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S Padilla

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Hello!

I'm trying to decide between Survive Escape from Atlantis or Mission Red Planet.

I am looking for:
- a board game (not just cards)
- that's easy to learn for non-gamers
- fun, even if you lose
- doesn't outstay welcome (90min or below)
- has take that
- thematic

Thoughts? Other suggestions?

Thanks!
Sue
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Keith B
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Libertalia off the top of my head.
 
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Michael Coniff
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I've not played Mission: Red Planet, but I have played Survive and from my bit of research, I'd say Survive: Escape from Atlantis is easier for non-gamers than Mission: Red Planet would be.

It also hits all your marks, so I'd recommend that wholeheartedly. It's also a classic and has stood the test of time, can't go wrong with that kind of history.
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Phillip Harpring
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Unfortunately I'm not familiar with either of those games, but of games that I have played, Colt Express definitely fits all of those requirements.
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Survive fits absolutely everything you're looking for.
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Mindy G
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Yes, get Survive, it's so great! I love that game so much.

Colt Express could also be a fun choice, though non-gamers might have an issue with the action programming and not paying attention to what other people have done.
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Nathan Howe
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All light and non-gamer friendly!

Aaarg:
Jamaica
Black Fleet
Rum & Bones

Roar:
King of Tokyo
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Brodie
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Yup...as others have said...

Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
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Weird recommendation of the day -- the original The Game of Life is an exact match for what you're looking for and gives you the ability to truly screw your fellow players. The game can be brutal. Worth a review if you haven't played in years.

Don't get the new one, get the reprint of the original.

My 16 year old boy had to walk away from the table for a couple of minutes he was so pissed.

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1625580/vintage-reprint-sho...
 
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robotbunny wrote:
All light and non-gamer friendly!

Aaarg:
Jamaica
Black Fleet
Rum & Bones

Roar:
King of Tokyo


+1 for all of these and Arcadia Quest
 
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Garrett X
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Little Dead Riding Hood - light tile placement racing game with role selection/variable player powers and light take that. You are racing to clear a path through the forest and make your way to grandma's house avoiding obstacles and zombie wolves along the way, and picking up bullets in the forest lest you need to engage in combat with a zombie wolf. On your turn you draft a helper and are that character for your turn eg. the Huntsman lets you draw and place 3 tiles and all other players draw one, the Evil Stepmother lets you draw 2 cards and choose another player to discard one etc. Then you play cards either for movement or for their special power. Other players can mess up your plans by using helpers and cards to swap path tiles around, move wolves on the board etc.
 
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Survive! Also look at King of Tokyo.
 
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I don't think Mission: Red Planet is a game non-gamers would like. Burgeoning gamers, maybe. But non-gamers, probably not. Survive is probably better in that space between the two you mentioned. There are tons of other lighter games to try as well: Stone Age, Lords of Waterdeep, Arcadia Quest, and Colt Express, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, and even King of Tokyo.
 
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S Padilla

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Thanks for the thoughts! I ordered Survive.

Not sure why but Mission Red Planet is always one of those games that I find a reason NOT to buy... (I'll probably get Citadels 2016 for my role selection game)

 
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Aaron Gelb
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Brodie17 wrote:


These are both awesome for non gamers.
 
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Max Maximus
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its the first game i introduce a non game playing person to, and its a blast even when you fail badly
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Donald M.
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Celestia, a big hit with everyone I play with.
 
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