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Postby Nikus В» 03.03.2019

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By Matthew Bolton TZ. In the last decade, tabletop games have exploded in popularity. But the best board games are nothing like staid old never-ending games of Monopoly — instead, a new wave of games uses engaging themes and creative ideas to give you a really fun time with friends and family.

You can see our full list of the best board games below, and why you'd want to pick each one, but here's a quick guide to the categories we get asked about the most:. Picking the best board game to start your collection or for adding to it with a new option is all about what kind of game you want to play. We like to say that Cosmic Encounter is the board game equivalent of Mario Kart — practice will make you better at it, but just enough wild stuff happens in each game that a beginner always has a chance of winning, which makes it great for both first-time players and veterans.

They can invite other players to ally with them in the fight, in exchange for rewards. The wrinkle is that every player has a unique alien power that totally breaks those rules. One alien actually wins battles if it loses them. Another actually wins the whole game if it loses all of its ships, meaning no one can tell whether you're going to try to win or intentionally lose any given battle.

With 50 alien powers in the base game and dozens and dozens more available in expansions, along with other new optional ways to play that add even more craziness , the sheer scale of what can happen in Cosmic Encounter is why we love it so much. For a small and light board game that contains enough strategy to play over and over, while also not being intimidating to new players, Splendor is the ideal option.

It's a game of buying cards by paying a cost in gems of different colours, and every card you buy gives you more gems you can use to buy cards more easily, so everything snowballs satisfyingly as you play — the only way to buy the higher-value cards is to have a great suite of other cards in front of you. Some cards have points values on, too usually only the more expensive ones , and when someone reaches 15 points, the game ends that round, though other players have a chance to buy one last card which could net them even more points.

On your turn, you can do one of three things: take up to three gems from the central pool these are in the form of poker-style chips, and are deeply pleasing to play with which you'll use to buy cards later; buy a card using gems you already have; or reserve a card, which you can then buy and use it later, but that no one else can grab it in the mean time.

Everyone is buying cards from the same market in the middle, and any that are bought are immediately replaced, so even if you're not keen on the cards available, new ones appear as other people play. But this also means you might all be planning the same strategy, and you may find someone grabs the card you want from under you, or takes the last gem you need from the pot.

Pandemic is a game of trying to stop diseases outbreaking all over the Earth. Who can get to Beijing the fastest to treat the situation the situation there? Should you save Madrid next turn or focus on finding another cure? Pandemic Legacy takes it to the next level, though: it turns it into an epic story.

Especially since it was you who decided what tokens went in there. You're all doing this together, eyeing up each other's success as you go. But you can feel that there are five other tokens in your bag too. Do you feel lucky, punk? You play nine rounds of filling the pot, and between rounds you get to buy new tokens to go into your bag, ready for drawing next time. The tokens have different powers and can be varied every time you play , which can result in some combinations that propel you up the board at speed… if the drawing luck is in your favour.

Adorable wooden whales! Dump your friends in the water, then eat them with sharks! The idea of the game is that you all control a group of inhabitants of the island of Atlantis, which is in the process of sinking in the water. You need to get your people from the central island, made up of hexagonal tiles, over to the safe islands in the corners of the board. The key twist is that not only do you get to move your people, but you also control the various sea creatures patrolling the oceans, which are capable of destroying boats, eating people who have fallen in the ocean, or both.

Every tile also does something when you flip it — some bring more sea monsters onto the board, some give you a power-up to use later in the game, some are whirlpools that immediately destroy everything within a certain area… and one is a volcano that immediately ends the game.

It will feel a little different to play every time, because you never know when and where new sea creatures will pop up, or how your other players will choose to use them. And it's a game where it's okay to be mean — it's built right into the game!

The one possible downside is that it's possible for one player to feel like they have no chance, either through the luck of where sea creatures appear, or actions by other players, or both. But it's such a fast, breezy game that you'll be done quickly even if this happens, ready to try again.

Welcome To is a game about town planning, sort of. You need to number houses on some streets by writing numbers onto pre-printed sheets of paper , using numbers that are drawn from decks of cards — you can choose from one of three digits each turn.

Every time you play, some scoring objectives are varied, and there are lots of ways to go for points, so even though everyone is writing on their own individual pad from the same sets of cards in the middle, you all wind up creating your own fun puzzle to solve in the later turns depending on what you do at the start.

The scoring system is complex enough that younger kids might miss its nuances. And it plays with any number of players — you just give everyone a sheet of paper ripped from the pad, plus a pen! Take your place as Mother Nature, competing with other players to plant trees of your colour in the best spots in the forest, where they'll absorb the most light. Not only does the arboreal theme make this game look absolutely beautiful — the 3D trees will sucker anyone into playing, and the fact that each player's trees are a different shape as well as colour helps colourblind players — it works logically with the rules, making learning how it works that much easier.

At the start of the game, you'll place two small trees in spaces near the edge of the hexagonal board, and you'll have a bank of more small trees, medium trees and large trees ready for later in the game. You'll also place the huge sun token along two sides of the board. The sun's light beams in straight lines across the board from the token, and if your trees get touched by it, you get light points, which you can spent to plant more trees, or grow your existing ones. The problem?

