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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby Zeroignite » Wed May 06, 2009 4:40 am UTC

@above posts:
There's a Race for the Galaxy expansion!?
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby telcontar42 » Wed May 06, 2009 1:00 pm UTC

Yeah. I think there are two expansions now, The Gathering Storm and Rebel vs Imperium.

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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby Slipstream.cc » Sat May 09, 2009 1:05 am UTC

telcontar42 wrote:Yeah. I think there are two expansions now, The Gathering Storm and Rebel vs Imperium.

Rebels vs Imperium (as I prefer to call it, because it sounds like better English) hasn't to my knowledge, released yet... it's probably still in testing. The Gathering Storm I do have, but I have not played it yet. I imagine its cool. I've yet to dig into the Solitaire part of the game. Looks complicated at first, but probably isn't.

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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby Coin » Sun May 10, 2009 6:12 pm UTC

Anyone familiar with Pass the Pigs?
It's had a renaissance with me lately as it is great to play at the pub. You have these two (miniature) pigs which you toss onto the table. You score depending on how they land and accumulate points untill you "bank" them of go bust. It's more fun than just playing "first to a hundred" on dice as there is actually a bit of skill involved in throwing the pigs.
I find it an excellent way of determining who gets to settle the bar tab ;)
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby Slipstream.cc » Mon May 11, 2009 12:18 am UTC

Coin wrote:Anyone familiar with Pass the Pigs?

I had the pleasure of playing that a couple months ago. Hilarious game.

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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby McCaber » Mon May 11, 2009 3:05 am UTC

I'm exceedingly happy. I just got my hands on Arkham Horror. Awesome game.

In my first two sessions my friend and I took down Yig in the final battle and got extremely lucky with Azathoth and sealed him away. For a huge stretch the gates only opened on sealed locations or already open gates. Terror track rose like crazy, but it got the job done.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby Sarstan » Mon May 11, 2009 7:12 am UTC

So I need a tip or two on a small issue I have concerning board games.
You see. I've never played anything that isn't Risk, Monopoly, etc. Games that everyone and their mother plays at a time or two in their lives. To me, such simple games are just no fun. On the other hand I've got a huge problem of finding anyone that plays such games near me.
So to my question. How do you find other people that are interested in such games that are close enough to actually play with on a regular basis? Is there some sort of online meetup board for different cities?
If it matters, I'm in Bakersfield, CA for anyone that actually lives within 100 miles of there.

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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby Zohar » Mon May 11, 2009 7:16 am UTC

Even here in Israel there are a few clubs that organize monthly gatherings of gaming. I'm sure you could find some too, if you looked online maybe. Local papers could help as well. And if you're in school maybe there's a suitable club?
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby Sarstan » Mon May 11, 2009 7:32 am UTC

Zohar wrote:Even here in Israel there are a few clubs that organize monthly gatherings of gaming. I'm sure you could find some too, if you looked online maybe. Local papers could help as well. And if you're in school maybe there's a suitable club?

I knew school would be brought up. As soon as my wife gets her's done so I can quit my dead end warehouse job and... Well, nevermind. I don't recall ever seeing anything in the newspaper. Frankly this city is full of hicks and I can't imagine too many people capable of even understanding a fun boardgame much less having the patience to play it. Still, I was hoping to hear how others usually find their game partners or if there's common places for such a meetup.
Are there any games on XBox live that are commonly taken up by XKCD members? I know it's not technically board games, but there are several card based games on there I noticed such as Catan?

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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby Zohar » Mon May 11, 2009 7:38 am UTC

Sarstan wrote:I knew school would be brought up. As soon as my wife gets her's done so I can quit my dead end warehouse job and... Well, nevermind. I don't recall ever seeing anything in the newspaper. Frankly this city is full of hicks and I can't imagine too many people capable of even understanding a fun boardgame much less having the patience to play it. Still, I was hoping to hear how others usually find their game partners or if there's common places for such a meetup.
Are there any games on XBox live that are commonly taken up by XKCD members? I know it's not technically board games, but there are several card based games on there I noticed such as Catan?


First, I don't know how big a city you live in but you can probably find people similar to you around you (maybe you could hang a few posters).
Second, I don't play XBox so much but I know they play Carcasson there, and it has online play. It's a nice game.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby SecondTalon » Mon May 11, 2009 12:32 pm UTC

Sarstan wrote:... How do you find other people that are interested in such games that are close enough to actually play with on a regular basis? Is there some sort of online meetup board for different cities?
If it matters, I'm in Bakersfield, CA for anyone that actually lives within 100 miles of there.
Generally speaking, the kind of store that sells stuff like Arkham Horror and knows the game Domaine will usually have a bullitin board onsite on which to advertise that you're looking for a group or whatever.

