Guardians of Atlantis II, thoughts?

I was able to play this last weekend with some friends. And I was just floored, this game is genuinely good. It was fun, and filled with great decisions and table talk. I am just wondering why there aren’t more videos about it or conversations?

Is it that it’s based on a moba? Because I am terrible at moba games but this was a different beast all together. Or is it that Oathsworn is en route and that has everyone’s attention? Just curious as Guardians of Atlantis II should be getting talked about and videos made of it, just my opinion of course.

Have you had a chance to play it, if so what are your thoughts?


Thinking of the funniest game to have an expansion

I love this community and I thought this question might stir up some creative juices.

I’ve been thinking a lot about expansions for board games and whether I even like that many. Some are downright musts while other take an idea and say “lets complicate this” .

In 2022, it’s hard to imagine a game being widely accepted and that success NOT leading to an expansion.

So here’s my challenge: **tell me the funniest/weirdest idea for an expansion you can think of.**

I’m thinking a third color in *Go*, a meeples only version of a CMON game, a campaign mode for *Jenga*… get weird.

And if you want to skip that and just argue with our favorite expansions list, here ya go:


K3 game from Helvetiq: end of game question – no pieces left

Just bought this nice little strategy game and came upon an end of game situation that we couldn’t resolve based on the rules:

There were two players left in what had been a four-player game.
Player 1 placed her final piece on the main pyramid.
Player 2 was able to play one of his two remaining pieces. Player 1 had no more pieces.
Does this mean A) she is eliminated and that therefore Player 2 wins whether or not he can place his last piece? Or B) does she win because she has no pieces left? Or even C) does she win if Player 2 is unable to place his last piece?


Photo Storage Board Game Insert Collection

When I first heard people using Photo Storage Boxes as a way to consolidate small box games I never imagined my board game collection getting large enough to warrant the effort. Additionally, the thought of getting rid of the original boxes was not something that appealed to me as an avid collector. Fast forward a few years… With the size of my collection having increased 10x and storage space at a premium, a random tweet would send me down a rabbit hole.

Introducing the Photo Storage Board Game Insert Collection made to fit snuggly into 4×6 inch photo storage bins and work with Boardgame Barrio printable covers. These will be made free and posted to Printables with the first 2 going up today – Bang the Dice Game & Love Letter: Infinity Gauntlet. I will try to release a new insert every couple of days as I have ~16 almost done. If there is a Photo Storage Board Game Insert you would like to see, feel free to reply with your suggestion. Enjoy!

EDIT: Coup, Get Bit!, Point Salad, No Thanks and more added to the collection. Follow Gut Shot Games on Facebook for new photo storage inserts and announcements of other 3D printing projects!


Question about Bristol: 1350 win condition

Hello fellow board gamers! Just had a chance to play Bristol for the first time and had a question that didn’t seem to be answered in the rule book. It has to do with winning.

The players in the first healthy cart to cross the finish line are the winners. But what if according to the dice two different healthy carts would cross the line at the end of the same round? Is the cart that was ahead at the start of the round the winner? Is the cart that would have moved furthest the winner?

To give an example, let’s say the birch cart is on spot 16 with one rolled birch die and the oak cart is on spot 15 with three rolled oak dice, who wins?

Thanks in advance for the input!


What are some of the best board game sleeves out there?

Before anyone says anything: Yes, I’ve searched this topic here. I’ve read dozens of threads. I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.

I’m looking for a sleeve brand with a couple features:

– Cheap
– Good shuffle feel
– Sleeve is not too big for the card
– Available now
– Bonus: Nonstandard Sizes

I gave some numbers but they’re all suggestions. Here’s what I’ve found and turned down in my research:

**Gamegenic Matte**

Pros: This is the absolute best sleeve I’ve tried by far. Perfect size, incredible shuffle feel, I expect nothing less from Gamegenic. However…

Cons: Unavailable, Expensive. It’s really hard to find these for MSRP, they’re out of stock in many places, and when I do find them in stock, they’re way too expensive, around $10 for 100 standard sized sleeves.

**Mayday Games Premium**

Pros: Cheap, Accessible

Cons: Awful shuffle feel, inconsistent size. From the same pack I’ve gotten sleeves vary by 3mm. The company is very good at replacing sleeves but I don’t want to go through a replacement process to get another pack of miscut sleeves.

**Dragon Shield Matte**

Pros: Accessible, Great clarity

Cons: Bad/inconsistent shuffle feel, WAY too tall. Seriously, these things barely fit inside my deck boxes. The edges also catch terribly in half of the boxes I get. Also, WAYYY too expensive to use as a board game sleeve. I wanted to mention these for their extreme height. Which brings me to:

**Sleeve Kings Premium**

Pros: Clear, Cheap, Accessible, Good Shuffle Feel

Cons: WAY TOO TALL. These are even taller than Dragon Shields, on all sizes I’ve tried. It’s comical. These would be perfect if they… weren’t 5mm too tall. The non-premium versions are less tall but they have the inconsistent sizing of the Mayday Games factory.


