Christmas Present Ideas – 5 Board Games

12 12 2012


If you read last weeks post you may have seen that I decided to give you some Christmas Present Ideas. Last week I did 10 films that I suggest you buy. This week I am going to recommend 5 Board Games that you should get. Once again I am not putting them in any particular order. I will not give too much detail as I don’t want to confuse you or take away some of the fun.  so, onto the Board Games.

Lords of Waterdeep

Lords of Waterdeep – My second favourite Board Game (after Monopoly) and the Best Board Game I have played this year. Up to 5 players can enjoy this one. Basically you are one of nine Lords of Waterdeep and during your turn you need to put men out on the board to collect resources to complete quests and gain the most points to win. How you win is determined by what quests you complete as well as bonuses at the end of the game depending on which character you are. Each round you take it in turns to put pieces out and there are all sorts of things you can accomplish including:

  • Building buildings
  • Hiring Adventurers
  • Collecting Gold
  • Choosing Quests
  • Playing Intrigue Cards

The Game is a lot of fun and well worth buying, so BUY IT, BUY IT NOW, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR.

Lords of Waterdeep Contents

Ticket to Ride

Ticket To Ride – Ticket to Ride is one of the simplest games on the planet. Maybe that’s why it won a Game of the Year Award. In Ticket to Ride up to 5 players can join in the fun as you take it in turns to either pick up train cards, lay routes that match the quantity and colour of the cards you have and also buy ticket cards which if you complete will give you more points. You can only do one action per turn and to complete a route to get basic points you need cards to match a route. so a route that has 5 blue rectangles on it means that you need 5 blue cards to do it. The game is so basic all I really have to say is GO AND BUY IT, IT WON A GAME OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, GET YOUR WALLET OUT, GO DOWN TO THE SHOPS OR ONLINE AND BUY IT, BUY IT, BUY IT.

Ticket to Ride board


Quarriors – Not all addictions are bad, surely Board Game Addiction is Good under the basis that it is Fun. Well I am addicted to Quarriors, A dice game consisting of 130 Dice (in the normal game) for 4 players to enjoy. If you have played Dominion you will probably get the hang of this quite quickly. You take it in turns to draw 6 dice from your bag and roll them. Whatever you roll is what you get which also depends on the dice. You can then spend Money or Quiddity to buy more dice (one per turn). The dice are lined up next to the card they represent and it is from these cards that helps you to choose what dice you want as well as details about the dice. Some dice are monsters while others are spells. You win the game by gaining glory from monsters you put out. If they survive you get the glory it says on the Card. Another Fantastic Game which you should go out and BUY, WHY ARE YOU DELAYING, GO AND BUY IT (even though it is kind of ironic that I am recommending a game that is not available on Amazon, sort of).

Quarriors Dice

King of Tokyo

King of Tokyo – King of Tokyo is a game where up to 6 people play as Movie Monsters (that look like but are not actually those monsters) and have to fight it out to the death to become King of Tokyo. The game is very basic but can become very strategic and tactical. Whoever is the first monster to get 20 points (or is the last monster standing) wins the game, anyone whose life reaches zero is dead. During your turn you roll 6 dice and whatever you get on the dice shows what you do:

  • If you roll 3 matching numbers you get that many points.
  • If you roll Claws you attack
  • If you roll Hearts you heal (but only if you are not in Tokyo)
  • If you roll a lightning bolt you gain energy (which buys power cards)

Whoever is the first to roll a claws dice (and keeps) becomes King of Tokyo. For every turn he remains King of Tokyo he gains an additional 2 points. If someone attacks him and he is losing health he can retreat but he loses the title of King of Tokyo and the new monster becomes King of Tokyo. The monsters outside Tokyo only attack and wound the current King of Tokyo while the current King of Tokyo attacks and wounds all monsters outside Tokyo, Simple really. A fun game that the whole family can enjoy and a perfect gift for christmas, SO WHY HAVE YOU NOT BOUGHT IT YET, GO AND BUY IT.

King of Tokyo Contents


Bohnanza – There are many board games that involve buying and trading, but as far as I know there is only one game that involves the buying and trading of beans. In Bohnanza up to seven players take it in turns to plant, trade, plant more and harvest beans. When you are given your cards at the beginning of the game you can look at them (Obviously) but you can’t shuffle them around, you have to keep them in that order and plant them in that order (face up top card is first). Anymore that you pickup at the end of you turn have to be placed at the back of your hand. You also only start off with 2 bean fields and you have to plant your top card at the beginning of your turn so you may be forced to get rid of a whole crop to plant the new one (you can though buy a new field when you have enough cash). You get money through harvesting fields with enough plants in them to gain the right amount of coins. So if you have 4 Coffee beans you can harvest them for 1 coin, you do that by turning one card over (which becomes your coin) and then discarding all the others. You trade during your turn with the other players by trading two cards off the top of the deck as well as any cards you have in your hand that you don’t want, that they might want. Whatever card gets traded has to be planted though and cannot be traded even further. Some beans are rarer than others and as a result are worth more. whoever has the most money at the end of the game wins. While the game may look daunting from all that text it is a really fun game and one I would seriously recommend you get, SO BUY IT, BUY IT NOW, BUY IT NOW.

Bohnanza Cards (not all of them)

So, there you have some more fun christmas present ideas, come back next week for more, until then go and BUY THEM,WHY ARE YOU STILL READING THIS, YOU COULD HAVE ORDERED IT ALL THESE GAMES FROM AMAZON BY NOW, BUY THEM, BUY THEM, BUY THEM NOW.


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