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I've been RPGing since I was a wee nipper. I broke my teeth on D&D and progressed to AD&D and was then introduced to Call of Cthulhu and never looked back. :wub: I've been Cthulhuing ever since.

I dabbled in MTG for a while but eventually got myself off that addiction and got a proper interest in board gaming. [url="http://www.boardgamegeek.com/viewcollection.php3?username=khards&own=1&startletter=ALL&galleryview=1"]BGG List[/url].

I've just got back from a short holiday in Hamburg and took the time to hunt down some board game related purchases, it's strange to wander into the German equivalent of Denhams to find a wall of Settlers of Cattan, Carcassone and other euro game classics :)
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The problem with most CCGs is finding one other player, let alone a few. Solve that and then they're pretty fun.
I'm currently playing the Bleach CCG which is fun and not as intensive as the Naruto CCG.
As for board games, apart from Monopoly, I haven't really played that many.

Wired.com has a selection of 10 board games worth checking out. Scroll down for the picture selection:
[url="http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/multimedia/2007/12/YE_best_boardgames"]http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/mul...best_boardgames[/url]
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Never got into CCGs, a mate at uni collected StarWars - I read the rules but it sounded a bit tedious. Stupidly expensive as well!

I've always been fond of board games, but I strangely get more of an interest unpacking them and studying the rules than I do playing them. Always seems a bit of a let down to actually play.

My real favourite are RPGs but I've never done a big campaign though. And probably never will!
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[quote name='art' post='4642333' date='Dec 19 2007, 08:14 PM']My real favourite are RPGs but I've never done a big campaign though. And probably never will![/quote]

You really, really need a good GM taking you through their own scenarios. And GMing is a shedload of work, so good GMs are rare outside of college students (and maybe not even there, these days).
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[quote name='Spacehost' post='4639888' date='Dec 19 2007, 02:14 AM']You'll need some of that Frostilucus bullshit if you don't want another educating over Christmas. I could pwn your "flaccid wimple eels" or whatever you've got around the table until they realised their mistake and jumped in my deck.[/quote]

HO HO HOH NO YOU DIDN'T

THROWDOWN
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[quote name='Joyrex-J9' post='4640342' date='Dec 19 2007, 10:30 AM']Coldsnap was packed full of all sorts of bollocks that nobody liked, but TBH most Magic sets introduce new keyword abilities and rules these days, it's a bit of a nightmare. But the cards are so purdy and shiny[/quote]

I might stick to the Core 9th/10th edition cards for the time being then. I could do with picking up a theme deck for the black cards, as the starter didn't come with any.
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[quote name='Alex W.' post='4643993' date='Dec 20 2007, 01:10 PM']I might stick to the Core 9th/10th edition cards for the time being then. I could do with picking up a theme deck for the black cards, as the starter didn't come with any.[/quote]
Probably a good plan, the Core sets are where the rules are keep "cleanest" even these days
It's a great game, just has masses of baggage
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[quote name='chuntmeister' post='4640403' date='Dec 19 2007, 12:52 PM']I've got the zombie game; head over to boardgamegeek and pick up the rules mods; they help speed it up as it's an otherwise rather sluggish game. Also, try to get at least 2 other people involved; with only 2 players it's a bit flat.

Senor Happy: sorry, missed your meaning; yeah, l'il Stewie's my hero.[/quote]
That's useful, thank you. There seem to be three sets of modded rules though. Which one would you recommend from Survival, Hardcore and House?
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Anyone played [url="http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/173"]Formula De[/url]? Nearly impulse-bought it the other day in Travelling Man in York, but decided against it in the end due to already having spent too much on Christmas presents. Is it any good?
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This is all your fault. I went back to Travelling man on Thursday and came back with Family Fluxx (which is ace) and Chrononauts which looks very interesting though I haven't had a chance to play it yet. I also found the Usagi Yojimbo RPG rulebook in the bargain bin at Forbidden Planet and since I love Usagi I had to get it.

