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Seeking co op inspiration

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Adam Leamey
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So after a recent playtest I am seeking some inspiration in regards to co op games to better simplify and streamline the game.

I have played
Legendary
Sentinals of the multiverse
Decent
One deck dungeon
Imperial assault
Pandemic
Elder sign
Super dungeon explore

These all have co op themes but I am looking for a broader spectrum to get more ideas.

X3M
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What if you describe, which

What if you describe, which part exactly you didn't like in that play test?
The problem was co-op. But on what mechanic/situation did it falter exactly?

Adam Leamey
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The co op was fine the

The co op was fine the problem lied in combat with the following issues

To much information to track for players
A lot of info for players to digest
Difficulty curve very hard a the start and eases off and is then easy.
Game needs a game master to run game and remind people of stuff
To geared towards players with familiarity with card games
To much number variance.

These were the issues brought up in my game players roll dice to determine damage and defend usually 2 dice. I am looking for ways to improve h gameplay and possibly cut down on components hence wanting to look into other co op games.

X3M
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It sounds like that

It sounds like that complexity is the key problem here. It makes the game harder in all directions. The game-master, difficulty, number variance, etc. You need to cut down a lot.

What if you make a list of all the statistics/mechanics that you need for combat. And start by choosing only 2 or 3 that also can support co-op?

If you use multiple rolls in 1 combat. It is easier to have 1 die representing 1 result. Not 2 dice as you have mentioned. Or, these 2 can be rolled 1 by 1. I have 1 die per projectile that is rolled a number of times.

If you are looking for war games. Perhaps Axis and Allies is a good one in my oppinion.
It will be a lot of work. But you could start looking into this list:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_board_wargames

It is very big. And I don't know which have co-op. IDK, Simply google them one by one and gather info?

ssm
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Dice Tower

I would suggest doing a search for 'co-op games dice tower'. Either go to their site or follow a link to youtube and view their channel. They do lists for all types of games and give great reasons why they like a game or don't like it. You may get good info by just watching/listening, or go check out something interesting. They even do videos about mechanics, dice games, etc. A great resource.

Gabe
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Here are the best blog posts

Here are the best blog posts I could find about co-op games:

http://www.boardgamedesignlab.com/mechanics/#cooperative

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