeon Lords can sometimes be fun, but Dungeon Pets has totally different mechanics and I always find each game to be quite fun. It's worker placement, but you have to keep a few family members home to care for pets. You have to tend to 4 different needs which makes it quite a challenge.

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[–] amusedeath 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

This place is so empty compared to reddit lol.

Anyways...

  • Magic the Gathering: We start with the infamous game that just won't die known as Magic the Gathering, aka cardboard crack. This is the ultimate game because it is so flexible with the amount of modes and formats you can pick from. If you are competitive, you can try your hand at Legacy or Modern. Prepare to shell out dough for that. But if you are like most of us, you play casual. You can make wacky fun decks or get in on Commander, a hot favorite. The hobby always has players. The trick to playing the game for me is to play in controlled formats. I play Block Constructed which makes decks cost $10 or less. That's why I have over 60 of them. The game itself plays extremely fast and the card choices really make deckbuilding an involved process. I love making all sorts of decks and Magic really taps my creative aspect.

  • Twilight Struggle: The game is long and the rules seem dense at first, but you have to keep going. Once you do, you will heavily appreciate all the details to the game. When you boil it down, the game isn't that hard. You are trying to get to 25 points and you do so mainly with score cards that appear once in a while in certain regions. On your turn, you either place influence, remove it, or place and remove it via coup. The delicious part of the game is figuring out how to mitigate your opponent's cards, while trying to build up in certain areas. The cards are amazing and the fact that they all have a historical reference is just too cool. I played this game a few days ago and while I rarely get to play the bad boy, it's always a great time when I do, do it. I don't care if I'm losing, the experience is just that great.

  • Chicago Express: This is a family train game on the cover, but it is quite brutal and competitive. It sounds simple. I mean you have 4 companies and you either auction a share, build rail or you develop a city. The key to this is the auction. The auction determines everything. It makes people friends or enemies. It makes the game end fast or take time. It puts money into a starving company so that it can go further. People play Chicago and they assume it's like every other Euro where you just control your own stuff and help yourself get more VPs, while ignoring everyone else. Chicago is different because you absolutely have to pay attention to what people do and in fact, you want to use your actions to influence people into helping you. Playing solo is a fast way to lose the game. The game fits 2-6 players and should only take an hour tops. I wouldn't recommend it with 2 however.

  • Battlestar Galactica: BSG has been the standard of hidden role games for years. It combines deception with a cooperative experience that feels meaty and satisfying. The game has a huge 10 character roster with their own abilities and weaknesses. The game throws new threats at you turn after turn whether it's alien invaders in space or food shortages in your colony. The fact that loyalty cards are passed out twice is brilliant. The game plays best with 5-6 due to there being more people to analyze. The game is always a blast.

  • Rex: Final Days of an Empire: And we get to Rex. It's a heavy 3-6 player area control game where players are trying to control 3 out of 5 strongholds laid across a map. Each player plays as a faction with its own gamebreaking ability. The thing about the game that vaults it ahead of most other area control games is that players can make alliances and when they do, they get to share their abilities with their allies. Alliances are also binding and cannot change until certain events occur. The game has a huge player range from 3-6 and plays great at each range. The 3 player range is a bit odd however as no alliances can be made. It is also lopsided as one faction is clearly stronger than the other 2. The other 2 players however then have to informally work together against the stronger foe.

So yea, these are my top 5. Runner ups include: Yomi, Android: Netrunner, The Resistance and Race for the Galaxy. Yomi is great, but it sits in the corner compared to Magic and Twilight Struggle. Yomi's advantage is that players don't need to read up on the pages of Magic rules and terms; you just need to know rock, paper, scissors. Netrunner I want to like a lot, but it fails for several reasons. Making casual decks in that game is very expensive compared to Magic. I can get lands for cents in Magic, but economy cards in Netrunner have to come from the $40 Core Set. Hell, Magic even has product called Land Stations for sale that make lands dirt cheap. The balance in Netrunner is extremely wonky as well with many broken cards in the Core Set being restricted. I also don't have the motivation to make decks in ANR because the player base especially in my area is nonexistent. The Resistance is an awesome, awesome game and I get to play it a lot. I definitely enjoy it, but Battlestar is just more of an experience. Race for the Galaxy is my favorite Euro. While I enjoy it a lot, it's just not as memorable and rich as a heavier game.