I'm saddened.... (Board games)
by the lack of board game discussion. We should fix this.
Aren't board games awesome?
What mechanics do you guys enjoy most?
What was your first Euro board game exposure?
Anyone down for some games in the SoCal area?
You guys railed on Thunderstone a bit lately. What are the shortcomings of that as opposed to teh awesomeness that is Dominion?
Yes, board games are awesome. When you come to PAX Prime, you will see me Enforce and hopefully not lose my voice recommending games to people in Table Top.
I think my first introduction to Euro board games was from my friends. They taught me Settlers of Catan and I've been a board game geek since.
As for mechanics, I love tile placement games. Carcassonne, Metro, Tsuro, and Betrayal at the House on the Hill, are some of my favorite tile placing games.
I'm also addicted to Dominion. I recently pre-order the Alchemy expansion for $18. Can't wait to see the cards and mechanics for that. I also got a silly sheep-themed game called Shear Panic where you try to avoid getting sheared and try to get with Roger. the rose carrying hearthrob ram.
I could go on and on, but I'll stop here for now.
My first exposure to Euros was The Princes of Florence. I still hold a special place in my heart for that game. I friggin love learning new games. To the point I hate learning a new game because I'd rather move on to a new one than play a great game consistently. Don't get me wrong. If you don't have a game I've never played and I HAVE to play Dominion, I'm not going to complain. :-p
My favourites are Dominion, Power Grid, Blokus and Puerto Rico.
@Luke - I'd be interested in listening if you want to link to it.
Rym + Scott + Oncoming Bus = Swiftly thrown Rym under said bus.
I know this technically isn't a board game but do any of you know the wonderment that is Tichu? There is a group of about 15 of us that meet weekly to play it and other various card and board games. If anyone does play, feel free to send me a whisper. I'd love to discuss strategies with people outside of my circle of players.
I learned the basics of the game a little while ago, but haven't had many chances to play it since. Neat game -- I can see why people obsess about it.
Fuck you FedEx.
Ticket to Ride American vs. Europe - I love this game, but I prefer the European one since you have a little extra challenge with the tunnels. Plus, I like the stations you can add to bridge over a blocked path.
Infinite City - It was fun and consists of building a city. It's straightforward since what you do is on the tile and each time you place a tile you put your mark on it. Points are tallied at the end and there's lots of chances to screw other player over. I love game where I can screw someone.... Not like that!
Modern Art - It's a bidding game that I had fun with. Not hard to try.
Leonardo da Vinci - This is a game I wanted to play again so badly. It involves making inventions by getting resources and upgrading your factory. It's my favorite at the moment.
Race to the Galaxy - Yeah, it's a card game technically. It's also too hard to just do. I basically didn't understand anything until almost the end. At that point I was STILL confused. I can't say I hate it because I don't get it enough to hate it.
Midgard - This is the first board game I can say I don't really like. Maybe it's the area control or the A, J and M token thing.
Lastly there's this game I don't remember the name of, but it was cool. The game had an India look to it. You auctioned with elephants, kings and colors. What was it!
I haven't developed any hates and likes on certain types of game. I'm in that stage where I'll try ANYTHING as long as someone teaches me.
Getting together for board games is one of those things I put as a high priority over a lot of other interests in life. I would consider myself the organizer of my group of friends. I tend to own the games, people come over to my house, etc., so unless I get out to meetups and such we really only play what I own, and I try not to buy new stuff until I've fully played what I already own. Games in my closet that we tend to break out are: Axis & Allies, Settler of Catan, Munchkin, Last Night on Earth, Robo Rally [personal favorite], Red November, Fluxx, Mystery Express, and The Climbers.
That's pretty much the extent of my board game rotation, so you'll notice a million classics that I haven't had to the chance to play such as: Pandemic, Dominion, Agricola, Puerto Rico, Power Grid, Ticket to Ride, Race for the Galaxy, etc. Expanding my knowledge of great board games is a big part of my motivation for going out and playing games with new people at conventions. I have to promise myself to spend more time in tabletop at next PAX, as I wound up spending my time there teaching people the games I already knew last time around!