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Board Game Gift Guide 2016!

board game gift guide

‘Tis the season for giving great family board games as gifts.

It’s that time of year again – time to find great gifts for your family and friends.

And what better thing to give them than something you can enjoy together – board games!

Like in years past, we’ve got some great game ideas for you to check out. Many we’ve done full reviews for so you can find out even more about them by clicking on the links after each snippet.

This year’s Board Game Gift Guide includes 42 great game ideas!

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Star Wars: Imperial Assault game insert

Star Wars Imperial Assault Insert Here game insert

Insert Here makes a great game insert for Star Wars: Imperial Assault.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in less than a week!

I can hardly wait.

And to keep my excitement alive and well, Star Wars: Imperial Assault is staying set up on our game table for playing a number of times this week.

It’s a game I enjoy so much it’s made my Top 10 favorite board games list.

The game also has a lot of components including the miniatures, tokens, dice, various card decks, and plenty of tiles.

It’s a lot to pull out and set up every time you want to play.

But with a great game insert, like this one from Insert Here, keeping it so well organized in the game box makes set up much simpler.

Take a look for yourself in our video review of the Star Wars: Imperial Assault game insert from Insert Here.

The Star Wars: Imperial Assault game box is very deep and comes with a cardboard insert in the box. However, it’s not a very functional insert at all. It’s more of just a divider to toss different components in general areas.

So our first step when we got the game was to grab a bunch of baggies to put the different components in. Then we’d toss them in different areas around the provided divider.

But it still meant a lot of baggies to open every time we wanted to play — as well as when it came time to put it all away.

With the game insert from Insert Here though, that’s a thing of the past!

Star Wars Imperial Assault Insert Here game insert

There’s a lot of components in Star Wars: Imperial Assault.

We love how easy it is to get everything out and ready for playing.

All we have to do is remove the two small game trays that hold the dice and tokens, grab the card decks from their stations in the card insert area, and pick out our minis that are easily found in their bins.

Star Wars Imperial Assault Insert Here game insert

The small trays are very useful.

There are so many different decks of cards in Star Wars: Imperial Assault that there isn’t a separate section for each deck. So we group the cards before storing them in the card tray.

But since the card backs are so distinct in the game, it’s not really hard to grab the ones you need for the game.

There’s also plenty of room in each card section if you like to sleeve your cards.

Star Wars Imperial Assault Insert Here game insert

The card tray has space in the middle to stack the token trays.

The part of the game set up that can’t be simplified regardless of how you store the game is setting up the board.

Since each game of Imperial Assault requires a different map set up, finding the right map tiles will always take a little bit of time.

Star Wars Imperial Assault Insert Here game insert

The small map tiles have their own tray as well.

However, even with that the Insert Here game insert helps by including a separate tray for the small map tiles.

Rather than having the many small pieces like hallway connectors, entrances, exits, and end caps mixed in with the rest of the map tiles, now they have their own area — making them easier to find and grab as well.

Star Wars Imperial Assault Insert Here game insert

Token trays are very nice.

Even though the game still takes up a bunch of room on a game table, having the tokens organized neatly in a token tray helps save on game table space.

We don’t have to worry about token piles spreading all over since they’re all nicely contained in these trays next to the board.

As you can tell, we’re impressed with the Insert Here game insert for Star Wars: Imperial Assault. We also recommend you take a look at the more than 150 game inserts they offer — because it’s likely they’ll have an insert for your favorite games as well.

We’d like to thank Insert Here for providing us a review copy of the Star Wars: Imperial Assault game insert.


Scythe Factory is a great addition

Scythe Factory Meeple Realty game insert

Ready to assemble Meeple Realty’s Scythe Factory.

When you’ve got something you love, you want to treat it with care.

The same holds true for board games.

A game you love will get played a lot. And when you play a game a lot, it may start to show signs of wear.

That’s why a lot of people sleeve their card games — to keep the cards from getting marked up.

But the same holds true for other board game components as well.

Rather than having cool game pieces get banged around inside the game box, more and more people are now buying game inserts to organize the components in games they love.

As such, the market for box organizers and game inserts has taken off the last couple years.

This rise in demand has also fueled in increase in the options and quality of such inserts.

And today we’d like to introduce you to such a quality insert from Meeple RealtyScythe Factory.

