I know there are some people here who play board games, video games, role-playing games, or even those things where people go out in real life and, like, throw and hit things on a field.
Tell us about your favorite games!
As Thomas knows, my gaming group has been on a Terraforming Mars kick lately -- that is a great board game.
With my daughter I have been playing Lego Harry Potter. The only sports I watch is during the World Cup (go Netherlands!) or Olympics.
What about you?
Eldritch Horror - The Dreamlands Expansion is probably my favorite right now (specifically Hypnos as the Ancient One). It's based on the HP Lovecraft letters and stories. It's a great co-op game I play with my siblings... yet I haven't won once. It is extremely difficult, but you can play it with 1-8 players so it's fun no matter the group size. LOTS OF SMALL PIECES THO! Careful around kids. There's a TON of expansions.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle is a very close second. Again, co-op. I'm a Harry Potter FANATIC (I have the deathly hallows tattooed on my back)... so my opinion might be a little skewed for this one. 2-4 players, lots of fun for 11 year olds who are waiting for their Hogwarts Letter. You can play as Harry, Ron, Hermione or Neville. In the expansion you can play as Luna.
Quelf is an insanely funny crazy game. Basically it's charades and trivial pursuit and a drinking game all rolled up into a crazy family friendly game... it's one of the few games we can get BOTH of my parents to play... Once mom was under the table with the game box in her shirt giving golf commentary on my dad's turn whilst having to end every sentence with "izzle" but it's different every time. I do not suggest this game if you're not prepared die laughing. There's also Quelf Card Game and Quelf Junior.
I play pretty much any video game I can get my hands on.
I actually stream on Twitch in my free time. I mostly play League of Legends, Starcraft, Amnesia (I have a love / hate relationship with this game, it's way too scary, so I only play it if someone redeems it), and Layers of Fear (Again, if someone redeems it).
Magic the Gathering, specifically EDH. I only have one deck, as I've been building and modifying it for about 7 years and I'm way too emotionally attached.
LARP / Other:
I cosplay!!! I participate in cosplay contests and Live Action Role-Play (LARP) events. I'm known for my 11 original variations of Harley Quinn, but I've done probably about 30-40 characters besides her.
I used to coach 6th Grade Girls Basketball and I was on Varsity Track and Field in High School for Shot Put and Discus.
I enjoy fun.
@Heth Siemer my 6-year-old is very into board games and Harry Potter. She might enjoy that one as a gift for her next birthday! And then I'll have an excuse to own it! 😉 (I also love Harry Potter. #Ravenclaw.)
Also in my cart now are Quelf Jr., Enchanted Tower, and Stuffed Fantasy Flights. I basically am trying to convert my child to a board gamer, and it's working.
For video games, any good turn-based combat games you'd recommend? I loved this Lord of the Rings themed game back on the Playstation 2 and the turn-based combat. I also loved Diablo II (didn't everyone) and every kind of Sim game. But these days I just play Lego Harry Potter with the aforementioned 6-year-old. Except she's only read the first three books so we've stopped there.
11 Harley Quinns? Can you share a photo of any of them?
I'm so glad you're here. 😍
So. Pottermore. Made 4 accounts. 2 slytherin and 2 hufflepuff. Every test I've taken it's been about 50/50 and so have the opinions of my friends (aside from the one Gryffindor vote that still confuses me). So I claim Slytherpuff ;)
The game actually has boxes inside the game box for each "level". The goal is to get through all 7 years at Hogwarts. For example; the villains you fight in the first game are Draco, Crabbe and Goyle, and Quirrell. The second has the Basilisk and the third has Peter Petigrew and a Dementor. You can stop at three and as she reads the books you can continue the levels. The first time my sister and I played it, it took us 18 hours to finish it. I suggest taking breaks ;)
The setup of this game in particular is AMAZING. If you want to pause between levels the box has separators for easy organization and storage. Everything is labeled for what box it goes in when you're done. It's brilliant. More games need this type of set up.
Video game wise, my favorite turn-based combat game is an old DS game called Magical Starsign. I still play it on occasion and I got it when the DSs first came out.
