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August 2023 Staff Picks!

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  • By Wes | he/him
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Every month BHG staff pick out 1-2 of their favorite games to share! We strive to highlight a diverse range of tabletop games!

What would be your top pick this month?

Josh's Pick

Pegasus Games Carnegie

Carnegie - Economic, Grid Movement, Network/Route Building, Solo Mode, Worker Placement, Strategy Game

In Carnegie you will recruit and manage employees, expand your business, invest in real estate, produce and sell goods, and create transport chains across the United States; you may even work with important personalities of the era. Perhaps you will even become an illustrious benefactor who contributes to the greatness of his country through deeds and generosity! -description by distributor

Kyndra's Pick

Pegasus Games Istanbul: The Dice Game

Istanbul: The Dice Game - Dice, Set Collection, Family Game

Istanbul: Das Würfelspiel (The Dice Game) is a standalone dice game in which players are once again plunging into the bustle of Istanbul's bazaar to collect rubies and thus secure their victory. By cleverly using the dice, the players can make money and goods, then exchange them for precious jewels.  —description from Board Game Geek

Jeff's Pick

Asmodee Quacks of Quedlinburg

Quacks of Quedlinburg - Medieval Themed, Push Your Luck, Deck & Bag Building, Dice Rolling, Family Game

The Quacks of Quedlinburg is a fun, quick push-your-luck game where you draw from your stock of ingredients, adding them to your cauldron, until your brew seems just right. But be careful: add the wrong ingredient and the potion could spoil. Do you stop early to raise your chance of making a better potion later, or risk a setback to reach for more money and fame now? Finding the right balance between risk and reward is key.


Soby's Pick

The Night Cage Cover Artwork

The Night Cage - Horror Themed, Cooperative, Grid Movement, Tile Placement, Strategy Game

Trapped and crawling your way through a pitch-black labyrinth, equipped with nothing but dim candles, you must work together to explore the maze and escape. Unfortunately, your weak candlelight illuminates only your immediate surroundings. Worse still, horrifying Wax Eaters — monsters who despise the light — lurk in the suffocating darkness for their opportunity to strike.

The Night Cage
is a fully cooperative, horror-themed tile-placement game that traps 1-5 lost souls within an unnatural labyrinth of eternal darkness. To win, players must each collect a key, find a gate, and escape as a group.

Aidan's Pick

Z-Man Games My First Stone Age

My First Stone Age - Memory, Set Collection, Prehistoric Themed, Kids Game

Travel to the past with Jonon and Jada, two stone age children, to rediscover how the first humans settled the world around them.

In My First Stone Age, a children's version of the Stone Age family game, the players collect goods and build their own settlement.

Wes' Pick

Libellud Dixit Refresh

Dixit - Image Interpretation, Storytelling, Targeted Clues, Voting, Party Game

In Dixit Each player is the storyteller in turn. The storyteller chooses a card from their hand and gives a clue (word, phrase, song...). The other players choose the card in their hand that best fits this clue. The Storyteller’s card is shuffled with the players’ cards, then all the chosen cards are revealed. Which is the storyteller’s card? Players secretly vote, then the scoring begins!

Sophi's Pick

Allplay Dandelions

Dandelions - Area Majority/Influence, Dice, Nature Themed, Paper & Pencil Game

Transform into a dandelion to float on a gentle breeze and plant your seeds in beautiful gardens. Roll your eleven dice and plan your movements. Land in the best gardens, blow your opponent’s seeds out of your way, and try to have the most seeds in each garden. The multiple scoring systems will give you lots to think about.  -description by distributor

Brendan's Pick

Z-Man Games Love Letter: Bag

Love Letter - Hand Management, Deduction, Player Elimination, Renaissance Themed, Card Game

The noble Princess is looking for an ideal partner and confidant to help with her royal duties when she one day assumes the throne. You must prove your worth and gain her trust by enlisting allies, friends, and family of the Princess to carry a letter of intent to her. Can you earn the Princess' trust and become her confidant?

Jordan's Pick

Pencil First Games Herbaceous

Herbaceous - Push Your Luck, Set Collection, Solo Mode, 

In Herbaceous, herb collectors compete to grow and store the most valuable medley of herbs. At the end of the game, collectors determine the best collection as a combination of value from their collection, matching herbs, and herb sets." -description from