Sunday, 31 July 2016

Post Apocalypse Games

August is going to be theme month on #BoardGameHour. We start off with post apocalyptic themed games. From Earth Reborn to 51st State there are many games that take place after that big bad thing happened (you know... the THING)

Our side topic is "difficult" gamers, you know who I mean!

Hope you enjoy these questions and the discussions they create.

Monday 1st August 2016 questions are:


Q1: Would a apocalytic theme on a game excite you? Make you more likely to want to play it?
Q2: What feel do you expect from a "post apocalytic" themed game?
Q3: Are there any games with a post apocalytic theme that don't feel like one when played?
Q4: What game would you use to introduce a post apocalyse fan to modern board games?
Q5: Are there any games you would like to see re-theme with a post apocalytic skin?
Q6: What do you like about the post apocalytic theme when is comes to board games?
Q7: What don't you like about the post apocalytic theme when it comes to board games?
Q8: What are your top 3 post apocalytic games?
Q9: What tips would you give to someone who wanted to design a post apocalytic game?
Q10: Side topic… Who are the most "difficult" gamers to play with?
Q11: Who do you deal with "difficult" gamers?
Q12: Is there one type of person you would never play a board game with?

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Friday, 22 July 2016

Mass Market Games

The main topic for Monday is "mass market games". By this I am generally meaning games you can by in retail shops that are not friendly local game shops (Hobby shops). I'm sure across the word this will vary, but in the UK your average toy shop will carry lots of traditional games such as Risk and maybe the odd light modern game.

One of the reasons I picked this topic is best a well know book shop franchise in the UK has over the last 2 or so years started dipping its toes into modern board games. I very much welcome this, but I feel they need a little help too. I tend to check out what each one of these shops is carrying out of interest when I am near them. I was a little horrified recently when the only hobby game that was being carried was Game of thrones second edition board game! I had visions of average Joe forking out £40 - £50 as a special treat for a GoT fan only to find the 20 odd page rule book and cry..

So, the mass market is changing, that much I am sure of.. The rest we can discuss :0)

Our side topic is Conventions.. We cover it every year, so why not now before I go to #Gencant

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Monday 25th July 2016 questions are:

Q1: Which mass market games do you own? #BoardGameHour

Q2: Do you have non hobby games stores that carry modern board games near you? #BoardGameHour

Q3: at what point do you consider a game a mass market game? #BoardGameHour

Q4: Do you think the massive volumes of Risk / Monopoly / Cluedo sold is good for our hobby? #BoardGameHour

Q5: Are rule books not being good enough the biggest thing stopping board games being massive? #BoardGameHour

Q6: What are your top 3 mass market games? #BoardGameHour

Q7: Would you like to see more modern games in the mass market replacing traditional ones? #BoardGameHour

Q8: What games do you think are good replacements for traditional games? Mystirium for Cluedo is mine #BoardGameHour

Q9: What advice would you give to someone wanting to design a mass market game? #BoardGameHour

Q10: Side topic… Conventions… Have you been to / plan to go to any this year? #BoardGameHour

Q11: What games are you look forward to coming out at GenCon/Essen? #BoardGameHour

Q12: What tips would you give to a first time convention goer? #BoardGameHour

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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Addictive games

In short, my girlfriend and I are addicted to the Lord of the Ring LCG and to an extent she is also addicted to Imperial Settles (to the extend that she played solo today while I worked). This got me thinking about how addictive board games are! So that is the main topic

The other thing that has happened recently in my life is I have downloaded Pokemon Go. I understand fully that this is not a board game but its daddy is a card game and so with it being so relevant right now I thought we could have it as a side topic.


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Monday 18th July 2016 questions are:

Q1: Do you have an addictive personality, what makes you think that?
Q2: Would you say you are addicted to board games?
Q3: What makes you want to go back to a board game over and over again?
Q4: What are your top 3 addictive board games?
Q5: What mechanism would you say is most addictive?
Q6: Is there one theme that you go back to over and over? Why?
Q7: Would you say co-op or conflict games are more addictive?
Q8: What tips would you give to someone wanting to design an addictive game?
Q9: Are you more addicted to buying board games or playing them?
Q10: Side topic… Pokemon Go… are you playing it / do you play standard Pokemon
Q11: Do you think Pokemon Go is a good thing in general? Why?
Q12: Would you like to see more games like Pokemon Go?

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Saturday, 9 July 2016

Euro Games

Last week we did Ameritrash, so this week it only seems right to do Euro games...

Is it balance that typifies euro games? Is it lack of conflict? Or is it something else? I enjoy many Euro games but for me some can feel like multi player solitaire. I don't directly ask a question about that as you will see, because I like to have neutral or positive questions (ish) but I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.

Our side topic is party games, so bring some balloons and cake!

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Monday 11th July 2016 questions are:

Q1: How would you describe "Euro games" to someone new to our hobby?
Q2: What mechanic do you feel most exemplifies Euro games?
Q3: What do you like about Euro games?
Q4: What don't you like about Euro games?
Q5: Do Euro games really have less conflict or is it just less direct?
Q6: Which Euro style game would you say is the most thematic?
Q7: What are your top 3 Euro games?
Q8: What tips would you give to someone wanting to design an Euro style game?
Q9: Are Euro games, only published in Europe? What games from american publishers are "euros"?
Q10: Side topic… How often do you play party games? who with?
Q11: What do you / don't you like about playing party games?
Q12: What are you top three party games?

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