So many of us want to break into more nerdy card games and geeky board games, but where to start? I am quite lucky in that I have a great group of friends who introduced me into this world of geeky board games and card games! Sometimes you can’t commit enough time to a full Dungeons and Dragons campaign (although I did for the first time this week and it was AMAZING). Sometimes an awfully complicated strategy game can also take hours to set up.
Sometimes you just need to start small, and aim high.
Sushi – Go!
This cute game is more strategy based than you would think and takes seconds to set up. You use the sushi to build up points through combos, passing hands around the table like a sushi bar conveyor belt. The bigger the risk, the higher the score – but your friends might notice the combos’ you’re going for and sabotage you!
Pandemic is a co-operative strategy game in which you collectively try to save the world from being taken over by deadly diseases. This is one of the games I’ve played probably 50+ times…. For those who enjoy working as a team, or screaming at friends until they understand that your way of saving the world is best, this game is for you.
This game is full of savagery comparable to thousands of tiny kitten claws! Each of you have the ability to diffuse the exploding kitten only once and you can return it to the pack wherever you want. Target the person you hate the most, or your girlfriend/boyfriend, but be careful, it might back-fire on you.
This is like Cluedo but levelled up to 1000 plus a mysterious twist. The way you work out the murderer is through vision cards, handed to you by the ghost of the person who was murdered (who basically acts as the games master). This is a game of ambiguity and trying to read signs that can only be shown to you in picture form.
Ticket To Ride
In this game, you try to build trains across countries and continents to connect cities together – but the problem is your friends are also trying to do the same. My favourite way of proceeding with this one is “controlled chaos” – place your trains in seemingly random areas so your opponents have no way of knowing which way you’re trying to go. Can’t say it works though… I’ve never won a game.
For those of you who have not played Fluxx before, as the name suggests the game’s goal and rules continually fluctuate meaning you’re never quite sure if you’re closer than anyone else to winning until suddenly, you do! The zombie version of this game adds an additional element – making sure that Zombies don’t kill you before you win.
Of course, one way you could try board games out for yourself in good company, is go along to a Geek.Zone social event! Geek.Zone are a local (Coventry) based non-profit organisation that host tons of local events, including board game nights and retro games nights.
For more ideas on nerdy things to do in Coventry, check out my previous post!