Quick LinksOther Mechanics
See All

Popular Trick-taking Board Games (Mechanic)

These are the board games with the Trick-taking mechanic.
See All

Forum Posts

ReviewCahoots Trick-Taking Card Game Overview (http://www.sahmreviews.com/2019/05/mayday-games-cahoots.html) [Cahoots]Like| 0 comments | [+]
Kickstarter Ending (8/9 - 8/16) [Lunatic, Dice Bags From Beyond!, Paper Arcade, vol. 1, Pick & Win Treasure, The Genesys Project: The Birth of Genesys, Blood Harvest, Bad Boss | The C...]Like| 0 comments | [+]
Skull King - Marcum Family Gaming - 5-Player Gameplay image
GameplaySkull King - Marcum Family Gaming - 5-Player Gameplay (https://youtu.be/qONHxITlbZg) [Grandpa Beck’s Skull King: The Original Game + Legendary Expansion]Like| 0 comments | [+]
See All

User Activity Feed

  • #Kingdomino I recommend to pretty much everyone.
  • #Santorini is one of my favorite games. Even people who aren't traditionally into abstracts can probably get into this one, as the god powers bring a ton of variability to the game.
  • #Tiny Towns is a great one at any player count.
  • #The Fox in the Forest my wife doesn't actually enjoy this one, but if you guys enjoy trick-taking card games, this is really fun.
  • #Wingspan is probably right around 45 minutes for 2 players, and is a nice experience. Fairly straight-forward after you learn the rules - you have 4 possible actions, 1 on each turn, you can activate any bird special abilities in the row of the action you select. The only issue with this one might be availability, though you can probably still get it from the publisher's site.

1. Games I thought my wife would enjoy:

  • #Call to Adventure - This wasn't a hard bounce, but after playing a few times, my wife still feels like there should be slightly more to add to the decision making as it's very lightweight and doesn't have much replayability.  The narrative aspect is great, which is what I thought she'd enjoy, but I think we both feel the gameplay is too straightforward to be enjoyable after 3 or 4 plays.
  • #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion - This was because my wife was drawn to the support role description of the voidwarden and that class just doesn't play very well at 2 players for someone new to that type of game.  Our five game sessions were pretty frustrating experiences for her, which, in turn, were frustrating for me.  Neither of us found the card efficiency gameplay to be fun either, which is really the core of the game.  She felt like the voidwarden's cards were so situational that as soon as the board state changed during a round, her choices immediately became significantly worse and limited.  Satisfying turns were few and far between.  I thought that because the card play was based in more of an efficiency puzzle, it'd be a good option for a cooperative, dungeon crawler for her, but we'll likely not play another session.

2. Current high hopes for games I think my wife will like:

  • #Trismegistus: The Ultimate Formula - This game seems to play in a way that is a bit reminiscent of other heavier euro games that she enjoys and that we have enjoyed together.  We found it at a game store we traveled to over the weekend, and our first, slowly-played game last night seemed to go over well.  We'll see how this one goes over the next few plays, but I'm hoping it will ultimately land well.  
  • #The Shipwreck Arcana or #The Search for Planet X or #Mysterium Park - This is really just a spot for a good deduction game, which we don't really have.  The puzzle solving inherent in these games connect a lot with her, so I'm still deciding which of these games would be best.  Once she became more comfortable with trick-taking after playing Fox in the Forest and Pinochle, #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine delivered those kinds of deduction success moments. Funny enough, she doesn't seem interested at all in Fox in the Forest Duet, which I think means that it's the deduction of The Crew that's fun for her, not the cooperative trick-taking that's the hook.

These questions are definitely easier to answer for my wife than other friends we play games with.  As soon as I think I know what they might like, there are inevitably some games or preferences or reactions to certain games I find pretty unexpected.  Sometimes it can be hard too because some games need the right context for them to land well.  We have bigger games that we've been wanting to introduce to our friends for a while but we never seem to find larger chunks of time on a weekend to do so.

