August 14, 2018 at 2:47 pm #18002
Hey everyone, I am new to the site and wondering what some of you guys favorite games are. I haven’t really played much of proper miniature games (like Warhammer) but have always been interested in them. I guess in my mind the cost was always really high for games like that, and I am not sure how much I would enjoy having to measure to move, lol. Anyway, I do love miniature style board games, and I am a big fan of the Warhammer universe ones as well. Anyway, here are some of my all time favorites.
Forbidden Stars-I grew up loving RTS games like Starcraft and this game scratches that itch with a cooler theme. I think the dice combat in this game is the best combat system of any board game.
War of the Ring-I am a huge Tolkien fan and this game brings that atmosphere to life. I love the cat and mouse, but also the cool, yet simple combat system.
Chaos in the Old World-“Dudes on a map” is my favorite genre of board games, and this one is the best one to me. I love the asymmetrical powers and the card play. The dial system is one of the coolest mechanics ever. And who doesn’t love exploding dice?
Star Wars Rebellion-Pretty much for the same reasons as War of the Ring. It captures the Star Wars universe better than any other game to me. The only weak spot was the clunky combat and the new expansion really brought the combat up a notch. It is almost a Forbidden Stars-lite combat system now.
Heroscape-The game that got me back into gaming. I used to play this game exclusively and travel to tournaments and all that jazz. Great game and has a special place in my heart, although I don’t own it anymore because of lack of storage space. I had so much of it I literally started my modern board game collection by trading it on BGG(I got around 65 board games for it).
Anyway. Sorry for the long post, and I would love to hear some of you guys favorite games.August 15, 2018 at 8:51 am #18006
Welcome to the site, Dustin. Always good to see new members. 🙂
Infinity. Hands down the best one on the market. Small model count (10-15 models per game), fast action, tight rules, and super cool setting. Really rewards player skill and is very very balanced across all the armies. I’ve been dabbling into 40k, lately with Kill Team, but usually just play that with one friend in particular. Hugely prefer Infinity to 40k though.
No single favorite, but my top ones are Kingdom Death: Monster, Descent: second edition, and Mansions of Madness, A Game of Thrones: the board game. If you can’t tell, I prefer thematic games to crunchy game play. 🙂 I have around 200 games in my collection, and I don’t play them nearly as often as I’d like, but these are the ones that usually end up making it to the table if I’ve got my “real gamer” buddies over.
Android Netrunner. I don’t card games too ofren, but when I do it’s usually this one.August 15, 2018 at 9:45 am #18009
Everyone here knows War of the Ring is my favourite game of all time. 🙂
The interest in the current Games Workshop stuff is a pretty recent phenomenon – personally I don’t play W40K, and have only played one game of Age of Sigmar with the new starter set (and didn’t play the old Warhammer Fantasy Battle). Though I have always enjoyed the GW specialist games like Necromunda and Space Hulk, both of which are great favourites.
All the games you mention I like as well, though I haven’t played Forbidden Stars enough, and I haven’t quite ‘clicked’ with Rebellion yet. Heroscape is great fun, though the setup and packup time is a pain.
I’ve tried Infinity but it didn’t click with me; I find the models a bit samey and I didn’t get to the point where the rules flowed for me. But it is very popular so I must give it another go.
As for other favourites, well, I try to rotate through the games and get everything to the table. I play two evenings a week so most games get a go. Recently I’ve really enjoyed SMOG: Ride of Moloch and Conan. Memoir ’44 is an old classic I’ve played a lot. I also like slightly more obscure tabletop games such as Wrath of Kings, Hell Dorado, AT-43, and Dust.
But, as you can read on the About page, I love games with immersive and imaginative themes, and that’s what this website is all about.
My game database tells me I’ve recorded 1183 items, but that includes RPG items, expansions etc. So many games, so little time!August 15, 2018 at 3:11 pm #18012
Good choices guys, I really like Game of Thrones Second edition. The order marker system is actually very similar to the Forbidden Stars order marker system. I have never played KDM but a few guys in my group do and the minis look amazing.
Speaking of awesome thematic games, I can’t believe I forgot to mention The Fury of Dracula Third Edition, absolutely love that game. Playing Dracula has some of the coolest tension you can have playing a board game.
