Sometimes you need a game that's a little more tactile. And if you've been holding out on something substantial to fill those bookshelves, good news: Gameology has a huge sale on board games right now. Here's some of the best picks.
More information on each game can be found through the links below, but I've included a quick outline so you know what to expect. As a note, shipping for all games below is $10 Australia wide.
A card-based game about building the greatest Viking fleet on the North Sea, amassing resources to construct buildings and ships along the way.
A game where players build a troupe of actors and actresses to put together the best theatrical performance, with people taking turns over six days to get the best reviews.
A game about battling rival deities, with players forced to trade with their opponents to collate resources over the course of the game. Each god favours a different strategy (sanctuary, mysticism, negotiating, aggression) that affects gameplay, and there's a lot of mechanics fans of Magic will identify.
Risk Legacy might have been the first game to introduce permanence and consequence to physical components, but Pandemic Legacy arguably does it best. Seafall is exceptionally good, it's by the same designer, and the theme might also be a lot more up your alley. Haoran braved the wild seas when the game dropped a couple of years ago, so if you want to get a gist of how Seafall plays out, check his story below.
Gamers are a funny bunch. Board gamers, doubly so. We treasure our board games. We put plastic sleeves on our cards to keep our games immaculate and pristine. We do not tolerate spilled drinks. So writing on the board (in permanent marker!), placing stickers, and ripping up cards is both incredibly disturbing, and therapeutically cathartic. Welcome to Seafall.
A game about being the first cult to summon your demon and start the downfall of humanity. Always nice if you've wanted the cultists to win for a change, but make sure your Ancient One pops out before the investigators get involved.
A Euro-style game about drafting dice, claiming pulsars and discovering technologies while you explore space.
Almost a $35 saving here. Mad King Ludwig is all about building a glorious castle for your Bavarian monarch one room at a time. Small problem: he's a fickle ruler, and so his desires often change from round to round. A winner of the Mensa Select awards in 2015, Mad King Ludwig is a good bidding/drafting/tile placement game for four players that runs up to 90 minutes.
$23 saving on one of the bigger games here. Gaia Project, which has a solid 8.6 rating on Board Game Geek, is a heavier strategy game about terraforming neighbouring planets to expand and grow. Players can research in six different areas and spread over ten sectors, allowing for plenty of variations and replayability.
The brutal survival simulator translates real well to board games, perhaps even more so because of the co-operative experience. Like the video game, it's not a cheerful experience - This War of Mine is all about survival a crippling civil war, making tough decisions on what risks you take to survive (and what survivors you choose to sacrifice).
To check out everything else, head to the Gameology front page.