Difficulty: Easy-Medium depending on how many people are playing
Play Time: 30-45 min
Number of Players: 2-5
Overall Rating: 5 Meeples
I really like this expansion to my favorite game of all time. It adds in two new components: Charms and a Potions Cupboard. Each player gets a new ability (a Charm) that they slot to the top of their player board that gives them a new ability that changes depending on their current health, there are a lot of them included in the box so there is lots of variety to mix up play throughs. The Potions Cupboard gets placed next to the main board and you need to meet certain conditions (play 3 spells, heal another player, ect.) to get ingredients for it to brew potions that can be added to your deck or discarded from the game for an additional effect. There are also new events added to up the difficulty that act somewhat like the Horcruxes from the main game. I’ve been having a lot of fun with this expansion, it’s really nifty when you manage to brew a potion and the element of trying to keep your health in a certain range to use a specific Charm ability add a lot to the already fun gameplay of the original. It also meshes very well with the Monster Box of Monsters expansion and I can’t wait to see what they come up with for the next one!
Catch the Moon is a manual dexterity game where the players take on the role of dreamers reaching for the moon. Each player rolls a die that dictates how they will place their ladder on the growing tower of ladders. But beware, failing to place your ladder as the die dictates will cost you a tear. Three tears and you are out. The last player standing wins. An easy and light-hearted game, Catch the Moon can be played by all audiences ages 5 and up.
Bits: Cool steampunk styled cards and an aeroship first player token
Overall Rating: 4 Meeples
Letter Tycoon is Scrabble meets the best parts of Monopoly! Each player starts with 7 letter cards in their hand and on their turn using those cards plus 3 public letters they spell a word. Players score money and stock options based on their word. Players can use their money to patent letters, if patented every time that letter is used the patent holder earns money from the bank!
I am usually terrible at word spelling games. But this one is super fast and easy to play. I love the steampunk styled cards and the overall play style. Will you earn enough to make yourself the Letter Tycoon?
Bits – friend cards, pizza and toys tokens, fort and scoring board
Overall Rating (out of 5) – 5 Meeples!
Fort is a beautifully illustrated game, in which the players are trying to gain victory points by having the best gang of friends and fort. I get joy out of looking at the friend cards, which are all very creative and cute. Each friend has different abilities that help you compete in the game. You collect wood pizza and toy tokens that are used in exchange for buying cards and activating abilities, which in turn help upgrade your fort.
Bits – Good, there are sliders for keeping track of your skills and gems to fill the house cup vials, it’s pretty cool.
Overall Rating (out of 5) – 5 Meeples!
This is a really fun and quick worker placement game set in the Harry Potter universe. You pick your house and send students from that house around to upgrade their skills (potions, charms, defense) and to complete challenges to earn points for your House. What I really like about it is that it never feels as if someone pulls too far ahead that you can’t catch up. It plays real quick once you know the rules, too which is nice. It’s pretty satisfying to put the gems you earn into the vials and see your progress towards victory. I find it very replayable and a definite must for Harry Potter fans.
The galaxy writhes in the mailed fist of all-consuming conflict. The Imperium of Mankind teeters on the brink of annihilation. In every star system and upon every planet, fierce battle rages as loyalists, heretics and aliens tear reality itself apart in their war for dominance. Every day the flames rise higher. If you’re looking to plunge headfirst into the new edition of Warhammer 40k, look no further than this glorious boxed set.
The box includes:
Warhammer 40,000 Core Book (hardback)
The Edge of Silencecampaign booklet
61–Plastic Push-fit Citadel Miniatures
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Bits: Amazing Bits! Wooden dice and eggs, beautiful environment boards, and hundreds of unique bird cards! This game has a great aesthetic and it really improves the immersion of the experience.
Overall Rating (out of 5): 4 Meeples
I love Wingspan. If you’re looking for a mid-level density game for 1-4 players with strong replayability and striking visuals this is the game for you. Play your birds right and each turn can build on the last as you chain bird effects to keep the points coming in all game long. The rule complexity can be a little tricky, but that’s what Youtube videos are for!
We’ve played Fallout Shelter: the Board Game five times in the last month and I love it! Not only does it capture the look and feel of the classic Fallout Shelter video game, but it’s also a pretty great worker-placement game. The goal of Fallout Shelter: the Board Game is to end up with the most Happiness at the end of the game. You are in the fallout shelter with other dwellers and you’re vying to become the Vault Overseer by building new rooms, providing food, water and power to the other dwellers so that they are Happy. I like to play it for a few reasons. It’s easy to set up, the art is fun, it was easy to learn, I LOVE that the goal is to have the Happiest Dwellers, and I usually win 🙂
I think that Qwirkle is perfect for family gatherings. It has a similar feel to Dominoes. The rules are very easy to pick up, making this a great game for people who are looking for a game you can start playing virtually right away – extremely minimal time reading instructions and placing pieces. The pieces are made out of wood, which I always love to see in any board game. Wood just makes any game seem like it is good quality.