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RPG-ish Boardgames

maransreth

Explorer
Dork Tower! :D All the way.

By Steve Jackson Games, this is a fun rpg-style boardgame where you play one of six characters. You start at low level and need equipment and scrolls to help you fight the monsters.

Highly recommended, especially if you read the Dork Tower comics.
 

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arwink

Clockwork Golem
I'll second Betrayal at the House on the Hill, which has had the highest replay value of any boardgame I've acquired over the last three years or so.

Zombies kind of works as an RPG-style game if you've got the right group of people, but can quickly become fairly dull if played with folks who aren't into replicating the swarm'o'zombies atmosphere.
 

philreed

Adventurer
Supporter
maransreth said:
Dork Tower! :D All the way.

By Steve Jackson Games, this is a fun rpg-style boardgame where you play one of six characters. You start at low level and need equipment and scrolls to help you fight the monsters.

Highly recommended, especially if you read the Dork Tower comics.

Thank you! (And besides, I still get royalty payments so the more copies sold the happier I am. :) )
 

Psychic Warrior

First Post
Descent and Runebound are tied imo for best fantasy boardgame I've played. I own both and get a lot of enjoyment out of them. What I found really cool is that the games use the the same characters and you could easily play a Runebound/Descent campaign with Runebound being the overland trek and Descent being the dungeon crawl. Lots of fun and potential there.
 

Kanegrundar

First Post
RPG-ish boardgames are my favorite type of game these days when I'm not prepared to play D&D, D20 Modern, or M&M 2. My favorites include:

Descent: Great game. However, it doesn't come with any campaign rules; it's meant to be played as an Overlord vs. the players kind of game. There's an expansion due out in the winter this year (likely after the first of next year knowing FFG's slow release schedule) that will include rules for campaign play.

Runebound: This is a better Talisman IMO. It has a lot going for it with two full box expansions (Isle of Dread and Midnight), and LOTS of cheap deck expansions. Runebound has a lot of replayability. Make sure you get the Second Edition. The first edition wasn't very good at all.

Arkham Horror: Yet another FFG game. Your characters advance as you travel through the city of Arkham closing gates to elder dimensions and fighting all sorts of horrors. There's an expansion for it coming out soon.

Warhammer Quest: This is hands down the best thing that GW has ever put out to date, and is far and away my favorite dungeon-delving game. It's long OOP, so finding a copy is going to be tough and is likely going to cost you a ton of money, but it's well worth it.

Hero Quest and Advanced Hero Quest: Both OOP and was produced by a partnership of MB and GW. While it will cost you to get copies of both (especially AHQ), they are worth the effort to find. I don't remember how the advancement went with AHQ (I don't own a copy and only got to play it a couple times years ago), but in HQ character advancement was purely gear upgrades.

World of Warcraft: Yet another FFG game (they are quickly becoming my favorite game maker). While this is more of a war game, it does have some RPG elements in the sense of MMORPG's. It takes a while to play, but it's a very fun game.

Doom: Yep, another FFG game. This is where the system used in Descent came about. Unlike Descent, however, Doom is more easily tailored to campaign play. It has some balance issues, but unlike a lot of people over at the Boardgame Geek I don't find it all that difficult to deal with.
 

philreed

Adventurer
Supporter
Kanegrundar said:
Doom: Yep, another FFG game. This is where the system used in Descent came about. Unlike Descent, however, Doom is more easily tailored to campaign play. It has some balance issues, but unlike a lot of people over at the Boardgame Geek I don't find it all that difficult to deal with.

I'll second this one. It's a lot of fun. (I still need to grab the expansion.)
 

Nightchilde-2

First Post
talwynor said:
Can anyone recommend a good board game with an RPG flavor or websites discussing the same? I've played Talisman and liked it...I'm thinking of the Warcraft boardgame as well, but haven't heard muych about it (it looks great anyway). It's hard to get my circle of friends and family into a true-RPG, but Talisman scratched the itch a bit and worked well for them as well, so I'm looking for others out there.

Vampire: Prince of the City board game.

I haven't ever played it, but I hear it's good.

And of course, Dungeoneer 2nd Edition

(also, I don't have a release date yet, but Epic Dungeoneer is coming out soon)

(And your in luck..this week's Wednesday sale is for board games!)
 



RFisher

Explorer
  • Dungeon
  • Talisman
  • Magic Realm

I've also read that Fight in the Skies has a roleplaying element to it, but I haven't had a chance to try it yet.
 

