Spotlight On: January Staff Picks

While everyone on our staff has their own specialties, we all love board games, and we’ve each chosen a game that we think you should try when you come to The Round Table!


This month, we’re kicking off the year with a selection of fast paced competitive games that are easy to pick up and learn. If you’re new to gaming, or if you haven’t been to The Round Table before, these games are all great ways to jump right into the experience. If you’ve been playing board games for a long time then you’ll appreciate how many of the games on this list use new and novel elements to create an experience that will feel very different than what you would expect from most board games!


Thomas’s staff pick for this month is Lifeboats, a competitive game for 3 to 6 players that can be played in 90 minutes, giving you plenty of time to play through the game twice in your 3 hour time-slot. In this chaotic voting game, seven lifeboats make their way towards distant islands, while players negotiate over which boat will advance each turn. Adding to the fun, leaks constantly spring up, and you must vote to decide which player will be forced out of the leaking boat. In this game, winning is all about influencing your friends to vote other players’ tokens into the water instead of your own tokens. Each round, you’ll have a chance to jump ship, and move one of your tokens to a different lifeboat so careful positioning is also important! This game is great for groups that want something fast paced, and high intensity! Just try not to take it personally when your friends vote to throw you to the sharks!

Paul’s staff pick for this month is Sheriff of Nottingham, a competitive game for 3 to 5 players that can be played in 60 minutes. In this tense bluffing game, players act as sneaky merchants, trying to sell a mix of legal and illegal goods under the nose of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Each round, a different player acts as the Sheriff, and must decide whether or not to inspect the goods of the other players for illegal merchandise. It’s up to the other players to bluff, bribe, or negotiate with the Sheriff to get their goods past his watch. This game is perfect for groups of crafty players that think they can out-manipulate and out-bluff each other. Players that aren’t confident in their bluffing ability can always play the game honestly, and rely on their friends’ paranoia to give them the advantage but ultimately, this is a game about scheming and outwitting your friends.


Evelyn’s staff pick for this month is Splendor, a competitive game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 30 minutes. In this chip-collecting and card development game, players act as wealthy merchants, trying to become wealthier and more prestigious than their competitors. Each turn, players use their actions to collect gems, buy cards, and stop their opponents from collecting the gems and cards that they need to gain prestige points. These actions are all taken in a race to reach 15 prestige points before the other players. This is a game of careful strategy that is perfect for small groups or couples. Where many games feel incomplete without a full group of players, Splendor shines as a 2, 3, or 4 player game. If you’re planning to visit The Round Table with a friend or a date, this is a great game to try out!

Cameron’s staff pick for this month is Flick ’em Up!, a team-competitive game for 2 to 10 players that can be played in 30 minutes. In this super fast paced dexterity game, a wild-west Sheriff and a town full of innocent bystanders 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. Where most board games use dice or cards to resolve combat, Flick ’em Up! has players flick small wooden tokens across the table at their opponents’ figures. This game is perfect for that are looking for something very unique and very active. The best way to experience Flick ’em Up! is on our Geek Chic gaming tables, which help stop your tokens from flying onto the floor! This is one of the best games in our library for large groups of players!

Andrew’s staff pick for this month is Ticket to Ride: Europe, a competitive game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 30 to 60 minutes. In this simple strategy game, players collect and play train cards in order to place their pieces on the board in an attempt to connect the cities on their ticket cards. Much like the original Ticket to RIde, this game is easy to learn, and is perfect for new players, yet offers in depth strategy that will keep experienced players coming back for more. More than a re-skin, this game features brand new gameplay elements that aren’t included in the original version of the game. Tunnels, Ferries, and Stations give players new ways to connect their cities! Whether you are new to board games, or have been playing for years, this is a great game to pick up and play at The Round Table!

When you come to The Round Table, whether it’s for the first time or for your weekly visit, all of these games are great ways to get into the experience! No matter what game you decide to play, make sure to ask us about our staff picks when you’re here, and we will be enthusiastic to tell you more about why we chose the games on this list! Every month, we’ll be choosing different games from our extensive library as our staff picks so check in with us for more ideas for great new games to try!