*Winners have Been Notified*
As is obvious from this blog, I love playing board games. Part of this love comes from my fascination with game design and strategic problem solving, but a huge component of it comes from their ability to allow groups of people to spend time together in a very interactive and fun way. I am always excited to introduce new people to board games (or at least show existing board gamers new games), which is why I’d like to announce my first annual board game giveaway!
I have selected a variety of games that I have played and recommend, and I will be selecting 3 winners who will each get their choice of any game off the list. What do you have to do to enter? Simply use the form in the sidebar to subscribe to this blog. Before you panic, consider two things:
- The only email sent to this subscription list is a once-a-week summary of new posts that have been made here at Ludo Lodge. Basically, it allows you to keep up with new content without having to monitor the site in any other way, and you can scan from the post titles whether you may be interested or not.
- Once the giveaway is complete, feel free to unsubscribe! To be eligible, you only have to be on the list at the time the winners are selected, and you can promptly remove yourself from the list afterwards if you do not want to receive the weekly emails. I won’t be too sad about it. 🙂
And that’s it! I will be selecting three random emails from the list on March 5, 2017. All games will be purchased and shipped through Amazon.
The only other restriction is that you must have a U.S. shipping address in order to win. But enough of the details, here’s a look at the nine games the winners will choose from!
Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride has become a modern classic in the board gaming world. It is easy to learn, yet offers enough strategic depth to keep everyone engaged as 2-5 players try to connect cities on the map to complete specific routes indicated on their destination cards. This would be my top recommendation for a family strategy game for those new to the hobby.
Sushi Go Party!
Sushi Go Party! is a light strategy game that scales great up to 8 players, and works with just about anyone. Players draft different sushi cards from their hands and play them to try to maximize their points each round. The new “Party” version of Sushi Go! adds many different card types allowing you to change the game each time you play. Has been a family favorite over the last year and works well in so many different situations.
Love Letter: Premium
Love Letter: Premium is an upgraded version of the popular microgame Love Letter, where players use simple deduction and card play to try and stay in each round the longest. The Premium version not only greatly improves the components, but also adds cards that allow the game to be played with 5-8 players, making it fitting in more social situations. You can read more about my thoughts on the game in my full review here.
The Castles of Burgundy
The Castles of Burgundy is the most strategic offering on the list. While the theme might be dry and pasted on, it provides a very tactical experience as 2-4 players roll dice and use the results to take tiles from the main board and use them to build up their personal estate. The game is ripe with strategic decision and fun tile interactions that lead to combos, and is a great option if you are looking for something that has a little bit more meat to it.
Pandemic is the poster child for cooperative games, where all players work together to beat the game instead of each other. 2-4 players will find themselves discussing the best course of action as multiple diseases start spreading around the map. If you are not familiar with the genre of cooperative board games, then this would be a perfect introduction.
Escape: The Curse of the Temple
Similar to Pandemic, Escape: The Curse of the Temple is a cooperative game. Unlike Pandemic, Escape is played in real-time to a 15 minute soundtrack. 2-5 players will be frantically and simultaneously rolling dice to try to explore the temple and complete tasks to place gems on the board. The players must find the exit and move enough gems to have a chance of escaping, all before the 15 minutes are over! This game is pure fun and great if you are looking for something a little more outside the box.
Patchwork is a simple yet unique game for 2 players about making quilts. Players take turns choosing “tetris-like” quilt pieces and adding them onto their board. It is a balancing act of tile costs, spatial positioning on your board, and making sure you have a steady flow of buttons; the currency in the game. A perfect easy-to-learn game if you are more likely to be playing with 2 players.
King of Tokyo
King of Tokyo is basically Yahtzee meets Godzilla. 2-6 players roll and reroll dice to try and score points, as well as beat up on the other monsters. A deck of special ability cards that each player can purchase gives the game a lot of variety, and the gameplay sets the stage for lots of trash-talking. Great option if you like rolling dice and beating up on your friends.
Splendor is a simple game for 2-4 players that plays quickly, yet has a surprising amount of strategic depth. It is all about getting to 15 points by buying cards using (surprisingly high-quality) poker chips that you can take on your turn. Since the cards that are worth more points are more expensive, players must accumulate cheaper cards that provide discounts to cards of a specific color. These discounts start snowballing, and it comes down to knowing when to make the rush for points that determines the winner. Another good option for an easy-to-learn and quick-to-play small group game.
And that’s it! I hope that almost everyone can find at least a couple games from the selected list that they would be interested in. All you need to do is subscribe, and then I wish you the best of luck! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions, and I will be contacting the winners and updating this post around March 5th.