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Sean Sands discovers that he's secretly been a board gamer all along - he just never knew it.

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Nice article. My mate and I decided to give the Doom board game a go one day. We gave up when I trapped him in a room with two Cyber Demons though and never got around to finishing the game. There are a few board games that I want to get into though; A Game of Thrones for one.

Welcome to the club. ;) I recently picked up StarCraft the Board Game, Conquest of the Empire and Command & Colors: Ancients, all of which are exceedingly good games.

I turned into a board game convert when I picked up the card game Fluxx a few years back. That grew into Arkham Asylum, Battlestar Galactica, Descent, etc...

I've recently been turned on to the genre of cooperative boardgames, notably Pandemic (fantastic game), Arkham Horror, and (to a lesser extent) Shadows over Camelot. The other category I really like are those that can be played in an hour or less but are still great, like Tsuro, Station Master, and card games like Fluxx and Chrononauts. www.boardgamegeeks.com is the best resource out there, for board games.

You should try Monopoly now that you've experienced the "strategy" games.

Seriously, the strategy in monopoly goes far beyond the rules, it gets into your head. You have to try to get everyone to not figure out what you're doing while fighting for the resources.

If you doubt me, when I first came up with a strategy for Monopoly, the game lasted three hours, and now nobody trusts me when I play.

randommaster:
You should try Monopoly now that you've experienced the "strategy" games.

Seriously, the strategy in monopoly goes far beyond the rules, it gets into your head. You have to try to get everyone to not figure out what you're doing while fighting for the resources.

If you doubt me, when I first came up with a strategy for Monopoly, the game lasted three hours, and now nobody trusts me when I play.

I have attempted to play a serious game of Monopoly...I nearly killed someone.

StarStruckStrumpets:

randommaster:
You should try Monopoly now that you've experienced the "strategy" games.

Seriously, the strategy in monopoly goes far beyond the rules, it gets into your head. You have to try to get everyone to not figure out what you're doing while fighting for the resources.

If you doubt me, when I first came up with a strategy for Monopoly, the game lasted three hours, and now nobody trusts me when I play.

I have attempted to play a serious game of Monopoly...I nearly killed someone.

I find that if everyone agrees to end the game after a certain time, say, five hourrs, then people get competitive without getting violent or bored.

The closest game I have ever played was one where me and my dad were playing, then when we sold everything back, I won by two dollars. Two. Dollars.

And people say Baltic Avenue is worthless.

On that note, may I recommend Cosmic Encounter? It's a big hit with our group: the game lasts less than 90 minutes, with lots of plotting and general chaos going on. You haven't lived until you've been the only person in a five-player game that lost.

No, I have never experienced this. Why do you ask?

Chess is a pretty good game.

I like Catan! Board games are great great fun/ The challenge comes when trying to find playmates.

Finding the right group is rite. I love board games but I have no one to play them with. T_T

The article sounds like it's combining board and tabletop games with the talk about arcane rules and many dice. It seems kinda strange to have that concept of board games since I'm sure most people know board games only from things like Snakes & Ladders and Sorry. We're playing games like Puerto Rico and Agricola mostly, lately we've taken a liking to San Juan since it's playable in fairly short rrounds.

I'll stick to Fallout 3 though Snake and Ladders is calling me...

I was pretty decent at the ole Axis and Allies board games, although I am now horribly out of practice.

Holy CRAP Battlestar Galactica makes for a good board game.

It's even better with beer and friends... which makes the "six hours" you drop on it worthwhile.

Though honestly, if you take six hours, your group isn't very good at it. Last time I played we did it in four.

Yikes, four to six hours? We consider two hours fairly long.

randommaster:
You should try Monopoly now that you've experienced the "strategy" games.

Seriously, the strategy in monopoly goes far beyond the rules, it gets into your head. You have to try to get everyone to not figure out what you're doing while fighting for the resources.

If you doubt me, when I first came up with a strategy for Monopoly, the game lasted three hours, and now nobody trusts me when I play.

Coincidentally, I played that yesterday and lost :( I found it awful that I knew from memory, having not played it for months, exactly how much it was going to cost me before I landed on a property x)
Also I'm a demon at Draughts :D

Our card- and board gaming club at my town has recently gotten into 2 sci-fi games: Galaxy Truckers (everyone simply loves it, twice as much with the expansion....) and the Race for the Galaxy. Though not a board game, we love it also.

But yeah, Catan is one of the all-time favourites for our club, as is Princes of Florence.

