The Big Board-Gaming Catch-All

Demyx wrote:

We played Escape yesterday and I liked it. Mostly because frantic dice rolling. It's really hard to coordinate with people though.

So. Much. Yelling

More yelling than Resistance! But less heated.

Demyx wrote:

But less heated.

You weren't on the receiving end of "WHY ARE YOU ROLLING SO SLOW!?"

I hate it when mommy and daddy fight.

shoptroll wrote:
Demyx wrote:

But less heated.

You weren't on the receiving end of "WHY ARE YOU ROLLING SO SLOW!?" ;)

Well, why WERE you rolling so slow?

Is it because you're an enemy spy trying to sabotage everyone else?

Because Escape + Resistance would be epic.

momgamer wrote:

I've been roped into a game of Twilight Imperium on Saturday. Yeah, my arm is totally sore from all the twisting.

It's going to be a little different than usual, though. The game is full up with 8 experienced players. Each of those guys will have a newb to teach/coach/collaborate with through the game. The hope is to end up with more players willing to do this again.

I am one of the newbs. Does anyone have any good resources to study up with on hand? I'll be looking around myself, but I thought you guys might have some ready reference you would be willing to share.

Wish me luck, and hopefully Itsatrap is still speaking to me on Sunday

Check out my player aid, it'll help with the tech tree and how it impacts your units. The game may look a bit daunting from the outside but honestly once you start playing the core mechanics are really quite simple. Things get complicated once you start researching techs and have to account for special abilities, but that's where a nice player aid makes a world of difference.

Good luck and have fun! TI3 is one of my all-time favorites. Just remember that it's not a straight up war game; it's quite possible to win without fighting a single battle. Fleets are as much a deterrent as they are an offensive force so choose your battles wisely

My latest Gamehead boardgame strategy article: Eminent Domain!

http://www.gamehead.com/article/1956...

Lengthiest article to-date. Could have written so much more, but article size limits get in there!

Dreaded Gazebo wrote:

TI3 is one of my all-time favorites.

I'd love to see it made for the iPad, or even the PC. FFG did such a fantastic job on Elder Sign: Omens, and I'm sure this would sell like hot cakes! Preorders for the Twilight Struggle PC game are surprisingly large, and that's a niche game.

I'm beginning to see why HIS didn't quite float your boat, however. A lot more action in TI3.

I finally got zombicide! It seems there is a new wave of boxes going out because the same day I got mine, amazon seems to have new ones available for under retail cost again (via CoolStuffInc)

Wife and I attempted one of the tougher scenarios tonight (3 times!). Got our asses handed to us (3 times!) Still fun!

MitchellW wrote:

My latest Gamehead boardgame strategy article: Eminent Domain!

http://www.gamehead.com/article/1956...

Lengthiest article to-date. Could have written so much more, but article size limits get in there!

This might not be the thread for this but could you help me register at Gamehead? I tried registering and some odd stuff happened.

Strangeblades wrote:
MitchellW wrote:

My latest Gamehead boardgame strategy article: Eminent Domain!

http://www.gamehead.com/article/1956...

Lengthiest article to-date. Could have written so much more, but article size limits get in there!

This might not be the thread for this but could you help me register at Gamehead? I tried registering and some odd stuff happened.

I don't have any super powers to register people. When I registered myself a few months back it worked just fine. What happened?

polypusher wrote:

I finally got zombicide! It seems there is a new wave of boxes going out because the same day I got mine, amazon seems to have new ones available for under retail cost again (via CoolStuffInc)

Wife and I attempted one of the tougher scenarios tonight (3 times!). Got our asses handed to us (3 times!) Still fun!

The extra campaign (available here) is pretty cool, too.

MitchellW wrote:
Strangeblades wrote:
MitchellW wrote:

My latest Gamehead boardgame strategy article: Eminent Domain!

http://www.gamehead.com/article/1956...

Lengthiest article to-date. Could have written so much more, but article size limits get in there!

This might not be the thread for this but could you help me register at Gamehead? I tried registering and some odd stuff happened.

I don't have any super powers to register people. When I registered myself a few months back it worked just fine. What happened?

It's funny. I was registering and at first it just wanted my username and email. I did that, clicked on the emailed link the site sent me, and I go onto a larger registration screen. It then asked me to use my current password in one of the fields. My current password? I didn't have one. I checked the email it sent me and it showed my username and my password. I went back to the site and entered my temporary password, and then my new password and other bio data. Clicked submit and it says the 'current password' is incorrect.

