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Fun Tabletop Games?

Cliff posted more than 9 years ago | from the old-school-entertainment dept.

Classic Games (Games) 583

Mr. Ghost asks: "My friends and I have recently been in the market for a good new boardgame or other tabletop game. We have worked through the gamut of games like Axis & Allies, Supremacy, and War! Age of Imperialism. More recently we have been playing tile based games like Carcasonne and Settlers of Catan. I am looking for some suggestions on some new games we could get into."

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civilization (4, Informative)

zal (553) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851696)

i can higly recommend the civilization boardgame

LOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11851711)

I was racing to post civilization, it's one of the best board games ever. No dice, pure skill.

Re:civilization (3, Informative)

bhorling (42813) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851765)

I concur with the original poster. To be clear, this is the Avalon Hill version of Civilization, which was the inspiration for the more widely known computer version by Sid Meier's. The board game is long out of print, but you can sometimes find copies of it on ebay. There's also a European version made by Gibsons Games, which is very similar to the AH version.

Age of Renaissance (5, Interesting)

Sweetshark (696449) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851801)

Age of Renaissance is even better. Its like a improved version of Civilisation. []

best game (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11851698)

Blow football.
two straws and a rolled up bit of paper.

Might I suggest Dominoes? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11851700)

They're a great deal of fun, and drinking your 40s don't mean a thing when you're winning mad stacks.

Or work up to dice. Shake em up shake em up shake em up shake em. Nothing beats that shit.

RISK (3, Funny)

saladami (827277) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851701)

Does anything ever really beat RISK? I've been ready to kill people over that game.

Don't forget... (1)

ecalkin (468811) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851748)

There are several versions of risk. castle risk, and a risk set in the future where there are undersea cities and colonies on the moon. that's a blast.


Operation (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11851702)

1. Grow up.

2. Get some cards and some chips

3. Host a game of Texas-Hold'em.

Board games: YOU FAIL IT

sex (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11851706)

that is all.

Re:sex (1)

disntrstd (705189) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851860)

Fun for the whole family.

Great Board Games! (4, Informative)

hugerobot (634548) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851707)

When me and my buddies want to play board games, its either: 1 RoboRally (with all the expansions, especially Armed and Dangerous), or 2. Cosmic Encounter, which was the inspiration for Richard Garfield to create Magic: The Gathering

about cosmic encounters (1)

ecalkin (468811) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851772)

if you want to get the most of it, find a copy of the game by eon (the oldest i think) and as many of the expansions as you can find (nine i believe). the other good version is by mayfair and it starts with the basic game and the expansion is 'more cosmic encounters'.

there are two other versions, one by gdw (i think) and one by avalon hill. i don't know much about the gdw version but the avalon hill version doesn't have all the options.


Re:about cosmic encounters (1)

hugerobot (634548) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851849)

Yep, we play the Eon version, which is the oldest. Little cardboard chits, nothing fancy, and up to 6 players (expansions can get you up to 8 players, but good luck finding them, or the Eon version for that matter)

The Avalon Hill version is the newest, with injection molded plastic pieces, but only about 1/2 of the options, and support for only 4 players... *sigh* why bother?

Go, really (5, Informative)

gninnor (792931) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851708)

If you havent tried go, then I think it is about time to. It has a great handicap system for new players, yet allows people to improve over a life time.

Re:Go, really (5, Funny)

nkh (750837) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851767)

Go is a very good game and I agree with what you said but for more than two players, you'll have to paint your stones in different colors than the boring white/black (I suggest red, green, yellow and blue ;)

Re:Go, really (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11851771)

I second this one. Go is a game that takes a lot of strategy and skill. It's amazingly fun (unless you're the one losing.. :P )

Warhammer (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11851709)

Warhammer and Warhammer 40K are pretty fun. They do require a bit of a commitment though.

Re:Warhammer (5, Insightful)

seeken (10107) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851756)

if by commitment, you mean set up your direct deposit to go to Games Workshop's bank acount rather than your own.