The only real issue is that the only people I know that utilize the board are people who don't already have a group. So, you may have a couple of bad experiences before you have a good one.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby Sarstan » Wed May 13, 2009 9:23 am UTC

SecondTalon wrote:Generally speaking, the kind of store that sells stuff like Arkham Horror and knows the game Domaine will usually have a bullitin board onsite on which to advertise that you're looking for a group or whatever.

The only real issue is that the only people I know that utilize the board are people who don't already have a group. So, you may have a couple of bad experiences before you have a good one.

I had a feeling that might be the case. Reminds me of my friends trying to get me to play Halo 3. Had far more teams and opponents that spoke English like a sailor than who were actually there to play a game and unwind from it. Not very fun at all.
I did download the Settlers of Catan (I forgot the specific name used) on Xbox live. Haven't played multiplayer yet, but it's definitely a step in the right direction for the type of game I'd love to play with others.
I do recall a board game that had little model aircraft from WWI. It looked deeply interesting to me. You had cards that you drew and they showed the maneuver you could make (curving left, right, etc). For shooting you had a line of sight for each plane and you used a straight edge and distance to tell if you could hit another plane. Don't know too many other details past that, but between my love for WWI dogfights, budding board game interest, and saying more than "I shot you" to make it count, it seems wonderful. Anyone have a name by any chance?

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Postby Coin » Wed May 13, 2009 11:46 am UTC

I believe you are refering to Wings of War by Avalon Hill.
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Postby McCaber » Fri May 15, 2009 3:21 am UTC

Well, it's by Fantasy Flight Games now, but it's still the same game.

I've heard good things about it, but haven't had a chance to play it.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby folkhero » Sat May 16, 2009 8:42 am UTC

This could probably be its own thread, but does anyone else have good memories modding their old board games? Clue was an obvious one because they gave you all those cool weapons and nothing cool to do with them. Don't tell me I'm not the only person here that played Combat Clue. My favorite invention was to take this Disneyland board game I had (it was for really little kids) and subverting is by combining it with Risk pieces to make it an all out war in Disneyland. You got more soldiers for blowing up Disneyland land marks and killing Disney characters, bonus points for killing princesses by tying them to the the railroad tracks running them over with a train.
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Postby pseudoidiot » Wed Jul 22, 2009 2:51 pm UTC

For anyone else that enjoys the Arkham Horror board game someone made a program so you can make custom cards and such.

I haven't had a chance to play with it yet, but a friend of mine made some pretty amusing cards.

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Postby McCaber » Thu Jul 23, 2009 1:20 pm UTC

Yeah, it's awesome. I've already made investigators based around my Call of Cthulhu party and I'm working on a set of cards to make the original Old Ones much more hazardous.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby maxmillean » Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:54 pm UTC

Arkham Horror all the way. My sister introduced me to this game and I got hooked. I saw a zombie board game at a local store once, but didn't have the money to get it and haven't gone back yet....
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby She » Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:27 pm UTC

I concur with Arkham Horror being a great game, but recently I've found two other co-op games that are about as good:
- Pandemic, where you play a research team trying to stop pandemic diseases from spreading, and ultimately try to discover cures for them. The least complicated co-op game I've seen, and sometimes that's a good thing.
- Space Alert, where you play the crew of a spaceship trying to fend off external threats such as aliens and battleships as well as internal ones such as saboteurs and reactor leakage. It has a timed planning phase where averyone tries to coordinate their actions, and then a resolution phase when the action cards are turned and you get to see exactly how much you screwed up. It's hilarious when someone reroutes the power from one section of the ship to another exactly when it was needed to fire a cannon in the first, or someone firing all the missiles at a threat that has already been taken care of.
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Postby Johannes Factotum » Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:38 pm UTC

maxmillean wrote:I saw a zombie board game at a local store once, but didn't have the money to get it and haven't gone back yet....


The game was probably Zombies!!! by Twilight Creations. The game is a "beer and pretzel game" which is to say it is very random who wins and who loses.

Has anyone else played Galaxy Trucker. Every round has two parts. First you build a spaceship, then you watch a galaxy full of pirates, meteors and other players try and destroy it. It's essentially a puzzle game combined with a racing game and lots of fun. The strategy can get pretty deep.

