Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I am already planning…
With COVID, everything has changed for us over the last year, and it will undoubtedly impact your Valentine’s Day plans, it will for us. We won’t be going out this Valentine’s Day. We will be having a Valentine’s Day in, which means that we have our Little One (who is now 13 years old), that will be celebrating with us. Is there any better way to celebrate than to have a nice dinner, cozy fire, and a family game night in!
Here are a couple of games I suggest you take a look at for your next family game night, or Valentine’s Day family game night…
Splendor is a fast, elegant, and intuitive game in which players compete to build Renaissance Europe’s most lucrative and prestigious jewelry business. Collect raw gems to fund the development of mines throughout the world, acquire the means to transport them, artisans to shape them, and a storefront where they can sell them. The player whose business earns the most prestige wins.
-Players vie for control of gem mines, trade routes, and storefronts to master the gem trade and attract the attention of various Nobles.
-By acquiring gem cards, players work to accumulate victory points in a race for prestige and glory.
-A simple mechanic makes Splendor easy to learn but offers a challenging puzzle every time.
-This multilingual edition includes: English & French
Splendor is a quick, strategic thinking game that is easy to learn. It is rated for ages 10 and older and I agree with the age ranking. Splendor can be played with 2 to 4 players and takes approximately 30 to 40 minutes to play.
Embark on a quest to settle the isle of Catan. Guide your settlers to victory by clever trading and cunning development. Use resource combinations to buy handy development cards and build roads, settlements, and cities. Acquire your resources through trades, cards, or lucky dice. But beware! Someone might cut off your road and you never know when the robber might steal some of your precious gains!
-Civilization-building board game of harvesting and trading resources
-Players control their own civilization and look to spread across a modular hex-board in a competition for victory points
-The modular board ensures no game will ever be the same
Catan is an award-winning, civilization building board game for 3 to 4 players. It is rated for ages 10 and older and I agree with the age ranking. The game takes anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes to play.
If you want to watch Catan in action, you can watch the Catan Canadian Championship Final Game on YouTube.
Both Splendor and Catan are games that get you thinking and planning. They are fun games that will have you coming back to play again.
Both games have you basically building some type of empire, one a jewelry business (Splendor) and the other a civilization (Catan). Creating and building in Splendor and Catan is entertaining and engaging.
I think that the ability to cut another player’s road off or the existence of a robber in Catan adds a unique and exciting twist to the game. The unique board also means that each game player is unique.
Splendor is a great challenging puzzle game but still easy to learn and a fun as you race against each other to build your gem empire.
We really love family game night and if you haven’t started already, I recommend that you consider starting a family game night with your family. Family game night is a great way to spend time together, laugh, and have fun. I also highly recommend that you check out Splendor and Catan and consider them for your next family game night.
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