The Lost Lighthouse Xmas Top 10 Board Games Part 2

Welcome back readers! Today we continue our top 10 count down for The Lost Lighthouse Xmas Top 10 Board Games. Part 1 can be found here. We want more families away from the tv and playing together. Well, maybe some tv as well. So here’s our top 5!

5. Cosmic Encounters

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This was one of my first “modern” board game that forced me down the rabbit hole. Cosmic Encounters has all the ingredients needed for a great after Xmas meal game. Possibly the longest rules set of the top 10 but by no means unachievable to teach people, especially if you already know how to play the game. You are all alien races trying control the galaxy. Each of you draw a card that gives your aliens it’s own special rules, and the great thing is they go up in difficulty so you can keep it easy for people and just stick the green cards. You try to get your spaceships onto other players planets and once you hit 5 you win the game. If you haven’t picked this game up yet, please do! It’s amazing. 1-5 players, or more with expansions. For my full review click here.

4. Ca$h & Guns.

Possibly the king of party games. Certainly the top of my party game list. Ca$h & guns sees up to 8 players trying to dish out the loot after a bank heist, problem is, everyone wants the lions share. You all start with a hand of cards, some represent blanks, others bullets! You all, at the same time, place a card face down, then point your gun and another player. Some might get shot, some might not. Then people who haven’t been shot get to divide up the loot. And you do the same thing for a couple more rounds. Such a great game! And you get awesome foam guns!

3. Pictomania.

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Often referred to as Pictionary on speed, and rightfully so! Pictomania has up to 5 players trying to draw a thing/concept while, at the same time (!), guessing what the other players are drawing. The cards are set in difficulty so you can keep it simple if Nan has had a few too many snowballs! The laughter starts quickly and keeps building as you play. Trust me, drawing skills are not a necessity. 3-8 players. For my full review click here.

2. Dobble.

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Dobble was a surprise hit for me this year. I never excepted it to be so good. At it’s core, it’s a hardcore game of snap but it has so much more! There’s several variants included. You could crack this out at the staff party and within minutes people will be loving it! This is one of, if not the ultimate, stocking filler! For my full review click here.

1. Ticket To Ride.

Yes, it had to be. I’m making this a new Xmas day family tradition. Is it the best game on the list? Probably not, but it is the best game, to me, to get everyone involved. The theme is nice, the game takes minutes to learn and it lasts for just the right amount of time. It’s a simple game of building train routes and collecting points. longer the route, the more points, but if you don’t complete the route before the end of the game it will give you negative points. I’ve played Ticket To Ride loads of times, but if someone suggests playing it, I’m still super happy play.

Well we hope you enjoyed that. I can honestly, and full heartedly, recommend any of these games.

Have a great Xmas, and why not give one of these games a go with your family and friends!

What would you choose for your Xmas game?

Gary

The Lost Lighthouse Reviews: Cosmic Encounter

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Ever want to be an all knowing oracle? How about a bomb that could wipe out the universe? Or even latch onto your neighbour who seems to be doing well at the whole “taking over the galaxy” thing. If your answer is yes to all three then maybe Cosmic Encounters is the game for you! By the way if you said no to all three then screw you, you boring fool!

Cosmic Encounters is a game for 3 to 5 players (even more with expansions). It really took me by surprise, I was not expecting to have as much fun as I did, and still do!

To get straight to the point. You are all different alien races that are try to get 5 foreign colonies on other players planets, while defending your own. You do this by having “encounters” with one another. It’s a random decision so there’s no ganging up on one person. You then decide how many of your spaceships, which look suspiciously like nipples, you want to send to the fight. Then you and the defender asks/begs for allies. Then both players choose an “encounter” card and the higher number wins! There are a few other processes/results but I won’t go into them here.

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The while process is very simple and after a couple of “encounters” you’ll know how the process goes. The thing that changes the game are the alien race cards. Everyone gets a couple of random ones to choose from and these are game breakers! In a great way.

For example, the parasite doesn’t need to be invite into encounters. They can just come along and gain a colony! This might not seem like much, but considering you only need 5 to win it soon adds up. Tick-tock just needs 8 people to successfully defend their planets and he blows up, destroying the universe…oh, and he wins. Then there’s the leviathan who can use their own planets as living war ships! These are but 3 of the many races found in the game.

This game is a must for me. I haven’t found a person who hasn’t found it fun yet!

 

Gary