board games http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11208/all en-US Play On: 5 Great Card and Board Games http://www.wisebread.com/play-on-5-great-card-and-board-games <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/play-on-5-great-card-and-board-games" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2175221420_2cf3f4bcc9.jpg" alt="Board game" title="Board game" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you walk down the board game aisle at any department store, it can seem like the number of games available just keeps going up. It can be tempting to grab the first game you see, especially if you&rsquo;re in a hurry to start up a family board game night. But there are some games that are better than others.</p> <p>The games below are from my personal favorites &mdash; you may find that you have to play through more than a few to find the ones you and your fellow players will particularly love. It&rsquo;s worthwhile to find a local game store that offers you the chance to play through games at a in-store game night before making a purchase. Plus, this list includes a few board games that probably aren&rsquo;t going to be at a department store. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/score-how-to-host-a-great-game-night">Score!&nbsp;How to Host a Great Game Night</a>)</p> <h2>Settlers of Catan</h2> <p><a href="http://www.catan.com/">Settlers of Catan</a> has been paving the way from more traditional board games, like Monopoly, to less-well-known alternatives for years. It&rsquo;s for good reason, because the game, which lets you trade resources and build towns and roads, is a ton of fun.</p> <h2>Dominion</h2> <p>This card-based game is officially meant for ages 13 and up, but we&rsquo;ve <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-family-friendly-games-for-your-holiday-party">played it successfully with younger kids</a>. <a href="http://www.riograndegames.com/games.html?id=278">Dominion</a>&rsquo;s mechanics make it different every time you play by including different sets of cards. There are also several different expansion packs available.</p> <h2>Citadels</h2> <p>Looking for something quick and easy to pick up? <a href="http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_minisite.asp?eidm=31">Citadels</a> is a great game that can be played by up to seven players if you have a big group. It&rsquo;s also particularly easy; you can master the game in just a few minutes.</p> <h2>Robo&nbsp;Rally</h2> <p>Ever wanted to play with robots of your very own? <a href="http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=ah/prod/roborally">Robo Rally</a> lets you and your fellow players pit robots against each other and against a very unforgiving board.</p> <h2>7 Wonders</h2> <p>You can build the wonders of ancient civilizations in <a href="http://www.rprod.com/en/7WONDERS.html">7 Wonders</a>, along with discovering new technologies and competing with militaries. If you&rsquo;re a fan of computer games like Civilization, 7 Wonders can provide a nice transition.</p> <p>Got a few favorites of your own? Please share them in the comments &mdash; personally, I&rsquo;m always looking for the next <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-five-economy-based-board-games-that-make-you-think">great board game</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-bram">Thursday Bram</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/play-on-5-great-card-and-board-games">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-seattle">Free and Cheap Things to Do in Seattle</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/easy-ways-to-rein-in-your-spending-without-sacrificing-fun">Easy Ways to Rein in Your Spending Without Sacrificing Fun</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/score-how-to-host-a-great-game-night">Score! How to Host a Great Game Night</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend">47 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free">How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment board games family fun game nights Thu, 07 Jun 2012 09:48:18 +0000 Thursday Bram 933905 at http://www.wisebread.com Top 5 Economy Based Board Games that Make You Think http://www.wisebread.com/top-five-economy-based-board-games-that-make-you-think <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/top-five-economy-based-board-games-that-make-you-think" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/agricola.jpg" alt="Agricola" title="Agricola" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="250" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My husband and I have a fairly large collection of board games that we play in our leisure time.&nbsp; A good number of these games have an economic element that teach you to think carefully about how to invest your resources and best your opponents.&nbsp; Here is a list of my favorite economy based board games.</p> <p>First of all the following games belong to a big group of board games called&nbsp; Eurogames.&nbsp; This means that there is less conflict between players, less luck, and more strategy involved.&nbsp; The antithesis to Eurogames is what board game players fondly call &quot;<a href="http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/16485">Ameritrash</a>&quot;, which are games that involve a lot of&nbsp; rules, dice rolling, and all out bloody fights between players.&nbsp; Those who like to play a bit slower and think a bit more&nbsp; would enjoy the following games immensely.</p> <h2><strong>Agricola</strong></h2> <p>The premise of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001C7617Q?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=stuffies-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001C7617Q">Agricola</a> is that you are a farmer in a little shack and you have to build up your farm with your family.&nbsp; You start with yourself and one other family member and then you have exactly 14 turns to make your farm as plentiful as possible with the basic available resources of wood, clay, reed, and stone.&nbsp; Eventually you can also increase your family size by having babies, and also grow food and livestock.&nbsp; This game is extremely interesting in that you have to formulate a slightly different strategy with every game you play since you are dealt a hand of possible occupations and improvements to your farm.