La Granja: No Siesta! – The lighter, dicier cousin

La Granja: No Siesta! - The lighter, dicier cousin

When I initially saw La Granja: No Siesta! on Board Game Geek, I thought it looked interesting. I enjoy short, light games with hard decisions as much as I enjoy my longer, more involved Euro strategy games. Unfortunately, in this case, I was a little turned off it after watching Rahdo Run Through it. It didn’t appear there were that […]

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El Gaucho – Round ’em up and move ’em out!

El Gaucho - Round 'em up and move 'em out!

I was raised on a cattle ranch on the edge of a one-horse town in the Valley of the Sun. My dad was a cowboy: an accomplished rider, handling everything around the ranch from sowing and bailing hay to breaking and training horses, to herding, cutting, and branding cattle. So, when I opened a door in my Brettspiele Advent Calendar […]

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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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Las Vegas Boulevard – A 12-module expansion for Las Vegas

Las Vegas Boulevard - a 12-module expansion for Las Vegas

Las Vegas, a 2012 Spiel des Jahres Nominee, has been a hit with gamers of all types since its release. Casual gamers love it for its simple and easy play. Family gamers love that its flexible enough to play with kids. Hard-core gamers love its great mix of luck, strategy, friendly competitiveness, and how easy it is to entice non-gamers into […]

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Las Vegas (Dice Game) – Why didn’t I think of that?

Las Vegas - Why didn't I think of that?

Have you ever played a game that was so simple, components-wise, so elegant, rules-wise, yet so engaging, play-wise, that you thought to yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that?!!!” For me, Las Vegas is that game. Genius game designer Rüdiger Dorn, took essentially 5 sets of 8 dice, 6 pieces of cardboard illustrated with casinos numbered 1 thru 6, and […]

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Qwixx – To X or Not To X

Qwixx - To X or Not To X

I’ve been teaching and playing Qwixx a lot lately. It’s such a simple game – 6 dice and a scoresheet – yet so much fun. I wish I’d thought of it! Kudos to Steffen Benndorf, Qwixx’s designer. Qwixx is a quick-playing dice game with absolutely no boring downtime between turns. Your goal is to X off as many numbers in each of […]

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Discoveries: The Journals of Lewis & Clark – A Thematic Euro Dice Game

Discoveries: The Journals of Lewis & Clark - A thematic Euro dice game

While I love my Euro-games, some of them feel like the theme was added as an afterthought. Not so with Discoveries: The Journals of Lewis & Clark cunningly designed by Cédrick Chaboussit, and beautifully illustrated by Vincent Dutrait. Discoveries, a gamers’ Euro worker-placement dice game, feels like the theme was the starting point and the mechanics were built around, and in support of, that concept. […]

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Dino Hunt Dice – A Kid-Friendly Push-Your-Luck Dice Game

Dino Hunt Dice – A Kid-Friendly Push-Your-Luck Dice Game

If you love Zombie Dice, but feel a little uncomfortable with the theme, especially for games with the wee ones, then you need to take a look at Dino Hunt Dice. Dino Hunt Dice features the same push-your-luck play as Zombie Dice, but with a more kid-friendly theme. Instead playing a zombie on the hunt for brains while trying to […]

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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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Flash! – A Real-Time Dice Game for the Whole Family!

Flash! A Real-Time Dice Game for the Whole Family!

Blue Orange Games, publisher of the award-winning Spot it!, has created a real-time dice game, reminiscent of Yahtzee, that plays in a flash! Oh, and that’s its name, too: Flash! In Flash!, players each take six dice and place the scoring chips in the center of the table. One player chooses a challenge: Six-of-a-Kind, Three Pairs, All Odds, All Evens, […]

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King of New York – Mutant Monsters Rampage New York

King of New York - Mutant Monsters Rampage New York

King of New York is a sequel to the popular mutant monster king-of-the-hill dice game, King of Tokyo. This time, the giant monsters have moved their rampage to New York, where they’ve found more ways to acquire fame and wreak destruction – which translates to more opportunities for strategy and multiple paths to victory for players. The end goal is […]

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King of Tokyo – A King-of-the-Hill Dice Game

King of Tokyo - A King-of-the-Hill Dice Game

We interrupt this program for an important news bulletin. Giant mutant monsters have invaded Tokyo and are laying waste to the city. While the monsters appear to be more concerned with fighting amongst themselves than attacking the population, residents should evacuate the area immediately… Such is the theme of the dice-rolling game King of Tokyo, in which players play giant […]

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4 Dice Games You Can Stuff in a Stocking

4 Dice Games You Can Stuff In A Stocking

Continuing my quest to find small games you can actually stuff into a Christmas stocking, here are three dice games that fit the bill. Roll For It! – A Roll and Match Dice Game Roll For It! is a fun, family-friendly dice game with simple rules: Roll It! Match It! Score It! But watch out, one of your opponents may steal the card you’re […]

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