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    Hello all, I'm new to the forums here (as you can no doubt tell by my post count) and i have a question for you all. I have long been interested in strategy games, and love playing them on computer and such, but i now want to get a Tabletop Strategy game. I want one that is fairly easy to get into, and doesn't require more than $100 to get a VERY good set-up that at least 3 people can play with. I went to a local comic book store (TBS comics) and asked them which i should look into, but the salesman there was a complete jerk that did absolutely nothing to help except point at some of the boxes they had and telling me the name, which i could have read on the box without his help.

    The type of game i am looking for is one where you must use strategy. However, i don't want to have to study for hours on end just to understand HOW to play it. Risk is NOT what I am looking for. That game is based on nothing more than luck of the roll, and strategy is merely an illusion in that game. (At least, thats how i feel about it after having played it 10+ times. i realize many of you may well disagree with me, and thats fine)
    I want something that i can add more to (as in buy more things to make the games better) over time. Something where each game can be completely different.
    I enjoy realistic settings, and Axis and Allies looked like it may be interesting, but I also love fantasy settings. So far the only thing i have been able to find that looks like it may suit my wants and desires is HeroScape. It's available at your local Wal-Mart, and it looks easily upgraded and such, while giving you plenty to work with with an easy investment. However, the game looks like it is aimed at kids, and because of that, something tells me that the gameplay and strategy would not be deep enough.

    Ok....so now that I have said all of that ....any suggestions?

    if there are no good 3 player games, i'll settle with a really good 2 player game for the record. I just know that i have 2 friends that would want to play
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    Also, i know that this isn't a RPG site, but if you know of a game that fits most of the above qualities and is a RPG, i would love to hear your suggestions for it also
    Last edited by DeadlyVortex; 07 Dec 06, 14:33. Reason: Combing posts....

  • #2
    Memoir '44 Excellent starter game, fast, fun, easy to learn, and gives you a nice base in strategy and the "Winds of War"

    http://www.armchairgeneral.com/artic...&page=1&cat=59
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    • #3
      One of my good gaming friends has a nine-year-old son and Heroscape is one of the games he--the son--is really into. It could be fun once or twice but I got bored after one playing. (I am a more or less hard-core war-gamer--I need a lot of detail and am more into the history as well as the 'gaming' aspect of the experience.)

      this same friend also gave Memoir '44 to his son (lucky kid!) and that is a game I've enjoyed with both the father and the son. The pieces aren't quite as 'cool' looking as Heroscape but they're more than cardboard counters.

      Not sure I have a specific recommendation for a title. I would recommend checking out www.grognard.com though. It's a site with hundreds of games listed with reviews and add-on information. It is pretty heavy into war-games, I believe, so not sure how much fantasy-leaning info is there. the one thing it does have is the ability to search for titles by number of players--your three-player need makes me think this is the way to go.

      It's hard to judge the difficulty level you need. Have you played many board games? Does one of the other two friends have any experience? Are you thinking wargame (Axis and Allies or Memoir) or fantasy? Would you consider what many call Euro games (Settlers of Cataan, Formula De, even?)

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      • #4
        I like "The American Civil War" by Eagle Games. A few notches above Risk, but not as complex as some of the big games from the 70s and early 80s. Uses plastic miniatures and is a strategy game but the battles are duked out on the tactical level. It's a 2-player game, but you could easily divide a nation's forces in two and have 3 or more players.

        Dave
        "First on the battlefield waits for the enemy fresh. Last on the battlefield charges into the fray exhausted." - Sun Tzu

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        • #5
          Welcome to the forums Vortex . Myself I luv Panzerblitz/PanzerLeader for
          boardgames and Close Combat 2 for the computer . All the above are
          really easy to get started with and you can go as deep/or not into them as you want to .
          SPORTS FREAK/ PANZERBLITZ COMMANDER/ CC2 COMMANDER

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          • #6
            Axis and Allies miniatures is a easy game to pick up on. Its simple but yet enjoyable.
            http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=ah/aa/welcome

            The new Axis and Allies installment "Battle of the bulge" has also caught my eye. They have alot of other installments in that series, some of which are three player games as well.
            http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=ah/prod/axisbob
            "The secret of war lies in the communications" - Napoleon Bonaparte

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            • #7
              I've looked some more into HeroScape some more, and it looks at least semi-decent. I've also looked into Memoir 44, and i really like that look of that game, except taht it isn't suited for 3 players well at all. but yea. I like both fantasy and realistic, it doesn't really matter. i just want something that i'm able to get into, but is very deep! I've looked at the game BattleLore (just released by the makers of Mem'44) and such, but it's made for 2 players
              The Game 'Doom' is also something i've looked into ....Grognard is a hard site to navigate

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              • #8
                Originally posted by DeadlyVortex View Post
                ....Grognard is a hard site to navigate
                http://www.boardgamegeek.com/
                "The secret of war lies in the communications" - Napoleon Bonaparte

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                • #9
                  Game Suggestions

                  Originally posted by DeadlyVortex View Post
                  I've looked some more into HeroScape some more, and it looks at least semi-decent. I've also looked into Memoir 44, and i really like that look of that game, except taht it isn't suited for 3 players well at all. but yea. I like both fantasy and realistic, it doesn't really matter. i just want something that i'm able to get into, but is very deep! I've looked at the game BattleLore (just released by the makers of Mem'44) and such, but it's made for 2 players
                  The Game 'Doom' is also something i've looked into ....Grognard is a hard site to navigate
                  Mem'44, or BattleCry (civil war version) are great first games. I taught my 8 and 10 year old kids Battle Cry in an hour. We got around the 3 player limitation by round - you can play 2-3 scenarios in less than 2 hours. I assume BattleLore will be similar. I highly recommend any game in this series.

