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Old 27 June 2016, 09:55 PM
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So, we have a main thread about video games, and a large handful of threads about specific video games or video game genres, but I know that some of us play table-top games, either in place of or in addition to video games.

Role-playing games, board games, card games; anything played with a group of people on some kind of supportive surface: let's hear it!

Myself: I've been with my current RPG group since 1999, primarily playing Dungeons & Dragons, although we've taken a few breaks into other RPGs (Villains & Vigilantes, d20 Modern and Mutants & Masterminds). But we have an ongoing D&D 3.5 campaign with a regular DM, so we mostly stick with that.

That said, sometimes the whole group can't get together, so we switch to non-RPG games. Our current favorites are Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, Smash-Up, Exploding Kittens, Cards Against Humanity, Munchkin and King of Tokyo/King of New York. We've also enjoyed Tripoli, because sometimes just plain cards for chips is the thing to do.

We've got some other games we've tried out, but they haven't made regular rotation yet. I'll list them if/when they get more play.

Spill it - I KNOW some of you at least play RPGs!
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Old 27 June 2016, 10:00 PM
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Battletech is the only game I play with any regularity. I'd love to get into a D&D, Pathfinder, or Shadowrun game, but the table-top scene here is absolutely terrible. To put it into perspective, I have to drive up to Portland (a roughly 600 mile round-trip) to play Battletech.
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Old 27 June 2016, 10:11 PM
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There are two games that I really enjoy playing. One is called Smallworld and like its name implies, it is a quick and fun conquest game.

But my absolute favourite is Axis and Allies (1942 version in the link, the one I play) but finding anyone to play is difficult. I have my copy here and it has collected dust. In August I will head to the Netherlands for a weekend of playing.

When in Ottawa, there is a group of friends I have that regularly play board games. I find it pleasant to do.

But for table top games, nothing beats Euchre for a card game.
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Old 27 June 2016, 10:17 PM
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I play a number of board and card games, intermittently. Most recently I've been playing Pandemic Legacy. It's a cooperative game, where players each pick a character with different abilities and work together to try to travel around the world and contain major global disease outbreaks. It's very tactical, trying to choose the most efficient turns on your action, and taking into account your teammates status and what they can do. But you can't plan too far in advance because the situation can change a lot from turn to turn.

The Legacy version is a variation on the original game, where you play it over multiple sessions. The game mechanics are similar to, but slightly different than the base game. Each time you play a full game, but your actions and results have certain cumulative effects on the game board and your characters. You can choose from various permanent upgrades which you earn each session, to try to make it easier, but they also throw in new gameplay elements that tend to make it more complicated and harder as time goes on. It lasts for 12 sessions, though if you lose you can retry the one you failed, so it probably be at least a few more than that including failed attempts.

Our group has typically been playing with:
A dispatcher, who can move and move others around the board much more efficiently.
A medic, who can treat diseases much more effectively than other characters.
A quarantine specialist, who can prevent the spread of disease, which becomes more important after a twist a couple of sessions into the game.
All of whom are customized with upgrades and relationships between characters suitable to their roles. The last time we tried switching out a character was the only time we lost.

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Old 27 June 2016, 10:43 PM
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Mostly RPG-er here. I belong to 2 groups, a Saturday afternoon group that rotates between 3 games and a Saturday evening group that just sticks to 1 game.

The afternoon group is currently playing:

Rippers (using the Savage Worlds system): Victorian-era monster hunters, in a world where the characters of that era's science fiction and horror are real (so League of Extraordinary Gentlemen meets VanHelsing, etc.)

Stars Without Number, a sci-fi setting placed a few hundred years after an apocalyptic event that rendered FTL drives inoperable. Now that FTL travel is restored, brave souls are once again venturing into an unknown galaxy.

D&D 5e. The latest iteration of the World's Greatest RPG. The setting is a mish-mash as the DM is just running random modules that he finds interesting, regardless of the original setting. So it's Grehawk/Forgotten Realms/Ravenloft/No Setting/Whatever. lol

The Saturday evening group is sold pretty much on playing nothing but Pathfinder.

I'm the GM of that group. We recently finished off the Carrion Crown adventure path, which is a walk through Gothic and Lovecraftian horror themes.

