Each week, a question is presented to the various writers of Mighty Meep. This question might be insightful or relevant to the tabletop community… Or not. Sometimes these things are simply unavoidable. We would love to hear your answers as well, either in the comments below or by shooting us an e-mail!
Since we can’t always get a board game to the table we sometimes have to rely on their digital versions for a fix. This week we discuss our favorite digital board games.
Neal: For me it is far and away Hearthstone on my iPad. I make that differentiation because I don’t play on the computer anymore, and don’t think I ever will again. There is something about the tablet experience that feels right, and I’m not sure if its the addition of actually touching the screen rather than using a mouse. Its a great game as well in that it is free to play, but not pay to win. I’m very interested to see how long the game will last, and the changes it will see throughout its lifetime.
Ben: Oh man, this is such a hard question! I love playing board/card games on my iPad/iPhone.
I think the one I like the most is Medici, but close runners up are Tigris and Euphrates, Through the Desert, and Ra. I think that might come from the fact that I just love the game Medici more than the others, because the actual quality of the digital game isn’t as good as some of the other games. Through the Desert has the best AI of the ones I mentioned, although I lose quite a bit in Tigris too. They are well made and are continually entertaining games and I would recommend them for any gamer with a digital platform.
I don’t play any digital games on my laptop and I don’t own any consoles.
Matt: I live over an hour from both the game store I play at and my fiancée whom I typically play with so I spend a lot of time playing digital board games. I play against the AI, random strangers, friends and use them as a way for my fiancée and I to get a few games in during the week while we are apart. The game we have played the most online has easily been Dominion on Goko while talking shit on Skype. I know Goko gets a lot of hate in our community for its rough beginnings but most issues have been ironed about and it now works great. We’ve also played our fair share of Ticket to Ride on Steam and Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne over Xbox Live.
My favorite digital game to play solo against the AI is Argicola on the iPad. One of these days I may try it online but I am horrible at Agricola and do not wish to embarrass myself online just yet. In my opinion Agricola is the best board game to digital conversion so far, everything about it screams polish, and I can’t wait to see what Playdek does with Twilight Struggle.
Those games are all great but my current online addiction is Star Realms. I currently have about a dozen online games going and I’m loving it. Online play is very smooth and the fact that you only have to purchase the game once to get it on PC, Mac, Android and iOS is brilliant especially since due to my work I have devices for all four platforms. If you’re playing Star Realms online my username is Wilda.
Josh: My iPad is almost exclusively a digital tabletop gaming tool at this point. Hearthstone, Magic 2015, Ticket to Ride, Lords of Waterdeep, Agricola, Ascension, Tigris and Euphrates, Space Hulk, Small World…
Yeah, the list goes on and on.
At the moment, I’m playing Warmachine: Tactics on my PC. For a miniatures wargame, it’s a competent digital representation of the tabletop experience. Look for more on that soon.