Friday, February 28, 2014

February 2014 Games of the Week

By Margaret Duncan, Ed.D.

The Histocrats support the idea of incorporating board-games into your personal life as well as in the classroom.  As such, we support and participate in a local board-gaming group.  Any and all board-game enthusiasts are welcome to join the Game Nights that are held every first and third Friday night of the month.  As part of our gaming group initiative, we also recommend history centric games that are fun to play each week to all of our followers.  The selected games receive our “Game of the Week” distinction.  Recommended games are a mix of cooperative, card games, as well Euro style games.

7 Wonders, Asmodee.
In 7 Wonders, you lead an ancient civilization as it rises from its barbaric roots to become a world power. Lead your troops to a military victory or create a nation of artisans and philosophers. Establish a powerful merchant state or master the mysteries of science and technology. Build an architectural wonder that will fascinate for eons to come, and rule the most powerful civilization on Earth!

Tower of Babel, Rio Grande Games
Together, the players use cards to try to build the eight wonders of the ancient world. The number they build varies, but can't be more than seven. (Hence the subtitle of the game, "...or why the eighth wonder was never built.") While building together, each tries to provide the majority of the components for each wonder and collect scoring disks (in four suits). When it's someone else turn, you offer cards to the active player, and by good offers, can earn points or sometimes even the disk.

Tokaido, Passport Game Studios
Each player is a traveler crossing the "East sea road", one of the most magnificent roads of Japan. While traveling, players will meet people, taste fine meals, collect beautiful items, discover great panoramas, and visit temples and wild places. At the end of the day, when everyone has arrived at the end of the road you'll have to be the most initiated traveler – which means that you'll have to be the one who discovered the most interesting and varied things.

The Presidential, The Presidential Game, LLC
The Presidential is a political board game that takes players inside the world of the Electoral College process as teams fight to have the most powerful job in the world. Each turn a team decides to either go campaigning or fundraising. Dice are rolled and Political Cards are awarded based on each scenario. At the end of the game, the team with 270 or more Electoral Votes wins. A password for an optional WebMap calculator is also included which makes it easy to keep score on a computer, tablet or smartphone with a colorful interactive Electoral College map.

*All product descriptions are from the manufacturer.