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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:32 am 
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You wouldn't happen to be playing it that way, would you, Mike?


Absolutely solo. Neither my wife nor daughter are interested in games about zombies and plagues :lol: . Ticket to Ride is more their speed.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:05 pm 
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I just purchased Gloomhaven from a guy who spent three hours punching its counters and setting up the broken token organizer, then decided it wasn’t for him. So its basically mint. I got the game, the organizer and the removable sticker set for $210 including shipping. Not a real discount, but it saved me hours of tedious punching. He packed it up carefully and shipped it two-day.

So now its in my grubby little paws. Hoping to find time this weekend to play the first scenario and learn the game!

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:23 pm 
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All this talk about board games made me wonder ...

Do any of you play baseball board games? Like APBA or Stratomatic?
I play APBA, have done so since 1962, and am currently playing all the Detroit Tiger seasons from 1950 to 1968.

It may not be as exciting as some of the games y'all describe below, but it's still more interesting than whatever football game is being played this weekend.

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 Post subject: Re: Board Games
PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:52 pm 
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Mike Dunn wrote:
I just purchased Gloomhaven from a guy who spent three hours punching its counters and setting up the broken token organizer, then decided it wasn’t for him. So its basically mint. I got the game, the organizer and the removable sticker set for $210 including shipping. Not a real discount, but it saved me hours of tedious punching. He packed it up carefully and shipped it two-day.

So now its in my grubby little paws. Hoping to find time this weekend to play the first scenario and learn the game!

You are going to love it, Mike. I got to play last weekend with a few friends, and I came away feeling it might be my single favorite game to date. Solo play is outstanding, but if you can scrounge up a few friends for a semi-regular campaign, it's going to really shine.

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All this talk about board games made me wonder ...

Do any of you play baseball board games? Like APBA or Stratomatic?
I play APBA, have done so since 1962, and am currently playing all the Detroit Tiger seasons from 1950 to 1968.

It may not be as exciting as some of the games y'all describe below, but it's still more interesting than whatever football game is being played this weekend.

I'm afraid I don't. But I'm familiar with the by reputation. APBA Pro Baseball (1951) and Strat-O-Matic Baseball (1962) are two titans in the baseball simulation board gaming world. I'd bet I'd have a blast playing them.

Speaking of baseball simulation games, here's a couple to keep an eye out for. History Maker Baseball (2013) might be the modern torchbearer for APBA and Strat-O-Matic. There'll be bookkeeping, just like in those older games, but the game seems very robust.

For a lighter experience, consider Baseball Highlights: 2045 (2015). It's an abstraction of baseball - a baseball-themed deck-builder, if you will - but it's zippy to play and fairly entertaining. There's an app version for iPhone and Android, if you're so inclined to go that route.

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 Post subject: Re: Board Games
PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:00 pm 
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For a lighter experience, consider Baseball Highlights: 2045 (2015). It's an abstraction of baseball - a baseball-themed deck-builder, if you will - but it's zippy to play and fairly entertaining. There's an app version for iPhone and Android, if you're so inclined to go that route.


Thanks for the tips about games I'm unfamiliar with, John. I took a look at the Highlights 2045 game--robots? Too much for me. The reason I play APBA is so I can relive the golden years of baseball, not imagine a frightening future of robots! The Čapek brothers were right: robots are scary stuff!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:52 am 
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Another fun little board game is Bottom of the 9th, which is only about playing, you guessed it, the bottom of the 9th!

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/166286/bottom-9th
https://www.amazon.com/Dice-Hate-Me-Gam ... B0145HPCGU

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It's the bottom of the ninth inning. The game is tied. It's down to the home team to score one run to win it all. Unfortunately, the home team is staring down the league's best closer.

