Evergreen games?

What are some games you consider to be "evergreen"? They will never get old to you, no matter how many times you've played them, or how many newer games you play.

I don't think I've been seriously into the hobby long enough to have much insight into this, but I can guess that maybe some deeper abstract games might have this quality, but I don't mean to say that only abstract games are this way. For example, I know the community for Dune has lasted for decades, with some people playing it hundreds or thousands of times over the years.

I'd love to get a few of these in my collection to maximize my return on investment, lol.

What are yours?

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Supporter12 months ago

Man this is a hard question because there are games that I have that I hope will be Evergreen Games.  I think I can pick two that I really think will last for me.

1. Viticulture - I love the theme and while it's a relaxing game you still use your brain.  It also is a great game to share good wine and snacks with.

2. Root - Each time I play it's a little different, either because of the group or because of who is playing which faction.  So it's not only different because you play different factions differently, but because each person brings their own ideas on how to run each faction.  

12 months ago

I definitely need to play Viticulture!

Supporter12 months ago

Yeah you do.  It's so great.  Especially once you learn it and you add the Tuscany Board and Viticulture: Visitors from the Rhine Valley expansion.  It's really fun to watch your Winery grow throughout the game.

12 months ago

If I ever win the BGA giveaway, this may be the game I choose as the prize.

Supporter12 months ago

Nice, I would support that choice for sure.

Supporter12 months ago

Star Wars Rebellion. So many cool things can happen each game. It’s always different and exciting but it’s always Star Wars. And that’s so cool. 


Supporter12 months ago

If I only had a dedicated gaming space to leave this up for multiple gaming nights.  It looks like a lot of fun.

12 months ago

That's awesome! I'm guessing it also helps that this is probably a "once in a while" type game, as it's a fairly big time commitment?

Supporter12 months ago

Correct. It’s not a game you can play every day. It’s only 3-4 hours (4 hours max) but it’s a beast to set up and get ready. But even the setup process is exciting. 

12 months ago

Haha, nice. Got to try this some day!

Supporter12 months ago

Everdell for me is a game that I will always have in my collection. I like the mechanics that it has and the world that James A. Wilson has created with this game. The expansions also help me just fall in love with it more. I'm not sure if I have played another game or if I own another game that I could safely say would be a evergreen game for me. By the way, I like your avatar. The Ranger is one of my favorite cards in Everdell.

12 months ago

Well that's good to hear! I just got it a couple weeks ago, and look forward to getting the expansions. So far it's been a blast!

Supporter12 months ago

I might have to give the nod to Magnate, with the Decktet (do you have a Decktet? If not, grab one during the ArtsCow 3/$18 sale happening). We've played Magnate 145 times, and it's still something I'll just grab and it always works.

12 months ago

What is a Decktet?

Supporter12 months ago

It's a 45-deck card deck with 6 suits. Most cards have two suits. There are some special cards that have 3 or 1. There's a whole family of games that you can play with the deck (and often some wooden cubes or other simple components). The second picture in the Magnate gallery is of one of our decks in play, where you can see the cards. The 6 in the foreground has both brown and yellow suits. The 4 in the back right corner has green and yellow suits.

Supporter12 months ago

Very interesting. Never heard of it. 

12 months ago

Interesting, so sort of a different take on a standard deck of cards, where a set allows you to play many different games. Cool!

Supporter12 months ago

I'm wondering as well. 

12 months ago

For me, Champions of Midgard and Clank! will most likely always be evergreen. I never get tired of them. X-Wing as well, but the evergreen only works as far as you have people to play with you haha 

Also, most (if not all) of the Tiny Epic games, especially Galaxies. There are some great Button Shy games as well that I could see being evergreen, like Sprawlopolis and Circle the Wagons. Games I can play endlessly without tiring of them. 

12 months ago

Interesting! I've never played Champions but it definitely looks like fun, and I've seen you mention it here several times.

I do want to play Clank. Looks like a lot of fun! Do you have an opinion on the original versus the space version?

Never heard that about the Tiny Epic games. I've never played them either, but I guess I mean to say this is the highest praise I've seen for them. I'll make sure to play them if I get the chance!

Supporter12 months ago

Champions of Midgard will be my next personal purchase. Can’t wait. 

I picked up Clank! this fall and am excited to delve into it. 

I will also be seeking out Tiny Epic Galaxies next Chance I get. 

Supporter12 months ago

Clank! was a game I was looking at when I won the giveaway, but as most of you know I really value player interaction and I saw that it was slim to none so I avoided it.  I would love to find a great deck building game.  That was one of the reasons I was asking about Marvel LCG a few days back.

12 months ago

I've only played the original (and one expansion to that original game), but I certainly love it as it is. A lot of people claim In! Space! is the better Clank! game, but I couldn't say until I've played it. The space one does have more of a modular board, which I can see why people would like that.

The Tiny Epic games are great. I like all of them, so if the chance ever presents itself, do it!

Supporter12 months ago

I have over 100 plays of base game Dominion: Second Edition. It hasn't gotten old yet. 

I have some 50 plays of Race for the Galaxy

Neither of these is getting close to feeling old. 

Supporter12 months ago

My first and last play of Dominion was about three years ago before I got into the hobby. It was half watching others in admiration as they built up their decks/combos and half getting overwhelmed/checking out after sitting through others' turns take forever to end (and amazed how they even keep track of all of the money. Trent's mentioned a few times that I should give it a try in the future, but we'll see haha. I'm sure I'll do better now that I've gotten plenty of experience with deck/engine-building, but I'm not sure if I'll be in the mood for playing a pure deck-builder over other games

Supporter12 months ago

You do need to try it. It really has speed going for it. If my wife and I are just playing the base game we can get a game whipped out in 15 minutes or less and have a blast doing it. 

12 months ago

I definitely have to try both of these. I have a friend who owns Dominion that I can ask to borrow. For RFTG I downloaded that PC version you showed me. Have yet to learn to play, though. Look forward to doing so!

Supporter12 months ago

My biggest problem with learning RFTG on digital was that the game moves so fast. When playing the physical version you actually have time to consider and ponder things. I find this to be the same problem with Star Realms digital also. The AI goes so fast that I don’t have time to observe their plays and see what they are up to. 

Supporter12 months ago

I think that is right. Did you learn on the digital or on the physical. 

Supporter12 months ago

Some of both. I read the rules on my physical copy but have only played on digital. I can’t find anyone to play the physical game with me.