If you like board games like Settlers of Catan and Agricola, you’ll definitely want to give Carcassonne a try. Today’s price is within about a dollar of the lowest Amazon has ever listed, and a great investment for your next game night. $19 From amazon 2222 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
For some people, board games are only bits of cardboard, wood or plastic. They’re just spaceship models or dungeon maps or dense rulebooks, a bit of fun after a strenuous week at the office. I know they’re more because they helped give me back my wife. After she was critically injured in a car crash, I watched her slowly, and in fits and starts, reclaim her speech, her movement, and her brain functionality with a broad diet of tabletop games. Advertisement Massive internal trauma. She has a lacerated spleen, collapsed right lung, broken clavicle. Her lower jaw is broken into three pieces. The right cheekbone is separated from the rest of her skull. . . multiple broken bones in her chest and back. . . I struggled to process and mentally catalog the laundry list of issues the medical resident was matter-of-factly relaying to me. “But we’re not really immediately concerned with any of that at the moment,” he continued. I blinked, surprised. He told me that I needed to sign a piece of paper allowing him to cut into my wife’s head. The most important and threatening thing to her, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Yesterday may have been May the Fourth, but the Star Wars deals seem to be like Sandpeople, walking single file to hide their numbers. Amazon has a ton of Star Wars toys and board games marked down, and you don’t need to be Force-sensitive to see that these prices aren’t ones to pass up. $11 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $60 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $6 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $12 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission A couple board games are thrown in as well and even though it’s not listed on the page, Star Wars Monopoly is down to its best price ever. $16 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $22
If you’re getting bored of Catan, Puerto Rico is a great next addition to your board game collection. Advertisement Each player utilizes different roles -mayor, captain, settler, trader, prospector, craftsman, or builder to score the most victory points with their colony. Players can act on every turn of the game, allowing them to choose between shipping goods for points or building an impressive city. Players must manage their colonists, erect a variety of buildings, build up their plantation, and sell or ship goods. With dozens of options, Puerto Rico is a streamlined game that can be played in about an hour and handles up to five players. You can out Board Game Geek’s review for more details, but don’t wait too long, as this is an all-time low price. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Catan is one of those games that everyone should have on their shelves, and Amazon’s marked it down to $30 today. That’s within about a buck of the lowest price Amazon’s ever listed, and a great way to spend family time. Unfortunately, they won’t trade it to you for two wheats; I asked. $30 From amazon 10397 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Because Rick & Morty’s third season won’t be here until the sun explodes, Cryptozoic are releasing a couple of games based on the series to tide people over. One is a board game set in Anatomy Park, the other a deck-building card game about Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind. A CTRL + F on the board game’s announcement page returns 0 results for “bone train”, so let’s hope that’s just an advertising oversight. Advertisement They’ll be out later this year. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
If you enjoy board games, you definitely need to make room in your cabinet for Stratego. Amazon’s marked it down to $18 today, which is about as low as it gets. Two armies clash who will be victorious? Stratego is the classic game of battlefield strategy that has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. For over 50 years, Stratego has thrilled strategy game fans by inspiring them to challenge an opponent and attempt to lead their army to victory. Two players command armies and devise plans to deploy troops, using strategic attacks and clever Deception to break through the opponent line and capture the flag! for ages 8 and up. $18 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
While we’ll have to wait until World Monopoly Day on March 3 to find out which eight game tokens fans voted to include in new editions of the game, one classic player piece has already bit the dust. Say goodbye to the thimble. Advertisement Just in time for this weekend’s 2017 New York Toy Fair, Hasbro revealed the first casualty of the more than four million votes tallied in their Monopoly Token Madness vote, in which all eight current player tokens were pitted against a slew of newcomers. Potential new additions included a series of emojis, modern vehicles like a helicopter and a speedbike, and a freaking Tyrannosaurus Rex. The contenders. Silver tokens are current. The thimble was one of the first eight metal tokens introduced to Monopoly in 1937, before which plain wooden tokens were used. Now that it’s been nixxed, only shoe, top hat and car remain from that initial run. Advertisement I thought for sure the wheelbarrow would get the axe first, but apparently it’s great for carrying around the recently-introduced cat. Either way, the loss of the thimble proves that no piece is safe from the whims of internet voters. Farewell, thimble. May we meet again…
