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Re: Board Games!!!

Postby stargazer » Dec 02, 2011 6:10 pm

If you don't have any strong emotional connection to this particular copy of Merchan of Venus: Sell it as long as it is worth as much as it is, then grab a shiny new copy for much less when the reprint arrives sooner or later


I mentioned the value of the game the night we played, and that my friend could sell it to finance a family vacation ;) but he didn't seem interested in doing so.

I've never played MoV, but the way stargazer talks about it I might have to buy a copy myself when the reprint comes out.


Now I'm nervous that you'll find it overrated. ;)

About putting cards in sleeves, some friends put their Magic: The Gathering cards in them so that they can still play the game but keep the cards in good condition.
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Re: Board Games!!!

Postby Shadowlander » Jul 18, 2012 6:48 pm

I won a game auction today! Two separate games, in fact. The first one is World of Warcraft: The Adventure Game, which I'm reasonably sure only Fantasia_Kitty might play with me ;)). The other I think everyone here would probably enjoy a lot. It's called [url=http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/43868/the-adventurers-the-temple-of-chac]The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac.
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Basically you're an Indiana Jones type of explorer (among several other players) and you enter the Temple of Chac to retrieve a treasure deep within. Once you have the treasure your job is to escape as the booby-traps of the temple try to take you out, including a giant rolling boulder. :D This game is loaded with plasticy goodness and tons of bits that you can paint up if you so desire to make the game even more attractive.

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Those walls there close up and squish you if you don't get out in time ;)

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You have the option to pick up treasures as you're fleeing the temple, but if you dawdle too long the traps will get ya'. Whoever gets out with the most treasure wins. :) I have really wanted this game for a long time. Anyone want to play a match? ;))
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Re: Board Games!!!

Postby fantasia_kitty » Sep 23, 2015 7:42 am

Resurrecting this topic to see if people have some suggestions for good family games that work for 4-16 people. My husband and i are trying to do a game night every other month and we've played Apples to Apples, Headbandz, and the next on the list is Clue. We're open to pretty much anything.
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Re: Board Games!!!

Postby johobbit » Sep 23, 2015 8:57 am

Board game times are so much fun! :D

My suggestion for fast-paced games:
*Dutch Blitz (you can play also with regular cards)
*Bonco, a fun and easy dice game (some people call it Bunco) ... but it would not work with 4 people; you need at least 12. 16 or 20 is preferable. (We'll definitely be playing Bonco at the Moot.)
*Zilch is a blast too (again, with dice).

A couple of slower-paced games we like are Yahtzee and Paper Battleship. The former can be a lot of fun, depending on the group. ;)) If you're interested in Paper Battleship, I can scan a copy of ours and send it to you so you can print it out. It's just a homemade thing amongst my family and involves a certain degree of strategy. B-)
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Re: Board Games!!!

Postby shastastwin » Sep 23, 2015 9:48 am

Two games we've discovered recently that work for groups are Once Upon a Time and Fluxx.

Once Upon a Time is a storytelling game in which everyone collaborates to tell a story using the different fairy tale cards in their hands. However, each player is also trying to reach the ending on his/her own ending card, which no one else knows. It's fun and wacky.

Fluxx is a card game whose rules constantly change as players play new rule cards. It takes a few rounds to get the hang of, but it's very addictive because you never play anywhere close to the same game twice. It can be a bit daunting with all the changing rules, but as long as you've got one player who's good at keeping up with them, you're okay. They have lots of fun themed sets as well, like a sci-fi set, an Oz set, and more.
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Re: Board Games!!!

Postby stargazer » Sep 23, 2015 11:24 am

We've played a few versions of Fluxx (argh, Pirates!) too. Fun!

In addition to the above suggestions, another game we like is Catch Phrase (a word game; a similar one is Taboo). One player knows a 'secret' word or phrase and has to get those on his team to guess what it is. He can't say any of the words in it, and there is a timer. (Though we often play it in what we call party mode, with no timer and no teams, just people guessing the word).

You don't actually need the actual game to play; for years we had a homemade version in which everyone wrote words on scraps of paper and put them in a hat to draw.

Another game we've enjoyed (especially around a campfire) is Telephone Pictionary. Everyone has slips of paper (about 4x6) equal in number to the number of players. Everyone writes a word or phrase on the first sheet, then passes it to the left. That person draws it (hiding the first sheet with the words on it) and passes it to the next person, who writes what he thinks it is, and so on. At the end each person shows how the initial word morphs into the final result. Some are close and others change a lot.

This is a great game for lots of players. We've had some hilarious results, such as the Cliffs of Insanity (from The Princess Bride) becoming a house (Imagine Vizzini saying, "See? A HOUSE!" ;)) )
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Re: Board Games!!!

Postby johobbit » Sep 23, 2015 11:37 am

Ooh, goodness, good call, stargazer. How could I have forgotten about Telephone Pictionary. One of the best! Crazy fun!
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Re: Board Games!!!

Postby Reepi » Sep 23, 2015 1:14 pm

fantasia_kitty wrote:Resurrecting this topic to see if people have some suggestions for good family games that work for 4-16 people. My husband and i are trying to do a game night every other month and we've played Apples to Apples, Headbandz, and the next on the list is Clue. We're open to pretty much anything.


That's quite a range :P There are many games that work with 4-6 players and others that work better with larger number of players (10+).

For larger groups, you'll mostly find social deduction games like Werewolf, Two Rooms and a Boom and others, if you don't care for that style of game it might probably be easier to split into multiple different games.
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Re: Board Games!!!

