I had the greatest luck to be in New York City on business this past week, so all the games we played this weekend (minus 1) have a NYC theme! Ready? Let’s dive in!
King of New York – the amazing dice rolling cousin of King of New York. I played this with my kids the night we returned home. I lost. I always lose. I said it was jet lag. They said I’m full of it! ha! They were probably right.
Another NY themed game that I love – Tammany Hall
This game embodies all that I love about area control games. The tides move in different directions with each turn. You have so much ground to cover, but you never want to spread yourself too thin, or you will lose everything! Tammany Hall is a brilliant game about political dominance in Lower Manhattan in the mid 1800’s. From Pandasaurus Games site:
Tammany Hall is a game of backstabbing, corruption, temporary alliances and taking power at all costs. If you want to rule New York, you are going to need to play the cities growing immigrant populations against one another. Help the immigrant groups who owe you political favors, call in those favors to slander your rivals and win election.
Tammany Hall was the political machine that dominated New York City politics by organizing the immigrant populations. While the organization’s influence spanned from its founding in the 1790’s to its collapse in the 1960’s this game is set in lower Manhattan roughly between 1850 and 1870; the era of Boss Tweed.
I have loved this game since I played it two and a half years ago at one of our Cons. Martin Wallace did an excellent job of designing this game. All the moving parts meld together seamlessly. If you haven’t played this game and you like area control (with a heavy dose of political maneuvering) then you won’t be disappointed with this game.
As always when I play this, I came out strong early on and in the end lost to over-doing my reach. Spread too thin, my influence meant nothing to my groups on the board. Sigh.
Secret Hitler – This is another hidden identity game in the vein of The Resistance or Werewolf. I like this a lot, (what’s the tie in to NY you ask? The Kickstarter version of this game sent out stickers you could apply to your Hitler Lizard card to make him look like Donald Trump. Ok, it’s thin, but I’m sticking with the NY tie in here). We played several rounds of this game. It’s hilarious fun. However, overall, I do think that I still like the game play of The Resistance better than Secret Hitler.
Onirim – This little card game is a gem. It’s been on my wish list for a very long time. Zee from The Dice Tower adores it and I love solo-able games. Since I was traveling, I wanted to pack something that would keep me entertained if I found myself faced with a layover, or if I wanted a quick game before turning in at night. Onirim is a great solitaire game about finding your way out of a dream. You need to unlock doors and get through them all in order to escape. It’s very easy to learn, but the game play changes with every shuffle of the deck. Get Onirim if you like card games and wonderful solo games!
And that is what I played this week! What did you play?