Playing board games from the 1980s, whether it's a straight remake like Heroquest, or a remaster like Return to Dark Tower, reminds me of a time when board games were less about challenge and conflict and more about fun.
Like, I really enjoy solving board game puzzles, FOR SURE.
But it's so nice when a game focuses on just being *fun* instead of being challenging or puzzly or intricate.
Back then, games appealed to kids. Nowadays, everyone wants super complicated things.
Heroquest is *STUPID.* It's move around, roll dice to win, and check for traps occasionally. It's extremely brainless. And yet it is SO MUCH FUN.
@pandora_parrot I think this is definitely lost a bit with board games becoming a "thing" in the aughts.
people are making those simple fun games, but not as much
@chimerror Notably: The attention of the community isn't on them. If the game doesn't have 954 miniatures and a 3" thick rule book, it doesn't break the top 10 on BGG, and thus people don't talk about it.
Games that are simpler and focus on fun are less popular.
@pandora_parrot I ran into this with a friend who tried to make a simple dice game about battling cat girls
I think it still needed a bit of work but it was a fun idea that's great for like those games you play when you're waiting for everyone to show up or hanging out in a con line
@pandora_parrot i played the absolute heck out of that in like 4th-5th grade and I'm so pleased to hear that it got remade
@prehensile It's more of a re-release, but YEAH. It's so good. They basically updated the pieces, but kept the game untouched.
@pandora_parrot oh wow they even kept the extremely dumb and awesome box art
@pandora_parrot I am intrigued!
@pandora_parrot You make a great point about simple -vs- complex but I don't think era has anything to do with it.
AD&D is one of the most complex RPGs ever, and it was also one of the first. Twilight Imperium came out in 1997.
There's ton of super-simple modern board games out there that can be explained in 5 minutes (Love Letter, Azul, and Unearth all immediately come to mind)
@pandora_parrot You can search only the most complex (user-rated) games on BGG and while a lot of them are fairly modern, there's definitely plenty of old school examples. Keep in mind there were just plain fewer board games back then, so of course they'll be under-represented:
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