Kanegrundar

First Post
philreed said:
I'll second this one. It's a lot of fun. (I still need to grab the expansion.)
I recommend it. It helps to balance the game out a bit with some new takes on the rules, plus new monster minis are always good to have.
 

I'll also send forth some love for Runebound. It should, I think, be manageable by an interested 8-year-old. I haven't tried it with my 6-year-old, although she's been "counter helper" before. FWIW, Runebound also plays well solo, which is important considering that I have no heavish-boardgame friends at the moment. As someone else said, there are a *lot* of expansions, 6 more on the way this summer, and the cheap decks add a lot of interesting twists.

I've had my eye on Descent since before it came out, and I've toyed with the idea of buying it then developing a simplified rule set for my kids and I to use. I really like the Runebound+Descent overland/dungeon idea someone mentioned, too.
 

klofft

Explorer
My goodness! Magic Realm! Haven't heard that one mentioned in forever! I owned that game and I wish I knew where it was. I tried to make sense of the rules a dozen times between the ages of 10 and 20 and never succeeded. There were some REALLY interesting ideas in that game!

For something more modern, I can recommend When Darkness Falls. It is very much a hybrid lite-RPG/Boardgame. It also has lots of expansions. It is ideally a cooperative game. However, it requires a bit of imagination to really get the most out of it, as it uses a generic counter set for everything. It doesn't come close to some of the visuals offered by many of the other ones mentioned here.

C
 

talwynor

First Post
Cant Wait to get ...

Thanks for all the input...I'd love to hear from more on games that are out there as I think this may be a great way to satisfy my rpg fix for awhile (haven't had much luck with groups.) While Descent and Runebound were almost the first choice, we decided to go with the WoW boardgame ...largely because the game LOOKS amazing and becasue my son has been dying to play the MMO but I won't let him.

Dork Tower wasn't on my radar before this thread, but I'm prolly picking that up at my FLGS as well...seems like it might be a great fit for my son. I Ordered the WoW game from Thought HAmmer online so Ill let everyone know how the transaction and the first game goes!
 

Eli-kun said:
Played Shadows Over Camelot last week. Really fun with lots of role playing opportunities.

I ordered this a few days ago. It looks really cool and has good reviews, but I'm glad to hear a positive review, here.

I also ordered Carcassonne and Settlers of Catan.
 

SteveC

Adventurer
Many good games recommended here. I will third the mention of Warhammer Quest: absolutely AWESOME dungeon crawl board game. There is no substitute.

If anyone out there wants an idea for the perfect board game, it would be a reprinting of Warhammer Quest. Games Workshop has absolutely no plans to do so, however.

Other than that, Runebound is something we have been having a lot of fun with, and Descent is perhaps a little more complex than what you're looking for, but still a good time.

--Steve
 

RFisher

Explorer
klofft said:
My goodness! Magic Realm! Haven't heard that one mentioned in forever! I owned that game and I wish I knew where it was. I tried to make sense of the rules a dozen times between the ages of 10 and 20 and never succeeded. There were some REALLY interesting ideas in that game!

Heh! The corner cases can be kind of unclear, but we always found it pretty straightforward--although complex.

There was a interview with the designer online in which he talked about his original design vs. what got published.

Some fans have put together a 3.0 version of the rules with advice from the designer.

They used to play games online too, but it's been a while since I was keeping up with them.
 

klofft

Explorer
So now I have to find my original copy and see if I can understand the rules. A doctorate should be good for something!

Do you have a link for those "3.0" rules (and where were the 2.0 rules?!).

C
 

Bront

The man with the probe
I'm supprised no one's mentioned Return of the Heroes, which is very Talisman/Magic Realm like (Random board, quests, and power up to kill the big baddie). Lots of fun.
 

TemplarSaint

First Post
Philotomy Jurament said:
I ordered this a few days ago. It looks really cool and has good reviews, but I'm glad to hear a positive review, here.

I also ordered Carcassonne and Settlers of Catan.

Philo, you are going to enjoy all of those games. And if you want a good variation on Settlers, get Starfarers of Catan.

As for fantasy boardgames, Rackham is coming out with one later this summer called Cadwallon. I don't know much about it yet, but it soounds like a cross between Heroquest/Warhammer Quest and an RPG. They have already released two packs of gaming tiles for it (Lower City I & II), and I grabbed them last weekend. Great art and theu use one inch squares. My party will be ambushed on the streets of the city tonight.
 

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