When I first heard about Martian Dice, I felt like I needed to get a copy, because Zombie Dice has been a hit with pretty much everyone I know. Martian Dice has some similarities, especially in appearance, but it’s a very different game with its own pros and cons.
Lost Cities is a fairly popular two-player card game. I know many people love this game, but it isn’t one of my favorites. It’s okay, but it doesn’t stand out as being special in comparison to some of my other favorite games. I find it a little dull for what it is.
I’ve had to travel for work lately, and I had the good fortune to sit with my friend and co-worker Charlie on a couple of fairly empty flights recently. We both like games, so we spent the time trying out games on the airplane tray tables. We played Hive, Blokus Duo, and the Ticket to Ride iPad app.
Blokus Duo is a quick abstract game that is simple to learn but challenging to play. Sean and I don’t play many games like it, but we both enjoyed it. It’s a puzzle-like experience to figure out how to block your opponent and claim areas for yourself. Continue reading
Calling LCR a “game” is a bit of a stretch. LCR Dice is more like an activity than a game, since it is 100% luck and no strategy or skill. But it can be an entertaining gambling activity, especially when played for money. Continue reading
Zombie in my Pocket is an interesting idea for a game. I think it has potential for being pretty fun, but the experiences I’ve had so far have been somewhat disappointing. I’m still trying to figure out if this game will get more fun after more plays or if it’s just a little awkward. I’ve only played it twice, so it may be a little early to tell. Continue reading
Fluxx is a difficult game to describe, because the rules and goals are constantly changing. I enjoy the crazy chaos of playing Fluxx, and I have had some very fun times with it. But it drives some people crazy because of that randomness and chaos. I think you need to approach it with a light attitude, knowing that you are unlikely to have much control over the outcome. Continue reading
Jaipur is one of my favorite options for a quick but strategic two-player game. The rules are very easy to learn and teach, and the decisions are tough but quick. It’s one of the games that I often lose but don’t mind because the experience is so much fun. I like the art and the simplicity of the cards and tokens, which include only images and numbers (no text). But there are a few downsides that prevent us from playing Jaipur as often as I’d like to. Continue reading
Fairy Tale is a unique card game that is quite different both visually and in gameplay from my other games. To me, this is a good thing, because I tend to like variety in my games. But as with many of my games, I know at least one person who strongly dislikes it. In this case, it’s my husband, so my plays of this game will likely be at work or not at all. I have played it with coworkers a couple of times. I think it’s an interesting game, even though it wasn’t a hit at my house. Continue reading
Last Friday night, Sean and I went out for a nice Italian dinner at Picolinos in Ballard and then went to Sambar for cocktails. I had a bunch of games in my purse, but we didn’t feel like Picolinos was the right environment for it, so we finally pulled out Archaeology: The Card Game at Sambar. Continue reading