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  • Rimor

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    June 14, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Okay I’ll kick this off with my current tabletop obsession Escape the Dark Castle!

    It’s a co-op chapter based adventure game with the aim of everyone escaping!

    So you have 15 chapter cards to work through that are randomly selected from over 100 chapter cards. There are three different start cards and 15 boss cards, you always start and end with one start and one boss. The black dice are the chapter dice which are only used during combat/traps/obstacles along side the white player dice. Each character has unique stats and accompanying dice.

    I’m playing with all three expansions mixed in and the player chapter die which makes he game a lot harder. You can play each of the expansions separately but I prefer to mix it all together.

    I haven’t covered everything in this so if you have any questions please ask!

    • SabineBean

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      June 14, 2019 at 8:04 pm

      Oh wow, that looks really fun! How do the expansions work? Do they just add different types of obstacles, or do they have different cards entirely?

      • Rimor

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        June 14, 2019 at 8:20 pm

        So cult if the death Knight adds in the aspect of curse cards and monsters that can deal extra damage if you have the curse marked for death. There’s also the risk of one of the players fighting against you if they’re below half their health and have a specific curse and roll the curse dice badly.

        The Undead queen adds in NPC companions with special abilities to help you along the way and also adds the item spell book and it’s dice to the game.

        Blight if the plauge lord adds three new characters and also plague cards. So these cards can give you certain levels of plague and plague monsters also give you plague on attack. Level of plague is determined by the plague dice and if you go above 5 plague you take one damage. When you reach 15 plague you start loosing 2 hp. Also if you have plague and give an uninfected player one of your items they also get plague. If you leave the castle with plague you win but you’re probably gonna die eventually

    • Onward

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      August 10, 2019 at 3:58 pm

      I’ve hear of escape the dark castle a lot, what’s the average play time for it?

      • Rimor

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        August 10, 2019 at 5:03 pm

        It’s about 30 mins to 45 depending on the ground and rolls, I’ve just backed their new one Escape the dark sector

  • Rimor

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    June 14, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Oh and the collectors box expansion I have adds in death die which are harder character die, the item living stone and it’s dice, character flaws and more bosses

    • SabineBean

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      June 14, 2019 at 8:24 pm

      Ooh! Those seem like fun mechanics, I love how curses and plagues work in games, slow effects are fun to try and figure out how to solve. It gives you time to be worried, but also time to try and do something about it! :blossom:

      • Rimor

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        June 14, 2019 at 8:26 pm

        I believe there’s only one chapter card that can cure plague, also the chapter cards are beautifully drawn!

  • Rimor

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    June 14, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Okay so the three black symbols show what you need to roll to defeat each dice (In this case one cunning and two wisdom). The person symbol means you have to roll another chapter dice for each player and if you’re using the death dice it gets even harder!

    The two in the corner shows how much damage the monster does but if you roll a shield you can avoid damage. However this card has a combat special which prevents that! Some combat special target specific plays such as the weakest or most plague ridden

    • SabineBean

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      June 14, 2019 at 8:31 pm

      Ooh, I like that. Seems like a tricky game, but a lot of fun! I love the hatching on the card, it’s a good way to make fantastic imagery that will still print well without any colour, I feel like more games should make use of it! :blossom:

      • Rimor

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        June 14, 2019 at 8:33 pm

        It’s really tricky but so fun when you get the hang of it!

        I can’t wait for the Dark Sector as they’ve massively overhauled the combat and the chapter function. From what I’ve heard they’ve split it into three different chapter sections so I can’t wait to see what they’ve done!

        • SabineBean

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          June 14, 2019 at 8:34 pm

          Ooh, sounds like they’re going to make it gradually increase in difficulty then, that’ll make it very interesting! :blossom:

  • Connielass

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    June 14, 2019 at 8:35 pm
    • SabineBean

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      June 14, 2019 at 8:36 pm

      Ooh, that looks fun! Love the way that’s drawn, reminds me of old pixel flash games! :blossom:

      • Connielass

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        June 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

        Well it’s the card-based tabletop version of one: The Oregon Trail.

        • SabineBean

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          June 14, 2019 at 8:38 pm

          Oh! That’d be why then. It suits it! They could’ve tried an imagery overhaul but i feel like it works better the way it is there! :blossom:

        • Rimor

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          June 14, 2019 at 8:38 pm

          Oh that’s cool!

  • SabineBean

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    June 14, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Other than ttrpgs (which I play a LOT of) I also like Hero Quest, Letters from Whitechapel and Sandwich Masters. I can’t take pictures right now, but I’ll find a couple online to illustrate my points.

