I bought Dominion last fall based on reviews on BoardGameGeek, and it has turned out to be a popular game with my husband and friends. It’s a card game, but it feels deeper and more involved than most card games. It also takes up a significant amount of table space, like a board game.
It’s interesting how each player starts out with an identical deck and the same opportunities, but the choices players make change their abilities and opportunities pretty quickly as the decks become unique. I also like the variety in this game; every game is different based on the different possible combinations of kingdom cards and the different strategies used by the players.
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 →
Incan Gold is a simple and fun game for groups of up to eight people. It takes only a couple of minutes to teach, and experienced players don’t really have an edge over new players. I think this is one of the noisier games we play at work, because the excitement over big treasure cards or danger cards leads to exclamations. There is a good level of tension and an element of trying to guess what the other players will do. Continue reading →
The Resistance is a social deduction game that heavily depends on the group of people playing it. With the right group of people, it is a very entertaining game of accusations, betrayal, and deceit. With the wrong group of people, it falls flat as a random-feeling guessing game. Continue reading →
Sean and I have never been much into sports, but this year, we joined a fantasy football league, and I am really enjoying playing it and learning about football! Fantasy football has a lot of similarities to a board game. The players on our team are a lot like our meeples.
We choose who plays each week and bench the others, and then they go out into the world and bring us back points. In order to make the experience more board game like, I decided to get unpainted wooden meeples and paint them to represent our team! 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 →
Sean and I didn’t dress up for Halloween this year, but we did carve pumpkins. Well, actually, I cleaned the pumpkins out (my favorite part) and Sean carved them (not my favorite part). Both pumpkins got board game themed carvings. Continue reading →
Our box is well worn from heavy use and carrying in my purse
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 →