In the game Azul, players take turns drafting coloured tiles from suppliers to their player board. Later in the round, players score points based on how they’ve placed their tiles to decorate the palace. Extra points are scored for specific patterns and completing sets; wasted supplies harm the player’s score. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.[/bartag][bartag bgg_object_id=”246784″ name=”Cryptid” image=”8032″ background=”8031″ bgg_url=”https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/246784″ players=”3-5″ playtime=”30-50 minutes” age=”10+” average=”7.5″]You’ve studied the footage, connected the dots, and gathered what meager evidence you could. You’re close – soon the whole world will know the truth behind the Cryptid. A group of like-minded cryptozoologists have come together to finally uncover the elusive creature, but the glory of discovery is too rich to share. Without giving away some of what you know you will never succeed in locating the beast, but reveal too much and your name will be long forgotten!
Cryptid is a unique deduction game of honest misdirection in which players must try to uncover information about their opponents’ clues while throwing them off the scent of their own. Each player holds one piece of evidence to help them find the creature, and on their turn they can try to gain more information from their opponents. Be warned; give too much away and your opponents might beat you to the mysterious animal and claim the glory for themselves![/bartag][bartag bgg_object_id=”206504″ name=”The Blood of an Englishman” image=”8030″ bgg_url=”https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/206504″ players=”2″ playtime=”20-30 minutes” age=”10+” average=”6.8″]’Fee Fi Fo Fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman!’ roared the giant as he crashed through the vines. Jack, with one arm around his precious stolen harp and the other grasping the beanstalk, felt the rush of danger. Will he make it to the bottom in time to chop down the leafy ladder, or will the giant successfully catch the thieving beggar?
In The Blood of an Englishman, players take on the role of either Jack or the Giant. The Giant must manoeuvre the Fee Fi Fo and Fum cards while Jack tries to create three beanstalks to steal the bag of gold, the Golden Goose, and the Singing Harp. Each player has different available actions and must carefully arrange the cards to achieve their goal. Are you brave enough to face your fate?[/bartag][bartag bgg_object_id=”218603″ name=”Photosynthesis” image=”5446″ background=”7009″ bgg_url=”https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/218603″ players=”2-4″ playtime=”30-60 minutes” age=”10+” average=”7.3″]The sun shines brightly on the canopy of the forest, and the trees use this wonderful energy to grow and develop their beautiful foliage. Sow your crops wisely and the shadows of your growing trees could slow your opponents down, but don’t forget that the sun revolves around the forest. Welcome to the world of Photosynthesis, the green strategy board game![/bartag][bartag bgg_object_id=”161970″ name=”Alchemists” image=”3799″ background=”3798″ bgg_url=”https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/161970″ players=”2-4″ playtime=”120 minutes” age=”13+” average=”7.7″]In Alchemists, two to four budding alchemists compete to discover the secrets of their mystical art. Points can be earned in various ways, but most points are earned by publishing theories – correct theories, that is – and therein lies the problem.
The game is played in six rounds. At the beginning of the round, players choose their play order. Those who choose to play later get more rewards.[/bartag][bartag bgg_object_id=”54043″ name=”Jaipur” image=”8034″ background=”8033″ bgg_url=”https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/54043″ players=”2″ playtime=”30 minutes” age=”12+” average=”7.5″]Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. You are one of the two most powerful traders in the city.
But that’s not enough for you, because only the merchant with two Seals of Excellence will have the privilege of being invited to the Maharaja’s court. You are therefore going to have to do better than your direct competitor by buying, exchanging and selling at better prices, all while keeping an eye on both your camel herds.
Jaipur is a fast-paced card game, a blend of tactics, risk and luck.[/bartag][bartag bgg_object_id=”228580″ name=”Gearworks” image=”8036″ background=”8035″ bgg_url=”https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/228580″ players=”1-4″ playtime=”30-45 minutes” age=”10+” average=”7.5″]Your life in the workshop is a monotonous affair. You were once a renowned machinist, but after the accident twelve years ago it’s been a long road to recovery. Since then, your machines never work very well, or for very long, before they break. The workshop owner has given you one more chance to prove your worth.
