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Christian Williams said on January 30th, 2013 at 10:27 am

One question, since you’re a board game crazy person like I am and most of my friends are.

Do you find that the suggested playtime on the box is generally nowhere near the actual playtime when you get a group of dedicated gamers into it? When there’s a window for ‘big strategy’ to be taking place, do you find it taking awhile as players try to project through their next, and next, and next turns?

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highlyverbal said on January 30th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

“…you like vicious games…”

I would greatly enjoy a list of games that have a vicious feel to them! (Especially if it isn’t too luck-based, where only one person gets to give someone the Queen of Spades.)

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I’ve played Terra Mystica probably closer to ten times, and for me the appeal is the variable player powers. I see it as less about blocking other people’s expansion and more about building an engine, and every race’s engine is different. I mean, while they’re both area control, TTD’s a bit more take-that while TM’s more inwardly focused.

Totally agree on CO2. Fantastic visual design (except for a few places where colors aren’t distinct for different things), interesting interlocking systems, totally falls apart because someone can (with no malice) pre-empt a vital part of your engine.

@Christian Williams: That is less a function of the game and more a function of the players. Some people suffer analysis paralysis, taking forever every turn to churn through the possibilities. Some people play by intuition. Some people play a game often enough that they develop a routine that requires few pauses. Some people do as much planning as they can during other players’ turns as they can and only need to pause when something upsets the equilibrium drastically.

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Have you tried Suburbia yet? I got a chance to play it a while back and really liked it, and it’s definitely got a Sim City feel to it.

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Have you tried Suburbia yet? I got a chance to play it a while back and really liked it, and it’s definitely got a Sim City feel to it.

I actually just played Suburbia last night and I liked it a whole lot. It doesn’t do everything I want my dream city-building game to do, certainly, but it comes closer than any game has yet.

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