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Jason's Good Twin
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My one and only AT at this time is Arkham Horror. Unfortunately, it is a co-op. I didn't realize how much this can take away from a game with respect to individual character development and exploration. There just isn't a lot of time to "explore" and power-up your character.

I'm looking for a game with a table-top RPG-esque character progression that plays best with three or four and, of course, takes several hours to play. I'm also looking for something with the exploration part like Arkham Horror. I know that's "gamey", but I'm looking for it. I don't really want a dedicated "gamemaster" involved (down go many choices). I don't need Tolkien-esque fantasy either (edit: but I don't mind it).

Am I stuck with Runebound? I was not very fond of talisman at all.
 
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Sounds like Prophecy, not sure if it's too Tolkien-esque.
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It doesn't quite meet all of your requirements, but I'm having a lot of fun with Tales of the Arabian Nights right now.
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An oldie that has a lot of interesting stuff going on in it is City of Chaos. It's got a lot of exploration, and as you play, you join guilds to change how your character plays. It's out of print, but wasn't that popular.

If you play by the written rules, it can take a while, but you can make some house rules to speed up movement which will also speed up the game. My basic house rule is that I remove all tiles that are just paths, so that you can engage with the buildings more easily.
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indigopotter wrote:
Sounds like Prophecy, not sure if it's too Tolkien-esque.


I don't mind elves and dwarves as one might gather from my statement; they just aren't required.
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I'd suggest World of Warcraft: The Adventure Game... Much more interactive and immersive than Talisman or Runebound... Definite RPG qualities, in so far as you're levelling up, exploring around the board to complete quests... It's a really underrated game, IMHO...

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I really enjoyed the Runebound (Second Edition) series.

It lacks character development, but it is enjoyable as a quest game of sorts.

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I like World of Warcraft: The Boardgame a lot. Character development is very deep for a boardgame. It is a team game though - not every orc for himself
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I does sound like Runebound (Second Edition) would be the game for you. It is MUCH better than Talisman, and with all the expansions available you can make every session different. With four players it will be a very long game though, 4-5 hours is my guess. I ususally play it two-player and this takes us 3-4 hours. The Runebound: Sands of Al-Kalim expansion is great!
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Dungeon Plungin' is quite light but might fit.
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You're probably stuck with Descent: Journeys in the Dark, Runebound (Second Edition), or Prophecy.

You could also give A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game a try. Might not be exactly what you want though...

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Return of the Heroes might interest you. Similar to Runebound, Talisman, and Prophecy, but has some of its own flavor. It's probably my favorite of those "adventure" games.

Although I haven't played it in the "every player for him/her self" mode, A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game might work for you, too.

Good Luck!
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Thanks everyone. I guess I'll have to stick with Runebound. Prophecy had some of the things I don't like about talisman going for it. It's ok to be "stuck" with one recommendation I guess. It's better than none!

If I see an opportunity to try to the Warcraft game, I will.
 
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Zordren wrote:
Although I haven't played it in the "every player for him/her self" mode, A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game might work for you, too.

Good Luck!


This game does seem interesting for a different need fulfillment.
 
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