Skip to comments.Boardgaming is fantastic!
Posted on 02/06/2014 10:20:41 AM PST by olepap
My friends, I have been playing board games with my geeky friends for the past 2 years and it has opened up a whole new dimension in my life. These are real, physical games with real people.
Twilight Imperium is the best I have found so far, but other great games are Warparty and Avalon: The Resistance. Sometimes I leave a gaming session and my BRAIN is working overtime, planning strategies, reviewing critical moments of the game.
This is my top recommendation for you, my unknown friends: get into gaming. You can find gamers on meetup.com -Pap
I second this. Rediscovered boardgames after my time with war games in the ‘70s and ‘80s. The modern board games are fantastic.
My wife and I tend to enjoy coop style Ameritrash and quite a few Euores as well.
Cool to find a fellow boardgamer on FR.
I think I may have played this once but don’t remember.
I did..............once..................1979................or 1978...........or..............
My sister and I have been talking about bringing back board games for whenever I’m on leave, or when the family is out at the cabin.
There’s been a kiosk at the mall selling board games, think I might brave the weekend crowds and go shopping next payday.
Once in a while I meet up with some old friends and have Axis and Allies games that get pretty intense.
I agree, used to own a Risk game that I bought in Frankfurt, figured anything having to do w/world conquest should be in German...
A few weeks ago during the Big Freeze my teenagers were stuck at home for several days and (due to some discipline issues) they were without electronics. They played card and board games the entire week and actually enoyed themselves a lot. The wife and I play games with them fairly often.
Hit up your local thrift store or garage sales in the summer. The number of rare and unique boardgames you can find is amazing.
I scored a copy of the hard to find Milton Bradley Dark Tower for 2.00. I had a blast playing it! I was able to then sell it for 300 dollars. Not too bad.
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my husband and I, squ ares that we are, play something almost every day...rummy, sequence,or a dice game...we love games...
“Who say Ukraine weak?”
Plain old Chess junkie here, but Risk is a another family favorite.
Monopoly was a fun option for awhile...until the kiddies decided to liven it up by making it a contact sport.
Yes, actual board games. Some are story driven (Arkham Horror is a game using the HP Lovecraft Cthullu theme). We enjoy Steam, a train themed game.
We went a bit overboard and aquired more games than we should have but we will eventually get to all of them.
Others for consideration:
Wooden ships and Iron Men
Settlers of Catan
Air Force and the Dauntless expansion
yep. I get it.
and while I don’t play boardgames with friends, I do attend a weekly Texas Hold’em poker game.. it matters little what the game is however, we would have fun playing hearts.
it’s a great time each week to get together, laugh and socialize.
I look forward to it all week long.
Dark Tower was an awesome game, used to play that all the time when I was a kid.
"I can't believe you're just giving him Australia. Australia is the key to the whole game!"
Whenever I visit the family at Christmas we play “Last Night on Earth”.
IMO it’s the best Zombie game out there. It’s not particularly bloodthirsty, it’s tense and dramatic and it effortlessly engages people who don’t normally play boardgames.
Ditto that...playing Passout was the only time in my life that I drank 24 beers in one evening. 1981...I was paralyzed on my friends parents sofa, who weren’t home of course. All I remember was laying on the sofa not able to move watching some girls mother chase her daughter through the house...what a mess...good times...
I still have mine and play it now and again.
I play against demons on my Ouija board game.
In college in the 1970s I often played Risk with a few college friends. One player would win way more often than the rest of us, regardless of whether the Australia strategy was used.
Later on, the winning player went into naval officer training, rose through the ranks and was given his own ship to command.
I like to think I was part of his strategy honing skill set.
Richthofen’s War by Avalon Hill, 1972.
A Ticket to Ride
are favorites at our house. Not hard to teach new players, and the gamss are done in an hour.
We also play Dungeons and Dragons sometimes, during school vacation periods.
we have a closet full of games and not enough time to play them.
Used to play also. My favorites were Terrible Swift Sword (Gettysburg)and Carrier War (WWII Pacific).
I have that one, plus 1776
It’s still published as Advanced Squad Leader.
PanzerBlitz/Leader. PanzerGruppe Guidarian. And don’t forget the 9 mapper War in Europe!
Best board GAME ever. Avalon Hill’s Battle of the Bulge 1965. Not good history, but, a blast to play.
There is still a large wargaming community out there!
I always liked being the Banker in Monopoly because it made it easier to embezzle.
We used to have 30-army battles over Siam. Damned right Australia was the key. Asia is tough to get and hold, but criminy! 7 armies!
I used to be a big fan of Avalon hills bookshelf games.
30 posts before Avalon Hill games mentioned?
If bro-in-law have only a few hours, AH’s Gettysburg is good fun, if we have more time the very detailed Devils Den or Bull Run might happen.
But the non-hex games they put out, specifically the game about Arnhem (Bridge too far) is my fav of all. 2 players can have opposing forces in the same zone simultaneously.
Yeah. Panzer Blitz back in the 70’s. Squad Leader. I recently played the first 3 Squad Leader scenarios with Rolf - The Guards Counterattack, The Tractor Works, and the Streets of Stalingrad. It was very intense. The poignant part? It was probably the last time I will ever play Squad Leader.
Guys, it is so great - I spend time with the boys, hootin and hollerin. My wife is thrilled with my new hobby that has nothing to do with guns, liquor, or bad women.
Ah yes, Squad Leader, the orginal, I still have mine. I had about 200 Avalon Hill and other war games at one time.
CATAN is a great family game.
I still have my fleet.
Space Hulk is on the computer now. Sin of Damnation missions are pretty cool.
my favorite boardgame now is Redneck Wars and Trailerpark Wars when I want to release my inner redneck with my West Coast and IL in-laws. Its a hoot!
Thrift stores are the best. Just make sure everything is there before buying.
I’m 59 years old and I rediscovered boardgaming after being away for many years playing PC games.
I now have a gaming group that gets together for five or six hours on Fridays to play many of these games.
The new strategy games don’t have dice and are great fun. Excellent products that have way surpassed games like MONOPOLY, RISK, etc.
Check out the top ranked games for each category on boardgamegeek.com and have fun!
So good ones we have that many may not have heard of
THROUGH THE AGES