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    I watched some other SU&SD reviews and they're pretty entertaining:
    - Definitely

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    I just watched that Gloomhaven review, too. It's a $140 game ($105-115 on Amazon) and the Broken Token organizer is another $80. I was interested in Gloomhaven until I watched the Broken Token guide to assembly. I don't have the sort of life where I can sit with friends and do this multiple times per month for years and years. We've all got jobs.


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    Has anyone played Diplomacy? I had a chance to last weekend, it was fun.

    Apparently people play it via mail and other remote methods. Perhaps something to try?

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    My friend Mike is a board game collector. He has many games and bought many through kickstarters. He's had Gloomhaven for at least a couple years, but we've never played it. Always been a bit daunting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nynnja View Post
    Has anyone played Diplomacy? I had a chance to last weekend, it was fun.

    Apparently people play it via mail and other remote methods. Perhaps something to try?
    Never tried it. Correspondence Diplomacy sounds interesting though.

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    It was fun to play in person, but could be fun to play online too. If we can arrange a board/map of some sort we could probably use the forums to post and communicate privately.

    https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/287...layed-remotely

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    One of the most popular Kickstarter board games of the past few years, Gloomhaven, is over $100 on AMZN and up to $140 if you buy it at your FLGS. It's also complex to set up and, as you can see a bit further up this thread, complex to organize. It's just plain complex. The complexity and cost are imposing barriers to entry, and I've never had the chance to try this game.

    Which makes it a perfect candidate for an online version! And oh look, here it is in Early Access for $25.

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    ooh that looks like it could be fun.

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    Okay, turns out escape rooms are a whole genre of board games now. I bought the very first item here, the 3-pack of "Exit" games, and then played The Abandoned Cabin with a friend on Saturday. And... well, it was cool enough that now I'm here making this list, I'm gonna play through the rest and see what comes next.

    The "Exit" games are disposable. You can only play them once, and then you'll have cut cards to pieces and written all over stuff (unless you take great pains to avoid it). Plus you'll know all the puzzle solutions. So... you play them once. But luckily, they're reasonably priced at $10-15 or so. And they're all sold in bundles on Amazon:


    The "Unlock" games are from our friends at Asmodee. I suspect these are also disposable; I haven't played any yet, but I sure have seen them on the shelf at my local game store. These are also sold in bundles on Amazon:


    "Escape Tales" strikes me as a more thoughfully-produced, more well-reviewed franchise. Accordingly, there are far fewer of these out. With "Exit," you're timed... you want to rush through as quickly as possible, in order to maximize your score. These are a much longer-form experience as far as I can tell, more like 6+ hours:


    So how did The Abandoned Cabin go, actually? Well... not that great, to tell the truth. It was novel, interesting, fun. But it comes with a decoder wheel, and that wheel was missing its center, smallest disc. We didn't realize it until we'd struggled for 15+ minutes on the very first puzzle, and then we just kind of facepalmed and grumbled about build quality. Ultimately we beat the game in <90 minutes, having used 3 clues, so I think we scored something like 6/10 possible points. I suspect our next stab at an "Exit" game will go more smoothly, especially if the fucking decoder wheel doesn't come half-assembled.

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