What's Hot: Top Board Games of November 2021
Christmas will be here before we know it! Whether you're shopping for that perfect gift or are pulling together your wishlist for this holiday, you can't go wrong with another of the games on this list. Read on for the Bandit's top 5 games getting the most buzz in the month of November.
5. Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy
|Number of Players||2-6|
Originally a massive hit on Kickstarter, Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy is finally being restocked at retail this month. A strategy game that challenges players to build an interstellar civilization through research, exploration, conquest, and diplomacy is one of the top ranked games on BGG, boasting a stellar rating of 8.7.
In the game, players control a vast interstellar civilization that is competing for success against its rivals. Explore new star systems, research technologies, then use them to build starships to wage war with. There are numerous paths to victory, so careful planning is important in this one, making sure to take into account the strengths and weaknesses of your species, while keeping a close eye on the other civilizations.
4. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
|Number of Players||1-5|
|Designer(s)||Justin Kemppainen, Alexandar Ortloff, Michael Sanfilippo|
Are you a fan of Pandemic? Are you a fan of World of Warcraft or the games from that universe? If you said 'Yes' to either of those questions then this game is definitely something you will love. A reimplementation of Pandemic, called a "Pandemic System" game, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King is a cooperative game featuring the familiar elements and mechanics of the Pandemic series of games, with a World of Warcraft theme.
In this game, players journey to the frigid continent of Northrent to face the armies of the Lich King. Temples, forts, battlegrounds, and more fill the game board as you and your fellow heroes journey across the frozen landscape. Along the way, players will set up strongholds, complete epic quests, and do battle with legions of undead.
3. Stella: Dixit Universe
|Number of Players||3-6|
|Designer(s)||Gérald Cattiaux, Jean-Louis Roubira|
Like its name implies, Stella: Dixit Universe takes place in the same realm as the classic game Dixit. This version of the game takes the core mechanics you love, having that balance between common and unique in your artistic interpretations, and throws in some push your luck elements.
A competitive game, in it players interpret Dixit cards on a board after everyone receives a common clue word. Players then observe the Dixit cards and secretly associate cards with the clue word, using their personal slates to mark their card selections. Choosing the same cards as the other players lets you score points, but selecting a card that nobody chooses could cost you dearly... Take calculated risks, but beware of the fall!
If that didn't intrigue you enough to give this one a try, we recommend considering it solely for the beautiful artwork featured in the game. Like other Dixit titles, the artwork on the cards are the real stars of the show.
2. Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition
|Number of Players||1-4|
|Designer(s)||Sydney Engelstein, Jacob Fryxelius, Nick Little (I)|
The measure of a game's popularity can sometimes be measured in the number of expansions that get released for it. When it comes to the strategy game Terraforming Mars, that game definitely has that box checked. The Ares Expedition is a reimplementation of the strategy classic, challenging players to return to Mars and terraform it, but this time only using cards.
IThis version of the game tasks players with the same goal; players are interplanetary corporations trying to make Mars habitable (and, more importantly, profitable). Ares Expedition is a card-based engine-builder that features faster gameplay than the original game and over 200 gorgeously illustrated cards.
1. MicroMacro: Crime City - Full House
|Number of Players||1-4|
Full House is the hotly anticipated follow-up to the Spiel des Jahres winning game MicroMacro: Crime City. Featuring more crime-solving goodness in the most dangerous city you've come across, MicroMacro: Crime City - Full House comes jam-packed with 16 new cases and a new giant city map.
In the game, each case includes a number of cards that challenge you to find something on the map, uncover where someone has gone, or otherwise reveal information relevant to solving a case. The 75 x 100 cm map serves as a map in time and space, so you will typically find people in more than one location throughout the buildings and streets, and you'll need to piece together what happened. You can solve the case either by going through card by card, or by looking at only the first card and trying to deduce everything that happened on your own. Will you and your team of sleuths be able to answer all the questions about the case without fail?