Category: family

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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Celebrating Advent

As Anglicans who are trying to honor the season of Advent, I thought I’d share a few of the things that we’re doing this season in lieu of putting up our tree on Thanksgiving day—not that there’s anything wrong with that! In fact, my kids have asked if we can put the tree up *this* weekend and since they’ll be on a camping trip *next* weekend—which is when I had planned to put it up—we’ll probably do just that. But my early December decorating

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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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