In January we started the Skull and Shackle adventure path, which is fantasy pirates. The group has recently made enemies of some savage shark-men, and, having found a map to their lair, is working on a plan to take the fight to them.
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Old 27 June 2016, 10:51 PM
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I've got my group that I've been playing D&D with for 15 years now, (more or less some have come on some have left, as it goes) We're playing D&D 5th ed right now, we play boardgames every now and again, we've been playing Eldritch Horror, Alien Legendary encounters, and various other boardgames. but most recently it was Eldritch horror where the world ended twice... (aka we lost horribly which is common in Eldritch horror) Although the last game I was doing quite well, everyone else was sucking horribly. (usually I'm the one sucking) but at the end of the world I had 5 unique relics, and 2 artifacts. (most games we're lucky to see a single artifact make it into the game)

I've been wanting to play pandemic Legacy, but most of our board game nights are one-offs, so a continuing game like that just isn't that appealing to most of them. and doing that for 12 weeks... well... that's out of the question.
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Old 27 June 2016, 11:03 PM
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We tend to have 3-4 games in rotation at any given time. If we find a good new one, it usually bumps an existing one to the back of the line.

Right now, the mnew game we are playing is Star Wars: Rebellion. It is the saga in a box, and it is a lot of fun. I've played as the Empire once and the Rebels twice, losing as the Rebels the first time. The second time, I picked the same planet for the hidden base (Endor) as the first time, and DW felt sure I wouldn't do that and never checked there. It was a beautifully executed bluff the whole time (if I do say so myself) while I did everything I could think of to make he believe that the base was the opposite end of the board. I kept playing the card that would allow me to move the base just in case, moving new troops there, and generally neglecting everywhere else to make sure she stayed focused away from Endor. When she figured it out, she was far too late.

The game we play the most of is Star Wars X-Wing miniatures. I have way too many ships for that at this point. We are pretty even on wins and losses at this point. We generally play with a lot more points than standard tournament rules, because we have so many ships. We also both tend to like themes, so we will have battles that are all the bounty hunters against the smugglers, or squads that can be drawn directly from various books. Great strategy game, and the strategy starts before you ever play a piece - selecting your squad is often just as important as anything you do in game.

For a quick game, we like Quarriors. Kind of a dice version of Dominion. Not a lot of depth, but something we can play quick and easy.

Finally, we have the drinking games. If it is time for a drinking night, we will break out either Red Dragon Inn or Inn Fighting. We basically drink when our characters do, and it can be a bit over the top. I think Red Dragon Inn is the better game if you are just playing it. But Inn Fighting is a great add on to really any RPG that might involve a fight in an inn. It doesn't take much to adapt a character to the rules of the game, and it provides a fun little framework to actually have a bar brawl. I don't get to play much D&D any more, but when I do, the characters almost invariably end up in a tavern looking for a fight (I have weird friends). So we break this out have a little interlude.
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Old 28 June 2016, 03:09 AM
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My gaming group recently finished up a Pathfinder adventure path (Shattered Star) that we'd been playing for about two years. We started it playing Pathfinder, but once D&D 5e was released we switched over to that, so the DM had to do some conversions to make the Pathfinder monsters/items work with 5e. It's the first time I've played such a long story with a definite beginning and end.

This past weekend we started our new 5e campaign, which will run us through a series of classic D&D modules. It was rough playing a 1st level character again after getting used to my 17th level monstrosity. Those goblins really roughed us up, but we're still alive.
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Old 28 June 2016, 03:22 AM
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I have the anniversary edition of Ticket to Ride with the deluxe game pieces, fancy artwork on the board and cards, etc. It's a fun game I truly enjoy playing. My son has the regular edition, but he also has all of the European and African expansion packs, and we enjoy playing those as well.

My sons just gave me a copy of Scoville, a board game that revolves around the planting, growing, harvesting, and disposition of hot peppers in a fictional town called Scoville. (The high school teams are called "The Scoville Flames.")

I'm always up for a game of Scrabble.

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Old 28 June 2016, 07:32 AM
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Old 28 June 2016, 08:10 AM
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Sundays, alternating: -
- Myself running a GURPS campaign set in Middle Earth, Laketown region circa TA1640
- Someone else running an Eclipse Phase canpaign

Thursday Nights, alternating: -
- Laundry Files
- Short independent games selected on a rotating basis
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Old 28 June 2016, 12:32 PM
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Happy to see so many replies so quickly!

I'd like to encourage posters to get into more detail about the various games they play. I'll start with what is almost certainly far too much information about my D&D group's campaigns, and I'll get into our board games a little more in subsequent posts

Of the D&D group that I joined, only our DM remains of the original group - several members moved on before I joined; I came in because I was in contact with a member who was moving to Florida and he invited me; one guy moved to Finland for a job, one guy left in a huff basically because we weren't playing D&D 3.0 yet (despite the fact that it hadn't at the time been published), and our sole female player got married, which, unfortunately, meant to her that twice-a-month RPG sessions were no longer in her life. Miss you, Deb!