A dice and card game for two players, Bottom of the 9th brings all the excitement of the final three outs of a baseball game into a compact 5-20 minute game session. With variable player strengths, bluffing/deduction, and die-rolling, only the pitcher knows what's coming and the batter needs to keep his eyes peeled. Bottom of the 9th is played over the course of three outs, or four hits (for one run scored) — whichever occurs first.

Bottom of the 9th includes tons of variable player powers, myriad customizable line-ups, the possibility of two added expansion packs, and rules for advanced league and solo play to keep gamers wanting to play ball time and time again.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:05 am 
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Another fun little board game is Bottom of the 9th, which is only about playing, you guessed it, the bottom of the 9th!

Now there's an idea rich in possibilities!
How about a football game about the last 2 minutes, called, of course, TWO MINUTE WARNING!
Or a flight simulation game called TWO MINUTE WARNING in which you try desperately to avoid an airline crash.
Or an earthquake preparation game called TWO MINUTE WARNING in which players have two minutes to prepare for the big California earthquake.
Or a brushfire game called TWO MINUTE WARNING, in which the firefighters knock and your door and tell you that you have two minutes to evacuate. What will you take? Which kid will you leave behind?

Ah, these Bottom of the 9th folks are onto something!

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 Post subject: Re: Board Games
PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:18 pm 
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Don't forget that non-existent classic puzzle rpg: 'No Mr Bond I Expect You to Die'

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 Post subject: Re: Board Games
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Don't forget that non-existent classic puzzle rpg: 'No Mr Bond I Expect You to Die'

I confess I don't know that one. I take it that instead of shaking the dice, you must stir them.

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Mike Dunn wrote:
Another fun little board game is Bottom of the 9th, which is only about playing, you guessed it, the bottom of the 9th!

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/166286/bottom-9th
https://www.amazon.com/Dice-Hate-Me-Gam ... B0145HPCGU

Obligatory: Bottom of the 9th Baseball Cards

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 Post subject: Re: Board Games
PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:09 pm 
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Rainy Saturday, fighting a cold. What better time to break out Gloomhaven for the first time! Click to enlarge.



Didn't get far, still learning.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:25 am 
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Rainy Saturday, fighting a cold. What better time to break out Gloomhaven for the first time! Click to enlarge.



Didn't get far, still learning.

Go get 'em, Mike! Keep us informed on how your campaign progresses. ;-D

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:08 pm 
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Since this thread is always worth a good bump:

Badgers wrote:
Formula D is my most frustrating game right now. I really want to get a league going with regulars and standings, but I can't seem to find a time that works for people. Probably need to start small and then see if we can grow it.

I did get this league going eventually, although I've had a hard time retaining regulars due to various life issues:
Silver Bullet Memorial Racing League

We're in our 4th season.

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Badgers wrote:
Since this thread is always worth a good bump:

Badgers wrote:
Formula D is my most frustrating game right now. I really want to get a league going with regulars and standings, but I can't seem to find a time that works for people. Probably need to start small and then see if we can grow it.

I did get this league going eventually, although I've had a hard time retaining regulars due to various life issues:
Silver Bullet Memorial Racing League

We're in our 4th season.

Very cool! Formula D is a surprisingly fun press-your-luck game. I'm not even a racing fan, and I dig it. I dig your previews and recaps, too!

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 Post subject: Re: Board Games
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That "History maker 2013" baseball game sounds amazing John, the pictures in your link are great of all the game boards people have manufactured, unfortunately games like that and the Strat-O-Matic ones are just not available in the UK. I did try to order straight from Strat a few years ago but it never arrived despite them saying twice they had sent it, luckily I bought it on a credit card so I was able to get my money back. I try to get people I know who are going stateside on holiday to bring me one of the games back but they all look at me like I'm retarded lol and are not prepared to spend any holiday time scouring shops for things like that :(

And Bob, surely the list of games suggested by bottom of the ninth is missing one? How about "The Five Minute Warning" where players once they hear the nuclear sirens go off try to commit the most good deeds or crimes in the time allowed lol

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