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Train Games

Our Intro articles are back, once again introducing you to games that share a central theme! This week, our theme is “train games”, inspired by the go train that can frequently be seen passing by when you look out the window at The Round Table. For articles focused on games with similar gameplay, check out some of our past articles like Intro To: Good 4X Games, or Intro To: Good Dexterity Games. When you’re caught up on our past articles, continue reading below to hear about some fantastic train games!

Ticket to Ride: Europe is a competitive game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 30 to 60 minutes. We’ve introduced this simple strategy game before in one of our earliest articles but it’s too much of a giant to leave off this list. The original Ticket to Ride is a very well known game in which players connect the cities on their ticket cards by playing train cards. This version of the game expands on the classic, adding Tunnels, Ferries, and more to create even more depth of strategy without a steep learning curve! If you’re looking for a game that’s great for new or intermediate gamers, give this one a try!

Russian Railroads is a competitive game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 90 to 120 minutes. In this deeply strategic Worker Placement game, players compete to outrace their opponents, building the most expansive and advanced railway network. Careful placement of your workers lets you race your opponents’ to victory through varied mechanisms such as newer locomotives and factories, or sprawling simple railways. Check this game out if you’re looking for an intermediate to advanced strategy game!

Colt Express is a competitive game for 2 to 6 players that can be played in 30 to 40 minutes. In this simple family game, players take on the role of outlaws in a classic train heist. Players use special powers, and cards to steal loot, punch, and shoot their opponents! The beautifully designed game uses 3D elements for a slick, modern feeling experience. If you’re looking for an introductory level game with some cool gimmicks, take a trip to the wild west with this game!

Empire Express is a competitive game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 90 minutes. In this easy to learn and easy to play introductory game, players use crayons to draw routes on an erasable board, attempting to build a collection of railways and become the wealthiest player! Possible routes are pre-planned, and the game uses simple cards to keep the learning curve short. If you’re looking for a casual game to launch your adventure into board games, definitely check this one out!

We’ve capped off this list with some great, simple games. If you’re looking for more games along these lines, check out our Intro To: Good Family Games! In any case, definitely give some of these great games a try on your next visit to The Round Table!


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Stocking Stuffers

The holidays are here and many people still have last minute gift shopping to do! Well you’re in luck! Here at The Round Table, we’ve got some great ideas for stocking stuffers to help you get through your last minute gift shopping! Next time you visit us at The Round Table, go home with some of these awesome products:

Gloom is a competitive game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 60 minutes. In this morbid card game, players each control a different family, with their goal being to make their own family as miserable as possible before killing them off, while making their opponents’ families as happy ass possible. While the goal of the game may not be in the spirit of the holidays, this is a novel game with great mechancis that’s sure to make a great gift for anyone with a love of dark humor.

Saboteur is a competitive game for 3 to 10 players that can be played in 30 minutes. In this card laying mining game, players act as either minors or saboteurs, with secret motives and simple goals. The minors have to complete a continuous path from the entrance of their mine to a hidden source of goals. The saboteurs, on the other hand, have to prevent the minors from reaching their goal at any cost! Payers can play cards that expand or block portions of the mine, and also play cards to break or repair each other’s equipment. This simple family friendly game is great for kids and would make a perfect gift for anyone with a love of fast paced, simple to learn card games.

Star Realms is a competitive game for 2 players that can be played in 20 minutes. In this fast paced deck-building game, players compete in outer space combat, attempting to reduce each other’s authority to 0 by trading for better ships and gaining higher combat score with which to attack each other. This fast paced game is all-in-one alternative to CCGS for anyone looking for fierce head to head gameplay.

Coup is a competitive game for 2 to 6 players that can be played in 15 minutes. In this light bluffing game, players attempt to reduce their opponents’ influence to 0 by  removing their face-down characters from the game. Players can only use the abilities of their face-down characters but can lie about what characters they have in order to be able to use other abilities. A player that is caught lying loses influence, but sometimes gambling on a bluffcan be the best path to victory! This extremely fast-paced game makes a great gift for any lover of big group games.

MTG Booster Packs can be bought individually or as boxes. If you know anyone who plays Magic the Gathering, these packs of additional trading cards will make the perfect gift. The latest set even has a chance to contain super rare and powerful “Invention” cards. If you’re looking for more than a stocking stuffer, a booster box makes a great gift, and for this month only, each Kaladesh booster box comes with 2 special limited run bonus booster packs that contain only rare and premium cards.

Still not sure what to get? give the gift of gaming with one of our Legacy Coins. These special gift coins can be assigned any amount of store credit, which can be applied to any purchase at The Round Table!