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Secret Code 13+4 board game review

Secret Code 13+4 children's board game

“For months the agents have been preparing for this evening. Tonight is the night the secret mission ‘Amun Re’ begins. The team, made up of four cunning secret agents, breaks into the museum and thanks to their precise calculations cracks the tricky codes of the security installation. Who will be the first to overcome all the security’s laser barriers to get hold of the precious mask of Amun Re?”

And thus begins the children’s board game Secret Code 13+4.

As you may surmise from the game title, Secret Code 13+4 is a game that involves math. Players need to use their math skills to crack the security codes to get past the lasers and into the central chamber to win.


SaltCon Day #2: 9 more game mini-reviews!

SaltCon Five Tribes board game

Before the SaltCon Game Library closed on Friday night, we each checked out a game to hang onto over night so we’d have something new to play before the game library opened the next morning.

After a short but good sleep, Jake and I dove into our second day at SaltCon at 8:30 Saturday morning with a lot of game-playing energy.

Between the 2 games we checked out, we decided to play Scoville.


SaltCon: More board games – My Day #1 (part 2)

Sheriff of Nottingham board game SaltCon

A couple days ago I started a mini-series of posts writing about my fun experience last weekend at SaltCon. After 2 days of solid board game and card game playing, I headed home having played 20 different games with a lot of great people.

Today, I’m sharing more about this fun gaming weekend – covering the rest of the games I played on my day 1 (Friday).


SaltCon: Board games Galore – My Day #1 (part 1)

SaltCon game tables

After a week away on a business trip, I was sure looking forward to a couple days of non-stop board game playing at SaltCon this past weekend.

And I’m happy to report that it was just as fun as I had anticipated!

SaltCon game tables
Ready to dive into the “Hot Games”.
If you like playing board games, then SaltCon is for you. It’s non-stop open gaming for 3 days.

With a game library of over 800 games, there’s never a shortage of something to play.

And if you’re not familiar with how to play a particular game, there’s always someone close by happily willing to teach you.

Yes, the games I played were a lot of fun. But most of the fun is found in the “who”, not the “what”.

And the people that play games at SaltCon are a fantastic assortment of friendly, fun players.


Inkognito – deduction game review

Inkognito card game

If your family likes light deductions games, Inkognito: The Card Game may be right up your alley. Read on and deduce for yourself…

In Inkognito players are secret agents at Carnival in Venice. Each player is on a secret mission to make contact with his or her partner agent and trade information to discover the code to break into a safe and win the game.

It’s a fun deduction game for 2-5 players that plays in about 30 minutes.


Hit the tropics in Tahiti – board game review

Tahiti board game

The board game Tahiti is a tile-laying game where players set out in their canoes to gather the finest harvest of fruits, vegetables, and spices from the surrounding islands for the tribe.

Players earn glory (victory points) by collecting both variety and quantity of goods over the entire season.

The best gatherer will be named the hero of the tribe.

Tahiti is a fun family game with a good balance of luck and strategy – and of course, also a cool theme.


Coerceo Board Game Giveaway! (and review)

Coerceo board game

When it comes to abstract board games, it’s great to go head-to-head against another player.

That’s why there are plenty of 2-player abstract strategy board games to choose from.

The most popular of course are Chess, Checkers, and Go.

Well, we’ve got another fun one for you to try: Coerceo!

And if you’re lucky, you may be able to win your own copy of the game!

Read on to see how you can win a new, in-shrink copy of Coerceo.


Timeline: American History – card game review

Timeline: American History card game

If you’re looking for a light, short card game for the family, we definitely recommend taking a look at the Timeline series.

The latest game in the Timeline series by Asmodee is Timeline: American History. We’re not sure how much it will appeal to our readers outside the U.S.A., but for those living in America it’s a good addition to the series.

As the name implies, Timeline: American History is focused on historical events in America – such as presidential elections, battles, documents, famous deaths, and other notable events.

So if you’re a history a buff or have kids that are learning their American History, this is definitely the version of Timeline to choose.


Do you want Bugs in the Kitchen?

Bugs in the Kitchen board game

The first game we listed on our Board Game Gift Guide 2014 a few months ago was Bugs in the Kitchen.

Well, now’s the time to take a deeper look at this fun children’s board game.

Actually, we can’t dive too deeply into this board game, because it’s such a straight forward game.

It’s not like there’s a bunch of deep strategy to the game. In fact, I’m not sure if there’s any strategy at all.

Bugs in the Kitchen is strictly for fun.


Red7 – Win each turn or you’re out!

Red7 card game

Red7 can be enjoyed by everyone in the family that understands numbers and colors. Which of course means that plenty of people can enjoy Red7.

The choices on each turn are pretty straight forward, but still require some thought.
It’s fun to see kids think through their options to win every turn.

Plus, kids love to be “winning”.