If you live anywhere near Lancaster, PA, you can get your game on at Cold Wars [] from April 8-10. Run by the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society, but there is also fansasy/sci-fi gaming.

Munchkin games (1)

hoppo (254995) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851710)

Steve Jackson has a "Munchkin" series of beer & pretzel games. I picked up Munchkin Fu, and it's a riot.

Sorry, didn't add as a link in my post... (3, Informative)

hoppo (254995) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851720)

Munchkin Fu homepage []

I like Risk (5, Funny)

RadioactivePorpoise (602206) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851712)

Risk is the type of game that rises above the board when you're playing among other adults. What starts out as a game of pieces and movement generally becomes one of political intrigue, making alliances, and casting doubt upon other alliances. We've reached the point where everyone has to go to the porch for a smoke break at the same time because no one feels comfortable about what strategies might be birthed behind their backs...

Re:I like Risk (1)

06metzp (713177) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851816)

I used to play several-hour-long game of risks at family reunions with my cousins. That was great fun, and forming alliances make it even more interesting. Though, when we had only 4 players and it got to be 2 on 2, things would sometimes fall into a deadlock and we'd all agree to cancel all alliances so we could get to killing each other. I wish I had more friends (sole proprietorship in IT is even more secluded) to play this great game with.

There's Lord of the Rings version! (1)

MarkEst1973 (769601) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851819)

Risk is a great game. very fun, but the LotR version is just too fun (too geeky?)! Risk LotR Edition on Amazon []

Re:There's Lord of the Rings version! (1)

06metzp (713177) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851830)

I have that version too! Do you usually use the modified rules they made for that version or do you use regular Risk rules?

Boardgame? (0, Redundant)

threeofnine (813056) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851713)

Whats a boardgame?

Robo Rally (4, Informative)

trynis (208765) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851714)

I think most geeks would like Robo Rally [] . You use movement cards to "program" the movement of your robot in a race against other robots. Great fun!

Re:Robo Rally (1)

orkysoft (93727) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851727)

Nah, it's too much like work :-P

Re:Robo Rally (1)

Fledsbo (11673) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851755)

Second that. You might have trouble getting the english version though, as it's been out of print for a while (a german version is available). Looks like it's being re-released [] though.

Puerto Rico (5, Informative)

Fledsbo (11673) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851715)

Check the top rated games at BoardGameGeek [] . My personal favourite is Puerto Rico.

Re:Puerto Rico (3, Informative)

nitehawk214 (222219) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851872)

I have to concur, Pureto Rico [] and Settlers of Catan [] are probally the best two games my group of friends have been playing recently.

I enjoy both becuase although the rules are rather simple, the interatcions to actually win are quite complex. And they are both very balanced, so there are many strageties that can win.

I would say that Puerto Rico is the more balanced of the two; however Settlers relies on some social engineering skills as there is alot of player to player trading nessesary to win.

Another major feature of these two games (and many others) is they are not your standard military conquest game, so they can appeal to a wider audience. (Even people who generally dont like stragety games can get into Puerto Rico, though Catan has a slightly higher learning curve)

Can't say I've played it, but... (1)

SnowCrashed (778322) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851716)

I remember in PC Gamer a while back they were talking about an Age of Mythology board game. While I've never played it, they seemed to like it and it sounded pretty cool.

Re:Can't say I've played it, but... (1)

Jayonas (858059) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851855)

I've played Age of Mythology.. you'd think a board game based on an RTS would be crap, but they did an incredible job of converting this one. They started by throwing away any concept of a "map".

Instead, it's entirely about empire management. The entire game is about choosing what to do when. Do you gather resources? build armies? attack people? create city improvements? advance to the next age? You can only do so much, and I guarantee you'll never be able to do everything you want. But that's what makes games fun. :)

The only thing I can't say I like too much is the battle system, it gets tedious quickly. I think we eventually came up with some house rules for it, but it's been a while so I'm not certain.

All in all, though, I'd recommend it.

Well, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11851717)

if your friends are of the complementary sexual orientation, there are some very, very, nice games you can play on the table top...

