Holiday Top 5 Must Play List

I thought it might be fun to share our Top 5 anticipated games to play over the upcoming holidays.  Perhaps include something from your shelf of shame, or one that you enjoy from your collection that doesn't get much attention.  Mine are:

  1. #Bunny Kingdom - recently purchased, only played twice, fantastic game
  2. #PARKS - getting this for Christmas, looking forward to a relaxing trip through the beautiful scenery
  3. #Acquire - ok, I know a strange pick, this game is as old as I am, yet somehow I think my family will really dig it - just "acquired" it for Christmas
  4. #Sorcerer City - another new aquisition, initial game with my son was really fun, looking forward to playing with more players
  5. (The One that needs more attention) #Empires of the Void II - haven't had it long, but have only played once and want to give this great game more attention!

What are your top 5?

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6 months ago

I hope to get a few games to the table (fingers crossed!). Some of these are: 

Those are the ones I want to get to the table most of all. But, I'll be happy playing pretty much anything haha

6 months ago

#Empyreal: Spells & Steam I've seen and read about, it looks amazing.  I do need a train game in my collection, sounds like you would recommend it?

6 months ago

I haven't played it yet, so it's hard to say. But I've read the rules and started a two-handed two-player game by myself and found the mechanics to be fun. I'm hoping to get it played soon though. Because it at least LOOKS really good haha

6 months ago

Yeah, hoping that it's both style AND substance.  Same with #Tang Garden, another game I like.

6 months ago

Tang Garden looks excellent. 

Premium User6 months ago

I'd be happy to play just about anything now a days as well haha

Premium User6 months ago

Oh wow, I didn't know you had #Empyreal: Spells & Steam! That is such a fascinating game...the production value is crazy, but it seems people enjoy the gameplay as well, so that's good!

Premium User6 months ago

1. #Root - I haven't had a chance to play a four player game and if all goes well tonight we have a masked gaming session set up.

2. #Detective Club - I think I'm getting this for Christmas and looking forward to playing with the family.

3. #Crokinole - I bought this on Kickstarter for my family and look forward to unveiling it Christmas day :)

4. #The Gallerist - Another game I think I'm getting.  Looking forward to playing with others but will probably be a solo game for several rounds first.

5. #Obsession - Looking forward to this soon in the mail and will set up a nice Downton Abbey/Game session with Becky.

Premium User6 months ago

Also you've sent me down the rabbit hole of watching a GameNight video of Detective Club. If I didn't have #A Fake Artist Goes to New York or #Similo I think I would instabuy this. Now I'll have to run it by Sarah...wish me luck haha

Premium User6 months ago

Ha! I love being the "red pill" provider.

Premium User6 months ago

I may have sold her on it. Not entirely sure. I'm sure I'll pick it up eventually haha

Premium User6 months ago

Re the Gallerist: "Several rounds." More like all of them lol

6 months ago

That's a great list, I guess I'd call you an omni-gamer 😊 - quite a variety!  From that list, #Obsession, #Crokinole and #Detective Club I'd like to try the most, although they all sound fun.

Premium User6 months ago

oh man I'd love to try Crokinole some day! Don't really have room for a board in our current place, but I'd love to get one eventually!

6 months ago

I agree. #Crokinole is definitely on my "want to play" list. I'm not sure when I'll get the chance, but one day maybe.

Supporter6 months ago

Nice.  I don't know that I'll get to 5 over the Holiday's and I wonder how we judge that (for me the Holiday's start at Thanksgiving and end at Epiphany (January 6th) which gives me a while to get to everything)... but I'll go with the following

1. #Pax Pamir (Second Edition) (yes I finally have it and I'm hoping I'll get to it on Monday with my gaming group, but if not that will be because we will be playing my 2

2. #Root (always a great time and my group is starting to really grow into it more and more.)

3. #Dune (this could be 1, 2 or 3, it's mostly 3 right now because of my top 3 it's the least likely to make it to the table).

