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DisasterWargamer10 Mar 2018 8:05 a.m. PST

For me I always enjoy a game of:

Flash Point
Pandemic – Dice Game

What games do you enjoy as a break from miniatures gaming activities?

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2018 8:13 a.m. PST

"Shoots" & Ladders … wink

roving bandit10 Mar 2018 8:44 a.m. PST

Flash Point is a great choice.
Star Trek Panic is really fun.
Settlers of Catan, not my favorite but willing to play.
Just about anything by Richard Borg

BattlerBritain10 Mar 2018 9:01 a.m. PST

Squad Leader
Central Front series
London's Burning

Winston Smith10 Mar 2018 9:13 a.m. PST


JimDuncanUK10 Mar 2018 9:25 a.m. PST

If I'm not playing with figures then I'm painting more figures.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2018 9:30 a.m. PST

Legion +1 thumbs up

lloydthegamer Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2018 9:39 a.m. PST

Setters of Catan, though I haven't played it in years.

Rotundo10 Mar 2018 9:40 a.m. PST


Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2018 9:50 a.m. PST

Junta, The Awful Green Things and the Waterloo campaign block game are all great.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2018 9:56 a.m. PST


Allen5710 Mar 2018 9:57 a.m. PST

Pandemic (board game), Red November, Awful Green Things From Outer Space, and Intruder are all fun and play quickly.

Dale Hurtt10 Mar 2018 10:00 a.m. PST

Generally any Richard Borg design (Memoir '44, Command and Colors, Battlelore, etc.). Hell, even Abaddon gets some love.

Gokiburi10 Mar 2018 10:35 a.m. PST

My current favorites are (in no real order):
Alien frontiers
Cosmic Encounter
Carcassonne Hunters & Gatherers

deephorse10 Mar 2018 11:15 a.m. PST


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2018 11:19 a.m. PST

I'm with Jim Duncan. If you're playing a non-miniatures game, you're neglecting your miniatures. Doesn't someone need touching up, at least?

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2018 11:43 a.m. PST

What are you talking about Robert?! I am going to miniaturize my Awful Green Things from outer space, here is what I am going to use for crew and monsters.



I am seriously thinking about doint this for Junta as well.
The waterloo block game is great for generating battles to play with miniatures, so I reject your premise.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2018 11:46 a.m. PST

Advanced Squad Leader
Fire in the Lake
Twilight Imperium

DOUGKL10 Mar 2018 11:50 a.m. PST

Smash Up
King of Tokyo
Time Line
To name a few

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2018 11:58 a.m. PST


Black Hat Miniatures10 Mar 2018 12:38 p.m. PST

Currently very into century:spice road


zoneofcontrol10 Mar 2018 2:48 p.m. PST

Just broke out my copy of Ambush and blew the dust off it.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2018 3:04 p.m. PST

Whatever the group wants to play. Lately we've done Star Trek Panic, Risk: Lord of the Rings, Risk: 2210, Risk: Star Wars, Risk: Star Wars a Original Trilogy Edition, D&D Conquest of Nerath (an excellent Axis & Allies system variant), and Conquest of the Empire. We also love Wings of War/Glory and X-Wing.

Mick the Metalsmith10 Mar 2018 4:41 p.m. PST

OSG's the library of Napoleonic Battles series

khanscom10 Mar 2018 5:22 p.m. PST

Agricola or Ground Floor

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Mar 2018 5:42 p.m. PST

#1 – The Amazing Labyrinth

Risk: 2210
Elder Sign
Oh Gnome, You Don't!
Ticket to Ride
Colt Express

new fave … Forbidden Island

also mention … Ascension (which is a card game)

Generalstoner4910 Mar 2018 7:10 p.m. PST

Betrayal at House on Haunted Hill
Dead of Winter

BuckeyeBob10 Mar 2018 7:35 p.m. PST

Squad Leader
Liberty or Death
Fire on the Lake
Through the ages

Wargamer Blue10 Mar 2018 9:09 p.m. PST

Combat Commander
Command and Colors series

Puster Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Mar 2018 10:33 p.m. PST

Terra Mystica

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2018 10:34 p.m. PST

A Game of Thrones
A Distant Plain
The Resistance: Avalon

Forager10 Mar 2018 11:56 p.m. PST

Smash Up
Settlers of Catan
old school Arkham Horror
Fury of Dracula
Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP11 Mar 2018 3:05 a.m. PST

Any of the classic Milton Bradley games such as Battle Cry, Dogfight etc.