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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby crucialityfactor » Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:17 pm UTC

I often play Risk or Monopoly with my friends, and we all have a good time, but honestly, I'm pretty bored with both games. I tried to get them to play Axis and Allies but it was too complicated for them to want to try and learn. I'd really like to get Arkham Horror, but I fear I'll have the same problem in getting them interested. Oh xkcd forums, what can I do to make my friends stop being such lazy assholes?

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Postby Bulvox » Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:07 am UTC

...Why has nobody mentioned Zombies!!! yet? That game is awesome. Also, the game shop that my town has, has a game night, were people are welcome to come down and play board games for the night, starting at 6pm, for free. So I've played more games than I thought existed. Zombietown and Last Night on Earth are also good games, as is Citadel. I really want to try Vampire the game, and A Game of Thrones.
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Postby notzeb » Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:47 am UTC

I have a friend who has what seems to be the World's Best Risk Strategy (tm). I kid you not, this guy wins ten out of ten games of Risk (keep in mind that Risk is a six player game). He has taken over for other players that have as few as five armies remaining, and proceeded to win the game. As far as I can tell, his gameplan goes something like this:

Take Europe, and keep one army on each border territory. This is crucial to the strategy ("you don't want to increase border tensions"). From then on, stockpile all/most of your armies in the two center territories (britain and scandinavia, I think?), and make alliances with everybody else (always help the weaker player). Nobody dares to touch your border territories because they all know that the second they do that, your massive army will leave Europe to sweep them off the board. Now wait for everybody to kill each other off, but make sure you get into the action before another player gets too close to world domination.

Of course, I'm probably oversimplifying (I was never very good at Risk).
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Postby crucialityfactor » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:22 pm UTC

Why wouldn't people just attack his boarder territories BEFORE he amassed a giant army?

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Postby SecondTalon » Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:36 pm UTC

Yeah, I mean.. in every game I play of Risk, the first person to grab a full territory is an immediate target of everyone else in the game.
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Postby notzeb » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:27 pm UTC

I dunno - mostly because he's already helping them out to attack other players (or, more often, to survive attacks from other players), and he doesn't grab a continent right away. But wherever he does go, he always leaves only one army on his border territories. Europe seems like the ideal continent to pull this off on - to me - but he doesn't always try to take europe.

Basically, taking out his border countries doesn't really bug him. I mean... he only loses one soldier. On top of that, you fail to realize how quickly this massive army builds up. He's basically putting all of his troops on the same territory every turn, and rarely gets attacked. The only way he can get taken out is if someone else devotes all of their troops to killing him (in which case they will certainly lose as well...) Other players rarely team up against him, as well, since they're stuck in a prisoner's dilemma type of situation: if everyone attacks him, they all benefit, but by attacking your chances of losing go way up. If you leave him alone, he *can't* attack you, though, since he'd first have to transfer his troops to the front lines (in other words, no border tensions).

It's sort of like... the cold war. He's one of the superpowers, and he's trying to stage little coup's all around the board to make the people controlling the other territories his friends. Also he's stockpiling on nuclear weapons - attacking him is Mutually Assured Destruction (although he's rather good at risk, so usually he survives the attack anyways).

Also, has anyone ever noticed how some people just suck at rolling the dice in risk? The phrase "you make your own luck" totally applies here.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby Vaniver » Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:59 pm UTC

If you want a game where you have to play the players, not the board (which is what it sounds like your friend is doing), then go with Diplomacy. None of that pesky dice-rolling to muck up your beautiful plan!
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Postby Zohar » Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:24 am UTC

I'm pretty certain I already mentioned this game before, but I'll recommend it again just on how sheer awesome it is - the Battlestar Galactica board game.

It's a cooperative game, everyone plays a character from the series with different special abilities but same basic functionality (Adama is "emotionally attached" so he can't send anyone to jail, Tigh is "alcoholic" so if he has only one card left in his hand he must discard it etc.). They're all playing to try and help the fleet get enough jumps to get to Kobol while trying to keep their resources up and fighting against cylon attacks and other crises that come up every turn.

The thing is, everyone gets a loyalty card at the beginning of the game and they might actually be a cylon in disguise. You can put people in jail if you want to but you'll never be sure whether they're cylons or not until they reveal themselves (and go do cylon-specific actions). Even worse, at teh midpoint of the game everyone get dealt another loyalty cards, so humans might find out they're cylons and now have to work against the fleet.

Combine this with various hidden choices that people can do and this becomes a very intense game.

