Monday, July 7, 2014

Tabletop Gaming for the Rest of Us

Tabletop role playing games can be alot of fun. You can go on an adventure with your friends without even leaving the living room! Good snacks and drinks are an optional bonus. Unfortunately, these type of games tend to get a lot of flack from people that don't know any better (it's not their fault, but it's your job to help them)! "Role playing? I'm not into that Dungeons and Dragons stuff..." That's ok, because when you think about it, it's all kind of tedious. All the note taking, dice rolling, number counting. Sigh. Fortunately, there's still so many options for your hesitant friends and, well, the rest of us. If you've been following me for awhile then you've probably seen me mention some of these already, but here's a more in-depth look.

Pandemic


Pandemic is my personal favorite. In this game you MUST work together if you want any chance of winning, and even then, chances may be slim. Four diseases have broken out and spread across the globe, and it's up to you and your friends of unique talents to quarantine them before it turns into a...(wait for it)...pandemic. There are seven (or five, depending on which edition you use) different roles (such as a medic, scientist and operations specialist) that can be played that all have their own special abilities, but there can only be one of each in play.

Pandemic
via eurogamer.net

On each turn, a player will use up to four actions to move across the map, treat infections, discover a cure, or build a research station. However, throughout the game diseases will intensify, and because life ain't easy, every now and then you'll run into an Epidemic! card, which is when things will get a little crazy. For maximum fun, play on the hardest level. If you start feeling discouraged about not saving the world in time, feel free to switch it to easy the next time around, but I promise losing this game usually ends up being a lot more fun than winning.

Munchkin


Munchkin is a card game that, like Dungeons and Dragons, you're going on a dungeon adventure, killing monsters and picking up loot to make yourself even more badass. You can even choose a class and race. Each monster you kill earns you another level, but the other players can thwart your mission by making that monster stronger, or even throwing down another monster for you to fight along with it.

Munchkin
Munchkin games come in lots of different themed sets! Here's my collection.

What's great about this game that it doesn't include any of those time consuming things like building your stat sheetMunchkin is a card game that, like Dungeons and Dragons, you're going on a dungeon adventure, killing monsters and picking up loot. What's great about it is that it doesn't include any of those time consuming things like building your stat sheet/rolling dice before walking five steps/everything that makes pen and paper games take so long. You can work together or act as a lone wolf, but at the end of the game their can only be one true Munchkin.

Tiny Dice Dungeon

Tiny Dice Dungeon

Finally, for those of you that just really can't get into tabletop games, there's still hope. I bring you the IPhone/Google Play app, Tiny Dice Dungeon. In the RPG world, real heroes fight with dice, and that's exactly what this little 8-bit game is about. Make your way through a dangerous land full of monsters and other questionable creatures, maybe even convince some of them to join your party?


The fighting couldn't be more simple. Upon entering battle your dice, which decide how strong your attack is, will start rolling. Yaou can click all of them or just one, but here's the catch - if you roll a 1 then your turn is over without any form of attack made. Your foes will try to attack you in the same manner, but can also lose their turn just as easily. It can be very satisfying to watch, as they build a massive attack only for it to slip away. Aside from throwing dice around, you can train your new monster buddies that join your party, build new dice to make yourself even more deadly, and other various things. One of the best things about this game is that it's free! It also has really catchy tunes, so download it today!

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9 comments:

  1. These sounds cool. I've never been into tabletop gaming - not because I thought it was lame or anything I just never had anyone else who play introduce me to any games!

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    1. Maybe you should pick some up to introduce to your friends! It can be a new hobby ;)

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  2. Sounds like a lot of fun! I'll give it a try. Thanks for sharing! :) :)

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  3. The second best part about Munchkin is trying to thwart the other players. It is not a game to play if you can't stomach being a little mean now and then.

    The best part is, of course, winning despite everyone else trying to get you killed. ;)


    We just played a round this weekend and I dumped a +10 Humongous and +10 Ancient onto an enemy, hoping to take one of the stronger players down a few pegs, but he managed to come out on top and got enough treasure and bonus levels that he ended up winning.

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    1. LOL - exactly! It's always so satisfying when you win after everyone has thrown down all they can trying to stop you.

      I admit I don't win very often, but I'm good at making sure others don't! Hahahah :)

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  4. Our family absolutely loves games so I will have to look into these so we can try them! I wish there was a way to borrow games like you borrow books from the library!

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    1. Wouldn't that be great?! Maybe we should start something like that, hahah! My family is also really big on games! We can't always agree on the same one but we have fun nonetheless :)

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  5. A smile of recognition as I read your post. We have a very patient friend who's been fantastic at introducing us to tones of different games that we've thoroughly enjoyed! After spending some time with us and assessing the 'kind' of players we were he bought us Pandemic! The perfect game for couples who don't necessarily play so well together!! ;-)

    Thanks for sharing on the #SHINEbloghop :-)

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    1. Sounds like a great friend! Glad you're enjoying Pandemic :) Thanks for stopping by!

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