I don’t know if I’m picky, but I’ve tried more brands outside of this and none of them have been satisfactory in quality/features, apart from the Gamegenic Mattes, which have their own problem in inaccessibility.

I’d like to create discussion about what sleeves people use to hopefully find new ones to try.

Thank you.


My top 5 board games to enjoy with the family [OC]

# My top 5 board games to enjoy with the family…

We all know Covid changed a lot of things…

It caused misery and suffering for so many. There’s no point in me going into this. We were all there, and we all experienced loss to some degree.

I wanted to write this to share some of the good that came from Covid. This is my story…

I was a workaholic.

I spent 60+ hours a week in my marketing job. I was office based but was fortunate enough to be able to work from home. I was only being paid for 40 hours per week, but I was so focused on my job and career I regularly did much, much more than that.

It was affecting my relationship with my wife and my children, and I was too blind to see.

When I started working from home, I found it tough at first to separate work from family. I already had a small office space, but compartmentalising was challenging. I became frustrated and even short-tempered at times.

Then I had a mindset shift… I don’t know why. I wasn’t planning it. I hadn’t read a book from some guru telling me that I needed to change. It just happened on its own.

When I was done for the day, instead of sitting there trying to get a head-start on tomorrow, I closed my laptop and went to spend some time with my kids. The 2 of them were playing snakes and ladders together. I just sat and watched when they noticed me and asked if I wanted to play.

I joined them.

An hour went by as we played a few games together. No screens. No noise. Just chatter and laughter.

I loved the experience so much that I hopped online to see if I could find some other games we could all play together. The company I worked for was struggling to secure clients. I was worried I might lose my job, so I wanted to keep my spending as low as possible while I searched for more games and things to do as a family.

I came across this thread on r/beermoney talking about some discount chrome extension that gave you money off sites that were already cheap . I found a bunch of board games for under a tenner and then saved even more, using the discount. Anyway, here’s the if you want to check it out:

Anyway, I found a bunch of games I wanted to share with you if you are looking for a fantastic and cheap way to spend quality time with your family…

Here are my top 5 picks:

# 1. Sherlock Express Board Game

## This is a kid-friendly take on Cluedo. You have to use thinking and reasoning skills to rule people out. It’s almost like a board game version of the classic logic puzzles you get in the magazines. Really good fun and develops problem-solving skills.

# 2. Unicorn Operation

## My daughter loved this . This one is great if you just want to sit back and watch them have a little fun. It’s like the classic Operation game, only unicorn-themed. Great for improving fine motor skills.

# 3. Jibber-Jabber

## This one is great if you don’t want to do too much thinking and you just want to have some fun. You put in a mouthpiece that makes it hard to talk and then try to read out a random phrase. The first person to guess it correctly wins.

# 4. Snakes and Ladders

## 100% pure luck, but still fun. I’m sure you know about this one already but you roll a dice to move. Go up the ladders, go down the snakes. It’s a classic, and you can play with up to 4 players.

# 5. Top Trumps

## I bought a bunch of different-themed Top-Trumps. Dinosaur ones, cute animal ones, Harry Potter ones. There are Top Trumps for everything. We had a little winner stays-on-system at home. This edition is hilarious.

When things are at their worst, that’s when we need to dig deep and find the silver lining. My family was incredibly fortunate to not be affected too much, but I know others weren’t so lucky.

Cherish your time with your family.

That time is precious.

I just wish I’d realised that sooner.


Best Travel-Friendly Board & Card Games — Bitewing Games

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One question I constantly see in board game forums is this: “What are the best travel-friendly board and card games?” Whether you’re headed out on a business trip, visiting friends and family, or simply taking a vacation, it’s always nice to have something to entertain the group. Yet board games typically come in huge boxes that don’t always fit in a backpack, purse, or suitcase with your other belongings. This is the perfect time to have a travel-friendly board or card game that comes in a small package and/or takes up minimal space on a table.

With those needs in mind, I’ve assembled a list of the Best Travel-Friendly board and card games for any occasion:


Let’s get this one right out of the way. Wallet games are perhaps the most travel-friendly games that money can buy. One publisher, Button Shy Games, specializes in this type of bite-sized fun, and one of their best titles is or . This is a design we’ve recommended extensively between our as well as our because it takes 18 cards and turns them into a delightful challenge best suited for one or two players.


Even if you don’t own an official copy of , this is one that you can technically track down anywhere and everywhere because the design uses a standard deck of playing cards. Then, all you have to do is and you are off to the races.