I think someone can play it without knowing the series, but it's pretty cool how well they tailored the game to the show.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby Vaniver » Sun Feb 28, 2010 2:32 am UTC

So, played Agricola for the first time tonight. Also, since the last post was on it, might as well talk some about BSG.

Agricola is a farming game that's very similar to Puerto Rico, if you've played that. You have a 3x5 plot which you fill up with your house, pastures, and fields- you grow crops, raise animals, and enlarge your family, while trying to make enough food that you don't have to go begging.

The central component of the game is scarcity of actions. Each of your family members (you start with 2, and can get up to 5) can do one thing a turn, but only one person can do each thing a turn. If one of my people goes fishing, then no one else can go fishing that round- not one of my other people, not your people. As well, the game only lasts 14 rounds- so if you never get children, you only take 28 actions the entire game (and if you do get more people, that number probably won't climb above 40ish). The number of available actions climbs by one a round, and many things (like adding another family member in a game with 4 or less players) don't become available until a certain stage of the game (and then it appears in a random round during that stage).

This makes for a very interesting dynamic- in Puerto Rico (or Race For the Galaxy), you doing something means that everyone else does that, although you go first and get a benefit. In Agricola, you doing something denies everyone else the ability to do that thing- and oftentimes those things are critical (like having more family members, or baking bread). It drives the planner in me insane- and, like one of my friends put it, "This is the sort of game where if, after you move, no one says 'ah, shit,' you're doing something wrong." Generally, in other games, scarcity of resources ("Man, I wanted to get that corn plantation") dominates and scarcity of actions is less noticeable- but in Agricola, you quickly become hypersensitive to what you can do and what you can't, and how your actions constrain the other players. This is further compounded by the random occupations and minor improvements you receive at the start of the game, which you can spend actions and resources activating- many of them, particularly if they're synergistic, can significantly change how the game plays. One of the things boosting the replay value of the game is the sheer number of occupations and improvements, and the significantly higher number of combinations of them- but one does get the feeling that it's very easy for starting hands to be awesome or horrible. (In the last game I played, my starting hand was good at two things- and I apparently picked the wrong one to do, ending up with a horrible score. I also made a midgame choice that was probably poor, but at the time it seemed like it might end well.)

Once you know how things work, the game plays quickly- you spend a regrettable amount of time waiting for other people to decide what to do, but that's a hazard of any game. It's a lot better than things like Arkham Horror or Civilization, where even getting through a single game is a feat- with Agricola, you have time for 2-3 games, at least.

I'm not sure it's worth $70 to pick this game up; it's good, but I'm not sure it's *that* good unless you have a group that likes similar games and is going to play it frequently. I mean, that's twice the price of BSG- but if you have minimal cash constraints, Agricola is worth picking up. There are even one-player rules, and I hear the score requirements for a one-player game are actually pretty severe.



BSG is a great game. It's very sensible and easy to learn- things do what you expect them to do- but there's still a rich ruleset for tactical and strategic thinking. The crux of the game is that there are Cylons in the fleet, and you don't know who they are- so you're working with low resources, desperately trying to get to Kobol (or New Caprica, if you have the expansion) before something critical runs out. I think it captures the spirit of the idea more than the series itself did, actually- in the series you know the humans are going to make it, at least for a while and as a group, while in the game that's nowhere near certain.* As well, the series often plays its hand early as to who is the Cylon- while in the game, you have to go off of your suspicions and the rare times when you can actually identify someone.
*One of my gripes about the game is that, in order to win, everything needs to go the human's way. So, instead of knowing the humans will pull through, you know that they won't- unless you get really, really lucky. They recommend starting with 2 more of every resource if the Cylons generally win, and my group hasn't done that yet, but I think we will. Things can just be so brutal- and a good strategy for a Cylon player is to just play as if they were human until the last few turns. The humans will probably lose without them trying to sabotage beforehand!

I personally don't like the expansion much. It adds a lot of new characters, the Pegasus, a new endgame (instead of getting to Kobol then jumping again, you have to get to New Caprica then launch off of it), but the feel is just... a lot more rushed, perhaps. Instead of just panic jumping, you have Cain's ability to blind jump and the Engine Room, which lets you guarantee that your crisis will have a jump prep step. Most Cylon fleets that you face can't damage you significantly by the time you jump- and so the game is just a race away rather than battles punctuated by jumping out. Alternatively, this could just be the different between knowing what you're doing and not knowing what you're doing- but I feel the game might be more interesting if the pilots were more necessary than they seem now, particularly with the expansion.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby rigwarl » Sun Feb 28, 2010 3:05 pm UTC

The battlestar game sounds awesome, how many people do you need minimum? Because I only have a group of 3 other friends in town I play board games with.

