Spotlight On: February Staff Picks

This Month, we’ve selected a variety of games from very different genres as our new staff picks. These staff favourites range quite a bit in difficulty and length; some are great introductory games and others are definitely for more experienced gamers.

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Evelyn’s staff pick is 7 Wonders, a competitive drafting game for 2 to 7 players that can be played in 30 minutes. In this 3-round game, players act as the leaders of the 7 great cities of the Ancient World, and take turns choosing cards to increase the strength of their armies, build civilian structures and scientific structures, and construct their wonders in order to collect more victory points than the other players! This quick to play game is easy to get into and is a perfect gateway for gamers looking for a gateway into more complicated games.

Paul’s staff pick is Tzaar, a competitive 2 player game that can be played in 30 to 60 minutes, and is one of our recommendations for good 2 player games. This high-strategy Chess-like game uses simple rules and a simple presentation to create a classic feeling game that relies on the interaction of the players to create a challenging experience. The simplicity of this game’s rules make it a great choice for new players, and the variety of strategic choices involved makes this game a great choice for more experienced gamers. Regardless of your experience, this game is a great choice for people who love classic games and want to try something new.

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Cameron’s staff pick is Forbidden Stars, a competitive space war game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 120 to 180 minutes. This very complex game, set in the Warhammer 40K universe, is well worth the time investment for more experienced gamers. Players command their fleets to wage war and travel across space to collect objective tokens by placing order tokens in stacks around the board. These stacks resolve top to bottom, and players can force their opponents to take their actions later in a round by placing their order tokens above their opponents’ order tokens. Careful placement is important not just for the execution of each player’s strategy but also in order to hinder each opponent’s plans. This game has tons of custom dice and custom figures, and is a must play for any experienced gamer.

Matt’s staff pick is Dead of Winter, a semi-cooperative psychological survival game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 60 to 120 minutes. In this wintery zombie game, players work towards a common goal, while also trying to achieve secret personal objectives that could sabotage the entire group. Who can and can’t be trusted is up to each player to determine for themselves, and strong bluffing and negotiation skills are a must. Sometimes everyone will win the game. Other times, some or none of the players will win the game. In any case, players will have to make difficult, heavily thematic choices. This game is a great choice for anyone looking for a tense but fun gaming experience.

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Next time you visit The Round Table, try getting into the experience with one of these great games, and make sure to ask us about our staff picks! Our games library now has over 200 games, and we’ll be adding more, so make sure to check in every month to learn about our latest staff picks!