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Favorite Board Games | June 2015

This month's board game post should be renamed to "an ode to Alex's favorite board games" because I realize all of these Alex can't get enough of! They're great games and are each different from each other. That's what I love about board games. You can never have too many as they're always so different!

Family Business is a card game that Alex has had for many, many years. He played avidly in high school drama and we've only recently started to play with our friends. You're the leader of a mob and you're trying to take out other mobs with contracts, hits, and other mob-like tactics. You're trying to keep your mobsters from dying and you win by being the last one standing. There are mob wars, Valentine's Day massacres, and a lot of wheeling and dealing with other players. It's a fairly simple card game that does take a bit of time to figure out what every card does. Once you get the basic gist of it, it's easy to fly through a round in 15-20 minutes. It's very family friendly for being about mobsters too!

Bang! is a more complicated card game that is a bit on the violent side (if card games can even be violent...) as it has guns and you're trying to shoot fellow players. You play one of four types of players, the sheriff, the deputy, the renegade, or an outlaw. Only the person playing the sheriff is revealed, so no one quite knows who you are playing. Each group is trying to win in a different way. The deputy and sheriff work together to take out the renegade and the outlaw/s, the outlaw/s want to kill the sheriff. The renegade wants to be the last one standing. It's an interesting game of relationships and trying to figure out who is on your side and who isn't while avoiding getting killed. There are character cards that give you different skills and attributes as well. The basic game plot is simple enough, but the cards make it a bit more complicated while increasing the replay-ability of the game. There are so many variables that you never know who is going to be which role, which character, or what supplies you're going to have. 

I should have had Alex come in to share his two cents about Comic Encounter. Alex's love for this game has no limits. He can't get enough an will constantly try to play it at least once during game nights. It's one of those games you can't really explain unless you're in the thick of it playing. I'll give it a go though to entice you to buy it immediately. It's more or less a card game with visual representation, but so much more. 

You play a random alien race who has special abilities unlike any other alien playing the game. You're inhabit five planets with your twenty space ships, and you're trying to colonize other planets in order to win. You colonize these planets through encounters. The encounters are determined randomly by a "destiny deck" and you can either attack the planet with your ships, help from other players who are allies, and numbered attack to gain control of it or "negotiate" with the player who "owns" the planet. You win by getting one of your ships on five different planets. But it's so much more complicated than that. Your alien's special power helps you out, but the other players have special powers too. Some are trying to lose their ships to win. Others play by becoming allies. Some never lose their ships. Some have one ship count for four ships. The combination of aliens in the game makes the game a completely different experience. You have to adapt depending on which alien you're encountering. It's awesome, complicated, and you'll never play the same game twice.

Board games are Alex and my way of relaxing, spending time with friends, and keeping our brains working in a different way. These three games are completely different, but wonderful in their own way. I can't wait to see what new games we pick up next!

What board games do you like to play?

xoxo Kayla

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