On the table is a semi-regular gallery of board games that I have played recently. There are so many games out there, it would be impossible to cover them all in depth. But with this selection of images I hope to illustrate just how varied modern board games can be, and pique folks’ interest to explore them further.
In Quadropolis, players select tiles for their city from a central board using selection arrows (left) that specify which tile in the row or column they will take.
Players can place the tile they just acquired in the row, column, or quadrant that corresponds with the selection arrow. So a tile selected with a two can be placed in the 2 row, column or quadrant.
Troyes is an in depth dice-action selection game. Each die corresponds to a type of citizen in the French City of Troyes, and players assembles groups of these “citizens” to accomplish tasks in the game.
While Five Tribes looks like a mess of color, it is actually similar to the game Mancala. Players pick up groups of people shaped figures “Meeples” and drop one meeple in each tile. The tile where the last meeple lands determines the action for that turn.
All routes lead to Albany! In Steam players build rail networks during the early 1800s in order to deliver goods to corresponding colored cities. The later game turns into a railroad traffic jam.
Continuing the trend of games named after cities, in Orleans players place citizen tokens to take various actions on a central board. Each action requires the right combination of citizens, drawn from players’ bags.
The central board in Orleans is where players aquire new citizens for their bag, create trade routes, and take various actions based on citizens they collect.
In Pirates of the Seven Seas, players fend of pirates ships to trade goods in the Caribbean.
Ship battles consist of taking all of the players’ dice along with red pirate ships and rolling them into the game lid which doubles as a dice tray/map. Higher dice rolls destroy lower dice resulting in a dice battle royal with each roll.
An old favorite of mine, players build settlements based on the landscape card they receive each turn and try to accomplish the varying goals for each game.
In Brew Crafters players play craft breweries and place tokens to expand their brewery, gather ingredients, and brew beer.
My brewery is small to start, but I’ve got some beer brewing for points and can gather specialists (top left) to help me along the way.
Airlines Europe has players vying to build up various airlines and acquire a majority hold in their stock before each scoring round.
In Mage Knight players use decks of card to explore the land and conquer foes.
I hope you enjoyed these pictures. Keep playing and happy gaming!