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BoardGameGeek's advanced search can be used to find a large list of co-op games. You can then sort or filter this list in several helpful ways. This form is a little bit daunting, but powerful. From the "Board Game Mechanic" list, select "Co-operative play". You will probably also want to check the "Filter Expansions" box and, if you are interested in widely ...


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Check out http://boardgamegeek.com/ and play with the advanced search feature. You'll find everything you need. It probably will be a better source of knowledge than your local game store, as BGG is not limited to what it has on the shelves and does not try to sell you something. (btw, the game you played was most probably K2) The link to boardgamegeek ...


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Puerto Rico is an economic game but it's hardly purely capitalistic. While you can trade goods for money, you get at least half if not more of your victory points by shipping goods, and each type of good is worth one victory point regardless of value. However, I'm not sure what you mean when you say Catan is capitalist. It's a pre-capitalist barter ...


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Since games usually need a winner, crushing your opponent is often just part of the process. This is why I sometimes like to play cooperative games. My favorite is currently Pandemic, but it is not an economic game like Monopoly/Catan (Pandemic's economic component consists mostly of making efficient use of limited actions and limited turns).


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You may want to look at Indonesia. It's still outwardly capitalistic, but the concept of cooperation, mergers, and acquisitions gives you an alternative route to achieving your objectives. It's a shipping game, and you can play as a production company, a shipping company, or a combination of both. Production companies must to rely on shipping companies to ...


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No one can really answer your question directly, but I can give an overview of the four different games and their play styles. Agricola Complex rules and might be a bit heavy for a non-gamer initially. About building a farm. Everyone likes building a farm. "Aggressive" play comes from resource denial Most games will take 30 minutes per player to play. ...


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Collectible Card Games (CCG) wax and wane in popularity.... For example, both Pokemon an Yu-Gi-Oh! cards were extremely popular over a decade ago. There are still sales of these cards and older cards sell well, but both games have shrunk considerably. The exception: Magic: The Gathering which has had pretty solid sales, organized play, and card values ...


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I see three kind of games: 1. Just for fun games In these games, there is no point in winning, just having fun is enough. What comes in mind is Aye, Dark Overlord!, where the goal is to explain to your Overlord, as a minion, why you totally screw up the very important mission he just gave you. It's basically a speaking-only game and there is absolutely no ...


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I would go for Munchkin. My 8-year-old nephew LOVES it (I like it too), it has a lot of replay value, and while there are a ton of expansions, they're cheap, cheap, cheap compared to the booster packs you'd be buying for Magic. That said, there is zero collectible element to Munchkin. Fantasy Flight Games also has a bunch of what they call "Living Card ...


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I think games like Descent is what you're looking for. It's a boardgame where a GM plays against a group of adventurers, and you can add as much roleplay as the group sees fit. If Star Wars is your thing, Imperial Assault is basically Descent re-themed.


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You have Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective, in which the goal is to find the truth in the smallest number of steps. You can never lose to SHCD, you can simple have a very bad score. In Shadows over Camelot, each quest will give you either white or black swords. The game ends when the players collected 12 swords or more and they win if more than half of ...


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BoardGameGeek is a very comprehensive list of board games, their relative rankings, and reviews, commentary, and more for all things board games. They also have a convention, the BGG.CON.


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Board Game Finder ( https://www.boardgamefinder.net/ ) does exactly that. From the "How It Works" section of that site: To provide the boardgame recommendations, we focus on collaborative filtering. In collaborative filtering, we have a set of items (boardgames) that have been rated by users. The main idea of collaborative filtering is to infer the ...


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A few games come to mind as readily modifiable for blind play, and a few as playable out of the box. Out of the box Versions of Othello have been released in the past with raised lines defining the spaces; the pieces in that are slightly concave on the black side, and flat on the white. Othello Classic appears to be the current title for this, but I can't ...


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I would keep tabs on this kickstarter that got successfully funded. Board Games Now Blind Accessible


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As well as games that can be played just through talk, it's good to consider games that would be fun to play blind. Primarily tactile games with open information would hopefully fit the bill, although they might test memory a little more than usual. More traditional games like Chess would be workable, but very difficult. I think a great option would be a ...


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With 2-3 sets, you could play Button Men, a Cheapass Game about capturing dice. Lots of entirely free characters available.


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Some recommendations follow. First though, here's how I would think about this. What your wife will enjoy playing will depend on a variety of factors (theme, mechanics, play time, competitive intensity, etcetera). As you try different things, hopefully you'll get a feel for some of those factors. For example, my wife prefers historical, fantasy or modern ...


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Our group plays a game of Werewolf, we call our holiday version Santa vs. the Grinch, that is combined with the gift exchange. Here is the link to that file on BoardGameGeek.com: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/50348/grinchwolf-gift-exchange-for-30-or-less-players It's fun and handles a good size group, up to 30.


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There are a lot ! If you are into pure strategy (like chess, you know)… You have: Chess (duh) Gipf project (6 games with similar strategies but not quite the same). Lots of games by Gigamic, like Quoridor, Quixo, Quarto, … A whole lot more of games! Most of strategy games are for 2 players. If you are willing to play on a more hasardeous and/or ...


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HeroScape is a miniature game where the battleground had complex 3D terrain. Line of sight was determined by where in the miniature the "eye" was.


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Diplomacy is unusual in that it was designed to be played by mail. Importantly, the thing that makes diplomacy able to do this is not that the turns are simultaneous, but rather that it has a very low degree of what I will term "mechanical interactivity". Mechanical interactivity is a part of a game that requires input from multiple players for the game to ...


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Space Alert is a cooperative game in which you plan out your entire sequence of moves while trying to communicate with other players about the moves that you are making and the moves that they should make. It uses very similar parts of your brain as RoboRally, with the exception that you're communicating about what each other are doing rather than trying to ...


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There is the "Anti-Monopoly" which gets the game origins of the Monopoly, i.e. the Landlord's game.


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Like most other decisions in Chicken caesar, the tax rate is determined in a democratic way.


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Yes, A Game of Thrones is such a game. While a complete elimination is possible, the game plays in 10 rounds, and it is very difficult to achieve a complete elimination. Many people say the game plays similarly to Diplomacy. To begin the game, each player receives an army of Footman, Knight, Siege Engine, and Ship units, as well as a set of Order tokens and ...


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Tabletop Simulator gives you a sandbox board game world, so you could use it to solve card puzzles. However, it is not free. For a free version you can try using this website. It doesn't have the best user experience, but it does the trick.


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One game that could accommodate that number of players (provided you were willing to break the individuals up into multiple teams would be a Wits and Wagers style trivia game). If you broke into 10 person teams, you would have 14 teams. Wits and Wagers is a trivia game where the answers are all numeric (or dates). What I believe makes Wits and Wagers work ...


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The only massive group game I can think of is Ultimate Werewolf, which plays up to 68 players. With that amount of people, you'll want at least two moderators each. You can split your 140-person party into two large groups with a copy of the game each.


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If you are looking for localised versions of games through Africa another option to the Mancala family are games of the Nine Men's Morris family, which potentially migrated down through Africa at the height of the Roman empire. For South Africa there is Muravava or Umlabalaba, which is closer to Twelve Men's Morris in that there are more moves available. In ...


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