Designer: Reiner Knizia Artist: Sébastien Caiveau Publisher: Thames and Kosmos Category: Auction / Strategy Game Player Count: 2-4 Price: $14.95 MSRP Like many others, Lost Cities was one of the first modern board and card games that I played. It’s been reworked into a board game—which itself was reworked into a dice game, another board game, and another card game—and now,…

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Designer: Michael Rieneck Artist: Franz Vohwinkel Publisher: KOSMOS Category: Card Game, Take That! Player Count: 3-4 Price: $14.95 One of the first hobby board games I ever played after Magic and Catan was a game called Citadels from designer Bruno Faidutti. In Citadels, players draft character cards and use their abilities to build buildings and score points, but primarily use them to mess with other…

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Designers: Inka and Markus Brand Publisher: KOSMOS Category: Party Game, Word Game Player Count: 4+ (4-8 ideal) Price: $29.95 Codenames, a huge award-winner in 2015—and honestly one of the best board games I’ve ever played—showed us that the word-based party game genre still has a lot of life left in it. Word Slam is very much in the same genre,…

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Designer: Klaus Teuber, Benjamin Teuber Publisher: KOSMOS Category: Medieval, Real-Time Players: 2-4 Price: $15.97 Amazon Tumult Royale is designed by famed Catan designer, Klaus Teuber, and his son, Benjamin. Klaus has penned Catan and many of its spinoffs, including The Rivals for Catan and Starship Catan. Benjamin has designed a few other games, including the…

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