Board games are far from boring


Audrey Mooney

Games are in the background while Root characters fight in front of the games.

Audrey Mooney, Editor-in-Chief

 From Monopoly to Root, the gaming world will probably offer something exciting for you. You probably already know about Monopoly, but you might not know about Root and other challenging games. The Board Gaming World (BGW) is a big world. There are awards for board games like Germanes Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year). There are also websites for board games like BoardGameGeek. There is probably something for you!

Kingdomino is a Gateway game, which means it is a pretty easy game. It takes about 15 minutes to play and is for ages 8 and up. Kingdomino is a two to four player game. This game won game of the year (2017) which is a big accomplishment. You are a king (or queen) of your kingdom. You place tiles to build your kingdom. You can only place the tiles into a 5 by 5 grid.   

Ticket to Ride is also considered a Gateway game, but is a little more complicated than Kingdomino. This game won game of the year in 2004. There are many different versions of the game including Ticket to Ride Nordic Countries, Ticket to Ride Japan and Ticket to Ride Europe. This game takes about 30 to 60 minutes to play and is for two to five players. This game is suitable for ages 8 and up. 

Agricola is one of my favorite games because you are trying to build the best farm. Agricola is Latin for farmer.  This game is for one to four players and ages 12 and up. It takes up to 90 minutes to play. Each player takes resources to help build his/her farm every turn. You also have to keep in mind that you must feed your people about every two to three rounds.

Root is a war game. It is for ages 10 and up and two to four players.  It takes about 60-90 minutes to play.  In this game you can be one of four different characters: Vagabond, Marquise de Cat, Eyrie Dynasty or Woodland Alliance. If you buy the expansion for this game, it introduces the Lizard Cult and the Riverfolk characters; and the game expands to one to six players.

 Phil Glotfelty, owner of Game Masters in Ross Township, predicts that the biggest games of 2020 will be Mariposas which is about monarch butterfly migration and Frosthaven, a sequel to the 2017 dungeon-crawl adventure hit Gloomhaven.

I hope that, when you read this article, you might have found a board game that interests you!