So, when I joined, there was an ongoing 2e campaign. My shoe-horned-in character was a bard. He died in my third session, by the end of the fourth it was clear he was not going to get resurrected. So I made a psionicist. He did pretty great - all of his oddball powers got our group out of a bunch of tough spots that the usual swords & magic couldn't, so he was actually a very helpful member of the team.

Then we switched to 3e, where I played a half-orc monk. I played him poorly, and he died just so many times , but the campaign was fun (custom world with a looming world-ending crisis).

However, after 3.5 came out, our DM changed the campaign again, because he had purchased a copy of the Ptolus campaign, and that's what we're playing now. Ptolus is a LOT of fun; all of the players in the group agree that none of us has ever been so invested in an RPG setting as we are with this.

We were less than a year into the 3.5e campaign when our female member left; I convinced our DM to allow a little rules flexibility in to the game to help shore up our characters against a decreased character pool. So our characters are all now gestalt characters (combine all of the traits of 2 classes, keeping the better of overlapping traits - it's waaaay better than multiclassing or the old AD&D "dual-classing").

We have a wizard/sorcerer (huge magical punch), a "bardbarian" (can actually use some of his singing powers while in a berserker rage), a ranger/rogue (with city-based ranger powers, has all kinds of utility in the city of Ptolus), and I play a cleric/psion [egoist] (all kinds of healing, plus can turn into a pretty heavy-hitting combat monster).

Interacting in the campaign setting, our characters are doing pretty well. The "bardbarian" is the most fiscally well off, since he has become a popular performer in several inns. He regularly makes about 5 times as much money per night as the rest of our "working-class" characters make per week. My guy works in an alchemists' shop (although he is poised to buy a share in the business so he can stop working and spend more time adventuring, while still collecting an income from the business); the wizard/sorcerer works in a gun shop (the setting has firearms), and the ranger/rogue works for a jeweler who is also a fence for, ah, lost items that have been alternately-found.

We have found the day-to-day aspects of our characters lives' enjoyable enough that we have actually caused our DM to complain that we're not adventuring enough. Possibly a first in the annals of RPG history.
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Old 28 June 2016, 02:49 PM
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I'm not playing very much at the Moment - the kids are not yet old enogh for most games, and times playing with grown ups takes time out of spending it with the Kids.

But I have to recomment Robo Rally, a board game that makes you steer robots across a factory floor, in between conveyor belts, crushers, flame-throwers, pushers, laser etc. Plus, you have to give five orders in advance (move forward, turn right, move forward, move forward, turn left, move backward), and that stupid robot sticks to them, even if another robot has pushed him out of his path, and he is now heading directly for the pit...

If you have a chance to try it, do so!
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Old 28 June 2016, 03:00 PM
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Of the games I'm playing, my favorite is Rippers. This is the second campaign we've run in the setting. The "sequel" just came out. New characters, a new story, same setting with the timeline advanced a few years. I ran the first campaign, and I'm a player in the second, which is cool.

The Rippers setting is not your typical "monster hunters" style game. In it, in order to help them better fight the things that go bump in the night, the characters can "rip" parts from the monsters they defeat and add them to their own body. They use surgical grafting techniques perfected by Doctors Frankenstein and Moreau to, say, give themselves werewolf eyes for nightvision, or demon skin for immunity to fire, and so on.

In the first campaign, one of the founders of the Rippers, Doctor Jack (yes... HIM) went had a face-heel turn and went evil. He started "ripping" body parts from humans. Instead of defending humanity from monsters, he joined them. Other monstrous characters of Victorian fiction joined him. Henry Jekyll, Dr. Moreau, Dr. Frankensten, Count Dracula, and so on. They created the Cabal, uniting mankind's enemies in the same what that the Rippers had come together. A secret war was then waged world-wide between the two groups for the fate of Mankind.

Our campaign saw the characters align with Dr. VanHelsing, John and Mina Harker, Professor Challenger, Sherlock Holmes, the grandson of Tiny Tim Cratchet, and others. They salvaged the Nautilus and used it, under the guidance of the ghost of Captain Nemo, to find Atlantis.

Eventually the Rippers defeated the Cabal and Humanity was safe from the monsters at last.

The new campaign just released picks up a few years later. We've just started it and I'm not running it, so I don't know the particulars of the adventures this time. It might have to do with the power vacuum left behind with the destruction of the Cabal. What evil rises up to take it's place?
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Old 28 June 2016, 04:57 PM
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We tend to have 3-4 games in rotation at any given time. If we find a good new one, it usually bumps an existing one to the back of the line.