                  You can play the more advanced Risks, like Risk 2210, or Lord of the Rings Risk. they have more strategic options.

                  Axis & Allies (revised), or A&A Europe/A&A Pacific are great games. They do take a long time to play, however. When my nin year old realizes that defeat is inevitable, he isn't excited about playing the additional 2 hours needed to accomplish it.

                  Boardgame Geek is indeed the place to learn about games!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DeadlyVortex View Post
                    Hello all, I'm new to the forums here (as you can no doubt tell by my post count) and i have a question for you all. I have long been interested in strategy games, and love playing them on computer and such, but i now want to get a Tabletop Strategy game. I want one that is fairly easy to get into, and doesn't require more than $100 to get a VERY good set-up that at least 3 people can play with. I went to a local comic book store (TBS comics) and asked them which i should look into, but the salesman there was a complete jerk that did absolutely nothing to help except point at some of the boxes they had and telling me the name, which i could have read on the box without his help.

                    The type of game i am looking for is one where you must use strategy. However, i don't want to have to study for hours on end just to understand HOW to play it. Risk is NOT what I am looking for. That game is based on nothing more than luck of the roll, and strategy is merely an illusion in that game. (At least, thats how i feel about it after having played it 10+ times. i realize many of you may well disagree with me, and thats fine)
                    I want something that i can add more to (as in buy more things to make the games better) over time. Something where each game can be completely different.
                    I enjoy realistic settings, and Axis and Allies looked like it may be interesting, but I also love fantasy settings. So far the only thing i have been able to find that looks like it may suit my wants and desires is HeroScape. It's available at your local Wal-Mart, and it looks easily upgraded and such, while giving you plenty to work with with an easy investment. However, the game looks like it is aimed at kids, and because of that, something tells me that the gameplay and strategy would not be deep enough.

                    Ok....so now that I have said all of that ....any suggestions?

                    if there are no good 3 player games, i'll settle with a really good 2 player game for the record. I just know that i have 2 friends that would want to play
                    Edit/Delete Message

                    Also, i know that this isn't a RPG site, but if you know of a game that fits most of the above qualities and is a RPG, i would love to hear your suggestions for it also
                    You say "tabletop" but seem to mean "boardgames"? For tabletop, see my new posting.

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                    • #11
                      If you are in to table top WARGAMES I would recommend checking out Operation World War 2 by Alzo Zero.

                      The rules can be downloaded for free from their website (www.alzozero.com).

                      The game simulates platoon to company level combat in World War 2.

                      You can use plastic 1/72 figures for the game, which are very cheap and with $100 you should manage to get enough troops and tanks to keep the three of you gaming for a long time.

                      The game system is fairly easy to learn (most of the rulebook is army lists) and you can play platoon level games in a couple of hours.

                      All three of you can play at the same time (usually in the format of 2 against 1) which suits your needs as well.

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                      • #12
                        Here are my favorite tabletop games:

                        Warhammer 40,000. It offers a wealth of choices on armies to play, tactics to employ, and varations on the basic theme which allows for hours of enjoyable gameplay. However, it is expensive to get into, not to mention time consuming to paint the figures and build a decent force. And no real men play Eldar.

                        Mechwarrior. This is the plastic version of Battletech, which I could never get into, but Mechwarrior is fast and usually fun. Latetly the designers have been introducing magic into the mix, veiled not so cleverly under the guise of advanced technology, which detracts from game play. But the game can be played within an hour out of the box, and for about 100 bucks you are off and running.

                        Mage Knight. Made by the same folks who do Mechwarrior, this came first and is a fantasy table top game without all the hassles of Warhammer Fantasy Battles. Figures come pre-painted.

                        My son and I play Hero-scape, but the game play is lame. He got bored after about two months, so now we have this big box if figs gathering dust.

                        Stay away from Dream Blade. WOTC is trying to get into the tabletop figures market, but this game is poorly designed and will not hold your interest.

                        There may be others, but I gotta go.

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                        • #13
                          My son and I have played Heroclix, Mechwarrior, and manty others, and we landed on Axis and Allies Minis. We love it. We also enjoy Memoir 44 - the differences are "board game" (M44) vs Tabletop wargame (AAM)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DeadlyVortex View Post
                            I've looked some more into HeroScape some more, and it looks at least semi-decent. I've also looked into Memoir 44, and i really like that look of that game, except taht it isn't suited for 3 players well at all. but yea. I like both fantasy and realistic, it doesn't really matter. i just want something that i'm able to get into, but is very deep! I've looked at the game BattleLore (just released by the makers of Mem'44) and such, but it's made for 2 players
                            The Game 'Doom' is also something i've looked into ....Grognard is a hard site to navigate
                            I would recommend Battlelore its everything you're looking for. In march Days of Wonder releasing the Epic rules (free PDF) which incorporates 2 game boards and up to 6 people can play albeit as 2 teams, but still it should be fun. This summer they are releasing the first game supplement "Call to Arms"
                            this game expansion will feature a army deployments system thats sounds very interesting. And of course they will be releasing new unit specialist packs around the same time, if your looking for a game which has strategy but not to overwhelming to learn and offers products to collect to improve you're enjoyment of the game then Battlelore is what you want!
                            "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."
                            - General George S. Patton, Jr

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                            • #15
                              My favorite WW2 game is Advanced Tobruk, but the full games can cost a lot (and you get a lot, to be sure), so to find out if you think you'll like it, try the Basic Games. They're less than thirty bucks each with VERY simple rules that can still make for a fun game.
                              http://www.criticalhit.com/catalog/p...4f030b3be24790
                              or
                              http://www.criticalhit.com/catalog/p...4f030b3be24790

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