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So today I though, I have a load of old games at home I used go enjoy playing, I wonder if I should play more non-computer based games.

I've also been hearing a lot about games I've never played from other people that enjoy computer games etc.

My friends are up for it so I'm on the hunt for a few games to get started, these are:

- Pandemic

- Cards Against Humanity

- Settlers of Catan

Does anyone play board games? I have the usual classics of Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit etc but want to try things a bit more obscure.

I'm really itching to get my copy of HeroQuest out again though. :P

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We used to play a game called Movie Maker, was my parents.

Basics are you have a board, roll dice, collect different cards and making movies from the cards. You get actors, actresses, director, genre, etc and then i cant remember the rest, but it was good fun :P

Monopoly is always fun with a few drinks and banter :)

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Stop fucking about and get Talisman. I got it for Christmas from my sister as she remembered that I used to play it as a sullen pre-teenager, and I'm so glad she did. We play it all the time, and more so when we have guests. Looking at as a semi-retired gamer, it's just like Oblivion or Fallout in terms of it's RPG-ness, it even has an xp system (that I totally didn't use as a child).

And you can get an expansion pack that involves dragons, thus making it like Skyrim too. Sorry about the cheese.

Settlers of Catan is excellent, and I've heard nothing but good things about Carcassion, but I've not played it.

The advantage over 'computer gaming' is that it is always in groups of living people, invariably your friends, and usually drink. Time with friends playing games in the same room beats solitary online, no matter how good your mic/headphone set is.

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Oh yes, I play board games regularly.

If you haven't bought Pandemic yet, can I urge you to NOT get it, and instead get Forbidden Island. It's made by the same creator, and is much simpler and extremely thrilling to play.

It has a brilliant game mechanic where the island (board) starts sinking as you play, making each game a massive adrenalin-fuelled race against the rising sea.

It's so much better than Pandemic IMO. Try it on iPad first if you wanted ;)

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While I would like to play Talisman, it looks a little too beardy for my friends. :D

Not all of my friends are in to games, and most of them not as much as myself. Often we'll get together but just end up watching shit on TV so thought I would try something different. Most of them seem up for it which is good, now I just need to source some games.

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I used to play a lot of board and card games with my friends when I lived at my folks, and still do when I'm back to visit.

My friends are up for it so I'm on the hunt for a few games to get started, these are:

- Pandemic

- Cards Against Humanity

- Settlers of Catan

Does anyone play board games? I have the usual classics of Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit etc but want to try things a bit more obscure.

I'm really itching to get my copy of HeroQuest out again though. :P

Pandemic and Settlers of Catan I've heard good things about, not heard of Cards against Humanity though.

Stop fucking about and get Talisman. I got it for Christmas from my sister as she remembered that I used to play it as a sullen pre-teenager, and I'm so glad she did. We play it all the time, and more so when we have guests. Looking at as a semi-retired gamer, it's just like Oblivion or Fallout in terms of it's RPG-ness, it even has an xp system (that I totally didn't use as a child).

And you can get an expansion pack that involves dragons, thus making it like Skyrim too. Sorry about the cheese.

Settlers of Catan is excellent, and I've heard nothing but good things about Carcassion, but I've not played it.

The advantage over 'computer gaming' is that it is always in groups of living people, invariably your friends, and usually drink. Time with friends playing games in the same room beats solitary online, no matter how good your mic/headphone set is.

I think you mean Carcassonne, which is great.

I would recommend Formula D, Power Grid, La Havre, and Game of Thrones (Both card and board)

Formula D (2 to 10 players) - You can play with Formula 1 style or street racing cars. I would recommend the Formula 1 to start with to used to the rules, but this is one of my favourite games. You can expand this with new tracks as well to start a league or championship with your friends.

Power Grid - (2-6) - You bid on power plants and then try to power cities with them using resources that you have bought. this will then give you income, which you use to bid on better power plants so that you can power more cities.

Le Havre (1-5 Players) - A great resource game where you never have enough turns or men to do what you want to do. Basically you collect resources to either build buildings or feed your workers. Buildings give you victory points but you won't be able to build them without workers!

Game of Thrones (3-6 Players) - Based on the books, you vie for control of the Iron Throne through diplomacy or warfare.

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By the way, almost any game made by Reiner Knizia (German mathematician turned game designer) is well worth playing. He creates games that have simple but brilliant mechanics.

He has a fantastic entry-level card game called Lost Cities, which is not complicated but huge fun.

As for sourcing, amazon sells all popular board games ;)

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I used to collect board games and still have quite a good collection of games that aren't avaialble any more.

I used to trawl charity shops for cheap but quirky games. One can often pick up brand new, unplayed games that are no longer produced.

+1 for anything by Reiner Knizia. He did The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and I also have one from way back called something like Merchant. Very, very clever games, beatifully produced and with unique gaming mechanics.

If you can find it 'Ocean Trader' is/was a good all round family game, and of course Sid Meir's Pirates started life as a board game (mucho collectible nowadays).

For a fun, play with mates game I would suggest 'The Really Nasty Horse Racing Game'. Amazon still has it.

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I'm back!

This time - does anyone have a recommended place to buy games from? Normally I order on Amazon but some of the games I want aren't in stock.

Thanks for all the recommendations before as well.

At the moment I own and have enjoyed playing: Pandemic, Lost Cities, Camel Cup, Forbidden Island.

I've also played Betrayal and Carcassone which were good fun.

Currently looking at getting the Pandemic expansion, Sushi Go Party and Knit Wit.

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https://www.chaoscards.co.uk/

often has stuff cheaper than anyone else and, in my case, is the only place that has all the Edlritch Horror expansions.

https://www.travellingman.com/

are big supporters of the conventions, have actual retail shops and are generally very reasonably priced.

Not sure why Sobtanian was talking about something being "Less complicated than Pandemic", which is hardly complicated at all. There's also now Pandemic Legacy, which evolves in such a way that you play a series of games and each game changes rules/board options for the next time: London may become so badly infected it's beyond saving, so you remove London from the board for every game you play thereafter. Brilliant idea.

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Yeah the Legacy one looks awesome, I'd get it if I had a regular person to play with but even so far its just been infrequent meetups.

8 of us are getting together next weekend so planning to take a few games for that.

Thanks for the tips, chaoscards seems good.

Sushi Go Party seems out of stock everywhere though. :(

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9 hours ago, Rinshaw said:

Cards against humanity - great game, but leave you're morals at the door.

I keep seeing things like this and it seems like hyperbole - it's a card game for God's sake. I've never played myself but watched it played in short spells, and it seems to be utterly juvenile. The best description I've seen is "Not really a game. It's a wit simulator for those who lack their own personal cleverness." - reminds me of people who say things like "I'm mad I am"

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It's quite interesting to see who, out of a group of friends, manages to surprise everyone with their vulgarity. Some people hear the odd answer and refuse to play anymore. Others embrace it fully and see how far they can push it.

For those of you who don't know, you basically have to fill in the blanks to a posed question. eg "my morning coffee always tastes better with.........".

The answer cards can range from something relatively obvious, to "a salty surprise", or "Jade Goody's cancerous remains" for example.

Above all it's a good laugh.

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