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  1. Beginner board games

    Carcassonne has two levels of aggression. There is the strategic castle takeover which can be mean if they have been working on it for a while but they can often see it coming and take moves to block it. The second is joining the entire board into one massive field so that the two innocent meeples you lay down 40 minutes earlier suddenly take control of the world and completely wreck the other players day. If you do the second you're a dick, like me
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    It went very well. I'm a little torn on the heroic reset point. On the one hand, assuming we can repeat the performance next week, Eonar tier chests are important to aim for. On the other, there are two more bosses before we get our first credit towards the skip which is also valuable. I won't be on at 8 next Thursday to actually influence this decision but I think my preference would be 3 bosses on normal and then extend HC lockout for council (tier) and Imonar (skip).
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    Yeah I'm still tied up on Thursdays at the moment. Might arrive late.
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    I'm going to be missing for the next few weeks at least. I certainly won't be on for 8 but will probably appear around 9 on occasion so if there is a raid up I will join then.
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    Warforged tier head with a socket as well as a path of the titans trinket. I guess that quick Tuesday night pug was worth it
  6. I won't be on until about 21:30 I'm afraid
  7. Beginner board games

    Power grid scales quite well because the map shrinks but two might be too small but it is quite quick to play in my opinion (it's faster than monopoly). Quarterbacking in pandemic is apparently a big problem but I've never played it. The app is good to learn the rules though.
  8. Beginner board games

    No problem. I was trying to avoid the more aggressively competitive games so apart from 7 wonders (which generally isn't too bad in this area but I've never played Duel) those recommendations still stand.
  9. Beginner board games

    On the subject of co-operative games, Arkham Horror the card game gets good recommendations. Do I think it fits the beginner mould? Not really. It is an FFP game with an FFP rulebook (or should that be rulebooks) so that in itself makes it unfriendly. You also have to like the mythos to enjoy it. Pandemic is a good shout and the appstore version is solid so that is a cheap way to try it. Could lead on to legacy down the line. The problem with recommending 2 player games when you don't know both people involved is that they are either co-op (pandemic, arkham etc), aggressively competative (netrunner etc) or more neutral (ticket to ride, agricola). Knowing which of those 3 categories would suit is a useful starting point.
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    Patchwork (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/163412/patchwork) seems to be loved by non-gamers so is a good start. It's small so likely to be in a board game cafe and as I understand it there is limited player aggression. Agricola (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/119890/agricola-all-creatures-big-and-small) is a worker placement game that does support two player but that version linked is specifically 2 player. It's a good way to introduce that mechanic to people who have never heard of it and you can borrow it from me. Worker placement games can get aggressive with people denying spots but that has never really come up when I've played this. 7 Wonders Duel (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/173346/7-wonders-duel) is ranked very highly. I've not played it so I don't know about complexity but I don't personally think basic 7 wonders is that complex so it should be beginner friendly. Might feature too much player interaction and if the other player doesn't enjoy that it may not work. Rivals for Catan (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/66056/rivals-catan) is like Catan but not. Catan is always thought of as an entry game and this fills a similar slot for 2 players. The expansions get quite complex quite fast but the base game is fine. It is also available from your local me.
  11. I was going to suggest this and then I found 140 incorrect sales invoices on a VAT return due for submission tomorrow so I doubt I'll be home at any point this evening.
  12. It's ok Welsper. I saved them.
  13. I feel so much better now that Corbyn has made his position clear. My understanding is that he'd like to have his cake and eat it but I'm sure the EU will get right along and agree with that any day now. TBH I'm a little surprised I haven't heard the Mail/Express complaining that this bad weather is due to us not leaving the EU fast enough.
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    We'll try to pick this up tonight but we're already down two people so it may not happen. M+ and 4 mythics for the weekly instead seems a good alternative. We can just rotate people around if needed.