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1 hour ago, BrodyGraham said:

Have you considered Keyforge? It's a Richard Garfield game as well, but instead of building decks, each deck you buy is unique, potentially making the buy in much smaller. Unless you buy a fuck load of decks.

I have played Keyforge, my biggest problem with the game is there isn't much in the way of interaction between the players. All you're doing is sitting there trying to put a kind of machine together, without being able to interrupt your opponent's attempt to put together his machine. Also some of the decks are just dogshit and don't really work. So you end up spending 9 quid for something that's useless.

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3 hours ago, Onyx2 said:

I think one of the creators of Magic was behind it? 

Yep, Richard Garfield was the creator of MTG. Netrunner is another good one of his.

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Just played Patchwork Express after receiving this morning from Zatu. It was only 6 quid, which is about a third of the cost that it normally is. 

It's basically the same as regular Patchwork except it plays about 5 minutes quicker and is much more colourful if you're playing it with kids. It's a cracking little game and you can see why Patchwork has sold a fudge ton. 

If people are bored and stuck in with their families/flatmates/other halves it seems like a good excuse to get a cheeky game or two.

From what I can see Zatu are a little bit more expensive than they usually are right now, but still largely cheaper than bricks and mortar stores.

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Played The Isle of Cats today. It was a nice game which reminded me of Patchwork, combined a bit with Ticket to Ride, plus cats! 

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19 hours ago, Nexus said:

Played The Isle of Cats today. It was a nice game which reminded me of Patchwork, combined a bit with Ticket to Ride, plus cats! 

Aye, I've considered that as well but it's £45!

I'm considering Barenpark as it's available for £20 at the mo and it'll scratch my tile laying itch. Also, for some reason my wife and daughter both struggle with the turn system in Patchwork. 

As an aside has anyone else played anything new whilst this is going on? I got Kingdomino (another tile layer!), and Kung Fu Zoo (animal dice flicking rumble!) and both have been a good way to kill half an hour with the family.

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I have been playing Carcassone, Coup and Sushi Go on boardgamearena.com. The only problem being that the servers get a bit overloaded in the evening due to a load of yanks on there. It does have pass and play on there for certain games so you could use a tablet and play a game just using that. There is Tabletopia.com as well, but that seems a bit buggy.

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I've just downloaded Tabletop Simulator to give that a go.

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It's my partner's birthday next weekend and given current affairs it's not shaping up to be too lively. Also, up until this week we have both been furloughed for the past 8 weeks, so have done our fair share of drinking, watching films and listening to music so I wanted to come up with a few things that will stop it feeling like just another day.

 

With that in mind, I was wondering if anybody could suggest any fun and relatively easy to understand after a couple of drinks two player board games please?

 

Thanks in advance.

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2 hours ago, TheHighlightReel said:

It's my partner's birthday next weekend and given current affairs it's not shaping up to be too lively. Also, up until this week we have both been furloughed for the past 8 weeks, so have done our fair share of drinking, watching films and listening to music so I wanted to come up with a few things that will stop it feeling like just another day.

 

With that in mind, I was wondering if anybody could suggest any fun and relatively easy to understand after a couple of drinks two player board games please?

 

Thanks in advance.

Concept is great. It's more of an activity than a game, especially with two -- technically there's scoring but nobody takes any notice of that. It's basically Charades but instead of gestures, you're putting different coloured pieces on a board with icons to try to get the message across:

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For example, you could put the main piece on the movie camera, then a red piece on a boat and a red cube on the down symbol, and a bunch of green cubes on the skull and crossbones symbol. If your partner is on the same wavelength, they'll hopefully realise you are indicating it's a film which features a boat sinking and a lot of people dying, aka Titanic.

The problem is, your partner probably won't be on the same wavelength and entertaining frustration will ensue.

Kingdomino is worth a look as well: it's a quick game that's fairly easy to learn/teach as it's based on normal dominoes principles.

Kingdomino-Components-Family-Board-Game.

And if you can track down a copy, Word On The Street is good. You have a board with 20 letters on it and spaces either side:

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All that happens is that you take it in turns to pick up a card with a category on (pop bands, condiments, country names) and you have 30 seconds to think of a word that matches it, then spell it out and move the letters to your side of the board, once for each time a letter is in the word. If you get a letter all the way to your side of the board, you win it and it's out of the game. First to capture eight letters wins.

It seems really simple, but as the game goes on you have to start thinking tactically about whether you want to prioritize capturing a letter or pulling back a letter that's close to your opponent's side. It also gets increasingly harder to think of words as the range of letters left on the board gets smaller.

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Ticket to Ride London or New York are great quick games that are easy to learn.  Same concept as the big Ticket to Rides, but stripped back.

All creatures big and small is a cracker too, and has little animals in it.

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Turns out that Zack Gibson is a fellow gaming geek and is a big fans of Gloomhaven.  Still haven’t opened mine.

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