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Formerly a PC-exclusive gamer, Kae was introduced to the tabletop world by gateway of the World of Warcraft TCG. Since then, her interests have broadened with her favorite games including Battlestar Galactica, Pathfinder, Lord of the Rings LCG, WarmaHordes, and more. Kae is willing to try just about any game and loves learning new strategy.

Kae’s Holiday Game Recommendations


The holidays are upon us, and ideally you have finished or are wrapping up your holiday shopping (pun totally intended). But, just in case you haven’t, we’re all going to be giving you our opinions on what would be great games to gift your family or that gamer that you love. Obviously, all gamers have different likes, but here are some of my favorite games that I’d be overjoyed to receive for the holidays! If I didn’t already own them, that is! ;)

Light Game – Unexploded Cow (CheapAss Games)

My choice for a light game is Unexploded Cow because it is easy to set up, and easy to play. I dare you to play this game and not crack a smile, because petrified and angry cows getting blown up at chance is pretty entertaining. The art is comical and the game goes pretty quickly. If you hate laughing, fun, and love cows, then this game might not be for you.


Heavy Game – Battlestar Galactica (Fantasy Flight Games) / Tales of the Arabian Nights (Z-MAN Games)

I’m cheating and choosing two, because I believe with all of my heart that all gamers should own, or at the very least try, both of these games.

First up is Battlestar Galactica, a game of secrecy and desperation. The game is actually what convinced me to watch the show, but the game in and of itself is brilliant, smooth, and different every time. BSG has a traitor mechanic which is both exciting and nerve-wracking. It does take a few rounds, a full game at most, to get a hang of how it works, but it is well worth the time and money spent. [Kae’s Disclaimer : play with people you have strong relationships with – you’ll understand after you’ve played!]

battlestargalacticaOh, Tales of the Arabian Nights. This might be an unfair choice to put up here, but I felt it needed some attention. Tales of the Arabian Nights is hard to get your hands on, but if the opportunity arises, I’d jump on it. You take on the role of a historical character from the Middle East, and go on daring adventures across the surrounding countries. Other players read the results of your decisions on a turn from the hefty story book, and sometimes they can determine the outcome for you. It is a lot of fun, and we break this out pretty often.


Family Game – Once Upon A Time (Atlas Games)

If your family likes reading stories, has a great imagination, or creativity is something you are wanting to cultivate, Once Upon A Time should be on your radar. Players begin a story based on cards in their hand, and try to steer the story using those cards to their unique story end card. It can’t be that simple though, because other players can interrupt the story and steer it towards their own ending. You will be constantly on your feet and taking creative turns to lead the story back to your ending!


Party Game – Crabs Adjust Humidity (Vampire Squid Cards)

I suppose that my party game suggestion is a two-for-one, but I wanted to turn some attention to this expansion. Crabs Adjust Humidity is a self proclaimed “crappy little third party, unofficial expansion” to Cards Against Humanity and it has certainly lived up to its name. Not only will this enhance your hilarious CAH games, but the second volume of cards has been released, so you could potentially add both sets to your current set-up!


Two-Player Game – Claustrophobia (Asmodee)

Claustrophobia is a two-player board game featuring miniatures, set in the world of Hell Dorado. One player takes control of the demons, and the other controls the humans. The humans must battle their way out of, well, hell, and survive to see the surface, while the demon player will try to foil their attempts. This game is really fun and employs strategy on both ends with movement and buffs granted from cards.

Claustrophobia Game

Stocking Stuffer- Love Letter (AEG)

Why Love Letter? Because it is small, easy to learn, highly re-playable, and I’ve yet to encounter someone that doesn’t like it. Try to get your love letter to the Princess, or as close to her as you can. Each card has an effect which is clear, and at the end of the round, you want to have the highest numbered card, meaning the closest to the princess. I think Love Letter is appropriate for many ages as well, so check it out!

Picture of Love Letter by AEG

There are my suggestions for your gamer this holiday season, and many more from our other writers are coming soon! Of course these are just my opinions, what would your recommendations be? Are there any particular games that you’re hoping to see wrapped up for you this year? Let us know!


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