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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby Zohar » Wed May 31, 2017 12:44 pm UTC

Chen wrote:Without some of the quasi broken combos you can do, I don't really see how some of the later scenarios are beatable. I mean I guess that's the point of the game and all, but we min-maxed pretty hard when we played this and a lot of games were still super dicey. Without min-maxing I can't see how it would have worked at all. That said I guess having funding can definitely help, especially if you abuse those cards with certain relationships.

Like you said - I think that's kind of the point. I don't think we were particularly lucky in our initial setups, but the game didn't seem too hard, I think we ended up losing about 4-5 months? That sounds pretty average from what I hear.

As for researcher, that is one of our top picks when playing vanilla Pandemic, it's an incredibly useful character for us. On the other hand, we hardly use the soldier at all in Legacy.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby plytho » Wed May 31, 2017 12:55 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:As for researcher, that is one of our top picks when playing vanilla Pandemic, it's an incredibly useful character for us. On the other hand, we hardly use the soldier at all in Legacy.

We're researcher fans as well. That and dispatcher. They're usually essential for our curing strategy. Medic is number 3. Scientist and operations expert are the least favorite ones. I think in legacy we didn't use the scientist at all.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby Zohar » Wed May 31, 2017 1:53 pm UTC

Operations expert is fantastic at the beginning of the game, to set up a few extra research stations. My husband's parents, who are VERY into the game, make life easier for them by including the "new role" card in the deck so they could, in theory, switch the operations expert to someone more useful.

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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby SDK » Wed May 31, 2017 2:50 pm UTC

No love for the scientist? She's pretty great. We've got her decked out with a coworker and a rival to help make it happen. In the base game, scientist+researcher is one of my favourite combinations to play with.
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Postby Zohar » Wed May 31, 2017 2:58 pm UTC

We don't really play scientist in base game, it feels like too much concentrating on finding cures and not enough flexibility to deal with crises.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby Chen » Wed May 31, 2017 3:01 pm UTC

Scientist + Researcher with the co-workers was a mainstay in all our games barring maybe one or two months. The rest were rotated between Soldier, Quarantine Specialist and Operations Expert. Dispatcher is one of the best powers but with all the upgrades and such that had gone onto other characters, they never seemed to fit a role we needed. I think we lost 2 games overall but a number were ridiculously close.

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Basically we left researcher and scientist to do the main curing and then the other two roles were combination of "deal with Coda and fulfill other objectives". The Quarantine specialist is so good at blocking outbreaks. The Operations expert made those "build X military base" goals super easy, especially if you just needed to end the game. We also gave her the power that if she was on a military base she could quarantine adjacent cities which can be very good if you can just drop bases whenever you want. Soldier was basically just around for zombie control, running around and blowing them up with grenades. Downright broken with paramilitary escort, though clearly that comes and bites you later.

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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby Zohar » Wed May 31, 2017 3:07 pm UTC

Yeah quarantine specialist was a lifesaver during those games.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby SDK » Wed May 31, 2017 3:07 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:We don't really play scientist in base game, it feels like too much concentrating on finding cures and not enough flexibility to deal with crises.

That's kind of what I like actually. There's strategic play between them needing to split up to deal with outbreaks vs. needing to come together to find that cure. The strategic planning in a two player game with just the scientist and researcher feels much more cooperative than any other combination.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby Chen » Wed May 31, 2017 4:30 pm UTC

I'd think scientist + researcher in a two player game would be pretty tough. Usually you need to be running all over the place to deal with things, isn't it hard to get to the same city to trade things?

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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby SDK » Wed May 31, 2017 7:46 pm UTC

It's not easy, I'm not saying it's a super powerful combination, but it's a fun teamwork kind of challenge (moreso than other roles where it often feels like you're each just doing your own thing). It's a good combination if you play it right though. You need a couple of well placed research stations and good planning, both for what cards you will use to fly vs. cure, and when and where to meet up to make the best use of your actions each turn. Being forced to have your play align with each other makes for a good game that feels a bit different from other combinations.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby rmsgrey » Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:20 pm UTC

In Legacy, several factors combine to make cures less important as the campaign progresses, particularly if you get Positive Mutations going - the additional objectives mean that you can't end the game early by focusing on cures and getting some lucky draws (it's theoretically possible to win vanilla Pandemic before the first Epidemic in a 5-Epidemic game), and actually finding the required cures gets easier, so it's a stronger strategy to focus on not losing and making sure you can meet enough of the other objectives and kinda let the cures take care of themselves...

