This is where it all started.

Greetings All,

I was looking through my memories on Facebook and I found a picture of the start of mine and my husbands board game collection back in 2013. Back then, we had less than 30 games and now we have over 300!

It started with some of your standard card games like Uno, Phase 10, and Skip-Bo and some not so standard ones like Fluxx and Dixit. We had your standard Yahtzee dice game and some fun dice games in Cthulhu dice and King of Tokyo. We went a little crazy with Catan and got three different Catan games.

This is an unpopular opinion, but I don’t particularly care for standard Catan, however, I really enjoy Catan dice and Rivals for Catan. I remember sitting in bed with my husband and playing Catan Dice all of the time, but if I’m being honest Rivals made a bigger impact on me. We had two player games like Chess and Mancala, but Rivals was the first big experience with two player only games.

I think that Dixit and King of Tokyo were probably the biggest inspirations to us embracing board games as a way of life. To this day both get good play. Of course, we had our games that just didn’t stick with us enough. We got rid of Apples to Apples and Story Cubes pretty quickly and with that followed quite a few others from this original collection. We try to go through our games before Christmas every year to see what we are getting rid of and the weird thing is that no matter when the last time we played… it always hurts to say goodbye to a game. We still have Catan Family Edition and I’m certain that we haven’t played it since 2013, but my husband insists on keeping it. He says it’s because it’s a classic, but I know it’s because it was from the start of our wonderous hobby.

The great thing about this collection is that most of it came from a shop called Yottaquest. It was our FLGS until they closed it down. It was wonderful being able to go and physically browse shelves of games that could and for some, would one day be ours. Having a FLGS was a great feeling because even though they were greatly overpriced, it was almost like another home. I believe I was always nervous and shy when I would go, but I knew that I didn’t have to be… I knew that those were my people. What a greatly missed feeling… I am hoping that my first trip to Gen Con brings back that neat little feeling.

I know that this post was random and all over the place, but I just felt like chatting about it a bit. Do you remember when your collection started? Tell me about it!! Thank you for stopping by and until next time… Live by the board.

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Gateway Games

Greeting all,

Today I thought I’d bring some great gateway games to light. There are several larger games that I would also consider to be gateway games, but for today we’ll focus on the smaller ones.

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-Zombie Dice by Steve Jackson Games.-

2 or more players, 10-20 mins

Zombie dice is a really fun fast paced game in which you (a zombie) try to accumulate brains. This is accomplished by rolling dice, the dice have three symbols: Brain, Shotgun, & Feet. You need to collect 13 brains to win, however, sometimes it’s not that easy. The shotgun damages you, if you get three during your turn you die and lose the brains you collected during that turn. The feet represent Walkers, walkers are fast and if you roll a walker you have to reroll it. You roll three die at a time and there are three different colors that essentially represent difficulty. During your turn you may also choose to stop at any time and keep the brains you’ve collected. Zombie Dice also has two expansions: Zombie Dice 2 – Double Feature includes three new characters: The Hunk, The Hottie, & Santa. Zombie Dice 3 – School Bus includes… you guessed it, a school bus. The school bus has lots of extras on it. There is also a Zombie Dice App that is free, with an optional 99c upgrade. The best price I’ve found for the game is at Miniature Market: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/ssearch?q=zombie+dice *** Check out the Steve Jackson Games website for more information, including merchandise and multiple review videos: http://www.sjgames.com/dice/zombiedice/

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-Cthulhu Dice by Steve Jackson Games-

2 – 6 players, 5 – 10 mins

Cthulhu Dice is quick game in which Cthulhu is trying to steal your sanity. Each player is given three sanity tokens to start off, during the game you can lose and gain sanity tokens. Players target other players before rolling the die. The die has multiple symbols: The Yellow Sign – The target loses one sanity to Cthulhu (goes in the middle), Tentacle – The active player takes a sanity token from the target, Cthulhu – everyone loses one sanity to Cthulhu, Elder Sign – Active player gets one sanity token from Cthulhu, only if he has any, Eye – Wild, Choose any other option. After the active player rolls, the target player has a defense roll. The game ends when only one player has sanity or no players have sanity. If no players have sanity then Cthulhu wins the game. As long as there are at least two players with sanity points the game continues and players with no sanity can still play, they can actually regain sanity by getting it back from Cthulhu, but can not get sanity from other players. Only players with sanity can be targeted. There are many different Dice Designs to choose from. The cheapest I’ve found it for is at Miniature Market: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/ssearch?q=cthulhu+dice *** For more information including reviews and accessories, check out the Steve Jackson Games Website: http://www.sjgames.com/dice/cthulhudice/

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-Dino Hunt Dice by Steve Jackson Games-

