Tragedy Looper

For 2 to 4 players in 2 hours.  It is a game of deduction using scenarios and plays 1 mastermind against up to 3 other players.  The game has players with different characters and jobs interacting together in a scenario. The scenario progresses through days until a tragedy happens based on certain conditions being met in the game.  The players can loop back time to play back events a certain number of times to figure things out.  The mastermind wins otherwise.
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Munchkin

A D&D based card game. A race to build up your character with various jobs, armors, items, etc. to get to level 10 before the other players.  You fight monsters and stab your companions in the back along the way.  The art and writing in the game are amusing, but it is a contentious game among board gamers as it can end friendships if taken too seriously. It is for 3 to 6 players in 1 to 2 hours.  Fun for the right group of people.  War for the wrong group.

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Toc Toc Woodman

OK. This is a kids game added just for entertainment value.  It is short and as simple as possible, but it may get some play for the lols.  It is for 2 to 7 players in 10 minutes including setup.  Setup includes putting pieces of bark onto core pieces and stacking them to create a tree.  Each player hits the tree with a plastic axe twice per turn and collects any pieces that fall into their own collection.  The bark pieces are worth 2 points and the core pieces -10.  There are some variant rules to create more interest such as giving different color bark different point values and putting bark back if nothing falls on your turn.  A quick loud game like Jenga made in Korea.

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Parade

A card game for 2 to 6 players in 20 to 30 minutes.  The idea is to avoid collecting cards and to get the lowest score.  This is done by playing cards to the parade.  The card played on each turn moves forward from the end depending on the number on the card.  If it doesn’t get to the end, the player may need to pick up and keep cards adding to their point total.  The theme is fun and play is simple yet strategic.

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Pandemic Iberia

Another in the Pandemic series for 2 to 5 players in 45 minutes.  This one is set in 1848 on the Iberian Peninsula.  The game plays similarly to the original but has some additions and variant play styles including patient flow and historical illnesses  that spread in different ways.

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That’s it!

Plays with 3 to 99 players (according to the box) in 15 minutes.  99 would probably be a bit shouty and difficult.  The idea of the game is very simple, but it is still an enjoyable party game that can also be educational for language learners or children.  There are cards with 5 hints each.  A reader gives the hints one at a time to the other players.  Many answers are possible, but there is only 1 right answer on the card. The person who gets that answer in a timely manner gets a hidden point token with 1 to 5 points on it.  If no one guesses, the reader gets the point.  The final clue is worth 2 tokens.  Whoever has the most points when the card is finished gets to keep the card.  Play continues with a new reader until one player has 3 cards.  That’s It! Really.  I have never completely written the rules out to a game on here before, but there you go.  Simple.

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Spot It!

Plays with 2 to 8 players in 15 minutes. This is a simple game for all ages. It can be played as a simple enjoyable party game or as an educational tool.  The basic idea is there are 8 pictures on each card.  1 picture matches between an 2 cards.  Find that picture first and shout it out to keep the 2 cards.  Get more cards and win.  There are also alternative rules and many different sets of cards with varying themes, but the basics remain the same.

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Killer Bunnies

2 to 8 players in 90 minutes. A humorous expandable card game with the goal of just collecting carrots of varying numbers in hopes of getting the winning carrot and not being destroyed by some outrageous attack cards.

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Fields of Arle

1 to 2 players in 1 to 2 hours.  Expand your estate through 9 and a half years in this long but well developed worker placement game.  Trade, sell, grow, manufacture, cut, etc. There are many options as the seasons pass.

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