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Looks cool, though. Might check it out at some point for when we have people over.
Unless they're game geeks, you're going to have a really steep learning curve for folks playing it for the first time.
 

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I should mention that one of the nice things about Mansions of Madness Second Edition is that it plays just as well solo as it does for groups because the rules are basically administered by the app. You can play it by yourself and just use multiple characters and it all works. The bonus is that you can do it on your own to learn the game and become proficient with the app, etc.. So then when you have folks over, it'll go a lot more smoothly.
 

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The thread excludes Monopoly but what the hell, I'll play ...

What was your favorite token as a kid? I liked the dog and the thimble.
I just thought it was funny, sort of sad and very stereotypical because I came from a Jewish family.

Car and top hat.
 

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Who cheated more?

I1 was a vicious negotiator and would taunt myself nastily once I2 got down to my2 last few $s. My favorite thing to do was once I2 got down to my last few $, if I1 wanted to keep the game going, I1 would give my2self what amounted to a usury interest hard money loan with the term being once around the board.
 

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Unless they're game geeks, you're going to have a really steep learning curve for folks playing it for the first time.

Sure sounds like it. Did some reading. I think I may start with some of those cooperative games those sound really fun
 

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I1 was a vicious negotiator and would taunt myself nastily once I2 got down to my2 last few $s. My favorite thing to do was once I2 got down to my last few $, if I1 wanted to keep the game going, I1 would give my2self what amounted to a usury interest hard money loan with the term being once around the board.


You're just begging for the Jew-joke here, aren't you?
 

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Interested in any sort of period of military history. Sci fi, fantasy, all up my alley. Everything you’ve discussed so far sounds dope, if that helps.

If you like sci-fi and are looking for a cooperative game, then I highly recommend the Battlestar Galactica board game. You don't need to have ever watched the show, though the game captures the feel of the show perfectly. The premise is that a race of robots known as Cylons have destroyed most human colonies and the remaining survivors are trying to flee them and get to somewhere safe. The Cylons constantly chase the humans. So the players play various human characters in a game in a cooperative game in which there are so many ways for humans to lose - run out of food, run out of water, population of humanity diminished too much, morale fell too low. The players vie for various roles that give them abilities to combat the cylons - like the president who can give speeches to boost morale among other things, and the military commander that decides where the ships are heading next to escape the cylon. And the various characters you pick (there's over 20 of them) have different abilities and weaknesses. That alone would make it an interesting Pandemic-like game. But the big twist is that the Cylons can look and act like humans - and some don't even know they are Cylons. So at the start of the game (assuming five players), anywhere from zero to two players know they are playing as Cylons. They find subtle ways to sabotage humanity and have to make sure that they don't get outed (and killed by the other humans). And then at the halfway mark of the game, there is a chance that an additional player learns that he/she was a Cylon all along (every game has at least 1 Cylon guaranteed). Next thing you know you realize that the military commander has been leading you to the least optimal places all along because he/she was a Cylon. Or that the goddam president has been subtly hurting humanity more than he/she has been helping it. The Cylon players also often frame innocent players which leads to all kinds of chaos.

BSG solves one of the biggest problems in cooperative games like Pandemic. Often in games like that there's always one player on the table who just knows what the most optimal move is at any time. So players either follow what that player says, which isn't fun, or they play sub-optimally. With BSG, you literally can't trust what anyone else says to do because they could be a Cylon. Like you still must work together because the board game itself can so easily kill humanity, but you have to act on your own and have a healthy distrust for what anyone else is doing. It's basically mafia meets pandemic. Since in any one game, between 1-2 players WILL be Cylons, there is an incredible amount of tension throughout.
 
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If you like sci-fi and are looking for a cooperative game, then I highly recommend the Battlestar Galactica board game. You don't need to have ever watched the show, though the game captures the feel of the show perfectly. The premise is that a race of robots known as Cylons have destroyed most human colonies and the remaining survivors are trying to flee them and get to somewhere safe. The Cylons constantly chase the humans. So the players play various human characters in a game in a cooperative game in which there are so many ways for humans to lose - run out of food, run out of water, population of humanity diminished too much, morale fell too low. The players vie for various roles that give them abilities to combat the cylons - like the president who can give speeches to boost morale among other things, and the military commander that decides where the ships are heading next to escape the cylon. And the various characters you pick (there's over 20 of them) have different abilities and weaknesses. That alone would make it an interesting Pandemic-like game. But the big twist is that the Cylons can look and act like humans - and some don't even know they are Cylons. So at the start of the game (assuming five players), anywhere from zero to two players know they are playing as Cylons. They find subtle ways to sabotage humanity and have to make sure that they don't get outed (and killed by the other humans). And then at the halfway mark of the game, there is a chance that an additional player learns that he/she was a Cylon all along (every game has at least 1 Cylon guaranteed). Next thing you know you realize that the military commander has been leading you to the least optimal places all along because he/she was a Cylon. Or that the goddam president has been subtly hurting humanity more than he/she has been helping it. The Cylon players also often frame innocent players which leads to all kinds of chaos.

BSG solves one of the biggest problems in cooperative games like Pandemic. Often in games like that there's always one player on the table who just knows what the most optimal move is at any time. So players either follow what that player says, which isn't fun, or they play sub-optimally. With BSG, you literally can't trust what anyone else says to do because they could be a Cylon. Like you still must work together because the board game itself can so easily kill humanity, but you have to act on your own and have a healthy distrust for what anyone else is doing. It's basically mafia meets pandemic. Since in any one game, between 1-2 players WILL be Cylons, there is an incredible amount of tension throughout.

Very familiar with the show (the new one anyways), that sounds cool! Will check out.
 

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Very familiar with the show (the new one anyways), that sounds cool! Will check out.

Yea it’s based on the new (2004) version of the show. And has all the characters from the show, with their abilities and weaknesses. Like if you pick Starbuck, you are really good at piloting vipers and taking out cylon ships but you are insubordinate so you are much more likely to get thrown into the brig. If you are Gaius Baltar, you can once per game see if someone else is a Cylon with the Cylon Detector he invents, but also have double the chance of being a Cylon yourself.
 

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BSG solves one of the biggest problems in cooperative games like Pandemic. Often in games like that there's always one player on the table who just knows what the most optimal move is at any time. So players either follow what that player says, which isn't fun, or they play sub-optimally.

That's a good point. Pandemic is a classic example of that issue.

One way that can get countered is in cooperative games where player's fates aren't completely linked. In other words, players can die/lose along the way in pursuit of that greater goal. So while there may be a most "logical" play from the perspective of the group, an individual player may still be reluctant to do that play because it presents a higher risk to him/her. Those can sometimes be really fun because of the dynamics.

"Dammit, we need you to go to in there and get that McGuffin."

"No way man -- I'm not going to die. One of you guys do it." Weasels make those kind of games a lot more fun.
 

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I've gotten really into playing and watching chess during this sport-less time. The Magnus Carlson Invitational has been going on for the past month or so. I've been following it through Ben Finegold's Youtube videos of his live Twitch stream of the Chess.com's broadcast of the games. Ben FInegold is probably the key to my interest. He's like the 10X Tony Romo of chess announcers, plus he's sometimes funny and makes Simpson's and pop culture references I get. I've been watching this tournament nearly everyday and the games are usually 3+ hours each, so something has been engaging me with it. Maybe it's just lack of an alternative. It's worth checking out, but only for Ben Finegold's broadcasts. I can't get into the other ones in the same way. I've also signed up at Chess.com and I also suck at chess.

Here's the latest one. He also does shortened recaps.
 

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