Let's play a game - Finding new games!

Hey all, I thought it would be fun to try something out here. I think I have seen it other places, but I figured we could give it a go. 

I love exploring games and learning about new ones (or older ones I have not heard about) but I often have blinders on and only focus on a specific type of game. I thought it would be fun to put together a profile, almost like a dating profile...and have other users suggest some games to look into based on that. I know we have that Suggest a Game post each week, but it gets little traction, so I thought this would be a fun way to interact and explore! Feel free to explore the persons wishlist, owned list, etc. Maybe it is just the quarantine talking but I think this could be fun lol. 

Profile components suggestions:

A brief intro to you as a gamer. 

Top 3 Favorite Games:

Top 3 Favorite Mechanics:

Top 3 Favorite Themes:

Most Played Game:

Heaviest Game:

Lightest Game:

Sector of gaming you wish to explore:

*** As you suggest games, it may be helpful to try and "sell" the game with a description and why you are suggesting them! ***

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11 months ago

I'll jump in. Always open to good suggestions from others.

A brief intro to you as a gamer.  Been playing enthusiastically for about 3 years, but lots of off and on gaming for decades prior. My wife is my most consistent gaming partner, so anything that you recommend has to be very good with 2 players, but higher player counts are OK too, so long as they' re good with two.

Top 3 Favorite Games:  Gloomhaven (I've pledged for Frosthaven), Yokohama, Concordia. Let's go for five favorites: Five Tribes (I suck at it), Viticulture: Essential Edition.

Top 3 Favorite Mechanics: Worker placement, hand management, variable player powers.

Top 3 Favorite Themes:  I like themes, but any well-done theme will do.

Most Played Game: Pandemic. It's my wife's favorite game. We've played it 18 times this month alone. That's unusual, and is a by-product of the quarantine. I would prefer for Gloomhaven to be the most played.

Heaviest Game:  Gloomhaven. Maybe Mistfall: Heart of the Mists.

Lightest Game:  Love Letter

Sector of gaming you wish to explore: I need some alternatives to Pandemic. My wife can play it forever, but I need more variety. Here's what she likes about it and what I need in an alternative game to get her to play frequently: easy setup and teardown, plays in less than an hour but has interesting decisions, player interaction, cooperative is nice but not mandatory.

Let me add another categories here.

Games that I already own, but have never played: Mage Knight: Ultimate Edition, Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition, Eclipse, Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, Arkham Horror: The Card Game, Hyperborea, Earth Reborn, Scorpius Freighter, The 7th Continent.

11 months ago

Other games similar to Pandemic (by the same designer) are Forbidden Island and what I think is more interesting and harder Forbidden Desert.  18 plays?!?!  I get bored playing the same game over and over.  I have to play different ones.  Other fun cooperatives are Burgle Bros and Castle Panic.  Burgle Bros is really fun with an Oceans 11 type feel.

11 months ago

It is not a heavy game at all, but I have heard good things and it is cooperative but #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine has been coming up a lot lately with people who like Heavy games. 

Supporter11 months ago

You play gloomhaven, how much does your wife play heavier games, like that, with you? In other words, are you looking for games with a similar weight to Pandemic? Or are heavier games ok? 

11 months ago

My wife is perfectly fine with heavier games. And I prefer them. But what makes a "good game" for her is easy setup / teardown and overall length of one hour or less. She would rather play three games of Pandemic than one game of Gloomhaven. Her interest and focus decreases over the course of a long game. But three shorter games back to back are no problem for her. So I need something that feels heavy but plays in an hour.

Supporter11 months ago

You might be able to make #Spirit Island work for ya'll. My last sólo two spirit game I set up and played in right around an hour. It is a game that could potentially aggrevate issues with ap, and, the first play or two will probably take longer. It isn't hugely fiddly to set up, but it is probably a little more fiddly than ideal for your situation. If neither one of you are ap, I think you could set up and play in right around an hour or a little less, and it is hugely interactive. But, if you are ap, it will drag on much longer. 

Supporter11 months ago

Fun, but man I gotta get back here more often because there are so many long thread to read through now.