Postby ValiantArcher » Sep 23, 2015 5:19 pm

For larger groups I'd suggest Charades and Pictionary, and if you're up for more active games, Spoons and Four on a Couch. There are also the larger group games such as I Never and Mafia, but those are definitely not board games. ;))

There's also Who, What, When, Where, Why where everybody has a piece of paper and each writes a Who on the paper, folds it over, and passes it to the person next to them who writes What, folds it over, and passes it on, and so forth. It'd probably work better with a smaller group rather than a larger one, but it's an option. :)
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Re: Board Games!!!

Postby daughter of the King » Sep 23, 2015 7:38 pm

I second Stwin's suggestion of Once Upon a Time. Loads of fun.

A couple of games that my family plays a lot at game nights are The Resistance and Coup.

The Resistance is a 5-10 player bluffing game that is sort of similar to Mafia and Werewolf but there are no eliminations.

Coup is a 2-6 player bluffing game set in the same universe as The Resistance. This game does have eliminations, sometimes by way of assassinations, and sometimes by way of a coup. I think there's even more opportunity for bluffing in this one.
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Re: Board Games!!!

Postby waggawerewolf27 » Sep 23, 2015 10:41 pm

fantasia_kitty wrote:Resurrecting this topic to see if people have some suggestions for good family games that work for 4-16 people. My husband and i are trying to do a game night every other month and we've played Apples to Apples, Headbandz, and the next on the list is Clue. We're open to pretty much anything.


Some of our old favourites include the following:

1.Trouble, a simple game for up to four people, it is based on Ludo or Pachisi, but has a bubble in the middle which encloses the dice. You press the bubble to get your turn. So far we haven't managed to lose the 16 plastic markers.

2. Monopoly is another favourite. You can get different versions apart from the classical London board game. We still have a battered Australian monopoly board, though I can't find the at least six tokens to play with, the cards or the dice.

3. Trivial pursuit is a good game for up to six people. So is Scrabble

I think if you were entertaining with Trivial pursuit you don't need an actual board, though we found the board fun. All you need is a few bits of paper per person and a lot of questions. Our questions are probably out of date.

You can play these games online, but they are also the sort of games that can be installed and played on a PC without Internet.
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Re: Board Games!!!

Postby johobbit » Sep 24, 2015 4:05 am

Ahhh, Scrabble. A good thinking game. We particularly enjoy a version of this called Quickie Scrabble, where you don't use the board ... only the tiles. Each person chooses 12 tiles, face down. Someone calls "GO", at which point we all turn our tiles over and frantically try to make our own individual Scrabble unit. If you need more tiles from the 'kitty' in the middle, you may take them, but be aware that those points will count against you if you don't use them. When someone is finished their 12 (or more) tiles into joined words, that game is finished and the points are counted (corners count as double). Any leftover tiles are subtracted from the total for each person. Very fun and quick and challenging. :)

I do like how this topic has been resurrected. :D
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Re: Board Games!!!

Postby Meltintalle » Sep 24, 2015 12:20 pm

Quickie Scrabble reminds me of Bananagrams (except with points!)

Multiple Rack-O sets could be fun.

There's also Phase-10, which is sort of like Uno. (I haven't played this one with enough players to know how it goes in a larger group, but it's supposed to be good for more people.)
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Re: Board Games!!!

Postby Pattertwigs Pal » Sep 24, 2015 5:28 pm

Well, I do know this one game that is for 2-14 players. I've played it with a few NarniaWebbers and they can attest to how great it is.*

Some group games that I have played are Outburst, Strategories, Encore, Humm...ble, Song Burst, and Balderdash. I know Strategories has a set number of players but this can be gotten around by playing as teams or sharing cards and using plain paper for some players.

I just got Hobbit Monopoly for my birthday. :D Now, to find someone to play it with me ...


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The game is great ... if you want a game to make fun of. The rules that come with it are unplayable. There is a fan version of rules online that are better but still not the best. They do make it more playable. At some point, I am planning on starting more or less from scratch to make a game that is playable with clear directions. I must say though the first time it was played we had a lot of fun. Of course that fun did come from making up our own rules as we went along and making fun of the rules.
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Re: Board Games!!!

Postby stargazer » Sep 24, 2015 11:13 pm

Yes, the game Twig's mentions is...interesting. ;)) I think we were the original playtesters. ;)

Dot, Coup and The Resistance are popular games among a few of my friends here (and there is another set in the same universe, I believe, called Avalon).

When we have larger groups for game nights sometimes we have several different games going at once. That just adds to the general hilarity. :)
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Re: Board Games!!!

Postby Shadowlander » Oct 03, 2015 2:37 pm

I've not played The Resistance but I have heard stellar things about it elsewhere. It's just I have no one to play it with so that I can try it out 8-|

Four plus players is going to be difficult for anything but party games like Apples to Apples because they're gonna take a long time. Risk and Monopoly are especially egregious in this manner ;)). Ticket to Ride runs just under an hour but only goes up to 5 players. You can do Clue but that only goes up to 6. Have you considered playing Rummy or even simple Draw Poker? All one needs is a deck of cards, a sheet of paper, and a pencil (for Rummy) and some cheap plastic poker chips for the latter. Draw poker's pretty easy and forgiving and rather fun, and the number of hours I've poured into Rummy with my family when I was younger cannot be counted B-) And the bonus is you can put more than 6 players in there. :D
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