Scythe Factory Meeple Realty game insert

There’s plenty of components in Scythe and the Scythe Factory is wonderful for them.

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Top 10 Board Games of All Time

Top 10 Board Games

Time for a Top 10 rundown.

This time of year, many board game video reviewers run through their Top 100 Games of All Time.

With thousands of new and fun board games being published every year, these reviewers take time to adjust their lists and publish an update to their Top 100 games.

While we haven’t gone so far as to do a Top 100 Games every year, we have occasionally updated our Top Game lists – mostly being around a Top 10 or so.

Our most popular list over these many years of game reviews turns out to be Mom’s Top Games lists.

Both of mom’s Top Top 12 Family Games lists — one from 2012 and one from 2015 — continue to be our most popular posts on our site!

The rest of us have posted lists as well, but they’re just not as popular as mom’s.

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Digital Board Games just keep coming!

Colt Express board game

Colt Express is a fun board game that’s gone digital.

We know one of the great reasons to play board games is the social interaction.

Sitting down at a table face-to-face and engaging in a shared activity with family and friends is a lot of fun.

There’s also a great tactile element of fun to playing board games in moving items and cards around the table or on a board.

But it’s hard to ignore the tons of fun board games and card games that are now being published in digital form.

We first wrote about the draw of digital board games a few years ago and have posted about a few of the ones we enjoy since then.

Today we’d like to share about a few more that we’re excited about and think you will be too.

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Car racing with Anki Overdrive rocks!

Anki Overdrive car racing

Start your engines!

Wow has car racing come a long way since I was a kid!

Bridging video games, mobile games, and physical track car racing, Anki Overdrive is a ton of fun!

Or as we like to call it in our house, Mario Kart Live.

Why? Because Anki Overdrive is the modern way to race cars in your living room.

It’s an amazing racing system where the cars fly around a variety of tracks but players control their cars through their digital devices. And just like in racing video games, players earn points through their accomplishments on the track and use them to level-up their cars and equip them with all sorts of gadgets.

Anki Overdrive car racing

We’re ready to race!

We bought Anki Overdrive last Christmas for our family and we’ve had a blast with it!
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It’s Garbage Day! (and a Giveaway)

Garbage Day card game

A card game in a garbage can!

Parents around the world all know what it’s like trying to get their kids to clean their rooms. It’s a constant battle we all go through.

And even when a child says their room is clean, all it takes is a peak under their bed or in their closet to see where they really stashed everything.

Well, we’ve got just the game for you – Garbage Day!

In Garbage Day, no one wants to take out the garbage or clean their room. So players try to see how much garbage they can get away with stacking on the growing pile or stashing in their rooms.

It’s a fun premise that everyone can relate to. And it’s a fun game that everyone can enjoy!

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Full of Gratitude

With Thanksgiving this week in the US, we want to take some time to express our gratitude.

There are so many things to be thankful for that this post could be a very long one.

But we’ll keep it short.

The first thing we’re most thankful for is our family. It’s not easy being a parent (or sibling) and some days are tougher than others, but it’s so worth it. There’s no other place where we can learn to love another so much as in our own homes.

The Board Game Family 2016

So grateful for our family! It’s the best place to learn to love.

We’re also so thankful for our extended family. We were recently reminded of amazing family bonds at the funeral of one of my uncles. We may not see each other very often, but it’s so nice reconnecting with cousins and other family members.

Likewise we’re so grateful for the many friends and neighbors that have such a big impact in our lives. We’re continually inspired by great men, women, teenagers, and children we get to interact with on a regular basis. They make us want to be better every day.

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Loony Quest – Count us in for loony!

Loony Quest board game

Let’s test your drawing skills on a Loony Quest.

It’s time for a closer look at one of the games we included in our Game Gift Guide this year – Loony Quest.

We reviewed a predecessor to it last year called Doodle Quest and also included it in our 2015 Board Game Gift Guide.

While Doodle Quest is a fun drawing game and great for practicing spatial perception skills, Loony Quest amps up both the fun and the skill level to great effect.

And Loony Quest much better deserves its title of “Quest”.

Because in Loony Quest players have different goals to complete for experience points along the way — kind of like in a video game realm. The last level of each world also has a Boss for players to defeat.

So we know kids are going to love it.

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