Gamer’s Games

Small World was the May Game of the Month! for the Hypermind BoardGamers, and during that time, it saw a lot of play and had a very positive reception.  Personally, my opinion of it went through a bit of a roller coaster ride, but I’ll get into that more later in this review…

In Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery, players take on the roles of the great colonial powers beginning at the end of the 15th century. It is a worker-placement game where players choose 5 or more actions each turn from things such as discovering new colonies, sending colonists over to the new world, developing trade networks, and waging war…

Pandemic has facinated me since I first saw its title in an Essen preview early last year. Personally, it has become my most-played boardgame ever, and it is one of my all-time favorite games. So, in other words, I like it a lot. Let’s talk about why…

Well, despite it being a short month (only three weeks of game nights) for the Hypermind BoardGamers, we still had a Game of the Month!, which was The Pillars of the Earth.  I’m not going to do another full review because, for the most part, I still stand behind the review that I did for it back in June.  I did want to give a few additional thoughts that I have about the game now, just in the spirit of completeness…

Citadels is a very popular role-selection game in which players seek to build the best and most expensive city… I was very pleased when it was chosen as the Hypermind BoardGamers Game of the Month! for July, both because I have enjoyed the game in the past and because I wanted an opportunity to explore both the expansion characters as well as some basic strategy. Overall, I still enjoy the game quite a bit, but have come to see some flaws that kept my personal opinion of the game from increasing appreciably…

This is a reworking of a review I wrote on BoardGameGeek not too long ago. I hope it can be useful to someone out there.

Tigris & Euphrates was an excellent game to serve as our first Game of the Month. It is a modern boardgame “classic” from one of the most well-respected and prolific game designers in the world, Reiner Knizia. Currently, it holds the #2 spot on the BoardGameGeek with an average rating of 8.3. More than that, the game also has an incredible depth of play, using very simple actions and mechanics but creating a gaming experience that is very entertaining and satisfying.