4. #My Little Scythe (we got this out again as a family game just last night!)

5. #Scythe: The Rise of Fenris (this is my long shot game, I'm hoping that maybe my next gaming group we can start this bad boy).

Premium User6 months ago

Crossing my fingers that you'll be able to get #Dune played!

Supporter6 months ago

You and me both, you and me both.

But I am glad that #Root has been popular and being played a lot by my group.

Premium User6 months ago

Yeah that's awesome!

6 months ago

I like this exercise.

1. #Tiny Towns - a gift from my parents, that I will get at Christmas. I helped my parents buy games for the grandkids and my brother. My mom just asked what game I wanted under $35, so I picked this one. I've been wanting to try it out for a while now.

2. #Stone Age - I introduced my brother that lives four hours away to this game this past summer. He really enjoys games, but isn't really in the hobby yet. He really enjoyed this game and the worker placement mechanic. I'm looking forward to playing it again with him.

3. #Downforce - I bought this during a sale at a game stone recently and haven't played it yet. It looks like a lot of fun, and it looks like I could play it with adults and some of my neices and nephews.

4. #Carcassonne Amazonas - the regular #Carcassonne is my favorite game, and I haven't played this stand alone version. My mom is buying it for my dad (I got them both playing the regular Carcassonne), and I am looking forward to trying it out.

5. #Hand and Foot - a old card game. I know it doesn't really fit the list, but this game is a classic in my family. Ever time my family gets together, we play at least one game of Hand and Foot. My parents and grandparents played it before I was born, and I remember being so excited when I got to play for the first time. I hope to teach my daughter (6) this game soon, not this year probably, but soon.

6 months ago

You will love #Downforce, it is quick to play, easy to learn, and simply fun!  Two house rules that made it better for my groups: 1) Can't use your "Speed 8" card until after the first milestone, and 2) You have to bet on a different color at each milestone.  You can certainly play it by the rules and it will be fun, but these two seem to help eliminate the runaway leader issue, as someone can race to the first milestone, everyone tends to bet on them, then continue to bet on them and help them along in order to cash out.  The BGG forums are full of ideas and suggestions, but these two were very simple and effective for us!

6 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion. I've never played it before, so I might try it the standard way first. However, I'm not against house rules, so I might give yours a try. I can't wait to play it. It is the first racing game I've bought, and I like that it is not just racing. I think the betting will help keep those behind in the race interest in the game. I also like that it goes up to 6 players. Most of my games stop at 4 or 5 players. Have you played any of the expansions? If so, what are your thoughts?

6 months ago

The two tracks that come with the game are great, the expansions add new powers and new tracks that are just different enough to keep the game interesting.  So play the base game for a while and if all goes well, grab an expansion or two.

6 months ago

Good idea. 

Premium User6 months ago

Tiny Towns is pretty great but I think out of these, I'd go for Stone Age. Such a simple WP game that I wish I owned myself

6 months ago

I love Stone Age. I've only played it 4 times. Everytime with only my brother. I would like to play it at more than 2, but I haven't had the chance yet. I really like the simplicity of it. It is engaging and has some depth, but isn't too deep to play with less experienced gamers. I eventually want to convince my wife to play. My brother talked about teaching his daughter (15) when we get together for Christmas. 

Premium User6 months ago

Agree with this completely. I've only played on board game arena..I'm sure I've played more than 2 against random people but I know I've played with 3 with people I know. It's definitely easy to understand and therefore teach and like you said has enough strategy for more experienced gamers to enjoy.

Hope the play for your niece happens and goes very well! Does she usually play board games?

6 months ago

She does. She has played #Ticket To Ride and #Carcassonne, as well as #Risk. #Stone Age would definitely be a step up for her, but her dad (my brother) thinks she will like it.

Premium User6 months ago

Oh yeah that's definitely a step up from those games but not too much! Should be totally fine