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  • mjpilon 2:25 am on April 24, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: board games, , ,   

    Hey all! A few quick thoughts as I finally recover from a crazy 6 day long strep which torn me to shreds:

    • Only positive of being bedridden on Wednesday and Thursday? Having the chance to play probably around 8 hours of Fez. Got through the first 32 cubes without FAQs and actually figured out some of the game’s “language”. I have started my second playthrough and I’ll admit it…. I gave up on the alphabet after a few hours of trying and I looked up where to find the hint(s) for it. I completely MISSED it/them the 1st time so I would been running around for hours (which I don’t have) aimlessly. Figured it out and I am now working through everything without any more assistance. Just a wonderful experience and completely not what I expected in the end – Jeff Gerstmann ‘s “rant” about it on the last Bombcast sums up the whole thing nicely I think. Don’t think I will get as far as @bluesforbuddha or @gkokoris have but I will try as much as I can handle.
    • @zegolf Welcome back! Regarding the board games, I have also started to delve into the area mostly through iOS versions but I have played some in actual board form. I would highly recommend Ticket to Ride and Catan. Great starter games that should peak your interest nicely. I wish I had more to recommend but none of my friends really my interest past Catan and I haven’t really found a board game group in the area to join with to try games like Pandemic or Arkham Horror :p Either way, enjoy the plunge!
    • My fitocracy activity for our group will commence soon – my regular running up and down Mont Royal here in MTL will begin as soon as I am 100% from this damn sickness
    • Also, any free-ish Asynch multiplayer iOS to recommend? Hero Academy is satisfying me nicely right now but I’m always open to trying other experience. Which reminds me: what happened to our Carsassone group? I’m looking at you @angryjedi @ajguy @rocgaude 😉
  • rampantbicycle 9:22 pm on April 23, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: board games   

    @zegolf Another for the board game pile – our gaming group has recently experimented with A Touch of Evil, which we find to be a good alternative for those times when we are in the mood to gang up on some supernatural board game horrors without needing either the great whacking chunks of time OR the great whacking table you would need to play Arkham Horror.

    The gist:

    You are one of a number of potential heroes living in Vaguely Colonial New England, which may be threatened by any number of supernatural whozits – from werewolves to the Headless Horseman (natch.) Your task is to roam the countryside, fighting monsters, collecting useful items, and investigating the Terrible Thing That Stalks In The Night until at last you are ready to raise a posse consisting of yourself, some village elders, and possibly your friends and go terminate the TTTSITN with extreme prejudice.

    Of course, all the village elders have useful powers they can bring to your final showdown. And they also have secrets. Some of them may even be working for the villain – or BE the villain – in which case, you are quite thoroughly hosed.

    It’s actually quite a lot of fun with the right group (for best results I recommend people who enjoy making up little narratives to go along with the dice rolling and whatnot. In our first game my straitlaced spinsterly librarian type not only helped to slay the evil, but redeemed a town elder from the tragic evils of alcohol. ;))

    Word of advice, though: the cooperative version of A Touch of Evil is superior. Don’t bother with the competitive rules, IMO.

    I also recommend, for a completely different flavor, Space Alert. Totally different flavor and setting – science fiction, in what often ends up being a comedy of errors as your hapless crew of misfits embarks on a mission in what must surely be one of the least functional spacecraft ever designed by man. Lifts fail, communications go out, and there never seems to be enough power for anything. And that’s before the giant space octopus shows up.

    Word of advice on this one: you’ll need a device capable of playing CDs. And play the tutorial, whether or not you feel like you need it – you will thank yourself later.

    We’ve also recently experimented with Fortune and Glory, which is basically the board game where you get to be Indiana Jones. No, really. Right down to the hunting artifacts in ancient temples and infiltrating Nazi bases. Having only tried this once, all I can really add is that while it’s fun, that airship is a pain in the ass, and you really, really need to keep those bases under control.

    …Why, yes, I do prefer cooperative games. Why do you ask?

  • Pete Davison 6:41 pm on April 23, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: board games   

    @zegolf What don’t you like about the tracking? I find it pretty intuitive — though finding the right name for things can be a pain at times. The iPhone app’s pretty neat.

    I love Geek and Sundry. Glad someone else is digging it. Also, Felicia Day. Rawr.

    Re: board games. Plenty to suggest.

    If you’re a newbie to it all, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne and Catan are your basic “gateway games”.

    Ticket to Ride is largely luck-based, though there’s a healthy dose of strategy that increases exponentially the more people you’re playing with. The concept — claiming train routes across America for great pointage — sounds like it should be pretty dull, but it’s a simple to understand, easy to pick up and very competitive game. Highly recommended. There are lots of different variants on it, too, each providing their own twist. I have the original version with the “1910” expansion.

