I mentioned in my previous post that I was cheating a little with my hobby for this month, as board games are a hobby of both mine & Evil Husband. A few years ago, Evil Husband and I would retreat to our nightly gaming, T.V., or sleeping ritual, separately. The toll of working, parenting, and generally being an adult had forced us into a routine of dinner, chores, an hour or so of quiet time after the kid went to bed, then sleep. I remembered the days when Evil Husband and I were dating and the nights spent playing random card games or Euchre with friends and how much fun we had. I was looking for something we could enjoy together and stumbled across some postings about “modern” board games. I was honestly surprised at what board games are out there now.
For most people, the board games they think of are games like Monopoly, Risk, or Clue. But, there is such a vast world of board games out there nowadays, that there is literally a game out there for everyone. I will focus primarily on two-player games, as that is what the majority of our collection consists of.
We decided the games we pick to feature this month will be one of the following:
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For the “quick & easy 2 player games,” I picked Jaipur. Jaipur is a card game where you are a trader and the goal is to become richer than your opponent each round.
Each player is dealt seven cards & the goal is to sell 1 card for the lower colors: brown, green & purple. A minimum of 2 cards are required for silver, gold and ruby. For every card you sell, you get the same number of tokens. The colored tokens are highest to lowest. If you are the first player to sell your cards of any color, you get the highest valued tokens. However, the more you have of any one color, you receive a bonus token & the value is only revealed at the end.
Camels are kind of the “free” cards of the game. You can take them and hoard them until the end for bonus points, or swap them during a round for better cards. There are several different strategies you can play out to earn points. But, it can really just come down to the bonus tokens at the end.
Jaipur is one of my favorite quick and easy games to play. Each round ends fairly quickly depending on quickly tokens or draw pile is depleted. The game is over after 3 rounds unless a player wins two rounds in a row. I didn’t take pictures of the second round we played because we were in cutthroat mode. But the final total went something like this:
Here’s a great YouTube video if you want to check out the live gameplay of Jaipur. Also, this past week I have posted some really awesome lists of beginner board games to check out on my Facebook & Twitter. A good majority of these games I own, have played, or are on my list to buy. Next week, we will feature one of my favorite 2 player games and a party game I recommend.