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Joined: 12/07/2009

Hello everyone,

My name is Marston Gould. Many years ago, I was an avid gamer and game tester. I also used to work at NASA back in those days and as you might imagine, many of the folks I worked with were very intelligent and capable of understanding and take apart test games. The group I used to play with would often create their own games and attend gaming meeting held nationally such as the ones that Alan Moon used to hold in Ohio.

Unfortunately, life had other plans for me and my gaming days went very quiet. Having kids does that to you. They (the kids) are finally getting old enough where I'm starting to recapture some of my lost time and I've started playing and getting interested in games again.

I've had an idea for a game that I've been carrying around in my head for several years - but in order to know whether its even interesting or not, I'd really like to learn more about a few forms of specific game mechanics. In particular, I'm looking for recommendations of games that have aspects of group/collaborative success; games that requires a player to take a set of actions that will benefit not only themselves but an opponent in order to be successful; and/or games that require collecting items in order to be successful. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you..

I look forward to many interesting discussions.


Dralius's picture
Joined: 07/26/2008
try these

That’s allot of ground to cover. Here are just a couple.

Collaborative: Vanished Planet, Shadows over Camelot and, Red October

Where helping yourself helps others: Clans, and Toledo

Collecting: Amazonas, and buccaneer.

I tried to give you example that were quite different per catagory.

Or if that is not enough you could get total overloaded using this to search for games like you looking for

Nix_'s picture
Joined: 09/23/2009
WoW The Boardgame is and RPG

WoW The Boardgame is and RPG game that uses both team victory and item collection

I think Pueto Rico is a classic example of a players taking actions that could in effect help other players more than them.

Joined: 04/14/2009

Welcome to the forum!

In addition to the games recommended here, I suggest that you make your game anyway. The process in enjoyable and even if what looks good on paper doesn't end up playing well, you'll learn a lot. After all, the game has been kicking around in your head for a while, so obviously YOU think it's got some potential! Why not give it a chance to see the light of day?

Good luck and I hope you enjoy your re-found hobby!

ilta's picture
Joined: 12/05/2008
A few more

Re: Collaboration games: I think you mean Red November, not Red October. Easy mistake since it takes place on a commie-themed submarine! :)

I would agree that Shadows is a great example of good, easy to disassemble collab game. Battlestar Galactica is its obvious successor, but much more complicated I think, especially if you've been out of games for a long time. I'd add "Pandemic" to the list as a very popular "pure" (everyone wins or loses, no traitor) co-op game that's worth checking out.

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