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 Post subject: Hobby Gaming
PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:23 am 
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Hello! I doubt this thread will get many takers, but it should still exist in the newly defined section.

So I'm rather in to hobby gaming, which is to say, board gaming with games more obscure than, say, risk.

Is anybody else interested in it? What are some of your favourite games?

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 Post subject: Re: Hobby Gaming
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I am to an extent (how much depends on having people to play with), Munchkin being my main game.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobby Gaming
PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 1:48 pm 
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I'm quite a fan of Settlers of Catan, which is the only such board game I've managed to play more than once.

Generally like... board games aren't something I'd go out of my way to play, but if the opportunity presents itself I won't turn it down (Catan is the exception, I will go out of my way for Catan). I often find them hard to get into though; I feel like a lot of them are so desperate to make themselves distinct from other games that they end up being over-complicated. The one time I got to play Dominion I was a champ; the time I was invited to play a LoTR-themed clone of Dominion I spent 45 minutes being really confused.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobby Gaming
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Yeah, there are certainly some games that go out of their way to be complex. Though there's a lot of good ones too. I've tried attending the weekly game night at the local comic book shop a couple times and think I'll go semi-regularly. Had a surprising amount of fun with a game based on horse racing last time. Tokaido, on the other hand, was a cool idea but rather boring to play.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobby Gaming
PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2015 9:09 pm 
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I'm trying to think about what game that could be about horse racing....Longshot? I dunno.

Personally, I'm a pretty avid hobby gamer. I can't say I have a favourite, but I recommend Tales of the Arabian Nights. It's a lot of fun!

And hey, International Tabletop Day is next week, too. Get out there and play some games!

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 Post subject: Re: Hobby Gaming
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I can't remember the name. Can't say it was one of the best games I've ever played, but it was entertaining, partly due to some impressive come from behind finishes.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobby Gaming
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I've been playing a bit too much Coup (since it's so easy to transport), a bit of Seven Wonders, and Tsuro, recently. The company I'm working for has a small band of table top gamers, and those tend to be the group favorites. Partly due to lunch hour time constraints, but still.

Personally, I was looking for easy to transport things, since most of my friends moved out of the area, and I spend a lot of time on the road now... But, I'll take a look at Tales of the Arabian Nights when I get the chance. A Stevenson Stamp of Approval™ is a pretty good voucher in my book.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobby Gaming
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Played a game called "But Wait, There's More!" at game night last week. It's lots of fun if (and only if) you have players who are good at humorous adlibbing (or maybe really bad at it). Also tried the DC Comics equivalent of Dominion (whatever it's called). Which, other than the artwork, isn't much different than Dominion. Need to get a good epic Munchkin game going sometime though...

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 Post subject: Re: Hobby Gaming
PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 10:01 am 
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Tales of the Arabian Nights is very good but you definitely can't play it in a lunch hour and it certainly isn't transportable.

I've heard good things about But Wait, There's More, and not so good things about the DC Deck Building Game (which I assume is the other game you were talking about). Games like But Wait, There's More can be very fun but can also be a tremendous flop if people aren't ready for a more relaxed type thing.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobby Gaming
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Yeah. But Wait, There's More and similar games can range from extremely fun to extremely lousy depending solely on the players.

And yeah, the DC deck building game. Haven't played enough deck building games to say if it's good or bad. But it seemed to my a whole lot like Dominion with DC art.

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 Post subject: Re: Hobby Gaming
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I mean most deckbuilding games are at the very least similar to Dominion, as it's a genre that was pretty much created wholly when Dominion came out.

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