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TNTM: Talking Table Top Cooperative Games

Top 5 Cooperative Games

Zia Comics resident Game Gurus, Danny and Trevor give you their top 5 list of favorite cooperative games.  Co-operative play encourages or requires players to work together to beat the game. There is little or no competition between players.

Cooperative board games generally involve players joining forces against the game itself.  Usually they can be played without any player in the role of the opposition.  The game is typically won by reaching a pre-determined objective.  All players lose the game if they don’t reach the objective before a certain event happens.

In some cooperative games, one or two players take on the role of traitor. Traitors typically win if the other players lose. Some cooperative games might have an added layer of intrigue by giving players personal win conditions. In many contemporary cooperative games cards are drawn each turn from a deck of random events. These provide the conflict or challenge in the game and make it progressively more difficult for the players.

We hope a few of the games in Trevor and Danny’s lists were intriguing to you.  You can stop in Zia Comics on any Saturday and we can demonstrate/teach the games to you.  As always… keep playing games!

We experienced camera issues near the end of the video.  Apologies for the audio quality at the end of this video.

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Video – TNTM: Top 20 Board Games part 2

Trevor and Danny from ZiaComics.com have compiled a list of their Top 20 favorite board games. They have different tastes in games so their lists have very little in common.

Danny prefers abstract strategy games while Trevor enjoys games with captivating artwork and ease of play. They both like ALL types of games, these are just their favorites.

This is the first segment in the countdown. This video covers #15 through #11 on their lists. Trevor and Danny tell you what games squeaked onto their list. A little bit of info is given for each game to help you decide if it is a game you’d like to look into a bit further.

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Samurai Spirit Game Review

Today we are gonna talk about one of my new favorites, “Samurai Spirit” by Antoine Bauza and Fun Forge.

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This is a co-op tower defense game inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai”.  Every player takes one of seven samurai each with different special abilities, and special powers called a “Kiai”.

On your turn you choose to fight a raider (and either confront or defend), support a fellow samurai with your talent, or pass for the round.

If you fight, you must choose to either Confront the raider by placing the raider card on the right side of your samurai board and altering the battle track accordingly (a 3 would move your samurai meeple up three places) or Defend against the raider if it has one of the three symbols in the top right corner (hat, house, or person). This keeps bad things from happening at the end of the round like losing barricades, farmsteads, or helpless villagers.

You must keep the delicate balance of battle though. If your battle track ever reaches the fire symbol you are knocked out for the round. While you are knocked out bad things can happen to the village.

Also, if the raider you confronted last turn has a symbol in the bottom right corner you must suffer the penalties of confronting them beforeSamurai Spirit cards you do anything else on your turn (like gaining a wound, burning a barricade, or worse…).

Supporting your fellow samurai can be just as important as fighting. By lending your special talents to the other players you can avoid having to meet certain requirements (like suffering penalties of raiders, passing undesired cards to other players, or even discarding raiders entirely).

The game plays over 3 rounds and becomes more difficult each round by adding Generals in round 2 and Bosses in round 3. If you survive round 3 with at least 1 family and 1 farmstead remaining in the village, you win!

Samurai Spirit boardWhat really makes this game stand out is the artwork by Victor Perez Corbella. The art is beautiful! From the samurai human and beast forms to the raider cards, even the board is pretty.

 

The game plays 1 to 7 players, with adjustable difficulty, and retails for the low asking price of $29.99. I give it a 5 out 7 honorable samurai.

-Trevor L. Cooper is an avid board gamer. When he is not gaming he can be found at Zia Comics, home of all things awesome.

 

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