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Eurogames: How to play Strategy Games

A former member
Post #: 17
G'day Crew,

Following a spot of strawpolling in the pub, I've decided to start a list of links to some good introductory or 'how to play' podcasts and videos for the games we've been playing at Eurogames Nights in Carlton and Cafe Games.

Now, these videos and podcasts won't really substitute for actually sitting down with the game and with a good game teacher, but they can help to familiarize you with the components, the flow-of-play, and give you the flavour of the game. Unless you've actually bought the game though, I recommend the videos over the podcasts.

Also, check out the entry for the game-in-question at http://boardgamegeek....­ BGG is the font of all knowledge and wisdom on the world of board games. Each entry includes a basic description, photographs, and links to useful stuff; plus, if you register you'll be joining a great big global community of players—adding your wisdom to the sum of learning! (And it's just kind of fun.)

So, without further ado...

Agricola

(Video by Scott Nicholson. 30min)
http://www.youtube.co...­

(Podcast by Ryan Sturm. 40min)
http://ryansturm.libs...­

Alhambra

(Video by Harrymaxryan, 10min)
http://www.youtube.co...­

(Podcast by Ryan Sturm. 50min)
http://ryansturm.libs...­

Carcassonne

(2 parts, about 30min in total)
http://www.youtube.co...­

1666 The Great Fire of London

(Video by Drakkenstrike. 18min)
http://www.youtube.co...­

Liberté

(Video by e3kmouse. 30min)
http://www.youtube.co...­

Pandemic

(By Tom Vasel. 8min)
http://www.youtube.co...­

Power Grid

(Video by Ryan Metzler. 13min)
http://www.youtube.co...­

Puerto Rico

(Video by Tim. 9min)
http://www.youtube.co...­

(Video by Scott Nicholson. 35min)
http://www.youtube.co...­

The Settlers of Catan

(Video by Tom Vasel. 9min)
http://www.youtube.co...­

Shogun

(Podcast by Ryan Sturm. 63min)
http://ryansturm.libs...­

Thurn and Taxis

(Video by Scott Nicholson. 17min)
http://www.youtube.co...­

Phew! Righto, that should do for now! Please, feel free to add your favourite reviews and ideas to this list.

Corey
Simon
user 14448831
Melbourne, AU
Post #: 1
Ok, so here are the ones for Dominant Species I was talking about.

Dominant Species

(Video by Undead Viking. 33 mins)
http://vimeo.com/16907805­

(Podcast by Ryan Sturm. 62 Mins)
http://ryansturm.libsyn.com/episode-24-how-to-play-dominant-species­

Not that it'll get out much, like you said, but look forward to having a go when it does!

Simon
A former member
Post #: 18
Nice work Simon!

I will bring Dominant Species along one night. It is awfully long though. Still, well worth it.

Corey
A former member
Post #: 73
Hi Corey,

What would you say are the easiest Eurogames to learn for those who have little to no experience with Eurogames but want to get into it?
Christopher
user 11666442
Group Organizer
Melbourne, AU
Post #: 43
Personally I would say Carcassonne is a very good starter for people wanting to get into eurogames. Lots of different options for tactics, but still the turns aren't (usually) very long.

I know Corey has previously recommended Puerto Rico for starters but I'm not so keen.
A former member
Post #: 19
Well, I don't want to put myself forward as any kind of expert... biggrin (Really, I'm still a newcomer myself.)

I agree with Christopher: Carcassonne is an excellent 'gateway game'. Two to five players. Simple and beautiful. However, it doesn't have as much strategy value as others.

Puerto Rico is considerably more involved, to be sure, but for those who want something juicier, with a stronger storyline married to gameplay, then PR is very good value. It can seem overwhelming at first, with so many bits and the variable player roles, but it really is top-notch. Not my first choice as a gateway game, but give it a go if you're feeling bolder. Two to five players.

My next suggestion would be Ticket to Ride—a simple but fun train game. (My only complaint is that it uses plastic trains—yukky). http://www.boardgames...­ For two to five players, get either the original or the 'Europe' version. Equally excellent.

The Settlers of Catan is still a great introduction to strategy games. Three to four players. It mixes network building, with card drafting and trading for an interactive, fun game. Once you've learnt to play it (which isn't too hard at all), it takes under an hour. For three to four players. Highly recommended.

If you like co-operative games, then Pandemic is a good one because you learn to strategize without the stress of competition, but with plenty of tension to keep it interesting. Lots of people love this, though competitive types don't take to it, I've found. Two to four players (the expansion lets you play with five and includes a 'bioterrorist' scenario that allows for some competition.)

I would also suggest that Thurn and Taxis (pronounced 'turn and taksees') is a very good introductory game: elegant aesthetics, fairly straightforward mechanisms (another route/network game mixed with hand management), easy to learn with a delightful 'euro' theme. Two to four players.

I've heard (but have not played) Stone Age recommended as a good gateway game with a 'worker placement' mechanism—similar to Agricola (pronounced 'A-grick-olah'—it doesn't rhyme with Coca-Cola!), Caylus, Le Havre and other, more complex games. It certainly looks lovely and comes highly recommended by the generaly board game geekery smile A review of Stone Age by Jeremy Salinas can be viewed here http://boardgamegeek....­ (I've posted reviews for the others earlier in the thread.)

Hope this helps! Let me know how you get on. Any other suggestions most welcome.

Corey
A former member
Post #: 20
OK, a few more games have found their way into my collection lately. I swear they walked out of the shop and onto my bookshelf by themselves! cool

Tinner's Trail

(Video review by Tom Vasel, 7min.)
http://boardgamegeek....­

Inca Empire

(Video review by Jeremy Salinas, 15min.)
http://boardgamegeek....­

Le Havre

(Video review by Tom Vasel, 10min.)
http://boardgamegeek....­

(Video review by Paul Springer, 6min.)
http://boardgamegeek....­

Humna
user 19123671
Melbourne, AU
Post #: 1
Hi Guys,

Has anyone played Ludo before?

http://en.wikipedia.o...­)
Christopher
user 11666442
Group Organizer
Melbourne, AU
Post #: 44
Hi Guys,

Has anyone played Ludo before?

http://en.wikipedia.o...­)

Hiya Humna!

I haven't played Ludo or Pachisi before, but I'd love to give them a go at some stage if someone has them.
Actually I have "Trouble" a very retro 70s game infamous for it's "pop-o-matic" plastic bubble that rolls the dice for you. That game is very closely related to Ludo and Pachisi (but probably missing some rules)
I'll chuck Trouble in with the games I'm bringing tomorow.

http://boardgamegeek....­

Maybe we should create our own forum thread for non "Euro Strategy" games :-)

cheers
Christopher
Cafe Games

A former member
Post #: 21
Hi Humna,

I understand that Ludo has a quite an ancient history, like Chess, Backgammon and others. The mechanic of the game is dice rolling which, while OK for a light, party game, doesn't really satisfy my itch for strategy. Like Monopoly, you're reliant on luck driving you down a track. Unlike Monopoly, the game does seem to have endpoint, so at least it doesn't get dragged out for hours and hours.

Incidentally, if you or anyone else is interested in games that incorporate Monopoly-like mechanics but are arguably better, check out Scott Nicholson's funny and informative video here http://www.youtube.co...­

Corey
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