Owner11 months ago

I recently started featuring a few of the forum posts with the most engagement on our weekly newsletters. Hope that helps you catch up without getting overwhelmed haha

11 months ago

Lol, yes it can be overwhelming coming back into the middle of a discussion. 

Supporter11 months ago

You got that right. 

Supporter11 months ago

I am mostly a solo player. I became a solo player mostly through necessity after I moved away from those I played with. I do get to play some games with my wife. She doesn't really enjoy learning new games, but she has learned a number and does enjoy playing. Her current favorites would be #Dominion and #Lost Cities. I however really like my games to be medium to heavy. As far as solo play goes I much prefer a AI system of some sort rather than a beat your own score variant. I am fascinated by historical games, and I am much more interested in good gameplay than in superb component quality. Also, I live in El Salvador, but I ship all the games I buy to my place in the US. therefore, I have games in the states that I haven't played yet. That might help explain some of my answers to the rest of the questions.

My top three games of all time are, #Scythe, #Spirit Island, and #Star Trek: Frontiers.

My three favorite gameplay mechanisms, multi-use cards, engine building, hand management.

My three favorite themes: Historical, Exploration, generic themeless euros.

Most played game, #Dominion, I played this over 200 times in 2016 before I ever started logging.

Heaviest game:

Lightest game:

Sector I wish to explore. Historical wargame.

11 months ago

Have you ever looked into #Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan? It is a block war-game but it is two players and I have heard it is one of the best out there. 

Supporter11 months ago

Yes I've looked in to it. I like strategy so I think I would really like block war games, but I'm afraid they wouldn't solo well and I really don't think my wife would like it. 

11 months ago

I could see block war games struggling at solo for sure. War games is an area of gaming I have not spent much time in!

Partner11 months ago

I'm a gamer who loves to explore and try new things, my wife is mastery gamer, and likes to play the same things over and over again. I dabble in game design and have several working prototypes in infrequent playtesting, I've been playing non mainstream games and going to game conventions since I was 4, Playing things like Circus Maximus, Gunslinger, Survive, But took a long break during college and after, and re-discovered it and introduced my wife about 7 years ago. 

Top 3 favorite right now: Lewis and Clark, Terraforming Mars, Castles of mad King Ludwig

Top 3 fav. Mechanics: Multi use cards, Tableau Building, Card Drafting

Top 3 fav themes: Wild West, Dinosaurs, Anything different than the usual.

Most played game: Terraforming Mars

Heaviest game: Terraforming Mars

Lightest game: Roll & Writes (lots of them)

Sector of gaming I wish to explore: I want to play every things great, at least once... 

11 months ago

#Race for the Galaxy may be a good option for you, multi-use cards and tableau building.

#Android: Netrunner may be another one to look at, it is mostly a dead LCG but it is highly regarded and it has some pretty interesting mechanics. I am learning it at the moment and it does have a high overhead on learning the game though. 

For Dinosaur #DinoGenics may be worth a look, I have heard good things about #Raptor as well, but I personally do not know much about it. 

Supporter11 months ago

I really think that #Race for the Galaxy would be a great fit for you, and it would also for your wife's desire for mastery gaming. 

11 months ago

I would agree with this, the more you play, the more you can understand and master it. There is a lot there for sure!

Supporter11 months ago

Plus Terraforming Mars feels, to me, sorta like a bloated board game version of Race. 

11 months ago

I can see that and have heard the comparison before, but in the moment while playing them I never have that thought. They are fairly unique in their own right. 

Supporter11 months ago

I think you are right. 

11 months ago

TM reqards board presence, the points on cards are minimal, the resources all do different things while Race resources seem to be fairly universal. If you compare the two, of course you will think TM is a slog because Race goes very as a different game. 

Premium User11 months ago

I say this to a lot of people but you should check out the Evolution line if you haven't already. #Evolution: Climate / #Oceans. Both have multi-use cards and are tableau builders, and both are fantastic.

