Team Games

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Do you have any favorite team games? It seems to me that team play is an under-utilized mechanism, at least when it comes to strategy games. It's of course used a lot in party games, but that isn't what I'm looking for right now.

  • My favorite team game is #War Chest. You can play a 2v2 game, and in my opinion, it's just as much fun as the 1v1 game.
  • I'm sure could chime in about #The Defence of Procyon III, which I think plays 2v2 as well.
  • There's also #Captain Sonar, which is the first 4v4 strategy game I've seen, but it has a real-time element which is not something I generally want in games. It's a really neat game though.
  • I know that games like #Star Wars: Rebellion and #War of the Ring: Second Edition have team variants, but (without having played them) those seem like sub-optimal ways to play those games.

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2 months ago

#Flag Dash is a highly underrated game (from the designer of #Gearworks and publisher of #Rurik: Dawn of Kiev). It's great 1v1, but is also a ton of fun 2v2, or even 1v2. It's actually a favorite of mine, and one that doesn't get nearly enough table time. 

#The Legend of Korra: Pro-Bending Arena is also "team", but it's 1v1, so I'm not sure if that counts.

#Disc Duelers has some variants where players split into teams. I haven't done those variants, but I love the base rules.

#Dino Dunk is one that is probably best at 1v1, but you can certainly play teams, which is still fun. 

#Crokinole is a family favorite, etiher 1v1 or 2v2. It's a brilliant game (Canadian origin, so that's to be expected), and our young boys love playing it (and are surprisingly very good at it!).

Word games like #Decrypto and #Codenames are also great.

#Fire Tower is an awesome game that we tend to play 4-player free-for-all, but there is a team variant that plays well also. Definitely one that doesn't get the recognition it deserves.

The #Funkoverse Strategy Games can also be played as teams, which play well but are pretty light on the strategy side.

#The Phantom Society can also be played as teams. It's a fun, light game.

#Star Wars X-Wing Second Edition: Core Set (or first edition, obviously) can be played teams. Generally it's 1v1, but I've played as much as a 9-player free-for-all furball, which was awesome! This is a fairly simple one to play teams with as well; just have each player control certain ships.

#Zoo Ball is a fun soccer-like dexterity game that plays well 1v1 or in teams. 

And that's all I've got for you! I didn't think I'd have nearly this many, but once I started going, I kept thinking of more. haha

Premium User2 months ago

Wow, great list! I haven't heard of many of those, so I'll have to check them out. I didn't realize that Crokinole could be played on teams!

2 months ago

Crokinole is a blast as teams. Basically you're just sitting on opposite sides from your teammate, and alternate turns as you would normally. 

Premium User2 months ago

Sounds fun!

Supporter2 months ago

Team play is the only way I would consider playing anything that resembles coop.

The only game I have that official does this is #1775: Rebellion which is a pretty good experiece as long as you have two people who can work well together (no QBing or taking a back seat).

I do tend to love games that have semi-team (temporary alliances) with plenty of chance to backstab though.

2 months ago

Such hatred for co-op games, it's a whole beautiful genre :D

Supporter2 months ago

You have no idea.  I'm just too combatitve to enjoy them.

2 months ago

Haha, that's fair, and I know a lot of people don't like them either. Personally though, they're for sure one of my favourite types of game to play, after negotiation/social deduction type games, as you get (in my experience) lots of conversation and planning. There isn't the same need for secrecy so people talk freely.

Premium User2 months ago

Oh yes 1775 and it's sister game #878 Vikings: Invasions of England both have team play, right?

Also, it sounds like you should try #Dune ;)

2 months ago

And #1754 Conquest: The French and Indian War as well. Of the two I own (1776 and 1754), that's my favorite.

Another excellent team wargame is #Quartermaster General.  You can split it up differently depending on player count, but the full game is 3 vs. 3.

Premium User2 months ago

Haven't heard of that one! 3v3 sounds intense!

2 months ago

It can lead to some fun "discussion". ;)

Premium User2 months ago

I am not sure I have any non-party games that use this concept.  I would agree that it's not utilized in the general board gaming world.  There are elements of #Anachrony using the Doomsday Module that employs some team synergy, but the win still goes to one player.

Magic the Gathering has a few team variants that I have played before (two-headed giant).  

2 months ago

I absolutely can chime in about #The Defence of Procyon III, it's amazing (at least on TTS as the phyiscal copy has been delayed until August) and does a really good job of making each player feel like the have agency and are unique (not just part of a hive mind) while also having a lot of interaction with your team-mate.

 

Would also highly recommend #878 Vikings: Invasions of England, while due to Covid I've only played 1v1, It's great at 2 player but I can really see how much more enjoyable it would be at 4.

Premium User2 months ago

Defence of Procyon sounds so cool...I don't know if I'll ever get to own it but I'm sure interested.

I did watch the SUSD review of 878, and they liked it a lot at 4 players. It looks like a fun one as well!

Premium User2 months ago

I don't think I'd classify #Team Play as a party game, but it's definitely lighter than what you're looking for lol.