    Hero quest is sort of like DnD, but only the combat and map exploration, there’s little to no roleplay and it’s very simple gameplay, but that’s part of what makes it fun! It also comes with physical 3d map pieces, which, since I can’t afford dnd minis or anything like that, is pretty much as close to that sort of game as I’m likely to get! Spells are little one-use cards, and items also come on cards, meaning there’s very little to write down. It’s also got a little screen for the dungeon master (or, in this case, Evil Wizard) to hide behind.

    Letters from Whitechapel is a game about Jack the Ripper. One person plays Jack, the others play as policemen trying to track Jack down. The game is heavily rigged in Jack’s favour, since there’s only one of him and he’s on the run at all times. The goal of Jack is to kill a certain number of victims and not get caught, and the goal of the police is to take Jack down before the time runs out. It’s a game about strategy and trying to surround an invisible enemy! The Victorian aesthetic is good fun as well, it’s well designed!

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61XwitFwliL.SL1000.jpg

    Sandwich masters is a rapid-fire game of sandwiches, subterfuge and sabotage. The goal is simple: make the most money. You can do this by completing sandwich orders. However… You can cheat with ‘bad ingredients’, and sabotage other people’s sandwiches. If an Inspector is called on anyone with a bad ingredient, they’ll have to pay up, or lose their sandwich, or, if they’re really unlucky, all of the sandwiches in their hand! And since you can have up to four sandwiches on the go at once, it can be devastating.

    As for ttrpgs, well… that’s a whole other story haha! :blossom:

    • Sellalellen

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      June 14, 2019 at 10:11 pm

      Hero Quest was my entire childhood! Oh how nostalgic! We even had some house rules. For example, the dwarf (always played by Dad) could see under tables, and people with ranged weapons could shoot over his head. The seeing under tables bit was highly debated at first and we eventually agreed that he could see under them but not attack under a table. I wonder what happened to our set… it’s getting harder and harder to find nowadays so I’d rather not buy another one if we still own it somewhere.

      • SabineBean

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        June 14, 2019 at 10:12 pm

        Yeah, even finding a picture of the same type we have was tricky… I suppose because cardboard falls apart pretty easily? Most of the sets I’ve seen on sale either have bits missing or the prints on the items are messed up. I suppose it’s a sign of love, though! :blossom:

  • Shadow

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    June 15, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Anyone like Betrayal at House on the Hill?

  • Ashburn

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    June 15, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    That is on my list of Things I Would Like To Play If I Had Access To It And Other Players. :sweat_smile:

    • Shadow

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      June 15, 2019 at 10:32 pm

      I recommend it a lot. One of my personal favorites. Just make sure to keep in mind that it’s one of those games where weaving a narrative is more important to the core experience than balance.

  • Connielass

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    June 15, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    I really want to play Pandemic

  • Shadow

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    June 15, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Same, I’ve heard so many good things about Pandemic. I only recently started getting into the boardgame scene so my wishlist increases by the day. Dead of Winter and Fury of Dracula are high up there on priority.

  • Ashburn

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    June 15, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    I’ve basically had to live vicariously through Tabletop on the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel (discontinued for a while now; they tried replacing it with Game the Game, but it’s not the same).

    From that show I’ve bought/been gifted Star Fluxx, Forbidden Island, and Forbidden Desert.

    Several years ago I also came across this game called Slash, which is supposed to be similar to Cards Against Humanity (a favorite part of getting together with my middle/high school friends), only you’re pairing up characters from a bunch of fandoms and trying to argue why yours is the best of the options (of course, I haven’t had anyone to play it with :sweat_smile:).

  • Shadow

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    June 16, 2019 at 12:12 am

    I want Tabletop back so bad, I still rewarch a lot of it. And slash reminds me of Super Fight where you build super heroes and villans using different subject and ability cards and debate amongts the table as to who would come out victorious. It’s a hilarious game and I suggest if anyone is interested to lookup the game that Sinvicta uploaded to his channel a couple of years ago.

  • Rimor

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    June 17, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Hey guys for anyone who’s interested Themeborne has released Escape the Dark Castle bundles as pledge add-ons to Escape the Dark Sector on Kickstarter!

    • SabineBean

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      June 17, 2019 at 4:46 pm

      Ooh, very nice! I’ll have to check that out! :blossom:

  • Connielass

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    June 17, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    I don’t know which thread to add this to, here or the general video games thread… But Catan is now available on Nintendo Switch.

    Argh if only I could afford the online membership.

    • Rimor

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      June 17, 2019 at 9:34 pm

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    • Rimor

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      June 17, 2019 at 9:35 pm

      What is Catan?