11 months ago

Top 3 Favorite Games: #Star Wars X-Wing: Core Set, #Champions of Midgard, #Wingspan? I don't know. Honestly I love a lot of games practically equally haha

Top 3 Favorite Mechanics: Real-time, worker placement, tableau building

Top 3 Favorite Themes: Sci-fi, fantasy, and anything "exciting"

Most Played Game: From what I've logged on BGG, it goes #Fuse, #Crokinole, and then these are all within one play of each other: #Proving Grounds, #Star Wars: Destiny, and #Sagrada.

Heaviest Game: #Escape Plan, I think...?

Lightest Game: #Schmidt Cockroach Salad Card Game

Sector of gaming you wish to explore: Role playing games, whether it's an old-fashioned tabletop RPG like Dungeons and Dragons or a board game that explores the RPG aspect without requiring a DM (and that's not #Munchkin haha).

Owner11 months ago

Serious suggestion: #Mechs vs. Minions? Certainly not the first game most people would think of, but it has a campaign, it's chaotic, you have to make your decisions within an allotted time, and there's character progression. Plus, it's on the affordable side considering its crazy over the top production.

Others are #Gloomhaven and #Descent: Journeys in the Dark 2nd Edition, and of course, #Star Wars Imperial Assault :)

11 months ago

I haven't really ever considered Mechs vs. Minions, but perhaps I'll start looking into it. I used to play League of Legends, but only with roommates and in-laws, so I was never very good haha But I did enjoy it. How similar is it to the video game?

I've been thinking more and more about Gloomhaven, and last night I was looking up great dungeon crawlers, and Decent was way up there on the list, which got me interested to learn more, so that recommendation is very timely. 

And, of course, #Star Wars Imperial Assault haha

Owner11 months ago

A brief intro to you as a gamer: My wife is my main gaming partner and we both prefer medium-light to medium weight games (between 3.0 to 3.8 in complexity) that can play in 2 hours or less. I like good art and components in games but it ultimately comes down to whether the game has that unique mechanic to hook me in. I also love elegant games that are light on rules overhead but are deep in strategy. I've also been getting into solo gaming so I usually want my every other or every third purchase to have a great solo option.

Top 3 Favorite Games: #Root#Viticulture: Essential Edition (with #Tuscany: Essential Edition), and #Clans of Caledonia. I recently got #Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated and #Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North and I'm guessing at least one of them will take this place once I get in some plays. Also, this list would look quite differently for my solo plays.

Top 3 Favorite Mechanics: Variable player powers or asymmetry (about a third of the games in my colleciton), some sort of engine-building, and point-to-point movement (very generic, and it's something I've only thought of just now), but I think I tend to like moving my pieces across some sort of a map.

Top 3 Favorite Themes: Nature/life-based, animals, a well executed sci-fi

Most Played Game: #Friday app, Viticulture/Tuscany for physical

Heaviest Game: #Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization (4.4) app. For physical copy, it's #Root (3.62). I also have #Pax Pamir (Second Edition) that needs plays (3.7)

Lightest Game: #Just One

Sector of gaming you wish to explore: Campaigns. I've also played very few "thematic" games but I can't see myself playing many of them because most of my sessions are 2p only.

11 months ago

I think two games come to mind that may tick some of your boxes.

1) #Maracaibo - two things, it is a point-to-point movement game at its core. It adds some complexity with other areas of the game, but it is movement driven. It also has a campaign that can be played, not a legacy, just a campaign. One of the few Euros out there that has this. 

2) #Dominant Species (I may have recommended this one to you in the past) - A lot of mechanics here, worker placement, area control, animal theme (you can upgrade the components to little animal figures instead of cones), and movement (migration) is a big part of the game. 

Owner11 months ago

1) Maracaibo for sure, everything you pointed out about it is attractive for me. It used to be at the top of my wishlist until I started just really wanting to try out the older top tier euros first. I'm guessing it'll happen before 2022??

2) The idea of the game is cool, I just don't think my wife would be too into the game, especially with the theme haha

11 months ago

1) Cool! I totally get it, the allure of the classics and building up your repertoire is appealing for sure! Maracaibo will most likely not go away if it is anything like GWT. 

2) Totally get it, it is not the most appealing visually and it can be tough to understand!