Recommend
2 
 Thumb up
 Hide
28 Posts
1 , 2  Next »   | 

BoardGameGeek» Forums » Gaming Related » Recommendations

Subject: Best "Level up" games? rss

Your Tags: Add tags
Popular Tags: [View All]
Dean Hunt
United Kingdom
London
flag msg tools
mbmb
I have been trying to discover why it is that I love certain games and not others...

I put it down to a few criteria, primarily what I refer to as a "level up" mechanic.

I like a game where you start out weak, and get stronger or improve over time.

One example of this is Dominion... you have a crappy starting deck, and you make it better and stronger over time. Thunderstone too.

Video games like Skyrim do the same.

I believe there are some Dungeon Crawlers with leveling mechanics too.

So what other board or card games would you recommend with this type of mechanic?

PS: Extra points for the following bonus criteria:

* Works well with 2 players
* Playable solo
* Under $50
* A gateway game for helping bring in my friends

Thanks.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Dean Hunt
United Kingdom
London
flag msg tools
mbmb
Oh, and extra bonus points if the game has randomness that makes it play differently each time. Dominion does this well with the kingdom cards, to some extent Catan does it a little too.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Jeff Hinrickson
United States
St Paul
Minnesota
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmb
Mage Knight Board Game

Meets all of your criteria except under $50, although comes close if bought online. Also, is a lot of rules but the game is not that difficult once the rules are explained. I would suggest playing a few solo games before presenting to your friends.
3 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Kevin J
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
flag msg tools
designer
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Prophecy is a great adventure game that has you level up mostly through gaining new skills, whereas leveling up in Runebound and some other adventure games just makes your numbers bigger.

Dungeon Run also gives you new skills when you level up, though it probably isn't great with 2 players.

Race for the Galaxy and Glory to Rome have you start with nothing in your tableau which you build up with cards that make your actions more powerful as the game progresses.

All of these games play differently each game by the variance in the order the cards come out.

2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Brian Hoier
United States
Sioux Falls
South Dakota
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Legend of Drizzt. Your character can level up once per game, has gorgeous figures to catch your friends' attention, and the dungeon tiles are layed out randomly each time. I even think it can be played solo.
6 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
chris lake
United States
Hewitt
Texas
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Not neccesarily "best" but good
Airships
I like the "leveling up" in this game, although it can be a trap if you focus too much on leveling and not enough on winning
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
jeff
United States
Cumberland
Rhode Island
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Look into the Runebound series.
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Brook Gentlestream
United States
Long Beach
California
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Check out Innovation. You build your society, which changes and grows over time.

I've heard it said that there is no such thing as a "typical" game of Innovation.

It can not be played solo, but is great for 2 players.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Aaron Morgan
United States
Sacramento
California
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
jjloc wrote:


This one is a great pick, but I wouldn't use it as a gateway game, unless you introduce your friends to the idea of deckbuilding via Dominion. MK is an amazing game with a ton of potential, but it's got a lot of complex, interconnected parts.

The Dungeons and Dragons line of games meet all your criteria - Castle Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon, and Legend of Drizzt are a great entry point, as is Descent (which cannot be played solo). First edition Descent sets are getting tough to find as they are out of print, but a new edition is coming out soon.

1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Tom Cannon
United States
Annapolis
Maryland
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
jjloc wrote:
Mage Knight Board Game

Meets all of your criteria except under $50, although comes close if bought online. Also, is a lot of rules but the game is not that difficult once the rules are explained. I would suggest playing a few solo games before presenting to your friends.


This excellent video should help you decide if this game is right for you and your friends.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/11547/mage-knight-board-g...
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Dean Hunt
United Kingdom
London
flag msg tools
mbmb
Thanks for the great suggestions.

Do any of the games listed on this thread have an online version that can be played?

I find that trying the game online gives me a good idea of whether I will like the actual game.

I really appreciate your input on this, many, many thanks.

1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Aaron Morgan
United States
Sacramento
California
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
largelylegit wrote:
Do any of the games listed on this thread have an online version that can be played?


To test drive Race for the Galaxy, check out http://keldon.net/rftg/

I've not seen online play options for the other suggestions, although someone may have created VASSAL modules for some of them.

