2013 Holiday Gift Guide – Family Games

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For Families

Garden Dice

Designer: Doug Bass
Publisher: Meridae Games

Garden Dice

Purchase crops, plant them, and harvest them, all using the dice provided in the game. Garden Dice is a perfect entry level dice bidding game that has plenty of interaction, a couple of gotcha mechanics, and a relaxed, non-threatening theme that will work for all members of your family.

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Smash Up

Designer: Paul Peterson
Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group

Smash Up

Take two decks of cards and smash them up. That’s the basic idea with Smash Up – in which aliens, pirates, dinosaurs, plants, bears, and robots can all face off together or against one another in a location control battle for the ages.

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Tokaido

Designer: Antoine Bauza
Publisher: Funforge

Tokaido

This is the ultimately relaxing board game. The gameplay is laid back, the scenery is beautiful, and the victory conditions are related to food, travel, and donations. It’s a blast to play, though, and a perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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Star Trek Catan

Designer: Klaus Teuber
Publisher: Mayfair Games

Star Trek Catan

It’s the same Catan you know and love with a few new elements tossed in for good measure. Use Enterprises instead of roads, collect dilithium crystals, and use character cards to augment your play in a game that manages to make Catan better in almost every way.

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Tsuro of the Sea

Designer: Tom McMurchie & Jordan Weisman
Publisher: Calliope Games

Tsuro of the Sea

Keep your ship afloat while taking out everyone else’s to become the victor in this great new take on the classic Tsuro formula. Laying tiles, moving your ships, and integrating the new elements of this second version of Tsuro will be a blast for family members of all ages.

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Anthony lives and plays games in Pittsburgh, PA. A lover of complex strategy, two player war games, and area control, Anthony is always eager to try a new game, even if he's on rule-reading duty.