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I only looked at the first five pages and I didn't look very carefully, but I didn't see a thread for board and card games besides one with a link to online board games. Anyways, I love board games and would love to talk about them. I've been into low level RP games, but I also like strategy and deception games.

Some games I would talk about
Gloomhaven
Catan
Avalon/Resistance
Betrayal at House on the Hill
Carcassonne
One Night Ultimate Werewolf
Once Upon a Time
Heroscape
Two Rooms and a Boom
And several others! Feel free to talk about whatever game here. It might be a good idea to use a spoiler box when talking about certain aspects of games (later levels in gloomhaven, certain haunts in Betrayal) Idk if it's necessary or not. Idk if other people mind a whole lot, but people might.
  
I have played a good number of those games. I'm currently in a Betrayal Legacy Campaign and that has been a lot of fun.

I own about 50 games and have played more than that. I' m a big Stonemaier Games fan. I even got Jamey Stegmaier to sign one of my games.
  
Of those, I've only played Carcassonne and Catan. Strategy hints welcome.

I generally prefer perfect information abstract strategy games - Go, Chess, Pente, Othello/Reversi, etc.
  
I love playing chess against people who have never played it before, because it allows me to relax and take the game easy and not hyperagressively

And I'm also just kind of bad at the game
  
I am bad at chess.
  
I suck at chess. I think I could get better with practice, but I don't generally like games where your only goal is to completely destroy your opponent. I prefer games where you can win without your opponent specifically losing/dying/being immolated. I do love board games though!

Lately I've been playing a lot of Clank! It's great because you only have to be two people to play(2-4 players) and every run is varied. My SO and I first tried the game when we were visiting his board game nerd of a friend and I liked it such a lot that I wished for it for Christmas. We bought all the expansions (only 3) in the following months and now we play it several times a week.

I have played quite a lot of Settlers of Catan, but sadly my parents own the game, so that's a game my SO and I need to acquire some day.

We recently dug up Carcassonne again, after a long while of not playing it. Solid game - you just want to keep on placing tiles forever!

Betrayal at House on the Hill is also a game that I bought after my first time testing it at a friend's. It's splendid (and once I managed to build a courtyard of the house) and also one of my SO's favourite games. Sometimes the rulebook can be a bit hard to interpret though. We also have the expansion and many of the haunts there just feel really unbalanced, as if they weren't even playtested. Generally a really enjoyable game to play though, but you need to be at least 3 people (I prefer 4-5) so we don't play it as often as I'd like.

Forbidden Desert is also a lot of fun. I really like the cooperation aspect of the game. Even though a person's round can last several minutes, it isn't boring because you are all playing together so you can contribute ideas and discuss how you should proceed at any time. The game gets easier when you're just two people and really hard if you're five players, but thankfully you can set the difficulty depending on your own preference. The only dull thing about the game is that the Meteorologist character feels quite useless. Their abilities can't compete with the other characters' abilities at all.

I also recently tested Fog of Love for the first time. It's enjoyable, the character building is really fun, especially because of the fact that your co-player (it's a 2-player game) gets to decide some of the aspects of your character - and you get to decide aspects of their character. Making up the love story as you go is fun, but the ending of the game feels kind of anticlimactic most of the time.

Another game I want to buy at some point is Tokaido. It's a fun game and the aesthetics of it are great! I have it as an app on my phone so we play sometimes on train journeys. The app actually does a great job of bringing the game to life! But yeah, it's a simple, calm game that looks great. I want to try the expansion for it someday as well.

We got my youngest sister a board game for Christmas that we thought she might enjoy playing with her friends: Tokaido. Also a simple and fun game. And not that expensive either, but I guess you can tire of it more than games with more variation like Clank! or Betrayal. Still a great game to pull out when you just want to play a quick game.

A game I am looking forward to play again soon is Terraforming Mars. It was apparently made by Swedish dudes and I think my SO's board game nerd maybe even knows those dudes. I don't own a copy of the game, but my SO's board game nerd friend does and we'll be visiting him this week, so I'm hoping to get to play the game again. It's a game that's a bit more complicated than most of the games on my list, but I remember it as being very enjoyable. Maybe a game that I'll want to add to my collection in the future.
  
Want to play YINSH again. There was an Android app for it but it disappeared from the Play Store and the author didn't answer me asking about it.
  
I've enjoyed playing Casino[great site!] with my kids. The rules are easy and there's arithmetic practice and you can deal it the same way for two or three or four players.
  
I have played a good number of those games. I'm currently in a Betrayal Legacy Campaign and that has been a lot of fun.

I own about 50 games and have played more than that. I' m a big Stonemaier Games fan. I even got Jamey Stegmaier to sign one of my games.

I looked Betrayal Legacy and found a little bit about it. It sounds dope as hell, but I'm still not sure about what it is. It's like a very long, more co-op focused version of the game? Also, is it something that I want to know more about before buying, or is it better not to spoil it?

DIAV said:
Of those, I've only played Carcassonne and Catan. Strategy hints welcome.

I generally prefer perfect information abstract strategy games - Go, Chess, Pente, Othello/Reversi, etc.

I've noticed in my own experience with Carcassone that people can put a lot of meeples into investing in land. I do recommend putting a meeple on land early in the game to get a head start, but at the same time, I don't recommend putting a lot of meeples down to contend for land. Rather, try to find your own isolated areas to make a bunch of cities around ie. try to be sneaky when claiming land. That has worked for me pretty well. Idk if I'm explaining it well, but like sometimes I put down a meeple that could connect to another land area to fight for ownership if it's like 1-1 for land, but I wait it out before connecting them myself. If it seems worth it, I might connect it, but oftentimes that isolated area is worth a lot by itself if I put a lot of cities in it sneakily. Also, having several land areas that aren't connected to each other mean more potential points if they aren't contested.
I'm honestly not that good at Catan myself. I just played with my roommates for the first time in a while, and I lost. I guess just like generally, it's better to try to be helpful and like not pissing people off. I think what can happen is that if people get like contentious with each other, they both do worse compared to the people who like slip through the radar. With the robber and trading being major mechanics of the game, there is an element of like diplomacy I guess. Another general tip: build as much as you can. 7 is the most common number to roll and if you don't use up your cards, there's a good chance that you can lose them. And more settlements and cities=more resources, so best to get them.

jaxxie said:
Betrayal at House on the Hill is also a game that I bought after my first time testing it at a friend's. It's splendid (and once I managed to build a courtyard of the house) and also one of my SO's favourite games. Sometimes the rulebook can be a bit hard to interpret though. We also have the expansion and many of the haunts there just feel really unbalanced, as if they weren't even playtested. Generally a really enjoyable game to play though, but you need to be at least 3 people (I prefer 4-5) so we don't play it as often as I'd like.

Yeah I feel that both the hard to interpret rulebook and unbalanced gameplay. There was one game we played where we were supposed to bring a 'girl' out of the house. There was a tile that was supposed to represent the 'girl' but we also had a 'girl' card, so we spent a while trying to look online if we had the 'girl' because we had the 'girl' card and we never found out, so we just decided "no the 'girl' card is not the same 'girl' as the 'girl' tile." I think how the game is balanced really depends on a lot of things, like how many players, how early the haunt is played, and what the haunt is. It seems like there's no way they effectively can balance all those factors, so it can be quite unbalanced. It's still very fun though, even if it sometimes seems pretty easy for one side or the other.
  
I started Betrayal Legacy with some friends. I'm on chapter 4 I think. Loving it so far and would love to talk about it.
  
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