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Games We Play

Below is a partial listing of the games that have hit the table recently at our gaming events, along with a short description of each. This list is by no means all-inclusive, but it should give you an idea of the types of games we play. The games are grouped into general categories, and more information about each game can be found at BoardGameGeek.

So named because most of them are designed in Europe, particularly in Germany. All of these games involve strategy, but each game is different. Common mechanics are the placement of worker tokens in order to perform game actions and the collection of resources, often represented as colored wooden cubes. Some of these games have a small amount of randomness, courtesy of dice or cards, but they are usually highly strategic.

Age of Empires III
You'll play the role of a European country trying to settle the New World in search of glory, fame, and riches. Send your colonists over on ships, guided by captains, funded by merchants, and protected by soldiers. This game is loosely based on the computer game of the same name and features hundreds of plastic components, including ships, doubloons, colonists, merchants, captains, missionaries and soldiers.

You'll play a medieval farming family of simple means whose life revolves around building the best farm possible and ensuring you have enough food to make it until the next harvest. Each turn, you'll perform actions such as plowing fields and sowing seeds, fencing pastures and raising livestock, and of course having babies. But remember, your opponents are working towards the same goals, so you'll often find yourself trying to outwit them and do better. At the end of the game, points are awarded based on how versatile and productive your farm is.

You're a medieval warlord and you're trying to impress your King. He wants you to help protect the kingdom against enemy invaders, and offers you access to his many advisors. Consult them judiciously and you'll improve your chances of success. By the fifth year, you should be able to handle whatever comes your way!

Le Havre
You'll assume the role of a shipping magnate located in this French port city. During the course of the game, you'll construct buildings and ships that will help you become the most powerful shipping empire in the city. Your options will be limited each turn though, so you'd better plan well and make your operation as efficient as possible. You'll likely win if you can get your ships' hulls loaded with valuable goods and set sail before time runs out.

Settlers of Catan
An uninhabited island awaits for you to discover its limitless possibilities. Start your settlements and establish trade routes with other players. You'll win if you can dominate the island, but beware the lawless robber who may thwart even the best-laid plans.

Stone Age
In this game, you're going to control a small tribe of cave dwellers who are just trying to make ends meet in prehistoric times. You're going to want to make some tools, build some huts, or keep an eye out for some nice artifacts... but don't forget you also have to eat! It's survival of the fittest in a harsh world, so don't let the other tribes outwit you!

Ticket to Ride
A great introduction to Eurogames, this one has you playing the part of a railroad tycoon racing to be the first to lay down tracks across the United States.

Tile Games
These games involve, you guessed it, laying out decorated tiles to form the game board. Some of the games involve other components, such as pawns or other markers, that are placed on the tiles as they are laid. Others award points for well-played tiles.

In this game, you will be laying tiles to form the landscape of the French countryside. Some tiles depict cities or farms, while others depict the roads that connect them. As you lay out the tiles, you'll be placing pawns called meeples on the tiles in order to score points.

Tigris and Euphrates
Build a civilization in this highly-acclaimed game of conflict set in ancient Mesopotamia. You'll control farmers, traders, religious leaders, and kings battling it out with your opponents for dominance, but you won't be able to focus on just one area of influence: The winner will control the most well-rounded civilization.

Card Games
Instead of using a board, these games revolve around specially designed, and usually very colorful, decks of cards. You won't see any spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs, but no matter - these games are lots of fun!

Decide who you want to be in this medieval-themed game of role choices and city building. Become the Merchant and get gold for the trade districts you build. Choose the Warlord and destroy a building that another player worked so hard to construct. Or play the sneaky thief or the deadly assassin, and ruin your opponents' plans. If you can build the most valuable buildings, surely you'll win.

In this strategic card game, you'll try to grow the best medieval fiefdom. Throughout this game, you'll be selecting the best cards to add to your own personal deck, but always making sure to maintain a delicate balance. Be prepared to evolve your strategy continuously, lest you fall behind.

This term describes a genre of games that are dripping with theme, have splendid and bounteous components, generally use dice-rolling as the primary gameplay mechanism, have lots of rules, and often require a time commitment to finish.

Arkham Horror
You'll play the part of a very unfortunate citizen of Arkham, MA during the 1920's. Your hometown is being overrun by horrific monsters who seem to be controlled by higher powers with a very malign intent. You'd better work together and use your detective skills to figure out what is going on and stop it before it's too late for everyone. This game is based on the books of H.P. Lovecraft.

Become a legendary hero during a time of powerful wizards, noble knights, vicious monsters, and power-mad tyrants. You'll need to venture out into the world at large and perform mighty deeds to put a stop to the Lord Vorakesh's plans for domination of the realm. Immerse yourself in the fantasy theme.

A Touch of Evil
You're a citizen of the colonial town of Shadowbrook during the early 1800's. Only problem is, there is something nefarious going on around the town. Seems an evil villain is terrorizing the townsfolk; your mission is to put a stop to it, even if all you've got is a rusty pitchfork! The town elders might help you, but beware: they could be in league with the villain!

Cooperative Games
In these games, the players must work together, and either everyone wins or everyone loses.

Deadly diseases are spreading around the world, and your team of experts must stop them before humanity is wiped out. Each player has a special role, but you'll need to work together to have a chance. There's no time to waste!

Shadows over Camelot
You'll take on the role of a Knight of the Round Table working with the other players to conquer the forces of darkness in the land of Camelot. Players will try to dominate the Round Table with their white swords; however, one among you is a secret traitor in league with the enemy!

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