Every once in a while, it’s cool to browse the crowdfunding announcements for board games, just to see what may be coming down the pike. Most of them don’t sound that interesting, and I had never backed anything until the recent Pursuit of Happiness expansion.
But then I saw an ad for a game called The Flow of History, designed by Jesse Li with art by Desnet Amane, SY Li and Adam P. McIver, being published by Tasty Minstrel Games. History? I’m a History guy. Card game? Hell yeah, card games are cool. Building rival civilizations? Despite the current political climate, I’m pretty cool with that too.
After a few days of thinking about it (and a switch from IndieGogo to Kickstarter), I decided to pull the trigger and back it.
I’m a big fan of the Trains deck-building game from Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG). It’s a very popular game, and I can definitely see why. I even have enjoyed (and currently own) Planes, though that one isn’t as popular. Finally, while I don’t own it (yet), I have loved playing Automobiles online at the Yucata site, and it will be in my collection one day.
Are you sensing a theme here?
Yes, all three games are from AEG and have nothing to do with that 1980s movie of the same name if you put them all together in the proper way.
Coming in June, there will be expansions out for all three games.
As promised (and this is so rare in the boardgame App world!), Race for the Galaxy came out for iOS and Android on May 3.
Released by Temple Gates Games, this app is probably a new benchmark in digital board game development. It’s pretty, it plays well, it has asynchronous multiplayer, three levels of AI (including the infamous Keldon AI for the highest difficulty, which will kick your butt and then give you a wedgie for good measure).
There’s plenty of controversy regarding whether or not (and how much, if so) your kids should play video games.
But what about board games?
I just saw an interesting blog post on Twitter by “Dr. Corriel” called “8 Reasons Your Child Should Play Board Games” and it is a really good article.
I especially like Reason #2: “They Teach Children How to Lose”. Because if I had kids, I’d be teaching them that again and again and again and…
Ahem. Sorry. Actually, I wouldn’t that often, but it is a good thing for kids to really learn. Because it’s a big bad world out there, and sometimes you’re not going to be successful. It’s best to learn that early.
As an addendum to that, I think that teaching a child how to lose will also teach them how to win. By that, I mean winning graciously. Because if a child knows how to lose and how it feels to lose, then they may remember that when they win and their sibling is on the losing end.
Or their poor father.
Sorry, projecting again.
I do believe that seriously. I don’t have a medical degree, so I could be wrong, of course.
But it makes sense to me.
Anyway, go over to Dr. Corriel’s blog and read the whole post. It’s interesting and I think has some great reasons to game with your kids.
Let me know what you think in the comments below (and let her know on her blog as well!)