Lost Cities

I have this fleece pullover jacket that I’m finally able to wear again after what seems like a summer that lasted nine months. I love this jacket. It’s comfy, well-worn, and familiar. Games can seem like that too sometimes. While it’s fun to try out the new hotness, there’s nothing …

Carcassonne

There are some games that have made such an impact on the gaming industry that we often use them as a reference for some type of bit or mechanism. If someone says that we place our units “settlers-style” at the start of a game, then most board gamers will understand …

Drunter und Drüber

Drunter und Drüber means something close to topsy-turvy in German. It’s a tile placement game where players try to steer the placement of tiles away from the buildings that will score them points. The game won the Spiel des Jahres in 1991, which was the third win for designer Klaus Teuber. …

Liar’s Dice

Last night, we were playing Iron Man 2 Uno, and I started thinking about games that have multiple versions based not on revisions to the actual game, but rather versions based on a brand. Monopoly came to my mind immediately, as well as a number of other standard games that …