A great German board game. The board is different every time you play; it’s REALLY simple to learn, yet plenty of strategy is involved in winning; and there are rule variations and expansion packs (the latest one, “Cities and Knights of Cataan”, rocks) to keep it always interesting.
I’ll second MrVisible’s vote for Talisman. A very fun game. We use to play our own variant, were you built the board out of individual tiles as you played the game. Post any sites you’ve seen that have variants.
atypicalcarl, have you seen the new version of Risk; Risk 2210 AD? It’s an expanded version of the classic Risk with opportunites to invade the moon, capture underwater colonies, launch nuclear wars, etc.
I also enjoy Axis & Allies and its Europe and Pacific sequels. Dealer’s Choice and Amoeba are too out of print board games I’ve bought used copies of; both are excellent. And Fluxx is a card game not a board game, but it’s fun and unique.
Does anyone else remember playing a game called Fictionary, which was essentially the same as Balderdash? Many years before Balderdash came out, we would just take a large dictionary, flip through it, and choose a difficult or exotic word. Whoever guessed it got to do the next search. If no one guessed it then you got to go again. Even then my family bought the game :rolleyes:
I prefer risk to diplomacy because diplomacy takes forever. Risk amplifies the emotional intensity by its speed, and takes a little of the sting out of it because there is more front stabbing than back stabbing.