Category Archives: Family games

Kingdomino board game review: It takes 15 minutes to build a kingdom

Many boardgamers might agree that Carcassonne is the game that has made tile laying games very popular. It was published in 2000 and has a ton of expansions.  For some reason, I have never been a fan of it so my first reaction to Kingdomino was pretty much “it is just another Carcassonne clone”. Then one of my favorite board game reviewers, Zee Garcia said this is one of the best games of 2016. That made me watch a gameplay and right after I was done watching the video, I immediately ordered it online.

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15 Party Games to Bring To Your Next Family Gathering: Pick One and Play

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We love to get together with friends and family on the weekends or the holidays. Usually, we sit down and eat together but eventually, we end up watching TV or staring at put phones nowadays. Board games are a great way to enjoy each other’s company in a very engaging way.

Here are 15 great party games to bring to your next gathering.

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Top 21 Board Games for Families: Time for new ideas

Board games are a perfect way for families to connect, interact and have fun together. Here are 21 board games you may not have heard of. My goal is to change that. There is more to board gaming than Monopoly, Sorry, Jenga, Candy Land etc. I am not saying you shouldn’t like these games, if those games are a way for you to have fun with your family and friends, that is absolutely wonderful. However, in my opinion, there is a bigger and better world of games you are missing out on. Once you learn about them, you may never go back.

I did not put these games in order, the first game is not my number one family board game of all time. I love them all. There are also some games on this list that I do not own yet, but they are definitely on my purchase list. Her we go!

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Jamaica Board Game Review: Pirate racing plundering fun!

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Some games are so beautiful, they get your attention right away. Quality component, vibrant colors, attractive board. It all comes together so well you can’t help but want to know more about it. Yes I know that sounds shallow and no I don’t ever buy a game just because of how pretty it looks but if a game is already well designed and fun and it also looks gorgeous, that definitely makes a game move up on my must buy list.

Jamaica is one of those game. The first time I heard about this game was on the Dice Tower network, it was one of their top ten lists and Zee Garcia could not stop talking about how gorgeous this game is. He also put this game on his top 10 games of all-time list, those two factors made me want to watch a gameplay video of Jamaica and I was sold.

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Las Vegas Board Game Review: Dice Rolling Gateway Game

When you initially discover the world of designer board games, you quickly realize it can be quite overwhelming to decide what game to buy, or even play to see if you like it. The number of games that are available out there is enormous not to mention the hundreds of new games that are published every year.  Even a game like Pandemic, which plays very smoothly, can be a bit intimidating for someone that has never played a modern designer game before.

My solution to this problem was to find a game that had game mechanisms I was already familiar with. For me, that was a dice rolling game. From Monopoly to Sorry, from Yahtzee to Risk, pretty much every mass market game you can find at a big box store has some kind of dice rolling in it.

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Karuba Board Game Review: Tile Laying Family Adventure

I have never been into puzzles. There are too many pieces to organize and it takes too long to complete one. After becoming a board game geek, I discovered that I like the idea of a game that creates the illusion of solving a puzzle. For example, you can argue that Pandemic is kind of a big puzzle, that is constantly changing and you are trying to figure out how to solve it.

When I heard about games like Carcassonne or in this case, Karuba, a tile laying game, at first I wasn’t that interested. They sounded too much like straight up puzzle building. I haven’t played Carcassonne yet, but I was definitely wrong about Karuba. It is much more than just putting puzzle pieces together.

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Ninja Camp Card Game Review : You need to play this game!

Cards games are probably the first games we learned how to play when we were little, usually because they are quick to learn and quick to play. A couple of weeks ago, a 5-year-old taught me how to play Go Fish, and she did an amazing job explaining the rules. Then, me and her brother, who is 4, had a great time, it took us 30 minutes max. to play a whole game.

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Best Family Board Game Night: Pandemic Review

One of my favorite genres in board gaming is cooperative games. Not only it is incredibly satisfying and fun to try to beat a game together as a team, it is one of the easiest ways to get into modern board games.  Because you are on the same team, the tension of missing a rule or making a mistake that results in you losing a game to someone is eliminated right from the start.

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