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Initial post: 20 May 2009 01:47:48 BDT
Waqas A. says:
We've really enjoyed playing Settlers of Cataan with friends but are now looking for more board / party game ideas.

Are there any you love for a group 4-6 adults?

Posted on 23 May 2009 03:20:42 BDT
J. Carus says:
If you're into science-fiction at all, then the Battlestar Galactica board game is extremely good as a co-operative party game, usually lasts a couple of hours, maybe an hour once you get the hang of it. Essentially it is based around the first and second season of the new Battlestar Galactica series, where up to 6 players play different characters from the show. You are all dealt loyalty cards at the start of the game, these signify whether you are human or a cylon agent in the fleet. The cylons have to try to stop the humans from reaching their destination, the humans have to survive to reach there. It is quite a complex game, but you don't have to have seen the show to understand or enjoy it.

Another good sci-fi one has just been released this week, in fact I played it for the first time earlier. It lasts half an hour per mission. It is co-operative again, and a good laugh, although it is sci-fi, you don't need to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy it I suspect. You are essentially a crew on an exploratory spaceship. However, space exploration is an extremely expensive business, so the ship is designed to do all the work. It jumps into a sector, scans and maps the entire sector, then jumps back out again. The whole process only takes about ten minutes, thus reducing the cost of exploration no end. The point of the crew you ask? To make sure the ship gets back in one piece . . . And boy is it hard work! The game comes with a couple of CDs of mission tracks that last roughly ten minutes each, one of the disks being training missions to ease you into things. Essentially, you have the ten minutes to decide what each crew-members actions are going to be for the ten minutes. These are denoted by cards that allow you to move around the ship and do different actions in different sections of it. After the ten minutes are up, you resolve everything and often find out that you made a mistake somewhere along the way and end up being destroyed by that meteorite you thought you blew up. Some of the mistakes are pretty hilarious. If you manage to survive, you havn't necessarily won. When you jump back to earth, you tally up the score of what you discovered, then you subtract amounts for various damage to the ship etc. We havn't got that far yet, surviving is normally enough! It only manages up to five players however, and comes at a hefty price, I believe it was £45 on here, £50 RRP. People have been concerned about replayability, but with the threats you encounter being random from a deck, and the ability to set the CD on random track, it should be pretty much unique each time. There are also bound to be a lot of fan-created missions and threats for it, in fact there is already a random mission generator program out there. I believe it has only been available since Wednesday in the UK.

Other than those two, there are plenty out there, I would suggest looking at Rio Grande Games and Fantasy Flight Games as two good companies. They have a very good repertoire between them, covering all the various genres.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2009 17:23:29 BDT
J. Pipe says:
There are loads of good ones out there, we got started with settlers too, then bought the expansions (cities and knights is our favourite), moved onto ticket to rideand puerto rico, might be worth searching on the website boardgame geek they have lots of advice on this sort of game

Posted on 27 May 2009 21:55:56 BDT
monkeybanjo says:
I second 'Ticket to Ride' very simple to learn once you have played it through once. Genuinely thrilling and no dice to manage!
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