Looking for some lighter games in these crazy times
I like medium to heavy games. I like games that make me think and make tough choices. Maybe try to figure out what my opponents are doing and how I can out maneuver them....
Then COVID hit and came with it social distancing and in home lock down. It also came with my two kids 11 and 7 being home every day and me working from home (thank goodness I still have a job). Also coming on the first day of school being cancelled and working from home and the thought of a couple months in seclusion with the family (I love my family to pieces, just want to make that clear) and our landlord decides he wants to sell the house we rent from him and have been renting from him for 4 years and he wants to do it immediately. We love the house and are thankfully in a position were we can get a loan to buy it, but it's added even more stress. Sorry for this sob story when I know it's happening for so many others, but it sets up my question.
The thought of playing some of my favorite games doesn't appeal to me much right now. Figure the entire Garphill catalog and games like #Scythe and Viticulture and you get the idea. My wife and I are worker placement superfans. Our minds are so full of stress and we want to unwind with a game and not be necessarily challenged by it. That said, I need a game with some meat on it and something that can get my kids involved. I also know that "party" games are not in our wheelhouse. Nothing against them, it's just not what we're looking for.
Any lighter, 2-4 player games that have some meat on them but don't burn brains that you fine folks can recommend?