Category: board games

Board game review: Istanbul

You are a merchant, scurrying to and fro with your assistants through the bustling bazaar district of Istanbul. Your assistants load their wheelbarrows with warehouse treasures, then scurry away to sell them at a premium with rubies being the ultimate reward for their efforts. This is the basic storyline of Istanbul, a fun, family game for 2-5 players that plays easily within an hour.

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Playing with Pigments

There are great games, and then there are games with mechanics so smooth and flawless that they border on near perfection. In my home, this near perfect experience would be known as Fresco, a game that is jam-packed with rich theme and simply stunning components. Fresco is a European strategy board game where players are transported back in time to the Renaissance as they become master painters, who are restoring a ceiling fresco in a local cathedral.

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Stocking stuffer games

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about my family’s favorite board games for Christmas gift-giving. I thought I’d follow that up with a second post, this time giving you a few ideas for smaller, more affordable options that have the added bonuses of also being easy to transport and educational! These would make great stocking stuffers or presents if you need something in the $15 range for a gift exchange.

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Board games recommendations for Christmas

When my husband and I first started dating, we discovered a mutual appreciation for board games. Over the years, we’ve amassed quite a collection, most of which would fall into the genre of “Eurogames.” While this type of game is not new, it seems to be enjoying a wider and wider appeal in the United States.

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