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I need to learn how to play Ark Nova. It sounds cool.

Join the game then!

I don’t want to be a drag. I may join a future game though.

It’s not really the sort of game where you can be a drag, it’s mostly multiplayer solitaire. And we’re in widely separated time zones so I suspect there’s going to be long gaps between turns anyway.

It is genuinely remarkable how well the BGA implementation of Ark Nova works on mobile. That game sprawls on the table, and somehow they made it playable on my phone.

Are these games that are open now mostly “play by mail” type games where people do their turns when they can?

Most of my BGA time has been in live games, which I really enjoy. We have Discord, so live games are good.

Any interest in getting together for live gaming on BGA? I love a wide variety of games but especially the heavier stuff. I’ll hop on later and compile a list of games I’m particularly interested in, but I want to gauge the level of interest for live gaming at set times? For example, my group used to meet at 10am on Saturdays for BGA and then play a game or three depending on time/interest. I’m West Coast but fairly flexible on time.

I have owned Lost Ruins of Arnak for years now without being able to get it to the table, so I’d be up for trying a game of that. I’m MisterFoldy on BGA.

I also only have experience with BGA in live games, so would appreciate an explanation of how asynchronous games work (presuming that that’s how most of the recent games have been running…).

You take your turn/action, then you wait for a notification.

Games that I have played on BGA and enjoyed:

Castile of Burgundy
Agricola
Stone Age
Feast for Odin
Marco Polo
St. Petersburg
Tzolkin
Steam Works
Through the Ages

Also I see Beyond the Sun, Blood Rage, Anachrony, Gaia Project and Architects of the West Kingdom on there - which I’ve played live and enjoyed but haven’t played on BGA yet.

I’d be up for live plays on any of those - I’m happy to host. I have pretty good availability on the weekends.

I have never used BGA but I’m willing to try it out! Signed up as sfranklin1717 (since someone else already is ineffablebob on there, doesn’t happen often)

OK I joined too, my normal username was also taken so I signed up as FreeBeerTomorrow.

On BGA, I’m “Sharpe67”.

You guys have convinced me to create an account. “Timemaster Tim”

I’m not really a Euro game player but I want to learn. What are two or three popular games I should be watching Watch It Played videos to learn?

What are good gateway Euros? Hmm.

Of stuff that is on BGA, I would say Azul is a good gateway game to get used to concepts like applying the rules and scoring.

For getting a handle on basic resource gathering and resource expending gameplay, either Splendor (old and busted but still considered a staple) or Century: Spice Road.

For medium games that have a tutorial on BGA, Lost Ruins of Arnak, Pandemic (co-op), Race for the Galaxy.

Also I should mention they now have Great Western Trail, another game I love, which I have played live.

Is anyone interested in some live gaming as opposed to the asynchronous? If so, what are your available/preferred times/days?

I wouldn’t call it a gateway, but Troyes is amazing, not too heavy, and is on BGA.

Man, I had pretty much forgotten about BGA (in fact, I got a “Living Dead” achievement just now for logging in after such a long absence).

It’s great to hear that they apparently have it working well on mobile now. I remember one of the reasons the old group eventually faded was that it was inconvenient to have to get to a computer to take each turn.

Anyway, happy to give it another shot now and learn some games (tried to join the Ark Nova linked above, but it shows as abandoned).

Make sure you’re in “Turn Based” mode when creating a table, not “Real Time” mode. “Real Time” tables expire after a while if you don’t start them. “Turn Based” ones last forever. As far as I can tell, there is no difference on BGA between a “Turn Based” and a “Real Time” game except that you’re only allowed to be in one “Real Time” game at a time.