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Get Rich Quick ain’t no Monopoly!

Get Rich Quick board game

How rich can you get and how quick?

When I first saw Get Rich Quick at the FoxMind booth at Gen Con 2016, the ever-popular Monopoly board game quickly came to mind.

It’s no secret that Monopoly gets a bad rap for ruining family relationships. And in the board game community, Monopoly is looked down upon with reprehension.

So for my mind to shift to Monopoly upon seeing Get Rich Quick isn’t a good thing.

Of course, being a board game reviewer means I’m also always interested in at least glancing at a game.

The great news is that it didn’t take long for me to realize Get Rich Quick is a far cry from Monopoly. In fact, there’s hardly any resemblance at all to Monopoly other than there’s a board and paper money.

And no one is trying to bankrupt anyone else!

The even better news is Get Rich Quick has been a lot of fun to play!

 
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Onitama – 2 player strategic fun

Onitama board game

Onitama is loaded with fun, 2-player battles.

One of the first family board games we reviewed many years ago was Ninja Versus Ninja – in which 2 players face off on a grid trying to get their ninjas far into the opposing dojo for points or to knock out all the opposing ninjas.

While there’s a bit of strategy in Ninja Versus Ninja on when to move which ninjas and to where, the options were always based on the lucky (or unlucky) roll of the dice. It’s a fun and quick game, but a lot comes down to luck.

Well, if you’re looking for a fun and quick 2-player game with a dojo type theme that doesn’t revolve around luck, we got a great game for you – Onitama!

In Onitama, players try to either take out their opponent’s Master piece or move their own Master onto their opponent’s Temple Arch.

It’s a simple and straightforward game that’s filled with strategic choices throughout.

But it’s the unique way players maneuver their pieces that really makes this game shine!

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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle is great fun

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle card game

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle is a cooperative deck-building game the whole family can enjoy.

When we first heard about Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, we got excited.

After all, we love cooperative games.

We enjoy deck-building games.

And we love Harry Potter!

So the thought of USAopoly combining all those elements into a game was very exciting.

It also created very high expectations.

The big question was – could it live up to our high hopes?

Well, it’s time to find out…

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Best Board Games of 2016

2017

Looking back on 2016 and forward to a fresh 2017.

Happy New Year!

So we may be a few days late in wishing you a Happy New Year, but better late than never.

The last couple weeks around our house have been full of relaxing fun. So much so, that I’ve totally set aside our game reviews for a bit of a reprieve.

Well, now that the new year is under way, it’s time to dust off the keyboard for our 2016 Year in Review!

A few months ago, I wrote about my Top 11 Games and Experiences YTD.

Codenames: Pictures card game

A new and improved Codenames is among us.

It was split about 50/50 between board games and game experiences (like going to Gen Con 2016 and D-Day Commemoration with Memoir ’44). And of the games I mentioned, only 3 were games published in 2016.

So rather than rehash that list, today I’m sharing my current picks for Best Board Games of 2016!

There’s 3 simple criteria for this list:

  1. The game was published in 2016
  2. I’ve played the game
  3. I’ve had a great time playing it and get excited thinking about playing it again

While there are still a number of “hot” games being talked about for 2016, if I haven’t played it, I can’t yet make a judgement call on it. So naturally those don’t make my list (yet).

 
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Have a Merry Christmas!

Innkeeper Christmas

Let’s make room.

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

There’s so much to love about Christmas.

As the year comes to an end, we get to take time to reflect on all that we’ve experienced over the past year and appreciate our blessings.

We also get to spend lots of time with family – a grand blessing indeed.

But the biggest blessing of all is found in the reason for the season.

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” – John 8:12

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Rubik’s Race and other puzzle challenges

Rubik's Race board game

It’s not a Rubik’s Cube, but it’s got the Rubik’s name.

Earlier this year, Caleb noticed a Rubik’s Cube on one of our shelves and set out to solve it.

The colorful puzzle cube captured all his attention for quite some time. Before long he had figured it out and was challenging us to mix it up “harder” to see how long it would take him to solve it.

On average he was solving it in 1 minute 10 seconds. And like you’d imagine, he loved getting under 1 minute.

So when we saw a game called Rubik’s Race, of course we were interested.

The good news for me though is that the game isn’t about seeing who the fastest person is to solve a Rubik’s Cube – otherwise I’d never stand a chance against Caleb.

Instead, Rubik’s Race is a short and fun 2-player challenge of getting colored tiles into position before the other player.

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Playing with marbles is fun in Potion Explosion

Potion Explosion board game

Potion Explosion is a fun game for the whole family.

Games and toys are made to be fun.

After all, having fun is why we get together with friends and family to play games. And kids love playing with toys because they’re fun.

So when we see a game with a big toy factor to it, we naturally tend to think it’s going to be fun.

Such is the case with Potion Explosion. The game has a big toy factor that revolves around playing with marbles!

And doesn’t playing with marbles have “fun” written all over it?

But is the marble toy factor all the game has going for it? Or is Potion Explosion actually fun to play?

It’s time to find out.

 
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Codenames: Pictures is better than the original

Codenames: Pictures card game

A new and improved Codenames is among us.

When I first heard a new version of Codenames was being published using pictures, I thought it sounded ridiculous.

After all, how could Czech Games Edition improve upon the original Codenames?

Codenames became an almost instant hit with our family when we got it. It quickly achieved a place among our Family Favorite Board Games.

There’s a reason we included it in our 2015 Board Game Gift Guide.

We love the challenge of giving, as well as understanding, one-word clues to guess multiple cards on the table.

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