I have 4 favorites:

Luck of the Draw - My #1 game. For those familiar with Apples to Apples (you take turns judging the other players' anonymous plays based on how clever/funny they are), it's a pictionary version of that. Basically, each round there is an object that everyone draws and a "judging category" such as "best use of stick figures" which keeps the drawings fresh AND you don't have to be artistically talented (you know what it is beforehand). Winner of each round gets a point.

Bang! - a card game based on Mafia. Everyone sits in a circle and is dealt a secret "role" card, which is usually either deputy or outlaw. No one knows eachothers roles except everyone knows who 1 person is- the Sheriff. You're trying to kill all the outlaws or the sheriff depending on what team you're on. Cards include shooting another player, healing yourself, getting better guns to shoot further, etc. Very simple and easy to learn if you enjoy the detective aspect of mafia but hate the snail pace.

Munchkins - goofy game based on D&D (card game, so no roleplaying requirements) Cards are all inherently humorous and do things such as make you a certain race or class, give you armor/weapons/magical items, make you fight a monster that can either level you up or down if you win/lose, etc. What makes the game interesting is the other players can either help or harm you in your fight against monsters. A player wins by reaching level 10.

Curses - This game is a riot. Each turn you have to tell a creative story (example card: "pretend you are the president of the US and negotiating a treaty"). Afterwards, you hand out a curse to another player that they keep the rest of the game until they break it. Breaking 3 curses = losing, but the game usually ends very quickly after 1 person loses since you get to give all your curses to other players, pretty overwhelming. Curses are along the lines of "talk like a pirate" and "whenever someone says the name of a food, stand up".

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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby BurningLed » Sun Feb 28, 2010 3:28 pm UTC

My favorite board game recently has been Power Grid. The game is a monopoly type venture, where the idea is to take control of and upgrade as many "properties" as possible. The gameplay revolves around resource management and smart business senses -- You buy power rights to cities, buy different models of power plants at auction, and buy the resources for those plants in order to power them. The goal is to buy and power a certain number of cities, depending on the board you are playing (U.S.A., Germany, France, Australia, etc.) and the number of people. For 6 players and a small board, such as the Benelux area, it might be as few as 8 cities; for a group of 3 on the U.S. map, 21 cities.

The game takes place in phases. The first phase determines turn order, which is determined by the number of cities bought out by players. The one with the most takes the first slot, the second most takes the second slot, etc. until the least amount takes the last slot. However, first slot does not always take the first turn -- The order is reversed in some of the phases (I can't remember which because I haven't played in a month or two.)

Second phase, the auction cards are dealt. These are a series of power plants which are up for auction at certain minimum bids -- The lower the minimum bid is, the less efficient the power plant. Cards are dealt in the base market and in the future market -- The only ones up for auction are those of the base market, but every time a base market plant is auctioned off, the lowest plant from the future market takes it's place. This gives players the choice for a worse plant now, with certainty, or the risk of other players bidding higher on that future market plant.

Third phase, cities are bought out. Each city has a price of 10, 15, or 20 dollars game currency depending on your phase -- A city that has already been bought out can have a second portion bought in a later phase, and a third portion bought towards the endgame. This also comes with the added cost of laying a connection. Therefore, a connection from Washington to Philadelphia would be fairly cheap -- somewhere in the 3 or 4 dollar range, plus the 10 for buying Philly. l However, a connection from Salt Lake City to San Francisco would be 27 extra credits, due to the Rocky Mountains as well as a few hundred miles of desert.

Fourth phase, resources are bought for your plants. You can only buy up to twice the resources you may use to power all of your plants. A certain amount are replenished at the beginning of each round, depending on your game phase (early/middle/late game.) The type of plant is fairly important -- Early in the game, oil and coal plants are strong due to an abundance of cheap resources. However, they are very inefficient. Garbage and uranium become far more plentiful/powerful late game, compared to the increasingly scarce and low-power fossil fuels. The best, but most expensive, are wind powered, solar powered, and fusion-powered plants, which produce higher and higher amounts of electricity at the cost of no fuel whatsoever.

The final phase, players earn money based on the number of cities they powered that turn. The returns are diminishing, however -- You earn 12 dollars for each city powered in the first 3 or 4, but by the last 19 or 20, only 3 dollars are earned per city. You earn a base of 10 dollars per round, even if you power no cities at all.

