20 Awesome Board Games You Might Not Know About

The Golden City - 20 Awesome Board Games You Might Not Know About

The Golden City

From far away the adventurers come to the island with the golden city in its center. Having just arrived to the island, the first shops are opened directly at the coast. From there, it is possible to open up others in the villages along the street connections. That’s worth it because by that you’ll get goods, keys, money and concessions which you need for getting ahead. And finally, someone will be able to establish himself in the Golden City and thus get the most precious trading contracts.

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Acquire - 20 Awesome Board Games You Might Not Know About

Acquire

As a powerful real estate tycoon, there are only seven hotel chains in the world worthy of your attention. You must vie against other businesses to manipulate construction, capitalize on mergers buying, trading, etc.

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Small World - 20 Awesome Board Games You Might Not Know About

Small World

In Small World, players vie for conquest and control of a world that is simply too small to accommodate them all. Designed by Philippe Keyaerts as a fantasy follow-up to his award-winning Vinci, Small World is inhabited by a zany cast of characters such as dwarves, wizards, amazons, giants, orcs and even humans; who use their troops to occupy territory and conquer adjacent lands in order to push the other races off the face of the earth. Picking the right combination from the 14 different fantasy races and 20 unique special powers, players rush to expand their empires - often at the expense of weaker neighbors. Yet they must also know when to push their own over-extended civilization into decline and ride a new one to victory!

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Civilization: The Board Game - 20 Awesome Board Games You Might Not Know About

Civilization: The Board Game

Build an empire to stand the test of time. Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Board Game gives you complete control of an entire civilization. Players take on the roles of famous historical leaders, each in charge of a unique civilization with their own abilities. Explore a module game board and follow one of four paths to victory as you work your way through the ages. Based on the acclaimed Civilization video game franchise designed by Sid Meier, Civilization: The Board Game similarly puts players in control of a burgeoning empire. Through strategic planning and precise execution, players can mold the civilization of their dreams. Can you build the most powerful army to dominate your opponents? Or will you focus on advancing your technology to someday travel to the stars? However you choose to lead your civilization, greatness is always within reach.

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Qwirkle - 20 Awesome Board Games You Might Not Know About

Qwirkle

Featuring a massive amount of in-game choices, including three tiles each of thirty-six possible color-symbol combinations, Qwirkle is the perfect game to hone player's tactical maneuvers, strategical planning, and forward thinking. The rules of the game are basic: simply build lines by matching tiles based on either color or shape, and score points for doing so. The ability to build complex combinations will keep children interested and engaged, and challenge them mentally. Qwirkle is playable from early ages up, allowing young children and older individuals alike to develop and hone their spacial recognition, planning, and problem solving skills. Great for family game night! Ages 6 and up, 2 to 4 players. Please note: Product contains small parts. Not for children under 3 years old.

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Tokaido - 20 Awesome Board Games You Might Not Know About

Tokaido

Each player is a traveler crossing the "East sea road", one of the most magnificent roads of Japan. While traveling, players will meet people, taste fine meals, collect beautiful items, discover great panoramas and visit temples and wild places. At the end of the day, when everyone has arrived at the end of the road you'll have to be the most initiated traveler – which means that you'll have to be the one who discovered the most interesting and varied things.

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Mice and Mystics - 20 Awesome Board Games You Might Not Know About

Mice and Mystics

In Mice and Mystics players take on the roles of those still loyal to the king ? but to escape the clutches of Vanestra they have been turned into mice! Play as cunning field mice who must race through a castle now twenty times larger than before. The castle would be a dangerous place with Vanestra's minions in control but now countless other terrors also await heroes who are but the size of figs.

Play as nimble Prince Colin and fence your way past your foes or try Nez Bellows the burly smith. Confound your foes as the wizened old mouse Maginos or protect your companions as Tilda the castle's former healer. Every player will have a vital role in the quest to warn the king and it will take careful planning to find Vanestra's weakness and defeat her. Mice and Mystics is a cooperative adventure game in which the players work together to save an imperiled kingdom.

They will face countless adversaries such as rats cockroaches and spiders and of course the greatest of all horrors: the castle's housecat Brodie. Mice and Mystics is a boldly innovative game that thrusts players into an ever changing interactive environment and features a rich storyline that the players help create as they play the game. The Cheese System allows players to hoard the crumbs of precious cheese they find on their journey and use it to bolster their mice with grandiose new abilities and overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. Mice and Mystics will provide any group of friends with an unforgettable adventure they will be talking about for years to come? Assuming they can all squeak by...

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Twilight Struggle - 20 Awesome Board Games You Might Not Know About

Twilight Struggle

Twilight Struggle seeks to capture the feeling of an earlier era. It's a two-player game simulating the forty-five year dance of intrigue, prestige, and occasional flares of warfare between the Soviet Union and the United States. Twilight Struggle recreates the conflict between the most powerful nation states the world has ever known. The scope of the game covers the entire world as it was found in 1945. Players move units and exert influence in attempts to gain allies and control for their superpower.

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Heroes Wanted - 20 Awesome Board Games You Might Not Know About

Heroes Wanted

In Heroes Wanted, players will play costumed superhero-hopefuls, attempting to fulfill their dreams of becoming a member of Zeta City's exclusive crime fighting super team, The Champions of Zeta City. Each time you play, you will choose a scenario and face a different villain (or villains), but the objective remains the same: gaining as much fame as possible by KO'ing minions, completing headlines, and thwarting the villain. At the end of each game, the superhero with the most fame is the winner and joins the prestigious ranks of The Champions of Zeta City.

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Android: Netrunner - 20 Awesome Board Games You Might Not Know About

Android: Netrunner

Set in a cyberpunk future, Android: Netrunner is an asymmetrical Living Card Game that pits a megacorporation and its massive resources against the subversive talents of an individualistic runner.