This thread has started my game buying illness again. I know I won't be able to stop buying new games most of which I will never play. I'm doomed!
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I've bought Settlers of Catan and Memoir 44 for myself for christmas!
Can't wait to try them out, never played anything remotely similar. I've just opened the M44 box and there is so many great things to fiddle with.
Also trying to convince my mum to get Roborally, is it as good as it sounds for a family game?
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[quote name='Digimortal' post='4649694' date='Dec 22 2007, 06:55 PM']Also trying to convince my mum to get Roborally, is it as good as it sounds for a family game?[/quote]
No. :wacko:

I really love Roborally, but its far too complicated a game for the family. Its like trying to solve a complex maths problem in 30 seconds [i]every turn[/i]. It gets very hectic and consequently very funny, but I really wouldn't suggest it for board game virgins.

What I [i]would[/i] suggest are games like Apples to Apples, Times Up, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, the Great Dalmutti, Lost Cities, Bohnanza, Through the Desert, Guillotine, etc. All of them are considered "gateway games" which means you can stealthily introduce new players to some of the rules and themes you'll find in modern designer games. Then hit 'em up with Twilight Imperium and watch their faces melt... :)
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Thanks for advice, upon further reading I have to agree that it isn't suitable. Here's my first impressions of the games we got this christmas:

[i]Memoir 44[/i] - Played it a few times now, it is really brilliant. Within a few turns everybody understands exactly what the rules are. The depth is minimal, but all I wanted was a light wargame that I can play quickly for cheap thrills. It is still very tactical, but moderately luck based, highly recommended.

[i]Settlers of Catan[/i] is hilarious, we were drunk when playing, and as I explained the rules everyone looked kind of confused. It quickly became clear what we were doing, flowed nicely and it became a blast. Next time it will be good because we'll approach it with some tactics.

The other board game we got this christmas was [i]The really nasty horse racing game[/i], which was good too, lots of arguments (Fun arguments though). You have to be a complete bastard to win (And I did). I've played a couple of horse racing/betting games in the past, and this is definitely the best.
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[quote name='Professor Rob' post='4646802' date='Dec 21 2007, 12:40 PM']Anyone played [url="http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/173"]Formula De[/url]? Nearly impulse-bought it the other day in Travelling Man in York, but decided against it in the end due to already having spent too much on Christmas presents. Is it any good?[/quote]

I've played it a few times in the past. Really good fun. The acceleration/braking system they devised is really simple but effective given that it's a turn based dice game.


Has anyone played Advanced Heroquest recently? I'd totally forgotten about it till a conversation I had not long ago. Spent a long time playing that game when it came out. Just wondered how it's stood the test of time.
Looking back it was basically Diablo the bored game.
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I played AD&D and then 2nd edition from around '83 until the early 1990's. My interest warmed again as playing RPGs by email used to be very popular. PBEM works really well in these types of games. Would be interested in playing again if we got enough people into it.
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Well I've plucked up the courage to go near my Magic: The Gathering collection. One final sort out before they go into the loft.

OMFG I've got a lot of cards... I didn't realise how many until I put some out on the table ready for packing.
Here are my [i]spare[/i] cards (cards I have more than 4 of)
[url="http://picasaweb.google.com/benc.uk/MiscForBlog/photo#5150102281436813922"][img]http://lh6.google.com/benc.uk/R3jWvRH4WmI/AAAAAAAABPM/mGaxBsw3M6g/s400/CIMG1026.JPG[/img][/url]

And the cupboard has 16 binders, each stuffed to bursting full of cards (the main part of the collection)
(the shit binders are ones I bought off eBay but still haven't got round to merging into my collection)
[url="http://picasaweb.google.com/benc.uk/MiscForBlog/photo#5150102290026748530"][img]http://lh4.google.com/benc.uk/R3jWvxH4WnI/AAAAAAAABPU/PpYDf8aoSkw/s400/CIMG1031.JPG[/img][/url]

Well I'm sorry to see 'em go back into the loft, but as I'm not playing it's madness having them cluttering up the place. I also really need to think about getting them added to the insurance, some of the cards are worth a bit now.

