Does anyone else feel pretty 'meh' about co-op games in general?

I own Pandemic: Iberia and really feel like it's a well executed co-op board game but I never really feel like pulling it out. The only time I play is when the person I want to a play a game with really doesn't like competing.

I do like competition in board games quite a bit which leads me to think that it's the primary reason I never really get excited to play Pandemic, even though it's fairly enjoyable each time I play.

3 points by trentellingsen - updated 11 months ago | 12 comments | report | subscribe

FirstJohn318 15 months ago | 2 points[-]

I think coop games can be cool. But only the hard ones. My favorite is grizzled because you can’t communicate what you have in your hand. The simpler it is the more likely for quarterbacking.

trentellingsen Supporter15 months ago | 1 point[-]

It's hard not to jump in to do quarterbacking when I'm playing with someone new in Pandemic :P

FirstJohn318 15 months ago | 1 point[-]

I feel like any game you could just play yourself isn't really a GREAT coop game lol

fiddly_bits 15 months ago | 2 points[-]

Yes, very meh; I feel the mechanics of co-ops are too samey.   But I played a few games of Choose Your Own Adventure: House of Danger (mostly for the nostalgia value) and I was surprised how much people got into it.  The plot itself is predictably cheesy, but it entertains in a way that strategy games don't.

jasondeutsch 15 months ago | 2 points[-]

It's funny, recently I took a look at my collection and realized I had leaned towards more co-op/semi-co-ops in my collection.  The funny thing is that I don't necessarily prefer co-op games, but that I really love adventure/exploration games and those seem to favor co-ops. Basically, I love the story the game is creating so we get less caught up in the competition. A couple of games that fell into this category are Eldritch HorrorT.I.M.E. StoriesGloomhavenDead of Winter: A Crossroads Game and I'm anxiously awaiting The 7th Continent. Of course, I do have Spirit Island which is just pure co-op. I just added Clank! In! Space! to the collection and am looking at Inis to get some competetion back in the collection.

I wouldn't be against a competetive adventure/exploration game, it just seems like there aren't many out there. 

trentellingsen Supporter15 months ago | 1 point[-]

I can see that. I feel like co-op as a category is pretty large. I also bought Gloomhaven recently because I wanted more of a story based coop feeling to see if that would be more engaging and exciting (which I assume it will be). I suppose I'm feeling this more in the sense of it's just mechanically co-op. 

jasondeutsch 15 months ago | 1 point[-]

If you lean into the everyone is a mercenary out for their own good aspect of Gloomhaven it helps make it feel less co-op and adds a bit of a competitive edge. Its best for everyone to win the scenario, but sometimes when the choice is to kill an enemy next to your friend of grab all gold you choose gold. 

I think this aspect of the game has been my favorite part of the game.  

zerotozero 15 months ago | 1 point[-]

They are not my preferred game but I do enjoy them a lot. It really depends on the group though as some people do not mesh with them well and can bring the game down. Also if you have a quarterback that can really kill a game.


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BoardWithRules 15 months ago | 1 point[-]

I can feel this way, but it all depends on the group you are with.  Coops can be fun with someone Hyper competitive as long as they have hidden information so you don't have a person telling everyone what to do. Or with someone who has less interest in games cause they don't like competition.

walterbd 15 months ago | 1 point[-]

competition is what fuels most board games, and while you might feel cgallenged you never feel threatened by a game like you do a person. its definitely a case of playing with people who dislike competition to make it fun, rather than a go to

FirstJohn318 15 months ago | 1 point[-]

Oh and im not a fan of any of the pandemic series because there are just too many of them lol.

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