It looks like its rainy weather once again in town. Thankfully that means its perfect
weather to stay in, invite some friends, grab a few drinks and play some excellent
board and card games. If you're feeling like there is nothing to do, why not check out
some of these terrific games?
Star Realms: This has become my new favourite two player game. Easy to grasp,
loads of choices, fast game play, and it never outstays its welcome. Players build
their fleet of ships to annihilate their opponent in very satisfying ways.
Machi Koro: This looks to be the front runner for this years prestigious Spiel des
Jahres, the highest award in the board gaming industry. In Machi Koro, players will
develop their little town into a striving city to please its citizens. Your city will need
transport, agriculture, services, public works and perhaps a few amusements to keep
your people happy. Simple enough? Well, it is, and its perfect for that reason. Machi
Koro takes those old dry economic game and makes it a modern classic ready to be
shelved along side those other illustrious winners of the SDJ like Catan, Ticket to
Ride, and Hanabi. Play is fast and decision making is key to build the best and most
efficient city. I also highly recommend picking up The Harbour Expansion right
away, while its still in stock and its not too late to get it.
The Battle at Kemble's Cascade: I have gone on and on about this game to whoever
will listen to me (and than some). This is a near perfect game. Dripping with theme,
great componets, lots of strategy and the definition of innovative. Kemble's Cascade
simulates old school shoot-em-up video games seamlessly in a strategy board game.
Players play as pilots and scroll the map destroying enemies, gaining power ups,
managing their energy and damage, and blast each other into pixel dust. Kemble's is a
great thinky strategy game where choices really matter and each action is meaningful.
Five Tribes: Days of Wonder have become synonymous with quality. When news
broke that they were making a heavier game for a more "Gamer" crowd I was very
curious. Five Tribes manages to blend the classic Days of Wonder family stile game
and a more heavy strategy abstract game. Five Tribes takes the timeless classic
Kalaha and uses that simple mechanic to make a much more meaningful game.
Players will take a tile of meeples and place them one by one in a row or column.
Once they place the final meeple they will take certain actions, each one in the hope
to gain the most victory points. Easy to learn, hard to master, terrific for its
replayability. Truly a new classic.