So long old chums!
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I've been reading through this thread as a complete board game noob (beyond the likes of Monopoly), and I think I've decided what my £10 Amazon voucher is going towards. I've been playing the Live Arcade versions of Catan and Carcassone, which both seem rather good, and Ticket To Ride has piqued my interest as well. The question is, which one's best? :rolleyes:

EDIT: Also, are there any high street stores that actually sell games like these? The only remotely similar one I can find is Risk.
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Waterstones has started stocking a nice range of the less 'geeky' ones - Carcassonne and the like. If you want the other stuff you'd be best locating a Travelling Man.
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I have a long history of playing board, ccg and roleplaying games...

currently i mainly play Magic the Gathering, we have a good playgroup here in Lincoln with regular tournaments and a fun not too serious crowd who we can have fun with :rolleyes:

at home i like to play Catan with the missus and also try and rope people into playing my 3 fave games which i have managed to keep over the years: Talisman, Block Mania (3 player Judge dredd world based comabt game between rival high rise tower block residents!!) and kings n things (a bit like Catan on acid!!)...

I recommend to people who want to try magic the gathering to download magic online... you can find links to officially download it at Wizards of the coast website... you have to buy cards BUT you can usually get LOADS free from people and stuff to try out the game and just have fun :wub: pm me if anyone needs any help setting up or advice :o

also especially for you joyrex and anyone else with large old collections of magic cards... look up playing TYPE 4 Magic the Gathering... its a casual way of playing where you just make one huge deck that multiple players use and it uses all the oldest funnest cards that you would never normally play with, its so much fun :lol: again pm me if anyone wants help advice with that :)

take care, good gaming!!
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[quote name='xibxang' post='4658115' date='Dec 27 2007, 08:13 PM']I played AD&D and then 2nd edition from around '83 until the early 1990's. My interest warmed again as playing RPGs by email used to be very popular. PBEM works really well in these types of games. Would be interested in playing again if we got enough people into it.[/quote]

I'd definitely be up for some PBEM Dungeons & Dragons if we can get enough people together. I've sold all my AD&D books off years ago and so it doesn't really matter to me which version as i'll need to buy the books no matter which we went for. I guess if it was up to me i'd be happiest investing in the newest 4th Edition ones when they're released in a couple of months, but i'm more than happy to go with whatever everyone else wants to go for.

Quite happy to either play as a PC or DM.
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sign me up for some PBEM d&d too guys :rolleyes:

more info on block mania here:

[url="http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/330"]http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/330[/url]

also got the judge dredd boardgame too!!:

[url="http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/1098"]http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/1098[/url]

:wub:
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[quote name='xibxang' post='4658115' date='Dec 27 2007, 08:13 PM']I played AD&D and then 2nd edition from around '83 until the early 1990's. My interest warmed again as playing RPGs by email used to be very popular. PBEM works really well in these types of games. Would be interested in playing again if we got enough people into it.[/quote]

How does it work playing by email?
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[quote name='Sabreman' post='4665285' date='Dec 31 2007, 12:25 PM']Waterstones has started stocking a nice range of the less 'geeky' ones - Carcassonne and the like. If you want the other stuff you'd be best locating a Travelling Man.[/quote]
The closest Travelling Man to me is in Bristol, which would involve a bit of a trek. I'm off to Waterstones now though, where I intend to pick up whatever they have. Based on what I've read, Ticket To Ride seems like the best first choice. :rolleyes:
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[quote name='Lorfarius' post='4665528' date='Dec 31 2007, 02:05 PM']How does it work playing by email?[/quote]

Each player basically sends their instructions by email either to whole group of in some cases just to the DM and any other character that they want to know about their action. It's something where everyone playing would really need to commit to taking part everyday otherwise it'd slow the game down too much i think. I reckon it'd also be best if the DM was reponsible for making all the dice rolls needed too, mainly for speed of play, but also so that he / she could keep the game going in the direction that they wanted it.

I reckon a slightly alternative and perhaps way of doing this would be to set up a private forum (something i'd be happy to do if we get the players) and do this via posts and pms.

If people can commit to a few hours at a certain day / time each week i guess it would also be good over instant messenger too.

A small website or perhaps better still wiki where the DM could upload any required maps, diagrams or documents as and when they were needed would also be a good thing.
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