I love strongly thematic games. While many games have some sort of theme, often it can feel quite surface level and like a bit of an afterthought: there is a disconnect between the theme and how the game plays. For me, games are at their absolute best when theme and mechanics are working in unison, one reinforcing the other. When a game’s theme comes to the fore, it can be a transportive experience: you are truly immersed in the story that the game is telling.
This month, we are looking at another fundamental pillar of the board gaming mechanisms world, drafting. Drafting was made famous and universally popular when 7 Wonders, was released back in 2010. It is a phenomenal game that uses the drafting mechanic brilliantly as a core mechanic that is fundamental to the success of the playthrough experience. So, which game should you choose to teach the concept of drafting to new or younger players?
I think that two player games can provide some of the best board gaming experiences around. Though there’s an undeniable joy to having lots of players crowded around a table, two player games offer an intimacy and level of back-and-forth that is hard to find at larger player counts. Whether you’re looking for a chess-like battle of wits, a tug-of-war power struggle or a cooperative game where you rely heavily on your partner, there’s a two player game to suit your needs. Here’s my picks for some games that work great with two players.
Have you ever wondered why you cannot learn certain games as well as others? Or felt confused why some people picked up the strategy in new games quicker than you? Perhaps it is as simple as this: some people already have a fundamental understanding of the mechanics of the game from playing similar games. This could enable them to move beyond the rules and background workings of the game. They are able to think about their moves and tactics instead.
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