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Three proposals for board games to discover as a family, in a group or as a couple

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Stefania Morin

Stefania Morin
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Pierre-Marc Durivage

Pierre-Marc Durivage
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paleo

In this prehistoric themed cooperative game, players combine their efforts to try to survive in a hostile environment. Tribe members face various dangers, gather food, gather wood or stone to build new tools … avoiding injury. If the players manage to collect all 5 rock painting pieces, they win. But if, on the contrary, it is the skulls (therefore the dead) that accumulate, I lose. And know that in the time of the mammoths people died young …

This addicting game offers different combinations of cards through which different scenarios unfold. Each card can hide good or bad news. Fortunately, mutual aid allows you to overcome many obstacles. This game won the prestigious German KennerSpiel award in 2021, the equivalent of the Oscars for board games, in this case, for the “games for connoisseurs” category. It was well deserved. Notice to those who have had the pleasure of tasting this jewel: three extensions have been added to prolong the pleasure. – Stefania Morin, The print

Number of players: 2 to 4
Age : 10 years and beyond
Duration : 45 to 60 minutes
Difficulty level : intermediate
Author: Peter Rustemeyer
Publisher: Z-Man games
Price : $ 75

Flock


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The game of the flock

If you had to choose, would you rather have robotic arms or legs? What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? What is the best Christmas movie? All these fun questions form the basis of the Herd party game. The principle is simple: everyone indicates their answer on a piece of paper and when the results are revealed, whoever has the majority answer earns points. The most original, with their unique answer, could collect the infamous pink cow … Impossible to win the game as long as it grazes in your field.

This quintessential intergenerational game was a huge hit at a recent family reunion. Of course, we had to carefully choose the cards that would interest Justine, 9 years old… Each question generated interesting discussions about everyone’s preferences. The only problem: the cards are few, and you turn them quickly enough (especially when you order them!) But nothing is stopping you from inventing your own questions! – Stefania Morin, The print

Number of players: from 4 to 20
Age : 10 years and beyond
Duration : 30 minutes
Difficulty level : beginner
Publisher: Randolph
Price : $ 32

The Castles of Tuscany


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The Castles of Tuscany

I Castelli di Toscana is a more accessible and faster variant of the popular I Castelli di Borgogna, now a classic for experienced players. Stefan Feld’s latest creation, while retaining some related traits, is nevertheless completely distinct. He combines tile placement and resource management with the aim of creating the most prosperous kingdom in Tuscany. There are several ways to achieve this, by placing several tiles of the same type next to each other, prioritizing some improvements over others, or even choosing to randomly draw income cards.

“You can try different strategies and bet on them to see if they pay off,” one of our regular testers rightly tells us. “The danger with games like this is that you can find the ultimate pattern that makes beginners have no chance,” said another experienced player. Here, there are many ways to earn points: the way your tiles are placed, the order in which you will choose to play the different power ups. He is a nice mechanic. And the game is also fast, with no downtime: “You think about your next move and it is your turn immediately, you are still playing, support our third playmate. If someone knows how to play, in five minutes he explains the rules and you can quickly play with anyone. —Pierre-Marc Durivage, The print

Number of players: 2 to 4
Age : 10 years and beyond
Duration : 45 to 60 minutes
Difficulty level : intermediate
Author: Stefano Feld
Publisher: Alea / Ravensburger
Price : $ 55

Quebec code names


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Code Names Quebec has just hit the shelves.

Message for those – and there are many of them – who like the Code Names game: a Quebec edition has just hit the shelves. The principle remains the same, which is to make your teammates guess as many words as possible by giving a single clue. The first team that manages to unmask all the words they had to find wins. The novelty: some typically Québec terms have been added such as roommate, boucane, poutine, skullcap …

The amount of these Quebecisms is not enough to justify the purchase of two separate boxes, but for those who want to learn this fun game of association of ideas, the Quebec version is the perfect choice. – Stefania Morin, The print

Number of players: 2 to 8 (and above)
Age : 12 years and older
Duration : 15 minutes
Difficulty level : beginner
Author: Vlaada Chvatil
Publisher: Iello
Price : $ 37

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