      • Connielass

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        June 17, 2019 at 9:40 pm

        :flushed:

        What is…

        :flushed:

      • Sellalellen

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        June 17, 2019 at 9:52 pm

        I… cannot comprehend…

  • SabineBean

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    June 17, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    I don’t know what Catan is either, if it’s any consolation @Rimor

    • Rimor

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      June 17, 2019 at 10:02 pm

      It must be an American thing :laughing:

      • Remus

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        July 7, 2019 at 12:43 am

        Actually, it’s a German thing, but that’s besides the point :joy: but it’s a great game that you should definitely check out.

  • Ashburn

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    June 17, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    They play two different versions on that Tabletop show I mentioned. Big Bang Theory has it at least once as well in one of their episodes.

    • Rimor

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      June 17, 2019 at 10:22 pm

      Big bang theory?

      • Ashburn

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        June 17, 2019 at 10:24 pm

        …a TV show that had I think 8 seasons? It was a big deal that it just ended last month. Bunch of nerds have an aspiring actress move in next door, assorted sitcom things ensue for several years.

        • Rimor

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          June 17, 2019 at 10:25 pm

          I know what big bang theory is I’m just pulling your leg :laughing:

          There are so many episodes I don’t remember if I’ve seen the episode its shown in yet

          • Ashburn

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            June 17, 2019 at 10:27 pm

            :deirdrexd:

            No worries, I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen everything yet either. There just happen to be two or three channels that play it regularly.

            But back on topic, highly recommend Tabletop to get the gist of Settlers of Catan.

        • Connielass

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          June 18, 2019 at 12:06 am

          Twelve seasons, and it just aired its series finale.

  • Shadow

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    June 17, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Can I just say I loved that entire exchange.

  • Hwyl

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    June 18, 2019 at 12:50 am

    Has anyone ever played Cyberpunk 2020? Cyberpunk 77, a video game based on the original role playing game, is coming out in a year or two and I’d love to get into into it early.

    • SabineBean

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      June 18, 2019 at 1:31 am

      I haven’t played it, but I’ve heard about it from the games club at the comic shop near where I sometimes live! It seems really good fun :blossom:

    • Connielass

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      June 18, 2019 at 3:09 am

      Are you talking about Cyberpunk 2077? It’s going to be available on April 16 next year for Windows, PS4, and Xbox One

  • fungibility

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    July 12, 2019 at 12:39 am

    Has anyone here ever heard of or played The Quiet Year? It’s a really sweet collaborative storytelling tabletop game played with a deck of cards about a community. I just had the thought that if people were interested we could set up a thread to play it. I think there’s a limit to players, (four I’m sure, and two at minimum although you can middle through alone if you fudge some parts) but as the whole point is to tell a story of a community and watch it unfold it’s enjoyable to read accounts of it. And I’ve seen guides for playing alone that suggest using twitter (or other social media posts) polls to make certain choices/“discuss” things.

    There’s also a version (that I forgot the name of…) where you play as a community of monsters rather than humans which I own but haven’t spent as much time with but looks very enjoyable too!

    • SabineBean

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      July 12, 2019 at 5:46 am

      Ooh, this looks interesting! I’ll take a closer look when I have the time but so far it’s a very intriguing concept, I’d be interested if people want to play! Though if the limit is only 4 players then it might be a little rude to be playing it on the forum in such a way that nobody can join? I’m not sure what we’d do about that, but the idea is very good :blossom:

      • fungibility

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        July 13, 2019 at 3:15 am

        It could be for sure, but it might be entertaining just to read, however if there’s interest we could also probably fudge the rules and allow for more input so more people can be involved I’m sure!

  • Shadow

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    July 12, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    This reminds me a little of Microscope, if anyone here has heard of that one. It seems really cool and I would love to play if given the option. The whole forum could get involved the way fungibility was saying by having all the choices rely on a polling system. Kind of like TwitchPlays where the actions are decided by the community.

    Praise the Helix Fossil!

  • Ignatius

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    July 22, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    This is going to sound really, really weird but not too long ago I played a computer came that replicates table top games.

    • SabineBean

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      July 22, 2019 at 6:34 pm

      Oh was it Tabletop Simulator? My computer can’t run it unfortunately (for my computer is apparently made of potatoes and the occasional nail) but it’s a good way of playing board games with online friends and getting to feel like you’re really playing the game! :blossom:

      • Ignatius

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        July 22, 2019 at 6:36 pm

        It was indeed! Although I was very bad at it so it was more of me grabbing things and whispering “Am I allowed to do this? Is this a thing I can do or am I slowly approaching death?” but overall it was fun!

        • SabineBean

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          July 22, 2019 at 6:39 pm

          haha yeah! That’s generally how that game goes. The one time I actually got it working my friends managed to crash my computer for me by flipping the table and making the cards 100 times larger. Sometimes… Too much customisability is a curse… I’m glad you had fun though!!