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User Info: SeabassDebeste

1 month ago#1
Part 1 is still up: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/8-gamefaqs-contests/78284791

Welcome to the thread! Nothing surprising here if you've been following along. If you haven't been, this is the third time I'm ranking pretty much all the tabletop games I've played since starting as a hobbyist in 2015.

Here's what I've got so far:

Eaten By Sea Monsters
133. Secret Hitler (2015)
132. Good Cop, Bad Cop (2014)
131. Survive: Escape from Atlantis! (1982)
130. Sheriff of Nottingham (2014)
129. Dead of Winter (2014)
128. Imperial Settlers (2014)
127. But Wait, There's More! (2011)
126. Word on the Street (2009)
125. One Night Ultimate Werewolf (2014)

Gunned Down
124. Guillotine (1998)
123. Sagrada (2017)
122. Innovation (2010)
121. Quiddler (1998)
120. Tak (2017)
119. Mascarade (2013)
118. Cosmic Encounter (1977)
117. A Fake Artist Goes to New York (2012)
116. Boss Monster (2013)
115. The Godfather: Corleone's Empire (2017)
114. Carcassonne (2000)
113. Colt Express (2014)
112. Bohananza (1997)

Settle For It
111. Settlers of Catan (1995)
110. Ticket to Ride (2004)
109. Machi Koro (2012)
108. Yeti Slalom (2001)
107. Fire Tower (2019)
106. The Grizzled (2015)
105. God's Gambit (2014)
104. Sushi Go! (2013)
103. Ghost Stories (2008)
102. Paperback/Hardback (2014, 2018)
101. Bloody Inn (2015)
100. World's Fair 1893 (2016)
99. 4 Gods (2016)
98. Zombicide (2012)
97. San Juan (2004)
96. Dice Forge (2017)
95. 7 Wonders (2010)
94. It's a Wonderful World (2019)
93. Small World (2009)
92. Qwirkle (2006)
91. Roll for the Galaxy (2014)
90. Thunderstone (2009)
89. King of Toyko (2011)
88. Balderdash (1984)
87. Call to Adventure (2018)
86. Century: Eastern Wonders (2018)
85. Welcome (Back) to the Dungeon (2013, 2016)
84. Two Rooms and a Boom (2013)
83. Anomia (2010)
82. Coup (2012)
81. Lost Cities: The Board Game (2008)
80. Quadropolis (2016)
79. Love Letter (2012)
78. D-Day Dice (2012)
77. Turn the Tide (1997)
76. 6 nimmt! (1994)

Funded Awards
75. Burgle Bros (2015)
74. Shipwreck Arcana (2017)
73. Word Domination (2017)
72. Quacks of Quedlinberg (2018)
71. Acquire (1974)
70. Takenoko (2011)
69. Modern Art (1992)
68. Blokus (2000)
67. Ra (1999)
66. Tokaido (2012)
65. Isle of Skye (2015)
64. Seasons (2012)
63. No Thanks! (2004)
62. Terraforming Mars (2016)
61. Pret a Porter (2010)
60. The Mind (2018)
59. Tzolk'in (2012)
58. Pit (1903)
57. Jungle Speed (1997)
56. Cottage Garden (2016)
55. Agricola (2007)
54. For Sale (1997)
53. Dr. Eureka (2015)
52. Mysterium (2016)
51. Decrypto (2018)
50. Ghost Blitz (2010)
49. Ca$h 'n Guns (2014)
48. Pandemic (2008)
47. Hanabi (2010)
46. Raiders of the North Sea (2016)
45. Five Tribes (2014)
44. Karuba (2015)
43. Magic Maze (2018)
42. Celestia (2016)
41. When I Dream (2016)
40. Orleans (2014)
39. Dixit (2008)
38. BANG! The Dice Game (2013)
37. Power Grid (2004)
36. Glory to Rome (2005)
35. Viticulture (2013)
34. Scythe (2016)
33. Villagers (2019)

Starting with 32 are games that I've really enjoyed. Some are manic, others are tense, some are just thoughtful, some are sentimental. All have been fun.
yet all sailors of all sorts are more or less capricious and unreliable - they live in the varying outer weather, and they inhale its fickleness

User Info: turbopuns3

1 month ago#2
I noticed Coup is quite a bit higher than werewolf and secret hitler. Why is that? And how awful of a time did you have playing secret hitler to rank it dead last? 😆

User Info: SeabassDebeste

1 month ago#3
turbopuns3 posted...
I noticed Coup is quite a bit higher than werewolf and secret hitler. Why is that? And how awful of a time did you have playing secret hitler to rank it dead last? 😆

this is all covered in the previous topic! the tl;dr version is

1. secret hitler is a knockoff of a superior game
2. one night ultimate werewolf feels more chaotic than fun
3. coup is easily grasped and quick and inoffensive
yet all sailors of all sorts are more or less capricious and unreliable - they live in the varying outer weather, and they inhale its fickleness

