Spin Monkeys

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What’s more adorable than monkeys? Monkeys in bumper cars. Spin Monkeys is a game with deep, deep backstory —you are a monkey in the jungle that stumbles upon a carnival. You and your monkey friends swing into the bumper cars and start sliding and slamming around the arena floor snatching up fruit. Ok, so clearly this is a light, family style game with very little “story” but where the heft is lacking the gameplay pulls ahead. (more…)

Relic Expedition

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In the heart of South America lies treasure from a lost civilization. Treasure seekers have gathered to explore the unknown surroundings and collect their riches. Relic Expedition is an ever expanding tile game, firmly backed with an unknown jungle theme. Beyond tile placement, there are elements of set collecting, dice rolling, and even a small amount of resource management. At first glance you might slap a “roll and move” label on Relic Expedition, but it grows into much more than that as the game progresses. (more…)

Circus Flohcati

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Do you like the Circus? Do you like Fleas? How about a press your luck style card game about the flea circus? This is exactly what Circus Flohcati is. It is a card game by famous designer Reiner Knizia for 3–5 players that takes about 15 minutes to play. (more…)

Cinque Terre

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Cinque Terre is a coastal region of the Italian Riviera, known for its five beautiful and culturally diverse villages; Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore. Paths connect the villages to each other, cars can’t reach the area because of its proximity to the coast and steeply developed terraces, so carts are often used to transport goods back and forth. Here in lies the core of Cinque Terre as a game, pick-up and deliver. (more…)

Le Havre

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Le Havre is a worker placement game by Uwe Rosenburg where players try to amass the largest fortune by the shipping of goods. Le Havre is designed by the same man who created Agricola  (more…)

Formula D

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There has been a long standing argument as to whether racing is a sport, I don’t really have a dog in that fight (or a car in that race?) but I might pose another question. Can racing be a board game? The first game that comes to mind is the 1950s classic, Mille Bornes. A French card game in which players compete to travel 1000 km while dealing with hazards along the way. (more…)

Agricola

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It is through these cards that different combinations can be played where many different strategies can lead to a victory. (more…)

Race for the Galaxy

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Race for the Galaxy is a complex card-based strategy game. The goal is to get the most victory points through the playing of cards into your personal tableau (cards controlled by a player in front of them) and the acquiring of victory point chips by abilities on those cards. (more…)