Episode 109 – 206 Holiday Shopping Guide

The end of the year is upon us and that means a long list of gifts to buy for the people in your life this holiday season. To help you find the right gifts (assuming they like games!), we’ve compiled our annual list of top gifts to consider this year.

Chris takes the reins this week and provides a rundown of 25 games you might consider if you’re interested in finding the perfect game gift for your friends and family. Plus recent plays and upcoming acquisition disorders.

Acquisition Disorder Corner

To kick things off, Chris talks about four games on his acquisition disorder list right now, including Terraforming Mars, TIME Stories, Kingdom Death Monster (and the $5M it’s already gathered on Kickstarter for version 1.5), and A Feast for Odin.

At the Table

Chris provides a quick rundown of the games he’s been playing in recent months, with some big ones he finally got to the table and a few hidden gems worth considering. The reviews this month include Orleans: Deluxe Edition, CV, Blueprints, Memoir ’44, Pagoda, Imhotep, Biblios, Rattlebones, The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game, Broom Service, Hansa Teutonica, Nippon, Lunarchitects, Scythe, Thief’s Market, and Joking Hazard.

2016 Shopping Guide

Finally, Chris digs into 25 of the big games released in 2016 and how they stack up as gifts for the people in your life. Some games discussed include:

  • Arkwright
  • The Castles of Burgundy Card Game
  • Celestia
  • Guilds of London
  • Haspelknecht
  • Imhotep
  • Karuba
  • The Manhattan Project
  • Potion Explosion
  • Scythe
  • Via Nebula
  • Seafall
  • Vast: The Crystal Caverns
  • Captain Sonar
  • Star Trek Ascendancy
  • Mansions of Madness
  • The Dragon and Flagon
  • Terraforming Mars
  • The Others: 7 Sins
  • Salem
  • 3 Wishes
  • A Feast for Odin
  • Inis
  • Ice Cool

Check out our full episode and rundown of the games that we’ve been playing this year and that you should check out as part of your shopping for the holidays:

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  • Anthony

    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.

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