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Well if you're looking for a card dueling game, I can't really help. But I do have a few games that are mainly cards that I really enjoy.

  • #Oceans - really cool tableau/combo building game about adapting to a constantly changing ecosystem and eating the most fish. The card interactions are interesting, and the variability is great, mainly due to the "Deep" deck, which is almost 100 completely unique cards that have all kinds of crazy powers, in addition to the "Surface" deck which has duplicate cards. The art is amazing, which is a nice bonus.
  • #Dale of Merchants - this is a series of games that can all be mixed and matched together. It's a deck-building game about building your merchant stalls faster than your opponents. It's anthropomorphic animals and they are really cute. It is made by a small publisher from Finland, though, so it might be difficult to get outside of their Kickstarters.
  • #Shards of Infinity: Deckbuilding Game is probably the closest thing I've got to a card dueling game. It's also a deck-building game, not too distant from something like #Star Realms, if you've played that, but with some interesting twists. There's a co-op expansion as well, which I've not played but heard good things about.
  • #7 Wonders - this is a classic card drafting game that works well at 3-7 players.

Welcome! What are some of your favorite games?

Here are some of my favorite lighter games:

  • #Century: Golem Edition - pretty quick engine-builder with a race element. It's easy to teach and has nice art and pieces, so it's a good crowd-pleaser.
  • #Kingdomino - great 15-minute domino game. Also very easy to teach, and has a nice small box. It has a puzzley feel with some tough decisions. It's got some luck in it, but definitely not too much, especially for how quick the game is.
  • #Santorini - one of my absolute favorite games, and one of the best "abstract strategy" games around. It has rules for up to 4 players, but it's essentially a 2 player game.
  • #Tiny Towns - another puzzley feeling game. It plays up to 6 players, and plays fairly quickly. If you like Tetris, you might enjoy this one.
  • #Horrified - very fun cooperative game about defeating Universal Pictures monsters such as Dracula and the Wolfman

A couple of games that we enjoy that I would consider to be a step up from the above games:

  • #Wingspan - huge hit from a couple of years ago. Engine builder about birds. Very pretty and enjoyable game.
  • #7 Wonders - this is a classic card drafting game, and was my intro to modern board games. It plays very quickly once everyone is familiar with the rules, but does take a few minutes to teach. I recommend finding a good rules explanation on youtube. There's a fancy new edition that came out recently with updated art and components.
  • #Dale of Merchants - my personal favorite deck-building game (it's actually a series of games that can be mixed and matched together)

Since we are talking Sushi Go Party, I will throw out a shameless plug. The game takes the #2 spot on the Board Game Halv list for the best card drafting games.


I had two game nights this week, one with my regular three neighbors, and one with my niece and her husband while they were travelling through (even better that they requested it!).  Also played #Splendor on Board Game arena with a few others from here, picking up a 5-point card and a second noble on my turn to double my points and win the game.

Regular game night included:

#7 Wonders: first time I've played this with other people since I got it for Christmas about three or four years ago.  It was too much thinking and too many point options for the family to grasp.  This time played with four people in about 45 minutes (after trying to explain the rules and symbols😉 ). Everyone liked it and said they'd like to play it again. I'm looking forward to more 7 Wonders!

#King of Tokyo with #King of Tokyo: Power Up: first time using the Power up cards. They are interesting! Somehow I survived two full rounds inside Tokyo with only 1 health and ended up winning the game. One person focues on all the cards. Most of us didn't intentionally attacked as we tried for energy or hearts in order to get more power up cards in play.  Interesting combination.  Hope to play it soon and try out other monsters and their power ups.

Night with relatives:

#Sushi Go Party!: introduced them to this one, and I think it was their first card drafting game.  They liked it.

#Century: Spice Road: introduced them to this one, too.  My wife pulled out a win, my niece and I tied for second just a few points behind, and our exchange student - the most competitive of us all- came in last.

1. Yes! I would spend $200 on a board game. I find the art design to be great and mechanics different enough from other games.

2. #Scythe. It provides many aspects of mechanics that I enjoy. Card drafting, worker placement, and character abilities.

3. #Horrified Best cooperative game I have this year. My son loves this game. The characters are balanced and design well thoughtout. 

4. Top 5 Games: 1. #Mage Knight 2. #Scythe 3. #Inis 4. #Cyclades 5. #Everdell

They all have long play time and strategic maneuvering keeping you engaged and constatly thinking throughout the game. 

Well #Inis is one of two games on my wishlist, so suffice to say, it's high up for me.  I'd love to win the game.  Of course most know here I love area control, and I love the theme (being of Irish decent).  Also, everything I've seen makes it sound like the card drafting and action selection systems make for a truly unique experience.

I played #Terraforming Mars w/ 3.  I won by 10 points.  Didn't do any card drafting since that tends to add a little bit of time to the game length and we have a pretty hard stop time.  I would have preferred drafting but my cards had pretty decent early synergy with my corporation which is always nice. 

Ended with 2 games of #Bang!: The Dice Game which I won neither of them.  The last game ended with us all dying on the Indian attack, which was a hilarious way to end the evening.

Camels + Racing = #Camel Up

Too many races + Territory Control = #Small World

Dinner Building + Card Drafting = #Sushi Go Party!

Haunted House + Traitor Game = #Betrayal at House on the Hill

Iconic Monsters + King of the Hill = #King of Tokyo

Bean Farming + Trading = #Bohnanza: Bohna Nostra

Trains + Route Building = #Ticket To Ride

I could do this all day...


I really really don't like coop games.  The one exception is playing coop as teams (like in #1775: Rebellion).  I like the tension of competing against another player.

I don't mind Card Drafting, but it's the one thing that makes me nervous about #Inis (a game that's been on and off my radar for years).  I do really like that it has Area Control though.

I also don't care for games that are basically multiplayer solitaire. 

I've actually played #Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar camping, but it isn't what I would usually take.

One of my wife's favorites is #Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age so that goes with us pretty much on every trip. It is a small box, so it works pretty well in a small space.

One I always bring due to size is #Monster City Planners which is a game that most people haven't heard of. It is around 40 cards, plays four players and is a great little card drafting game. You can play cards out of your hand to build or destroy structures on the map (one card) but every card you play means you can't score that card, because you can only score cards you don't play.

We also take #Blueprints with us almost every time. 

Depending on the wind, #Codenames could be a great little game to take. #Sagrada is also one of our favorites. #Silver & Gold will be going with us next time.