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Short Cut to Remote Gaming Forum (29 Aug 2020)

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The Giant Brain's Favourite Budget Games

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13 Aug 2020 09:50 #313053 by thegiantbrain
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Multi-million pound kickstarters, big box games for £100+, accessories that cost as much as the game. You would be forgiven for thinking that boardgames are a luxury hobby, only for those with a wad of disposable income. It is the unfortunate face of the hobby. It isn’t all like this though.

You don’t need all these things to be ‘into’ boardgames; 100s of games, metal coins coming out of your ears, games that eat a day of your time.. There are loads of games out there that can fit a smaller budget and we would like to take you on a tour of some of our faves, each one £20 or under.

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13 Aug 2020 09:54 #313054 by ubarose
Coackroach Poker is awesome. Looking forward to when we can get a big group together to play again.
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13 Aug 2020 14:51 #313081 by Jackwraith
My current favorite is one where budgeting is actually a thing: For Sale! It's quite simple, but the total change in play in the middle of the game is kind of fascinating.
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13 Aug 2020 19:21 #313111 by DarthJoJo
Can’t really argue with anything on the list. I would only add Hanabi and Liar’s Dice, top of class games that match minimal physical materials with maximal interaction.

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14 Aug 2020 01:24 #313126 by MarloweSpade
Love Letter is one of those games I sort of derided from a distance until I actually played it, and after one play I was convinced it was an all-timer. My wife and I bring it with us when we travel, and it's a perfect icebreaker in pubs, hotels, and just about anywhere.

I wish I liked Cockroach Poker more. It's... fine, but I've never played a game where I was having as much fun as everyone else was. I don't really know why, because I've played it at pretty much every player count, with and without beers.

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14 Aug 2020 11:48 #313131 by RobertB
Played Cockroach Poker last night, with 3 other people. I don't think it works unless you play people you can make fun of.
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14 Aug 2020 13:23 #313136 by thegiantbrain
I'd agree with that, it's definitely a game to have aw chat over. Skull kind of fits it this slot as well being pure bluff in tin.

Hanabi I have played, but ultimately moved on after a good few plays. Liar's dice is always going to be a classic and I would love to see more games use it as a base mechanic and build on it.
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14 Aug 2020 14:04 #313138 by ubarose

RobertB wrote: Played Cockroach Poker last night, with 3 other people. I don't think it works unless you play people you can make fun of.


Definitely a game that is all about who you play with. Shuffle two decks together, play with the last 10 people awake and barely standing in the open game room at a con in the wee hours, and it is the funniest game ever. Play with a couple of sober, serious card-counting gamers in the middle of the afternoon and it is dull as dirt.
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14 Aug 2020 16:16 #313140 by DarthJoJo

thegiantbrain wrote: Liar's dice is always going to be a classic and I would love to see more games use it as a base mechanic and build on it.

There are games that use it as a mechanic?

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15 Aug 2020 20:01 #313151 by mc
Rhino Hero Super Battle, it LOOKS cool (see the picture), but it actually has a lot less tension because the structure is more stable and you have choices. We play on the hard side of the base boards, all of them, and then don't play with a hand (i.e., just draw a random board to place). That gets that tension back up there.

For Sale is fantastic. I have the travel edition which is a deckbox.

Cockroach Poker is fun, yes, depends on the group. Skull maybe is a little less group dependent for a similar sort of thing.

For the real budget conscious, nothing has beaten my Rage deck, purely because I can play hundreds of different games with it.

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