Written by Jacob and Christina
We love to play games, obviously, and we think everyone should play games too. But what game would you buy for someone? Everyone has their own comfort level when it comes to games, some like complex and some like light games. We have recommendations that you should check out for whatever type of gamer or non-gamer you are buying for.
Light Game-Tsuro of the Seas (Calliope Games)
The mechanics for Tsuro of the Seas isn’t complex and the luck of trying not to run into a daikaiju (sea dragon) can put a damper on your well thought out plan. The rules are simple, lay down a tile and move your boat along the path, and draw a tile. Be careful though not to run into daikaijus or run off the board or it is game over for you. This is a game that puzzle lovers would absolutely enjoy. You can strategize your moves but only so far since the daikaijus will also be moving on the board swallowing up anything that gets in their path. This is a quick game too, especially with more people. It tends to last around the 30 minute mark for most of our games.
Heavy Game-Eclipse (Lautapelit.fi)
Ah, Eclipse. A game that fits into the category of a heavy game not just for rules and theming, but actual weight as well. There is a LOT of cardboard in this game. It is Christina and Jacob’s favorite space-themed 4x game, and one of the great things about it is that it doesn’t take 10 hours to play: including setup, play-time and breaking it down (I’m looking at you, Twilight Imperium!). Each player controls their own race, be it human or alien, and vie for control over the galaxy. Each game can take anywhere from 1-3 hours, pending on the number of players that are there. We have taken this game around and demoed it at our FLGS, and everyone who has played it contemplates buying it. One person had the store pull its copy for them to buy before the second turn of the game ended! If you have someone on your list that loves 4x games or is a sucker for anything galactic empire themed, then Eclipse is sure to be a hit!
Family Game-Flash Point Fire Rescue (Indie Boards and Cards)
Nothing says family more than cooperative games. In Flash Point: Fire Rescue, players work together as firefighters trying to stem the raging inferno that the board has become and rescue all the victims inside. We play this game with both sides of our family, and they have all really enjoyed it. The rules are easy to get into, and the introductory scenario makes it easy for you to get you non-gamer friends and family into the game. Just watch out when you’re choppin’!
Party Game-Resistance (Indie Boards and Cards)
This Resistance screams party just by the sheer amount of players needed to play this game. The minimal amount of players for this game is 5 and can go up to 10 players. Everyone takes on secret identities, some will be for the Alliance and some will be Spies. Who can you trust? We play this game with Jacob’s family often and they really enjoy it. We will warn you though, you won’t trust your significant other in this game. Christina usually blames Jacob for being a spy from the very beginning.
Jacob – Yes. Yes, she does. Before the alliance cards have even been dealt out, Christina usually looks at me and states,” YOU DIRTY SPY!”
2-player Game-Pandemic (Z-Man Games)
Often times Pandemic is considered to be a great game to play with your spouse so it is no wonder it is a great 2 player game. Pandemic can be played with up to 6 players if you have the On the Brink expansion and up to 4 players with just the base game but we find it plays just as well with 2 players. We often times pull out this game to try to save the world from the epidemics of plagues but we don’t always succeed. The challenge in the game is one of the best things. You are working cooperatively together and it really helps develop the sense of teamwork. You either win or lose together.
Stocking Stuffer Game-Dungeon Roll (Tasty Minstrel Games)
Looking for a great stocking stuffer? Then end your quest with Dungeon Roll! It is a push-your-luck style of game for 1 to 4 players that will have each one rolling dice and delving into the dungeons, where they will slay monsters, quaff potions and search for treasure. But be wary of the dragon! We really like Dungeon Roll for both the fact that each game has a unique feel to it, thanks to the myriad of hero cards available, and it is a game that is quick and easy to get on the table. This is also a great filler game, so if the person that you are buying for likes to play a lot of games on game night, it is sure to see quite a bit of table time.