    Carcassonne is a tile-laying game where you collectively build a map. You get points by claiming territories. Once you get a feel for it, there’s plenty of screwing each other over in subtle ways in this one.

    Catan is a trading and building game. There’s a healthy dose of luck again, but the highlight of the game is the wheeling and dealing in trading with other players. You have to actually negotiate with one another, and that makes it a constantly interesting title to play. You need at least 3 people to play, though.

    Elsewhere, Pandemic is a great game — it’s cooperative, so it’s a nice change of pace, and its mechanics are straightforward to understand but provide a lot of depth. I recommend getting the “On The Brink” expansion with this if you want to try it as it makes the game a whole lot better.

    If you have time to burn, Arkham Horror is great fun. It’s another co-op title set in the world of HP Lovecraft’s horrors. It’s a game that encourages you to think about theme and story as much as mechanics. It’s also monstrously difficult, as a lot of co-op games tend to be.

    There are lots of great card games worth looking into, too. Ascension and Dominion are both cool games that involve building a deck then using it to your advantage — there’s no Magic-style purchasing booster packs and collecting rare cards, though — everything you need to play is in the box. San Juan is a neat take on a trading and building game using only cards. Bohnanza has lots of interesting negotiating and interacting with each other.

    Check out http://boardgamegeek.com/ or http://cautionsmallparts.com/ for some further ideas — or keep watching Table Top as it seems like it’s going to be a great show.

  • zegolf 5:43 pm on April 23, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: board games   

    Hey Gang! Long time no post! Haven’t really had a lot to comment on, most of my gaming has been pretty mainstream. It’s odd that, as I get older and married, my time to play games has exponentially decreased. If only there was a group of folks who were in the same boat as me, sharing their views on what it was like to hang on to yesteryears while still growing older…

    But I digress. I just ripped through the first 32 cubes in Fez and am trying to figure out the next round. I’ve made it through the first batch without glancing at a single FAQ, Walkthrough or guide, but the internet has exposed enough of the deeper stuff that I’m toying with the idea of doing so for the language and code-based portions of the next 32 and beyond. Again…just not sure I have the time to take notes and figure out the codes.

    On top of that, I’ve been watching a lot of Geek and Sundry. If you’re not familiar, it’s Felicia Day’s new channel. Say what you will about that crowd, but they’re definitely embracing high quality, high definition web content. It’s to the point that I’ve nearly considered watching it on my actual TV and not just on a mobile device while I’m TCB. That being said, one of the shows on that network is Table Top. It’s hosted by Wil Wheaton (again, say what you will about it) and got me thinking about how I feel like I’m really missing out on table top gaming. I don’t have any friends around here that have the time or patience to do something like that. This past weekend’s Weekend Confirmed brought to light the fact that nearly all of the really “hot” games are actually on iOS. Some of them even have online multiplayer.

    It got me thinking that maybe I could tap into the squad for some knowledge and maybe even set up some sort of Squad-based board game club? I don’t know, maybe I’m just spit balling here, but I figured it anyone had an appreciation for someone looking to get into that type of gaming, the Squad would be it.


    Oh, and I also joined Pete’s fitocracy group. I really like that concept, I just wish the tracking didn’t suck as much.

  • unmanneddrone 5:22 pm on March 2, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: A Few Acres of Snow, board games   

    @mjpilon Well, you are the very man for the job! It is now your mandate to get a little drafting/deck-building colonial skirmishing antics injected into your Catan sessions. Tell your fellows it’s a matter of honour.

    I dare not check the price of AFAOS, but it might be a little on the pricey side.

  • mjpilon 5:11 pm on March 2, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: board games, I'm French Canadian   

    @unmanneddrone Any board game that is based on the battle of my homeland and has the towns of Gaspe, Tadoussac and Trois Rivieres on their board is alright by me 😉

  • RocGaude 5:42 pm on July 3, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: board games, heroquest, , space alert   

    I’ve been looking for a good “transitional” board game for me and my son to get into. I’d like a good dungeon-crawler like HeroQuest. Any recommendations?

    I’m considering picking up that Space Alert game per @beige’s recommendation. Jonathon knows his stuff and if it’s something he digs too, I’m on board.

    I completed the single player story on Red Dead Redemption yesterday. John Marsden has earned his spot as my favorite video game protagonist yet. I absolutely appreciated every minute I spent walking in his boots and cry a little tear that there aren’t more video game characters like him.

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