LadyKittania – Board Game Run Down

LadyKittania here, with some blabbing about some of my favorite tabletop/board games. I know for most people when they hear ‘board games’ a few immediately come to mind. Monopoly, Risk, maybe Chutes and Ladders or Sorry. But there is so much more to the tabletop/ board game world. So let’s grab our dice and Mountain Dew and dive right in.

First for a less well known classic, and my personal favorite, Cosmic Encounters. Like Monopoly, this is a game you have to dedicate some serious time to, so expect to be at the table for a good bit. The premise of the game is that every player is an alien race trying to establish itself as the new ruling race of the galaxies. You send out your ships to fight other races and try to establish bases on their homeworlds.
But the simplicity ends there. Each race has an ability that breaks or bends the rules. (Kind of like cheat codes.) I do want to point out that you will not always enjoy playing. There are times when even I have gotten annoyed to the point of wanting to flip the table. It just depends on the mix of aliens everyone gets, which is completely random. Still I love this game and recommend it for those enthusiasts who like a nice long game.

Next on my list is Smallworld. A game that reminds me a bit of Risk, but with Orcs, as one of my friends once described it. Players purchase races with in game currency and use those troops to conquer territory on the game board. With only a limited number of troops for each race, you will find yourself mixing quite a few. Getting those few to work together well is a challenge I love, and often with disasterous or hilarious results. (Depending on my mood when I play.)
Now like Risk, expect to be fiddling with small troop pieces a lot, as you collect/place/remove them from the box/board. If this is something that annoys you, then this is not the game for you. Fortunately there are many, many more games to choose from.
Though not as complex as my first favorite, this is still a game I look forward to playing often. Fear the wrath of my mighty Orcs!

Third I want to talk a bit about a lesser known title from the mighty Steve Jackson Games. I’m sure most of you have heard of and/or played Munchkin, possibly even Zombie/Cuthulu dice. But they have a few other games that aren’t as popular, like ‘Give Me the Brain’. In this funny little game you are zombies working in a fast food establishment attempting to complete your tasks so you can go home, but you have only the one brain between you. And brains are slippery, which makes them hard to hold on to.
Don’t expect a lot of seriousness in this game, the cards themselves are too funny to play this without cracking at least a smile. I always end up with a sore face after playing this.
If you are a fan of Munchkin, I highly recommend trying this game out as well. And if you aren’t, I still think you should give it a try. It’s a game for everyone, and even kids should get a kick out of it.

Finally I want to dive into the world of Indie games with ‘Villains and Henchmen’.
I’ve heard many good things about this game, and seen quite a few people have a lot fun with it. So it was high time I played it for myself. I’ve always had a great love for the Villains, the Chaos Bringers, and the Refusers to stay within the norm. So playing a game in which you are a henchman vying for the title of Villain really struck my fancy.
Currently in kickstarter, this new game from Ravensdale Publishing was a delight to play and fairly easy to learn quickly. No two games are ever the same, and I found lots to love about it. From the powers you can buy, the chance you might not be able to complete the objective, to even the Heros you love to hate, this was a fun strategy game that I fully plan to come back to and play some more. Especially since I didn’t actually get to finish that first game. (In which we did not lose, we simply ran out of time to play.)
So if you’re looking for something new to buy and introduce to your gaming friends, check out this one.

Plans for the future. We all make them, and try to keep to them. I’m no different. It is my hope that I will be able to chat about four to five games with each blog, and hopefully have a few in-depth ones where I focus more heavily on one or two. And I plan to check out more indie’s to chat about, because it’s so much fun to check out something so new it doesn’t even have a box yet.
(Which does eliminate that collectors part of me that loves having a box sit there and simply look pretty.)

So whether you, dear reader, are a permanent resident of the tabletop realm or merely an occasional visitor, I hope my bit of blathering has given you ideas for your next gaming session.

Until next time,
LadyKittania out with this heartfelt message.

Be well and give more time to games.