Top 10 Board Games Mechanisms [EN]

bgames-popuri-smAs a follow up to┬áFamily Showdown channel’s list i have created my own Top 10 list of favourite board games mechanisms. I have listed a few games for every mechanism that i think represent it the best (of course, of those i have actually played). Btw, i have not consulted any official list of mechanisms when doing this Top 10. So i have came up with some on my own ­čÖé

 

10. Set Collection

One of the first mechanisms you learn when starting playing modern board games (and even some traditional card games). This is also often an additional mechanism in a board game. Like in Ticket to Ride where you have to collect sets of cards of a same color to be able to build tracks. In Tokaido you collect painting cards to create a beautiful panorama (and get lots of points by doing that). There are also small games, which are all about set collection, like Jaipur or Coloretto.

 

9. Dice Allocation

Not just rolling of dice, but allocation their results to various actions. This feels a bit like worker placement, but in this case results on the dice matter and changes the outcome. My favorite in this genre is my most played game – Zooloretto: The Dice Game. This is essentially “i divide – you choose” type of game. When you roll the dice and select how to spread them among the trucks. And then your opponent chooses whether to take some dice or roll more. In The Voyages of Marco Polo you place dice with their values on the spots to get the according number of resources. Dice Town also allows you to select how to use your “hand” of dice. And Nations: The Dice game lets you combine a few dice into a single value to purchase a card.

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/top10: Best MP games for 2 players [EN]

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As i often play games with two (live or on BGA/Yucata sites), even when a game is meant for larger count of players, i’ve decided to share a list of my best games meant for larger number of players which can be played with two. Most often i play with two because of a faster gameplay. Because when playing on the Internet it already takes very long as you take a turn or few per day. So this way you are not forgetting what you were going to do in the game, your turns come faster. Also, some games, in my opinion, have too much chaos and luck when playing with larger count of players.

 

10. Firenze

I often play this game with three. But it is also much fun with two. There is still plenty of space for competition with a fewer count of players. Also, when you only have one opponent you can have some long-term strategies without fearing, that someone will grab the card you need or take the spot you want on a tower.

 

9. The Palaces of Carrara

Same as with Firenze, this game is well enough with 3 players, but when you play with two there is a wider strategic space. Also the game lasts a bit longer and you manage to build more buildings, while when playing with three the game often ends unexpectedly.

 

8. Voluspa

The game is interesting enough with 3 players as well, because you can always have a better turn while two others fight with each other. But this game is very simple and fast, so in general i tend to want to play it with only two. Then it gives a feeling like you are playing chess or a similar game.

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/top10: Best MP games for 2 players [LT]

bgames-popuriKadangi da┼żnai ┼żaid┼żiu ┼żaidimus dviese (arba gyvai ar BGA/Yucata puslapiuose), net kai ┼żaidimas yra skirtas didesniam galimam ┼żaid─Śj┼│ skai─Źiui, nusprend┼żiau pasidalint s─ůra┼íu mano manymu geriausi┼│ dideliam skai─Źiui ┼żaid─Śj┼│ skirt┼│ ┼żaidim┼│, kuriuos galima ┼żaisti dviese. Da┼żniausiai dviese ┼żaid┼żiu d─Śl greitesnio ┼żaidimo. Nes ir taip darant vien─ů ar kelis ─Śjimus ─» dien─ů ┼żaidimai internete u┼żtrunka labai ilgai. Tokiu b┼źdu nesp─Śji pamir┼íti k─ů nor─Śjai padaryti ┼żaidime, tavo ─Śjimai grei─Źiau ateina. Taip pat kai kurie ┼żaidimai mano manymu turi per daug chaoso ir s─Śkm─Śs ┼żaid┼żiant su didesniu skai─Źiumi ┼żaid─Śj┼│.

 

10.Firenze

Da┼żnai ┼żaid┼żiu ┼í─» ┼żaidim─ů trise. Bet jis yra visai smagus ir ┼żaid┼żiant dviese. ┼Żaidime yra pakankamai vietos konkurencijai ir su ma┼żesniu skai─Źiumi ┼żaid─Śj┼│. Taip pat turint tik vien─ů prie┼íinink─ů gali tur─Śti ilgalaiki┼│ strategij┼│ nebijant, kad kas nors paims tau reikaling─ů kort─ů ar u┼żims numatyt─ů viet─ů bok┼íte.

