This week’s Explorable Favorites (May 5)

Posted by Jim {Power Gamer} | 5-May-14 | 13 comments

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This Week’s Explorable Games

This round of Explorable Favorites is from BoardGaming.com member Shamus. The games selected from their Favorites shelf were:

  • Quarriors!
    WizKids | Published: 2011
  • Tsuro
    Calliope Games | Published: 2005

These games will be explorable until next Monday, May 12th.

After you’ve explored these games, let us know what you think about them in the comments below!

Comments (13)

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Knight-errant
Cooperative Game Explorer
Amateur Advisor
Gamer - Level 6

It’s interesting that these two games were selected, because in my opinion, both of these games are great games to take on the road or set up at game stores or conventions. Tsuro is easy to learn and oddly relaxing to play, very quick and at times very entertaining. Quarriors requires more explanation and set-up time, but is very portable and has enough to the mix to ensure different games and different styles of play. While I have not played Marvel Dice Masters, perhaps I will be able to try that one out soon as well!

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Spread the Word
Zealot

I wasn’t impressed with the Quarriors demo I saw at GenCon, but the Starlit Studio video makes it look significantly more interesting. The demo and explanation can make a word of difference. Tsuro I like, though I’ve only gotten to play it twice.

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Critic - Level 5
Professional Advisor
Expert Reviewer
Marquis / Marchioness

Kaleb,

It’s good to see the expansion Quarriors boxes get a mention. It may not be the most encouraging thing that I felt the boxes were the highlights of the expansions, but they sure do make things easier. The original tin was an eye catching choice, but it did no favors for setup and game storage.

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I play purple
Football Fan
Movie Lover

Tsuro is beautiful and great when you’ve got nongamers wanting to dip their toes into the game night ocean. The new version (of the seas) is just as gorgeous, but the randomization (dice rolling) can make it go strangely long or short.

Quarriors I see as dice-bulding game version 0.8. It broke the mold, but it wasn’t finished or polished. Others that “stole” from it have been more enjoyable to play. The newer boxes at least make setup much faster!

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Mask of Agamemnon
Paladin
The Gold Heart
Cooperative Game Explorer

The two games I found friendly, but only throwing them to really know if they are good.

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USA
I play blue
El Dorado
Guardian Angel

Quarriors! is a fun quick filler game. It gets to the table every now and then. Although we have not played Marvel Dice Masters. Maybe MDM could change the situation.

Tsuro doesn’t appear all that interesting. However, I’ll give it a try if I get the chance.

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Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
oddball Aeronauts fan

I’m with Granny. I think the final nail in the Quarriors coffin was Marvel Dice Masters. It was fun while it lasted and do still love all those dice.
And this being the featured game, now explains my other confusion, why I’d suddenly received 50 odd likes for my review.

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El Dorado
I'm a Gamin' Fiend!
Rated 100 Games
Paladin

It sounds like I should give Quarriors a try (or perhaps Marvel Dice Masters, because I’ve been hearing a ton about that lately.)

Wow @Urosh. So they taught you that to win Tsuro you had to be first off the board?! You could win that with one tile if you got a u-turn tile at the beginning of the game. That version does sound like a very stupid game. 🙂

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

Quarriors is a lot of fun. I need to pull that tin out soon and have a few rounds. It has been too long.

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Rosetta Stone
Football Fan
Explorer - Level 5
Junior

What a difference quality reviews make.

Someone taught Tsuro to me at a convention, talking about how great it was, only to find out after the game was over that they’d never played it before and “read the rules” about 15 minutes before I walked up.

Here’s the game as they described it: Place a tile and move your marker until you get off the board.

Obviously, that’s not how the game is supposed to be played, but that’s how I was taught. And since I didn’t have access to the rules, I’ve been under the impression that this was the most overrated game in history. I couldn’t believe that ANYBODY would rate this game a 10, let alone a 5.

Clearly, there is more strategy to the game than that, and although it’s frustrating that I didn’t learn the correct way to play the game, I agree that it sounds like one of those all-purpose filler games that will appeal to just about anybody.

Thanks for the reviews!

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My First Heart
My First Wish!
My First Favorite!
Gave My First Grade

Two very fun games and I’m glad I own both, but it also reminds me that I want to eventually pick up Tsuro of the Seas.

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USA
Platinum Supporter
Petroglyph
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester

I like the original Tsuro bestest. I’m thinking Marvel Dice Masters may have murdered Quarriors! for me. I mean… will I ever pull out Quarriors! again? Not sure.

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El Dorado
I'm a Gamin' Fiend!
Rated 100 Games
Paladin

Tsuro! The ultimate filler! It’s not the most amazing game out there, but for what it does I love it.

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