Toners:

randommaster:
You should try Monopoly now that you've experienced the "strategy" games.

Seriously, the strategy in monopoly goes far beyond the rules, it gets into your head. You have to try to get everyone to not figure out what you're doing while fighting for the resources.

If you doubt me, when I first came up with a strategy for Monopoly, the game lasted three hours, and now nobody trusts me when I play.

Coincidentally, I played that yesterday and lost :( I found it awful that I knew from memory, having not played it for months, exactly how much it was going to cost me before I landed on a property x)
Also I'm a demon at Draughts :D

Property prices? That's nothing. I can remember the uninproved rent cost, plus cost for houses for the properties.

randommaster:

Toners:

randommaster:
You should try Monopoly now that you've experienced the "strategy" games.

Seriously, the strategy in monopoly goes far beyond the rules, it gets into your head. You have to try to get everyone to not figure out what you're doing while fighting for the resources.

If you doubt me, when I first came up with a strategy for Monopoly, the game lasted three hours, and now nobody trusts me when I play.

Coincidentally, I played that yesterday and lost :( I found it awful that I knew from memory, having not played it for months, exactly how much it was going to cost me before I landed on a property x)
Also I'm a demon at Draughts :D

Property prices? That's nothing. I can remember the uninproved rent cost, plus cost for houses for the properties.

No, as in when you land on Picadilly with 3 houses, it's Ł850 and all that :P

Toners:

randommaster:

Toners:

randommaster:
You should try Monopoly now that you've experienced the "strategy" games.

Seriously, the strategy in monopoly goes far beyond the rules, it gets into your head. You have to try to get everyone to not figure out what you're doing while fighting for the resources.

If you doubt me, when I first came up with a strategy for Monopoly, the game lasted three hours, and now nobody trusts me when I play.

Coincidentally, I played that yesterday and lost :( I found it awful that I knew from memory, having not played it for months, exactly how much it was going to cost me before I landed on a property x)
Also I'm a demon at Draughts :D

Property prices? That's nothing. I can remember the uninproved rent cost, plus cost for houses for the properties.

No, as in when you land on Picadilly with 3 houses, it's Ł850 and all that :P

I see, but so does anybody else with functioning eyeballs.

Lame humor aside, does overseas Monopoly still use the 1/5/10/20/50/100/500 bill system, or are there different values?

Also, what's your favorite variation of Monopoly?

randommaster:


I see, but so does anybody else with functioning eyeballs.

Lame humor aside, does overseas Monopoly still use the 1/5/10/20/50/100/500 bill system, or are there different values?

Also, what's your favorite variation of Monopoly?

uhh... actually I doubt many people could memorise them totally x) I'm damn good with numbers for some reason

Toners:

randommaster:


I see, but so does anybody else with functioning eyeballs.

Lame humor aside, does overseas Monopoly still use the 1/5/10/20/50/100/500 bill system, or are there different values?

Also, what's your favorite variation of Monopoly?

uhh... actually I doubt many people could memorise them totally x) I'm damn good with numbers for some reason

Have you ever played Pokemon Monopoly by any chance? There are actually small changes to the rules that make it a lot more exiting in the late game.

randommaster:

Toners:

randommaster:


I see, but so does anybody else with functioning eyeballs.

Lame humor aside, does overseas Monopoly still use the 1/5/10/20/50/100/500 bill system, or are there different values?

Also, what's your favorite variation of Monopoly?

uhh... actually I doubt many people could memorise them totally x) I'm damn good with numbers for some reason

Have you ever played Pokemon Monopoly by any chance? There are actually small changes to the rules that make it a lot more exiting in the late game.

actually I haven't, but I might check it out :P And of all the versions I've played, nothing's gonna beat the Franklin Mint gold limited edition version my mum keeps somewhere. We played it once, just for the crack. We're keeping it as an heirloom of sorts until they stop producing them entirely.
EDIT: it pobably wasn't the Franklin Mint one, because it has the classic London street names on it... so I'm not sure which one it is... I'll have to ask :P

Toners:

randommaster:

Toners:

uhh... actually I doubt many people could memorise them totally x) I'm damn good with numbers for some reason

Have you ever played Pokemon Monopoly by any chance? There are actually small changes to the rules that make it a lot more exiting in the late game.

actually I haven't, but I might check it out :P And of all the versions I've played, nothing's gonna beat the Franklin Mint gold limited edition version my mum keeps somewhere. We played it once, just for the crack. We're keeping it as an heirloom of sorts until they stop producing them entirely.
EDIT: it pobably wasn't the Franklin Mint one, because it has the classic London street names on it... so I'm not sure which one it is... I'll have to ask :P

What does the non-Franklin Mint one look like? It sounds like it's covered in gold and diamonds or something.

