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Also looking for a recommendation for a new game I can play with the wife (and less often with the 13 and 10 year olds) We've had a ton of fun with Carcassonne & Ticket to Ride, both on iPad and the board game versions. Have been reluctant to show her Through the Ages as I think it's too much of an increase in complexity. Something fun and tactical, not too nerdy or complex. Co-op or versus.

 

Have heard about Pandemic, how difficult would that be to get into? 

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I've really enjoyed pandemic since getting it as part of a bundle. But it gets more difficult with more players, and the UI is not great in my opinion. It takes a while to get used to the board and sussing out where trouble spots are, and at higher difficulties when the margins get tighter it is tricky to keep track of what is going on with card piles.

 

I tried the tutorial to Carcassonne (which I lost, twice) and am struggling to understand the appeal...

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The Apps of Patchwork and Cottage Garden are pretty good, and they're nice games. A step up in complexity from Carcassonne, but only a little. They're versus, but don't have too much player interaction, which may or may not be to your tastes.

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Carc is rather dull really although The City and The Castle standalone versions are good for two. Isle of Skye takes the tile laying genre up a notch with an auction mechanic. That's available digitally and is worth a look. We've enjoyed Kerala and Explorers of the North Sea which both do slightly different things with tiles. Kerala is a quick pattern building abstract game. Explorers is a fun game of placing tiles and heading out to grab the resources that appear.

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Thanks all, going to check those and see what appeals. Watched a vid of Patchwork, I like the aesthetic and looks quite chilled out. After watching, followed a link to Agricola, that looks good too, probably a step up in difficulty though.

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20 hours ago, Nosejam said:

Thanks all, going to check those and see what appeals. Watched a vid of Patchwork, I like the aesthetic and looks quite chilled out. After watching, followed a link to Agricola, that looks good too, probably a step up in difficulty though.

It is. However it's also the best game ever, which evens that out somewhat.

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Raiders of the North Sea is now available on ios, android, steam and switch. Its a very good adaption of the board game and offers cross platform multiplayer and a decent challenge from the AI in single. Sadly it didn't get have a pass and play option for multiplay on the same device. 

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Epic Card Game has been released (for fre) on IOS and Android.  With AI solo and asychronous cross platform support. I can't vouch for the digital implementation yet, but the game itself is excellent (obviously Magic The Gathering inspired, but does feel slightly different).

 

Buying a physical copy (about £12, only one deck required for various different 2 player setups) I think represents great value.  The (not randomised) expansions take the value for money down somewhat.

 

As a free digital implementation, I can't see this not being great value!  I'm "uglifruit" on there, if anyone fancies a game

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On 25/02/2020 at 21:02, Arn Ironjaw said:

 

That is a lot of fucking game for not much cash!

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Yeah have to admit i am tempted by the new bundle as i can at least play against the CPU.

 

Used to love playing Zombies!!! etc when i had my comic shop with some of my friends, have to admit i miss those days.

 

I wonder why they never did an online version of Zombies!!!

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If anyone gets that bundle and ends up with a spare Mysterium key, I'd be very interested in taking it off their hands!  I've got it myself from a previous bundle, and want one from my current Coronavirus Gaming Buddy. :D 

 

Having said that, if I could just get the bundle myself (for the rest of the games) and then gift the Mysterium key that would be ideal.  But they say they won't give out keys if you've already got the game?  How does that work?  Mysterium isn't greyed out like games sometimes are for me on the bundle pages.  And I've definitely ended up with multiple copies of some things, I think. :unsure: 

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