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Two More Abstract Strategy Game Winners

Two More Abstract Strategy Game Winners

I’ve mentioned time and time again that among all game types, my most favorite are abstracts. Usually a head-to-head battle against a foe, no luck involved and each having an equal chance of winning. One example we featured in March f ...
A Visit to the Big House (Casa Grande)

A Visit to the Big House (Casa Grande)

It may look like it, but this isn’t a new type of Lego or K’Nex building set. It’s a popular board game by Ravensburger that I’m sure you haven’t played yet. At first it looked like it was going to somehow be r ...
Thrift Treasure: Jishaku

Thrift Treasure: Jishaku

Jishaku is the Japanese term for magnet. So it is only appropriate that our latest Thrift Treasure is named after the components included – magnetic hematite. But there is more to the game than just playing with magnets. From the inst ...
Thrift Treasure: Clash

Thrift Treasure: Clash

It was a time of calculator watches and pre-internet personal computers. Ah, the 80’s – there will never be a greater decade. Ironic that during a time of transition from board games to computer games, companies like Pressman we ...
A Big Strategy Game in a Little Box

A Big Strategy Game in a Little Box

I’ve complained before about finding the right number of players for a game. We’re a family of four and there is no dearth of titles designed for that many players. I recently told you about Pirates vs. Pirate when I was looking ...
Thrift Treasure: Ghosts!

Thrift Treasure: Ghosts!

This will probably go down as a record for purchase-to-post in our Thrift Treasure series. We found this copy of Ghosts! by Milton Bradley on Friday afternoon at our local Goodwill for only $1.88. By dinner time we had already gotten our mo ...
A Little Taste of Trench Warfare

A Little Taste of Trench Warfare

I’ve mentioned before that my absolute favorite type of game is a category known as “abstract games“. Think of games like checkers or chess – each side has the same pieces and typically wage war on a board or table. ...
Exactly Eight Times Better Than Checkers

Exactly Eight Times Better Than Checkers

On Sunday I showed you CrossWise, a Thrift Treasure find that was a solid abstract strategy game. If you’re a fan of this type of game, but are stuck with Chess and Checkers, then I have a perfect solution for you. Octi from FoxMind G ...
Thrift Treasure: CrossWise

Thrift Treasure: CrossWise

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned before that my favorite type of game is what is referred to as an “abstract game”. According to Wikipedia, this type of game is classified by the following: An abstract strategy game is ...
Thrift Treasure:  Quits

Thrift Treasure: Quits

I’ve mentioned before my love for well-made games. Not necessarily the game play, but good quality materials and construction techniques. Wooden games rank high on this list – there is something so simple, yet timeless about the ...