Check out each game's individual pages, and scroll down to the videos. There are a lot of excellent gameplay tutorials available.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Mike
United States
Rhode Island
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I'd recommend the following

Talisman (Revised 4th Edition) - You level up and get stronger by killing enemies. The game is random as all hell, but its good if you enjoy fantasy games. It would be very easy to teach to your friends which would be a good thing. The game has tons of expansions that add more characters, more enemies and more loot. This is my go to fantasy adventure game.

Runebound (Second Edition) - I agree with the previous recommendation for this. It is very similar to Talisman, but more in depth. It also isn't quite as random. Fantasy Flight games has several expansions that change the game considerably. If you want to level up your characters in a very fun and unique way buy the character decks (example - Runebound: Blade Dancer Character Deck). This game also plays extremely well solo...much better than Talisman.

You can't go wrong with either game though.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Chris Siple
United States
Surprise
Arizona
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Although it might be a little harder to get a hold of these days, I would highly recommend World of Warcraft: The Boardgame

The leveling up aspect and character customization is leaps and bounds above the competition imho. It plays well solo, coop or competitive.
3 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Charlie Theel
United States
St. Louis
Missouri
flag msg tools
designer
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Merchants and Marauders - Acquire new ships/upgrades/specialists. It's a very fun adventure game that can be played with 2 players but is best with 3 or 4.

Space Alert with Expansion - Experience is gained which allows you to get new specialized skills. Highly addictive and unique coop game.

Doom: The Boardgame - Hard to find but better than Descent IMO. Game has a basic campaign mode with linked missions where you carry over equipment and gain experience to get new skills.

A Few Acres of Snow - A deckbuilding wargame that lets you build your deck with Indians, Infantry, Siege Artillery, special cards, and locations. Great 2 player game.

Eclipse - Space 4X game where you research technologies and develop your empire. Looks to be phenomenal.



 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Mike
United States
Rhode Island
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I can't believe that I forgot to mention Thunderstone. Its basically Dominion with a high fantasy theme. You could also try Rune Age or Nightfall as well...
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Alberto Casarrubios
Spain
Madrid
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
What about Agricola? You start with a couple wooden rooms and starving, and end up with a (maybe) thriving stone farm with different crops and animals.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Brook Gentlestream
United States
Long Beach
California
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Betote wrote:
What about Agricola? You start with a couple wooden rooms and starving, and end up with a (maybe) thriving stone farm with different crops and animals.


Ummm... what's a stone farm?
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Alberto Casarrubios
Spain
Madrid
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
lordrahvin wrote:
Ummm... what's a stone farm?


You city boys with your fancy commodities...
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Brook Gentlestream
United States
Long Beach
California
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Betote wrote:
lordrahvin wrote:
Ummm... what's a stone farm?


You city boys with your fancy commodities...


Is this some sort of new age Zen thing?
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Alberto Casarrubios
Spain
Madrid
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
lordrahvin wrote:
Is this some sort of new age Zen thing?


You really don't know what's good about life until you've farmed your own stone. Ah, those were the days...
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
B Mendez
United States
Eau Claire
Michigan
flag msg tools
designer
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmb
7 Wonders

You build up your wonder. Fast, fun, easy to learn and plays up to seven.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
S Pozun
United States
Phoenixville
Pennsylvania
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
You might want to think about a game with technology research like twilight imperium. Technology trees i bet you'd like a lot. Also something like through the ages or civilization have this similar mechanic. I like the same sort of thing which is why im trying to get a descent campaign going (via road to legend Expansion), for even more long term leveling to last across games.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
S Pozun
United States
Phoenixville
Pennsylvania
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Agricola -1
Seven wonders -1

Based on what he's asking they don't fit.
3 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Ron
Austria
Vienna
flag msg tools
“It's all in the mind.” ― George Harrison
badge
Devoted Follower of the Most Holy Church of the Evil Bob. Possessed and down the road to become chaotic, evil & naughty. All hail the Evil Bob and his Stargate.
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
spozun wrote:
Agricola -1
Seven wonders -1

Based on what he's asking they don't fit.


QFT.

And another vote for Talisman (Revised 4th Edition) from me meeple
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
1 , 2  Next »   | 
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.