Intro To: Good Dexterity Games

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At the Round Table, our focus is on providing you with a new gaming experience. Nothing reflects that more than our love of interesting styles of games. That’s why we’re introducing you to good dexterity games, games that require physical skill to play rather than just careful planning and decision making. We’ll be touching on some classic dexterity games that you’re probably already familiar with, and some recent games that have been really well received by the gaming community at large.

Catacombs is a semi-cooperative game à la HeroQuest that can be played in 60 to 90 minutes by 2 to 5 players. In this dungeon crawling adventure game, one player (the Overseer) hurls their army of monsters against the six brave heroes that can be played by the remaining players. Throughout the game, players improve their characters with equipment and upgrades purchased from the Merchant, using gold taken from fallen monsters. Unlike other dungeon crawlers, this game’s core mechanic is a unique dexterity system revolving around flicking the heroes and monsters around the dungeon, and even flicking projectiles around to fling spells and arrows! On top of all of the cool game-play, another reason why you should definitely check out this game is that it’s locally made by Canadian game developer, Aron West!

Jenga is a competitive game for 1 to 8 players that can be played in 20 minutes, and is probably one of the most well known dexterity games of all time. Even if this game doesn’t immediately come to mind when you think of dexterity games, you’ve more than likely played it before, and you’re almost definitely familiar with it. In this wooden block stacking game, players take turns pulling wooden blocks out of a tower, and placing them on top of the tower, causing it to become more and more precarious. The player that makes the tower collapse loses the game! This is a dexterity game in the simplest form. There’s no story and there are no upgrades or abilities. Just move the blocks and try not to make the tower fall! This simple game is perfect for dates or small parties because it’s very easy to learn, fast to play, and still competitively engaging.

Bamboleo is a competitive game for 2 to 7 players that can be played in 30 minutes. In this game of careful balance, wooden objects of varying shape and size are placed on a disk that sits atop a cork ball on a pedestal, and are removed one at a time. Removing bigger objects from the disk rewards a player with more points but be carefull! Knocking over the entire contraption scores negative points! This light party game is a great choice for any group of friends looking for a real challenge.

Flick ‘Em Up! is a team-competitive game for 2 to 10 players that can be played in 30 minutes and was one of our January staff picks. In this fast paced dexterity game, a wild-west Sheriff and his deputies face off against a group of dangerous outlaws. Various 3D objects like buildings, and cacti stand in the way of the players while they use different kinds of guns to shoot their opponents. Much like Catatcombs, this game has players flick small wooden tokens across the table at their opponents’ figures. A few places where this game differs from Catacombs are that the game focuses on 2 opposing teams in a small battle instead of an immersive story. The game also required you to knock over your opponents’ figure instead of just touch them with your tokens. If you’re looking for a simple dexterity game that gets straight to the point, give this one a try!

Whatever you decide to play, we’re looking forward to your next visit to The Round Table. Whether you decide to play a dexterity game, one of our many other types of games, or you just pop in to buy Magic Cards, or enjoy our fine foods and Specialty Cocktails, come to The Round Table for a new gaming experience.


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