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- Twilight Struggle - Probably the one game my wife would play with me all day if possible. Gloriously tense and nasty, with working out how to limit the damage of a bad hand a key element.
- Mage Knight - Only ever played solo, but what a solo! Deep, thinky and tough; the perfect way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon. Or a sunny one. Just don’t go outsi
- Pandemic - A game that I can introduce to just about anyone, and the sit back and watch the dawning panic as the black virus overruns the Middle East but ohmygod there’s lots of red close together but I can’t get there unless I spend this blue but we’ve already discarded a load of blue and it’ll be fine if this card isn’t Sydney bollocks!
- Macao - Love Feld, Castles of Burgundy is probably the slightly better game but I don’t own that and I own this. So there. You’ve backed me into a corner. Also, cubes.
- Sherlock Holmes - Another that my wife loves; in fact she told me to buy it after we watched the SUSD review together. Thanks, Quinns. Thinns.
- Letters From Whitechapel - Another SUSD related buy, one of the most intense gaming experiences I’ve had as being Jack. The delicious tension, knowing a police is right next to you, praying they’ll call for a clue rather than arrest. Or trying to look smug and pleased on the outside, but inwardly furious, as someone somehow guesses every single moved you’ve made…thinking about it, this should be higher. Never mind, no time. Must post,
- War of the Ring (second edition) - Another wife favourite, scratches the LoTR geek itch perfectly for me. Massive in scope, millions* of little plastic orcses and the chance to massacre elves and despoil their pretentious little strongholds.
- Village - As mentioned before, surprisingly dark worker placement/euro thing where you must wring all of the points possible out of your family before hastening their deaths. Also, has a lovely velveteen bag.
- Resistance: Avalon - Easy to teach, tough to master. I’ve seen at least two friendships teeter violently on the verge of collapse due to excellent deception. Even better after a couple of beers/wines/Babychams.
- Cruel Necessity - Superb solo game covering the English Civil War. Incredibly tough and tense, with great historical detail.
Honourable mentions to Labyrinth and Hannibal: Rome vs Carthage that are recent acquisitions I haven’t had time to play enough of. Oh, and A Distant Plain, which I’m pretty sure I’ll never get to the table but looks super. And Ticket to Ride: Europe, the first game I ever bought and still enjoy (up to a point) now. Er, that’s it.
*may not be millions