In the post My favorite card and board games – Part I you could read the numbers 10 to 6 of my top 10. This is my top 5.
Avalon and Resistance are two variations of the same game, only the setting is different. These games are played with a group (the more the merrier in my opinion). The identities of everyone in the group are kept secret. From the group three people are chosen to go on missions for a good cause, but there are spies (or minions of Mordred) who want to fail these missions. It is of the utmost importance to keep the spies out of the missions. But who is to be trusted?
Why I like it: Avalon/Resistance is a variation of deception games that I talked about in the previous blog post, like Saboteur and Blood Bound. It takes some time to figure out who the bad guys are, and a lot of times you don’t even find out at all!
Deus is the perfect game for people who like Settlers of Catan and 7 Wonders. In this game the players each build their own civilization on the board. To build your civilization you have to build temples, production buildings, scientific buildings, ships et cetera. For this you need resources and money. One important way of getting these is by sacrificing cards to the gods.
Why I like it: I’m someone who likes both Settlers of Catan and 7 Wonders. I like games in which you focus on your own projects, building your own little world, and Deus is one of those. Warfare is one aspect of the game, but it’s not the most important. The board, cards and different pieces look very nice as well.
3) Flash Point
In Flash Point (‘Pandemic with fire’ as some call it) you play as a team of fire fighters. In this cooperative game every fire fighter has his own special ability. A building is on fire, and you have to go in to put the fires out, prevent explosions and rescue the people (and animals) that are still inside.
Why I like it: This is a fun cooperative game. I like working together towards a clear goal. The different role cards are balanced and complement each other. The heroic theme of the game helps as well.
2) 7 Wonders
In 7 Wonders you play as the leader of one of the seven great cities of the Ancient World. You build your city throughout three ages. In each age players get to choose cards that enable them to develop their city. Will your city flourish based on science, warfare, culture, wealth or perhaps a combination of these?
Why I like it: I mentioned it before, I like games in which players are focused on their own building and developing projects. 7 Wonders is therefore the perfect game for me. There is no downtime in this game because all players play simultaneously, which is a big plus too. Warfare is an element of the game, but most exchanges are peaceful.
What a surprise, Pandemic is my number one! Yes, this game has been my favorite for a long time. In Pandemic the world is rapidly getting infected by virulent diseases. You’re part of a team of specialists whose mission it is to save humanity from certain death!
Pandemic has several expansions and I have On the Brink and In the Lab. Both expansions are exciting!
Why I like it: First of all I like it because it’s a cooperative game. As with Flash Point, the different roles complement each other. You really need each other’s special abilities in order to win the game. Everybody has to pay attention to what’s happening, because things might spiral out of control quickly. Pandemic is quite difficult, so each time it offers a true challenge. The different role cards, event cards and viruses provide almost endless variations.
(It’s also possible to play as the virus in a game called Pandemic Contagion. Even though it’s a fun game it’s not part of this top 10.)
Hmm, all this writing about Pandemic makes me want to play it again!