Open gaming is an opportunity to learn about the marvelous world of strategy board games by visiting a games library, checking out a game, getting taught by an expert and reveling in the experience! Remy, Steve and other Kanata Board Gamers are ready and waiting to help you (re)discover board games. If you haven’t played since “roll and move”, you will be pleasantly surprised by the state of the art.
Modern board games are typically victory point oriented, time constrained, focus on decision making, and a fun social experience!
The library will contain such titles as:
7 Wonders – pass cards build your civ; many ways to score!
Acquire – A money game: be there when it is time to merge!
Age of Industry – build and ship
Agricola – farm, grow and feed
Alien Frontiers – dice in space
Arkham Horror – cooperative thematic mayhem!
Ascending Empires – space, tech trees and .. flicking?
At the Gates of Loyang – satisfy clients with vegetables
Australia – fly, develop, backstab
Bang! – cards in the old west
Carcassonne – the classic tile laying game
Cartagena – use cards to escape the prison before evertone else
Castle Panic – cooperate or coopetate to kill all the monsters before they get you!
The Castles of Burgundy – a Euro, develop your estate despite the vagaries of dice
Catan: Cities and Knights – resources, trading, defend the island
Catan: Seafarers – resources, sail!
Caylus – a Euro, many ways to win the favour of the king!
China – Establish control of China with houses and emmisaries and the Emperor will favour you
Citadels – select your role and build districts despite the distracts.
Cleopatra’s Caboose – pick up, deliver, trains, egypt, what more could you ask?
Colosseum – Be an empressario with each spectacle you put on being more phenominal than the last
Container – its the ecomomy. produce, warehouse, ship, store.
Cosmic Encounter – cosmic = the rules just went pearshaped. Play an aien race or two and establish yourself in the universe.
Crokinole – need more be said?
Dominion – grandaddy of the deck builders. New to the genre? Start here!
Elfenland – a race game
Endeavor – an “interactive” Euro. You can climbe to victory on the backs of your fellow players
Genoa – the quintessential bargaining game.
Ghost Stories – if a kung-fu movie was a board game.
Glory to Rome – cards with many purposes. Go Fish with genetic engineering. Glory to Rome!
Goa – This should be everyone’s first Euro
El Grande – A game of area control and Spanish accents
Hacienda – Build, control, get along little doggies!
Haggis – Canadian climbing card game
Hansa – to win this one be the best trader
Hey, That’s My Fish! – get the most biggest fish before you lose your penguins
Homesteaders: build the town, be the sherriff, win key auctions
In the Shadow of the Emperor: Establish a dynasty, dominate all estates
In the Year of the Dragon: balance long term victory and short term survival
Ingenious:abstract tile laying game that doesn’t need a theme
Lascaux: caveman poker. collect animals
Leonardo Da Vinci – a Euro, collect resources, build stuff to impress Leonardo!
Lifeboats – You need a thick skin to play this one. Let’s vote who gets outta this lifeboat.
London – recovery of London after the great fire. Reclaim burroughs, set up your everlasting city, abolish poverty!
Lords of Scotland – A bonny card game for all the lads and lasses.
Louis XIV – a euro, affliate with the right people and your goals will be met
Medici – A classic! Be the best bidder on commodaties
Memoir ’44 – card driven WWII
Merchants and Marauders – sail the Spanish main as a humble persuer of coin or a marginalized rogue.
Merchants of the Middle Ages – deal or die
Mundus Novus – build your fleet. Maximize your trade.
Nefertiti – money is scarce but timing is your resource
Nexus Ops – focus on objectives
O Zoo Le Mio – build the best zoo.
Perikles – know which side of the battle to be on
Portobello Market -
Princes of Florence -
Princes of Machu Picchu – a Euro, Climb the hill; climb it.
Prophecy – Build your characters and defeat the deamons
Puerto Rico – The Classic build and/or ship Euro
Quebec – Development of a colonial era city
Queen’s Necklace – a very nice game of cards with jewelry
Race for the Galaxy – a card game to build a galactic empire upon
Razzia! – Best bidder wins. Mini-Ra.
Reef Encounter: Fire up your brain corals and face off against the other shrimps
RoboRally: Hilarious. Tho’ Left/Right confusion = death.
Saint Petersburg. Go Red unless you are in if for the short term.
San Juan. Production or Construction. What will it be?
Santiago Be careful where you lay your pipes.
The Settlers of Catan – Trade, Build, Rob
Shipyard – build, sail, build
Sid Meier’s Civilization the Board Game: build a civilsation to stand the test of time
Skull & Roses: a little little game used by bikers to establish their succession.
Terra Mystica: Special powers. Build in the right place.
Through the Ages – here for completeness. Too long to actually play.
Through the Desert – go with camels
Thurn and Taxis – save Germany from having no post office!
Tichu: classic climbing card game for partners.
Ticket To Ride: Marklin – TTR with pick up and delivery
Tigris and Euphrates – Carcassonne’s tile laying goes to battle!
Trans Europa – a beautiful, light race to build rails across Europe
Tsuro - short sweet twisted termination.
Tulipmania 1637 – get out while you still have money
Upon a Salty Ocean – build, fish, sell
Ur - aren’t green cubes important?
Vasco Da Gama – Build up, ship to the new world, bump the others!
Village – Death equals fame as long as you are doing the right thing when it happens
De Vulgari Eloquentia – a Euro,
War of the Ring – the epic Ameritrash experience. Dunk the ring? Squash puny Westeros?
Ys – Gem trading. Buy low, sell high?
Zombie Dice: Send more brains!
We are a small club of avid board gamers, who meet every Thursday in south Kanata to see who can claim the most VPs.