The Corp tries to score points by advancing agendas, and the Runner tries to score points by breaking through the Corp’s defenses to steal valuable data. The first player to seven points wins the game, but not likely without first suffering some brain damage or bad publicity.

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Fluxx - 20 Awesome Board Games You Might Not Know About

Fluxx

A card game where the cards themselves determine the current rules of the game. By playing cards, you change numerous aspects of the game: how to draw cards, how to play cards, and even how to win. There are many editions, themed siblings, and promo cards available.

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Alhambra - 20 Awesome Board Games You Might Not Know About

Alhambra

In Granada, one of the most impressive building projects of the Middle Ages has begun the construction of Alhambra. A palace, fortress, and a small city, all-in-one. Alhambra is made up of the world's most beautiful gardens, pavilions, chambers and towers. The most prominent builders in all of Europe and Arabia want to demonstrate their skills in building Alhambra. Employ the most talented teams of builders to construct your Alhambra. Hire stonemasons from the north and gardeners from the south, who all want a fair wage and insist on being paid with their native currency. With their help, towers can be constructed, gardens designed, pavilions and mezzanines erected, and manors and royal chambers built. Compete against your opponents to build the greatest and most impressive Alhambra.

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Bang! - 20 Awesome Board Games You Might Not Know About

Bang!

When a man with a pistol meets a man with a Winchester, you might say that the one with the pistol is a dead man, unless his pistol is a Volcanic, In the wild west, the Outlaws hunt the Sheriff, the Sheriff hunts the Outlaws, and the Renegade plots in secret, ready to join one side or the other. Before long, bullets start to fly, Which gunmen are Deputies, ready to sacrifice themselves for the Sheriff? And which are the merciless Outlaws, looking to gun him down?

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Dead of Winter - 20 Awesome Board Games You Might Not Know About

Dead of Winter

Dead of Winter puts 2-5 players in a small, weakened colony of survivors in a world where most of humanity is either dead or diseased, flesh-craving monsters. Each player leads a faction of survivors with dozens of different characters in the game.

Dead of Winter is a meta-cooperative psychological survival game. This means players are working together toward one common victory condition - but for each individual player to achieve victory, he must also complete his personal secret objective. This secret objective could relate to a psychological tick that's fairly harmless to most others in the colony, a dangerous obsession that could put the main objective at risk, a desire for sabotage of the main mission, or (worst of all) vengeance against the colony! Certain games could end with all players winning, some winning and some losing, or all players losing. Work toward the group's goal, but don't get walked all over by a loudmouth who's looking out only for his own interests!

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Catan - 20 Awesome Board Games You Might Not Know About

Catan

Your adventurous settlers seek to tame the remote but rich isle of Catan. Start by revealing Catan’s many harbors and regions: pastures, fields, mountains, hills, forests, and desert. The random mix creates a different board virtually every game.

Guide your settlers to victory by clever trading and cunning development. Use resource combinations— grain, wool, ore, brick, and lumber—to buy handy development cards and build roads, settlements, and cities. Acquire your resources through trades, cards, or lucky dice (even outside your turn).

But beware! Someone might cut off your road or buy a monopoly. And you never know when the wily robber might steal some of your precious gains!

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Blokus - 20 Awesome Board Games You Might Not Know About

Blokus

Stake your claim and protect your territory with Blokus game! There's just one rule: each piece you play must touch at least one other piece of the same color, but only at the corners! It takes less than a minute to learn but has depth to challenge your whole family. Each player gets a set of 21 pieces - red, blue, green, or yellow - then takes turns placing them on the board. The goal is to fit the most pieces on the board. The game ends when no one can place any more pieces. Everyone counts the squares in their unplayed pieces and the player with the lowest score wins! Easy to learn and great for families, Blokus is the fast-paced strategy game that delivers "One Rule, Endless Possibilities!" Ages 7 and older.

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Dominion - 20 Awesome Board Games You Might Not Know About

Dominion

You are a monarch, like your parents before you, a ruler of a small pleasant kingdom of rivers and evergreens. Unlike your parents, however, you have hopes and dreams. You want a bigger and more pleasant kingdom, with more rivers and a wider variety of trees. You want a Dominion. In all directions lie fiefs, freeholds, and feodums. All are small bits of land, controlled by petty lords and verging on anarchy. You will bring civilization to these people, uniting them under your banner. But wait. It must be something in the air, several other monarchs have had the exact same idea. You must race to get as much of the unclaimed land as possible, fending them off along the way. To do this you will hire minions, construct buildings, spruce up your castle, and fill the coffers of your treasury. Your parents wouldn’t be proud, but your grandparents, would be delighted.

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Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia - 20 Awesome Board Games You Might Not Know About

Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia

In Euphoria, you lead a team of workers (dice) and recruits (cards) to claim ownership of the dystopian world. You will generate commodities, dig tunnels to infiltrate opposing areas, construct markets, collect artifacts, strengthen allegiances, and fulfill secret agendas.

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Labyrinth - 20 Awesome Board Games You Might Not Know About

Labyrinth

The aMAZEing Labyrinth uses a clever board design to create a series of ever-changing mazes that one to four players must move through. The object of the game is for each player to collect as quickly as possible all seven treasures depicted on their individual treasure cards. To add to the challenge, players know what the next treasure is only after they find the one before it. Before each turn, a maze card is pushed into the maze in a strategic place, helping the player make his or her way to the prize. This means that the entire maze shifts and changes on each turn, confounding some and helping others. Players will need to think ahead to choose just the right spot to shift the maze in their favor. This is an excellent game to get lost in. A simpler version can be played by younger children.

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