Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Four Wish List Board Games 2020

Lost Ruins of Arnak (2020)

A smash hit worker placement / deck building game with an Indiana Jones style adventure theme that has somehow evaded joining our collection. Lost Ruins of Arnak promises to be everything the Julie and I like in a board game. I honestly don't know why we don't already own it.

Tidal Blades: Heroes of the Reef (2020)

This is a mixture of worker placement and dice play to complete challenges. The dice play seems really fun and a lot like Dice Throne. You have cards and powers to help mitigate dice rolls and awesome character boards that allow you to "level up" your characters. The worker placement aspect of the game allows you to prepare your character for the dice challenges. Thematically, the challenges are both competition in a tournament and battling monsters that happen to show up during the tournament to create havok (very anime like!) I love the theme here. It's almost an adventure game, but not really. It seems like it might scratch the itch that I was hoping to satisfy with Dice Throne Adventures, but in a more accessible package.

Beyond the Sun (2020)

One of the hallmarks of a good space exploration game is the evolution and advancement of technologies or "tech trees" as they are often called in board games. Tech trees work like family trees where each technological advance grows the tree upward and outward growing from the branches below it. Beyond the Sun puts the advancement of tech trees front and center creating new worker placement locations with every discovery. This looks like an awesome space exploration game. I love advancing technologies in space games. This one is all about that. Plus the Dice Tower gave this game a glowing review. I love space. I love worker placement. I love tech trees and engine building. I NEED this game.

The Red Cathedral (2020)

Mid weight game with a dice placement rondel mechanic and engine building where players are working to build the Red Cathedral. This one looks really interesting in the way that the dice on the rondel work to provide player actions. The cathedral looks really cool on the table as it's getting built. And it's getting great reviews. The Red Cathedral just looks like an awesome game!

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