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SBG Jason’s Favourite Board Game Ever!!

21 Feb 2014

About a year ago I started helping out at the Solid Board Gamers (SBG). This opened up a whole world to me, as I suddenly had access to a myriad of games, including Terra Mystica, Seasons, Castle Panic, Lords of Waterdeep, Alhambra, Neuroshima Hex, Yggdrasil, and so on. These are vastly different than the games of my childhood, as you may have guessed, based on their names.

As you may have surmised, being a gamer yourself, that The Settler’s of Catan was the game to de-virginize me. Countless hours of collecting wheat and bartering for wood showed me the light. Board games didn’t have to be collecting rent from unintentional tenants, world domination by dice rolls, or creating words on a grid. While all classics, I found little pleasure in these games. The irony is that this new world of games made those classics better for me.

Now, as an associate of SBG, I have access to their horde of boards [Editor’s note: I love this phrase, and will be co-opting it for further use]. I usually have one or two of their games in my house at a time. This has led to me learning LOTS of different games, and I was beginning to become a bit bored. I was beginning to feel like all games were just similar to another game I had already played.

Today I write about a game that, in the crux of my dilemma, stood out above the rest. In fact, it’s a variation on one of the boring classics that I mentioned earlier.

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SBG John’s 2013 Top Ten List

16 Feb 2014

This is a list of my top ten favorite games I played during 2013.  I didn’t get to play every game that came out in 2013, and a few of these are games I learned in 2013 that came out in previous years.  Here they are:

love-letter

10.  Love Letter

This simple, plays in 20 minutes or less, game something I picked up because of a recommendation by a friend.  After playing a few rounds I discovered quite a bit of depth.  It’s a good casual game and plays best with 3 or 4, but can still be played with 2.  There are a few variants of the game, the original comes in a little red velvet pouch, and 2 different special editions that come in boxes, and add additional cards that can replace the Princess card.  I prefer the pouch version over the boxed version.  Due to the size of the game, it’s an easy one to travel with which adds to its appeal as part of a game collection.  My wife and I have introduced it to several couples, and it’s always been a hit!

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