May I suggest.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11851718)

LIFE [] ?

Set (1)

blarg52 (716309) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851719)

Set [] is a cards game, not exactly a board game, but yet one of the best games I have played - based on visual perception, and can be played by almost any number of players - playing it alone or in a group of 10 is possible, as well as any number in between, very easy to learn, and can be fun for hours.

Many choices (1)

platypussrex (594064) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851721)

There are literally thousands of hex grid wargames out there. Avalon Hill, the long defunct SPI, etc. Many of those are still great games. Also many rules for tabletop miniatures which give hours of fun painting the figures, building scenery, etc

IceHouse! Lots of Games in one! (3, Informative)

shapr (723522) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851722)

IceHouse [] is awesome! It's a game construction set and has rules for lots of games, and you can make up your own. It's perfect for the creative geeky type, for the easily bored type, check it out!
Looney Labs [] has lots of other neat games too, Fluxx, Aquarius, many more.

Get your geek on (1)

anaradad (199058) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851724)

Get your geek on at BoardGameGeek [] where we have enough games to scratch just about any itch for tabletop games. If you really liked Axis & Allies, you might be interested in moving up to grognard-level wargames [] .

Re: grognard-level wargames (1)

Sweetshark (696449) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851862)

... you might be interested in moving up to grognard-level wargames.
... where Advanced Squad Leader (ASL) [] by MMP [] (originally the game is by AH) is still the king of the hill. Online training at: []

Go (2, Interesting)

molecular (311632) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851726)

mod me down to hell if you will, but might I suggest you try an old and established game: the game of go []
simple rules, yet computers have no chance against any decent human. addictive.

Settlers Expansions (5, Informative)

hivebrain (846240) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851734)

If you like Settlers (and who doesn't?), you should pick up the expansions: Seafarers of Catan adds ships, a new resource type and a bunch of different board layout options. Cities & Knights of Catan ads so much it's like a whole different game. Also, check out the game Puerto Rico. Lots of Catan players migrated to it when it was released a few years ago.

Re:Settlers Expansions (3, Informative)

rherbert (565206) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851844)

Mixing Seafarers of Catan with Cities and Knights gives you a bunch of fairly radically different games as well. And if you're looking for even more alternate scenarios, get Buch Zum Spielen [] , which includes a bunch of new pieces and variants from Klaus Teuber. The Mayfair version sells the original German book, but they also provide an English translation (with no pictures). Once you figure out the German words for desert, brick, sheep, etc., it's pretty easy to decipher.

How can you get tired of Settlers? (3, Interesting)

cbelle13013 (812401) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851735)

That game was introduced to me about 3 years ago and my now fiance and I play it whenever we have friends over. Since I live in lovely Florida, we had about a month off of work for all the hurricanes. I showed my folks how to play, now my family has been hooked.

Try getting one of the expansion, Knights of Cattan or Seafarers of Cattan.

Another good strategy game thats fairly quick is Sequence.

Re:How can you get tired of Settlers? (1)

anaradad (199058) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851843)

Believe me, lots of people are tired of Setters. It's random and success isn't very well linked to skill. That's part of the reason it's not #1 at BoardGameGeek, despite the thousands of people who love it.

Scrabble (0, Troll)

elh_inny (557966) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851743)

It's not new, it's the best.

Modern Art (2, Informative)

Shambhu (198415) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851744)

For quick games, Modern Art [] is exellent. A game takes about 20 minutes, IIRC (it's been a few years). It may not be what you want for your centerpiece game, but it is really good. You're basically buy and selling art pieces (cards) via different auctions. At the end of each round you total the value of the pieces in your collection plus whatever cash you have left over from the buying and selling part of the round. There's more to it than I make out, though, as the value of the work of each artist is based on the average value of all of the artist's pieces sold during the first half of the round. It's a subtle, well-balanced game, and unlike most of the big games, it is quick to play.

Re:Modern Art (3, Insightful)

Fjornir (516960) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851779)

From Steve Jackson both Illuminati and Hacker.