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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby plytho » Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:21 am UTC

I've played two games of vast: the crystal caverns now and they've both been fun. Thanks to rmsgrey and Gwydion for recommending it.

We played with the same five people twice and are rotating the roles. We're playing campaign mode where the winner increases his difficulty level. I won the first game with the thief but that was a practice game so no level increase. The goblins won the second game by killing me (the knight). In the first game the knight had a really bad time. The cave had set up all traps and no treasure making it very tough on the knight. The cave was more generous in the second game and I had more fun than my predecessor. Then I got hit with two goblin attacks in one turn and it was done.

I enjoyed the different feel of the two roles and look forward to playing the goblins the next time.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby plytho » Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:52 pm UTC

I've been enjoying Vast this year and I'll have played every role once when we finish our session later today.

For next year I'm looking forward to pandemic legacy season 2. We'll be playing it real time again: play each in-game month in the corresponding month of 2018.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby rmsgrey » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:22 pm UTC

plytho wrote:I've been enjoying Vast this year and I'll have played every role once when we finish our session later today.

For next year I'm looking forward to pandemic legacy season 2. We'll be playing it real time again: play each in-game month in the corresponding month of 2018.


I've not played Vast for a while - waiting for the additional roles to arrive before going back to it.

I'm playing through Pandemic Legacy Season 2 at 1 month per gaming session - 2 gaming sessions per month, so should finish December in early April (though with Season 1, we decided to continue into December from November rather than leaving it for another session). As of the end of April, we've played 6, won 3 (March did not go well...), not counting the Prologue. It's sufficiently different from vanilla Pandemic that it's definitely worth playing the Prologue at least once before starting for real. It feels like, after Season 1 was very restricted in some ways as a proof of concept, Matt and Rob have felt free to mix things up a lot more this time around...

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Postby Xanthir » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:56 pm UTC

Yeah, my group that I did S1 with just started S2 as well. I agree, playing a prologue game or two is worthwhile, just so you get a good sense of how to efficiently move supply around.

We've only done January so far, and already holy *crap*.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby rmsgrey » Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:42 am UTC

If I have one piece of advice (without spoiling anything) it's to make sure to read everything carefully - and be willing to reread things before each new session so you don't forget things.

We've taken to doing a couple of things to help track things during the game too - we put the plague cubes on the incident track rather than in the designated stockpile, and, for the prologue objective of building three supply centers, put supply centers on the objective card - that way just placing them automatically tracks progress rather than having to remember to update the trackers each time...

Other games I've been playing a fair amount recently:

Betrayal At The House On The Hill (with Widow's Walk expansion) - it's a bit random whether you get a great Haunt or a terrible one, and some work better with more players, some with fewer; some when triggered early, some late. The flavour's generally excellent though - you're basically playing a slasher/horror movie in boardgame form - right down to the first thing you do being splitting up to explore...

Abandon Planet - a recent game from Don "The Resistance" Eskridge. The meteor apocalypse is happening. All of you have mostly-completed rockets to escape with, but need to get the supplies needed in order to stand a chance of survival. You can loot supplies from the surrounding area, but if two players try looting the same place on the same turn, only one of them can get the loot. If you pick the wrong spot to loot and find yourself under an incoming meteor, then you don't get anything that turn either. Your rockets can't hold enough supplies on their own, so you'll need to find a partner to escape with - but you don't decide who that partner is until both of you are ready to launch. Either someone escapes in time, or you're all still squabbling over scraps when the ground crumbles under you and everyone loses...

Codenames - a 5x5 grid of random words. Two teams, red and blue. The team leaders have shared access to a secret map revealing which colour each word is (red, blue, white, or black). On your team's turn, the leader gives a one word clue and tells you how many words of your colour it's a clue to. You guess words until you guess one that's the wrong colour, or you've guessed as many as your leader's number plus a bonus guess (to pick up words you missed on a previous round's clue), or you decide to pass. A team wins when all the words of their colour have been guessed; a team loses if they guess the lone black word. Then play again with the people who were complaining most loudly about the clues forced to take over as team leaders...

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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby SDK » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:17 pm UTC

Codenames is a fun game. That one's on my Christmas list. :D

I'm just about done Season 1 of Pandemic Legacy (only December left to go*). Gonna have to pitch Season 2, see if we want to continue the Legacy.
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Postby pseudoidiot » Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:27 pm UTC

I've played a few games of Betrayal at Baldur's Gate now. I really enjoy it. It's basically Betrayal at House on the Hill, but with a couple updates I really like. The omen roll is done differently and the different characters have some fun abilities.

