Weekly Challenge #4: My Top 5 "Map Building" Games

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I love maps.  Maps of the real world or fantasy worlds.  Maps showing geography, space, whatever really.  They have always fascinated me.  So one of the aspects I really enjoy in games is when you end the game with a little map you have built up over the course of the game.

These are my favourite 5 games where you build a map as part of the game:

  1. #Ecos: First Continent: Not only do you build a map of the early earth but you also populate it with mountains, trees, and animals as you go!  I don't see this game discussed a lot but it's definitely a hidden gem and one of my favourites.
  2. #Okanagan: Valley of the Lakes: Definitely a hidden gem for anyone that likes building up maps.  It's a decent game that I would describe as "Carcassonne but more".   
  3. #Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale: A recent acquisition but one I really enjoy!  I plan on taking maps from my solo games and seeing if I can turn it in to a big map for one of my RPG's.
  4. #Cities: Skylines - The Board Game: A cool map of a city comes out of this game.  It definitely looks like the video game and it's a decent game to boot.
  5. #Carcassonne: The grand daddy of them all.  (At least in my experience.)  A great intro game and I love seeing how the countryside develops by the end of the game.

 

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3 months ago

Love the idea of using the #Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale maps to create a map you actually use for something else!

Supporter3 months ago

Yeah, it occurred to me after my first game.  The map I made was pretty interesting.  I tend to find that if I try to create maps they seem very generic and bland.  This was a way to organically create a map that could be morphed in to something interesting for D&D.

3 months ago

Yeah, that makes a lot of sense, do you have an idea on how to combine them?

Supporter3 months ago

Looking at them you can see some edges with the same terrain so it might be possible to connect the maps there and then fill in the rest.  A good starting point to allow my imagination to fill in the rest. :)

3 months ago

Cool list idea! I'm pretty interested in Ecos. Another good one not in this list is #Akrotiri

3 months ago

Same, I have been eyeing it up for a little while!

Supporter3 months ago

I really like Ecos.  The idea of building a tableau that slowly degrades with use is very cool and paying attention to other people is important because with the right card you can make a lot of points off of other peoples work.  Or at least make sure they don't hit those big point cards too hard!

3 months ago

Must...resist...buying...more...games

Supporter3 months ago

There's no official solo mode so right now it would be hard to get to the table.  Hope that helps. ;)

Supporter3 months ago

I'm not familiar wiith that one.  

Checked out the rules and that looks pretty fun!  

3 months ago

Made a first impressions post a while ago - check it out if you like: https://www.boardgameatlas.com/forum/4paNeWQx0T/akrotiri-first-impressions

Supporter3 months ago

Good write up!  I think the only thing holding me back is I rarely play 2 player games.  I know you can buy two and play 4 player I think?  

I'll have to keep an eye out.

3 months ago

Yep I have seen people do that. I read that it was originally designed for 4, but the publisher wanted a smaller box, so it was changed to 2 players only.

Linked Games
Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale
Cities: Skylines - The Board Game
Okanagan: Valley of the Lakes
Ecos: First Continent
Carcassonne
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