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Discworld Board Games

Postby Ponder » Wed Aug 14, 2013 3:27 pm

I have never in my life played any role playing games ala Dungeons and Dragons type of thing and may surely die with this as a great regret. I was wondering if anyone had tried any of the discworld games and what they were like? Also generally how to get into the whole board game/roleplaying scene? Am I too old (36)? AND, is there anyway of doing this online as I'm unaware of much available locally in these here parts??
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Re: Discworld Board Games

Postby Bickaxe » Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:25 pm

University groups are your best bet, but websites such as Meet Up may have groups in your area. Game stores are good, not sure if there are any in Derry, never seen any. I would suggest searching 'RPG Derry' but you might not get the results you are looking for :lol:

Online can be done, never tried myself. I think there is a program called d20 or something like that that has everything you need.

Not too old at 36 and the Discworld board games are well worth playing.
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Re: Discworld Board Games

Postby raptornx01 » Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:23 pm

unless you are dead, there is no such thing as too old. Now too big, that's another matter, but thats why things like the Trike in the funny pictures thread exist. :lol:

I know most other fandoms have them, but aren't there boards/forums dedicated to discworld roleplay? IE, sign up like a normal message board, but as a character. write out scenes and stuff that way?
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Re: Discworld Board Games

Postby Jason » Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:38 am

I'm 40+ and still play board games and D&D as regularly as I can. More or less weekly when myself and three friends can meet up.
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Re: Discworld Board Games

Postby Ponder » Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:38 am

I don't really even know what these type of games involve...I've just always liked the idea of being involved, and trying something new. I'd be more interested in the online aspect (if it exists) as I really don't think there is much available locally (Derry, Northern Ireland).
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Re: Discworld Board Games

Postby Bouncy Castle » Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:46 am

The Guards! Guards! game appears to have been born in Belfast!

http://www.belfastgalleries.com/article ... &cmd=print
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Re: Discworld Board Games

Postby raptornx01 » Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:08 am

This Documentary about D&D should give you an idea of what you are in for.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zng5kRle4FA
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Re: Discworld Board Games

Postby Molokov » Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:03 pm

To get into board gaming, the best resource seems to be http://www.boardgamegeek.com
It might seem overwhelming at first, but there's so much information there.
Also don't forget to watch Wil Wheaton's Tabletop on Geek and Sundry: http://youtube.com/geekandsundry

RPGs I'm less familiar with.

On the Discworld front, the following board games already exist:
- Thud
- Ankh-Morpork
- Guards! Guards!
- Significant Quest (fan-made game played at Australian Conventions)

Coming soon is The Witches (also by Martin Wallace, the man who designed Ankh-Morpork). He also has grand plans for a third game too.

Of course you could probably play Cripple Mister Onion too with the rules from Turtle Recall.

RPGs: there were the Discworld GURPS and Discworld GURPS also released in the 1990s.
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Re: Discworld Board Games

Postby mansooree » Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:56 am

Thinking of getting a DW board game for Christmas; can anyone recommend which is the best (relatively speaking) amongst Ankh-Morpork, Guards Guards and Witches?

(I already have Thud, and have to admit struggle to find people to play with in Pakistan).
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Re: Discworld Board Games

Postby Molokov » Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:13 am

Ankh-Morpork I can definitely recommend over Guards! Guards! Witches is only a new release and I've not had a chance to play it yet (hopefully my copy comes in the post tomorrow!)
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Re: Discworld Board Games

Postby Bickaxe » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:09 am

It depends on how you like your games...

The Witches - quick to learn and play, definitely a family game
Ankh-Morpork - Average learning curve, strategic (Risk fans would enjoy it)
Guards! Guards! - Steep learning curve, lots of cards, can take a few hours to play (my favourite)

If you are struggling to find people to play Thud! with, is that because nobody wants to play it or because nobody knows how?
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Re: Discworld Board Games

Postby TinatheConfused » Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:10 pm

Oh dear... Now I am going to have to invest.
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Re: Discworld Board Games

Postby mansooree » Fri Nov 22, 2013 10:23 am

Have not been able to find a like minded Pratcheteer... Have tried to convert my nephews but they are too invested in their smartphones.
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Re: Discworld Board Games

Postby Ghost » Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:08 am

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Re: Discworld Board Games

Postby Periwinkle » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:37 am

Come to the Discworld events in Wincanton Mansooree - plenty of like minded board gamers there! And we often get to test the new ones - like Witches and Guards, guards before they come out ;)
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