Pokemon Monopoly changes the way doubles work. You can choose to take an extra turn, or you can forfeit the extra turn and get a special effect instead.

ones: Go anywhere an the board, if you pass Go, collect $200
twos: Collect $200
threes: $50 from each opponent
fours: Take one Community Chest card
fives: Take one Chance card
sixes: Battle someone for a set of properties.

That last one can change things in a hurry, because all the improvements are included. You could have just spent a bunch of money maxing out a monopoly, when someone steals it from under your nose. It usually doesn't make things too crazy, however, as double sixes don't come up very often and you can lose the challenge and wate the turn.

Though honestly, if you take six hours, your group isn't very good at it. Last time I played we did it in four.

We had more than half who had never played the game before.

Nice, but some of us are old enough that we started on board games and ended up on PC's :D mainly cause were to lazy to paint miniatures and lay out tables worths of charts (Ohh SPI how I hate theee I stab at thee from hells heart covered in ink and tiny flaky bits of pink and green and blue chitty swarf :D)

randommaster:


What does the non-Franklin Mint one look like? It sounds like it's covered in gold and diamonds or something.

Pokemon Monopoly changes the way doubles work. You can choose to take an extra turn, or you can forfeit the extra turn and get a special effect instead.

ones: Go anywhere an the board, if you pass Go, collect $200
twos: Collect $200
threes: $50 from each opponent
fours: Take one Community Chest card
fives: Take one Chance card
sixes: Battle someone for a set of properties.

That last one can change things in a hurry, because all the improvements are included. You could have just spent a bunch of money maxing out a monopoly, when someone steals it from under your nose. It usually doesn't make things too crazy, however, as double sixes don't come up very often and you can lose the challenge and wate the turn.

The pokémon version does actually sound quite interesting... The special edition one we have is like... gold leaf board with wooden trim and really intricate property detailing engraved into an outer ring... It's very pretty :P
Also the Chance, Community Chest and Property cards are all gold and silver leafed, and the Hotels and Houses are gold and silver respectively and look like ACTUAL houses and hotels... I don't know where she got it from, but she pulled it out one day to show me and my sis and we were in absolute awe. She made us wear latex gloves while playing and we couldn't eat or drink without going into the kitchen and doing it there x). Also we couldn't touch the hotels, only our cards and pieces... bearing in mind we were quite young :P

Toners:

randommaster:


What does the non-Franklin Mint one look like? It sounds like it's covered in gold and diamonds or something.

Pokemon Monopoly changes the way doubles work. You can choose to take an extra turn, or you can forfeit the extra turn and get a special effect instead.

ones: Go anywhere an the board, if you pass Go, collect $200
twos: Collect $200
threes: $50 from each opponent
fours: Take one Community Chest card
fives: Take one Chance card
sixes: Battle someone for a set of properties.

That last one can change things in a hurry, because all the improvements are included. You could have just spent a bunch of money maxing out a monopoly, when someone steals it from under your nose. It usually doesn't make things too crazy, however, as double sixes don't come up very often and you can lose the challenge and wate the turn.

The pokémon version does actually sound quite interesting... The special edition one we have is like... gold leaf board with wooden trim and really intricate property detailing engraved into an outer ring... It's very pretty :P
Also the Chance, Community Chest and Property cards are all gold and silver leafed, and the Hotels and Houses are gold and silver respectively and look like ACTUAL houses and hotels... I don't know where she got it from, but she pulled it out one day to show me and my sis and we were in absolute awe. She made us wear latex gloves while playing and we couldn't eat or drink without going into the kitchen and doing it there x). Also we couldn't touch the hotels, only our cards and pieces... bearing in mind we were quite young :P

That sounds like the cheap version of the one made ENTIRELY from gold and various jewels. That probably sounds bad, but take it as a compliment, I bet it looks awesome.

Monopoly can be really fun when you modify the rules a bit. For example, normally the utilities are useless, but you can set it up where eacj utility gets 5% of all rent, so owning one will get you a lot of money later in the game. It changes them from crap to gold. Alchemists marvel at this.

Me, my brother and his girlfriend are currently playing D&D with candles placed on the board. It makes it so much better and immersive :D

 

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