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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Games People Play... or should!

[Ticket to Ride... Nordic Countries]

We like to play games in our family. Board games, card games, computer games, it doesn't matter.

I've posted a few times on this and every time we, or should I say my son, comes across something new, I like to share.

Games these days are a far cry from the Candyland, Mystery Date, and Monopoly board games of our youth. As fun as it was to sit all day long in the summer listening to music, sipping ice tea and hoping you might somehow get both Boardwalk and Park Place, the new crop of games available takes the experience to a new level.

First up is one from Days of Wonder. This company has been incredibly successful with their Ticket to Ride Series and this game is part of that. The most recent version I played was the Nordic Countries Edition. Like the rest of the Ticket to Ride series, this game has great looking cards and a fantastic board where you build your train lines, connecting the different countries.

Where this one is different is that you play with a maximum of three players. This makes it a little quicker, about 45 minutes, and honestly, sometimes you just do not have a gaggle of people available to play.

Cost is between $40.00 and $45.00 at either Amazon or Board Game Geek.

Next we have Dominion from Rio Grande Games. This is a wonderful game of strategy, and luck. Think Medieval Times meets... well just think Medieval Times with cards. Anyways, your objective is to collect more point cards that your opponents.

With multiple cards sets within the game boxes, no two games are ever alike, so it never gets boring.

A typical game will take about an hour and the game plays best with three or four players.

Dominion has a ton of expansion sets available, all pretty reasonably priced, and as such, makes this game a great addition for the family that likes doing stuff together that does not involve the television.

You'll spend between $20.00 and $30.00 on each set.

Finally, we take a look at Family Business from Mayfair Games. This is a Mob based card game where your objective is to kill the mobsters that your opponents control.

Filled with cards of real life wise guys, this game moves pretty quick as you look for ways to knock off the likes of Al Capone, John Dillinger, Joe Valachi, and Joe "Bananas" Bonanno.

Priced at less than $15.00, this game, if you are okay with the Mob stuff, should be part of your game chest.

So there you have it. Three new games to play while you figure out a way to pay for your heating oil, or put gas in your car this winter.


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Comments on "Games People Play... or should!"


Blogger Leslie Parsley said ... (5:41 AM) : 

I grew up playing games of all kinds and continued the tradition with my kids. The computer games come in handy for the singles among us but they're not nearly as much fun as those that include family and friends.


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (9:15 AM) : 

How true that is Leslie... an hour of online poker, cribbage, or whatever is just not the same as real people...

I am very grateful for the new style of games, todays young people just are not real interested in a four hour of Monopoly or a quick round of Careers very often.

Another advantage of a lot of these games is that while there are strategies involved, you can still have table talk during the game...

I do like that!


Blogger dmarks said ... (6:46 AM) : 

It must be created by the Corleone family, as it has you knock off their mob rivals, but not any of them.


Blogger BB-Idaho said ... (2:09 PM) : 

With a brain full of useless data,
I used to like 'Trival Pursuit' with the kids.
But now all the trivia is right there on their smart phone....


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (9:36 AM) : 

BB, that is so true... the other night I was watching the World Series and we solved every historical disagreement with a touch of our Iphones.

I am not sure how good that is.

DMarks... maybe it is from the famous Spilotro family...


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