Gearworks is a steampunk strategy board game featuring card placement, hand management, and a ‘twist’ on area control. Strategically position your gears to fix a mysterious clockwork machine in the corner of the workshop. Collect parts created by the machine each round by being the last player to fix its various components. As a tinkerer, you can certainly put those parts to good use and create fantastical contraptions!
Will the other tinkerers sabotage your efforts or will you earn the workshop owner’s favour and become the master tinkerer?[/bartag]
7 Wonders lasts three ages. In each age, players receive seven cards from a particular deck, choose one of those cards, then pass the remainder to an adjacent player. Players reveal their cards simultaneously, paying resources if needed or collecting resources or interacting with other players in various ways. (Players have individual boards with special powers on which to organise their cards, and the boards are double-sided). Each player then chooses another card from the deck they were passed, and the process repeats until players have six cards in play from that age. After three ages, the game ends.[/bartag][bartag bgg_object_id=”173346″ name=”7 Wonders Duel” image=”6996″ background=”6995″ bgg_url=”https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/173346″ players=”2″ playtime=”30 minutes” age=”10+” average=”8.1″]In many ways 7 Wonders Duel resembles its parent game 7 Wonders as over three ages players acquire cards that provide resources or advance their military or scientific development in order to develop a civilisation and complete wonders.
What’s different about 7 Wonders Duel is that, as the title suggests, the game is solely for two players, with the players not drafting cards simultaneously from hands of cards, but from a display of face-down and face-up cards arranged at the start of a round. A player can take a card only if it’s not covered by any others, so timing comes into play as well as bonus moves that allow you to take a second card immediately. As in the original game, each card that you acquire can be built, discarded for coins, or used to construct a wonder.[/bartag][bartag bgg_object_id=”163967″ name=”Tiny Epic Galaxies” image=”8040″ background=”8039″ bgg_url=”https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/163967″ players=”1-5″ playtime=”30-60 minutes” age=”14+” average=”7.4″]In Tiny Epic Galaxies each player controls a galactic empire, aiming to expand their influence by acquiring highly contested planets and increasing their cosmic armada. The game revolves around an innovative dice-rolling combo mechanic. The number of dice you roll is determined by the strength of your galaxy. Each die is engraved with symbols representing the various actions you can take, such as moving a spaceship, increasing your culture or energy resources, or advancing your political or economic influence over newly discovered planets.[/bartag][bartag bgg_object_id=”222643″ name=”The Lady and the Tiger” image=”8038″ background=”8037″ bgg_url=”https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/222643″ players=”1-6″ playtime=”15-20 minutes” age=”6+” average=”7.3″]The Lady and the Tiger is five games in one!
Inspired by the classic short story ‘The Lady or the Tiger?’ by Frank R. Stockton, each game offers a unique experience. Five amazing games, packed into just eighteen unique cards!
With stunning, evocative art by Tania Walker, The Lady and the Tiger is perfect for couples, families, ladies, tigers, and anyone who enjoys bluffing games.[/bartag][bartag bgg_object_id=”198525″ name=”Lotus” image=”4846″ background=”4845″ bgg_url=”https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/198525″ players=”2-4″ playtime=”30 minutes” age=”8+” average=”6.8″]Lotus is a beautiful game that grows into a unique work of art every time you play.
Clear your head and take in the quiet strength of the lotus garden. It takes skillful care and nurturing to grow these flowers to their full potential, but, once picked, they provide their owner with wisdom. Beware, for there are others who will do anything they can to get their hands on these mystical flowers. You’ll need to enlist the help of creatures native to this land to take control of the lotus garden and achieve true enlightenment.[/bartag][bartag bgg_object_id=”233974″ name=”Sundae Split” image=”5250″ background=”5249″ bgg_url=”https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/233974″ players=”2-5″ playtime=”20 minutes” age=”10+” average=”7″]In Sundae Split, players try to build the best ice cream sundae from the ingredients at hand. Get just the right mix of toppings and flavours, but avoid the vegetables! At the end, each sundae is scored and the player who made the best sundae wins the game.
In more detail, one player splits ingredients into piles, and the other players take turns choosing one. As the splitter, you get the last pile. You have to be clever and a little sneaky to get the ingredients you want. Collect the best mix of toppings and flavours to make the most valuable ice cream sundae and win the game![/bartag]