Tabletop 101

Family Games

by Serban, Quartermaster @ The Guild Hall

May 12 2020

Do you want to play board games, but it’s hard to find people to do that with these days? Why not convince your family that board games are great and have them play with you? Here are some great family games that we recommend.

Foodies

Let’s start off with something your family surely loves: food. Foodies is a light game where you take the role of a food court manager. During the game, you will have to add new dishes to your menu, connect as many stars between different dishes, hire chefs to work in your kitchen and, ultimately, gain the most popularity and become the food master. This is a short game (around 30 minutes) that is suited for a family board game night. 

Foodies

Throw Throw Buritto

Throw Throw Burrito board game

Colt Express

Alright, done with the food. Time to travel and (hopefully) find something for you and your family to do together. How are we travelling, you may ask? By Colt Express! In Colt Express, you play a bandit robbing a train at the same time as other bandits, and your goal is to become the richest outlaw of the Old West. The game takes place in a 3D train, in which the bandits can move from one car to another, run on the roof, punch the other bandits, shoot them, rob the passengers, or draw the Marshal out of position. This is a relatively light family game, in which unexpected things can happen that turn your plans upside down.

colt express

Takenoko

First stop: Japan. Does this remind you of last week’s post? It might, but do not worry, this time, we’ve got pandas! You’re a court member to the Emperor of Japan. The Chinese Emperor offered him a giant panda bear as a symbol of peace. Since then, the Japanese Emperor has entrusted you with the difficult task of caring for the bear while tending to his bamboo garden. They are difficult creatures, so be careful!

Takenoko

Ubongo

Let us now go forward, on our way to Maya grounds. We’re talking about Ubongo. Do you want to play a simple, fast-paced puzzle game that keeps you on the edge of your seat? Well, maybe Ubongo is what you are looking for – a game where players try to solve Tetris-like puzzles faster than their opponents, to appease their gods and gather gems. 

Ubongo

Fireball Island

Too boring for you? How about we go somewhere dangerous. We’re talking about Fireball Island. Fireball Island is another game that keeps you at the edge of your seat! You’ll have to escape the island before it’s too late, dodge fireballs from the mighty Vul-Kar, gather all the valuable treasures, and take the best pictures of the sights. This 80s looking board game, with its 3D island and actual marble fireballs, is suited for everyone, from kids to adults, and it’s a whole lot of fun. 

Fireball Island board game

Wingspan

Maybe Fireball Island was a little too dangerous. Let’s all try and calm down, shall we? How? Birds. Tens of birds. A highly ranked board game (nr. 21 on BoardGameGeek), Wingspan is a challenging game where your purpose is to attract the best birds to your sanctuary. Each bird extends a chain of powerful combinations of actions in one of your three habitats, and those lead to more and more victory points as the game progresses. As a bonus, the art style is superb. 

Well, thus ends our journey through all the games for you and your family. If you’d like to get your hands on any of these, be sure to check out our online shop

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