I almost backed SMOG: Rise of Moloch, the steampunk theme and overall look of the game is very appealing. Are you going to be painting/playing that one on your channel, Peter?
I loved the video you did of Conan, and that is another one I am interested in. It is just hard sometimes in my group to get them to get into dungeon crawl style board games. I am still yet to convince them to play DOOM, or Level 7 Omega Protocol. They are a big Euro group mostly, so I am a bit out of place, although I do enjoy some medium weight, thematic euros(I refuse to play heavy or dry, themeless ones). A good example of a great euro that is also thematic would be The Godfather: Corleon’s Empire. I own and like that one a lot.
Speaking of Warhammer board games, like I said on your YouTube channel, I picked up Space Hulk third edition and so far me and my daughter love it, although it seems really hard for my marines to win, much to my daughter’s liking, lol. I am also a big Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire fan, and that is the game that is really my goal for painting. I want to get good enough to paint up all of my Shadespire figures and have them actually look decent.
I mentioned this on your YouTube channel, but the reason that game Deadzone was interesting to me was that it was a miniature skirmish game with an actual board for movement. Are there any other Miniatures games that use something like that?
Hell Dorado…..Is that the same world as the board game Claustrophobia? I love that game and it is getting a new edition on KS soon.August 15, 2018 at 3:31 pm #18013
Have you played Starcraft: The Board Game? I think that was the first game to use that particular order system.
It’s a bit tricky to film a battle report of SMOG, as it’s usually multiple players. And I’ve already painted the base set. So no plans for any videos featuring it just at the moment.
Haven’t played The Godfather – it seemed to have pretty lukewarm reviews? Continue your good work exposing them to more thematic games! 🙂
Skirmish games with boards – well, some have boards but still use tape measures, like Necromunda: Underhive and Kill Team. Not many use spaces on the board, if you define skirmish as being straight-up fighting. Dungeon Command is a bit like Shadespire as it uses a board, minis and cards. Can’t think of any others that fit the bill right now. Oh, Mythic Battles: Pantheon?
Yes, Hell Dorado is a full tabletop minis game set in that world. Seems to be completely defunct now unfortunately, the Hell theme was perhaps too confronting for some audiences! But it was very imaginative.August 15, 2018 at 6:49 pm #18015
War of the Ring is of course my favorite board game ever, since it is simply the best. 😉
I’ve also always hovered around the edges of the miniature games hobby and took the plunge last year with the Runewars Miniatures game, which I enjoy immensely and have now painted a ton of minis. Unfortunately it has not been immensely successful for FFG, especially in Europe/Germany. We’ll see how it develops.
Other all-time favorites are Star Wars: Rebellion, A Few Acres of Snow, X-Wing, Descent, Eldritch Horror, Eclipse, Race for the Galaxy, Through the Ages, Blood Rage, and Mansions of Madness. Just recently I dipped my toes into the Arkham Horror LCG and am enjoying it. As you can see my preferences are strongly-thematic games, though I also like the occasional more-Euro style game (Agricola is great).August 15, 2018 at 10:46 pm #18016
Ahh, I see. Well, I am not apposed to trying out measuring movement, and I understand why they do it. You make your own terrain in games like that, so they need a system you can use no matter what kind of terrain you have. I didn’t realize Necromunda: Underhive was a stand alone game, I might check it out(I did see your battle report).
Hmmm, The Godfather went over really well with my group, and everyone else I have played it with, but I do think there are a few lukewarm reviews going around, but I think it is awesome. I love area control, and for Euro mechanics, worker placement, and this game has both. Another gripe about typical euros is that they usually have little to no player interaction, and Corleone’s Empire has tons of it.
I will say that that Game of Thrones miniatures game from CMON looks fun.
I have never played Starcraft, and it is quite hard to get a hold of these days, but I did know that both GoT, and FS used some mechanics from it.August 16, 2018 at 12:03 am #18017
Of late my board gaming time has been in short supply.
If you base it on what I do play, then it must be Elder Sign Omens, the tablet version of Elder Sign which I own everything for, but it’s more convenient to play on tablet than set up on the table.August 16, 2018 at 4:53 am #18018
That is a very good board game adaptation for the tablet – I played it a lot for a while. Currently the two I play often are Race for the Galaxy (very good to play remotely with friends) and Through the Ages. Both have absolutely top-notch AI for solo play.
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