Right now, the mnew game we are playing is Star Wars: Rebellion. It is the saga in a box, and it is a lot of fun. I've played as the Empire once and the Rebels twice, losing as the Rebels the first time. The second time, I picked the same planet for the hidden base (Endor) as the first time, and DW felt sure I wouldn't do that and never checked there. It was a beautifully executed bluff the whole time (if I do say so myself) while I did everything I could think of to make he believe that the base was the opposite end of the board. I kept playing the card that would allow me to move the base just in case, moving new troops there, and generally neglecting everywhere else to make sure she stayed focused away from Endor. When she figured it out, she was far too late.
Is this the game that the old Rebellion computer game was based on?
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Old 28 June 2016, 05:14 PM
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But for table top games, nothing beats Euchre for a card game.
Absolutely love playing Euchre. My family used to go to a local monthly community club and a Euchre tournament was one of the events in the schedule. I couldn't wait to be old enough to play. I think I was about 11 or 12 when my skills were good enough to be included.

Mr S and I play Ticket to Ride often (US and Europe...we are going to link the boards with an ocean liner one day for a massive long game). It's one of the few board games that works well with 2 people. So many games have rules included for 2 people, but are quite boring unless you have 3 or more. Like Risk or Monopoly. Anyone have any 2 person suggestions?

Mr S created a game with a board and everything. It combines the old game Careers with Star Trek (Trek-eers). All the careers are areas of the ship (Engineering, Sick Bay, 10 Forward, etc). Because he was making it up, it works with 2 people.

We also play a lot of Backgammon and Cribbage (he is far better at the former and I kick his butt right back in the latter).
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Old 28 June 2016, 06:02 PM
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Is this the game that the old Rebellion computer game was based on?
If anything, it would be the other way around. This is a new game that came out this year. It is very similar to how I remember the Rebellion PC game being, so it seems likely that this is based on that one. From what I remember from that, you did a lot of the same things - the Empire looking for the hidden base, sending people on missions, capturing rebel leaders, etc...

I would say that this version is much more fun than I remember that one as being. Whether that is because of actual mechanics or that I am playing against a person rather than a computer I don't know. If you liked that one and like table top games, I can't imagine you not liking this.

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Mr S and I play Ticket to Ride often (US and Europe...we are going to link the boards with an ocean liner one day for a massive long game).
I love that idea. I have been working out a plan to link together Star Wars Armada (large ship miniature battles), X-Wing (small ship miniature battles) and Imperial Assault (ground based miniature adventures) into one massive game. It will take up a large part of our basement, and will probably be something that would take up months of gaming, but it sounds like fun for us.

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It's one of the few board games that works well with 2 people. So many games have rules included for 2 people, but are quite boring unless you have 3 or more. Like Risk or Monopoly. Anyone have any 2 person suggestions?
The majority of my gaming is two player, with some three and four player. For two player games, the Star Wars games I've already mentioned work well, except for Imperial Assault (not bad for 2, but much better for 4).

Assuming you are not a Star Wars fanatic, I have some other choices. Hera and Zeus is a pretty fun two player game, and plays quickly. Dominion and Quarriors work really well for us as two player games, even though more can play. They are both really fast moving when you have two people only. CCGs, like Magic the Gathering, generally work well for two players (and often that is the only way they can be played). I'm not a big fan of the genre, but a lot of people are, and I could see getting into it with the right theme. Chrononauts is also pretty cool as a two player game - similar in gameplay to Fluxx, but with the added bonus of traveling through time trying to ensure the world plays out as your characters particular timeline, rather than the real thing.

Our favorite strictly two player game is Mr. Jack. One player is Mr. Jack, a serial killer based on Jack the Ripper. The other is trying to figure out which of the characters in the game is secretly Mr. Jack. The goal for Jack is to escape from the board without being captured. The goal for the detective is to identify Jack and make the arrest before that. There are a number of characters to move around the board, each with a different ability that will help to find who Jack is. It is pretty easy to learn and to play, with enough variability in it that it takes a long time to get boring.
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Old 28 June 2016, 07:32 PM
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I'm always up for a game of Scrabble.
Aha, maybe my weekly game of Scrabble with a neighbor does count.

Too busy to really get into games otherwise; though I'll play 500 rummy if given the chance, so long as the stakes aren't any higher than maybe who has to wash the dishes.

-- the hot pepper growing game does sound interesting; except that I actually do grow hot peppers, and my limited experience with farm games is that they usually won't let me either grow or market anything the way I want to. That one might vary, of course.
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Old 28 June 2016, 07:36 PM
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Aha, maybe my weekly game of Scrabble with a neighbor does count.
Absolutely does. If my in-laws were on this board, they'd be talking about their weekly games of 500 with the neighbors, and reminiscing about when they used to host a dozen or so people playing bridge, 3-5 tables for 3-5 games. It all counts!
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At this exact moment, I'm playing Catan: Merchants of Europe!
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