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PostSubject: I'm Board of Games like Monster Hunter   Fri 29 Dec 2017, 00:14

I thought it was about time we had a thread about board games. If we aleady had one oh well, tough, its dead, move on.

One of the most popular games in the Summerhayes household is Settlers of Catan, and for Christmas either my dad or my brother got the Pirates and Explorers expansion.

If you've not played Catan, its all about settling undiscovered lands. You collect resources like wood, rock, livestock and so on based on the types of land you have access to use them to build roads and locations so you can collect more resources and so on. There's trading, bartering, compettion but little actual conflict.
It has quite a unique feel, and there are lots of tactics that can win. The expansion adds sailing out and exploring new islands, as well as pirates and the battle with them. Both times we've played I've seemed to be in last place then very quickly pulled out a convincing lead. Interestingly, just like in Ian M Banks' The Player of Games, I think my victories have represented the validity of my real ideals. I've always played as a pacifistic, benevolent socialist: sure up the lands I've already got, stay out of fights with other players or the pirates, and expand when I can afford to without jeopardising my citizens.

Anyway, Catan is a board game and if you've got four people willing to get stuck in, well worth an hour or two of your time.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm Board of Games like Monster Hunter   Fri 29 Dec 2017, 22:16

Weirdly enough, ever since I've picked up the Jackbox games on Switch I've found that my family has played fewer and fewer board games as we're much more keen to bust the Switch out and have some fun times making stupid drawings or silly slogans.

The board game that I likely spent the most time playing was this bad boy:

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PostSubject: Re: I'm Board of Games like Monster Hunter   Sat 30 Dec 2017, 19:45

I've watched a couple of videos of that but never had the pleasure of physically playing Sad

I used to have the odd Risk night at my flat, and me and Muss went halvsies on the XCom board game only to get one night where anyone would play with us then never again. On the other hand, we had a glorious summer of playing Battles of Westeros every single night.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm Board of Games like Monster Hunter   Sat 30 Dec 2017, 20:04

Jaime Lannister single handedly captured Catlyn Stark and bested the Baratheon army Laughing

I have only played settlers of Catan once, the standard version. it was a really fun game that I came a distant second or third in. Would like to play it more for sure.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm Board of Games like Monster Hunter   Sun 31 Dec 2017, 15:54

Aye, I've played Settlers of Catan once - last Christmas - it turned out alright, it did. My sister and her fella are board game nuts (possibly to a fault) but I did like playing Alhambra

Long story short, you have to make a nice town! It's a bit more complicated than this... but I can't remember in what way!
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PostSubject: Re: I'm Board of Games like Monster Hunter   Thu 22 Feb 2018, 08:17

Jo and I played a bit of Monopoly the other day on the retro board I got her for Christmas. Things were going well until I bought one of the stations: Jo had been wanting to get them all. That upset the apple cart and no mistake. I built up a small run of properties with the yellows, both utilities and the station on that side - five things together. However, Jo got both the blue properties and began to build houses. Despite the blues being only two properties, I seemed to land on them more often than not and start having to pay exorbitant sums, surviving only on my £200 for passing Go and the occasional bit of charity from the Community Chest/Chance cards. I ran out of cash at 11:35pm, which was good, because I had work the next day. Duh!


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PostSubject: Re: I'm Board of Games like Monster Hunter   Thu 22 Feb 2018, 09:06

I'm opposed to Monopoly on principal, so I was never too fussed about losing. Haven't played in a long old time, probably last played it with an ex five or six years ago. Since my family got well into board games, Monopoly doesn't even get considered.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm Board of Games like Monster Hunter   Thu 22 Feb 2018, 09:53

I thought you had to play with more than 2 people with Monopoly really. I did play it at Christmas it was my Nans house, I rarely lose but I think the two times I've played it where my Aunt has played shes won.

I would love to play more board games but no one really to play with unless I try the new board game cafe in town.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm Board of Games like Monster Hunter   Sun 01 Apr 2018, 23:55

A couple of nights ago Jo and I played Scrabble. I beat her by about 260 points to 200... but I did get the J, the X, the Q, the Z and a K. I like Scrabble the best near the end of the game, where you're all boxed in and really restricted as to where you can go.
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PostSubject: Re: I'm Board of Games like Monster Hunter   Mon 02 Apr 2018, 09:35

Have you ever played Bananagrams? Works similarly to Scrabble, but I much prefer it. If you've got a Scrabble set, you could probably look up the rules online and play a pretty decent approximation of Bananagrams (I'm sure the letter selections are tailored to the two games).

Basically, each player starts with X number of letters and races to fill their own grid. Whenever someone uses up the letters they've got, everyone grabs one more and you keep going until there are no letters left. No board or complicated scoring system necessary!
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