 

9. The Palaces of Carrara

Pana┼íiai kaip ir su Firenze, ┼íis ┼żaidimas yra pakankamai geras ir su 3 ┼żaid─Śjais, bet ┼żaid┼żiant dviese atsiveria platesni strateginiai plotai. Be to ┼żaidimas u┼żtrunka ┼íiek tiek ilgiau ir sp─Śji pastatyt daugiau pastat┼│, kai ┼żaid┼żiant trise pabaiga da┼żnai ateina netik─Śtai.

 

8. Voluspa

┼Żaidimas pakankamai ─»domus ir su 3 ┼żaid─Śjais, nes kol du pe┼íasi, gali padaryt geresn─» ─Śjim─ů. Bet jis yra labai paprastas ir greitas, tod─Śl paprastai norisi j─» ┼żaisti dviese. Tuomet jauti lyg ┼żaistum ┼íachmatus ar pana┼íu ┼żaidim─ů.

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/top10: Best games (v.2015) [EN]

bgames-popuriAs this year approaches its end i’m presenting my list of best games at this moment. This is not a list of best games released or played this year, but best games for my taste to this day (year of 2015). Of course, there are still a few days to try something new and very impressive. Also, i’m currently on my second play through of a new game, which in theory has chances getting on this list. But, maybe it will get lucky next year ­čÖé

 

10. Race for the Galaxy

One of the best card games where cards work as resources and also as buildings/technologies and as war force. Although the new dice game “Roll for the Galaxy” is getting lots of raving ratings lately, until i have played it “Race..” is still the best for me.

 

9. Cacao

Released this year. Very simple. Very addictive and hella good looking.

 

8. Summoner Wars

One of the best tactical games for two players, which doesn’t take half a day.

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/top10: Best games (v.2015) [LT]

bgames-popuri┼áiems metams art─Śjant ─» pabaig─ů pateikiu savo geriausi┼│ stalo ┼żaidim┼│ de┼íimtuk─ů ┼íiam momentui. Tai n─Śra geriausi ┼íiemet i┼íleisti ar su┼żaisti ┼żaidimai, o geriausi pagal mano skon─» ┼żaidimai ┼íiai dienai (2015 met┼│). Ai┼íku, dar yra kelios dienos i┼íbandyt ka┼żk─ů naujo ir labai gero. Taip pat ┼íiuo metu ┼żaid┼żiu antr─ů partij─ů naujo ┼żaidimo, kuris teori┼íkai tur─Śt┼│ galimybes pakli┼źti ─» ┼í─» s─ůra┼í─ů. Bet, gal jam pasiseks kitais metais ­čÖé

 

10. Race for the Galaxy

Vienas geriausi┼│ kort┼│ ┼żaidim┼│, kur kortos tarnauja ir kaip resursai ir kaip pastatai/technologijos ir kaip karin─Ś j─Śga. Nors pastaruoju metu daug liaupsi┼│ sulaukia naujas “Roll for the Galaxy” kauliuk┼│ ┼żaidimas, kol jo nepaband┼żiau “Race..” man yra geriausias.

 

9. Cacao

┼áiais metais i┼íleistas ┼żaidimas. Labai paprastas. Bet labai ─»traukiantis ir velni┼íkai patrauklus.

 

8. Summoner Wars

Vienas geriausi┼│ taktini┼│ ┼żaidim┼│ dviem ┼żaid─Śjams, kuris neu┼żtrunka pus─Ö dienos.

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/top10: Favourite 2 player games [EN]

bgames-popuriIn this post i will present a list of my favourite games for two players (starting with 10th place and till the first). Some of the games i mention have special variants for larger number of players or team variants (two vs two), bet they are usually considered as games for two players, so i have included them in this list.

 

So, let’s begin:

 

10. Memoir ’44

The only war game in my collection and on this list, though it’s considered as a very light war game. Very eye grabbing with colorful maps and plastic soldiers. Apparently this was the main thing which stimulated the purchase, that i haven’t played toy soldiers enough as a kid ­čÖé Game’s system is very simple, based on cards pointing on which side and with what number of units you can attack. In the battle dice with special symbols are used. I’ve played a few games with father and maybe with brother, but unfortunately this game is not seeing any day light since. For the most part because of the long setup time and because board takes much space. But also because of a rather high luck factor while drawing cards and rolling dice.

 

9. Gobblet

Very simple abstract game, though forcing to crunch your brains and training memory. Maybe this game got on this list also because we got a very pretty wooden version of it from suppliers (which we later gifted to our co-workers in another department), or maybe because┬áfrom the very beginning i was winning almost every game of it with my colleagues. Although, my unbeatable rank went down later ­čÖé Oh, those diagonals, never forget about the diagonals!

