Board Game Reviews
In Toldeo, players are smiths who work to compete to make the best sword for the Emperor out of renowned Toledo steel. They travel through the hilly streets of Toledo to acquire the materials necessary to forge a beautiful sword. Once forged, the player then must take it to the palace. But they must beware because Toledo is a dangerous place, full of people that are itching for a duel.
When I was a kid, there were these silly little puzzle games that had a 3 by 3 grid and 8 tiles that slide along this grid to form a 2D puzzle. I was never really any good at those puzzles, however. I always broke them apart and put them back together. And of course we all remember the Rubics cube. I was the same with the Rubics cube. Zen Benders takes me back to those moments when I just want to take it apart and put it back together.
There was a silly pen-and-paper game that my wife use to play with her son when he was like 9 or 10 years old, and she is now teaching our 4 YO daughter. In the game one draws lines trying to form as many boxes as possible along a grid of dots. When you made a box, you put your initial in it. Count up the initials and the one with the most wins. I was never really any good at that game because it required a lot more look-ahead ability than I was willing to put into the game. It was a little less mindless than something like tic-tac-toe while you wanted for food at the restaurant but I never really had any interest in getting involved.
Where the American Frontier meets Euro-style board gaming, Oregon is a strategy game where players place tokens and figures in an attempt to maximize their point potential. I have been told that this game is similar to Carcassonne by the same company. I have not played Carcassonne yet, so I am not sure, but on the outset, the game has a strong Euro-feel so I would not be surprised if there are similarities.
Ticket to Ride (TtR) is one of those staple games you can always see at a convention. It is right up there with Settlers of Catan as one of the more popular games to play. Ticket to Ride: Switzerland is an expansion of that great game that takes you into the tough terrain of the famed country. It adds a few new things and challenges the player in different ways.