Tommy2011 Mar 2018 7:56 a.m. PST

Pandemic, Flash Point & Defenders of the Realm
Forbidden Island & Forbidden Desert
Pathfinder Card Game
D-Day Dice
Harry Potter: Battle for Hogwarts

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Mar 2018 9:13 a.m. PST

While Dr. Who Risk! is not on my fave list (though it does have a couple of nice additional things going that add Dr. Who flavour and make a fun game (avoiding the Risk! grindhouse of death)), I'm not ignoring my minis for it.


In fact, only the Daleks came with it (and they were unpainted, mostly in garish non-Dalek colours), so the UNIT forces and cybermen are added. Next is Sontarans, if I can find some of the "old" or "classic" 15mm Prang (I guess they are)…

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP11 Mar 2018 2:31 p.m. PST

Where did the Star Trek playset come from Bashy ? Never saw it before ! huh?

Personal logo Cardinal Ximenez Supporting Member of TMP11 Mar 2018 3:52 p.m. PST

Lock n Load games are very good. I especially like the Viet Nam, WWII Pacific and Falklands games. The maps are very well done as are the counters.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP11 Mar 2018 4:19 p.m. PST

The away team is free as an STL on thingiverse.

Dave Crowell11 Mar 2018 4:26 p.m. PST

Ogre, GEV, Commands & Colors

huron72511 Mar 2018 5:06 p.m. PST

Anything from (favorites):
- Hockey Blast
- History Maker Baseball
- Soccer Blast

Fliip Football


DisasterWargamer11 Mar 2018 6:16 p.m. PST

Looking at the list above and others looking back on it

Would certainly add GEV, Melee (The Fantasy Trip) and perhaps even Kingmaker to my list

Old Contemptibles11 Mar 2018 6:20 p.m. PST

Britannia AH classic version
Advance Civilization AH
History of the World AH classic version
Rail Baron AH
Battle for Germany SPI
France 1940 AH
World in Flames ADG
Winter War SPI
Panzer Armee Afrika AH
The Civil War VG

I wish I played more board games but I have trouble finding players.

USAFpilot11 Mar 2018 6:21 p.m. PST

Commands & Colors: Napoleonic

21eRegt11 Mar 2018 7:09 p.m. PST


Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP11 Mar 2018 8:06 p.m. PST

Personally, I've also been doing solo Dungeon Saga, have played some Ogre, and am now playtesting my own rules for Three-Dimensional Chess (Star Trek style set).

I guess I really don't have a favorite game. Just whatever captures my current fancy.

Huscarle12 Mar 2018 9:38 a.m. PST


creativeguy12 Mar 2018 1:27 p.m. PST

Ticket To Ride with my kids is what probably gets the most table time. I picked up Ogre 6th Ed. at Christmas and have enjoyed getting it on the table.

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2018 2:35 p.m. PST

Thanks Bashy !

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2018 8:05 p.m. PST

So many 5 not mentioned yet:

Potion Explosion (best game with marbles since Chinese Chekcers)

Rise of Augustus (Roman Bingo)

Rivets (see my avatar)

Takenoko (pink bamboo is the tastiest)

Thunderbirds (somewhat like Pandemic, but really fun to play!)

(Leftee)13 Mar 2018 3:39 p.m. PST

Twilight Struggle
Heroes of Normandie
Commands and Colors
Notre Dame
Formula De

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