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Marrakech is a pleasant surprise!

Marrakech board game

It turns out rug markets can make for fun family board games.

How exciting does a game about selling rugs sound to you?

If you’re like us, you’d likewise say, “not very”.

When I first heard about this rug market game called Marrakech, I sure didn’t think much of it.

But I gave it a try and was quite surprise by how much I enjoyed it!

Of course, then I also had to push past the upturned noses of those I wanted to introduce it to as well.

I’m happy to report that it’s been equally well received by all those we’ve introduced it to.

I could say it’s the best rug market board game I’ve ever played because it’s the only board game about rug markets I’ve played.

But it turns out that Marrakech is actually quite a fun family board game.

 
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Mysterium and Potion Explosion Digital reviews

Mysterium board game

Mysterium has gone digital!

Earlier this week we shared our review of the fun cooperative deduction board game, Mysterium. And back in December we shared our review of the fun family board game, Potion Explosion.

Today we’re happy to share our reviews of the recently released digital implementation of both games!

And if you’re quick to jump on it, Mysterium digital and Potion Explosion digital are both on sale for the next 4 days!

 

Mysterium digital

Since our recent review of the Mysterium board game covers how to play, we won’t dive into that here.

Let’s just say that the digital version plays out just the same as the board game. One player is the ghost giving visionary clues. And the rest of the players are the psychics trying to interpret those clues to guess a character, location, and object.

Mysterium digital board game

It can be tough playing as the ghost and giving visions to the psychics.

The artwork of the “cards” is exactly the same as the actual board game. And since we’re fans of the evocative cards, it goes without saying that we love the visuals in the digital version too.

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Mysterium is an awesome cooperative mystery

Mysterium board game

Can you solve the mystery together?

Another death has occurred and it’s up to your team of psychics to unravel the mystery.

How familiar does that sound?

Perhaps it’s because plenty of deduction board games have that same premise – to solve a murder mystery. The most popular is Clue.

Yet Mysterium takes the familiar premise and shakes it up to make a fresh and fun new family board game.

Many people have compared Mysterium to a mash up of Clue and Dixit: Clue because of the mystery of trying to discover a person, place, and thing and Dixit because of the bizarre and evocative imagery on the cards.

But even that comparison can’t quite capture the essence of the game.

Because one of the differing aspects of Mysterium is that it’s a cooperative deduction game – everyone either wins or loses together.

Everyone we’ve played Mysterium with has loved it. And we’re more than happy to tell you why.

Mysterium board game

A box of goodness awaits.

 
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Win 8 New Board Games!

Villages of Valeria

Win this and 7 more new board games!

Yes, you read the title right — you can win 8 new board games!

We know you’re interested in fun board games or you wouldn’t be on our site.

And we’d guess that you’re probably also interested in winning some upcoming games.

Well, now you’ve got the chance to do just that in the Ultimate Indie Board Game Giveaway.

This joint effort by a number of indie publishers will grant one lucky person 8 of the newest board games of 2017.

It’s super simple to enter. Just complete at least one of the items listed below.

Of course, the more you do, the more entries you’ll get to improve your odds of winning.

If you’d like more info on each of the games in the giveaway, you’re in luck because clicking on the links for more info will give you entries in the contest as well!

One that I’m interested in is Villages of Valeria. I had a great time playing Valeria: Card Kingdoms and Quest of Valeria a couple weeks ago at SaltCon and would love to try more games in Valeria.

Good luck!

The Ultimate Indie Board Game Giveaway



 
 
 

First Orchard brings back the fun in picking fruit

First Orchard children's board game

First Orchard can be your child’s first board game.

Some of my fondest memories as a child involve walking with my Mammaw (that’s Texan for Grandma) around her house picking blackberries.

We’d each fill our baskets with blackberries to take home and make blackberry pie. Of course, we’d snack on them along the way too.

Picking fruit from its natural source can be hard work; but when done with family and friends it can be a very enjoyable experience.

In HABA’s First Orchard, part of the My Very First Games series, you get to tap into the fun aspect of picking fruit as a family.

It’s a promising theme, but does this children’s game deliver the fun?

 
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Another great SaltCon gaming weekend!

SaltCon 2017

SaltCon is a great time to play tons of games with buddies.

Last weekend I spent many, many fun hours playing board games at our local board game convention — SaltCon.

And once again, SaltCon reached record attendance — hitting 1,359!

Not too shabby for just being the 9th year.

This year SaltCon was extended one day so those wish to play a lot of games would have even more time to play. However, I went the opposite direction and was there for less time than usual the last few years.

This year I was only able to go Friday and Saturday. And I had to cut my time short on Saturday as well.

But that didn’t stop me from playing 22 different games!

Not bad for just a day and a half.

SaltCon 2017

Multiple convention center rooms for plenty of open gaming at SaltCon.

 
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Hive Mind rewards thinking alike

Hive Mind board game

Hive Mind may look like just a children’s game, but it’s fun for everyone.

To be honest, when I first saw Hive Mind in the Calliope Games booth at Gen Con 2016 I didn’t think too much of it. From the outside, it looked like a children’s game that the everyone in our family would have outgrown.

However, after getting a copy from Calliope Games and giving it a shot, I’ve completely changed my tune!

Playing Hive Mind has been a lot of fun!

In fact, we enjoyed our first play so much that the following week I took it to our New Year’s Eve party with friends.

We were there with just adults playing and Hive Mind was a hit with everyone!

Like me, they were skeptical when I first pulled it out. But once we got playing, everyone had a blast.
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Acting silly in Action Princesses is encouraged!

Action Princesses children's game

Are your princesses ready for some action?

Kids love to play pretend.

One of the many scenarios I commonly find my daughter pretending is being a princess.

She loves to dress up and have us play together.

In Action Princesses by Haywire Group, she can take control of a princess and together we can save her castle from a “mean ‘ol dragon” all while dancing, laughing and acting silly.

 
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