Can you believe Thanksgiving is already two days away? I know I can’t, but I’m ready to eat some turkey and mashed potatoes. And after Thanksgiving comes the biggest shopping weekend of the year. Sales are going on everywhere for looking to get their Christmas shopping done. We’ll even be hosting a sale of our own on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday (check out our Facebook page for more information on both of those!). As far as what games you should buy this weekend, I’ll be looking at the perfect stocking stuffers. These are games that are small enough to fit into stockings that are still tons of fun!
Timeline is one of our most popular breadstick games. It’s an incredibly easy game to learn, but it can be a lot of fun. The way Timeline works is that each player has a hand of cards that they are trying to fit in a chronological timeline. For example, if you’re playing the American History version, each card will have an event on it that you must decide where to put on the timeline. Once you place your card, flip it over to reveal the date and see if you were right. The game gets harder as more and more cards are placed and you have more and more options to place cards.
Not a fan of history? Don’t worry! There are several different themes for Timeline. Maybe you would prefer Music and Cinema or Inventions? There is a Timeline for everyone. Timeline is especially great for people who love trivia or are good with dates. It can even be a useful tool to help children learn important dates. Timeline is a great option for anyone on your list.
Sushi Go! is a game I talked about before in my blog about Japanese-themed games, but it’s also the perfect, stocking-sized game to give to your family and friends. It is easy to learn and quick to play, making it a great game to play with your family on Christmas morning. Sushi Go! is a set collecting game in which you take a card from your hand to keep before passing your whole hand to the next player. This continues until all of the cards are gone. You get points depending on which types of sushi you’ve collected and how many of each type. After a few rounds, the player with the most points is the winner.
Ninja Camp is one of my favorite easy-to-learn and quick-to-play games. I love it because of the cute and playful premise, but it is also a fun game! The idea is that players are all different animals attending Ninja Camp. You will be learning new ninja moves and using them to compete for the favor of the Monkey Sensei. Each move gives you points and the player with the most points at the end of the game earns the privilege of becoming the apprentice to the Sensei.
Like I said, Ninja Camp is fun in part because of the cute theme. I’ve taught it to a lot of groups in the Café before and they’re usually sold when I tell them that they get to play as an animal at Ninja Camp. The set-up is always different due to the lack of an actual board. Instead, you lay out a grid of cards that then becomes your board. The board will constantly be changing as players pick up these cards and add them to their hands, creating holes in the board. With a variety of different moves you can collect and play, there are a lot of interesting choices you can make when moving around the “board,” giving this cute, simple game quite a bit of strategy.
Big fun in a tiny package, Coup is the perfect party game for anyone looking for a great time of bluffing, deduction, and backstabbing your friends. In Coup, there are five different roles that players can possibly be and each role has an action that can be taken. Each player is given two roles that are to be kept secret. On your turn you can take any of the actions of any of the five roles (no matter which roles you have) or you can take one of three actions available to everyone (including paying enough coins to stage a coup against another player and take them out). You can tell the truth about what you have or you can lie. You have to be careful, however, because if someone correctly accuses you of lying, you lose an influence (one of your roles). If you lose both of your roles, you’re out of the game. The last player standing wins.
Spot It is a great one for kids to help hone their matching skills. In Spot It, each card has eight pictures and any two cards will always have one matching picture. Players have a card in their hand and there is a deck of cards in the middle. You have to be the first one to find a match between the card in your hand and the top card of the deck, call out the picture, and take that card into your hand. The game is over when the deck runs out and the player who has collected the most cards is the winner. In order to succeed at Spot It, you need to have a quick eye and quick reflexes to grab cards before other players do. There are also several versions of Spot It so there is something for everyone.
If you’re looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for someone who would enjoy a more strategic game, look no further than Star Realms. Star Realms is a space-themed deck-building game for two people in which players are trying to get their opponent’s Authority (health) down to zero. Each player starts with the same deck of 10 cards, but will use those cards to purchase new cards to add to their decks. There are different types of cards belonging to four different factions. Players use these cards to make themselves stronger and to attack their opponent.
Star Realms is a great game for fans of deck-building games. It’s also an easy game to learn and quick to play. The base game only comes with cards enough for two players, but it is possible to buy multiple sets and combine then to allow more players to join in the fun. There is also an expansion that adds more cards and, if space isn’t your thing, the makers of Star Realms also created a game called Hero Realms. It’s also a deck-building game with some added elements. Either of these games would be perfect for the gamer on your list.
If you’re interested in checking out any of these games, they are all in our library and in our retail section. This weekend is also the perfect time to buy them with all of our sales going on!