Favorite (Preferably Nerdy!) Board Games

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  1. GulfCoast Presbyterian

    GulfCoast Presbyterian Puritan Board Junior

    We played enough spades and hearts in law school and undergrad to burn me out on cards. Then my wife decided she wanted to take up duplicate bridge. OUCH! :D
     
  2. Shawn Mathis

    Shawn Mathis Puritan Board Sophomore

    Played it twice, I think.

    Once the complex rules are learned, they become intuitive quickly (I was seventh grade I think when I got it). The game, as I recall, is challenging and based on the known dynamics of Nato vs. Warsaw pact. They used a computer model as well. Tactical nukes are allowable after a certain point but with a stiff penalty as I recall. Logistical lines are needed for supplies. Paratroopers, tanks, artillery, and infantry, and some naval (I think)--mostly land war (Germany/Poland/Denmark). Air power mechanics is streamlined. Nato, of course, is outnumbered but has tactically superior equipment and movement.

    I've never found anyone since high school geeky enough to play it again. I'm hoping my daughter will in ten years!
     
  3. AThornquist

    AThornquist Puritan Board Doctor

    Haha! Yes! When I was in highschool, a friend and I hosted a mock pageant for our school and entered the room from opposite doors to White and Nerdy; we were fully nerdified, if I do say so myself. And...I'm kind of tempted to watch the music video because you mentioned it...
     
  4. Theoretical

    Theoretical Puritan Board Professor

    Both of you might really want to check out Twilight Struggle. http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/12333/twilight-struggle It has smooth mechanics, a rich cold war theme, including nuclear war, coups, CIA/KGB mischief, and a variety of key events of the Cold War. The theme is explicitly based on domino theory being reality within the game. It's asymmetrical 2 player goodness.

    I've never played a game that I've loved more and more when I lose, and I've lost 20 out of 21 times to my best friend. It is rated #1 and thoroughly deserves that ranking.
     
  5. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    Watching white and nerdy right now.........about to bust a gut...
     
  6. black_rose

    black_rose Puritan Board Freshman

    Oh my goodness. The moment I read "Settlers of Catan," I went "Oh no!!". XD My sister has that one (she's an engineer) and she was pestering me for months and months to play that one until I was pretty much forced to on vacation this summer. ~lol~
     
  7. Zach

    Zach Puritan Board Junior

    Shannon please tell me you enjoyed it! It's a fantastic game!
     
  8. Weston Stoler

    Weston Stoler Puritan Board Sophomore

    I love risk, me and my friend Matt play and one time we played with his dad and it got really heated. I JUST WANTED ASIA. I got mad when they attacked me and commited suicide. I lost but he lost worse lol.
     
  9. AThornquist

    AThornquist Puritan Board Doctor

    With your experiences, my immediate interpretation was that you were watching White and Nerdy while enduring explosive diarrhea...
     
  10. Shawn Mathis

    Shawn Mathis Puritan Board Sophomore

    You've piqued my interest...
     
  11. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

    Do NOT check out Twilight Struggle! It is highly habit forming! My wife got it for me as an early Christmas present and it is dangerous. My son and I were up past midnight yesterday and couldn't stop! He (the USSR) had me on the ropes early with 18 VPS but I was able to inch my way back. Then, on the penultimate turn I played 'Chernobyl' on the first round followed by 'Solidarity' on the second and was on my way to complete European control. I would have succeeded but at the last minute he played 'The Reformer' followed by 'Glasnost' and crushed my efforts in Poland. From there it was all downhill for the US I am afraid as I had let Central and South America go. I guess I am no Reagan.
     
  12. O'GodHowGreatThouArt

    O'GodHowGreatThouArt Puritan Board Sophomore

    I love chess and Scrabble, but Twilight Struggle looks REALLY interesting.

    <---Military history/strategy nut :)
     
  13. Zach

    Zach Puritan Board Junior

    Glad this thread was brought back to life. My brother gave me Carcassonne for my Birthday and I am LOVING it. Thank you for recommending it!
     
  14. SRoper

    SRoper Puritan Board Graduate

    I'm asking for Race for the Galaxy and Pandemic for Christmas. We love Puerto Rico and Settlers of Catan, but it has been hard to find other people to play with. We need some good games that can be played with two players.
     
  15. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

    Agricola is a very good two player game. I also hear the two player variant for Race for the Galaxy is also very good. Pandemic is not that great for two players unless each player operates at least two roles.
     
  16. Theoretical

    Theoretical Puritan Board Professor

    Here's probably the best review of Twilight Struggle I've seen: Baby, It’s Cold Outside – A Twilight Struggle Review | Dice Hate Me

    This is Twilight Struggle's 2 hour brother: 1960: The Making of the President | Board Game | BoardGameGeek This one's a really enjoyable foray into the 1960 Presidential election, with debates, elections shennangians, media endorsements, and key events.

    For an epic game that will consume an entire dining room table, takes a little while to learn but flow smoothly after that, that defines epic theme, and is quite beautiful I heartily recommend War of the Ring, which has recently been reprinted:

    http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/9609/war-of-the-ring The LOTR theme and art are from the books, not the films, and the tension between the military conflict and the battle over the One Ring is quite well done. It's been 5 years since I've played this and I've sorely missed not taking advantage of the chance to buy a copy before it went out of print. But on the upside, the reprint looks like it'll smooth out some rough edges from the 1st edition.

    1st play is usually 4-5 hours, 2nd 3-4, and thereafter it's just 3.
     
  17. TexanRose

    TexanRose Puritan Board Sophomore

    SPEED Scrabble, definitely! Though it's not a board game, as you ditch the board and just use the pieces. Way less tedious than regular Scrabble.

    Edit: Oops, forgot Set! Best nerdy card game ever.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Set_(game)
     
  18. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

    From the review:

     
  19. Christopher88

    Christopher88 Puritan Board Sophomore

    YES!!!
    Love that game, you win. LOL.
     
  20. SRoper

    SRoper Puritan Board Graduate

    Thanks for the feedback! I saw that only 10% of respondents did not recommend Pandemic for two players on BoardGameGeek (the same percentage as Agricola, incidentally), so I thought we'd give it a shot.

    Chris, we'll have to play Puerto Rico sometime when I'm in town.
     
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