Pandemic is a classic cooperative game intended for 1-4 players looking for new entry level titles.
It’s hard to imagine living through a disease ravaging the globe and the issues surrounding dealing with that. Thankfully, the classic game Pandemic helps your imagination. Work together with the other players, take on specific roles like the Operations Expert and Scientist to combat the viruses strewn about. You’ll have to work quickly – if even one disease gets out of control and isn’t able to be cured, the game ends and everyone loses. BUT, if you work together well and manage to cure all four diseases that around rearing their ugly heads, you win!
If you’ve ever played a certain similar flash game then you know – as long as a disease doesn’t start in Madagascar, you’re golden.
Splendor is competitive card drafting game intended for 2-4 players looking for new entry level titles.
You’ve probably heard the commercial: “Every kiss ends with ‘S'”. Those commercials are, of course, talking about Splendor. Play as a gem merchant in the times of the Renaissance against 1-3 other people, working hard to collect gem chips, improve your business, and attract the attention of the nobles. Each card gives you various bonuses, including giving discounts on purchasing other cards, or awarding prestige points. You can also reserve cards, preventing the enemy gem merchants from purchasing those cards. When a player reaches 15 prestige points, the rest of that plays out then the game ends. If that player is the only one who’s reached.
Being a gem merchant back in the Renaissance certainly isn’t the most sparkling of professions. But, when it’s done well, it’s just like the gems they sell. Truly outrageous.
Chinatown is a negotiation based city building game, intended for 3-5 players who already have some experience with board games.
In Chinatown, anything goes. You’ve just acquired your own little block of the city and you’re here to do one thing: build. Place tiles that represent businesses, gain points for each tile placed, and haggle with your opponents to get opportune placements on the district.
Resources are randomly distributed, so you will have to work with players to get the resources you need. You’ll get paid out for each tile you lay down at the end of each turn, but any completed business will give you exponential more. So, build your business, haggle with everyone else, and build up the district in your vision of success. Remember though, only one person can be in charge of Chinatown. Make sure you place your businesses well, and negotiate as hard as you can!
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Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion is an in-depth dungeon crawling game intended for 1-4 more experienced players, and is an excellent introduction to the mechanics of Gloomhaven.
Have you ever played a TTRPG and thought to yourself “I really wish I didn’t have to do any of this stupid roleplay stuff, I just want to hit things with my sword!”? Well the good news is, no one can force you to do any of that with Jaws of the Lion!
Venture forth as one of four heroes – Valrath Red Guard, Human Voidwarden, Quatryl Demolitionist, and Inox Hatchet. All of whom are well known for their various heroic deeds, such as Apprehended-That-One-Traitor, or Killed-All-Of-The-Nearby-Wolves-Because-Someone-Asked-Them-To. Pick your character and run through the scenarios, getting kills, earning loot, and getting gradually introduced to the game’s mechanics along the way. The glory is yours for the taking!
Lords of Waterdeep
Lords of Waterdeep is a well-renowned worker placement game perfect for 2-5 players with light board gaming experience.
Ah, yes, Waterdeep. A den of political intrigue and shady back-alley dealings. You might be thinking to yourself: “I’d love to lord over a town like that.” You’ve certainly come to the right place then.
Play as a powerful lord vying for control of the City of Splendors, your strings controlling the puppets that are the citizens. You can expand the city by purchasing new buildings, recruit adventurers to go on quests, and play intrigue cards that expand your power and control, helping or hurting the other lords along the way. It’s like if you stopped your TTRPG session and decided to RP as one of the people giving you a quest. You know, that one guy you want to punch half the time but you need him for his resources or information he has? Yea, that’s the one!
Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride is an excellent entry level game for 2-5 players looking to get more into board gaming.
Good news everyone who loves trains!
You can live out your dreams of becoming a conductor in this easy to pick up cross country train adventure! Trainsform into a trainsport mogul by placing trains from location to location, building towards the Destination Tickets you draw at the start of the game, gaining points for route length and fulfilling tickets. The player with the longest continual route is awarded bonus points.
After all, if you don’t have a monopoly on the train business, what’s the point? Choo choo!