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Three board game proposals to discover as a family, group or couple

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Stephanie Morin

Stephanie Morin
The press

Pierre Marc Durivage

Pierre Marc Durivage
The press

paleo

In this prehistoric-themed cooperative game, players try to survive in a hostile environment. The members of the tribe have to face different dangers, gather food, collect wood or stones to build new tools… while avoiding injuries. If players manage to collect all 5 rock paintings, they win. On the other hand, if the skulls (that is, the dead) pile up, they lose. And know that in the time of the mammoths we died young…

This exciting game features various card combinations that unfold multiple scenarios. Each card can hide good or bad news. Fortunately, mutual aid makes it possible to overcome many obstacles. This game won the prestigious German KennerSpiel prize, the equivalent of the Oscars for board games, in 2021, in this case in the “Games for connoisseurs” category. It was well deserved. Notice to those who have had the pleasure of tasting this gem: three extensions have been added to prolong the pleasure. – Stephanie Morin, The press

Number of players: from 2 to 4
Age : 10 years and older
Duration : 45 to 60 minutes
Difficulty : intermediate
Author : Peter Rustemeyer
Publisher: Z-Man Games
Price : $75

herd


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The herd game

If you had to choose, would you rather have robotic arms or robotic legs? What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? What’s the best Christmas movie? All these fun questions form the basis of the party game Herd. The principle is simple: everyone writes their answer on a piece of paper and when the results are announced, the person who has the most answers gets points. The most original ones could reap the infamous pink cow with their unique answer… Impossible to win the game as long as she is grazing on your field.

This basic intergenerational game was a huge hit at a recent family gathering. Of course, we had to carefully choose the cards that might interest Justine, 9 years old… Each question sparked interesting discussions about everyone’s preferences. Only problem: there are only a few cards, and you can avoid them pretty quickly (especially if you sort them!). But nothing prevents you from inventing your own questions! – Stephanie Morin, The press

Number of players: from 4 to 20
Age : 10 years and older
Duration : 30 minutes
Difficulty : Beginner
Publisher: Randolph
Price : $32

The castles of Tuscany


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The castles of Tuscany

The Castles of Tuscany is a more accessible and faster variant of the popular The Castles of Burgundy, now a classic for experienced players. Stefan Feld’s latest creation, while retaining some related traits, is still completely original. It combines tile placement and resource management with the goal of creating the most prosperous kingdom in Tuscany. There are multiple ways to achieve this, by placing multiple tiles of the same type next to each other, prioritizing certain upgrades over others, or even randomly drawing income cards.

“You can try different strategies and bet on them to see if they pay off,” one of our regular testers aptly tells us. “The danger with games like this is finding the ultimate scheme that doesn’t give beginners a chance,” said another veteran player. There are many ways to earn points here: the way your stones are placed, the order in which you play the different upgrades. It’s a nice mechanic. And the game is fast, too, with no downtime: “You think about your next move and it’s your turn immediately, you’re still playing”, supports our third game partner. If someone knows how to do it, they’ll explain the rules in five minutes, and you can quickly play with anyone. —Pierre-Marc Durivage, The press

Number of players: from 2 to 4
Age : 10 years and older
Duration : 45 to 60 minutes
Difficulty : intermediate
Author : Stephen Feld
Publisher: Alea/Ravensburger
Price : $55

Codenames Quebec


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Code Names Quebec has just hit the shelves.

News for those – and there are many of them – who are enjoying the Code Names game: a Quebec edition has just hit shelves. The principle remains the same: let your teammates guess as many words as possible by giving a single clue. The first team to unmask all the words to be found wins. The novelty: a few typically Quebec terms have been added, such as roommates, boucane, poutine, skullcap…

The amount of these Quebecisms isn’t enough to justify the purchase of two separate boxes, but for those who want to learn this fun game of association of ideas, the Quebec version is a perfect choice. – Stephanie Morin, The press

Number of players: from 2 to 8 (and more)
Age : 12 years and older
Duration : 15 minutes
Difficulty : Beginner
Author : Vlaada Chvatil
Publisher: Hi
Price : $37

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