Tabletop 101

10 games you can learn in 10 minutes

by Serban, Quartermaster @ The Guild Hall

December 10th, 2021

There is not a single person in the world who thinks rules are fun. No one, absolutely no one, has ever said “oh, following the rules is so fun!”. This reluctance towards rules is exactly why a lot of people decide not to play board games other than the ones they already know (most often only Monopoly and Catan). So, whether you are a person who wants to find some new games to play or you are an avid player who wants to introduce his friends to his favorite hobby, we decided to make a list of 10 games that you can learn (or explain) in just 10 minutes.

And if you’re still not sure if you want to spend your money on such simple games, you can try them at our physical store for free, with a tea or hot chocolate in hand. It won’t take you long to learn or play them, so why not spend a relaxing afternoon with us?


1. Escape: The Curse of the Temple

Our first selection can not only be explained very quickly, but can also be played with the same speed. Escape: The Curse of the Temple is a cooperative game played in real time, based on a soundtrack that dictates the length of the game. What does that mean? It means that each game of Escape: The Curse of the Temple will take exactly 10 minutes. Not a second longer. In those 10 minutes, your goal will be to roll the dice as many times as possible, to move between various rooms gathering resources, and then to escape from the huge cursed temple. If you fail, then you will be forgotten forever in the ruins of the temple. The game is dynamic, simple, extremely fast and, like icing on the cake, the “The Big Box” edition also includes 7 extensions that can diversify the gaming experience once you understand the basic mechanics.

2. Concept

Concept board game

3. Poetry for Neanderthals

Poetry for Neanderthals

4. Ca$h ‘n’ Guns

If at the beginning of this article I said that rules are never funny, then how about talking about something that is always funny, namely the mafia. Scarface, The Godfather, Goodfellas, Reservoir Dogs, all these movies have created a universe of mafia clichés, and this is exactly the universe being explored by Ca$h ‘n’ Guns. In this satirical game about the mafia, each player will have a toy gun that he will use to intimidate the others. The goal? To earn as much money as possible from the robbery you did together, and for which you are now fighting to the death. Most of the time, however, the bullets are blanks and the threats unfounded, and this bluffing element is the basis of the game. The best liar (or the one who most easily deciphers lies) wins. The game is easy, chaotic, and cliché in the best possible way, making it perfect for any evening of light parties.

Cash and Guns board games

5. We’re Doomed

We're doomed board game

6. Fluxx

7. Fireball Island

8. Unlock!

9. Drop It

10. Ciao!, Panic Lab and Picmix

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