I know I've previously mentioned playing Battlestar Galactica, which is another strategy-heavy board game. Well, yesterday I got together with a group of friends to play the 1979 board game Dune [click to read about the history and game play], based on the Frank Herbert novel.
We started around 1:30 p.m. with a couple of learning rounds, then proceeded into a full game that lasted until almost 8:30 p.m. Later on it was discovered that we'd missed a couple of rather important aspects of the rules and thus made things much more difficult for ourselves (and probably made the game much longer), but it was still an engrossing way to spend the afternoon and evening. I'm looking forward to playing again soon.
Until recently, I hadn't been exposed to games of this complexity. I grew up with Monopoly, Scrabble, Life, etc. and later branched out to Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, Scattergories and other "game night" kinds of games. And sure, games like that are entertaining enough, but there's so much more depth to spending several hours playing a character or group with a unique skill set.
Do you have any strategy games you really enjoy and recommend? We also sometimes play Pandemic (but didn't get to it yesterday for obvious reasons), and Last Night on Earth is on our group's to-do list. What else are we missing out on?