Anyhow, the scenario that I played the other night ended up being a lot of fun. I'm putting it behind a spoiler, but I'm going to talk about it in really vague terms, so that even if you do wanna read it it hopefully doesn't give too much away.

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It basically boils down to there being one traitor that you have to kill. But it turns out that if an adventurer manages to kill/defeat the traitor there's one last roll. And if the adventurer loses the roll, then they now become the traitor.

So there was the traitor and 2 adventurers. I managed to defeat the traitor, but then I failed the resulting roll. Down to me and the remaining adventurer. And that adventurer managed to defeat me. And then also failed the roll, thereby winning the scenario as the traitor. I like to think that we all won in that case.

With that setup it was really the most entertaining way it could possibly end.
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Postby rmsgrey » Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:28 am UTC

So, I backed the second edition Kickstarter for Gloomhaven. So did a lot of other people. There were some production issues, and some shipping issues, but I now have just shy of 10 kilos of processed wood pulp (mostly - there's some plastic in there too) including a number of mystery packages, a 52 page rulebook, over a hundred individual scenarios (I got the solo scenarios as well as the base game) and one burning question: who am I going to get to play this with me?

Oh well, it's a nice problem to have :)

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Postby pseudoidiot » Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:35 am UTC

A bunch of my friends got that. Somehow it wasn't even on my radar, so I'm not sure how I missed it. Luckily I have a local friend with a copy and I'm top of the list to get in on it. So I'm pretty excited.
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Postby Xanthir » Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:16 pm UTC

Same re: Gloomhaven. Luckily I have an existing couple that we already regularly play boardgames with, especially legacy stuff - we're working thru Pandemic Season 2 right now. When that's done, we have Gloomhaven and a new one - Charterstone - to work thru. I think we've got 2018 pretty much covered. ^_^
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Postby rmsgrey » Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:28 pm UTC

Xanthir wrote:Same re: Gloomhaven. Luckily I have an existing couple that we already regularly play boardgames with, especially legacy stuff - we're working thru Pandemic Season 2 right now. When that's done, we have Gloomhaven and a new one - Charterstone - to work thru. I think we've got 2018 pretty much covered. ^_^


Yeah, my Pandemic Legacy is through April (May's scheduled for Saturday) and should finish late March/early April. The problem is that we're playing at my local boardgaming club and I don't think I want to try carrying Gloomhaven there and back a couple of times a month for however long we end up playing it - and I'm not sure I want to commit to another Legacy campaign immediately after this one finishes - might be nice to mix things up a bit - nor to wait that long to get started with Gloomhaven (and I definitely don't want to take both games for the next half dozen meetings...)

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Postby Xanthir » Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:57 am UTC

Uggggggggh, we lost both games of March and April in Pandemic:S2. The March games were the standard "fuck, we're out of funded events, this is gonna suck" losses, but the April games weren't our fault - we had a bad run of luck right at the end of the first game, and then just got destroyed by terrible luck right at the beginning of the second (happened to put the epidemics at the top of the first two stacks, and had bad card distribution as well - there was no way for us to shuttle enough supplies deep into America to avoid death, even had we reacted immediately and strongly).

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So yeah, we got to scratch off both the "lose 4 games in a row" and "have a city collapse" cards at once. :(


On the plus side, we'll have an absolute fuck-ton of funded events next game, and for the next little while. Assuming no more terrible luck, the next 2-3 games are gonna be easy, just in time for the inevitable terrible plot twist!
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Postby rmsgrey » Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:19 pm UTC

We lost both March but won April, putting us 3-3 (lost first January). We unlocked sticker 60 and what follows in late March, which made a big difference. On the other hand, we're thinking we may have overdone the recons having now done all 5 initially available.

April was helped by having applied both Well Stocked in late March and drawing both between each pair of Epidemics.

We had our first city collapse in early March if memory serves.

A general tip is to reread all the archived reference material before each session - compared to Season 1, a lot more hints for what to do to progress the story are hidden in the fluff...

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Postby Xanthir » Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:52 pm UTC

Phew, after the disastrous double-failures of March and April, then the skin-of-our-teeth success in May (even with 8 funded events (nearly the entire set) *and* the 4-losses-in-a-row bonus), June and July were nice, easy wins. We breezed thru, never losing any population (in June the plague-removal card was drawn *just* before the last turn; in July the plague only showed up in places with bases), doing a lot of searches, and finishing up our recons.

