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April W
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I always enjoy seeing what the folks here recommend when I ask for suggestions, I have discovered/purchased some great games as a result. So here I go again...

I'm craving a board game adventure, something super immersive with high replay value. I've been keeping half an eye on Star Trek: Frontiers wondering if that would fit the bill. Needs to play well with 2, and I don't like lots of magic, so there goes half of the games out there.

Thanks for helping me spend my money!
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How much magic is okay? Tales of the Arabian Nights seems like a great choice, but perhaps too magical.

UPDATE: After looking at your collection and realizing there is no magic anywhere in there, I think Tales would not be a good option for you.
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The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game - not much magic in Tolkien's world, and if there is any, it is very subtle.

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You might want to take a look at Runebound (Third Edition). I must say that for me it's wat comes closest to a fantasy adventure (as in taking quests, acquiring skills and gear, improving over time etc). It does have magical damage but that works the same as physical damage.
 
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Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island? Very thematic with several different scenarios.
It is a cooperative game with focus on survival.
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If you don't mind PnP, look at Heroes of Feonora. But it has a lot to PnP.

You decide what skills your character has, and if you don't want magic, then don't choose to be a Magic User. Then if no one hires a Companion who is a Magic User, there won't be any magic in the game.

There are a couple foes who can only be defeated with magic, but you can run away from an encounter, and hope they don't succeed in damaging you during the chase.
 
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I find Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game to be quite an adventure, replayable and without magic. You may consider buying the new version, Dead of Winter: The Long Night.

Sadly, it totally fails in the 2-player department shake
 
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Claustrophobia is a great 2-player adventure/dungeon crawler. It ONLY plays two, though, so you can't have a bunch play.
 
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April W
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Thanks for the input everyone. I'll look into these suggestions.
 
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Soleia wrote:
Thanks for the input everyone. I'll look into these suggestions.


Star Trek Frontiers is a re-theme of Mage Knight, which is a fantastic game, but not really about "adventuring".

Maybe:
Archipelago *Kind of a euro worker placement thing about exploring islands and creating colonies.
Legends of Andor *Pretty puzzly but you kind of explore the world and it's very light(ish) hearted and fun

Absolutely:
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases *Not super replayable but the 10 cases + [new expansion] have lasted us a few as we only play it once in awhile*
Tales of the Arabian Nights *I don't know what you have against magic but there's like... genies in this, who I guess are kind of magical?* Likewise there is Agents of SMERSH which is a Cold War re-theme without any magic.. might be right up your alley [I'm selling it too if you're interested! ]
Mythos Tales *Lovecraftian version of Sherlock Holmes.. probably magic involved but I haven't really seen any in 2 cases thus far.

I wouldn't really consider any previous recommendation as being too much about "adventuring" personally. The latter 3 recommendations I posted are as good as you can get for "adventuring". If I had to tell you to buy one now, it would be Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases. It is a paragraph based game however, with no moving parts.
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Not sure if low fantasy would be your thing? So a game based on historical cultures with some fantasy blended in but very much in a grim and gritty way?
Legends Untold coming soon.

Sounds cool but hard to tell much without the rules. Will you be posting those to the files section?
 
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If you're interested in historical adventure, maybe Expedition: Northwest Passage?
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Geoffrey Burrell
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7 Wonders Duel, Axis & Allies Miniatures, or D-Day Dice.
 
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GeoffreyB wrote:


Edit: Actually not sure how any would be considered adventure games
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I'd suggest that you consider snagging a copy of Gloomhaven, due out in another month or two. It is an absolutely massive game and promises to be "super immersive with high replay value" to the Nth power. It is a D&D style theme, so maybe some magic, but I don't know it is obligatory. If you want it this year I think you need to pre-order a copy soon, because there will be a delay between KS and preorder shipments and retail availability.
 
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If you're OK with dark adventures that include a lot of gunfire and dead aliens, I absolutely love Level 7: Omega Protocol. Though to be fair you'll play it 9-10 times and then you're done.
 
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I want gloomhaven too I'm always looking for a good adventure game - I basically want zelda in a box but nothing quite fits. have high hopes for the above and also The 7th Continent another new one or even SeaFall

Galaxy Trucker is a good fun game and kind of feels like you're off on an adventure.

Also,you get to go off on mini adventures in Above and Below

Or what about Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game - haven't played this but looks interesting maybe???

Robinson crusoe also looks good but I normally hate co-ops so reluctant to spend out?
 
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SaggyUK wrote:
I want gloomhaven too I'm always looking for a good adventure game - I basically want zelda in a box but nothing quite fits. have high hopes for the above and also The 7th Continent another new one or even SeaFall

Galaxy Trucker is a good fun game and kind of feels like you're off on an adventure.

Also,you get to go off on mini adventures in Above and Below

Or what about Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game - haven't played this but looks interesting maybe???

Robinson crusoe also looks good but I normally hate co-ops so reluctant to spend out?

I've been meaning to look into Above and Below a bit more. I haven't really given it more than a cursory observation.
 
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Above and Below is a great game that to me tells a great story. I have played it a number of times now, but always at the 3 player count so I can't say if it plays well at 2 player.
 
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Tim Tix
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Soleia wrote:
I've been meaning to look into Above and Below a bit more. I haven't really given it more than a cursory observation.


You may want to have a look at it's successor Near and Far. It's more of the adventure stuff.
 
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0 replayability but if you want an adventure then T.I.M.E Stories delivers better than most.
 
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Ryan Keane
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+1 Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective. Ideal with 2. Probably the best actual story on any board game. I want to try Mythos Tales.

Above and Below is good too, but the story is just little snippets and it depends on the game group to get into it or not. You can win without bothering much with the story at all. And I like it best with 3. Looking forward to trying Near and Far.
 
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