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My wife likes the mechanics of modern boardgames, but isn't a fan of the screw-your-opponent over elements, which means we end up playing things like Ticket To Ride and Carcasonne without any blocking or other tactical elements, which I feel detracts a bit from the play.

In an effort to find some good common ground, I've been co-op game hunting. I acquired Arkham Horror, but in retrospect that was an error - the theme really isn't her cup of tea, and the fiddliness and mass of tokens and widgets isn't mine (although I think it would make a great computer game).

I picked up Forbidden Island on the iPad, and that seemed to be the sweet spot - quick setup/play, discussion about tactics, shared goal, etc. Off the back of that, I've acquired the new 2013 edition of Pandemic, and we both love it, even though we're pretty routinely losing (although usually within 1 or 2 turns of winning, so nice and tight). Looks good, too (the old edition was fugly), and picking from 7 roles randomly keeps a bit of variety going.

I think someone here said they had the new Matt Leacock game, Forbidden Desert. What are the key differences between it and FI? How cheaply could I pick it up for in the UK, and how big's the box? (I'm flying over from NZ in July/August).

What's your favourite co-op game, and why?

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Flashpoint Fire Rescue. It's kind of like Pandemic though I think it's so dropping in theme it feels entirely different. It can turn into absolute mayhem. Love it.

Me, Moose and Donk had a game with 2 firefighters each. We played the simple rules and still managed to have the house collapse on all but one firefighter and burn a cat alive.

Mice & Mystics scratches a fair few people's itches, though it didn't click with me.

I'm hoping to have Zombicide soon. I really like it and given the theme I can see it becoming a favourite.

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Any of the D&D Board games are great for co-op, you don't need anyone to play the enemies they each have thier own AI.
They are simple and quick too.

I'd go for Wrath of Ashardalon out of the three as it the most traditional (Drizzt and Ravenloft are kind of themed more)

Mainly I just love Dungeon Crawls :)

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I'd steer you away from Drizzt if you like a challenge - my group quickly lost interest after a few games, when we found it all a bit too easy. Heard good things about Ashardalon being tougher though.

I really like A Touch of Evil, which can be played cooperatively, competitively, or in teams. A b-movie horror villain (there are a selection to choose from in the base game, with more added in expansions) is trying to take over an appropriately creepy village, in cahoots with one or more of the village elders. Players work to explore locations, find and purchase equipment, battle the villain's minions, uncover the secrets of the village elders (randomly assigned - they might be evil, cowards, have hidden powers, etc), and finally form a hunting party to take on the villain in a showdown. The showdown can be a little clunky, but it remains a firm favourite with my group, and is suitable for two players. Just don't let the ridiculous picture of a nosferatu on the box put you off ;)

If you don't mind something a little more abstract, my girlfriend and I are enjoying Once Upon A Time, a semi-cooperative card game in which players work together to create a fairytale. Technically each player is trying to steer the story towards his or her "ending" card to win, but that's very much secondary to telling a good (if usually very odd) story. Wil Wheaton did a good Tabletop episode on this one if you want to see a game played out.

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We love Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (and it's add-ons). Amazingly, it's recently back in print, after years in the wilderness. You have to like reading, it being a "paragraph game" - so it is somewhat akin to a choose-you-own-adventure. Playing co-op works excellently - especially if you enjoy putting on silly voices when reading sections aloud. Note though: The replay value is zero, but that first play through is well worth the asking price imho.

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Has anyone played the BSG game? It was mentioned in the comments of the Ghost Stories review on Shut Up and Sit Down and Little Metal Dog have also raved about it. :)

Basically I'm looking into co-op games and ones with a backstabbing element appeals more to me (and the people that I play games with) versus straight co-op. Having said that, Ghost Stories looks kinda epic and I may well get that.

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Yeah I've played it a few times, as both human and cylon. It's brilliant. The paranoia of knowing that someone is working against the group makes for a tremendous game, with baseless accusations flying from the start.

"HE JUST LOOKS LIKE A CYLON RIGHT"

It's particularly satisfying managing to convince other players that someone human is the traitor when you are yourself :lol:

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