I really, really like the idea of having everything in my life organized. My wife is fantastic at this, but I am not. Over the years, we’ll clean up our game closet and be surprised when it’s a disaster again in no time at all. We even have a little shelf just to keep loose cards and game pieces to “one day” put back in their proper boxes. And then this Quiver came along and solved all of our organizational problems! Not entirely true, but it sure did for certain games in some really great ways. =-)
An actual quiver is used to store arrows (seen Arrow?). This Quiver is used to protect, organize, and transport card games. It would be the perfect gift for anyone who owns a good amount of card games or trading cards.
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Sometimes it’s hard to find board games suitable for teenagers. They often get bored and disinterested if the game is too long, too complex, or perceived as too dull. Here are five tried and true board games which have a high level of involvement, are fast-paced, and have some sort of craziness factor…just what teens need in a board game whether they are board game fans or not!
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Barenpark is a light puzzle strategy game that is perfect for adults, kids, families, gamers, and even non-gamers (I prefer to call them soon-to-be-gamers!). We’ve had a blast with every one of these groups. Call it an expanded filler game perfect to play a couple of standalone games or slip in between some heavy strategy games.
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Not often does a game skyrocket as quickly to the top 5 of my all-time favorite games as did Caverna after playing it a grand total of…one time! I’ve since played many times, and I am in love.
Caverna has the perfect amount of variations to win. Do you focus heavily on planting and harvesting crops along with breeding animals out in the open? Do you concentrate your valuable (and limited) actions to dig deep underground, creating caverns, ore mines, and even a rare ruby mine? Do you invest heavily in weaponry to reap the awesome loot that comes from high-level weapons? Do you horde rubies to instantly turn them into valuable goods? Or do you plan a coordinated, balanced strategy to maximize your return on investment? I’ve seen every one of these tactics win.
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Lords of Vegas has been our latest “rage” game (what I call those games that completely take over all other games for a certain amount of time and that I lay in bed devising new strategies to play better next time). It is an incredibly dynamic game of strategy, mind-games, muscle-flexing, scheming, and of course, luck! The uber-conservative will not win nor will the extremely aggressive. You need to find the right balance of each (which changes each game depending on who you play with and how the game plays out!) to pull off the elusive win.
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If you love the social, murder mystery, “who-dun-it” type party games, Werewolves of Miller’s Hollow is as good as it gets. You get the best of both worlds: the fun and intrigue of a “Mafia-esque” game with the haunting theme of a village under attack by a crafty band of werewolves.
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Mr. Jack just broke into my top three 2-player games of all time. Yes, it is that good. While the price is up there for a 2-player game, it is well worth it. The game is very high-quality in every way (more to come), but as good as the quality is, the gameplay and strategy steal the show. Play as Mr. Jack or the Detective. Move in and out of light and darkness according to whichever is most advantageous at the moment. Take special care to utilize the character skills wisely or you may get burned (as I have many times!) by your opponent.
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Taking place in the beautiful city of Venice, you are a glassblower by trade and are trying to make it big in the local industry. Attract customers to your shops, construct glassblowing factories, ride gondolas around the islands, build beautiful palaces, pave cobblestone streets; you do it all in this game! Choose one or a combination of several strategies to gain the most power, prestige, and wealth as a Venetian glassblower.
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