Lost Cities board game
Lost Cities board game

Lost Cities

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Who will discover the ancient civilizations?

Two explorers embark on research journeys to remote corners of the world: the Himalayan mountains, the Central American rainforest, the Egyptian desert, a mysterious volcano, and the bottom of the sea. As the cards are played, the expedition routes take shape and the explorers earn points. The most daring adventurers make bets on the success of their expeditions. The explorer with the highest score after three rounds of expeditions wins. The rules of the game are simple, but beware: The lost cities hold many unseen mysteries!

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  • Van Kirsten
  • A great little abstract, so themeless it's embarrassing but a masterwork in scoring and accessibility.
  • The wife and I play often, one of the few she will play anytime. The token "couples" game does work for us, but we actually would probably like to play something a little heavier most of the time. It can be played quickly though, and is intuitive, so it gets out often.
  • We haven't been able to get into this as other have. it feels too math-y and less interactive. We'll have to play this more to make a final decision.
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Alright here goes nothing..for simplicity sake, I left off the one's I've played either no games from or games that I didn't particularly enjoy.

Ted Alspach - #Suburbia

Antoine Bauza - #7 Wonders Duel

Bernd Brunnhofer - #Stone Age

Bruno Cathala - #Kingdomino

John D. Clair - #Mystic Vale

Rüdiger Dorn - #Karuba

Steve Finn - #Biblios

Stephan Feld - #The Castles of Burgundy

Friedemann Friese - #Fabled Fruit

Jacob Fryxelius - #Terraforming Mars

Mac Gerdts - #Concordia

Reiner Knizia - #Lost Cities

Michael Kiesling - #Azul

Vital Lacerda - #The Gallerist

Thomas Lehmann - #Res Arcana

Paulo Mori - #Rise of Augustus

Shem Phillips - #Paladins of the West Kingdom

Alexander Pfister - #Port Royal

Uwe Rosenberg - #Patchwork

Vladimír Suchý - #Underwater Cities

Reiner Stockhausen - #Orléans or #Altiplano..can't decide

Daniele Tascini - #Teotihuacan: City of Gods

Ignacy Trzewiczek - #Imperial Settlers


After all that, I can safely say I don't particularly care about designers haha. I was surprised I knew a couple of them off the top of my head.

I have unfortunately only played #Lost Cities, but I'd really love to play #Blue Lagoon and #Blue Moon City

Here's a few games that get people sucked in:


#The Quacks of Quedlinburg

#Lost Cities

#Star Realms



#Bang!: The Bullet

All of these are fairly cheap except for Quacks and Catan

#Star Realms and #Lost Cities were a lot of fun. I demand a rematch haha!

We have fun with #Monopoly Deal Card Game , #Exploding Kittens and #Sushi Go! . A couple others that I play online are #Lost Cities and #Jaipur

I'd also like to try the #Dale of Merchants series as well as #Flipology 

I may have to try #UNO again to see if you're right :-P #Lost Cities is definitely a classic!

I read the title of your post, and I thought, "ooh I got some ideas...." But, now I am not sure how good ideas I have. So many of the games I thought of don't quite fit your critieria, either they have too many components or cards: Pax games, #Race for the Galaxy, #Dominion: Second Edition. Or, maybe they are too long like #Innovation or #Impulse.

So, my pics are:

#Lost Cities

#CIV: Carta Impera Victoria


I've gotten rid of a few, some because my wife didn't care for them and therefore they wouldn't get played, and some because, while we liked them, they never got picked over any other games in the collection.