We're now dreading August tho, with only two funded events and the introduction of the HM. It's... gonna be bad.
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Postby pseudoidiot » Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:25 pm UTC

We just did our first game in March and it did not go well at all. Oof
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Postby rmsgrey » Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:16 pm UTC

Yeah, word on the street is that March and April are generally reckoned to be the toughest months. Our May was unsettlingly easy - once again, we started with both Well Stocked cards in the initial draw, and we won after only a few turns each, with no Plague Cubes on the board. Also, before starting the game, we looked over the situation and all the information we had and laid out a bunch of things we'd like to achieve over the next few games because they seem plot-relevant or likely to offer a major boost. Out of something like 6 of these long-term goals, we only missed completing one of them (and they are, indeed, all helpful)...

June next weekend, and we find out whether our luck is going to hold.

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Postby plytho » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:02 pm UTC

Just finished February with a win so we're out of funding now. That word on the street doesn't sound too appealing :shock:

I'm kind of confused about [March]
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3 extra epidemic cards at the beginning of March. Unless we missed something there was no explanation what they're for?
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Postby Xanthir » Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:35 am UTC

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There'll be a new rules sticker showing up soon - you'll start increasing the number of epidemics as you add more city cards.
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Postby pseudoidiot » Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:11 pm UTC

plytho wrote:Just finished February with a win so we're out of funding now. That word on the street doesn't sound too appealing :shock:

I'm kind of confused about [March]
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3 extra epidemic cards at the beginning of March. Unless we missed something there was no explanation what they're for?

re: march:
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It's possible you read too far through the Legacy deck? If I remember correctly those extra Epidemic cards only came out after the legacy deck card that says to read after the first game in March. I could be mistaken, though. I wasn't the one reading through the Legacy deck. But we definitely didn't get extra epidemic cards until after we played a game in March (which we lost).
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Postby plytho » Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:37 pm UTC

pseudoidiot wrote:
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It's possible you read too far through the Legacy deck? If I remember correctly those extra Epidemic cards only came out after the legacy deck card that says to read after the first game in March. I could be mistaken, though. I wasn't the one reading through the Legacy deck. But we definitely didn't get extra epidemic cards until after we played a game in March (which we lost).
That is possible, thanks. I'll check with the guy that owns the game.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby rmsgrey » Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:39 pm UTC

pseudoidiot wrote:
plytho wrote:Just finished February with a win so we're out of funding now. That word on the street doesn't sound too appealing :shock:

I'm kind of confused about [March]
Spoiler:
3 extra epidemic cards at the beginning of March. Unless we missed something there was no explanation what they're for?

re: march:
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It's possible you read too far through the Legacy deck? If I remember correctly those extra Epidemic cards only came out after the legacy deck card that says to read after the first game in March. I could be mistaken, though. I wasn't the one reading through the Legacy deck. But we definitely didn't get extra epidemic cards until after we played a game in March (which we lost).

Also:
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I'm pretty sure it should be 5 extra epidemic cards (at least we've ended up with 10, and the post-game gives you rules for up to 10 epidemics)


Meanwhile, we've finally embarked upon Gloomhaven, playing the first scenario, and achieving a glorious... defeat. With hindsight, we would probably have won if I'd played what turned out to be my last turn differently - if I'd lost a card on a big attack immediately rather than using it to (almost) disengage and try to buy an extra couple of turns. As it was, we came up one enemy short of victory...

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Postby pseudoidiot » Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:55 pm UTC

rmsgrey wrote:Meanwhile, we've finally embarked upon Gloomhaven, playing the first scenario, and achieving a glorious... defeat. With hindsight, we would probably have won if I'd played what turned out to be my last turn differently - if I'd lost a card on a big attack immediately rather than using it to (almost) disengage and try to buy an extra couple of turns. As it was, we came up one enemy short of victory...
We played our first Gloomhaven adventure a couple Saturdays ago. We succeeded, but it was close. One more turn and people would have started dropping due to exhaustion. But we have a better idea of the flow of things now. And did a re-read through of the rules to look for things we got wrong. Didn't miss too many things luckily. We're planning to do our next adventure tomorrow evening. I'm a fan of it for sure though!
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby plytho » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:32 am UTC

Pandemic march confusion resolved

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It turns out some of the legacy cards had slipped in the box after our first game and the three epidemic cards ended up in the wrong place. My friend's wife checked the deck and those were the only cards out of place.
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Re: Board games anyone?

Postby rmsgrey » Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:27 pm UTC

plytho wrote:Pandemic march confusion resolved

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It turns out some of the legacy cards had slipped in the box after our first game and the three epidemic cards ended up in the wrong place. My friend's wife checked the deck and those were the only cards out of place.


One of the less good changes from Season 1 to Season 2 is swapping from the reusable wallet to plain shrink wrap for shipping the Legacy Deck.


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