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The perfect choice to introduce people to modern board gaming, Hoard is an easy to learn rummy-style game, but instead of spades and sequences of numbers, you are collecting matching treasure sets from a sleeping dragon. A dynamic board is formed from facedown cards arranged around the sleeping dragon, who can be woken in three stages. In addition to the treasure cards, some cards allow you to tickle or soothe the dragon or steal from opponents. You can win by securing the most treasure and then waking the beast to end the round while you're ahead.
10 minute rounds
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Recently released, Ulterior Design is a quick card game of competitive home decorating.
Judges from Decor Rate magazine are coming to your area, awarding prizes and looking for trendy homes to feature in their magazine. Cards with three types of interior decorations in two columns are played in an overlapping fashion. Each turn, players can attempt to keep their home on trend, influence the trend, or sabotage a neighbour. Judges arrive randomly between turns to see which home has just the right number of plants, portraits, lamps or all three. Be the first to impress the judges three times to win.
A co-production with Korea Board Games,
World Changers is a quick-playing game of card drafting. The very silly premise is that you are a starship captain settling a new planet and you can recruit your crew from among 32 historical figures from diverse times and cultures. When you add a card to your team, it is likely to trigger an effect, although some cards may be triggered at other times or affect end game scoring. Comes with a 68 page booklet about the featured historical figures.
Age 10+, 10 minutes
A solid seller since its 2013 debut, Granny Wars is a card game of hidden loyalty, bluffing, nana naps and other senior tricks. Your nana always wins the town's crafting competition but with new rivals on the scene, she'll need your subtle boosts while slowing down the competition. But it wouldn't be sporting to be too obvious with your favouritism and besides, if the other players guess who your granny is, they will send long-winded politicians and unruly dogs to stitch her up.
2-8 players (best with 4-6)
Age 7+, 15 minutes
Published in late 2019, the cards in Flipology feature beautifully illustrated animals or environmental features, a point value, and (usually) an effect that triggers when the card is flipped face up. You pick seven cards out of nine to arrange in a facedown row. Then you'll have just three turns to flip your cards to try to have more points showing than the other players. Of course, some of the animals' effects will interfere with your (or better, your opponents') best-laid plans. Includes directions for a variant for those who prefer a bit more strategy.
Age 6+, 10 or 20 minutes
It might seem like a cooperative game, with players building a pyramid out of straw, wood, and stone, but really, everyone is just trying to get rid of their materials first and if it means some collapses, fires, or explosions, that's just the way the pyramid crumbles. A tile-laying game.
2-6 players, age 8+, 20 minutes