The Game of 49: Three in a Row, Go for One More

The Game of 49

As an 80’s kid, my earliest board game memories are of Milton Bradley games. Or more accurately, Milton Bradley commercials. You could explain the entire rulebook in thirty seconds, like in this little humdinger of advertising finery. The games were simple, and, once you reached the age of 10, simply boring. But like Pasta Night or Taco Tuesday, they still

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Anomia Kids: Sounds Like Fun!

Anomia Kids

Anomia is a word from a Latin root and means “without name”. It’s the term for being unable to come up with the name of an object. Anomia is also a game (from Anomia Press), in which players race to come up with a word that fits a certain category, ranging from “color” to “rock opera” to “shampoo brand”.

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Century: Spice Road – Trading for Fun and Profit

Century: Spice Road

Transport yourself to centuries past to a time when the trading along the spice roads led to great wealth and power. As a spice merchant you’ll lead your caravan to exotic markets to sell your valuable spices. Do you have what it takes to play your cards shrewdly, time your trades just right to acquire five point cards first and

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Zooscape: Gotta Catch ‘Em All

Zooscape

I’m going to do my best to explain Hisashi Hayashi’s Zooscape, but I’m going to fail. And the first time you play, I predict you’re not going to get it, either. But play it a second time. Then maybe a third. Somewhere in there, the elegance of the game design is going to reveal itself to you. The ugly duckling

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Classic Reviews – Dixit: What Art They Thinking?

Dixit Cover

Some games, in my opinion, fall into the category of “must have” in your collection. There are some games which I seem to never get tired of playing. Some games that are good “gateway” games; games that are great for helping introduce inexperienced gamers to (post-Catan) games & gaming. Dixit is an incredible game that fulfills all these categories.

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Sticky Chameleons: More sticky or more karma?

Sticky Chameleons

In episode 80, The Family Gamers explored games that are pure fun. Not necessarily the “best” or “most mechanically sound” game, but games that are just plain fun to play. This week we have a game that absolutely fits that mold. We will look at a new game designed by Théo Riviére and published by Iello, Sticky Chameleons.

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Loot: Piratical Plundering Cards

Loot card game - deluxe 2017 tin

Arr, mateys! We be pirates, sailing the high seas in search of Loot. We play cards to capture or defend merchant ships. Loot is one of the earliest games from designer Reiner Knizia. It’s been available in the United States since 2005 from publisher GameWright, but the newest version has updated artwork and comes in a metal tin.

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Downforce: The Best Racing Game of the Eighties and Nineties is Back

Downforce setup

Re-makes are not really my thing. The Ben-Hur movie of 2016? Woof. Crystal Pepsi? Trying too hard. Every Disney animated movie ever now coming back as live action? NO. So when I heard that there was now an entire tabletop game company, Restoration Games, devoted to remaking* classic games, I was … skeptical. Then I heard about Downforce.  And my inner

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