&nbsp; You also have to balance the food production of your farm with the improvement of your farm because your family members have to be fed every few turns. Every game of Agricola is different, and you could also play a one player variant where you try to beat a high score.</p> <h2><strong>Puerto Rico</strong></h2> <p>I like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00008URUT?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=stuffies-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00008URUT">Puerto&nbsp;Rico</a> a lot because there is almost no luck involved. Everything you do depend on what other players do.&nbsp; Every player is a plantation owner that tries to build up the most valuable plantation in Puerto Rico while shipping goods from the plantation back to Spain&nbsp; for points.&nbsp; There are a set of occupations that the players can take every turn, and each occupation gives a certain bonus. Every player is then given an equal opportunity to do the actions of the occupation chosen.&nbsp; There is also a pile of money that can be saved to upgrade the plantation.&nbsp; You also have to manage your workers to get the best production results.&nbsp; My general strategy in this game is to save up a lot of money to buy the best buildings because they give the most bonus, but it also takes some work to build up a viable income stream.</p> <h2><strong> </strong><strong> Power Grid </strong></h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007YDBLE?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=stuffies-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0007YDBLE">Power Grid</a> is a bit like Monopoly with power plants, but there is a much smaller element of luck.&nbsp; Every player is given 50 units of currency to start with, and then there is an auction for power plants.&nbsp; Each power plant has a different minimum bid and they use different resources to produce different amounts of power.&nbsp; Players also have to spend their money to buy resources and houses. The houses are placed on a map so there are also connection costs between the homes.&nbsp; Once all the purchasing is complete players can use the resources they bought to power the houses they bought.&nbsp; Each home that is powered generates more money.&nbsp; This game is great for illustrating the laws of supply and demand because the prices of the desirable power plants go up as players bid, and the prices of resources also go up as they are depleted.&nbsp; In the end of the game the player who powers the most houses wins, and in case of a tie the person&nbsp; with the most money wins.</p> <h2><strong> </strong><strong>Caylus</strong></h2> <p>I played <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BNFHBI?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=stuffies-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000BNFHBI">Caylus</a> a bit less than the others games on this list, but it is quite fun with more than two people.&nbsp; The basic premise is that you are a serf to a king, and you try to win the king's favors by helping him build a castle.&nbsp; In the meantime you try to collect resources and money for points.&nbsp; You use your resources to build buildings in the kingdom and whenever another player uses a building you own you get a point.&nbsp; You also get points for building castle pieces and favors.&nbsp; Similar to Agricola, you have a limited number of workers to take certain actions, but you have to pay gold to take each action.&nbsp; So in the entire game you need to balance the amount of gold you earn with the amount of actions you take because if you use too many actions it is possible that you cannot do much the next turn.&nbsp; There is also a mechanic by which other players can screw up your plans by moving a marker that dictates where the actions end so you have to be wary of where you place your workers.</p> <h2><strong> </strong><strong>Le Havre</strong>&nbsp;</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001N815J8?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=stuffies-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001N815J8">Le Havre</a> is probably the hardest one to master out of these five because there are a lot more types of resources to manage. You also have a lot of choices of actions to take with each turn so it is difficult to make a decision.&nbsp; It can be described as a combination of Puerto Rico and Agricola since it involves shipping goods, feeding workers, and also purchasing improvement buildings.&nbsp; Anyone can use the improvement buildings but some buildings require players to pay a cost to the building's owner.&nbsp; This is also a game where the person with the most points win in the end, but you have to manage your money and resources carefully along the way to produce the best results.&nbsp; This game could also be played single player.</p> <p>Every year there are new board games being published so I am sure that I will be able to add to this list in the future.&nbsp; I like these resource and money management themed games the best because they make you think of how to optimize an outcome with what little resources you have.&nbsp; Although these games are quite simple compared to the real world, I think&nbsp; you could definitely apply the basic principles in them to optimize and better your lives.&nbsp; These games are also great for teaching older children the basics of money and resource management.</p> <p><strong>Are you a fan of any of these board games?&nbsp; What's your favorite economy based game? </strong></p> <p><em>Disclosure: This post contains my Amazon affiliate links to the games. You could also get these games from your local game store and other reputable online retailers.&nbsp; The games in my list are fairly reasonably priced and most are below $50 unlike the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/theres-a-board-game-out-there-that-will-teach-you-to-be-rich-if-you-can-afford-it">recently mentioned Cashflow board game </a>which is in my opinion a money making scheme by the inventors.&nbsp; <br /> </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-five-economy-based-board-games-that-make-you-think">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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