Avalon Hill publishes a game called Diplomacy which I highly recommend -- it's rather like Risk, but without the dice. It is a rather long play though. They've got another interesting game called Wizard's Quest but I'm not sure how hard it is to find a copy these days.

Board games (4, Informative)

deanj (519759) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851745)

Fun Again Games [] is a great site to buy this stuff.

Recommended games: Loco, Princes of Florence, Puerto Rico, Tigris and Euphrates, and RoboRally.

Diplomacy or Machiavelli (1)

daimou (605041) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851746)

Though its hard to find Machiavelli anymore either of these games are great and playable for hours on end.

Illuminati card game! (4, Funny)

fantomas (94850) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851747)

because you know you want to believe that the Goldfish Fanciers are secretly controlling the Robot Sea Monsters that are actually behind the Republicans :-) fantastic game...

Tabletop games (1)

Jeff Hornby (211519) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851760)

Off the top of my head:

Republic of Rome
Eurorails (and all of its offshoots)
Cold War
Illuminati (the original, not the trading cards)
Cosmic Encounter

Re:Tabletop games (1)

orcrist (16312) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851778)


Mmmmmm... Illuminati. The best back-stabbing game ;-)


Re:Tabletop games (1)

Sweetshark (696449) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851840)

Mmmmmm... Illuminati. The best back-stabbing game ;-)
I thought the throne belongs to Junta... [] other back-stabbing favourites:
Diplomacy: []
Kremlin: []
(although it seems to have lost much of the minijokes in the english translation)

Fun alright! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11851762)

1. Having sex on the table.

2. Strip-poker.

Ogre and G.E.V. (3, Insightful)

orcrist (16312) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851763)

I don't know if you can still get them, but they were among the best, and very portable too; I don't know how many lunch breaks I spent playing those at school. Ah, memories...


Re:Ogre and G.E.V. (3, Informative)

Seraphnote (655201) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851809)

Oh yes. You can still get them!

Metagaming may have died with Mr. Thompson, but Mr. Jackson rescued a few gems.

Re:Ogre and G.E.V. (1)

Mr. Ghost (674666) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851822)

I played Ogre a long time ago. Don't have it any longer (lost in a move or something). I haven't been able to find it since then.

Diplomacy (1)

cwebb1977 (650175) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851766)

includes a lot of interaction, treachery, lies... fun at its best! not all too tactical but fun. or try blood bowl (also online at

Re:Diplomacy (1)

HarvardFrankenstein (635329) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851789)

I totally second the Bloodbowl motion. I've only played it a few times, but it's an excellent Strategy RPG, simple and engaging. I just wish I could get my friends into it!

I wish I had your time (0, Offtopic)

crossconnects (140996) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851769)

I don't have time to get tired of games. Too much else is going on, so i don't get much chance to play.

More athletic is ... (1)

Mikkeles (698461) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851770)

Ping-pong (or table tennis).

BoardGameGeek (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851775)

A pretty good resource for board game reviews, discussion, and other stuff is I recommend it.

Chris Mattern

Acquire (1)

Shambhu (198415) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851780)

Acquire [] is another simple, but well-balanced strategy game. It's somewhat as if a game theorist made Monopoly. (It's nothing like Monopoly). Very fun.

Two games from high school... (1)

krswan (465308) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851781)

My geeky friends and I were into Diplomacy lomacy.htm [] for awhile in high school. Great fun, but don't play too much. The required backstabbing can wear on friendships. We also used to play a great deal of the dice game Cosmic Wimpout [] .

GamesWorkshop's Warhammer 40,000 (1)

Nicholas Evans (731773) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851783)

If you're after a tabletop game, I'd suggest Warhammer 40k. It's set in the distant future, when the Imperium of Man is going up against all sorts of weird alien/evil creates.

You get to choose an army (you can pick from space marines, bugs, eldars, necrons, and a handful of other things), then you buy a whole load of models, assemble them, then paint them. After you have a sexxxellent army painted up, you find yourself an opponent and fight with a complex-as-all-hell rule system.

