Camel Up: I’ll Bet You This Will Be a Winner!

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Anyone’s who seriously into the hobby knows that winning the Spiel des Jahres (German for Game of the Year) is a big deal for game designers. While researching potential games to play with my younger ESL students, I discovered that Camel Up won the award in 2014. At first look, the theme seemed a little far-fetched. Betting on racing camels? I was unconvinced.

And then I tried it.

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Sushi Go: Pick and Pass

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I first came across Sushi Go at an extended family gathering. We had just finished dinner and were transitioning to games when my cousin pulled out this small card game. It looked a little too simple for my liking, so I decided to lead another group in a game of Codenames. But I kept getting distracted by the loud outbursts at the other table. It sounded like they were having a blast. Had I unfairly misjudged Sushi Go?

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Patchwork: The Perfect 2 Player Game

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One of the things I love about being married is being able to play board games with my wife. The only problem is that there aren’t so many games that we enjoy playing together. So when I read the review of Patchwork over at The Game Aisle earlier this summer, I immediately bought it to see if this would finally be the game that both of us would equally enjoy.

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Carcassonne: Here Come the Meeples

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My first encounter with Carcassonne was at my sister’s college campus. There were a group of students huddled around what appeared to be some sort of game. What immediately got my attention were the tiny colored mini-people scattered all over the table. And it looked incredibly random. Some were standing up and some were lying down, and there didn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to their placement. It wasn’t until a couple years later, while visiting with a friend, that I finally got the chance to learn how to play.

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Settlers of Catan: Build, Trade, Repeat

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I’m pretty sure Settlers of Catan is the main reason why I’m such an avid fan of board games. I first had the opportunity of playing Catan in 2005. It was the first time I had ever played a gateway game (as opposed to popular classics such as Monopoly, Risk, and Scrabble). I don’t remember if I won or lost my first game, but I do remember being hooked from the start.

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