Pandemic Legacy

Players: 2-4 Playing time: 1 hour Cost: £59 Let’s talk about Pandemic Legacy. I first saw this at Essen in 2015, and didn’t take too close a look at it. Frankly, it looked a little bit like an expensive re-skin with a few additional details to persuade people to buy it again. I was quite…

Games Expo

So, we went to the UK Games Expo in Birmingham last Friday. Despite the title of this blog, we actually left the baby at home with Grandma. Expo is fun. This was our first time in Birmingham, although we’d been to Essen before. It’s exactly what you expect – a large hall filled with stalls…

Flash Point

Players: 2-6 Playing time: 45 minutes Cost: £25 We’ve been playing quite a lot of Flash Point recently. It’s one of those games where you think “why didn’t I think of this idea?” It is someone fun, nail-biting, and realistic all rolled into one. The concept is pretty simple: you are a team of firefighters and…

Castle Panic

Players: 2-6 Playing time: 45 minutes Cost: £25 Castle Panic is a co-operative game. It’s pretty straightforward, and if you haven’t played many boardgames then it would be a good place to start. The idea is that you are holed up in a tower in the middle of the forest, being attacked by orcs and goblins and…

7 Wonders: Duel

Players: 2 Playing time: 30-45 minutes Cost: £25 Two-player games are at a premium for us, especially with a baby around. While lots of games can be played with a pair, you really want to look out for the ones designed for just two. 7 Wonders: Duel is one such game. A spin-off from the…

Splendor

Players: 2-4 Playing time: 30 minutes Cost: £25 Splendor is a card collecting game. You pick up tokens, which you can then swap for cards, and with enough cards you get points. The tokens and cards are different jewels – rubies, sapphires, diamonds, etc – and so the game looks good. It’s a simple game, easy…

Pandemic

Players: 2-4 Playing time: 45 minutes Cost: £35 (ish) Pandemic is one of the best known co-operative games. You, the players, are racing against the clock to save the world from four deadly diseases. The board is a map of the world and the diseases are coloured cubes. Each turn you take actions to cure…

Carcassonne

Players: 2-5 Playing time: 30 minutes Cost: £25 Everyone has a copy of Carcassonne. Ours is the Hunters and Gatherers version, which means that the tiles are of forests and rivers rather than cities and roads. For those who haven’t come across Carcassonne, each player takes a tile at random and uses it to add to a…

Caverna

Players: 1-7 Playing time: about an hour Cost: £60 Caverna is resource-gathering game. You are all dwarfs (well, actually you’re each a whole family of dwarfs) and you sow crops and dig mines in order to get enough to feed your family each round. It all sounds a bit like real life, except with more farmyard…

Dixit

Players: 3-6 Playing time: 45-60 minutes Cost: £25 (ish) This is a board game unlike most games. It’s based around colourful cards showing storybook scenes. A player chooses a card from their hand, and without letting the others see it, says a word or phrase which represents it. The other players choose the card from their…

Gardens of the Alhambra

Players: 2-4 Playing time: 30 minutes Cost: as part of a set which is around £80 Last year, we went to Essen for the trade show which happens every October, and we picked up a Big Box Of All The Alhambra Games Ever. I exaggerate only slightly, as it was indeed called the Big Box and contained Alhambra (the original),…

Qwirkle

Players: 2-6 Playing time: 20 minutes Cost: £15-20 (ish) Qwirkle was previously my go-to game for picnics. The big colourful pieces are hard to lose, and the simple rules make it perfect for teaching to new players, even after a couple of pints down the pub*. There are 108 tiles – six different colours, six different…