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Board Game Arena is best arena

CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ@TheButterflyman Icrontian
edited Mar 2015 in Gaming

Board Game Arena is the best website for boardgames I've found. They don't have everything (In fact, they have nothing that has its own version online already, so no Catan or Dominion or Carcassonne etc.) but they have a lot of games, and they are mostly very well implemented.

Lately I've been playing Race for the Galaxy, Puerto Rico, Caylus, In the Year of the Dragon, Seasons, Tokaido, Stone Age, and Sobek, and there are dozens of others I've yet to get into.

It's great for when I have a half-hour between classes or something, or when my students are taking a test, I can pull it up and play a quick game of something (usually Tokaido when I want something fast) against some strangers. I'll also play in the evenings sometimes when I see buddies online.

The best feature, imo, is the turn-a-day gaming mode, (though they call it 'turn-based' on the site (versus 'real-time') though it's a misuse of the term). In this mode, you can play any of their boardgames asynchronously with your friends, just logging in once/day to play your turns in whatever games you have going. It's like GMR for boardgames. I'm usually in about 12 games at any given time.

You can 'friend' people on the site, and form groups to facilitate invitations and to create join restrictions. I've started a group for my boardgaming friends on there already (The Mitey Worriers group). It currently contains @Zanthian, @CrazyJoe, @GHoosdum, @Adrestia, @Colgere, and myself. We mostly have the same usernames there as here (I'm 'CB Droege', since 'CB' is too short for them, and I think Joe has numbers on his name).

Go take a look.

If you join up, or are already a member, post your username here, so we can be friends, and I can invite you to the group. If you invite me to a turn-a-day game. I will likely accept. :smiley:

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  • HeroHero formerly known as XGPHero Icrontian
    edited Mar 2015

    Oh Hell yeah...Tokaido! ive wanted to play that since i saw the TableTop episode. i just signed up.

    my username is XGPHero exactly like here

    EDIT: I see you guys already have a game in progress, i hope i can get in on that.

    CB
  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ @TheButterflyman Icrontian
    edited Mar 2015

    Sure. Zanthian hadn't confirmed yet, so the game had not yet begun. Invite sent. :)

    (Also, I forgot that Zanthian is actually the admin of the Mitey Worriers group, so he'll have to invite you to that later.)

    (Edit: although now that I think of it, I'm not really sure what the 'group' feature does that being 'friends' doesn't already do, so maybe it doesn't matter...)

  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Alexandria, VA Icrontian

    Tushon is Tushon

    CB
  • midgamidga "There's so much hot dog in Rome" ~digi (> ^.(> O_o)> Icrontian

    midga is midga

    CB
  • ZanthianZanthian Mitey Worrier Milford, OH Icrontian

    Added people in thread to group and friends.

    CB
  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ @TheButterflyman Icrontian
    edited Mar 2015

    We should each post what games we like to play on the site. I keep wanting to invite people to games, but I don't know who knows how to play which games.

    Here's my list of games that I play on the regular:

    Caylus
    Color Pop
    In the Year of the Dragon
    Koryo
    Puerto Rico
    Quantum
    Race for the Galaxy
    Seasons
    Sobek
    Stone Age
    Tash-Kalar
    Through the Ages
    Tokaido
    Tzolk'in

  • midgamidga "There's so much hot dog in Rome" ~digi (> ^.(> O_o)> Icrontian
    edited Mar 2015

    Hive is about the only one I know well enough to just pick up and play. There's a few on there I think I've played before (like Puerto Rico), but it's been years. I'm generally willing to learn, though.

  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ @TheButterflyman Icrontian
    edited May 2015

    Alright: maybe this will work better:

    I'm running low on turn-a-day games, so I've started some new ones. They are all set to allow only my friends to join, so everyone in them will be people already mentioned in this thread. Feel free to join one some or all of them if you'd like. I'll start each of them as they fill up, or at 10a tomorrow. (BGA only allows games to stay unbegun for 24 hours before it deletes them.)

    Takenoko: http://en.boardgamearena.com/#!table?table=13316502
    In the Year of the Dragon: http://en.boardgamearena.com/#!table?table=13316524
    Through the Ages: http://en.boardgamearena.com/#!table?table=13316469
    Puerto Rico: http://en.boardgamearena.com/#!table?table=13316540
    Color Pop: http://en.boardgamearena.com/#!table?table=13316549
    Tokaido: http://en.boardgamearena.com/#!table?table=13316561
    Sobek: http://en.boardgamearena.com/#!table?table=13316573
    Stone Age: http://en.boardgamearena.com/#!table?table=13316592

    AdrestiaZanthian
  • ZanthianZanthian Mitey Worrier Milford, OH Icrontian

    I joined up on a couple.

  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Alexandria, VA Icrontian

    I joined in on Stone Age. Looked interesting after watching the Tabletop episode.

  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Alexandria, VA Icrontian
  • A turn a day would be great for me ... I have a hard time committing to online time for long periods.

    My username is on BGA is mrklewis

    CB
  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ @TheButterflyman Icrontian
    edited Apr 2015

    New Tokaido game. Join up: http://en.boardgamearena.com/#!table?table=13585951 Game is full.

  • ardichokeardichoke Buttes Master B Lansing, MI Icrontian

    Username ardichoke

    In for turn based fun...