These games can take anywhere from two hours to days, depending on how many models you and your opponent take to the field.

The game is pretty involving. The only downside is that the models/books are *very* expensive. The prices have always been a point to moan about on forums dedicated to it.

Alternatively, you could play one of GamesWorkshop's similar games, Warhammer Fantasy or a Lord of the Rings game. Fantasy is more medievil (nights, skavens, dragonsessessess, and the like), and LOTR speaks for itself.

Re:GamesWorkshop's Warhammer 40,000 (1)

tigerknight (305542) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851799)

The ONLY problem with this game (and considering I'm in the hobby it's obviously not a problem to me) is the investment of time and money. A sizeable army (2500pts) will run you well into a few hundred dollars.

I would suggest start small - check out the battle of macragge set. $45, everything you need to play (rules, dice, templates, etc). Gives you the feel of space marines and tyranids. From there if you like it great - you can get more. if not, you're only out $45.

Also note that everything for the game needs tob e assembled and painted - you can't just play instantly out of the box. (ok, you don't have to paint to play but partial assembling is at least key)

RoboRally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11851785)

RoboRally is a lot of fun.

you have to "program" small robots to navigate through a factory. programming works with paper cards (one foward, turn left,...). you have to program three turns in advance. all players have to navigate the same route. collisions with other robots lead to disturbance of your program. furthermore the robots have "lasers" to shoot at each other and there are a lot of opstacles and "actionfields" in the factory you have to cope with.

there are also a lot of expansions available for roborally! []

SFB of course (1)

Avantare (573582) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851787)

Star Fleet Battles []

Re:SFB of course (1)

Avantare (573582) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851823)

Get the basic game here []

Invent your own. (2, Interesting)

sbaker (47485) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851790)

My son and I invent our own. The inventing process is at least 50% of the fun - and just occasionally, we come up with a really good one. For something totally off-the-wall, try 'Kniggits': ig gits

(The URL is poorly chosen - it's not actually a paper and pencil game).

Gotta agree with the earlier post about the old Avalon Hill games - there were hundreds of them and 95% of them were really good. You should be able to find a zillion of them on eBay.

For something fairly simple, we've had a lot of fun with 'HeroScape' (from Milton Bradley) - but complexifying the game no end by adding our own rules. Also 'Pirates of the Spanish Main' from Wizkids (buy at least 10 packs to maximise the fun).

No list would be complete without mentioning Dungeons and Dragons - which is as much fun as the people you play it with - and is quite compatible with large quantities of alcohol.

Mordheim (1)

Lord Graga (696091) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851791)

Mordheim is a fun tabletop game from Fanatic Games (part of Games Workshop), set in a ruined town in the Warhammer Fantasy world. Each player takes up the control of a warband of a few models (4 to 8, usually) and starts battling each other through scenarios, earning experience points (for levels), gold, skills, and all sorts of unexpected things (especially when dying).
The basic rules are much like those in Warhammer, with the same kind of stats, but with a few additions to make it more fit for skirmish.

All you need is a few buildings, some models, and some pens and sheets, and then you will be ready for playing.

And best of all, the rules are freely avaible on Mordheim's website []

Go (2, Interesting)

checazzo (861261) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851793)

Go is the most intense, addicting game I've ever played. Japanese rules are the rule-set we play by and it is amazing. If you have Mac OS X, check out Goban. For Linux, check out GNU Go. It is THE game.

Re:Go (1)

Mr. Ghost (674666) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851831)

I've seen Go mentioned several times. It is a good game for two players but I am looking for something for 4 or more players.

"Hacker", what else :-) (1)

herwighenseler (841655) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851795)

I play lots of tabletop games, but I regularly come back to play "Hacker" with a group of other nerds. Although it is a few years old (early 90s, IIRC), it still doesn't feel outdated.

Most fun played with 5 or 6 players, IMHO. Depending on how you set the goal, the game can be over as fast as 60 minutes or a whole evening/night can be spent. Prepare to use a BIG table for the latter ...

And never underestimate the fun of a good old game of chess ...


