[MITx 11.126x] Activity Break: Play a Game

Note: Originally posted as a forum activity for the MITx 11.126x Introduction to Game Design course at edx.org

My favorite type of board games are worker placement, so for this activity break I thought I’d try my hand at the great granddaddy of worker placement games; Caylus (specifically the version found at http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/8323/item/1851164#item1851164).

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[Crosspost] My First Worker Placement

Note: Originally written for my FLGS, The Comic Hunter – http://comichunter.net/?p=1899

My First Worker Placement

Generally speaking, “worker placement” games refer to the genre of board game where players take turns placing their workers on a board in order to take one of several different actions. Worker placement games typically run anywhere from 2 to 6 players, have playtimes running in the 1-to-3 hour range and they usually end after a set number of rounds has been played, with the winner being that player who has accumulated the most Victory Points.

With the basic definition out of the way, why are worker placement games so popular when it comes to modern board games right now? While there isn’t one simple answer, I personally believe it has a lot to do with having a high number of interesting, strategic decisions that players get to make every time they place a worker, which makes most worker placement games real brain-burners. If you’re new to board games, or are interested in getting into the worker placement genre, I’d like to write about two great introductory games; Lords of Waterdeep by Peter Lee & Rodney Thompson and Stone Age by Bernd Brunnhofer.

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[Crosspost] Board Games for Magic Players

Note: Originally written for my FLGS, The Comic Hunter – comichunter.net

Magic: the Gathering is, without question, one of the most popular tabletop games around. I played for years and to this day I think it is easily the best game I have ever played or ever will play. That being said, due to a number of reasons, I don’t play Magic any more but I do enjoy board games a great deal, so I figured I would share some information about 4 different board games (all of which actually use cards) that I believe might appeal to Magic players who may be interested in trying out something a little different.

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[Crosspost] King of Tokyo Review

Note: Originally written for my FLGS, The Comic Hunter – comichunter.net

What is King of Tokyo?

King of Tokyo is a an award-winning “push your luck” dice rolling game where players take on roles as giant monsters who are trying to become the King of Tokyo either by defeating all other players or accumulating 20 victory points. It plays from 2 to 6 players and takes about 30 minutes to play, a little longer with more players.

Who makes it?

King of Tokyo is published in 2011 by IELLO Games and was designed by Richard Garfield, who you may know as the designer of one of the most popular games around, Magic: the Gathering.

Why should I play it?

King of Tokyo is a fun and fast game that plays well with any group. Anyone who’s played Yahtzee! can sit down and play within a matter of minutes, and whether you’re playing with kids or with a group of seasoned board gamers, the game scales well as you can be as risky, safe or cutthroat as you feel like. King of Tokyo also has a good number of optional expansions that add extra Monster characters as well as a new ‘Evolution’ mechanic, adding a good deal of replayability.

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