Boardgames... Yep.

Discussion in 'Video Games' started by Knee Rider, Sep 19, 2017.

  1. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member Supporter

    Right, if there is nothing else to be learned over my time on this forum it's that it is populated by a staggering amount of unashamed, nerds.

    Knowing this, I feel happy enough to admit that my girlfriend and I - having fully relinquished any pretence at maintaining a vibrant social life - have dipped our toes into the dank basement water of oh so serious proper board gaming.

    I'm sat here with my newly arrived copy of Eldrich Horror (still in shrink wrap) fervently awaiting the return of my fellow prisoner to domesticity so I can rip it open like a little kid and sniff the cardboard; allowing it to fill my nostrils as a single wistful tear forms in my dull, weather beaten eye... Don't judge me.

    Unfortunately she's shackled to her desk till 6:30 and then I have to go and get repeatedly kicked in the face for a few hrs so until then I thought I'd idle away the wait by allowing you all into my little pocket of regression by telling all about your favourite boardgames and how cool and grownup they are. Mine says 14yrs and up on the box and explicitly states it's not a toy... So there.
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  2. Rataca100

    Rataca100 Banned Banned

    The hell is a board game?
  3. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member Supporter

    It's what you turn to when you and your significant other are too old and too poor to get drunk in the northern quarter, too bored of each other to spend 48hrs in bed and ordering takeaway to replenish the precious nutrients and instead find yourself spending all your weekends drinking JD in front of episodes of Rick and Morty in your pajamas or getting banged about the gym like a sweaty pinata filled with unfulfilled dreams and broken promises.
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  4. Thomas

    Thomas Combat Hapkido/Taekwondo

    Used to play a lot of board games with the family on holidays... the more commercial ones like Trouble, Monopoly, Life, and such. The wife and I play Trivial Pursuit sometimes. I am a fan of Dungeons and Dragons and play quite a bit
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  5. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member Supporter

    Ah yes, many a cold autumnal night spent sat around the fire playing the overt social brainwashing device The Game of Life as a kid... And bloody loving it.

    I never got into DnD but would have liked it. Had a fairly respectable warhammer 40k army circa 1994 though so not a stranger to the smell of paint and the fear of lead poisoning.

    I'm actually going to tentatively broach the idea of warhammer quest or similar miniatures game if I can get my partner into Eldrich Horror.

    I also quite like the look of mansions of madness and runewars.
  6. Mushroom

    Mushroom De-powered to come back better than before.

    My mate is a board game freak. Every time we have a New Years party at his, he'll bust out an old one. I like finding offensive versions of Monopoly though..
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  7. Fish Of Doom

    Fish Of Doom Will : Mind : Motion Supporter

    I occasionally pop round by board gaming gatherings done by the local nerd collectives. Tis a very very fun time. Looking to try Dead of Winter and some of the Cthulhu ones one of these days.
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  8. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth MAP 2017 Moi Award

    Eldritch horror.... Nice, I love me some HP Lovecraft!

    Have you ever tried pop up Pirate?
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  9. Rataca100

    Rataca100 Banned Banned

    The woes of the only shop that sells a lot of board ganes/card games/miniture games/collectables is a nerd collective. XD
  10. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member Supporter

    Any good ones?

    Yeah dead of winter looks good as does zombiezide

    Haha as a SaLT I've played more pop up pirate than all the world's hot dinners combined!
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  11. VoidKarateka

    VoidKarateka Valued Member

    Currently playing Monopoly on my PS4. Finding out how extensive my cuss library is by making custom boards full of swearing. Don't judge me.....

    This is a weird thread to pop up for me. The weekend just gone I discovered a little gem of a shop that specialises in board and card games (I'd gone there to get some Final Fantasy TCG cards for a mates birthday). I haven't been into anything like that since my college days. Might have to try my hand and show some of those whippersnappers how to really play pokemon cards!
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  12. Fish Of Doom

    Fish Of Doom Will : Mind : Motion Supporter

  13. Rataca100

    Rataca100 Banned Banned

    Personal problems. :p The indie "nerd" shop i know of/go to now and then is a games club as well and is tiny. GW is much bigger, but thats warhammer only. :(
  14. Mushroom

    Mushroom De-powered to come back better than before.

