The Quacks of Quedlinburg 

Quacks of Quedlinburg

 

Personal Ranking: NEW

Time to Play (in my experience): 45 minutes

Age Level: Probably as young as 7 or 8 could play this

Difficulty Level: 2 ((5-10 minutes to teach, less than 90 minutes to play)

Type of Game: Push-Your-Luck/Bag Building. In a push-your-luck game, you see how far you can go without busting (Blackjack would be a classic example). In “bag-building” games you acquire pieces that go into your own personal bag from which you will draw. 

Game Setting: Medieval Germany???

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Concordia 

Concordia

 

Personal Ranking: #6

 

Time to Play (in my experience): 75-90 minutes

 

Age Level: 10 probably would be the lower end.

 

Difficulty Level: 3 (10-15 minutes to teach, less than 90 minutes to play)

 

Type of Game: Hand Management and Area Control. Hand management means that you need to best manage your own personal deck of cards for maximum efficiency and effectiveness. Area control means that your markers on the board (in this case, a map) has positive effects. The more markers you have on the…

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Great Western Trail 

Great Western Trail

 

Personal Ranking: #2

 

Time to Play (in my experience): 2- 2 1/2 hours

 

Age Level: I think probably 14 or 15 for this one

 

Difficulty Level: 5 (15-25 minutes to teach, over 90 minutes to play)

 

Type of Game: Deckbuilding/Hand Management/Rondel. In a deckbuilding game, everyone starts with a personal, basic hand of cards, which you will modify over the course of the game. In “Great Western Trail”, these are a hand of cow cards. In a hand management game, that you need to best…

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Port Royal 

 

Personal Ranking: #27

 

Time to Play (in my experience): 30 minutes

 

Age Level: I’ve played this with people as young as 7

 

Difficulty Level: 1 (less than 5 minutes to teach, less than an hour to play)

 

Type of Game: Push Your Luck/Tableau Building. In a push-your-luck game, you see how far you can go without busting (Blackjack would be a classic example). Tableau building games are where you have your own personal set of cards in front of you that have lasting effects. 

 

Game Setting

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Dream Home 

Dream Home

 

Personal Ranking: #23

 

Time to Play (in my experience): 30 Minutes

 

Age Level: I think as young as 6 or 7 could play this.

 

Difficulty Level: 1 (less than 5 minutes to teach, less than an hour to play)

 

Type of Game: Card Drafting and Pattern Building/Set Collection. Unlike some other card drafting games I have recommended (like 7 Wonders), Dream Home has a central pool of cards. Players take a turn to take the column that they want. Pattern Building/Set Collection in Dream Home means…

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Luxor 

Luxor

Personal Ranking: #8

Time to Play (in my experience): 30-45 minutes

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Age Level: I think children as young as 7 or 8 can handle this. 

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Difficulty Level: 2 (5-10 minutes to teach, less than 90 minutes to play)

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Type of Game: Roll/Draw and Move with Hand Management. When people think of board games, they often think of “roll and move” games. Monopoly, Clue, Sorry, Life…. these all have some board that you either roll dice, draw cards, or spin a spinner which determines how far you are to…

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Just One 

Just One

Personal Ranking: NEW

Time to Play (in my experience): 30 minutes

Age Level: 10 or so (need to have a reasonable vocabulary)

Difficulty Level: 0 (less than 2 minutes to teach, less than 45 minutes to play

Type of Game: Party. These are light games that don’t take a whole lot of explanation or strategy. 

Game Setting: None

Brief overview of how to play: 13 cards are set up as the deck for the game. The goal is to work together to obtain all 13 cards. The first card is drawn and put in front of a…

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Ethnos 

Ethnos

Personal Ranking: #8 (2017 ranking)

Time to Play (in my experience): 45 minutes

Age Level: I think that this would work with anyone as young as 9.

Difficulty Level:  2 (5-10 minutes to teach, 90 minutes or less to play)

Type of Game: Set Collection and Area Majority. Set collection means that you are collecting sets (Rummy is a good example of set collection). In this case you are collecting races and/or colors. Area majority means that you try to have the most tokens or presence in particular…

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Happy Salmon 

Happy Salmon

Personal Ranking: unranked, but still loads of fun!

Time to play (in my experience): 1 minute

Age Level: I’ve played this with as young as 4 or 5.

Difficulty Level: 0 (less than 2 minutes to teach, less than 45 minutes to play)

Type of Game: Speed. Do I need to explain this? Fastest wins. 

Game setting: Um… fishing?

Brief overview how to play: Each player has his/her own deck of 12 cards, with 3 copies of each of the 4 different actions. At the same time all players begin revealing their top…

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Snake Oil 

Snake Oil

Personal Ranking: #45 (2017 Ranking)

Time to Play (in my experience): 30 minutes

Age Level: Probably as low as 7 or 8 could play this.

Difficulty Level: 0 (less than 2 minutes to teach, less than 45 minutes to play.)

Type of Game: Party. Party games are games to play in very casual settings often with larger groups of people. Often the goal is less about the winning and more about the laughing.

Game Setting: None really. Although, it’s kind of like watching late night infomercials.

Brief

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