This week’s Explorable Favorites (March 17)

Posted by Jim {Power Gamer} | 17-Mar-14 | 14 comments

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This Week’s Explorable Games

This round of Explorable Favorites is from BoardGaming.com member Marvin K. The two games selected from their favorites shelf were:

These games will be explorable until next Monday, March 24th.

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Comments (14)

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Veteran Grader
Paladin
Strategist
Junior

I’ve never played Tichu, but now I’ll have to take a look. I love Kingsburg, even without the expansion. I haven’t played it in a while, so I’ll have to dig it back out and give it another turn on the table.

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Brazil
I play red
The Gold Heart

I’ve always been curious about Kingsburg, I guess that’s a sign!

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Rosetta Stone
Football Fan
Explorer - Level 5
Junior

I asked a friend to describe why he liked Kingsburg, because he typically likes much deeper games. I think his favorite game is the Android Board game (not to be confused with Netrunner) because he likes the complexity.

This is what he said about Kingsburg (w/expansion) when I asked him why he liked it: “Be…cause it’s fun? With dice placing, you have opportunities to screw the other players, and there is more than one way to win. Also, did I mention that it’s fun?”

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8
I play purple
Football Fan
Movie Lover

Kingsburg is good for introducing new players, but only replay value is with the expansions. A rarity as I can’t think of any other game where I won’t play it without the expansion (Race for the Galaxy comes close & Game of Thrones v.1 would have qualified).

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Legend of the Five Rings Fan
Advanced Reviewer
Tactician
Guardian Angel

Tichu sounds like the sort of game I could teach to non-tabletop gamers in the family, being based on classic card games.

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Miniature Painter
Rosetta Stone
Advanced Reviewer
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester

Some might find this sacrilegious, but I found Kingsburg to be like a watered-down Dungeon Lords. Many of the resource management elements are present, along with the seasonal timer. Dungeon Lords removes some of the randomness for resource gathering.

That said, I enjoyed Kingsburg, but, given a choice between the two to play, I would take Dungeon Lords.

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Miniature Painter
Novice Reviewer
Knight-errant

I’m always hoping someone will bring Kingsburg to the game store. It looks fun, but I’m unlikely to buy it without trying it first. I find worker placement games to be very hit or miss for me. I usually like them, but find the theme lacking, or they have good theme, but the worker placement aspect is too wonky. Dunno. I think I’m overly difficult to please in that category.

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USA
Platinum Supporter
Petroglyph
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester

These are two games that are not in my top 10… but I would happily play them anytime. They are both medium light games that can be played with non-gamers.

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10
Gamer - Level 8
Explorer - Level 5
Critic - Level 3
Junior

I love Tichu and it could be my most played game ever with most of them with the same 3 people.

Kingsburg is a game I enjoy IF the expansion is included. The expansion really is a must in my book.

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6
Canada
I'm a Real Person
Treasure Map
Video Game Fan

I had looked at Kingsburg before, but now I might have to explore it a little deeper and see what is inside the box.

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United Kingdom

Nice selection Marvin K..
Tichu looks interesting,but not sure if its for me…
Kingsbury has been on my wanted list for a while..

Jammerdad

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Denmark
Paladin

Thanks Marvin K for making me awar of these to games. I am not sure Tichu is a game for me but I will keep an eye out for Kingsburg!

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Rosetta Stone
Football Fan
Explorer - Level 5
Junior

Couple of really nice games. In particular, Kingsburg (and it’s essential expansion) have been one of our groups’ favorite games. I know other types of gamers can take or leave it, but it really gels with our group.

Tichu is another “classic” card game in that it feels a bit like other similar games, but that doesn’t diminish its value in anyway…if you’re a fan of “classic” style card games.

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USA
Norway
Finland
I play black

Gamer Bling keeps hearing about these. Perhaps he will indeed have to explore them…

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