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Top 5 Adventure Games: The Definitive List

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08 Dec 2018 19:05 #287773 by repoman

“Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures.”
― Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers

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08 Dec 2018 20:28 #287774 by jeb
"not the most streamlined" LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL
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08 Dec 2018 20:36 #287775 by SaMoKo

jeb wrote: "not the most streamlined" LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL


When you mash everything together with the expansion-expansion, it plays as smooth as butter
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08 Dec 2018 21:13 #287776 by Black Barney
Arkham Horror being coop RUINS it as an adventure game IMH. « You there! Farm that deck. »
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08 Dec 2018 22:11 #287777 by engineer Al
I LOVE Arkham Horror! My second favorite adventure game after Talisman. But for years I have known this guy named Jeff Luce that claimed he hated it! What are you hiring a ghost writer now?
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08 Dec 2018 22:48 #287778 by repoman

engineer Al wrote: I LOVE Arkham Horror! My second favorite adventure game after Talisman. But for years I have known this guy named Jeff Luce that claimed he hated it! What are you hiring a ghost writer now?


Well the thing is, this is The Definitive List not my favorite list. As an analogy, I can recognize the greatness of Frank Zappa while never wanting to hear or own any song of his.
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08 Dec 2018 23:02 #287779 by repoman
For those who are curious, here are some runners up:

Tales of the Arabian Nights: No good unless you use the Uba Rose Quest Variant and then it becomes great.

Magic Realm: Too inscrutable to learn. A break through game for sure. Honor it? Yes. Play it? No.


War Craft the Adventure Game: Dig this game a lot but only had five spots.

I had some criteria that kept other games which might be considered Adventure Games off the list such as multiple role choices, multiple career paths, game shouldn't have a turn limit and some others. Games like Robinson Crusoe which is a great game didn't qualify.
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08 Dec 2018 23:58 #287783 by WadeMonnig

repoman wrote:

engineer Al wrote: I LOVE Arkham Horror! My second favorite adventure game after Talisman. But for years I have known this guy named Jeff Luce that claimed he hated it! What are you hiring a ghost writer now?


Well the thing is, this is The Definitive List not my favorite list. As an analogy, I can recognize the greatness of Frank Zappa while never wanting to hear or own any song of his.

Do not deprive yourself of I.L.B.Ts

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09 Dec 2018 00:46 - 09 Dec 2018 13:19 #287785 by SuperflyPete
So much wrong.

1. Eldritch Horror
Everything else.

Seriously:

Top 5 Adventure Games, definitively:

- Eldritch Horror
Was what Arkham Horror wished it was.

- Runebound 2ed
Actual adventuring never felt so adventury

- Talisman 2ed
Because time travel is where adventure begins

- T.I.M.E. Stories
This game may actually be the best as it has such a narrative adventure system, and now has more expansion modules than even Talisman does.
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09 Dec 2018 02:30 #287788 by repoman
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09 Dec 2018 04:32 #287789 by SaMoKo
Mae Knight still stands as the best new board game I’ve played for about 3 years prior to its release and all since. It’s not for everyone, is too much a brain burned to strike well with is intended audience, but it hits so many right chords with me. I had no expectations for it and had no interest in the franchise. Just a love for almost all things Vlaada has done (Not big on his dungeon keeper/pets games).
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09 Dec 2018 09:15 #287790 by Gary Sax
That list checks out for me. Haven't played Western Legends.
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09 Dec 2018 09:39 #287791 by san il defanso
Hey, my two favorite picks are on here (M&M and Talisman). Seems really solid to me.
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09 Dec 2018 12:10 #287797 by southernman
Good list and article to go with it, fun aspects well spotted. I own three of them and want to see Western Legends after reading your thoughts, was interestesd in looking for it earlier this year after Frank Branham wrote about it but then forgot all about it.

I'll have to agree with Pete a bit in that Eldritch Horror should be there, mainly because I consider EH an adventure game (mysteries to resolve) and AH basically a dungeon crawl (buff up before taking on the boss) but you're still having an adventure so no harm.
You did mention though Warcraft the Adventure game, I don't too much about that one but would Runebound be in the same boat and if so did it make your final list ?
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09 Dec 2018 14:20 - 09 Dec 2018 14:29 #287800 by repoman
Runebound 2ed was on the finalists lists. Just think the other games were better.

Warcraft Adventure Game, and you must not make the mistake of confusing it with the Warcraft Boardgame which is also by FF but comes in a coffin box and sucks, is really good. Evoking a lot of the cool things of the MMORPG computer game or at least the things that were cool about it 10 years ago when I was sucked into that veritable addiction. Not sure how easy it is to come by now but Uba and Al have a copy with expansions. Just remember "square box" not "coffin box".

It has much akin with Talisman in its mechanics and so with there being limited space, Talisman gets primacy of place. Plus all the Talisman expansions give it far more variety than WOW.


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