TL;DR Don't worry about it. I just thought if you knew a magical one-button solution off the top of yer head I'd be like, yippee! As it is I'll happily bug the admins.

Wish I could help Strangeblades!

Anyone seen any good black friday board game deals?

Anyone know what a freelance writer for boardgames gets paid?

Strangeblades wrote:

Anyone know what a freelance writer for boardgames gets paid?

I would pay you upwards of one American dollar per day to come live with me and play board games at my house. That's what you meant, right?

drdoak wrote:
Strangeblades wrote:

Anyone know what a freelance writer for boardgames gets paid?

I would pay you upwards of one American dollar per day to come live with me and play board games at my house. That's what you meant, right?

I'll double it. But still at Doak's house.

oilypenguin wrote:
drdoak wrote:
Strangeblades wrote:

Anyone know what a freelance writer for boardgames gets paid?

I would pay you upwards of one American dollar per day to come live with me and play board games at my house. That's what you meant, right?

I'll double it. But still at Doak's house.

I'll triple it, but you have to play Troyes.

carrotpanic wrote:
oilypenguin wrote:
drdoak wrote:
Strangeblades wrote:

Anyone know what a freelance writer for boardgames gets paid?

I would pay you upwards of one American dollar per day to come live with me and play board games at my house. That's what you meant, right?

I'll double it. But still at Doak's house.

I'll triple it, but you have to play Troyes.

TWAAAAAAAH

He's up to $180 a month now.

For boardgames or about boardgames? There's a slight difference.

Gremlin wrote:

For boardgames or about boardgames? There's a slight difference.

I'm being offered a chance to write content for a boardgame. I'm trying to determine what, if any, industry standard exists for freelance boardgame writers.

Strangeblades wrote:
Gremlin wrote:

For boardgames or about boardgames? There's a slight difference.

I'm being offered a chance to write content for a boardgame. I'm trying to determine what, if any, industry standard exists for freelance boardgame writers.

I'd imagine if you looked at normal freelancer pay and a subset of specialized freelancers you can get a decent idea what to ask for.

oilypenguin wrote:

He's up to $180 a month now.

Plus room (and possibly board)! That's not too shabby for an almost-boardgame-writer-ex-journalist!

So Tanglebones mentioned a while ago that he and his wife played through the first chapter of Mice & Mystics and just rolled through the whole thing. It wouldn't surprise me if the first few scenarios were designed to mostly have a high degree of success. As a counterpoint, however, I started it with my daughter tonight (she's only four, so she's mostly in it for the story and to roll dice) and we got creamed. I was rolling for the villains and had a really hot hand, rolling all shields and cheese all the time. She was rolling bows for melee and swords for ranged, and not a lot of cheese. We were already up to "chapter 4" on the end marker before we even made it out of the sewer tile when she had to go to bed. I finished it up just for the heck of it, and the mice barely made it onto the second tile before chapter 6 and a game over was hit. So, it's definitely very possible to lose. Depends on how you roll.

Played Labyrinth vs. my lovely girlfriend this weekend. It was a learning game for both of us, being our first play ever, so it was mostly to get familiar with it and cement the rules in my mind. The girlfriend had played Twilight Struggle before, so teaching wasn't too bad. I was the US and she was the terrorists, and she gave me a real run for my money. She managed to pound my prestige to almost nothing, and get nearly all the Muslim countries to poor governance, putting her very close to an instant victory. Only an emergency switch to soft governance kept my prestige from bottoming out completely, and when the deck ran out I had enough 'Good' resources to take the win. If we'd been playing a 2 deck game, I don't doubt that she could have finished the job.

Girlfriend that plays Labyrinth and Twilight Struggle? That's a keeper right there.

I'm looking forward to getting a multi-deck game in. Will certainly add another dimension to the card decision making process.

For those who are liking Mice and Mystics should check out the audio collection from Plaidhat that is read by Richard Sommer. All sale go to charity too so that is cool.

Gunner wrote:

Girlfriend that plays Labyrinth and Twilight Struggle? That's a keeper right there.

No kidding! I prefer to imagine that she's not real so that I can feel better about my non-gaming relationship

In all seriousness, which do you prefer out of Twilight Struggle or Labyrinth? Might consider adding one of the two to the old shelf of shame.