Monopoly or Snakes and Ladders ? (1)

bushboy (112290) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851798)

I also find that Mouse Trap is a great way to pass the time.

Other options are the classic Cluedo, or if you really want a blast the exciting Trivial Pursuit is always a crowd pleaser.

Personally, sometimes I find many of the above games just a little over complicated and confusing and tend to stick with the all time family favourite, Tiddlywinks !

Hooo Boy, there's a bucket load of fun to be had with those bright little plastic disks !

Illuminati, Ticket To Ride... (2, Insightful)

otis wildflower (4889) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851800)

.. Totally different games in style and theme, but both are tons of fun.

And, TTR won the 2004 Spiel Des Jahres!

Ticket to Ride (2, Interesting)

Russ Nelson (33911) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851802), by Days of Wonder. We've been playing it at least once a day for the past month. Haven't worn it out from overuse yet.

Rules of a game in a poem; (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11851806)


In games of slivers
spots and papers
opponents are
the generators

stones go capture
all their brothers
so check your faith
in one another

one by one
jump your connections
two by three
jumps with direction

about the face
turns the election
the perfect game
needs no reflection

All you need to play is some colored stones and a flat surface with lots of intersecting lines. Oh yeah, and you have to be clever enough to extract the rules from the poem.

The play is sort of like a version of super go, with elements from other popular deterministic turn based games.

Tikal (1)

szo (7842) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851807)

If you liked Catan and Carcasson, you should really check out Tikal.


A few odd ones come to mind... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11851810)

Foremost, you may enjoy Illuminati by Steve Jackson games - it's a really fun and once you get it, really simple, game about world domination - it's very tongue in cheek, very funny... and depending on the players, it can be extremely amusing seeing people try to manipulate eachothers actions.

Another bet is Blood Bowl if you're into football at all ;) A little Bloowbowl tourney is always fun :)

Recommended by a friend (1)

pyro_dude (15885) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851815)

Fireball Island [] was recommended by a friend.

Reminds me of Kerplunk!, Hungry Hungry Hippo, Dizzy (Dizzy) Dinosaur, Chutes and Ladders, and Mouse Trap.

Does anyone know the game where you make architecture with curved interlocking pieces and watch the marbles fall through them?

This post is easily answered (4, Informative)

loomis (141922) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851824)

Why not look at the highest user-rated board games in existence, many or which are new, and then read the comments about the games in order to determine what sounds appealing to you? Board Game has all of this information readily available right here: game rankings []

Divine Right of Kings (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851826)

It's an oldie, but grab it if you can find it. It's a fantasy strategy game, played on a hex map but with card draws to keep it unpredictable. Very fun when several people are playing.

Betrayal at House on the Hill (1)

obidonn (590065) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851829)

Betrayal at House on the Hill [] is a fun tabletop game. It's from Wizards of the Coast but was originally in development by Avalon Hill. There's an online demo [] here. Great replayability, although there can be a lot of rule interpretation bickering.

Ticket to Ride (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11851833)

is a fun game. You can get it from the kind of store that stocks Settlers.

An oldie but a goodie... (4, Funny)

lpangelrob2 (721920) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851838)

Spin the bottle.

But don't play it by yourself. That's depressing. And a little creepy.

Looney Labs (5, Informative)

OpenYourEyes (563714) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851839)

Looney Labs [] (and their weekly blog [] ) make some excellent games that might fit your audience. They are perhaps best known for their card game Fluxx [] (my personal favorite), but also have a number of other games which are more board-game like.

The one that sounds most similar to what you're looking for is Chrononauts [] , the card game of time travel, which involves a time line that you build and control on the table. It also has an "Early American" version.

As already noted, they make the Icehouse pyramids [] which are most noted for games like Zendo [] and Ice Towers [] , but are also used for quite a few others [] .


One of my favorites is "Scotland Yard" (3, Interesting)

TaxSlave (23295) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851841)

In Scotland Yard [] , one player takes the role of "Mr X" and attempts to evade the detectives. The playing area is a map of London, with routes marked in taxi, bus, underground, and ferry routes. Each player has a set of tickets they can use for each type of route. There are x of taxi tickets, y of bus tickets, and z of underground. Mr X is less limited. Mr X moves in secret, but every few turns, he must show himself.

