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I've been recommended a few youtube channels, one of them being The Dice Tower. Do you have any favourite blogs or channels?
Wil Wheaton's Tabletop series.
True, I don't really think of it as a review, but it really is - along with a fun view anyway.
Granted, it's a one-sided review. If Wil doesn't like it he won't play it on the show, but the fact that he doesn't play a game on the show doesn't necessarily mean he doesn't like it. He just uses it to showcase games that he likes and thinks can be demonstrated live on video.
For me its a mix of some youtube channels and BoardGameGeek. On the YouTube side there is Tabletop which can be fun. I've seen games on it that made skip the game because I didn't find it interesting or the game mechanics weren't what I wanted in a game. And while some people may not like them some of the reviews people put on Amazon can be informative.
Finally my favorite way to discover a new game to play is when I go to PAX East. I'd sit down and learn a game on the fly. If its easy enough to learn I may buy it that weekend and enjoy with my friends during late nights or early mornings of our trip. The game Ascension is a good example of it. We learned it at their booth. Picked up a copy and played it at the hotel later on at night.
There was a board game thread not long ago. I tried to find it but had no success. People listed a bunch of games they liked. These are the ones we play the most at my place:
Ticket to Ride - Very easy to learn and fun.
Settlers of Cattan
Cyclades - Fun game. Reminds me of Clash of the Titans a bit.
Ascension - Easy to learn. It has many different editions out, so I suggest going with the newest one.
Cards Against Humanity
There is a Marvel cooperative card game that is a bit long to set up but fun. I think there is an Alien version of it out now. Resident Evil was another card based game we've had a good time with. I played Star Realms at Pax this year and had a good time with it. Its a two player space ship combat card game. A game that was harder to learn (for me anyway), but good once you get it going was Puerto Rico. Another one I'm a bit slow to get is Android: Net Runner.
I could be misremembering but I think I've heard Pandemic is good game.
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Pandemic is a great game, full of cooperative strategy and varying levels of difficulty.
Is the Marvel cooperative card game you're thinking of Sentinels of the Multiverse? Or is it something else?
Sadly, I don't have a recommendation - but I will watch this thread for suggestions. Haven't played too many board games of late, but would like to get back in to them now that my kids are getting older.