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    Bought a copy of Arkham Horror yesterday. The guy at the games store asked me in a tone of great concern if I'd played it before (which I have), and then asked if I thought the real cosmic horror in the game was the great old ones, or the rules :)
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      CommentAuthorbrittanica
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2013
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    Bought Star Fluxx the other day from the long-suffering gaming store by our comic shop (they're only still open due to a recent donation someone made to pay their lease; it's really sad, as the dudes who own it are cool and apparently put up w/ a lot of crap from folks that play there). Awesome that it works as a two-player game, since the fella and I don't get to see friends all the time, but we were able to get someone else over a couple times... whole other experience. Stupidly fun.
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      CommentAuthorD.Miranda
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2013
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    I haven't been into board games for a while (my latest experiences being mainly limited to MTG), but I started to get curious lately, and consequently began to look around the multitude of games available. Obviously, there are tons of interesting things out there; I was wondering if you guys had any input on some games that initiated some interest, which are Eclipse, Zombicide and Pandemia?
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2013
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    Got to hang out with Christopher Badell from Greater Than Games (makers of Sentinels of the Multiverse) at GaymerX Con last weekend and got to try the next SotM expansion/variant Vengeance. It's tough but it'll be fun.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2013
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    @D.Miranda - Settlers of Catan and Pandemic are both insanely fun to play, and they're not half as complicated as they look. They're both very good examples of games that are "easy to learn, difficult to master," and they're really good gateway drugs to different styles of games (if you can play Pandemic, you can play pretty much any co-op boardgame out there).
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2013
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    A lot of board games have iPad versions you could try to see if you like them before buying the physical one.
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2013
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    @D. Miranda - Zombicide is great fun. Definitely recommended.

    @Curb on last page. Drunk Krushchev is Best Krushchev.


    Well I finished off the intro scenario of Tides Of Iron, and the opinion of both myself (playing as the US) and my opponent (Nazi scum) was that it was ridiculaously weighted in facour of the US player, so much so that I doubt if it's actually possible for the Nazi player to actually acheive their winning criteria without a lot of luck - in fact it was decided with two turns left to concede victory to me (yay) but I'm sure the other scenarios won't be as single-sided.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2013 edited
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    @D.Miranda I concur with Alan, if you manage to win Pandemic there may need to be some sort of national day of observance though.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2013
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    I love how quickly Pandemic can go from "We've got this virus beat for sure" to "OH THE HUMANITY".
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2013
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    @Curb - Seriously. I had a game where the first two and the last two outbreaks were within one draw of each other. >.<
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2013
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    Oof!
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2013
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    Yeah, we basically stared at the board as, the saying goes, shit got real.

    Suffice to say, we didn't win that one.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2013
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    I am 0 for 4. Someday we will get close, nah, disease wins every time.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2013
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    I've won a few times.

    Player roles were usually Medic, Researcher, Dispatcher, Engineer. Engineer went out and first created central research stations in "hub" locations while the Medic immediately killed off the first initial three-infection sites. After that, the researcher just followed people around until they got the items they needed to get a cure, the medic and engineer did damage control, and the dispatcher moved people around.
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      CommentAuthorD.Miranda
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2013
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    Thank you very much for the answers - the way the discussion flowed on Pandemic is pretty positive!
    Also, @Beamish, I've got to thank you for my growing interest, as it pretty much developed from me being curious about the projects you supported on Kickstarter, and this lead to more research...
    And talking about those Kickstarter projects, The Agents card game looks pretty interesting.
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      CommentAuthorcjkoger
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2013
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    I will second Zombiecide, it is a favorite of a few of our friends now. Lots of fun. Pandemic is also good, but we have really enjoyed Forbidden Island, which is a co-op by the same people, and plays in a similar fashion, but is a bit quicker and has a couple of mechanics that set it apart.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2013
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    Forbidden Island is also incredibly kid friendly.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2013
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    I am really exciting to start receiving some of the games. Agents does look pretty fun. I wish I had some more people near me to play with.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2013
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    Played Last Night on Earth with some friends last night, and it was amazing. The style of asymmetrical conflict between the Zombie players and the Hero players is really well-balanced, but still manages to make both sides feel like the other one has an overwhelming advantage. We played it with three Hero players and one Zombie player, and once we stepped back and looked at it objectively, it felt perfectly fair.

    The game is really good at building tension and making you feel like your every move counts. It's also really great at sweeping your feet out from under you when you least expect it - the dice can be cruel, and both the Zombies and Heroes have a lot of "fuck you" cards in their deck that can chuck whole long-game strategies out the window.

    The "scenario" we played was the most basic one, called "Die Zombie, Die," where the Heroes have to kill fifteen Zombies before the Sun Tracker (pretty much the same as any other time-tracking system in strategy board games) runs out. It doesn't sound hard at all for the Heroes to win at first, but we learned that the early game absolutely belongs to the Zombies, which is fitting for a game that's meant to emulate a Night of the Living Dead-like scenario. We Heroes spent the first six "hours" of the Sun Tracker running around like ninnies trying to search buildings for weapons and items, and by the time the Sun got about halfway down, we had only managed five kills. We're not bad players, either - we had a pretty solid strategy, we just found ourselves in bad situation after bad situation. Finally, we got our shit together and headed to one corner of the board and just started blasting Zombies with the guns we'd managed to scrounge. Ultimately, we lost, but we lost in the best possible way, with only one kill left for us and with overwhelming numbers of Zombies coming in through the windows of the building we were hiding in. We went out, sure, but we went out like pros.

    Also, depending on the group you're with, this can quickly turn into a fun role-playing game. My randomly-selected character was the town sheriff, and one of the other players had drawn the sheriff's son, so there was a lot of banter along the lines of "son, put that shotgun down, that's not a toy," "dad, I can take care of myself, I'm fifteen!" which just made it extra fun.

    The game ain't cheap. For just the basic game set, you'll drop about what you would for a new current-gen console video game. However, I think I'd much rather own Last Night on Earth than the latest Call of Duty or similar.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2013
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    Did anyone else back the Cthulhu Wars Kickstarter? They've started releasing pics of the minis and they look freaking sweet.