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Board Game Apps - Is the change in times making you consider getting into them?

Owner

Ever since I watched @3MBG's video on the best games to play on steam for board gamers, I've been entertaining the idea of getting in on digital adaptations. One of my goals for 2020 was to become a more well-rounded gamer by trying out new or staple games that I'd probably never own myself, so this will be a great option. And while there are free games that are great, I'm also open to the idea of getting 5-10 games that will basically add up to the price of a typical board game.

So far, I've gotten into these:

  • #On Tour - This was before J's video, but thought I'd mention it. Solid roll & write with a completely pasted on theme, but it's still fun.
  • #Tokaido - Got it for free when there was a deal. Played once and while they did a great job with the app, it won't be getting repeat plays from me.
  • #Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization - Wonderful adaptation and super challenging. Especially because I could never imagine myself playing this on the tabletop. Too much to manage. 

Games I plan to get:

  • #Paperback - Word-building deck-builder. That alone gets my interest ($4.99)
  • #Onirim - I like look, simplicity, and quick pace (free)
  • #Race for the Galaxy - It's been a big of a "milestone" I've wanted to check off ($6.99)
  • #Raiders of the North Sea - This is the most likely purchase I would make for the actual board game. It's at the bottom of my wishlist though, so I doubt it'll be within the next 1.5-2 years ($5.99 on Tabletopia, $14.99 on Steam, $9.99 on Android and iOS)

Now it's your turn! Any games you've been interested in? Or do you prefer to stick with simulators like TTS and Tabletopia 100%?

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Supporter9 months ago

Ehh... I find digital board game apps to be tricky. They are OK when you are on your phone. And you can play them to kill time. But if I’m sitting at home I’d rather play a physical solo board game or play a real video game. Using Tabletopia right now is fine for playing with a game group when we can’t meet. But I’d much rather get a real, full video game experience OR just play a solo board game. 

Supporter9 months ago

I think I'm mostly with you. 

Owner9 months ago

I can see where you're coming from, since I felt the same too. For me, it's very similar to the appeal I'm realizing about soloing a board game. I like that apps give you flexibility where you can step away from it at any moment without hesitation. I also like the relaxing solitaire-like experience of figuring things out, and not getting worked up by the stimulation that comes from online gaming.

Edit: And plus, I get to try out games I know I'd probably never get to haha

Supporter9 months ago

I haven't really made that push, though I keep thinking about the TTA app. 

For me, I'm not a huge fan of playing on my phone or pc.... I do do it sometimes..... But I tend to prefer the physical game. 

For me I think that often you lose something in the translation from physical components to the app.... I would be much more interested in doing some sort of asynchronous online sort of game than app play, I think. 

I say this, though I am considering trying some online versions of games I haven't had a chance to play yet, like done of Lacerdas stuff.

Owner9 months ago

Yeah, I get where you're coming from. And it's the same for me, so I only get the ones where I'm 99% sure I won't be getting or others around me won't get.

Supporter9 months ago

That is a good way to look at it. 

9 months ago

Oh shoot, didn't know There was an app for Paperback! That's a game I've been interested in for a while!

And I actually own the Race for the Galaxy app and have done the tutorial, but, as with Through the Ages, I haven't given it the time I'd need to in order to really learn the game.

Owner9 months ago

Haven't gotten RftG yet. I didn't want to take the time to learn all of the icons yet lol

Since this post I also got the free app for #Onirim since I've heard it mentioned quite a bit for solo games. Nice solitaire game! Not much else to talk about but it's pretty good. Great app implementation.

I'll probably get Paperback this week!

9 months ago

I played Onirim a few times and the app was well done, but the game didn't really grab me.

9 months ago

I've been downloading a lot of new game apps--the ones the devs are releasing for free haha #Lost Cities is great as an app. Tokaido is really good, but yeah I definitely prefer the physical game. 

Owner9 months ago

I think I saw the news about this on the facebook group and realized it's not for android :(

9 months ago

Dang, that's too bad. I'm sure they'll release it on Android though. 

Supporter9 months ago

Ben I’ve been doing the same!

9 months ago

As you should be! haha What are some of your favorites you're acquired?

Supporter9 months ago

Dunno, haven’t had time to play any of them. 

9 months ago

hahaha that's fair. I've played Tokaido once and Lost Cities a bunch, but Lost Cities doesn't take too long against the AI. Other than that, I'm in the same boat.

Partner9 months ago

I played #Indonesia on TTS last week with 3 other people. We have a physical copy, but to play games with more than 2 players, or just for human contact (we voice chat while playing) it's useful. Next up is #Chicago Express on TTS on Wednesday. Players for both from CA, Canada, and NY.


Owner9 months ago

It's been really nice having this option throughout the shelter in place. Do you feel like you'd have these types of sessions even after the shelter in place?

Partner9 months ago

My husband did, and does, a lot of online RPGing, but I didn't really bother much with TTS, etc. We played 2-player, and we had someone that was somewhat nearby for occasional 3p game days. But now there's that extra push for all of us to get together. Some people are doing asynchronous as well as real-time games, some (like me) are sticking to real-time games with voice chat. Now that we all have Steam, TTS, the Discord channel, etc, in place, it will probably continue afterwards (though maybe more like once a month rather than once a week).

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