King of Tokyo board game
King of Tokyo board game

King of Tokyo

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This new edition of the best-seller boasts new artwork, clearer rules, and revamped card abilities. Monsters have a new look, and the coveted space penguin character takes his place in Tokyo! King of Tokyo is a game for 2 to 6 players where you play as Mutant monsters, rampaging robots, or even abominable aliens battling in a fun, chaotic atmosphere.  Roll dice and choose your strategy: will you attack your enemies? Heal your wounds? improve your monster? Stomp your path to victory.


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  • I don't get why so many people like this game. I think I'd like it more if the monster abilities saw more play, but the game almost always ends before anyone is able to do much with them. I'm also not crazy about players being eliminated and sitting out the remainder of the game.
  • after a few years this one has droped for me. I Just find this game does not bring enough laughter around the table compared to some other fillers in the same time frame.
  • First Edition
  • RAAAWWWRR!
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Love it!

I taught #Root a couple of times.  It's fairly difficult to teach, but I've done it so much and done so much research that now it's cake.  I also taught #King of Tokyo a couple of times and that's a piece of cake.

Teaching always go well for me.  My approach is to usually go over the rules and then play a round going through the steps for each faction for Root, but just going through a round in general is helpful to me.  Teach while playing is the best in my opinion.

I prefer to do the teach.  It's rare that I'm taugh a a game.  Maybe it's because I'm a teacher as a profession that I prefer the teach over being taught.

I own both #Kingdomino and #King of Tokyo and they are both excellent family games! Kingdomino is even good for a really quick game for gamers, so I like that one a lot.

I picked up #King of Tokyo (as a family game, and it's great fun), and my big picks were #Pax Pamir (Second Edition) (still waiting on my FLGS to get it in store, I preordered it), and #Dune (still waiting for my gaming group to read the book so we can get it out).

I'm grateful for my relatively small collection, but all games require me to be in a specific mood to want to play it, so I still want more games to cover all my moods, if that makes sense.

I think my collection somewhat covers all categories, in terms of eurogames and ameritrash games, and cooperative and competitive.

I've had my eye on #Root for a while because this webiste raves how good the game is, and I don't have much games with direct conflict. My most family and non-nerd game is #Escape: Zombie City, so I'd like to get #Kingdomino and #King of Tokyo

Honestly any game that is a party game (#Telestrations, #Just One) or one that requires high/excessive energy #King of Tokyo, #Betrayal). Without the perfect mix of energy and personalities these games really fall flat to me. games with depth and strategy can for sure fall flat if you have rude and impatient people playing, but for the most part people remain somewhat quiet turn to turn so energy is not a huge concern.

I played #Clank! In! Space! with our exchange student (I think that's only game number 5 in two years-definately doesn't get played often enough) and he won handily- 100+ while I passed out just shy of getting 2 health.  Ouch!

Finally got #King of Tokyo to the table with my son, exchange student, and my wife.  My son defeated our exchange student (the most competitive of all of us) by round 3; my wife then defeated my son on her next turn, and then defeated me. All in less then 15 minutes!

Also played #The Quacks of Quedlinburg.  My wife won, our exchange student came in a close second, and I came in a distant third- even 12 rat tails wasn't enough to help me overcome 3 or 4 exploding pots!

Overall, the most games played in a week since a birthday get-a-way with my sisters a year ago. 

I love lists!  I'm sure no one will be suprised if to see one game feature heavily on my list...

Allow me to submit this as a more readable template before I come up with answers of my own:

  • The best overall design: #Root
  • Your best memories: #Root
  • Best cover art: #Scythe
  • The best euro: I'm not sure that I even own a Euro
  • The best quick game (30m or less): #King of Tokyo
  • The most fun you can have with your clothes on: Ummm what?
  • The first game you loved: #A Few Acres of Snow
  • The best game you can can fit in your pocket: #Sushi Go!
  • The most immersive experience: #Root (the asymmetry just makes you need to drive in so much and really know what others are trying to plan)
  • Your most played game: #Root
  • Your favourite components: It's close between #Root and #Clans of Caledonia, but Root edges out because of the unique/screen printed meeples, and the card quality
  • The 'to put it politely, I can't fathom how anyone can enjoy this' award: #Catan and I really don't have any interest in roll and write games

Thanks for the rundown! Sounds like my two eldest would take to it, maybe even my 3rd.  They surprise me sometimes with what they are able to grasp! Direct conflict is not a problem for us with board games. The family favorite for a while was #King of Tokyo !

We were trying to come up with a good house rule for #King of Tokyo because we were having problems where one player would die way early and then sit around with nothing to do for a while.  We were trying to figure out a balanced way they could get back in the game (such as lose all their power cards then reset their health or something) without them being too over or underpowered but still be penalized for dying.  We never played enough games to figure it out though.  It hasn't hit the table in a long time. 

One thing we've been doing for #Catan lately to speed up the game is to start with the 2nd settlement as a city instead.  That way you can pull in more resources and it gets the game going a little faster. 

I will second #Codenames for sure. Also a big fan of #Pandemic and #King of Tokyo for this purpose. 

I didn't see these mentioned but for non-gamers we also like #Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game and #Dixit.  We describe Once Upon a Time as cooperative competitive story telling.  Basically everyone has a hand of cards with story elements on them (castle, princess, potion, etc.) and the group has to tell a story together and play the cards as part of their story.  There are "interrupt" cards where another player seizes control of the story line and then segues it to something where they can use their own cards.  It can get pretty hilarious. 

I know I have a bunch of others since I actually make a point of owning a bunch of games for this purpose but I guess I haven't played them in so long they are eluding me. 

1. #Root (it's always Root, man I love that game

2. #Clans of Caledonia (this has been all solo lately but still such a fun time)

3. #Scythe (hoping to add #Scythe: The Rise of Fenris soon)

4. #King of Tokyo (this has been so fun with the family)

5. #Raiders of the North Sea (it's actually been a while because Root has been at the forefrunt, but I'm still enjoying it and I'm excited to teach it to some new members of my gaming group).

I'm hoping that the next time I do this I'll have added some new games that I haven't played yet (heres looking at you #Dune and #Pax Pamir (Second Edition)).

Yeah 55 for extended family is "small" for me and my family as well.  My dad was 1 of 8 and my mom is 1 of 12.  Family gatherings for my mom's extended family can get close to 150 - 200 people if all of the cousins and their kids show up.  Yes, they end up renting a reception hall/church basement to hold everyone.  Dad's extended family ends up closer to 100 if everyone shows up. 

#Sheriff of Nottingham, #King of Tokyo, #Diamonds, #For Sale, #Citadels: Classic, #Skull, #Camel Up, #Sushi Go Party!, #Just One are games that end to get played (depending on what I bring with me)

I played #Codenames.  That's it. A dry week for me.  Hoping for more games this week, including #King of Tokyo which I received last week for my birthday.  Been waiting for the boys to not have a night full of homework.