    CBZanthian
  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ @TheButterflyman Icrontian
    edited May 2015
  • mertesnmertesn I am Bobby Miller Yukon, OK Icrontian

    Username mertesn

    CBZanthian
  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Alexandria, VA Icrontian

    Some new games to me, ELO off to encourage you to try :)

    Quantum: http://en.boardgamearena.com/#!table?table=13782863
    Race for the Galaxy: http://en.boardgamearena.com/#!table?table=13782893

    CBZanthian
  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ @TheButterflyman Icrontian

    Forgot to start the two non-full games before the 24 hour time-limit ran out, and I don't even know who tried to join because it doesn't tell me. Sorry. I started new ones.

    Colorpop: http://en.boardgamearena.com/#!table?table=13791995
    In the Year of the Dragon: http://en.boardgamearena.com/#!table?table=13791994

  • AdrestiaAdrestia Cincinnati, OH Member

    Ermahgerd, I NEED to be a Mitey Worrier. CB is getting me hooked up proper but I thought I'd post (my yearly post)...

  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI Icrontian

    @Adrestia said:
    Ermahgerd, I NEED to be a Mitey Worrier. CB is getting me hooked up proper but I thought I'd post (my yearly post)...

    Here's what you NEED to do...

    GHoosdummertesn
  • ZanthianZanthian Mitey Worrier Milford, OH Icrontian

    @Adrestia You have ascended to the status of Mitey Worrier.

    Adrestia
  • @CB nice game of Through the Ages, it is the first time I played. I thought i had a solid chance of winning right up to the 7 culture point swing attack. I had fun. If you start up a new game of Through the Ages shot me an invite please.

  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ @TheButterflyman Icrontian

    @mrklewis said:
    CB nice game of Through the Ages, it is the first time I played. I thought i had a solid chance of winning right up to the 7 culture point swing attack. I had fun. If you start up a new game of Through the Ages shot me an invite please.

    Fersure, it's an interesting game, and tough to balance. Fortunes can swing pretty quick.

    I'll start a new one soon.

  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ @TheButterflyman Icrontian
    edited May 2015

    Starting some new games. Join up!:

    Puerto Rico: http://en.boardgamearena.com/#!table?table=14302639
    Through the Ages: http://en.boardgamearena.com/#!table?table=14302675
    Tokaido: http://en.boardgamearena.com/#!table?table=14302685 (We'll play twice, once out and once back)
    In the Year of the Dragon: http://en.boardgamearena.com/#!table?table=14302711
    Quantum: http://en.boardgamearena.com/#!table?table=14302723
    Sobek: http://en.boardgamearena.com/#!table?table=14302748

    Games will start on Sunday the 31st at noonsih if they don't fill up before then.

    ZanthianAdrestia
  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ @TheButterflyman Icrontian

    See the post with the original images here.

    These last weeks, we decided to focus on some improvements that you were asking us for a long time.

    The list of these improvement is quite long, but we'd like to take the time to share it with you. Here it is:

    Menu during the game

    With this new menu, we hope to make more explicit the "meta" actions you have during a game. The new menu looks also much simple.

    Image

    Chat during the game

    Chat and game history are now in different places. Previously, it was quite hard to check chat history as it was "flooded" by game history.

    In addition, you can now start a chat anytime during the game by directly pressing any keyboard key (you don't have to use your mouse). So if you want to chat, you just have to type your message and press enter. Simple.

    Image

    Smileys and predefined messages

    We added a little "meeple" icon next to all new docked chat window. By clicking on it, you can now insert a meeple smiley in your messages, and also insert a pre-defined message like "Good Game!".

    Image

    Notes for turn-based games

    In your turn-based games you can now take some notes. This way you can remember what you had in mind even if your next move will be played hours later.

    Image

    Email invitations

    When you invite an offline player at a table, you can now choose to send him/her an email.

    Image

    Time joker for turn-based ("holidays" feature)

    This is summer time soon, and you may be offline during some days. This is why we introduced "time joker": 4 times each year, you can use a time joker to have a +4 days of thinking time on all your turn-based tables.

    Image

    It's your turn notification

    We add some additional visual effects when it's your turn. On the status bar:

    Image

    ... but also on browser title, so you can see that it's your turn even if you are displaying another browser tab:

    Image

    Note that we also fix the issue that were causing too many "it's your turn" sound when playing several moves in a row.

    Table access restriction without respecting the restrictions

    Now, if you want to restrict the access of a table, you have to respect the restriction yourself.

    Example: if you want to restrict the access of a table to those with <10% leave penalties, must have <10% leave penalties yourself.
    Example 2: if you are "Average level", you can't set a table restricted to "Expert only".

    No more turn-based limit

    We remove the maximum number of games you can play simultaneously using turn-based mode. Yeah :)

    Disable specific sound

    We added a "no sound" sound choice in your sound preferences, so you are now able to disable a specific sound that is annoying you.

    Plus some details about turn-based...

    Now it is possible to give a up/down thumb after a turn-based game (even if it has been abandoned).
    We also automatically close tables where a single move hasn't been played since 30 days.

  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ @TheButterflyman Icrontian
  • GHoosdumGHoosdum Icrontian

    Last takenoko died due to lack of players. Trying again: http://en.boardgamearena.com/#!table?table=14507960

  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Alexandria, VA Icrontian
    CB
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