Of course, buying the official Regicide deck is a great way to support the creators for making a fantastic cooperative experience for 1-4 players where you struggle to take down the Jacks, Queens, then Kings. This is one that comes with me to basically any game night because it slots so easily into my game bag and never fails to entertain for 10-30 minutes.


Trick-taking games are a dime a dozen, and the cream of the crop always hits the spot at our table whether I’m playing with hobbyist gamers or non-gamers. I’ll offer two suggestions here, both excellent and relatively new. was just crowned as one of my for being an addicting crowd-pleaser where you work together to complete wacky round objectives. Meanwhile, puts a twist on the formula by allowing players to play tricks into the past, present, and future in any order they wish; plus it’s the perfect game to take home for the holidays.


I constantly hear folks online asking about the “best game to take to the pub.” My answer? . Skull takes simple bluffing and makes it a riot of a time… whether you are inebriated or not. Each turn is as simple as placing a disc facedown onto your stash or bidding how many of everybody’s discs you think you can flip without revealing a skull. Just make sure your bartender doesn’t confuse the discs for coasters.

That said, many folks already own Skull. So for those of you who want something new and fresh, my follow-up recommendation is . This one features double-layered thievery—art robbers are splitting the loot with each other via forceful, sticky-fingered methods. The card play is simple enough that there is no chance of overwhelming your brain, yet the gameplay features some clever twists and funny moments making it perfect for a casual, raucous atmosphere.


Need a small game for a big, boisterous group? Look no further than and by Oink Games. Oink Games are the masters of putting big, memorable moments into cute, tiny boxes. Insider is their take on 20 questions with a twist: What if the 20-question limit was replaced with a sand timer, and what if one questioner was secretly a traitor who already knew the answer and wanted you to guess it without you noticing that they guided you to it so they can steal the victory for themself? Meanwhile, a Fake Artist also has a traitor in that one person does not know the secret topic of the round and is trying to get away with artistic fraud and deception!


Portable party games are great for casual trips or gatherings, but what if your gathering place has no table to play upon? In that case, your best bet would be something like . Trophies is the simplest, most approachable game on this list, yet it’s also the loudest. One player clutches a stack of trophy cards and displays one card at a time to the group—each card displays a single large letter. The lead player then selects and reads aloud a category on the back of the deck such as “Something blue,” “Something slow,” or “Minor Ailment,” and the first person to call out a word that starts with the big letter and relates to that category earns the trophy card. Once the deck is gone, the player with the most trophies wins. Whether you’re the lead player judging and awarding the group’s words or a competitor wracking your brain for the first word that comes to mind, you’re bound to have funny time.


This next recommendation is for those of you who think this list is starting to sound more like a party list than a travel-friendly curation. is a recent release from one of the greatest 2-player game designers of all time, Dr. Reiner Knizia. Featuring asymmetric strategy, a delightfully zany theme of chickens vs. scotsmen, and characteristically elegant rules, Schotten Totten 2 is the excellent standalone sequel to one of the most widely revered 2-player games . To top it off, the box isn’t much larger than a hen’s egg.


We’re back with more adorable Oink Games, namely and ! Both titles have been effortlessly approachable and addicting for my family members including siblings, cousins, parents, and more. Both games possess the simplicity of evergreens such as Uno or Phase 10, yet they also provide a superior strategy and tension that will keep you satisfied throughout. Startups is all about investing just a little bit more in companies than your opponents, while SCOUT sees players recruiting performers into their hand to help them put on a good circus show.


If your family or friends shy away from competitive settings, then perhaps a cooperative game is in order? and are two peas in a pod of being games where players must collectively discard cards from their hands in ascending or descending order without saying anything. It doesn’t sound like much of a game at all, but somehow it works and it’s thrilling! Meanwhile, is a beloved classic of holding your hand inside-out, meaning everyone can see your cards except you, and giving each other hints about the cards you can see. Hanabi has had such an impact on me that it inspired the creation of our upcoming publication, Gussy Gorillas, which takes the inside-out hand concept and turns it into a competitive game of trading and bluffing.


Speaking of bluffing, animals, and not seeing every card, and have proven to be excellent games of deduction and deceit at our table. Durian is another Oink Game, yet this one comes with a tiny bell and a whole bunch of fruit cards. Every turn you and your fellow storefront apes must face a difficult decision: take another fruit order or tattle tale on an opponent? If you think your fruit orders exceed your inventory, then you can call the boss with the ring of a bell and hope that your theory is right, because if you’re wrong then he’ll get mad at you instead! Meanwhile, Scape Goat is all about throwing a fellow criminal under the bus without them even realizing it… the only problem is that poor sap might actually be you!


I fully admit that is the largest box and thus the least travel-friendly game on this list, yet I wouldn’t hesitate to toss it into my backpack or suitcase if I knew I’d have downtime for a great solo session. This one has been featured a fair amount recently between my Top 10 Quick & Easy Solo Games as well as my Revisiting the Best Board Games of 2020. To put it plainly, there is much to love about this solo game featuring difficult dice decisions and pesky alien invasions.


