It’s almost that most wonderful, merry time of year: only a few sleeps to go until CHRISTMAS! I’ve been very good this year, so I’m hoping Santa will bring me a few board games from my ever growing tabletop wish list! Below are some of my top picks – I’ve tried to whittle the list down where there’s something for everyone, so maybe it’ll help give some last minute gift inspiration!I give to you, the 100% official Mattimus Primed Christmas List 2017:
At the end of September we visited London for a family gathering. It was a fun-filled weekend of sightseeing, museums and art galleries…but…we had to find somewhere to get our board game fix. Hidden away under the railway arches of Haggerston, we found a board gamers’ paradise: Draughts – London’s first board game café!
Kickstarter was always going to make an appearance on this blog, but I hadn’t planned for it to happen so soon. It was my plan to back my first projects early next year, and discuss my experiences of backing all the way through to the games arriving on my door step.
But then Champions of Hara happened.
The colourful artwork, versatile game play (for both versus and co-op), amazing mini’s, and captivating narrative captured my imagination straight away. I instantly knew I had to get behind this game.
So, without further ado, lets take a closer look at my first kickstarter!
Exploding Kittens blasted across the internet in 2015, when it became the Most Backed Kickstarter project of all time, with over 200,000 backers. And it’s easy to see why – with illustrations provided by The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman, this game was a winner.
Exploding Kittens is an exhilarating, fast-paced game of survival, full to the brim with tension and bursting at the sides with laughter. It plays like mash up of Uno, Poker and Old Maid, with an explosive Russian Roulette style ultimatum at the end of every turn.
Released with two editions – the Standard (Family Friendly) Edition and the Not Safe For Work (NSFW) Edition – Exploding Kittens really does provide something for everyone.
When I first started getting into board games, I stumbled across Carcassonne. It seemed to be one of those key games to try and I just had to give it ago. Now it’s one of my go-to games.
In Carcassonne, players take turns placing tiles to create a medieval landscape inspired by the fortified French city that gives the game its name. You become competing creators and architects in a bid to build a mosaic of Cities, Roads, Fields and Monasteries. And with the endless ways that tiles can be drawn and placed, no two Carcassonne landscapes will ever be the same.
Until now, the board gaming I’ve done has been with my wife, a small group of good friends, or my family. I’ve taken card games to play a quick game in coffee shops and pubs, but apart from that most of my gaming has been at our (or a friend’s) home.
One of my main ambitions for this blog is to document my experiences as a board game newbie diving headfirst into board gaming culture. So when I heard about a local all-day board gaming event to celebrate International Tabletop Day 2017, I just had to go – and bring my wife along as my trusty sidekick. (She didn’t mind…she likes gaming too!). This was our first time at a publicly organised gaming event, so we didn’t know what to expect. Fortunately, we weren’t disappointed and had a brilliant game-filled day!
We’re all familiar with rules. We live by them – and of course most of us play by them. It’s fair to say that it can be the rules themselves that can make or break a game. In games if rules were constantly amended, changed or removed surely only chaos would follow. Fluxx is a card game that challenges this idea. The rules changes, the goal to win changes and the players have to adapt to win. There is no chaos, just a fluid and ever-changing gaming experience.
Star Fluxx is based on the original ‘Fluxx’ but it has boldly gone to a world of science fiction pop culture where no one has gone before!