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Give it a go, man. 5E is great. And that starter box set is the perfect way to introduce. Premade characters, dice, and a really fun campaign that allows them to go up to 5th level by the time they finish it. Really the best way to introduce the game.
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Kurth wrote:
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Looking at the ages makes me ask, what about a D&D campaign? Get the Starter Box for $15, and you have HOURS of fun.
If I could get them to play D&D with me, that would be a dream come true. Unfortunately, I think they’re all too cool for school and think their old man is a big nerd every time I mention it.

Screw it. I may try it anyway. If I take away all their screen access, what else are they gonna do? 🤗
D&D is all cool now. I'm running a game for my older daughter's friends (about to turn 13) with her younger sister (10), and they have kids lining up in case I run a second group for my 10 year old. We're running the 5E Starter Box mission and they're having a great time.
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I’d really like to give D&D another shot with my kids while they’re quarantined at home. Finding a balance between a campaign Little B 11.0 will enjoy and the Wonder Twins 6.7 will be able to understand is really difficult though. I read through the Starter Set campaign again tonight and there’s just no way the twins could do it unless i dumbed things down to the point where B would be bored to tears.

B has a friend who wants to play, but he’s deathly allergic to dogs and can’t be in our house. Bummed about that.

EDIT: Was searching around for kid-friendly modules this morning and found this one, An Ogre and His Cake. Might give it a shot.
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Try No Thank You, Evil. It uses a simple version of Monty Cook's Cypher system using D6s. My kids and I experimented with it before they demanded to play D&D -- mostly to play with my miniatures.
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hentzau wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:46 pm
Kurth wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:05 pm
hentzau wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:38 pm
Looking at the ages makes me ask, what about a D&D campaign? Get the Starter Box for $15, and you have HOURS of fun.
If I could get them to play D&D with me, that would be a dream come true. Unfortunately, I think they’re all too cool for school and think their old man is a big nerd every time I mention it.

Screw it. I may try it anyway. If I take away all their screen access, what else are they gonna do? 🤗
Give it a go, man. 5E is great. And that starter box set is the perfect way to introduce. Premade characters, dice, and a really fun campaign that allows them to go up to 5th level by the time they finish it. Really the best way to introduce the game.
Ordered! Thanks for the idea and the encouragement. Will post how it went after we give it a go.
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Also ordered Codenames and Pandemic (what the hell, why not?). I think we're now well stocked.
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Success! My daughter enjoyed her first game of Rallyman GT this weekend so I had her make a custom track. That last portion is rather gnarly. We then did solo time trials to determine pole position which was a lot of fun and now we are ready for the first of many races on different tracks to see who will have the best record during our period of self-quarantine since MA is essentially shutting down now!

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Even throwing in a bot to make things challenging. Thinking of calling this The Coronavirus 2020 Series! (if it's not too morbid)
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Had a couple of co-workers over on Sunday and we played Marvel Champions. Spider-Man, She-Hulk and Captain America vs Rhino. We picked these three heroes mostly because they had decks assembled already and it would have been too much to teach the game and deck-building at the same time. Feels like 3 players is a sweet spot, game took a little over two hours, primarily because two of the three players were brand new. I think if everyone had known the mechanics we could have finished in about 90 minutes. Needing 21 threat to lose gave us a comfortable margin with Rhino and we were able to mostly focus on doing damage and keeping our health up. I think one round in phase two we let the scheming get away from us and it spiked to 18 but we were able to quickly bring it back down to a manageable level and finish off the villain.

We then played Mechs vs Minions. We played through the tutorial and then mission one. I am so happy I picked up this game, I had a total blast playing. I am not usually a big fan of RNG mixed with my strategy games as having your carefully laid plans disrupted by a random roll of the die can be frustrating but in this game it just works so well thematically. I could really imagine the Mechs shuddering and sputtering sparks and oil as you try and direct it left when it keeps going right. We were one turn away from winning the first mission and my Mech took damage that flipped me around 180 degrees, on my next turn we had to either complete the objective or we were going to lose to the minions. I had to figure out a way to get turned back around in the right direction and move enough spaces to win. We managed to pull out the win by drafting the right cards at the last minute. Lots of fun!
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Taught my son Villagers last night. He really liked it! Possibly because he beat me by a wide margin. This was the third time I've played, and each time I discover a new rule that I've been getting wrong. It's a good game, but the manual could be clearer.

Over the weekend, we played Atlantis Rising, which I recently got as a birthday present. It's co-op worker placement with a nice sense of tension built in as Atlantis -- along with valuable worker-placement spaces -- crumbles into the sea. The game probably should have been called Atlantis Sinking.