Unlike most of the card and board games in your game cabinet, The Grizzled is cooperative, meaning everyone’s either going to win or lose together. Advertisement In The Grizzled, players are tasked with surviving the trenches of WWI until Armistice. The mission leader will decide the difficulty of each round as players try to avoid matching the identical symbols or environments on a card. Soldiers will also face other hardships during the war that add to the difficulty. If one of your friends falls in the trenches, your entire group fails. Play together. Survive together. Win together. Amazon’s marked it down to an all-time low $15, but it could sell out at any time, so don’t let the other buys outflank you. $15 From amazon 299 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
This is a massive and elaborate GM screen for your Dungeons & Dragons (or any other role-playing game) adventures. For those who want to flex on their tabletop crew. Advertisement I like Wyrmwood’s stuff, but this screen is on a whole other level, both in terms of how much it does (it does a lot) and how much it costs (the complete set costs a lot). There’s a screen, an initiative tracker, a dice tower, even some drawers to stash stuff in. Everything you’re seeing up top actually comes apart and is sold separately, as individual purchases on a Kickstarter the company is running at the moment. Advertisement If you’re not familiar with Wyrmwood’s gear, it costs a lot because it’s all hand-made from premium wood in New England, and is aimed at the kind of gamer who looks at these prices, looks at the wood and doesn’t recoil in horror/close the tab. The components of the screen come in different types of wood which vary in price; you can get just the screen in red oak for $50, or you can get the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Be the envy of your D&D game night with this giant bag of gaming dice. $12 gets you a multitude of options, from 4-sided up to 20-sided, in seven different colors. $12 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Silver: the current Monopoly token lineup. Gold: new tokens up for a chance at board game fame. In 2013, fans voted to replace Monopoly’s classic iron token with a cat. Now Hasbro is prepared to replace the entire token lineup based on the whims of internet voters. What hope do wheelbarrow and thimble have in the face of computer, t-rex and helicopter? Advertisement Monopoly tokens have come and gone since the classic board game made its commercial debut in the 1930s, but this is ridiculous. Today Hasbro launches the Monopoly Token Madness Vote, in which fans can visit VoteMonopoly.com and select which eight of the tokens pictured above they’d like to see in the next generation of the storied financial board game. Hasbro sent along a Token Madness version of Monopoly, featuring the eight current tokens in solver and gold bunny slipper, rubber ducky, Mr. Monopoly Emoji, penguin, F1 race car, wristwatch, television and wheel tokens. Again, no tokens are safe here. All eight of the current crop could be replaced with any of the new ones, a mix of vehicles, footwear, emojis and animals. Could this be READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
I got around to playing the classic German board game Power Grid (aka Funkenschlag) on the weekend, and absolutely loved it. Advertisement It’s a game about building and then supplying juice to a power network that stretches across the land. Every turn players first compete in auctions to buy power stations, then buy the resources (oil, coal, uranium and garbage) required to run those stations, then expand their networks by establishing a presence in neighbouring cities, then burn their resources to get paid. These are power stations. You can only own three at any time, so rotating them based on current resource prices is a must. You keep doing this until someone reaches a certain threshold of cities their network reaches. When that happens, everyone counts up how many power stations they can actually afford to operate that turn, and whoever has the most wins. Advertisement The heart of the game is juggling your cash and resources. The more stations you power, the more money you make at the end of every turn, which can then be spent on expanding your READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Game of Thrones is not like other board games. While there are plenty of strategy games out there, and plenty of games where people have to be dicks to each other, none walk the line between them as well as Fantasy Flight’s classic. Which can make it tough to get your head around. So I’m here to help. This piece originally appeared 1/14/15. I’ve been playing the game for years now, and having won it a few times with each House (including those in the expansions), I’ve found a number of key tips to be useful regardless of who you’re playing as, or indeed who you’re playing against. Advertisement Advertisement Now, these won’t be guarantees that you’ll win every time – as much as strategy plays a part, even the best-laid plans in this game can come undone through sheer bad luck – but if you’re not winning, you’ll be coming damn close. HOUSE SELECTION The houses in the game are not balanced. I mean, technically they might be, but play the game READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!