I mostly play RTS, MOBAs and MMORPGs.
Yeah I am a Ravenpuff, truth be told!
And I am sold on the Harry Potter game, this sounds amazingly fun and I bet my daughter would love it!
Wow on both Harleys, especially Jester! Competition must have been intense for you to not even make it to the top! Or is store-bought a strike against you??
Hmm, most favorite board game, difficult... There are so many...
I can't nominate just one, here is my list:
- Time Stories (great adventure game on a board)
- Robo Rally (a classic one, the more you are, the more chaos on the board and much more fun)
- Mechs vs Minions (the high-class Robo rally based in the League of Legends - World - so much miniatures and high quality game components, I've never seen a game that is soooo awesome designed and the gameplay is also great. Sold directly from the makers of League of Legends online game)
- Roll for the Galaxy (build your own galaxy using dices)
- Terraforming Mars (Monique already mentioned that)
- King of Tokyo (funny monster bashing dice game)
- Pandemic Legacy (fantastic story, play 12 months and heal the world)
- Splendor (awesome card game)
- Ticket to Ride (all time favorite - everybody loves this)
- Robinson Crusoe (survive on a lonesome island, heavy stuff, not easy to win, you play as a team against the game)
- Scythe (so awesome illustrations, one of the best I've ever seen, and the game is also great)
- Dominion (This was one of the first deck builder games and is still one of my favorites)
- Tzolkin (Worker Placement Game with big wheels on the board, great mechanisms, great game)
- Mice and Mystics (Storytelling adventure board game, survive adventures as little mice, fight against rats, cats, spiders, solve riddles - great story, great illustrations, a lot of fun)
- Stone Age (another classic worker placement game in a Stone Age World)
- Dead of Winter (survive the zombie apocalypse as a team of survivors, hard stuff, sometimes nightmarish, but great gameplay)
- Hit z Road - another zombie game, much easier, dice game, won prices for its graphical design)
- Battlestar Galactica (based on the TV series, but regardless of that, it is really a great game of intrigues and teamwork, someone is a traitor but until the middle of the game, not even the traitor knows that he is)
- Photosynthesis (new one this year, never seen so nice trees on a game and the gameplay is also great)
There are so many more, but I'll stop now, before this is becoming an article on its own :-)
I really enjoy the Fluxx card games. They are simple and portable which is great for taking to the local brewery.
As for actual board games, I rotate between Pandemic, Sheriff of Nottingham, and Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards. The first is a cooperative strategy game and the last two are good excuses to force your friends to use funny voices.
Gloomhaven is massive, and when you go over all the things in the box with a view to shrinking it, you come to realise you do actually need at least 99.9% of it, and the only way to maybe make it smaller is by shrinking the text in the instructions to the point where people like me (old) can't read it.
@Ivan Tovbin Here you can get more information about the XCOM board game:
It's still in my "pile of shame" (pile of board games you own, but not played yet), a real-time board game with an app. That's all I can say.
THIS GAME IS INSANE! I've only played it once. I want it but I don't want to spend $150 on it...
*stares at the thousands of dollars I've spent on Free to Play video games*
Slightly hypocritical reasoning... I'm hoping my siblings (who are my gaming buddies) will help pitch for it.
@Krisztian Kovacs, you'd better tell me your favorite games!
My group has been playing Gloomhaven nonstop for months, but this weekend we went to Tahoe and took a little Gloomhaven break. We played Coup, Citadels, Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Love Letter, Mysterium, Dixit, and of course, Terraforming Mars!
(@Thomas Schlegel, the kids especially loved playing Mysterium! ❤️)
This is a difficult question, but I'll try to sum it up to just a few:
- The Legend of Zelda
- Point and click games, like the Day of the Tentacle or Sam and Max
- Graphic adventures or Mystery solving games like Hotel Dusk or Ace Attorney/Phonenix Wright for the Nintendo DS.
- And for board games, the Munchkin series is a lot of fun!
This said, I'm not a gamer either, but when I spend time playing those are probably the games I'm doing :)
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