Like a lot of co-ops, Atlantis Rising could run into real problems if you have an alpha gamer telling other people how to take their turns. We played pretty casually as a family, though, discussing our options and letting people make their own decisions. Looking ahead, I'd like to crank up the difficulty, since we've only tried the easiest setting, which wasn't much of a challenge. I'd also like to try the solo mode, mainly so I can use the special robot meeple that it requires.

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$iljanus wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:38 pm
Success! My daughter enjoyed her first game of Rallyman GT this weekend so I had her make a custom track. That last portion is rather gnarly. We then did solo time trials to determine pole position which was a lot of fun and now we are ready for the first of many races on different tracks to see who will have the best record during our period of self-quarantine since MA is essentially shutting down now!

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Even throwing in a bot to make things challenging. Thinking of calling this The Coronavirus 2020 Series! (if it's not too morbid)
This game appeals to me in a big way! I play almost all of my games solo though.

Have you tried the game solo? It seems as if it might lack the interaction, slowing, blocking, etc. of the other cars on the track. Does it lose something solo?

I don't know if simply trying to beat my own times would keep me coming back.

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I’ve tried one of the AI variants and it was challenging even at the easiest level. There was a little bit of decision making you’ll have to make sometimes on the AIs behalf though.There’s a second AI variant that I’ll try out for comparison.
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So, I've played a couple of games of Oath on TTS over the past few days. It's from the publisher of Root and the designer of Root and Pax Pamir, scheduled to come out in print early next year. It's a weird one.

I find theme very helpful in understanding and explaining rules, and in Oath, it takes a while to grok the connections between theme and mechanics. By this measure, Root (dudes on a map, but every faction has different rules) and Pax Pamir (Afghan tribes hitching their wagons to invading imperial powers) are more immediately graspable. Now that I've played Oath twice, albeit an in-development version. I have a better sense of how the theme and mechanics tie together, and it's growing on me.

In Oath, you are each vying for power in a kingdom. In the kingdom, there are six different factions that can help you. You win their favor by sharing secrets with them and building their sites across the land. You spend their favor for a variety of benefits, such as learning new secrets or recruiting their members to your army. Favor and Secrets are the two main resources in the game: Favor is more flexible, but it comes and goes; Secrets are always yours, but have limited utility.

Your winning condition depends on your role in the kingdom. As an Exile, you want to achieve a specific political goal, such as control the most territory, or unearth a Vision (not going to explain this) that will rally the people around you. If you are the Chancellor or a Citizen, you seek to maintain the status quo. The game is on a timer, and you want to prevent the Exiles from reaching any win conditions.

The rules all come together to create a very interesting model of political power dynamics, with plenty of tough and interesting decisions to be made. It just took a while for it to cohere in my head.

Anyway, I think Oath is going to be very divisive when it eventually comes out. It got a lot of Kickstarter backers based on the Root pedigree, and I suspect a sizable chunk of them will not be up for what Oath offers. But I think it's pretty fun so far.

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I am a backer hoping Oath delivers. Hepcat introduced me to Pax which continues to be a game that frustrates my ability to play well. I like the concept but can never get an engine going with the chaos.

Oath looked like it’s along the same lines but with an empire building theme. I hope I can get my mind around that.
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Zarathud wrote:
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I am a backer hoping Oath delivers. Hepcat introduced me to Pax which continues to be a game that frustrates my ability to play well. I like the concept but can never get an engine going with the chaos.
Oath offers more space for forward-planning than Pax Pamir, so you might like that more.
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Oath looked like it’s along the same lines but with an empire building theme. I hope I can get my mind around that.
It's more like tug-of-war over an existing empire. Sort of.

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Zarathud wrote:
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I am a backer hoping Oath delivers. Hepcat introduced me to Pax which continues to be a game that frustrates my ability to play well. I like the concept but can never get an engine going with the chaos.
To your credit, you enjoy the challenge. I like watching our bearded friend go nuts when he realizes how easy it is for someone to destroy his carefully built tableau in Pax Porfiriana. However, when folks have played it a few times the impermanence lessens as you figure out ways to attack others in more deceitful and covert ways.

And yes, I will play Oath. Even if you don’t invite me over. Looks like it’s right up my alley.
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So, Age of Steam last night. It has without a doubt the most unforgiving economy I've ever seen in a game. Just brutal. I had a great time.
Played my second game of Age of Steam last night (on TTS). Now that I understand how the economy works and how to get over the hump of profitability, I was able to make much better decisions than last time around. I ended up with a dense tangle of track in southern part of the board (the Ohio River Valley, basically) that I was able to leverage for consistently profitable deliveries. So satisfying.

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