User Info: SeabassDebeste

1 month ago#4
32. Specter Ops (2015)

Category: One vs Many/Team vs Team
Genres: Hidden movement, player combat
Rules complexity (0 to 7): 4
Game length: 75-105 minutes
Experience: 5-6 plays over 5-6 sessions (2015-2018) with 4, 5 players
Previous ranks: 9/100 (2016), 21/80 (2018)

Summary - One player, the Agent (who has special powers), infiltrates an evil corporation and moves secretly around the map fulfilling objectives (i.e. reaching certain points) and attempts to escape. The rest of the players are Hunters (each with special powers) hired by the corporation, and they move around the map attempting to locate the Agent (who places their mini onto the board if they are seen/caught). Once they locate the Agent, they have to land a certain number of hits to kill the Agent, who also has a few pieces of one-use equipment to get them out of jams. In the five-player variant, one of the four Hunters is secretly on the Agent's side.

Experience - The first time I played Specter Ops was sublime. We had all just learned it, and I was the Agent and got to choose my ally. The tension was incredible. As I tried to parse the state and bluff my opponent, I also tried to psych people out on who my ally was. With so many powers around the table, every move felt do-or-die. Finally, my tricks ran dry, and my enemies tracked me down. My ally came to my rescue, but it was too late. She was defeated and so we lost, though I certainly would have been had soon after. It was one of the most exhilarating games I'd ever played, immersive and tense, and I was super-excited about the prospect about getting it to the table again.

The next year, it did come to the table again with five players, and I was again the Agent. It was a different crew, and the tension started out again... but I felt like I was getting boxed in sooner, and this time, it felt like everyone else was taking a really, really long time when I felt I had already lost. There was a point where I told people rather rudely to hurry the f*** up. Not my proudest moment as a board gamer. I still managed one clever move to fake everyone else out, standing almost entirely still, after I'd been cornered. But I think that not being personal friends with the ally I'd chosen made a big difference that time, as well as the time and sense of losing that only I could experience.

Subsequent plays, with my new gaming group and at four players, went much faster, much smoother, and much less tense. The Agent has yet to win (because with no doubt, it's easier to be certain on where the Agent is), but these games have gone much more snappily. They did not hit the insane highs of the first game or the mind-numbing lows of the second game, but they were good opportunities to have fun and play a large puzzle.

Design - Specter Ops isn't exactly beautiful, but it's wonderfully chrome-y. The Agents and the Hunters all have great variable powers and cool designs and awesome minis. The board has an extremely cyberpunk-y feel, gloomy and ominous and corporate. The tension is naturally high in a hidden-movement game; once you manage to deduce where the Agent is (by moving your Hunters there to spot it), the Agent has to drop their mini on the board, and it is phenomenally satisfying.

The ruleset is pretty slim and is clearly designed to maximize tension on both sides. The Agent is badly outnumbered, but there are lots of corridors that prevent easy line of sight. It's easier to hide in the maze, but getting spotted in the maze also means that your enemies are up close and that you can get whacked more easily. The Agent also gets to make choices - which specific locations they need to reach the objectives; the order in which to tackle them; which exit to go for. The Hunters have three people and infinite health and more "active" abilities.

As a "battle of wits" game, Specter Ops offers tons of opportunity to feel clever and feel dumb and pump your fist. It can be satisfying either doing it alone as the Agent or as a team as the Hunters, and it can be very interesting doing it with the benefit of a hidden traitor.

Future - For a while, Specter Ops kind of made me feel a bit of dread. It still does, but I think the fallow period has expired, and I'd like to get a play of it soon.
yet all sailors of all sorts are more or less capricious and unreliable - they live in the varying outer weather, and they inhale its fickleness

User Info: Colegreen_c12

1 month ago#5
DPOblivion beat us all.

User Info: Naye745

1 month ago#6
I have heard specter ops is very good! haven't played it, though.
it's an underwater adventure ride

User Info: Peace___Frog

1 month ago#7

I have some catching up to do

User Info: Great_Paul

1 month ago#8
I've played Specter Ops twice and both plays didn't go so well. The first play was with a very negative group that were hating on it because they couldn't find me the entire game. The second play was a little better but it didn't really wow anybody.

I've heard Emerson is working on a MGS game so I'm curious how similar it will be to Specter Ops.
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User Info: NBIceman

1 month ago#9
From last topic...

what else ranks highly for you?

Without thinking about it too hard: Root, Inis, Heroes of Land Air and Sea, Twilight Imperium 4e, Kingsburg 2e, Feast for Odin, Eldritch Horror, Rum & Bones Second Tide, and Keyflower would join Scythe to make my likely top 10 in some order or another. Wingspan and Last Bastion are up around that level as well, but I haven't played them enough to make a final judgment on them.
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User Info: ChaosTonyV4

1 month ago#10
Specter Ops always seemed cool, but difficult to get to the table so I never picked it up. Like that one Dracula game it's hard to get non-hobbyist gamers to grok the idea of hidden movement, in my experience.
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