SPIEL ’19 was full of games and Tabletop Together was there first-hand to check out what games would be our favorites. Peter and Jacob will give their top 3 games from this years SPIEL, but this is by no means exhaustive. There were over 1.000 new games present at the fair and we obviously haven’t played them all. These 6 games have risen to the top for us.
Colonizing America is no easy easy task, but with the help of dice and titles you just might succeed. Santa Maria is a game all about drafting dice to trigger rows and columns of buildings in your ever growing colony. Every turn is a puzzle to solve and every game features different scoring goals and special powers. Will you end up having the most prosperous colony? Or will you be outwitted by the dice and the other players?
Thar’s gold in them thar hills! And what’s mining for gold without a little poker? End of the Trail puts you in charge of finding the best gold claims and seeing how much extra you can win with a little … Continued
Who are you? Who will you become? What will make you who you are? We all have our own back stories in real life; the major events and people who have shaped our lives and helped us become who we are today. Truth be told, most of our stories are probably not super epic, but in Call to Adventure you get to create an epic story for your character unlike any of us have ever lived.
Fog of Love had a great deal of buzz about it when it was released in 2017. With its sleek graphic style, its unashamedly two-player yet non-filler nature, and still even now practically unique theming (outside a few light party games) of playing out a romantic relationship, it’s easy to see why it turned heads. But is the game just a somewhat expensive fling, or something for the long term?
I used to play a lot of RPGs when I was younger. Not just classic pen and paper Dungeons and Dragons but also a lot of the 90’s RPGs on my PC. Sitting down to play Time of Legends: Destinies instantly took me back to that frame of mind. Starting off with a lovely scroll text intro with a voice over, simple rules and a character with a goal, a destiny to fulfill…
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us” Gandalf spoke to Frodo. And so I’ve dedicated my time lately to playing Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth by Fantasy Flight Games. It’s a cooperative adventure game in which 1 to 5 players embark on an epic journey through the menacing landscapes of Middle-Earth.
The gold rush has brought many people to your small town and being the enterprising self that you are, you realize this could be exactly what you need to make your fortune. Unfortunately, the same thought has crossed the minds of several of your fellow townspeople. In Saloon Tycoon, you are competing against others in your town to make the best saloon with the services the town wants so you can walk away with the most money.
Being a big fan of deck building games I’m always interested in trying new takes on the concept. So I was excited to find that Dice Settlers was exactly that. It even had a designer I really like and an artist I think is amazing. So I had high hopes for Dice Settlers, but high hopes for a game can sometimes be a dangerous thing…
Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North is a stand alone game set in the Imperial Settlers universe. It’s not compatible with the original Imperial Settlers game. Created by Ignacy Trzewiczek it does share some mechanisms with its predecessor, and is still very much a tableau / engine building game. But what’s it like? And is it any good? You’ll soon find out.
Little Town is a charming little worker placement game. IELLO cleary aimed it at families and the more casual gamers, but I feel it also has enough meat on the bone to work as a filler for enthusiasts. It’s simple and easy to teach and plays in less than 45 minutes. Read on to hear my thoughts on it.
The Mad King Ludwig – Ludwig II of Bavaria to his friends – was known to be a bit eccentric and actually declared insane. His famously unfinished Neuschwanstein castle serves as a reminder of his eccentricities. In Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig you get to be an architect for the king himself, helping to construct two neighboring castles with a lot of oddities included.