2) Twilight Imperium
The best game to enjoy post-lockdown! Grab a bunch of mates together and settle in for an afternoon of campaigning with this monster of an adventure.
Entering into a competition for galactic domination, players take on the role of one of seventeen factions.
It is only through developing a strong military strategy, implementing scathing political manipulation and employing cunning economic bargaining that one faction will emerge victorious.
Objectives change throughout play taking the overall aim to achieve 10 victory points from simple, to delightfully complex.
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Another Lacerda masterpiece, Lisboa centres on the reconstruction of the city of Lisbon, Portugal after the great earthquake of 1755. Players will navigate across the extensive player board in order to engage with the policial and construction sectors of public life in Lisboa.
The interconnected nature of gameplay is a classic Lacerda, but don’t let the strategy and set-up deter you!
Give it a few plays and you’ll see that movement is built on simple and sequential, fundamental gaming principles, making it easy to build up your confidence and develop a strategy in later plays.
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4) Kingdom Builder the Big Box
A large scale Settlers of Catan where you and your friends will draw cards and place tiny meeple villages in certain terrains. Slowly but surely building a grand dominion to ultimately hinder and curve your opponents’ expansion.
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5) Suburbia Collectors Edition
The premier city building game Suburbia has players upgrading their small suburb into a grand metropolis through playing tiles and scoring bonuses.
Suburbia Collector’s Edition is essentially a reprinted version of its first iteration with the added bonus of completely new art and A LOT more tiles, so much so that they couldn't even fit all the punch boards in the box (don’t worry, all the tiles fit once you’ve punched them all out).
If the other entries in this list seemed a bit too complex and daunting but you still want to get into something immense, this may be the one for you.
Despite its grandeur, Suburbia Collectors Edition is relatively simple, on your turn players will draft a tile, these tiles will depict a type of building to add to your growing estate, ranging from mega factories to small parks. Once drafted, these tiles must be placed on your suburb, depending on your placement you will reap benefits or detriments.
For example a glue factory next to the town stables, doesn’t exactly scream “please live here!” to prospective residents but it will make you money.
Throughout the game, players must find a balance to do what is best for your Suburb. Money will allow you to construct bigger and better buildings but a population is needed to score victory points.
Will you build a quaint and comfy village or a factory empire?
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