And that repeats itself until the goal of 21/14/whatever cities is met by a player, who is then CEO of the world or something.

My strategies for it:
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Base yourself in spots which have a dense concentration of cities, but far away from other players who could entrap you by buying cities in a 'wall' around yours, forcing you to wait until a later phase when you can buy out a second or third portion of that city.

It's usually best to buy one or two large oil/coal plants in the early game, while focusing on green power and garbage late game. Depending on your area, uranium is sometimes good and sometimes bad -- It's a terrible resource in maps such as Poland/Austria, where extra game rules sometimes even restrict it's use. It's a great resource in maps such as the U.S. however, where it can power large amounts of cities for a fairly cheap amount late game.

Try to monopolize your control of resources as much as possible -- If all other players have bought into coal, buy an oil plant. They'll be warring over the rising price of coal, while you'll be comfortable with fairly low oil prices.


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Aaand that's my wall of text. i've played Munchkin, and that is officially the most fun card game ever. Two words: Divine Intervention.

I should really try that Curses game -- I love etiquette-based games. I would discuss Mao (a similar-sounding game) with the people here, but that would betray its rules.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby Vaniver » Sun Feb 28, 2010 10:56 pm UTC

rigwarl wrote:The battlestar game sounds awesome, how many people do you need minimum? Because I only have a group of 3 other friends in town I play board games with.
3 is the minimum. 4 should work fairly well; 5 is a good number. I've generally played with 5 or 6. (7 a few times, with the expansion.)

I've played Power Grid once; it seems fun, but I haven't played it enough to get a good feel for its strategy.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby SiimN » Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:19 pm UTC

I like
settlers of catan
carcassone for its simplicity
last night on earth (It has zombies!)
San Juan and Puerto Rico
and more...
anyone who wants to try these games should go to http://brettspielwelt.com/ or http://brettspielwelt.de/ (one of the servers may be down)
its a little harder to play than in the real game but you can get a good idea of the game

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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby She » Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:55 am UTC

Right, Brettspielwelt. That's where I get my Dominion fix Dominion is a great game. Has anyone mentioned it yet?
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby Chen » Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:26 pm UTC

How good is Arkham Horror for just 2 players? I've been playing Race for the Galaxy a lot with my GF but I think a new game would work well. Anyone have any other suggestions for a decent 2 player game?

Oh a new expansion for Race for the Galaxy should be out this spring I hear. Hopefully it slightly tones down the military strategy and perhaps slightly increases some of the produce/consume ones (green it notably weak there).

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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby novax6 » Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:56 pm UTC

Chen wrote:How good is Arkham Horror for just 2 players? I've been playing Race for the Galaxy a lot with my GF but I think a new game would work well. Anyone have any other suggestions for a decent 2 player game?

Oh a new expansion for Race for the Galaxy should be out this spring I hear. Hopefully it slightly tones down the military strategy and perhaps slightly increases some of the produce/consume ones (green it notably weak there).


It's still fun, but it's very hard with just 2 players, even more so then normal. I think the difficulty is lowest around 4 or so people, and any less or more then that it starts to get harder.
Most of my favorite 2 player games are military or conflict themed ones, so your GF might not be into them (mine won't play them :? ), like Space Hulk, Memoir 44, Tide of Iron, but there are some good 2 player euro board games, or so I hear. Stuff like Agricola and Tigris and and Euphrates are supposed to be good games like that.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby rrwoods » Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:22 pm UTC

She wrote:Dominion is a great game

This game is pure gold.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby Vaniver » Tue Mar 23, 2010 4:54 am UTC

Just played Dominion over the weekend. It is fantastic.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby ian » Thu May 27, 2010 4:10 pm UTC

Is Battlestar rubbish with 2 players? From the sound of how it is played it seems it probably is.

Got the 'The Princess and the Dragon' expansion for Carcassonne today. Woot.

Anybody got any other suggestions for games that are good for 2 people and not overly complicated? A lot seemed far more aimed at 3 upwards.

edit: race around the galaxy sounds interesting, might check that out.

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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby Chen » Thu May 27, 2010 5:18 pm UTC

ian wrote:edit: race around the galaxy sounds interesting, might check that out.


The new expansion just came out for Race for the Galaxy and adds a very interesting prestige mechanic. Its a fair bit more complicated than the base game or either of the other expansions though. A lot of more takeover powers too. Its worth trying the base game first though since its fairly simple but still good.


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