    I'll see if he is willing to post photo of his collection. He's got a wardrobe full.
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  15. Southpaw535

    Southpaw535 Well-Known Member Moderator Supporter

    Absolutely love boardgames and have a lot of fun playing them with my partner too. Welcome to the dark side and all that.
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  16. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member Supporter

    Any recommendations?
  17. Southpaw535

    Southpaw535 Well-Known Member Moderator Supporter


    Erm, my first recommendation would be that it might be worth looking at Tabletop Simulator on the PC. Its around 15-20 quid, but the community freqeuntly updates it with games and when the better games run at least £40, its a good way to trial games before you commit to them.

    Now game wise:

    Dead of Winter - Girlfriends favourite game. You mentioned it earlier so I won't waste your time explaining it, but its definitely a fun one.

    Merchants & Marauders - An Age of Sail based game where you trade goods and attack ships to be the first to reach a certain amount of money. Not too long, and there's a few choices with how to play.

    Flashpoint - Cooperative game where you play as a team of firefighters who need to rescue people from, well, fires. Fires spread every round and somewhat unpredictably with knock on effects so can get dicey quick. Decent amount of varibility to make it easier or harder.

    Making of the President - A 2 player game where you play as Kennedy and Nixon in the 1960 (I think) election and attempt to accrue more votes. Only played it once but get the feeling there's a decent amount of strategy you can get into.

    Twilight Struggle/Fire in the Lake - Basically a lot more complex versions of Making of the President. Grand strategy games focused on the Cold War and the Vietnam war respectively.

    Axis & Allies - Another grand strategy army game, basically a much more in depth Risk. There's a billion versions of this from a global WW1/WW2 version to smaller, more 2-player focused, games set in Guadalcanal or D-Day.

    Lords of Waterdeep - A strategy game where you need to collect resources to complete missions, taking it in turns to collect resources from squares for the round making picking where to go and when important.

    Ticket to Ride - A really simple but quite fun game about trying to complete railway lines across either USA or Europe. Really quick to learn and set up, about 20 minutes to play. Cracking starter game.

    Game of Life - Girlfriend told me to mention it. Nah, it is really fun and just a slightly different version of monopoly really.

    Shadows of Brimstone - I haven't played it yet, but you mentioned Arkham Horror and I think they're similar games. Play as adventurers in the Wild West exploring a supernatural mine. Fun looking part is you can carry your characters over between games.

    XCOM - I like it cos it uses an app to randomise the game. Coop game about repelling an alien invasion. Will die to UFOs.

    Battlestar Galactica - What got me into boardgames. Coop game with about 8 ways to lose. Need to survive attacks and complete challenges every turn based on teamwork and resources. If you can get more than two players it also has a traitor mechanic.

    Fast Food Magnate - Haven't played it yet, but game where you set up rival fast food chains and try to make more money. Have to advertise your products for people to buy them and it looks like its easy to pick up, but with a hell of a lot of depth if you look for it. I gather it sells out almost as soon as it goes to print again so it seems good.
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  18. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member Supporter

    You hero! Thank you.

    I have heard good things about BSG boardgame. Will probs look into that one at some point for sure.
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  19. Latikos

    Latikos Valued Member

    I have so many games and no one to play them with, so that's a bit of a problem for me :oops::D

    I don't even know, if most of them are any good, but the thread made me think of a game I played a lot with my Mom when I was little: In German it's called "Das verRückte Labyrinth" in English apparently only "Labyrinth".
    So in case you need to play something with a kid, I'd advise that ;)
  20. Rataca100

    Rataca100 Banned Banned


    Glad you play a baord game version of Xcom though.

    was trying tog et ahold of Axis and Allies but i have no one to play any of these with.

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