In the first of our spotlight blogs, we asked our marketing assistant Joel, who finishes his placement today to let us know his top five board games for this year.
Joel, over to you!
To get things rolling, we have Encore from Schmidt. I am a massive fan of roll-and-writes and the pick of the bunch for me is Encore. The idea of the game is to cross off boxes of the same colour based on dice rolls. You get bonus points for being the first to cross off all the boxes in a column or all the boxes of the same colour. I think it’s such a simple concept, that’s been executed perfectly to include a lot of strategy to keep you thinking at all times as you can also use other players’ rolls to cross of boxes on your sheet as well. If you’re looking for a new roll-and-write and enjoy the likes of Ganz Schon Clever or haven’t delved into this genre yet, I fully recommend you add Encore to your collection!
The newest game that joined Coiledspring Games on this list, Splash Party from Cocktail Games was a game I wasn’t sure on to start off with, but after a couple of playthroughs, I thoroughly enjoy every time. The premise of the game is that each player has meeples around a swimming pool and you want to be the last one standing. On your turn you pick any meeple, reveal the number underneath and move that meeple that number of spaces, if there is a meeple on the new location, you knock that meeple into the swimming pool. With the perfect balance of strategy and laughs, Splash Party is a fantastic little game for all the family. And you get to sticker up each meeple!
What isn’t there to say about Happy Salmon! No matter what event or who I’ve been playing with, everyone has come away smiling after playing Happy Salmon, whether they have won or lost. A fantastic icebreaker, you each have a number of cards and that you need to get rid of. To discard cards, you have to match with someone else around the table, when a match is made, you both perform that action, whether it be a fist bump, a switch in places or the infamous happy salmon. A loud hilarious game that always provides a laugh, Happy Salmon was always going to be in my top five.
The telepathic experience blew me away the first time I played this game. It’s such a unique concept and to be honest, either The Mind or The Mind Extreme could have made this list. Each round, players play cards into the middle of the table in ascending order. Seems easy right? However, you cannot communicate at all with any of the other players as to which card you have. When the extreme version comes along and starts making you place cards face down on certain rounds, my mind is blow – but in a good way! The perfect game to play with family, friends, take on holiday with you or even to then pub, The Mind is a completely new experience that I fully recommend.
Completely different to anything else on this list, The Taverns of Tiefenthal is a fantastic deck-building strategy game, similar to the likes of Quacks of Quedlinburg. In the game you find yourself a landlord of a tavern. Hire staff and purchase upgrades to attract the wealthiest guests to your tavern. The game is played over a number of rounds and every time I’ve played, I’ve found myself taking a different approach, the possibilities are endless! The game also comes with five modules to enhance the gameplay each time. Playing Taverns definitely takes a lot longer than the above games, but in terms of a proper strategical sit down game, Taverns has definitely been my favourite, whether it’s down to the number of different routes you can take or the fact that it’s based around beer and pubs I can’t answer that, but every time I’ve got it out to play, I’ve played more than one game!
If you plan on playing any of these games or any other over the weekend, let us know and tag us in any photos on social media!