Tabletop Games 2: Table Harder

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People seemed to really like my last tabletop games post so I figured I would go ahead and do another as I plan for a birthday game night with friends. Here are some of the games that I've played previously (though not necessarily recently), as well as my thoughts. 91r0WIlf8pL._SL1500_

Munchkin is a great deal of fun. You and your friends are exploring a dungeon together: fighting monsters and gathering treasure. The goal is to be the first person to level up to ten. Throughout the dungeon crawl you will help your friends or stab them in the back or maybe do both on the same turn. It can be a wildly volatile game with no clear winner until the moment they do, actually, win. The expansions add more cards and/or game mechanics. I personally have the Clerical Errors and Demented Dungeons expansions. Easy to medium learning curve.

Bonus points for being pretty cheap as far as tabletop games go.

Warning: I have dubbed this "the game to end friendships." It's the only game that I've actually gotten angry enough to start shouting. I could write a short treatise defending myself, but at the end of the day it's not cool to get all angry during game nights no matter how butt-hurt you're feeling. So keep that in mind.

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Castle Ravenloft. It has a great premise--based off of D&D rules, you and your friends are exploring the titular castle in order to put an end to the evil housed within. You are all working together for this purpose and you either all win or all lose. The good: the art is very cool and the minis are a ton of fun (for someone who doesn't have any experience with miniatures). The bad: the leveling and combat rules are simplistic.

Overall I have to admit I was a little disappointed. I want to find a game that is similar to this but just a little more in depth. That being said, my friends liked it a lot more than I did. Medium learning curve.

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Game of Thrones: The Board Game is, well, complicated. As are my feelings on the game itself. Despite getting this for Christmas in 2012, I've only actually played it twice. That's mostly because my gaming group decided, while about half way through setting the game up for what would have been our third play through, that it's just too damn involved. Too many pieces, too many rules, and too long a game. None of us really have the patience for it.

Despite all this, I really do like it. With the right group of friends and with the proper amount of time it's a very fun game. Well made, evenly-balanced. Just be ready for a 30 minute setup and a four hour game. If you like that kind of game, then I do recommend it. Difficult learning curve.

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Citadels. This is a really cool game. Each of the players is building a city in the hope of gaining the most victory points. Despite this sounding exactly like 7 Wonders, it's not. Each round you select a different leader who gives you different bonuses and you slowly build yourself up while trying to keep your opponents from building their own cities. We haven't played this one for a while and I don't know why. It's really quite good. I do recommend it for anyone who likes 7 Wonders.

Again, bonus points for being rather inexpensive for a tabletop game. Medium learning curve.

Tabletop Games

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A lot of people have been asking what tabletop games I play (because I tweet about it from time to time), so I thought I'd write up a quick post about it. I'll do another post in a couple weeks about some of the other games I own, but these are the games I played last night: 71pDF89mgnL._SL1500_

7 Wonders. This is my recent favorite. Each of you gets a Wonder and you have three ages in which to build it, after which you'll add up victory points determined by a variety of gaming mechanics to figure out who wins. Once everyone knows how to play, the game absolutely flies by. I also enjoyed the Leaders expansion. Not as big of a fan of the Cities expansion, but that may just be because I haven't quite learned how it works. Easy to Medium learning curve.

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Carcassonne. I've only played this one twice and only the base game without expansions (belongs to an out-of-town friend), but it's pretty fun. You and your friends are developing the countryside of the city of Carcassone by laying tiles to try to get yourself the most points and screw over everyone else. Easy learning curve.

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King of Tokyo. What my friend refers to as a "palate cleanser." Fast, easy game that's good to play between more complex games. Each of you is a monster attacking Tokyo. You win by getting the most victory points or when the other monsters are dead. The expansion lets you play with more people. Very easy learning curve.

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Puerto Rico. I honestly can't decide if I like this one. It's another "build up victory points by producing materials" game and in that respect I like 7 Wonders better (and 7 Wonders if also easier to learn). So, uh. Buy 7 Wonders. Puerto Rico has a medium learning curve.

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Cosmic Encounter. Oh, this one was fun. I don't own it yet (it belongs to the same out-of-town friend), but I probably will within the next couple of months. Each of you is a separate alien race attempting to colonize planets belonging to the other players. You fight or negotiate your way through the game, using your hand of cards and your alien's special race ability to do so. With so many alien races it has a ton of replayability. It also has a ton of expansions, and I'm not sure which ones we were playing with. Medium learning curve.

Let me know what you've been playing and if you recommend it!