Picky jerks need a new game
February 19, 2008 4:29 PM Subscribe
Board game filter: What's a good strategic board game for 3-4 players with moderate attention spans?
posted by ignignokt to sports, hobbies, & recreation (39 answers total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
My board game group has been cycling the same games over and over: Settlers of Catan, Puerto Rico, Munchkin, and occasionally Illuminati, Robo Rally, and even Talisman. We still like them but are looking for something new.
As you can see, we're not casual gamers, so no Taboo or Scattergories. At the same time, we're not hardcore enough for super-meticulous war games like Advanced Squad Leader or The Russian Campaign (we couldn't even get through reading the introductory rules for that).
Basically, we're looking for games that:
- Reward strategic thinking to a degree
- Do not have overly long turns
- Take about 1-3 hours to get through a game
- Will play decently with three players (and divides the time evenly between the players - no awkward splits like three-player Axis and Allies)
We like the idea of some kind of tactical battle game, but most of the ones we've seen are too fiddly and busy. Most of us liked the Game of Thrones board game, as an example of the level of complexity in a war game that we're OK with.
I know we sound like (and kind of are) picky jerks. Don't let that make you shy about suggesting something, though!