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Re: Tabletop Randomness

Post by RMC » Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:37 pm

So what is everyone's thoughts on Arkham Horror (3rd Edition)? I have 2nd Edition, and wondering if I need/should upgrade, or if it is basically the same game?
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Re: Tabletop Randomness

Post by Anonymous Bosch » Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:48 pm

Anyone else catch yesterday's "Board Girls" episode of South Park?



It was fun seeing South Park take such a deep dive into the geeky world of board gaming.
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Post by hentzau » Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:35 pm

I didn't see it, but I did see a screen shot of them also going really deep playing Blood and Plunder.

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Re: Tabletop Randomness

Post by Zarathud » Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:38 pm

Hepcat has tried Arkham 3rd but I’ll stick with a complete 2d edition. Then again, I did pick a board game table big enough to include all of it.
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Re: Tabletop Randomness

Post by RMC » Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:31 pm

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Hepcat has tried Arkham 3rd but I’ll stick with a complete 2d edition. Then again, I did pick a board game table big enough to include all of it.
I have most of 2nd edition. It's a handfull to play all of, but I have a 4x8 table we play on, so no worries about space.
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Post by hepcat » Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:38 pm

I like Arkham Horror 3rd edition for the stronger narrative. They included the card archive mechanic from their Fallout board game, which is the best part of that one. I can bring it with me back to Ohio for our holiday game day if you want. It's a significantly different game than 2nd edition. At least enough so that you won't feel like you just bought 2nd edition again.

AH 2nd edition still holds a place in my heart, but good lord it's a beast to get out.

Of course, Mansions of Madness 2nd edition is still my go to for a Lovecraft gaming event. Nothing beats that one for pure fun, imho.
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Anyone else catch yesterday's "Board Girls" episode of South Park?

It was fun seeing South Park take such a deep dive into the geeky world of board gaming.
I immediately thought of you when Cartman told Kyle he should just play solo games, and Kyle replied, "You mean like Nemo's War? Nemo's War is pretty sweet.". :lol:

In that same episode they mentioned Boardgamegeek.com and Dice Tower reviews. Since they've been adding more and more references to board games over the last couple of years, I think it's safe to say they're fellow gamers.
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I like Arkham Horror 3rd edition for the stronger narrative. They included the card archive mechanic from their Fallout board game, which is the best part of that one. I can bring it with me back to Ohio for our holiday game day if you want. It's a significantly different game than 2nd edition. At least enough so that you won't feel like you just bought 2nd edition again.

AH 2nd edition still holds a place in my heart, but good lord it's a beast to get out.

Of course, Mansions of Madness 2nd edition is still my go to for a Lovecraft gaming event. Nothing beats that one for pure fun, imho.
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Anyone else catch yesterday's "Board Girls" episode of South Park?

It was fun seeing South Park take such a deep dive into the geeky world of board gaming.
I immediately thought of you when Cartman told Kyle he should just play solo games, and Kyle replied, "You mean like Nemo's War? Nemo's War is pretty sweet.". :lol:

In that same episode they mentioned Boardgamegeek.com and Dice Tower reviews. Since they've been adding more and more references to board games over the last couple of years, I think it's safe to say they're fellow gamers.
I think Mansions is our go to for that particular afternoon. :)
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Post by Kasey Chang » Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:19 am

Any one need unusual dice for their tabletop games? Custom engraving available.

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Post by dbt1949 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:11 pm

I think the one most important thing about not playing board games is not having enough room.
In the whole house we have one card table set up and we play dominoes every day. Not by my choice.
But the better games take too long and too much space to leave them up for any amount of time.
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Post by Blackhawk » Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:40 am

dbt, take a look at Qwirkle.
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Post by Anonymous Bosch » Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:45 am

dbt1949 wrote:
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I think the one most important thing about not playing board games is not having enough room.
In the whole house we have one card table set up and we play dominoes every day. Not by my choice.
But the better games take too long and too much space to leave them up for any amount of time.
No dining room table.
So treat yourself to a larger table. Here's a 4-ft folding table for just under $70 (or go with a larger folding rectangular table from Amazon/Walmart/Costco if you can accommodate it). Combine that with a PokerHoody, and it ought to make for a decent gaming table capable of handling the majority of tabletop games.

Also, if you enjoy playing dominoes, check out Kingdomino.
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Post by RMC » Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:29 am

I like that table, good find.
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Post by Blackhawk » Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:21 pm

I've been looking for a folding 4' table forever, but I want square, not round. I have a card table, but its 34" just isn't big enough for a lot of games. The only ones I seem to find are horribly expensive or out of stock. I've thought about trying to make a topper for my card table, but I don't have any way to cut or transport the material.
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Post by Anonymous Bosch » Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:12 pm

Blackhawk wrote:
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I've been looking for a folding 4' table forever, but I want square, not round. I have a card table, but its 34" just isn't big enough for a lot of games. The only ones I seem to find are horribly expensive or out of stock. I've thought about trying to make a topper for my card table, but I don't have any way to cut or transport the material.
Here's a foldable 48" octagonal card table (though it is more costly due to extras like the speed cloth, cup holders, and cushioned arm rests).

Failing that, perhaps a foldable card game tabletop like this might provide a little more room to work with?
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Post by Blackhawk » Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:20 pm

I actually looked at some of those same items. The problem with the chip/cup holders is that I'd end up not being able to use half of the space on the table.
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Post by AWS260 » Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:25 pm

Hollandspiele is having its annual holiday sale. Five bucks off everything, plus 10% off orders of $100 or more. I am tempted by several of their niche-y historical and war games.

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Post by Anonymous Bosch » Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:26 pm

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I actually looked at some of those same items. The problem with the chip/cup holders is that I'd end up not being able to use half of the space on the table.
Yeah, I see what you mean. In that case, the best option may well be to build your own. Here's a reddit post that explains how to make a sub-$50 DIY table topper and here's one on how to build DIY gaming table for less than $50.

But if DIY ain't your thing, I suspect you'd still be better off with the 4-foot round folding table I linked above vs. a 34-inch square card table.
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Post by Kasey Chang » Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:40 pm

FWIW, Home Depot has a decent selection of folding tables on their website. Didn't check their prices, but they up up to 72 inches, but they're all round.
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Post by Blackhawk » Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:40 pm

I can manage basic DIY stuff, but I don't have the tools. Nor does anybody around here that I know. I have a drill. I don't own a single saw. The places around here will no longer cut wood to order, either. They'll only cut it to fit in your vehicle, not to your measurements.
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Re: Tabletop Randomness

Post by Fardaza » Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:01 am

Blackhawk wrote:
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I have a card table, but its 34" just isn't big enough for a lot of games.
I use a 34" table and a folding TV tray table. I played my first scenario of Gloomhaven today. Even playing solo with 3 characters there was enough room. I'll try to post a picture if I can figure out how.

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Post by hepcat » Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:34 pm

Must...have it. Can't resist...
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