The December spotlight is on new starter Jake Meakin our Sales Administrator. Jake is well versed in board games already and has some detailed recommendations of his top games for us!
You have the floor Jake!
Unmatched is a miniature fighting game! Each hero is represented by a unique deck designed to evoke their style of play and their legend. Tactical movement and no-luck combat resolution create a truly unique experience that rewards expertise.
I am a big fan of the amazing artwork in the card decks created by Oliver Barrett, the pre-washed miniature for each hero which can be painted to bring them to life. I look forward to playing the stand alone add on Cobble and Fog, and Robin Hood vs Bigfoot.
Talisman is an adventure board game set in a high fantasy medieval world. You can choose from 14 characters all based off traditional roleplaying archetypes, such as heroes, wizards, villains etc. Talisman fully immerses you in the game world to find equipment, weapons, ancient relics and companions that will help you on the quest to acquire the Crown of Command. Along the way visit various locations in the worlds and battle each other to make their way to the top.
Talisman a great gateway to the wider genre of roleplay games and with its many expansions it has a lot of replay ability. As a huge fan of Harry Potter and Star Wars, I look forward to playing the stand alone version of the game.
In the village of Tiefenthal lies “The Tavern of the Deep Valley”. There, all the citizens from the area gather but it’s important to attract new wealthy guests to expand the tavern. But what is the best expansion strategy? Focus on money or keep the beer flowing freely? You need to keep the guests happy!
I really enjoy The Taverns of Tiefenthal as it is a fresh take on medieval board games, as well as the dice rolling and deck building mechanics. The game has five modules to add extra levels of complexity as you become more familiar with the game. The Open Doors Expansion offers four additional modules to use with the base game, as well as new mechanics that keep the game fresh and exciting.
In The Quacks of Quedlinburg, you play as quack doctors, each making their own secret brew by adding ingredients one at a time. Each player has their own bag full of ingredient chips, and they simultaneously draw chips from their bags to add them to their pots. But you have to be careful of not exploding your potion!
When you play this exciting game, it is easy to see why it is an award winner with its push your luck gameplay that requires you to focus on your own potion as well as your opponents. Its two expansions; The Herb Witches and The Alchemists, add new characters with special abilities and new ingredients as well as increasing the number of players.
Forbidden Island is a visually stunning cooperative board game where players must work together to win. Take turns moving their pawns around the island, which is built by arranging the many beautifully screen-printed tiles. As the game progresses, more and more island tiles sink, and the pace increases.
What makes this game to stand out among co-operative and competitive games alike is the extreme detail that has been paid to the components of the game. The treasure pieces and wooden meeples are well crafted, and the cards are printed with vibrant colours each with unique images. With multiple levels of difficulty, different characters, many optional island formats and game variations, Forbidden Island has huge replayability.
We hope Jake has provided some Christmas gaming inspo! Let us know on social media if you have played any of these games!