Board Game Haul 2017!

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Last year I went to America and picked up some cool ass games. In 2017 I did the same thing. I went with my bud Jody to a local game shop and played some games. I’m pretty well addicted to games these days and I’m looking forward to buying more at my OWN local game shop in Japan, Yellow Submarine in Yokohama where I got the Japanese version of Carcassonne. This doesn’t have any bearing on the game itself because there is no text, but just putting that out there. I specifically pick up games that can be used for two players, so you’ll notice all of these games have two players or more. Now I’ll briefly review the games I’ve played that I picked up in 2017. Wee!


I’ll start with Carcassonne. I had to watch a Youtube video to get the rules of the game since the rules for my version were in Japanese. After a few playthroughs, me and my wife got it. I’ve since played it several times, even with my family back in Mississippi. It tends to slightly confuse new players with its scoring system and I’m still not 100 percent clear on it. That said, I do enjoy this game a lot and recommend it for people looking for something traditional to play.

Rory’s Story Cubes

I’ve heard of these before and spotted them at Wal-Mart. I had a gift card, so I figured why not pick them up. They look wonderful for coming up with story ideas and also playing a silly story-telling game. I also hope to use these for teaching down the line.


I played the other version of this game first, the one with sea serpents and boats, so I was a bit surprised when I realized I bought the original version that has stones and paths only. Making the paths can be a little stressful, in a fun way, especially when you find out your path sends others flying off the board. This is a great introductory game and I actually left this one with my brother and sister-in-law to keep with them so they can play it with other people.

Dead Man’s Draw

Another relatively easy game to pick up, but looks slightly overwhelming when first looking at it. I’ve played it several times now and it is always fun. I think it’s a great card game that can be picked up quickly. I just played it a few hours ago with my wife and she kicked my ass (as usual) after she got the gist of the rules. I love that you can blow up cards with the Cannon, see the next card with the Fortune Teller, and other sorts of skills the cards have. Fun, fun, fun!


Considered the starter game of starter games, Splendor is an excellent resource collecting game. I think this is one of the best introductory games to get people interested in tabletop games. There are gems you collect in order to buy permanent resources. It’s fun and usually doesn’t take a long time to play. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a gateway tabletop game.

7 Wonders Duel

I haven’t played this one yet, but this looks like the most involved one I picked up. I’m interested to see how this one goes whenever I get around to playing it. It has more elements to keep up with than some other games, but it has won several awards, so I imagine once I get to play it, I expect it will be pretty good.

So that’s all this time. If you have any recommendations for two player games, I’m always looking for them. Share below!