3 – 8 players, 10 – 20 mins

Dino Hunt Dice is very similar to Zombie Dice. In this game you are a Dino Hunter trying to collect 20 Dino to win. There are three symbols: Dino – you caught it!, Leaf – The Dino is hiding and you get to reroll it, Footprint – You get stomped! Accumulate 3 stomps and your turn ends and you collect no Dinos for that turn. There is also a Dino Hunt Dice App for free. You can see a review of the game here: http://www.dicetower.com/game_reviews/d/dino_hunt.html *** The cheapest I’ve found the game for is at Miniature Market: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/catalog/product/view/id/34472/s/sjg131302/ *** For more information check out the Steve Jackson Games Website: http://www.sjgames.com/dice/dinohunt/

fluxx

-Fluxx by Looney Labs –

2 – 6 players, 30 mins

Fluxx is a really fun game that involves constantly changing rules. Honestly Fluxx is one of those games that you must have in front of you for instructional purposes, simply because the rules are always changing. There are MANY versions of Fluxx, you will see these versions in the links to follow. There is a Fluxx for everyone, we started with Family Fluxx for simplicity’s sake. We now have Regular Show Fluxx and Cthulhu Fluxx. For reviews, I would suggest using Google to locate a review of the specific Fluxx you are interested in. The cheapest I’ve found it for is at Miniature Market: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/ssearch?q=Fluxx *** For more information including the ability for request lost or missing cards, check out the Looney Labs website: http://store.looneylabs.com/Web-Store/Fluxx-Products

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-POO: The Card Game by WildFire Games-

2 – 8 players, 5 – 15 mins

POO is a fantastic game that creates too many giggles for its own good. In POO players are monkeys flinging Poo at each other. There are lots of poo cards as well as cleaning cards. After a player throws poo at a target, the target then has a chance to defend themselves. Players are out of the game when they accumulate 15 or more poo. Last person in the game wins. To see a review look here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QDQbgZck0s *** The cheapest I’ve found it for is at Miniature Market: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/catalog/product/view/id/23364/s/psiwdf1107p-1/

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-Nuts by WildFire Games-

2 – 6 players, 5 – 15 mins

Nuts is very similar to POO. In Nuts you are a squirrel stealing nuts from other players. There are multiple Nuts cards, as well as swipe cards and defense cards. Each target player gets a chance to defend themselves. First player to accumulate 20 stashed nuts wins. The cheapest I’ve found it is at Miniature Market: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/catalog/product/view/id/19683/s/wdf11082/ *** Although Miniature Market is cheap Amazon has some adorable reviews: http://www.amazon.com/Sandstorm-11080WDF-Nuts/dp/B0043T4C5S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416580478&sr=8-1&keywords=nuts+game

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-Get Bit by Mayday Games –

3 – 6 players, 10 – 20 mins

Get Bit is a cute little game that my son (13yrs old) loves. In Get Bit players are swimmers trying to survive a shark attack. Players use numbered cards to determine their position. Higher numbers in the front, lower number in the back, and ties do not move. The swimmer in the back loses a limb, however, you’re still in the game until all your limbs are missing. The game ends when only one player is left. Check out this great review from Tabletop, it also features Zombie Dice 🙂  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMtlQxJeWvc *** The cheapest price I’ve found is at Miniature Market: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/ssearch?q=get+bit *** For more information including expansions, extras, and replacement parts check out the Mayday Games Website: http://maydaygames.com/card-games/get-bit.html?p=1

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-We Didn’t Playtest This by Asmadi Games-

2 – 15 players, 1 – 5 mins

We Didn’t Playtest This is a completely nonsensical game, which makes it fantastic. This game features cards that create rules, physical actions, and instant win/lose cards. There is no real way to explain it to you without having it in front of you. This game is hilarious and one of my personal favorites, I highly recommend it. There are several expansions as well, all just as nonsensical as the first. Check out this review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtpOpsjlLsE *** The cheapest price I’ve found is at Miniature Market: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/ssearch?q=we+didnt+playtest *** For more information including expansions and extra cards, check out the Asmadi Games Website: http://asmadigames.com/detail_playtest.php

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-Catan Dice by Mayfair Games-

1 – 4 players, 15 – 30 mins

Most of you are probably familiar with Catan the board game, Catan Dice is a very simplified version of Catan. Players roll dice (resources) to build on the maps provided, which have two sides. 🙂 If Catan looks intimidating, Catan Dice will definitely encourage you to play. Check out The Dice Towers review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNZSy35uoKE *** The cheapest price I’ve found it at is GameSurplus: https://www.gamesurplus.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=catan+dice&x=0&y=0 *** For more information including extra pieces, check out the Catan Website: http://www.catan.com/board-games/catan-dice-game

Lastly I’d like to mention….

fantasy

-Fantasy: The Family Card Game by Asmodee Games-

2 – 4 players, 15 mins

This game I bought because it was on clearance, I had no clue what it was… I just took a chance. It is fantastic. In the game you’re in a forest fighting to become the leader of the forest. The cards have many different abilities to allow you to get the most followers. The game continues until the deck has run out and then players count their cards, whoever has the most wins. The art is beautiful, as is all art from Asmodee Games. You can see some smaller reviews here: http://boardgamegeek.com/collection/items/boardgame/3422?comment=1 *** The game is still on clearance at Miniature Market: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/catalog/product/view/id/14846/s/asmkg03a/

I’d also like to mention that http://www.boardgamegeek.com has a fantastic collection of used games for great prices, the previously mentioned prices were all for new games, http://www.boardgamegeek.com also has tons of reviews and in-depth information regarding game history, etc. Thank you for reading, I hope these Gateway Games urge you to go play a few. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Until next time… Live by the Board.

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