Now I could argue that also belongs in the Best Solo Game and Best Family Card Game categories, but today we’ll just focus in on its Outdoor Adventure compatibility. When Ryan Courtney and I were initially hashing out the production plan of his puzzly card game, Trailblazers, we found ourselves facing two clashing possibilities. On the one hand, Trailblazers could feature various modules or expansions that mix up the core gameplay and bring charming animal and traveler figures to the experience. On the other hand, we could make a travel-friendly version that features purely cards and focuses on the rock solid standard mode gameplay. The solution we settled on: Both? Both. Both is good.

While the Standard and Deluxe Editions of Trailblazers are best tailored for hobbyist gamers who want the most variety and content from a standard game box, the Travel Edition became our chance to really lean into the theme of hiking, biking, and kayaking with the packaging and material selection. We’ve seen many creative packages for board and card games from button shy wallets and pseudo book covers all the way to banana pouches and stuffed monkeys, yet there is one type of package that I’m surprised has been largely overlooked by publishers up to this point. To me, nothing says outdoor adventure and travel-friendly like a small clamshell case and carabiner, and thus our Trailblazers: Travel Edition was born.

Ryan admits that Trailblazers is his first published design that will appeal to casual and hobbyist gamers alike. With the help of artist Seth Lucas, who as worked on everything from hiking patches to John Muir books, we knew we could craft a game fit for both friendly local game stores as well as national park gift shops.

Beyond the ability to attach the Travel Edition to a backpack, we wanted to make sure the cards could hold up under endless plays and rigorous conditions. So for those who buy the Super Travel or Deluxe editions of Trailblazers, your game will come with 100% PVC cards .

So whether you want an affordable, portable game or a box crammed with content, you’ll be able to acquire the travel-friendly clamshell case, carabiner, and PVC cards via the Trailblazers Super Travel or Deluxe edition when our Kickstarter project launches this August. You can . And we absolutely need your help! Bitewing Games is only made possible and kept alive by the support of backers and fans of our published games. Thanks for your support!

*Article written by Nick of Bitewing Games.* *Outside of practicing dentistry part-time, Nick has devoted his remaining work-time to collaborating with the world’s best designers, illustrators, and creators in producing classy board games that bite, including the upcoming* *by Ryan Courtney. He hopes you’ll* *in their quest to create and share experiences that, much like a bitewing x-ray, provide a unique perspective and refreshing interaction.*

**What are your favorite travel-friendly board & card games?**


Components Store

I was wondering if there were stores online that sell the components to board games. I know you can ask for missing pieces from publishers but I specifically like certain components from different games. For example- I use New York Zoo Meeples in Ark Nova just for fun. What sparked this thought was I have a copy of mysterium that is missing some cards and I wouldn’t play the game even if it had all the cards because I have found other co-op games I enjoy more. So I was thinking of selling the sets of completed cards I do have to people who need/ want it. IDK maybe I am way behind the curve and this is already fulfilled by some store.


My friends and I played a 33-game Corporation Round Robin of Terraforming Mars with some house-ruled balance changes

My friends and I played a 33-game tournament where we played each corporation one time, playing roughly 1 game per week. We finished a couple weeks ago and figured we’d share the results. Amazingly, while first and fourth were secured before the end of the tournament, the other two players were tied for second going into the very last game! We enjoyed the tournament so much we’ve already started Season 2.

Rules we used:

* . I came up with these to try to even out the Corporation and Prelude power levels a bit, as well as hit some outlier Project cards. Some of these, including most of the Project card changes, were inspired by the Rebalanced Mars project.
* 4 players
* Draft variant, but no initial draft
* Prelude and Promos only . No Venus, Colonies, or Turmoil Projects or mechanics.
* Corporations: All official corporations that don’t rely on a Venus, Colonies, or Turmoil mechanic, including ones from those expansions. See the full list in the Results or House-ruled cards.
* 2 Corporations per player until we neared the end, when there were a couple weeks we only dealt 1 Corporation per player or forced players to select a specific Corporation if they were dealt it.
* Random official map.

Some thoughts :

* Utopia Invest was the strongest Corporation, and it dodged nerfs the first time around. The ability to get 4 Titanium on the last round is pretty strong in the shorter 4-player games.
* Lakefront Resorts was one of the top-performing Corporations even after its 6 MC nerf! It included an 80-point 7-generation game, which would have been enough to beat the second-place score of most 8-generation games we had.
* A +10 MC buffed Terralabs Research was the other top performer. The buff may have been a bit too much.
* No corporations finished below an average placement of 3.0!
* P3 never finished in last place.
* P4 was newer to the game and improved a lot as the tournament went on!