Tyrants of the Underdark

2 to 4 players in 60 minutes. A fantasy themed game of deck building, area control, assassination, and recruiting more minions.  The game starts with players shuffling together 2 decks of 40 cards.  Cards represent minions with different specialties in factions of Drow, Dragons, Demons, and Elemental Evil.  The game is won by the player with the most points gained through the various power plays, area control, assassination, promotion to the inner circle, etc.

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Day & Night

2 players in 45 minutes.  Play as Lady Day or Lady Night in a contest to control more area on the board.  The 2 ladies have different styles of magic and powers they can use by playing cards of magic in order to take control of a tile.  Enough tiles linked together, and player can place a temple.  The player that gains 2 temples first wins.

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Forbidden Desert

2 to 5 players in 45 minutes.  A game of cooperative survival in an ever changing desert landscape.  Find all the treasure pieces and get out with your team before you get buried by sand. The gameplay is similar to Forbidden Island with the same kind of modular board which creates a somewhat different game each time.  It is an improvement over Forbidden Island with some interesting new twists on the theme.  The box still often wins leading to frustration but a desire to try again and win.

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Carcassonne

2 to 5 players in 30 to 45 minutes. A quick but strategic game of tile placement set in Carcassonne France in Medieval times.  Points can be scored by completing certain kinds areas with a player’s Meeple inside.  It is simple to play but has many possibilities and a boatload of expansions.

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Fields of Green

2 to 4 players in 40 to 90 minutes. Build, finance, maintain, and manage the most economically successful farm in this tableau building game. Last through 4 seasons of a year while expanding and making money that can turn to VP.  The player with the most victory points wins.

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Payday

  

Here is another children’s game I picked up for free from Bruce and Ginger.  It seems a little similar to life but covers the course of a month instead of a lifetime.  Just get to that next payday without too much spending or debt. Pay your bill and make deals before the end.  The player with the most money or least debt at the end wins.  Most people play 3 months in 30 minutes for 2 to 6 players.

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A Feast for Odin

For 1 to 4 players in 30 to 120 minutes.  This is a heavy duty worker placement game with a great theme of raiding and pillaging using Vikings and the appearance of endless options in play.  It is from the same mind as Agricola with a lot of the same style of play.  Fill up your space, get enough food for your workers, gain more workers, get resources, get more islands to explore, etc.  I need to play it at least once before describing it more though as even board game geek doesn’t seem to have a lot of information about it yet without watching a long playthrough or review.

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The Game of Life

2 to 6 players in 60 minutes. Another game that everyone knows, but I am adding it to the list for the familiarity like Scrabble and Rummikub.  Sometimes people just want to play something they know that takes little thought.  This is simulated life for children.  Go to school, get a job, get married, have children, make and spend money, try to retire rich in the end.

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Rummikub

2 to 4 players in 60 minutes.  This is another game that most likely everyone knows.  Create sets of numbers, and try to get rid of all your tiles before the other players to win.  The numbers can be in sets of at least 3 in the same color sequentially or the same number and different colors.  Tiles already played can be added to or rearranged at will.

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Scrabble

2 to 4 players in 90 minutes.  Everyone knows this game most likely.  Build better words on the grid to get more points.  Some letters are worth more points, and the grid has some special scoring squares.  The word placement is like a crossword puzzle.

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