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Founding Mothers of Board Games

 

Like most things in life board games are not free from controversy. Whether we are talking about the 1971 game by the name of Sexism where winning as a female character has the game declare you a human and should be treated accordingly. Or if you open up the rule book of your favourite board game, chances are that players will only be referred to as he/his and no mention of any other type of player. However, I am here to enlighten you on how much of an impact women have had in the board game community.

Eleanor Abbott: The creator of the game Candy Land, developed while she was recovering from polio is 1948. After making the game and playing it with the children in the same ward, Abbott later submitted the idea to Milton Bradley Company. Once Candy Land was published in 1949 it became one of the best-selling board game.

Leslie Scott: The creator of the game Jenga, the release was in 1983. Scott was born in Tanzania, Africa and had lived in East Africa where she grew up learning English, and Swahili from the name Jenga derived from, as it means “build.”

Elizabeth Magie: The creator of a game called The Landlord’s Game, however some very shady and underhanded business you may know the game as Monopoly. After selling the patent rights to The Landlord’s Game the Parker Brothers they changed the name to Monopoly and took full credit for the idea. For a more in-depth look at the events, you can read here.

Board Game Reviews

Sushi Go Party! For a Few Rolls More

Right when you thought getting sushi with your friends could not get any better, Gamewright delivers a fun pick and pass card game. A game that looks fun and silly on the outside, delivers all that and a rich core game play that if underestimated will leave you hungry.

What is fun about this game, and keeps the sushi fresh is that menu can be changed every game. The game’s instructions include a couple themes to play along with, however the level of creativity with the menu has many options. Personally one of my favourite menus is the Cut Throat menu, not only do the cards help you, but collecting the cards can really damage the opponents. With so many different options though it is hard to have a strategy that can be used every game, a good player will keep flexible and able to quickly adjust. With up to a possible eight players, there is a lot of sushi that one has to keep an eye on.

My business tip  is to look at the sets of cards, and determine how much each card is really worth. If collecting two of the same rolls will reward you with 5 points, when collecting three rolls of another sushi will earn you 9 points sometimes it is worth the risk.

Sushi Go Party! is great to pull out during an intense night of board games, or a night where a group of people are just sitting around wondering what to do. This helps the game be very diverse, and great for a wide range of situations. Everyone will be down for some sushi.

Board Game Reviews

Smash Up, the Perfect Merger

Ninjas, aliens, and dinosaurs oh my! The player doesn’t just take control of one of these factions in Smash Up, but combining two of a possible eight factions sparks fly in the heated battle of base capturing fun. This game holds a special place in my heart for it was this game that opened my eyes to the world of board games, outside of Hasbro Gaming.

Smash Up runs with 2-4 players, but really plays best with the full four players. Players then select two factions, shuffle their decks, and draw 5 cards. Each player takes a turn placing minions and actions with the goal to conquer a base and collect Victory Points. For a quick tutorial on how to play watch this video by clicking here.

Each faction has a different play style, finding your preferred way to play will come after multiple playthroughs. However finding the two factions that work well together, that is half the challenge. Recommendations when selecting factions are that you want are ones that play on each other’s strengths, in my personal experience the two factions that I believe work best together are Robots and Zombies. However be careful as other players will quickly realize the potential threat of this combination, remember to only make the big flashy moves when you need to as any unnecessary moves may trigger other players to target you. For beginners, I recommend Dinosaurs into the mix as well. Though for players looking to get tricky I recommend looking for the Alien faction and find the Invader minion.

Overall Smash Up is a fun, easy to learn, and strategic game. Pick up your copy today, and have yourself a smashing good time.