Games of Auld Lang Syne: 7 classic games that never grow old

Games Of Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind Should auld acquaintance be forgot and games of auld lang syne. It’s so easy to focus solely on the latest releases when choosing games to review, that I thought I’d change things up a bit and reflect on some of my favorite games of auld lang syne. I have so […]

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19 Board Games By Theme for Your Halloween Game Night

19 Board Games By Theme for Your Halloween Game Night

Anything goes on Halloween. You can walk down the street in your pajamas and call it a costume and no one will blink an eye. So when it comes to hosting a Halloween game night, any theme goes, too. Finding good board games to suit that theme might be more of a challenge, except that I’ve done all the work […]

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Unexploded Cow – Blowing up cows for fun & profit

Unexploded Cow - Blowing up cows for fun & profit.

Unexploded Cow was the first Cheapass game I ever played. (It always gives me a little thrill to say that. Then in the face of a shocked response, I grin and explain that Cheapass Games is the name of game’s publisher. Unexploded Cow is a unique and hilarious light-hearted card game designed by James Ernest, owner and founder of Cheapass […]

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Jaipur – Send Your Camels to Trade

Jaipur - Send your camels to trade

Midnight at the Oasis, send your camels to trade… Every play you make in Jaipur, the two-player set collection game of trading and selling goods and camels, is itself a trade. Sure you get something good, but every move you make also provides an opportunity for your opponent. Perhaps that’s why my husband Tim and I love it so much. Let’s […]

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Lost Cities – An Expedition for Two

Lost Cities is the first Euro card game my husband and I ever owned. My husband picked it up at a thrift store in San Diego and put it in our game cabinet, where I’m ashamed to say it remained until after we moved to South Carolina. It wasn’t until we played it at another gamer’s house that we realized we had a […]

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Marvel Dice Masters – collectible dice building game for two

In Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men and Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men you play a mastermind controlling a team of Marvel characters. Your goal is to use your team of superheroes and villains to take out your adversary, another mastermind team leader. Reduce his hit points to zero and you win! As in most deckbuilding games, each player starts with […]

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Bohnanza: Pirates Expansion – Bean Trading on the High Seas

Bohnanza: Pirates - Bean Trading on the High Seas

Bohnanza, the classic bean-trading card game by Uwe Rosenberg who later would design Agricola, has had almost 30 expansions and spin-offs published in Germany since its debut in 1997. A relative few have made the voyage across the ocean to the United States. One of the newest immigrants, La Isla Bohnita, comes bundled with a partner in Rio Grande Games’ Bohnanza: […]

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What Goes Up… Must Come Down! Cloud 9: the Daring Game of Ups and Downs!

What goes up... Must come down! Cloud 9: The Daring Game of Ups and Downs

Cloud 9 is a quick, push-your-luck style card game. You earn points by daring to stay in the basket of a hot air balloon as it rises. Your points increase as the balloon climbs higher from cloud to cloud, but so does the risk of the balloon crashing. Should you jump ship to save your points or trust that the […]

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Elysium – Nobody can play just one!

Elysium - Nobody Can Play Just One!

I propose a new classification of board games: nobody can play just one. It should be applied to games that you immediately want to play again, even after just finishing a game. I first remember experiencing this phenomena after losing a game of Pandemic. We all immediately wanted to play it again… and we did! It’s perfectly understandable, we lost […]

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The Builders: Middle Ages – A Sweet Little Micro Game

The Builders: Middle Ages - A Sweet Little Micro Game

The Builders: Middle Ages is a sweet little micro game in which players vie to be named First Builder of the Kingdom by earning the most victory points by game end. To achieve this, players must combine wise choices of construction sites with recruitment of appropriately skilled workers. As you complete construction of buildings you’ll not only earn renown (victory […]

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Rise of Augustus, Ave Ceasar and All That Jazz or Euro Game Meets Bingo and It Works!

Ceasar and All That Jazz or Euro Game Meets Bingo and It Works!

While looking for some new games to bring into the store, I ran across Rise of Augustus, one of 2013’s Spiel des Jahres nominees. Spiel des Jahres, for those of you who haven’t heard of it, is a really important gaming award. It translates to Game of the Year. Spiel des Jahres nominations typically only go to the cream of […]

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Bohnanza Card Games and Expansions – from Pirates to Fairy Tales

Bohnanza Card Games & Expansions - from Pirates to Fairy Tales

Many awesome games never make it across the water to the United States, despite being in print for many years in Germany. Among those classic, well-loved games is the Bohnanza series of card games by Amigo Spiel. Although the ever-popular game of bean planting, Bohnanza by Uwe Rosenberg, did make it to the U.S., thanks to Rio Grande Games, only two of its numerous expansions have ever […]

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Bohnanza – Growing Beans for Fun & Profit

Bohnanza - Growing Beans for Fun & Profit

In the highly interactive card game, Bohnanza, you play a bean farmer. Your goal: become a wealthy bean farmer – the wealthiest if you want to win the game. You begin building your bean empire with just two bean fields and a handful of beans. While there are 11 varieties of beans, you can only cultivate one type in each field, and each […]

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6 nimmt! – A Deceptively Simple Card Game

Many awesome games never make it across the water to the United States, despite being in print for 20 years or more in Germany. Among those classic, well-loved games is the 6 nimmt! series of card games by Amigo Spiel. 6 nimmt! has been winning awards since 1994! So, to help celebrate its 20th anniversary, let me tell you about 6 nimmt!. […]

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DC Comics Deck-building Game Series Overview – Super Frenemies of America

DC Comics Deck-building Game Series

DC Comics Deck-building Game (DBG) is a competitive deckbuilding card game in which you take on the role of a famous DC Comics Superhero – or in the case of Forever Evil a Supervillain! Your goal is to acquire the most Victory Points (VPs), mostly by defeating Villains and Super-Villains – or Heroes and Super Heroes when you’re playing Forever […]

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