3 Different Stocking Stuffers for 3 Different Types of Gamers
As you can tell by the changing weather, in the words of House Stark "Winter is Coming". What goes hand-in-hand with the cold and dark winter months? Christmas of course! This is my favorite time of year, throwing wax on my snowboard in front of the tree while the flames are dancing to the tunes of Christmas music. With that being said, have you started purchasing gifts for your loved ones yet? Don't worry I have 3 good stocking stuffers ideas for 3 different types of gamers.
Strategy. Hive by Gen42 Games is a 2 player abstract strategy that is just about guaranteed to be enjoyed by your loved ones that enjoy pushing their ivory Pawns, Rooks and Knights around. Much like Chess you and your opponent will be trying to protect your Queen's, however your Queen is the great and mighty Queen Bee and the ones dedicated to protecting her highness are different insects. The Beetles, Grasshoppers, spiders and Ants all can move differently to both help protect their Queen and attempt to surround their opponent's. This brilliantly designed game by John Yianni will have you building your hive of loyal insects by placing your hexagon tiles down and watching the hive turn into a strategic battleground of two teams full of creepy crawly bugs. Hive is a great choice for your strategy lovers stocking stuffer.
Solo. If your gift recipient loves to play games, even solo, then this is a great game for them. Don't let the small box and small quantity of components fool you, Friday by Rio Grande Games packs a big punch. In Friday, you will be trying to help Robinson Crusoe survive, this is achieved by just a deck of cards. You will be using the very few skills that Robinson starts with to try and accomplish missions in the form of the hazard cards. If you succseed in that mission then those cards go into your deck. As the game advances the tasks continue to become harder and harder, but you will be gaining more skills and losing weaknesses as you continue to explore the island. Friday is a 100 percent solo game by Friedemann Friese and is extremely fun and easy to learn but at the same time extremely hard to beat. I have yet to beat this game but it still seems to continue to make it's way in front of me.
Dice Chucker. Roll For It is a "dice chucker" in every sense. This quick and easy game designed by Chris Leder and published by Calliope Games is great for anyone that just wants to throw around some dice. What you and your opponents will be doing is rolling dice and trying to match them to cards that are currently displayed. After each player completes a card another card will be put into play. The player that completes the card first will receive the points that are displayed on each card. When the first player has 40 points they win. Roll For It! is a great idea for anyone who wants a very light game that is also extremely easy to get to the table. Great for children and adults, so this one can fit nice in snug in any stocking this year.
I hope this helps you in your last minute search for stocking stuffers. I enjoy all of these games and love them because of the lack of real estate needed to play and store them. Enjoy and make sure you share your thoughts and pictures with me on social media.