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  1. Avatar El Muneco says:

    Talisman against computer players just seems wrong somehow. A big part of the experience is having five or six of your friends around the table chanting “Toad! Toad! Toad!” when you visit the Enchantress.

    It’s a terrible game, of course. It has all the mechanical flaws of Monopoly and probably more. But there’s no particular strategy, so the boardgame vets don’t have a significant advantage over the newbies. And pretty much all the rules are printed on the cards or on the board.

    And as you say, at the time there really weren’t the alternatives we have today. Cosmic Encounter is the only one I can think of from that time that was fun to play with the exact same crowd, although it required more thinking. For a little different crowd, with even more thinking, there was Illuminati!Report

  2. Avatar James K says:

    For a solo adventure-style digital game, have you played the Sorcery! games? Three have been released so far, and they might scratch the adventure itch, if in quite a different way than Talisman.Report

    • Avatar Morat20 says:

      I’ve heard good things about Lords of Waterdeep, but it’s pretty much hearsay.

      Now I have a copy of Tales of Arabian Nights which is supposed to be fun, but I haven’t had a chance to play it.Report

      • Avatar Don Zeko says:

        I play lords of waterdeep a lot, and it’s tons of fun. I don’t think I’d call it an adventure game, though. It has more in common with resource management games like Settlers.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird says:

        Lords of Waterdeep is magnificent. The awesome part is that the mechanic of the game is so very elegant in its worker management.

        Patrick and I made jokes about stealing the mechanic and making a vineyard/winery game and selling it to high-end booze stores a million years ago.

        We should still do that.Report

  3. Avatar Brandon Berg says:

    Oh…now I get it. I knew that song was used in a ketchup commercial, but I never got the logical connection until I saw it slowly making its way out of the bottle.

    I don’t like ketchup, so it’s not something I have much experience with.Report

  4. Avatar Fish says:

    Packing a couple of board games turned out to be stroke of genius when we got trapped in Raton, NM, by one of the Rocky Mountain’s famous Spring snowstorms yesterday. We finally broke out the Portal board game my oldest son picked up many many moons ago. It’s based on the Portal video games (obvs). The rules are easy to pick up, the mechanics are elegant and quick to master, and it’s a lot of fun.Report