 

8. Hive

Another abstract game. Very portable, because in the box there is a baggy which can hold all the components and the rules. Whole game is consisting of 22 tiles made of pleasant to hold plastic. This game can be played on a grass, sand, without worrying that a wind may carry cards or components may be damaged in some other way. Every tile has its own unique movement. The game is simple and fast, but it stimulates you to think hard on your moves, foresee moves, prepare for your opponent response. Maybe it can be compared with chess, but in a smaller scale, with a shorter play time and playful theme (insects).

 

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/top10: Favourite 2 player games [LT]

bgames-popuri┼áiame ─»ra┼íe pateiksiu s─ůra┼í─ů mano m─Śgstamiausi┼│ ┼żaidim┼│ skirt┼│ dviems ┼żaid─Śjams (pradedant nuo 10 vietos ir link pirmos). Kai kurie i┼í pamin─Śt┼│ ┼żaidim┼│ turi variantus didesniam skai─Źiui ┼żaid─Śj┼│ arba komandinius variantus (du prie┼í du), bet paprastai yra laikomi ┼żaidimais dviems, tod─Śl jos ─»traukiau ─» ┼í─» s─ůra┼í─ů.

 

Taigi pradedam:

 

10. Memoir ’44

Vienintelis karo ┼żaidimas (“war games”) mano kolekcijoje ir ┼íiame s─ůra┼íe, nors ir laikomas labai lengvu karo ┼żaidimu. Labai patrauklus akiai su spalvingais ┼żem─Ślapiais ir plastikiniais kareiv─Śliais. Matyt tas ir paskatino ┼íio ┼żaidimo pirkimui, kad dar neatsi┼żaid┼żiau kareiv─Śliais vaikyst─Śje ­čÖé ┼Żaidimo sistema gana paprasta, pagr─»sta kortomis, kurios nurodo kuria puse ir kokiu skai─Źiumi padalini┼│ gali pulti. O kovoje naudojami kauliukai su specialiais simboliais. Su┼żaid┼żiau ka┼żkiek partij┼│ su t─Śvu ir galb┼źt broliu, bet deja daugiau ┼íis ┼żaidimas dienos ┼íviesos nemato. Daugiausiai d─Śl gana ilgo pasiruo┼íimo ┼żaidimui ir lentos u┼żimamos vietos. Bet ir d─Śl gana auk┼íto s─Śkm─Śs faktoriaus traukiant kortas ir ridenant kauliukus.

 

9. Gobblet

Labai paprastas abstraktus ┼żaidimas, bet ver─Źiantis pasukti smegenis ir lavinantis atmint─». Galb┼źt ┼íis ┼żaidimas pakliuvo ─» ┼í─» s─ůra┼í─ů ir d─Śl to, kad kadaise i┼í tiek─Śj┼│ dovanu gavome labai gra┼żi─ů jo versij─ů su medine d─Ś┼żute ir fug┼źr─Śl─Śm (kuri─ů v─Śliau padovanojom koleg─Śms i┼í kito skyriaus), o gal d─Śl to, kad nuo pat prad┼żi┼│ a┼í laim─Śdavau beveik kiekvien─ů partija ┼żaisdamas su kolegomis. Tiesa, v─Śliau mano nenugalimo statusas ka┼żkiek subliu┼íko ­čÖé Ak tos diagonal─Śs, niekada nereik pamir┼íti apie diagonales!

 

8. Hive

Dar vienas abstraktus ┼żaidimas. Labai portabilus, nes d─Ś┼ż─Śje yra ma┼żas krep┼íelis sutalpinantis visus komponentus ir taisykles. Visas ┼żaidimas susideda i┼í 22 plyteli┼│ pagamint┼│ i┼í malonaus lietimui plastiko. ┼á─» ┼żaidim─ů galima ┼żaist ant ┼żol─Śs, sm─Ślio, nebijant, kad v─Śjas nune┼í kortas ar dar kaip nors bus sugadinti komponentai. Kiekviena plytel─Ś turi savo ypating─ů judes─». ┼Żaidimas paprastas ir greitas, bet skatina gerai apm─ůstyti savo ─Śjimus, numatyt ─» priek─», pasiruo┼íti prie┼íininko atsakui. Turb┼źt galima palygint su ┼íachmatais, tik ma┼żesn─Śje skal─Śje, su trumpesniu ┼żaidimo laiku ir ┼żaisminga tematika (vabzd┼żiai).

 

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