This week was full of familiar games, from a classic game of Pictionary to two of my favorites – Pandemic & Fluxx. Read on for details about each game and to see if any of these might be a good fit for you.
(And if you want to see some of the other games I’ve been playing lately, check out the Weekly Replay archive.)
Friday evening a friend and I went to an ice cream social at a new church we were interested in attending. When we walked into a room in the back of the church there was a full on sundae bar and several tables, each set up with their own board game. Ice cream + board games? It doesn’t take much to make this girl happy.
Most of the games were common classics: Scrabble, Pictionary, Life, Clue, and Apples to Apples. We quickly vetoed Scrabble (always a win in my book when I get out of games that involve spelling) and landed on Pictionary.
Most people at the table weren’t familiar with the rules (how the board works, the categories, teams, etc.) so we just made up our own rules. We actually played so that one person was drawing and everyone else was guessing. You got one point if you guessed the word, first person to 10 points wins. We used a larger dry-erase board so that everyone could see.
Even though the words were being guessed in about 5 seconds, everyone was laughing and having a great time. It was fun, and that’s really all that matters.
You might like Pictionary…
- If you like the classic games.
- If you like something that is well known by almost everyone.
- If you just want to have fun and hang out and eat ice cream with some friends.
Pandemic (+ On the Brink)
Pandemic: Legacy is releasing on October 8. So, to prepare for this day that I am so incredibly looking forward to, Jacob and I played a lot of Pandemic this weekend.
We played two games of the classic Pandemic both with the Virulent Strain Challenge from the On the Brink expansion.
The first game we played with random roles – he drew the Quarentine Specialist and I drew the Contingency Planner. We lost, and we lost real fast. Of course, we needed to give it a second shot, so this time we picked our favorite roles – he was the Medic and I was the Scientist. We won!
You might like Pandemic…
- If you like cooperative games.
- If you you like saving the world as a theme in board games.
- If you like the app version of the game, but are looking for physical game-on-the-table experience.
You might like On the Brink…
- If you like Pandemic and are looking to make things a little more challenging.
- If you are looking for new role options.
Pandemic: The Cure
In continuation of our preparation for Pandemic: Legacy, we played two games Pandemic: The Cure (which is the dice version of Pandemic).
We totally lost the first game and then won the second. (You’re beginning to sense a theme here, aren’t you? Once we lose a game, we want to play again right away until we win. Yup. That’s pretty much how it works.)
Jacob played as the Medic (surprise, surprise) and I played as the Generalist. In the second game, we found the cures for red, blue, and black fairly quickly. I had bottled up 5 samples of yellow, but it took me three tries to roll 13+ pips. THREE. (And I even had a sixth dice on the third try.) Alas, we found the cure saved the world.
You might like Pandemic: The Cure…
- If you like chucking dice.
- If you like the classic version of Pandemic and are looking for a new spin on things.
- If you really like saving the world and want to own all of the Pandemics.
Fluxx is a game that is always welcomed in our home. It’s a quick and easy choice when we’re looking for a fast and fun game to play.
That’s why we played two games of Fluxx while waiting the Super Moon Lunar Eclipse. Jacob won the first game and I won the second.
Be sure to check to check out my full review of Fluxx to learn more about this game and see why I like it oh so very much.
You might like Fluxx…
- If you like complete randomness and unpredictability in games.
- If you like games where no one is “winning” until someone wins.
- If you like card games that come in many different versions/themes.