Andrex suggested such a thread during the speedrun chat last week.
I figured this could be a thread of discussion and recommendations for newbies and anyone looking for something new to try in the world of physical card and board games. I have a number of games myself, and I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting games.
Modern card and board games have come a long way from the simple race and Monopoly-style games prevalent during our youth (at least some of us). The deck-building game craze exploded a few years ago when Dominion hit the scene, and now there are a million and one entries to the genre. Classic worker-placement and tile-placement games abound as well with as many themes and settings.
There are resources around for researching games; several shows on YouTube from what I can tell, but I’m a fan of Tabletop on the Geek and Sundry network.
A secondary purpose of the thread is to serve as an organization point if anyone’s interested in playing some games online. BoardGameArena seems to have a pretty interesting setup. The account is free, and there are a lot of games available (in both real-time and turn-based setups); a few I’ve played, a few more I’ve seen, and most I’m not familiar with, but they link plenty of rules and resources to halfway figure them out before you dive immediately in. If anyone wants to play whenever, I’m generally pretty willing to learn how to play and give something a go.