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Discussion on: Interesting Board Game Mechanics

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jeikabu

Galaxy Trucker and Gravwell sound pretty neat, will have to check them out.

The boardgame group I used to frequent played a lot of Pandemic. Occasionally we'd branch out to Carcassonne or Ticket to Ride or something, but we always came back to Pandemic. Somehow it's fun to lose together.

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Ben Lovy Author • Edited

Those three are all favorites of ours! I really love Carcassonne, that game has a wide appeal and never gets old for me.

I've also got a soft spot for Pandemic: The Cure - it almost made this list. It takes the same idea as Pandemic and pares it way down - there's just 5 continents instead of a bunch of countries, and each player gets personalized dice to dictate what actions they get that turn. The diseases are also unbalanced dice, weighted so that different colors will distribute more often to different territories. It's much more streamlined, you can play a round in 30 minutes, but is still carefully designed and still captures that same style of gameplay.