Memorable Board Game Moments

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I recently watched Pixar's Soul and later on showed Up to my parents. And both films are great at building up to that emotional payoff moment. It's the moment that makes the journey completely worth it, and the moment that you picture when you want to share it with others.

So I wanted to ask, what are some specific moments in board games that make you want to share that experience with your friends?

Here are some that come to mind for me!

#The Quest for El Dorado

  1. Satisfaction of building your deck that pays off - You intentionally set yourself back by moving slower than others to build up proper travel gears. You're completely behind all other players and you end up drawing 10+ cards into your hand and proceed to race across the jungle while mowing down everything in your path
  2. Being that evil person - You place your meeple on the space that blocks off the ideal path, forcing everyone to go around you

#Codenames

  1. Taking the risk - I'm always a risk taker when playing games. If I can make up to 4 guesses, I'll almost always try to go for that rather than playing it safe. And if it succeeds, great!
  2. Game over on the first turn - Happens surprisingly often when the clue-giver has a very unique way of thinking...

#Brass: Birmingham

  1. Why pay for it yourself when you can leech off of others? - Flipping multiple industry tiles by using my opponent's resources and then dramatically increasing my income for the next turn? Sweeeeeet :)

Now that I think about it, the type of highlight moments I enjoy really shows my preferences when it comes to gaming 😁

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Premium User5 days ago

My most memorable game moments definitely come from the games that have high player interaction and the opportunity for "dynamic" plays. That doesn't necessarily mean I enjoy games that don't have those things less, but this style of game just tends to create strong impressions, even though the enjoyment level in other styles of games can still be quite high. That being said, here are 3 games that are in my top 8, lol.

  • #Dune - of course this one is on here. Lots of memorable things can happen in this game, so I'll just give a few examples.
    • Tense battles where you don't know the outcome. What leader will they play? Do they have a poison weapon to kill my leader? How much spice can I afford to spend on this battle? Then the reveal happens, and sometimes...
    • TRAITOR! Revealing a traitor card to absolutely devastate your opponent in battle is an amazing feeling. On the flip side, it's definitely a feel-bad moment for the victim, but the possibility is part of what makes battles so nerve-wracking
    • Generally executing on a strategy to take strongholds. Winning this game via strongholds is always exciting, because it always comes down to at least one battle on that turn.
  • #Western Legends - this game just kind of lets you tell a western story that you want to tell.
    • Becoming a legend at the poker table - definitely seen some wins this way!
    • Become an infamous outlaw - rob the bank, rustle cattle, whatever you want! This is a fun path, but risky!
  • #Inis - this one is about clever drafting and timing, but there can definitely be some memorable swings throughout the game!
    • Efficient usage of the Geis card (cancel another player's action) is crucial to foiling your opponent's plans
    • Collaborating to stop the current leader from winning, just so the rest of you have the chance to grab the victory the next round

Owner4 days ago

Really need to try Dune some day :)

For Inis, does the gang up typically lead to the current leader getting beaten down to a point where that player is least well positioned for a win on the next round? At the same time, I guess players would want to do the least amount of intervention possible so that they're not helping out the person in second place?

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Premium User3 days ago

I haven't played enough times to answer that well, I think, but that hasn't been my experience so far. Like you mentioned, it's a balance of stopping someone from winning while still giving yourself a good chance of winning while not setting someone else up too well. The fact that you can all qualify for up to 3 different winning conditions simultaneously really gives the game a different feel. The win conditions are not exclusive, so you need to make sure you have a good grip on them and ideally try to grab more than one while being able to counter your opponents trying to stop you. It's an amazing game and one that I want to just keep playing, haha.

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5 days ago

As bad rep as it gets, I got many awesome memories of playing #Risk with my friends. That's what dice rolling can do for you.

But, in my opinion, no game experience can top a intense game of #Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game. A well played Baltar is a sight to behold.

In any case, I really agree with you on your second example for #The Quest for El Dorado, especially if somebody has been trying the strategy you mention on your first example and then they finally get that perfect fantastic hand only to have it spoiled by your lousy meeple on the only jungle space in miles.

Owner4 days ago

For some reason, I often forget that Risk was one of the first board games I've played after Monopoly. Probably because I've only played it once in my life.

I've yet to play a semi-cooperative game but I know I'd really like the experience!

Lol I haven't seen that happen in my plays of Quest for El Dorado so far. But I'd feel so bad if I unintentionally did that to my wife in a 2p game haha. I've love it if I managed to do that to though.

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Supporter4 days ago

My first play of #Pax Pamir (Second Edition) ended very memorably.  It was a tight race through 3 dominance checks.  The third check finally resulted in someone (me) being aligned with the dominant faction.  This put me into a tie for first place.  During the last "round" of the game myself and the other leader were slapping down coalition blocks like crazy.  During my turn had the chance to really take out a player and made another choice because I thought we had a while till the next dominance check but the last place player was wealtheir than we realized.  Right after I didn't wipe them out they bought the last check and since no one was dominant scored double points for having the most discs out on the board and won the game.

Owner4 days ago

That must have been a fun night! Always love it when the win comes from a completely unexpected player :D

I have a pretty good idea of how much you like the game, but how has your group reacted to the game? I'm assuming they hadn't played it until you got it?

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