Some of us know our way around a car, and some of us couldn't even find the engine on this Ferrari. (Hint: look in the trunk!) The good news is, you don't have to know anything about car engines to enjoy engine building games! If you're new to hobby gaming, the engine building game style might throw you for a loop at first. One of our hottest selling games, Wingspan, is an engine builder that takes a little getting used to. We're here to help. In today's blog, we demystify the engine building game.
It's funny how many of these game mechanics sound like all work and no play. Tile laying? Deck building? Is this game night going to involve a trip to the Home Depot? As far as gamer terms go, understanding "tile laying" is easy. You place a tile on the board! The game is in the how and the why, making this a popular and flexible game style.
The Game of the Year. Quite a title! You might see our team at Board's Edge Games refer to this award around the site as "the Board Game Oscars." And indeed, Spiel des Jahres is German for Game of the Year, and this is the most prestigious award in the board game world, awarded each year in June and July. Why? Find out here.
If I ask you over to play a deck-builder, and you come ready to help build a backyard deck, this one's for you! It's time to learn what a deck-building card game is. In this type of game, each player starts with a small personal deck of cards and builds on it through the game. Your deck gets more and more powerful as the game goes on, letting you draw more and more powerful hands to play. When the game is over, the deck resets. Even better, all the cards you need to play come in the box (unlike Magic and other collectible card games).
Who’s Playing Whom? You might see the term "cooperative" game used on our website. If you haven't played board games in a while, this might be new to you. Learn more about the cooperative game style and see if it might be right for you!