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27-12-2015, 05:00 AM
Which table top game are you playing?
When my family gets together we play board games. As kids we played monopoly, stock market, squatter, test match, and a few others I'm sure. As teenagers we played a lot of risk. Recently we've been playing settlers of Catan, ticket to ride, love letter, and various others.

What are you guys playing? How much has Will Wheaton's Table Top series influenced your game selection?

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27-12-2015, 08:32 AM
RE: Which table top game are you playing?
I don't know about any of that, but we play LCR, a child's dice game that we've percerted into a gambler's dream. Instead of playing with chips for currency, we play with dollar bills, sometimes five-dollar bills. You can play with as many people as you can find, which makes the final pot quite lucrative.

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27-12-2015, 09:24 AM
RE: Which table top game are you playing?
Nowdays I might play a game of Scrabble if we have visitors over who want to play, but that doesn’t happen too often.

I played many board games as a kid, how many of you can remember these?
(Damn this brings back a ton of good memories!)

Monopoly
Risk
Stratego
Landslide
Battleship
Hit the Beach
Dogfight
Broadside
Civil War
The Game of Life
Operation
SI Baseball
Football Strategy

Then there were the non board games such as:

Electric football (place players on an a vibrating field)
Electric race cars
Jenga
Yahtzee
Dominos
Card games (Canasta was played very cutthroat at my house)

In case you want to see what some of these looked like:

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27-12-2015, 09:26 AM
RE: Which table top game are you playing?
I have a stack of Trivial Pursuit games but no one will play them with me. Sadcryface

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27-12-2015, 09:29 AM
RE: Which table top game are you playing?
(27-12-2015 08:32 AM)WillHopp Wrote:  I don't know about any of that, but we play LCR, a child's dice game that we've percerted into a gambler's dream. Instead of playing with chips for currency, we play with dollar bills, sometimes five-dollar bills. You can play with as many people as you can find, which makes the final pot quite lucrative.

What are the rules? How do you play?

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27-12-2015, 09:30 AM
RE: Which table top game are you playing?
(27-12-2015 09:26 AM)Anjele Wrote:  I have a stack of Trivial Pursuit games but no one will play them with me. Sadcryface

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Me too!

I wonder if we could play online on the Forum Consider

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27-12-2015, 10:20 AM
RE: Which table top game are you playing?
Magic: The Gathering TCG it's basically like multi-dimensional chess with math. Both players start with a deck of cards that form their spell library in which are combinations of land (which powers your spells more powerful spells require more land to power them) creature summons, sorceries, instants, enchantments, artifacts, and equipment the you use to try and reduce your opponents life total to 0.

This is not a newbie friendly game as there are hundreds of mechanics and a spell resolution mechanic that is confusing to those not in programing (everything goes on a stack, the stack resolves last in first out, so whomever played the final counterspell wins the exchange) and then there is the price. On the plus side Magic cards have proven to be a better long term investment than a 401k, they have outperformed the stock market every year for the last 20 years. Now if you just want to play casual kitchen table Magic the buy in is not bad you can get a pair of Duel decks (2 preconstructed decks that are designed to play each other) for $20 and those come with everything you need to play other than a pen and paper to keep track of life totals.

Usually the next step up from that is to play in the Standard format, which is the official version played on the protour with full rules lists as to what cards are and are not legal. However right now it just happens to be a perfect storm of sets in standard that the top decks are all close to $1000 and the might win some local matches down at the game store decks are still $300+. This has made the buy-in process for those that want just a bit than 100% casual a bit daunting.

There are 4 other formats with official rules and ban lists; Modern which is every set from M06 forward, of the "Eternal formats" Modern has been gaining popularity and has a lower buy-in than Standard if you are not looking for a top tier deck. Mono-red burn can be built for under $100. Given the price of the current Standard and the fact that Standard is rotating even faster now a lot of people are making the jump from Casual to Modern.

Legacy, Explanation here this format is the victim of Moderns recent success. This used to be the goto eternal format since you can play any card in Magic's history (Excluding the ban list) however due to something called the Reserve List Legacy is insanely pricey to get into with decks like Miracles costing upwards of $3000 and even your "Budget" options like Burn being almost $600.

Vintage, Vintage is played by people that don't know what a $1 bill looks like. If you have to ask how much anything is you can afford to play this format. It is essentially Legacy with a smaller banned list but Deck prices are based around the Alpha and Beta prints from the early 90's which are now worth more than some small countries.

The final format is a newer one that is gaining popularity Pauper. This format is odd in that you can use any card ever printed in Magic as long as it was printed at the Common level. Rarity in Magic cards goes Common, Uncommon, Rare, Legendary, Mythic. Having a format with all commons does a few things, first it is cheap to buy in most decks are under $50 and that is for the top tier decks in the format. Next it is a homebrewers delight as the format is still wide open and weird combos have a chance of working.

I left of EDH (Elder Dragon Highlander) or Commander as it is a niche variant and is really only fun for multi-player games (3-5).

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27-12-2015, 10:28 AM
RE: Which table top game are you playing?
Poker.

Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors.... on Donald J. Trump:

He is deformed, crooked, old, and sere,
Ill-fac’d, worse bodied, shapeless every where;
Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind,
Stigmatical in making, worse in mind.
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27-12-2015, 10:40 AM
RE: Which table top game are you playing?
(27-12-2015 10:28 AM)dancefortwo Wrote:  Poker.

Do you play in cardrooms and casinos?

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27-12-2015, 10:41 AM
RE: Which table top game are you playing?
(27-12-2015 09:29 AM)Full Circle Wrote:  
(27-12-2015 08:32 AM)WillHopp Wrote:  I don't know about any of that, but we play LCR, a child's dice game that we've percerted into a gambler's dream. Instead of playing with chips for currency, we play with dollar bills, sometimes five-dollar bills. You can play with as many people as you can find, which makes the final pot quite lucrative.

What are the rules? How do you play?

Well, you have to buy the game, but it's like $6 at any Walgreens. You can't play with conventional dice.

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