|News | Published 24 November 2010|
With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching (and more holidays to follow), now is a good time to line up your entertainment for the family gatherings. After you get your fill of turkey and the table is cleared, what then? Watch TV? Take a nap? How about this year you invite the loved ones to enjoy your favorite hobby with you? This year there are dungeons to explore, brain-bending challenges to win, and a fabled ring to destroy!
Most serious hobby gamers know the pitfalls of trying to introduce too much complexity to the non-gamer crowd too soon. Can you imagine teaching Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition to Grandma? But where to start? Which games are best suited, based on complexity and number of players, to holiday gaming with the family? We’ve put together a few ideas...
Ingenious Challenges is a great place to start. Designed by the legendary Reiner Knizia, Ingenious Challenges is a collection of three new games for 2-4 players inspired by the classic Ingenious board game. By matching colors and shapes strategically, players compete to achieve the most balanced score...meaning you have to match symbols evenly if you hope to win. It’s easy to learn and kid friendly, so grab the family and break a mental sweat!
For the younger and more casual crowds, check out SmileyFace, a quick-playing card game of facial expressions. Utilizing a colorful library of emotes, SmileyFace appeals to a younger generation of cyber chatters or bloggers, as well as newcomers anxious to learn what faces these crazy character combinations are supposed to represent. Over the seven short rounds of the game, each player tries to collect the highest total face value of cards of a single type. Only the player with the highest score for a round will win points! All the other players are out of luck. :(
To appeal to the more ambitious gamers, Dungeonquest offers 1-4 players a challenging romp through the deadliest dungeon in Terrinoth. Dungeonquest is a modern re-imagining of the beloved classic board game of perilous treasure hunting. Challenge the family and loved ones to a game of survival of the fittest (or luckiest) as you attempt to plunder the dragon’s treasure trove. Whoever gets out of the dungeon with the most treasure is the winner...though surviving the dungeon is a victory all in itself.
The more adventurous feasters might opt to journey to Middle-earth with Reiner Knizia’s classic board game the Lord of the Rings: The Board Game. This cooperative quest can be played by up to 5 players, all joining together in a perilous journey to Mordor. Using intuitive hand management, this game requires players to play the right card at the right time in order to bring the One Ring to the fires of Mount Doom. As a cooperative game, this journey should get people talking, planning their turns jointly. This new edition of the game features updated graphics and components, making it a gorgeous way to turn your tabletop into a fantasy adventure.
Looking for games that are able to include the extended family? Look no further...
Condottiere and Letter of Marque are two Silver Line staples that can both support up to six players, each with a playing time of about 30 to 45 minutes. These approachable card games are easy to teach and quick to play, encouraging multiple plays in one sitting.
Condottiere puts players in control of Italian mercenaries warring for control of Renaissance Italy. Each player must rally the most powerful mercenary force in order to claim enough provinces to win. Through bluffing and clever card play, you can best your dinner guests at this unique and engaging card game.
Letter of Marque is a game of deceptive trading on the high seas. Each player controls a fleet of ships looking to deliver their goods across the sea. As long as your ship survives, you can claim your rewards, but beware! You and your rivals have a hand of cannon cards used to bring down opposing ships, which must be used wisely. This addicting little title plays quick enough to easily get a few games in over dessert!
Hopefully these games will bring some excitement and togetherness at your holiday gatherings. Be on the lookout for more exciting titles from Fantasy Flight Games, and browse our website to find the right games for you and your loved ones. Then, head to your local retailer and stock up!
What games are you breaking out for the holidays? Share your comments below!
I recommend a Turkey Day Rattlesnake Tournament.
Mock your drunken uncle as he attempts to lay an egg on the last blue snake.
Provoke your Significant Other when they almost win and collect 6 more eggs for their trouble.
Its a fun way to pass a bit of time before the feast, all while crushing your friends and relatives, see them driven before you in total Rattlesnake dominance while hearing the lamentation of the women!
Totally underrated game. A hidden FFG gem.
I'll be introducing my brother in law to Warhammer: Invasion, followed by the World of Warcraft Board Game! It will be an awesome Thanksgiving!