Game Suggestions for a New Gamer?

Hey everyone! I was newly introduced to this community a little over a week ago and I'm loving it so far. A brief background into my board gaming history: Most of my experience has been with games like Codenames, Carcassonne, and a bunch of the popular, light party games like Apples to Apples, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Exploding Kittens, etc. The heaviest games I had gotten into were along the lines of Dominion and Catan, and I didn't give them too much of a chance in the rare times I played them.

Then a few months ago, had me try Betrayal at the House on the Hill for the first time with some other friends, and I totally loved it. It was my first exposure to an exploration game with light RPG elements. I got is as a gift and have been playing it every few weeks for months. Even more recently, showed me Too Many Bones (the heaviest game I had played by far) and I had a blast. I can't wait to try it again.

In short, I think I've become hooked on board gaming. I've spent a while looking through the forums here, browsing BoardGameGeek, and compiling a list of games I want to try now. At the top of my list are Root, Wingspan, Spirit Island, Aeon's End, and Roll for the Galaxy. I'm finding that I'm really into games with RPG elements, dice, co-op or solo play options, and a lot of replayability. Any suggestions on other games I should look into?

TLDR: I recently got hooked on board gaming and I'm looking for suggestions on some new games to try. My current favorites are Betrayal at the House on the Hill and Too Many Bones, and I love RPG, dice, and co-op games. Suggestions?

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53 days ago

Glad to have you here ! Happy to have helped revilatize your interest in games!

I have good news for you, 3 out of the 4 games that are on your "to play list", people in our game group have already! The only one that is not available is Wingspan :)

53 days ago

Awesome! Looking forward to playing those sometime!

53 days ago

Hi

Welcome aboard!

Great to read what brought you to gaming and this community!

I can imagine you loved #Too Many Bones 

Although I think Gloomhaven and Spirit Island are excellent titles, going forth on your experience and request for co-op and dice, you might want to conside either #Descent: Journeys in the Dark 2nd Edition (if you are into fantasy) or #Star Wars Imperial Assault if you are into Star Wars. (I like both :p). 

I suggest these titles because they are obviously co-op, have RPG elements and have a nifty dice mechanic.

A lot depends on who you will be playing with of course. These games shine if you can do a campaign with the same people over the course of multiple sessions! (read= multiple hours per session as well!)

 

53 days ago

Thanks for those suggestions! Both look like games I'd really like to try. I'm a fan of Star Wars too so Imperial Assault looks particularly interesting. I have friends in mind who'd be willing to try a game over multiple sessions so I'll have to get their opinions as well.

53 days ago

Of course you'd recommend Star Wars lol

53 days ago

*insert Han Solo shrugging*

:D

Hey, I left it open with Descent 2nd edition! ;)

52 days ago

Great thread this is becoming; it sparks joy to see a fresh new gamer in this community is overwhelmed by enthousiasm :). Signs of a great community!

52 days ago

Really appreciate the welcome from everyone :) Tons of great game recommendations too!

48 days ago

It has been done. has been converted. There's no turning back Bryce. Ever.

Supporter52 days ago

Glad to have you here! :)

Here are some games that come to mind and some will be repeats of what others have suggested:

  • #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion (soloable, - If you feel like Gloomhaven will be too big of a commitment, then this will be a great way to test out the waters
  • #Star Wars Imperial Assault - Dice + Star Wars game with RPG influence. Plus, it is team-based. I've been eyeing on this as well and while there are other great Star Wars games out there, this seemed like a great casual fun I could have with my wife
  • #Nemesis - Out of print everywhere until probably early next year. I wanted to suggest it since you seem to appreciate games that are rich in theme. It has a semi co-op element and players are assigned a role with hidden objectives while trying to work together to escape an alien infested space ship. You can sign up for a newsletter from Awaken Realms to see when the late pledge becomes available: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/awakenrealms/nemesis-lockdown
  • #Arkham Horror: The Card Game - LCG from Fantasy Flight Games. It's highly thematic and can be played solo or 2p. The only danger is that if you like the game, you'll probably end up spending a lot more
  • #Nemo's War (Second Edition) - You will sail the seas as Captain Nemo and go on missions of science, exploration, anti-imperialism, and war. Multiplayer is an option but just about everyone who's played recommends solo only
  • #Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island - Survive on a deserted island. I've heard this game is very tough to beat
  • #Atlantis Rising (second edition) - Atlanteans have angered the gods and they are sinking the island with natural disasters. As the island continues to flood away, you and other players must gather resources and activate each part of a cosmic gate that will move all people to safety. Heavy on luck and luck mitigation. Roll dice for resources and draw cards every round that determine which part of the island will sink next
  • #Burgle Bros. - Another co-op featuring dice. As a team of burglers, you must pull off heists in various high security buildings without getting caught

All of these games lean toward having lots of thematic elements, some level of luck, and are all soloable

52 days ago

Thanks for the great list of games and summaries, I really appreciate it! Repeat recommendations are helping me see which games are more popular, so no problem. They all look like a ton of fun honestly. I really enjoy dark and intense themes on occasion, so Nemesis and Arkham Horror are cool to see.