I always liked this game, when I played it as a kid. As an adult, I found a copy of it in the game store. I told Chris, the owner, that I had played it as a kid, but forgotten about it. When I saw it on the shelf, I had to have it. It didn't matter that it cost around $30 at the time.

Chris informed me that this was a standard story. The game was rarely, if ever, advertised. Everyone who bought it did so because they had played it somewhere else, and found it hard to balk at the price. He said they had trouble keeping the game on the shelves. I believe it.

The beauty of the game is that every person who plays Mr X will do so differently. Inspectors are individuals. Every game is different, though the map stays the same.

Another favorite of mine is Empire Builder, but we're heading out to the truck stop for breakfast, so you'll have to do your own research on that one.

My Personal Recommendation... (1)

disntrstd (705189) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851846)

I find a good game of Mousetrap tends to stimulate the mind.

Mastermind, baby.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11851847)

'nuff said!

Stratego (2, Informative)

06metzp (713177) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851852)

This is a fun 2-player game that is something like a board version of capture the flag. Each piece has a value, 1-9 or bomb, and you must navigate your pieces across the board to try to find the other player's flag. When two pieces collide the values are revealed (you can't see the other player's pieces' value) and whoever has the lower number value wins. Lower rank (higher number) pieces are more plentiful but are also defeated more easily. The catch is that only Miners (#8, I think) can dismantle bombs.

I've had a lot of fun playing this game and recommend you try it out. The only bad thing is that if you lose one of the pieces you can't make another one to fill in for it (everyone will know what value it is!)

Days of Wonder, Blogs, and BoardGameGeek (5, Informative)

Obiwan Kenobi (32807) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851856)

I've written on these guys before, but let me do so again in a more straightforward manner:

Buy everything you see here [] . I assure that you will NOT be disappointed.

Days of Wonder is a great company who takes brilliant designs the world over and shares them with a geek-like audience. Me and my wife love Mystery of the Abbey. Think of it like a really interesting, deep version of Clue. No candlesticks, no ridiculous characters, and it actually has -strategy- incorporated, and everyone who has played it loves it immediately.

And no, I'm not even getting paid to say that (though of course, it would be nice).

You can also read some (tabletop) gaming blogs:

- []
- BoardGames-To-Go []
- Chris Farrell's Gaming Blog []
- Jeffro @ Mindsay []

Lastly, I'd like to say that me and my wife's favorite non-boardgame is Bang! [] , an easy-to-learn great mechanic-filled game that anyone over the age of 7 will adore.

Oh, and of course, get all the recommendations you can handle over at the always fantastic [] .

Have fun!

Evan [] - CCG Design, Theory, and Commentary

Chess? (1)

J. Charles Holt (598057) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851858)

This seem obvious, but have you tried chess?

Puerto Rico + The Castle (2, Insightful)

kootsoop (809311) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851864)

Of multi-player (>2) games Puerto Rico and Settlers are the best IMHO. Elfenland, another Game of the Year winner from Germany, like Settlers, is OK but not up on the other two. For two-player, I recommend The Castle --- a two-player version of Carcassone.

How about Icehouse or Mahjong? (1)

DaFork (608023) | more than 9 years ago | (#11851867)

How about Icehouse [] or Mahjong [] ?

A couple times a week my coworkers and I get together at lunch to play these games. Icehouse is an abstract gaming system where you can play many different games. Our favorite Icehouse games include Pikemen, Martian Chess, and RAMbots.

The hardest part about playing Mahjong (the real Mahjong, not Mahjong solitare)is finding a place that sells the pieces. It is fun and addictive, but you need 4 people to play.

When Darkness Comes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11851870) []
This game has a few issues, but it is an interesting combination RPG board game. These are the guys that made Zombies, which is alos fun.
It's survival horror, with an interesting, simple mechanic for combat.
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