I’ve wanted to write about board games on Waypoint as i feel its one of the few areas lacking on the forums. As much as I follow video games from Waypoint, i actually follow board games a lot more and play quite a few of them.
I wanted to share games i’ve played in the past month and others are welcome to write/comment games they have played. It can be ANY games you played, no board game shaming and no snobbery please. Board Games at the end of the day are about interacting with people and having fun.
Here are some games i’ve played in the past month:
The Mind - This game has been getting a lot of hype in the board game community for the last few months. It has gotten even more since it got nominated for the Spiel des Jahres (think Oscars for board games but for a German family audience). Its a cooperative game for 2-4 players where each player is dealt a hand of cards from a deck that goes from 1-100 and you have to play the cards in order in real time. The catch is you can’t talk to each other, can’t signal what cards you have. It sounds dumb. When hearing how the game works i thought “this can’t work.” Then i watched a game of it played and was really amused. It was selling on Amazon.de for $13 including shipping figured, why not. The game…works…surprisingly well. It takes a round or two for people to figure out the strategy but when they do its a ton of fun. I’ve been showing this game to several groups and its gone over really well. I don’t want to hype it too much but i urge people to try it if they have the chance. It will come out in the US this July.
Azul - Azul is the other game that has been nominated for the Spiel des Jahres and it has been the big hit this year. Azul is a 2-4 player tile-drafting puzzle game in which you draft tiles from a pool and play them on your board to score points. Its easy to teach and has an interesting puzzle to play along with good amount of player interactiveness. I’ve played it with non gamers/gamers and it has gone over pretty well. Games are also pretty quick and we tend to play 2-3 games.
Incan Gold - Incan Gold is a classic push your luck game. It playes from 2-8 players and everyone is going into a cave to split treasure. If you keep exploring the cave you could get more treasure but if too many trap cards are played you lose all the treasure you found. If you leave before that happens you get to keep the treasure. I really like this game cause it scales well (few games handle 8 players without it being a party game) and it gets my friends in that Vegas mode of trying to beat the odds. The game plays fast too.
Strike - Strike is my last game of the night game i play. Its a quick 10 minute dice chucking mindless game. The box is an arena. You throw one dice in there, if several dice have the same number you get to pick those up. Last person with dice is the winner. Its good but right now its hard to get in the US as they are re-implementing it into another game.
I’ll try to post these once in a while if people are interested