52 days ago

Hello and welcome :)

Based on what's been described, maybe take a look at the upcoming #Sleeping Gods and #Roll Player Adventures to add to your wishlist. Note that neither of these are in retail yet, but they both seem like they could satisfy your game play preferences.

52 days ago

Awesome, thank you! I really like the sound of the world exploration in Sleeping Gods. I'll be watching for that one.

Supporter53 days ago

Also, big +1 for #Root.  Actually there is a Tabletop RPG for that universe as well... although I don't know if it's hit retail yet.

#Root: The Tabletop RPG Games (Core Rulebook)

Supporter53 days ago

One game I'd love to play because of the IP is #The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth which I think would meet a lot of what you're looking for.  I don't love the idea of running around on adventure with Bilbo and Aragorn because it's not canonical but I'm sure I could get over it, haha.

52 days ago

I agree, the idea seems a little odd haha. Still entertaining though.

53 days ago

You already have #Spirit Island which is a great one.  I'd suggest #Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island and #Marvel Champions: The Card Game as good co-op options.  Though it lacks the dice I think you find #Gloomhaven very much up your alley.  

A few other's you might like include #Scythe: The Rise of Fenris which would require the base game as well. #Maracaibo has a legacy play option with "chapters" and might be intriguing as well.

53 days ago

Cool, thanks for the wide variety there! Robinson Crusoe sticks out to me as the one I've heard about a couple of times before. I've heard it's really difficult to win? Does playing solo vs with other people affect that?

52 days ago

Yes! Solo is much, much, much harder in my opinion that multiplayer. Multiplayer is still quite hard! 

53 days ago

I've played most of the games on your want to play list (only one I haven't is Root).  Those are all really good games and a pretty wide cross section of the hobby.  Other games you may want to consider:

  1. #Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game - Co-op game with dice and a potential traitor mechanic.  Lots of fun with the right group.
  2. #King of Tokyo and #Bang!: The Dice Game are both light dice chuckers that are good time fillers. 
  3. #Dice Throne Season 1 or 2 are fun dice games that are competitive.
  4. If you like(d) Risk you should consider #Risk: Legacy  Requires a committed group of at least 4 to 5 but the game play and experiences are awesome.  Enjoyed it so much the first time around we are on our 2nd play through.

53 days ago

Nice list! I haven't played many competitive dice games so Dice Throne sounds pretty intriguing. I remember trying Dead of Winter a while back and not loving it for whatever reason, but maybe I should give it another chance. I played the original Bang! a long time ago so I'd like to see how the dice variation works.

53 days ago

Having played Dead of Winter with a number of different groups, i have found that its very divisive game. Either you love it or you hate it.  I think a lot of that has to do with the traitor mechanic.  Its a game I really enjoy, but I know it doesn't work for everyone. 

I've never played the original Bang! but the Dice game is super quick (10 min usually) and a great lunch time filler.  Back pre-covid days I would bring Bang! in once or twice a month to play at lunch with a group.  It worked really well in that situation. 

53 days ago

Makes sense, it may have been the traitor mechanic that got me.

I like the lunch time dice games idea. I'll keep that in mind for when on-site work eventually starts up again.

53 days ago

I'm afraid I can't be of much help, since RPG and co-op elements are things I personally don't enjoy as much in games, but glad to have you aboard!

53 days ago

Hey no worries! I threw those elements out there to give an idea of what I've enjoyed so far, but I'm still open to other suggestions. I enjoy hearing why people like their personal favorite games too.

53 days ago

Cool! Well in that case I'll wave the banner for one of my favorite games (that I talk about all the time here), #Oceans. It's a card game that has each player building multiple species in the ocean by adding traits help them eat more fish, increase attack/defensive abilities, and all kinds of other interesting traits. The combo-building gameplay is really fun, and the art is just beautiful. If you're interested, Rahdo's runthrough is a pretty good representation to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDkNjqIja6k

53 days ago

Can confirm he talks about it all the time ;P

53 days ago

Supporter53 days ago

Can I upgrade my "get replies in Seinfeld gifs" status to "get replies in Star Wars gifs"?

53 days ago