||[Jan. 17th, 2008|09:34 am]
Austin Board Gaming Meet-Up
i feel like i've played every good board game sold in stores... so i want to learn about new games i am possibly missing out on. so here's a question or two: what is your favorite game? and, do you own any games that are not as well known, that you would recommend to others?|
personally i'd go with cranium for question 1. question 2 would be mille bornes... is that well known?
Outside of the mainstream and into the board game world, the kids love Settlers Of Catan, and Puerto Rico.
Cranium is still probably my favorite board game as well. The lesser known game I love is World War III which is a cool mixture between Chess and Scrabble.
My favorite game is probably still Clans
, which I just got a new copy of at Great Hall Games
. It's quick, simple to learn, and complex enough to have some real strategy. It is officially a 2 - 4 player game, but it actually plays best with three, in my experience. My only complaint is that it takes a bit of time to set up--not too long, but long enough for a game that plays in under an hour.
In Austin, there are plenty of stores beyond Target, Walmart, etc, that sell great games. As someone else mentioned, Great Hall Games on Lamar is one of my favorites. I also like Dragon's Lair on Burnet. They have some really interesting, fun, new games.
My current favorites (I'd have a hard time picking just one...I tend to play at least 50 games a month and there are too many good things out there) are Manhattan (the recent reprint), Frank's Zoo, Santiago and Arkham Horror. www.boardgamegeek.com has excellent info on all of those games.
As far as lesser known games that I like, I'd have to say that I thought Kapitan Wackelpudding (a German's children's dexterity game) was the most entertaining of recent but I think it'd be hard to get a copy of that.
If you like Cranium, you may like Barbarossa, which has a similar element where you make clay figures and try to guess what everyone has made. Time's Up also comes to mind. For a slightly zanier version of Cranium, try Quelf. VERY fun but you need to play with the right crowd.
Define "well known". I got my copy of Mille Bournes nigh 35 years ago. :-)
... is i guess a fairly old game, and it hasn't changed much, but it is very accessible and fun. Fun from turn one, I've heard it said.
I do like puerto rico, and game of thrones, and lord of the rings as well.
I'm such a sucker for Trivial Pursuit. We go to trivia night at B.D. Riley's every week and during our lunches at work we ask each other TP questions to "practice" (which means that we're just trivia junkies).
As for less mainstream games, I also really enjoyed Settlers of Catan when I had a chance to play when visiting a friend. Probably my favorite is Global Pursuit, which was put out by National Geographic years ago. It's a combo of trivia and geography and I used to play for hours with my mom and sisters. I believe you can get it on eBay, since National Geographic doesn't put it out anymore. Another NG game was called On Assignment, which we didn't enjoy nearly as much. It's also geography based, but I found it much more difficult and less enjoyable (all those island nations kind of seemed the same from the info provided). In extreme dorkiness, my sisters and I also loved Save the Whales. It's not nearly as competitive since you're all trying to save the whales, but we had a blast playing!
I have horrible memories of playing Mille Bornes with a less than desirable acquaintance and it taking HOURS when all I wanted to do was go home. Also, we found the rules somewhat nebulous. I've never been tempted to try again, but it's probably because of the bad associations...
I really love playing Setlers of Cataan and the expansions. I really want to play this tomorrow in fact :D
Other games that I like are card games like Chez Geek and Killer Bunnies