Top Ten Light Strategy Games
New to designer board games? Look no further! Light Strategy Games are an ideal introduction for those wanting to take the plunge from monopoly et al into games with a touch more depth. Here are Thirsty Meeples’ Top 10 Light Strategy Games - come to our café and we’ll show you how they’re played. Ideal for friends & families!
10 Formula D
Racing drivers step forwards. Formula D will put you in control of a high performance racing car on both official circuits and illegal city street circuits. You'll need to decide when to make modifications to your car, when to slip stream and when to go full throttle. Taking risks is essential to winning - together with a dash of nitro.
9 The Settlers of Catan
You live on an idyllic island with some of your friends. But being an island, some of the resources are in high demand particularly if you want to build a new settlement for your people, a road or even a city. Stake your claim to the island's resources and barter your way to victory. Just watch out for that thief!
On the surface Citadels is all about taking control of districts to win the city. Scratch beneath that thin veneer and you are faced with 20 minutes of trickery, treachery, thievery and murder. And it is marvellous fun! Each round you will choose a character card in secret, each card having a different ability to mess with your opponents. But because everyone chooses in secret, your nefarious deeds may be thwarted. Anticipating how players are likely to respond is key. The real goal of Citadels? To do everything you can to ruin everyone else's day.
7 King of Tokyo
Any game where you get to play mutant monsters, gigantic robots and other aliens in a fight out for the title: King of Tokyo, is going to be fun. Throw in a heap of dice and special ability cards and you're faced with a madcap and fast paced game of wanton destruction. The artwork speaks for itself.
With limited meeples you lay claim to fields, cities, roads and cloisters for points. Don't overstretch your resources, and don't inadvertently lay a tile that benefits your opposition. The more tiles that are laid, the more the French landscape takes shape. A beautifully crafted game that has delighted game players for over 12 years.
Deadly diseases are spreading across population centres all over planet Earth. It's down to you and your team to save the human race!! In Pandemic players are working together to beat the game. Each player is assigned a role with unique skills. Plan carefully and cooperate as a team otherwise the game will win, and we will all be doomed. You have been warned.
4 Small World
In Small World you find yourself in a fantasy filled land full of crazy races with outrageous powers who battle it out to see who can dominate the available lands to win the most points. Any given race is limited in size - the trick is in deciding when to kill your chosen race off yourself and introduce a new race in their place. It's a battlefield out there in Small World - but a fun one.
3 Ticket to Ride: Europe
Okay, we accept that a train game may not sound like the most exciting ticket in town. But trust us on this one, if you haven't ever played one of the Ticket to Ride series then you owe it to yourself to remedy that. A fantastic game that is easy to pick up and play. We recommend Europe for your first outing and then head out to Nordic Countries when you're ready to play dirty.
2 Stone Age
Yabba Dabba Doo! An easy to learn worker-placement game. Each turn you send out your stone age tribe to claim resources, and at the same time, try to deny other players access. Turn your collected resources into new goods and tribesmen to seal your win. Just don't forget to feed your tribe....
1 7 Wonders
The premise: players pit the seven most famous locations of the ancient world against one another to determine which is the coolest. 7 Wonders has received multiple awards since it's release in 2010. It plays equally well with 2 players as it does 7. Easy to learn, short time span with multiple paths to victory.