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Best New Board Games

Ludus latrunculorum was a two-player strategy board game played throughout the Roman Empire. … The board is called the “city” and each piece is called a “dog”. The pieces are of two colors, and the art of the game consists in taking a piece of one color by enclosing it between two of the other color.

Oldest Board Game

Some of the oldest games found include backgammon, Go and Liubo – two traditional Chinese games. But the oldest board game known to man is a game called ‘Senet.’ Senet was played in Predynastic Egypt, dating it to around 3100 BC.

Latest Board Games

Sure, the classic board games like Monopoly, Risk, and Battleship are still great fun. But the number of new games has exploded in the last several years as designers dream up space adventures, deck-building sagas, and zombie survival games. So order a pizza, invite over one to three friends, and try out the best board games in recent years.

Nemesis is the most cinematic, immersive game I’ve ever played on my table top. Like a cardboard reincarnation of the sci-fi horror classic Aliens, you and up to 4 other Sigourney Weavers are jolted awake from cryosleep on a starship, and quickly discover that, oh god, something horrible is happening. As you move from room to room, rediscovering the sections of your ship in a haze of delirium, you start to realize… there are creatures aboard. Then they attack.

Prospective players should be aware that Nemesis is both very complicated, and brutally difficult to win. There are countless built-in elements of chance that pepper the game, and you’re never quite sure where and when the next alien will attack. Nevertheless I found Nemesis to be incredibly immersive. You have so many options and choices each turn, and an aching, unrelenting mistrust and fear (heightened by my group’s decision to play the Alien Isolation soundtrack on repeat) follows you from start to finish.

Wingspan is a breathtaking “engine” building game where you and up to five friends compete to coax flocks of birds into nature reserves. You’ll spend turns luring unique bird cards into one of 3 biomes, or playing each of the biome’s special ability—get food, lay eggs, or gather more birds. Each time you play a biome, your birds have a chance to use special abilities, often times creating long, clever chains of well-laid actions.

This game has more birds in than a Hitchcockian horror. We’re talking barn swallows, California condors, loggerhead shrikes, turkey vultures, and literally over 160 more—each with their own special abilities. You can play three separate games of Wingspan, and never see the same bird cards twice.

But despite all the variety, this game is one of the most well-balanced games I’ve ever played. Along with brilliant artwork and extremely high-quality components, the best part about Wingspan is discovering strange new avian engines to soar into victory.

Claustrophobia 1643 is an asymmetric, two-player strategy game of survival, hellfire, and demonic combat. The game consists of 20 different unique, playable scenarios—each of which lasts between an hour to an hour and a half. One player takes the reins of the infernal forces of hell, the other roleplays a rag-tag group of humans, and you both face off in a battlefield of twisting, tunneling catacombs.

Both players get their own detailed miniatures and rules to play. The humans start with a set number of warriors (four at most) while the demons are constantly spawning new friends into the game.

I was astonished at just how much fun is packed into these short adventures. My favorite scenario so far was one tale of desperate flight, where my opponent’s sole goal was to flee through a dozen sections of the catacombs into the daylight, and I had to send wave after wave of demons to stop him. Even though he only needed 2 of his 4 crusaders to survive to win the game…none saw the daylight.

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