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Tabletop Tuesday: King of Tokyo

king2The King of Tokyo game is a lot of fun for the family, ages 5+. This is one of my kids favorite games.  Each game takes about 30 minutes to play, and up to 6 players can join. The setup only takes a few minutes as well. Once setup is complete, and everyone has picked up their monster, the game starts. The turns go as follows: roll the dice, resolve the dice, buy cards (optional), and end your turn.  Becoming King of Tokyo is the point of the game, if you haven’t figured out by the title yet.  To get there, you want your monster to attack, and beat the rest of the players in points. You can accomplish this by being able stay in “Tokyo City” the longest. As you try to conquer “Tokyo City” you can be attacked by other players off the board, if you are, they will take your place. While on the board, you score the most points. Besides the cards and dice, this is the quickest way to acquire points. The first player to 20 wins! Once you have played a game, it is so fun and easy that you will want to play again and again. My family has spent hours playing this game, trying to who can win the most games with the different monsters. There are a few expansions for this game that makes it more challenging. Have fun playing!king3

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TableTop Tuesday: 7 Wonders Game Review

This is a card game that is great for the whole family. The game is rated 14+, but with a little help (mainly with reading), anyone 10+ could play. The game was created in 2010 by Asmodee Games, and since then it has won 12 awards around the world.

The game play is very simple; it starts as you being the leader of your ancient city, gathering resources, commercial routes and military armies, and it lasts three ages with 2-7 players. In each age, players receive seven cards from a particular deck, choose one of those cards, then pass the remainder to an adjacent player. Players reveal their cards simultaneously, paying resources if needed or collecting resources or interacting with other players in various ways (players have individual boards with special powers on which to organize their cards, and the boards are double-sided). Each player then 7 wonders picchooses another card from the deck they were passed, and the process repeats until players have six cards in play from that age. There are many ways to score throughout the game: completed wonder stages have victory points, the military tokens (positive and negative) are added to the total, possible victory points earned by 3 types of technology that are researched over the course of the game, and collecting sets of those or multiples of the same type add victory point bonuses. After three ages, the game ends. Once the game rules are mastered (which doesn’t take long), it is a very fast paced game. It’s fun and challenging to work together or against other players.

This is a card development game that has many expansions available for purchase which make this game even more enjoyable and challenging to play. My family loves this game cause it only lasts about 30 to 40 min. Most development games are much longer and rules harder to follow. If you love to play Risk or any military board game, this is the card game to try out for sure!

This Saturday, April 11, 2015 is International TableTop Day. Let us know what TableTop games you are playing!

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