If your tree is behind someone else's, the sun won't reach it, so you'll get less light points that turn. The bigger the tree, the longer the shadow it casts. But the good news is that the sun moves partially around the board every turn, so suddenly shaded trees are in the sun, and others are in the dark. When the sun has gone all the way around the board three times, the game ends — 18 rounds in total. At first, you can only plant seeds of new trees near your existing trees, but as your trees get bigger, you can spread out more rapidly, and that's where things get crunchy.

You're all competing for the same prime spaces, but your trees take several turns to grow, so are you able to predict what will be in light and what will be in shadow in three turns time?

And should you keep a big tree around to cast shadows and cause your opponents problems, or trade it in for the points you need to win the game leaving a new gap for your opponents to use in the process? It's a game that offers lots of strategy and a feeling of deep competition, but it's not one where you really come out thinking someone treated you cruelly or anything, because it takes any plan takes several turns to pull off, so you can mitigate the problem.

And you can't help but love the pretty forest you build while playing. But how many matching cards should you collect before trading? Whoever trades a colour first gets higher-value tokens.

But if you trade a larger number of cards at once, you get special bonus tokens with big points of their own, on top of the regular tokens. So, can you afford to spend one more turn collecting another couple of cards and going for the big payout? Or will your opponent nip in first and leave you with the leftovers? Flamme Rouge is a game of bicycle racing in the early 20th century, before all the doping and transfusion scandals.

In it, each player has two riders in a team, and the idea is to get just one of them over the finish line before your opponents. Just like real bike racing, Flamme Rouge encourages you to form a pack. Of course, it never works out so neatly. Each of your two riders has a small deck of cards, and every card has a number on, which is how far the rider can move in a turn.

One of your riders is a Sprinteur , and their deck has some very high numbers, but also some low ones, and some gaps in between. Your other rider, the Rouleur , has more middling numbers. Everyone else is doing the same in secret.

Then the cyclists move on the track, in order from front to back, and carnage ensues: your careful plan rapidly backfires when it turns out you're at the front because everyone else went slow… but actually that means they've saved your other one from falling behind!

Or maybe your plan goes perfectly, but someone else predicted it and is now leeching off your slipstream. But that's a big if… they might have picked up too much exhaustion to find the card they need when it really matters. An expansion adds supports for players, plus adds cobbles as a road surface, which are really great for adding even more variety if you've already played it loads.

This high-tech game uses an app to ask you to balance awkwardly-shaped 3D creatures on top of each other on a special base, without them falling over. Placing an animal changes things in a digital world shown on your phone, tablet or TV which is wirelessly connected to the base. The system uses NFC to know which piece you've placed, so there's no pulling to wool over its eyes. It's like a reverse Jenga, but without the sweet security of the objects all being a uniform shape.

You can play the game in a few different modes — one option is try to get the most points you can by placing animals, then cross-breeding them into strange new creatures stored in a digital bestiary , or using power-ups to create high-scores, or adding distractions such as the need to keep one hand on the touchscreen while placing a creature, so you're in less control, but you get more points.

There's a kind of discovery element of playing this way that's really satisfying, and the gorgeous art of the digital world really brings things to life. We also love little touches like the ability to actually carry on playing if you fail, provided you can get everything back on the base in a very limited time!

There are loads more modes, though, and expansions add not only new creatures to stack, but also things like Battle Cards, which are power-ups you can place to cause havoc with other people. The really desirable bit here is the animals themselves — they're all polygonal, almost abstract forms of the creatures they represent, and they look absolutely fantastic whether they're stacked in a precarious pile, or just sitting on your shelves.

The tactile nature and friendly face of the game, plus the fact all you have to do to play is put a thing on top of another thing, means it's excellent for kids — while adults will find quite a lot of strategy hidden inside to keep it fun. Younger kids can enjoy it too and will be hard to keep away from it.

Azul is a game of building a patterned wall using beautiful plastic tiles, and is surprisingly straightforward to play each turn. Finally, you can place a tile on the Wall. Well, except that every part of that is full of twists that bring scope for strategic thinking and interesting decisions.

When you take tiles, you can only take one colour of tile from one Factory Token though you can take all tiles of that colour. Any tiles left over on the Factory Token go into the middle — and this repeats as other players take their turns.

Each line must be filled with tiles of the same colour, and when filled, you can put exactly one of those tiles into the Wall the rest are removed from the game forever. But maybe those sacrifices are worth it to get something in the perfect place on the Wall….

But where you can place tiles is limited by what you did with your Pattern Lines, so you can wind up wondering what you-from-three-turns-ago was thinking, or praising your earlier self for your visionary genius.

Crucially, even when that's not how it goes, it's still a lot of fun, and fiddling with its chunky plastic tiles is reason enough to buy it, to be honest. The zombie apocalypse has happened. You and your friends play as survivors, holed up in a makeshift colony, working together to complete a goal that will guarantee your safety and win the game.

Oh, and one of you might be a secret traitor who actually wants the whole group to fail. Withholding supplies might not be as effective as you wanted, though, so maybe you'll resort to actual sabotage, but then everyone will know there's a traitor, even if they don't know who.

You can choose to play with no traitor at all if you prefer, and it's still a very fun cooperative game that way.

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Postby JoJojinn В» 03.03.2019

It was hilarious and we are looking forward to playing it again. You can also expand it in the future: there are six! One of the best is the open marketplace, where selling goods like whisky makes them cheaper, and buying them up will cause prices to skyrocket.

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