Posted on December 27, 2012
We found some decent games under our Festivus pole this year.
We haven’t had a chance to play Game of Thrones yet since it requires three players but we’ve gotten in a couple rounds of the others (if you count playing Settlers and Seafarers of Catan online pretty much nonstop). The Hobbit Legos is basically a memory game with a couple of extra twists. It’s easy enough for a seven year old to pick up instantly but still engaging enough for an adult that it won’t bore you to tears if said seven year old wants to play it nine times in a row. The best part though is that the board is made out of Legos so you get to build it all before you play.
Spam dice is relatively Yahtzee-like but with Spam-themed images on the dice. Fast, simple, and amusing. Something we grabbed on a whim while we were at the Spam Museum in Austin.
Dungeon Lords is designed by Vlaada Chvátil, the guy who made Galaxy Trucker, and it’s just as awesome. All the players run their own dungeon and try to get it beefed up with monsters, traps, and miscellaneous rooms before a pesky band of adventurers shows up. It involves a fair bit of resource management in the same vein as (but simpler than) Agricola and some combat. It’s surprisingly easy to learn and it’s hella fun.
On a related subject, a lot of our games are of the German “thousands of tiny wooden pieces” variety and a friend of ours introduced us to a handy way to organize them. As it turns out, bead organizers that you can get at craft stores are perfect for keeping game pieces separate and will fit nicely in board game boxes. Here’s Agricola:
Pretty swanky, eh?