Now Playing: Board games from the BOGA retreat

B and I had a great time a few weekends ago at the annual Board Gamers of Greater Akron retreat.  In addition to learning some new games and playing old favorites, I got plenty of downtime for reading, too–crucial for an introvert like me!

Here are some highlights; check these out if you like board games!

Mysterium

I wrote about this fun social deduction game before, describing it as a co-op mix of Clue and Dixit.  I recently played the American version that came out last year; it has really nice pieces and adds some new gameplay elements that make it more of a “game.”

Codenames

The name and spy theme may remind you of The Resistance, but this large-group team game has more in common with Password or Taboo.  Each team has a spymaster, who gives one-word clues to the other team members to get them to guess certain words on the board.  The result is always hilarity.

Being the spymaster is hard but fun.  I think the key is to not be too pedantic and try to think how your teammates think!

Ticket to Ride: Team Asia

Ticket to Ride is one of my favorite Eurogames, but I’ve only played the USA and Europe maps of this fun train-building game.  So I jumped at the chance to try the Asia map, which has one side for a team version where you share some route goals with a partner.  I loved it!

The hardest part of this game is finding the cities you need to get to on the map.  You will feel incompetent at geography.

Splendor

I asked for this card drafting/set collection game for Christmas before I ever played it, and sure enough it’s awesome.  First, it’s just a pretty game: nice pieces, nice artwork.  It’s also fairly simple and quick, and has great replay value.  Plus I won the first time I played! (To be fair, I think there’s a first player advantage).

 

Jaipur

I was referring to this as the “camel game” when B informed me that there are, in fact, multiple Eurogames with camel themes.  Who knew?

Anyway, this is a quick, easy, 2-player game with a fun merchant-trader theme.  Did I mention the camels? I love the camels.

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5 thoughts on “Now Playing: Board games from the BOGA retreat

  1. Alex Hurst April 15, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    A lot of those look really fun. Does Splendor have a lot of start-up cost? (I know some games require a lot of special pieces over time? Maybe… I’ve never played, just see them in the trading card shops.)

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    • Mei-Mei April 16, 2016 / 3:47 pm

      No, Splendor is a pretty self-contained game (eveything you need is in the box), and it’s relatively cheap for a board game, Amazon has it for around $30USD.

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  2. Imelda April 18, 2016 / 11:54 am

    We have Splendor and find it a nice, quick game. Recently, we got Ascension. It is a fun, competitive deck-building game that finishes within a reasonable time, too. Ticket to Ride Asia is interesting.

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    • Mei-Mei April 18, 2016 / 12:21 pm

      Ascension sounds great, I’ll have to check that out. Thanks for the suggestion!

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