Welcome Athenians to another Musing from the Acropolis.
This year has been challenging, for most of us we have never been so confined for such a long period and with that comes comes the question we all need answered, how am I going to get my gaming fix?
Fortunately we live in a golden age of gaming and with local stores offering collections, and delivery it has never been so easy to get your hands on games to help ease you through this period. In this list I will highlight just a few of the real gems that me and my partner love to get to the table, so in no particular order here we go.
7 Wonders Duel is a fantastic little 2 player only version of the award winning 7 Wonders, however this isn't just an adaptation there are a few things here which I personally feel Duel does a shade better. The military aspect for example sees you tugging back and forth across a lane, instead of the military scores that are used in the original and I find this adds an interesting dynamic to the game as having an instant victory method if you reach your opponents capital certainly adds a degree more pressure. If you have enjoyed the original or are looking for a drafting game with a bit more dynamism than Duel is the one for you.
Ticket to Ride: Nordic is amazing! Ticket to Ride of course needs no introduction, but Nordic is by far my favourite map due not only to how intensly tight the gamplay is but also the wonderful aestetic this game has. It is the perfect one to pull out on a dark night and snuggle up to play, until that is you block someones route, then the game will certainly feel less Hygge. A classic game in its most glorious form, that is for me what Nordic is.
War of the Ring.... now hear me out yes this is a big game and yes you could struggle to get a household member to play it with you but if you do then I promise this game will blow your mind. Let's start with some facts, The Lord of The Rings is one of the greatest works of fiction, the movies also inspired a whole new generation of fans and the Hobbit movies were ok...Regardless of your feelings about the latter or even the movie adaptations in general, if you love Middle Earth then there is no better experience than this game. Trek the Fellowship across Middle Earth in an attempt to destroy the ring, whilst the free lands fall to shadow and the ringwraiths hunt your every move. Convince the Dwarves to rally and march on Dol Guldur, launch a lightening strike on Rivendell from Moria, these are all things you can do in the War of the Ring as you and your opponent fight for for the ring and Middle Earth as a whole.
In Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small, as in the base game you are a farmer, except you won't have to manage your fields in this one, only your livestock. Each turn your famers will take actions to help you expand you fencing, get new livestock or even get a building to help you out. Managing your livestock numbers is important as they will breed and you will need enough space to house them all as well as ensure you have enough of each animal to not receive any negative points. Overall All Creatures Big and Small is an incredibly tight two player game, perfect for the competative amongst you.
Arkham Horror: The Living Card Game, I always loved Mansions of Madness it is such a thematic game and each mission is so very different to the last however Arkham Horror goes a step further. The campaign system is what this game is all about, not only will you need to manage you character through one mission but a string of them, you may gain talents as you progress but you can be sure that you will see plenty of flaws in your characters too. Arkham is that perfect blend of RPG and card game, the game oozing in theme whilst backing it up with great and easy to understand mechanics.
That brings us to the end of our list, I hope you have found a new game for you to try from the above, each is a different challenge and perfect to help you shake the cabin fever.. well the last may send you down a different more tentacled hole.
All of these games and more are available over on our website, as always if you need advice on a game or simply have a few questions you can call Athena Games between 10-4 Monday - Saturday or just drop us a message on Facebook or via Email.