#Just One - Played this a few times with the extended family over Christmas.  I love that just about anyone can play this game.

#King of Tokyo - Played my brother's copy for the first time.  It's a nice gateway level game.  I don't feel the need to get my own copy though.

#The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine - Played this a few times with family.  A couple of people were new to trick-taking and had a hard time grasping this one.  It could have been because we played it pretty late in the night.

#Hive - Played with my brother.  I always lose this game.

#Diamant - Played with my kids, they love this one.  We sort of make it a RPG experience, acting out what we have for breakfast and how we react to each hazard.

#Outfoxed! - Another I played with my kids.  I love how it makes them think logically.

#Pioneer Days - Played this for the first time last night.  It's a great dice-selection game, can't wait to play it again.

I remember liking games when I grew up, and as I've mentioned elsewhere on BGA, loving #Dark Tower and #Scotland Yard, and playing trick-taking card games with family and relatives. We also played a number of kid's games with my son when he was growing up.  #Scooby Doo Pop 'N' Race Game was one of his favorites. 

It was about 9 years ago that I came across a FLGS near where I worked that rented out games.  We rented #Forbidden Island, #Dominion: Second Edition (really, 1st edition back then), #Carcassonne, and #Catan. I really enjoyed them, and our son loved Dominion. We bought it for him for Christmas that year after renting it twice. Around that time, I worked with a Boy Scout troop and they had a game night.  I pulled out my copy of Scotland Yard and taught four of them how to play.  They thought it was so cool! 

It was still about three more years before we were introduced to #Ticket to Ride: Europe by an Aunt that really got us interested in current gaming.  Since then, there's usually a game or two under the Christmas tree and for my birthday. Our collection has ramped up since Azul won the Spiel de Jahres-I bought it the next day and my wife really enjoyed it. We've probably added about five or six games a year since then. I'd rather play a game than sit and watch tv, but when my wife needs some 'come sit with me' time, I can pick up some knitting project and sit with her.

I love to share games with people.  We're on our third year of hosting foreign exchange students and have played board and card games with each of them.  They have all shared a game with us, and have really enjoyed playing our games as well.  It's been nice to learn some games played in Europe (6 qui prend!, Cortex Challenge 2, and Romme). We've also introduced a few other people to new games and it's a lot of fun.  We start out with the easier, family-friendly, or co-op games, then go from there.

  1. #The Gallerist
  2. #Calico
  3. #The Fox in the Forest
  4. #Jixia Academy
  5. #Pinochle

I was also taught and played #500 with some friends, but that game has some unintuitive rules.  I guess most traditional trick-taking games have some weird twists, but with that one in particular I had a hard time internalizing those oddities.  I like all of these games, and will tend to want to play the card games more often than the others, but overall, I think I enjoy puzzly, action-taking games a little more.

Seeing that I still am at the start of my venture into the hobby, this is fun. I actually found BoardGamePrices early on and it helped a ton (thank goodness for the canadian prices being there too). I recommend it to all my buddies who are taking steps into the hobby themselves. BGA has also been an amazing find to read and share all kinds of things.

With 200 I'd prob go with:

#Disney Villainous - #Spirit Island - #Just One - #Medium - #Viticulture: Essential Edition - #Tokaido

A couple games on my wishlist that are not spoken about much and hard to find are:

#Let's Make a Bus Route - With coming across so much Roll/Flip n Writes at the start of my journey, this one jumped out as everyone is writing on the same communal board. Would love to find this one day as I know it's out there.

#Remember Our Trip - Such an interesting theme. Luckily a publisher has picked this up and it may finally be available to many sooner than later. 

#Eye My Favorite Things - This may be impossible to get at this point but it gives a regular trick-taking game a whole personal aspect as you get to know those around you better and have fun while doing so. All these games remain on wishlist even with the chances I may not end up finding them.