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January 2023 Staff Picks!

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  • By Wes Patterson | he/him
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Curious as to what the BHG staff are digging as we dive into the New Year? Look no further!

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

Pandasaurus Games The Wolves

The Wolves - Animal Theme, Modular Board, Variable Set-up, Area Majority/Influence, Take That Game

It’s survival of the fittest as you compete to build the largest, most dominant pack by claiming territory, recruiting lone wolves, and hunting prey.

The Wolves is a pack-building strategy game for 2-5 players. It’s survival of the fittest as you compete to build the largest, most dominant pack by claiming territory, recruiting lone wolves, and hunting prey. But be careful not to expand too recklessly into terrain where your rivals thrive – they may lure members of your pack away!
-description by publisher




Kyndra's Pick

Motor City Games Three Sisters

Three Sisters - Farming/Gardening Themed, Local Designer/Artist, Dice Game, Roll & Write Game

Three Sisters is a strategic roll-and-write game about backyard farming designed by Matt Riddle and Ben Pinchback with beautiful art from Beth Sobel.

Three Sisters is named after an indigenous agricultural technique still widely used today in which three different crops — in this case, pumpkins, corn, and beans — are planted close together. Corn provides a lattice for beans to climb, the beans bring nitrogen from the air into the soil, and the squash provides a natural mulch ground cover to reduce weeds and keep pests away.
-description by publisher


Jeff's Pick

Asmodee Wavelength

Wavelength- Team-Based, Race, Targeted Clues, Party Game

Read your teammates’ minds in this pinpoint party game of infinite possibilities.

Wavelength
is a social guessing game in which two teams compete to read each other's minds. Teams take turns rotating a dial to where they think a hidden bullseye is located on a spectrum. One of the players on your team — the Psychic — knows exactly where the bullseye is, and draws a card with a pair of binaries on it (such as: Job - Career, Rough - Smooth, Fantasy - Sci-Fi, Sad Song - Happy Song, etc). The Psychic must then provide a clue that is *conceptually* where the bullseye is located between those two binaries.

After the Psychic gives their clue, their team discusses where they think the bullseye is located and turns the dial to that location on that spectrum. The closer to the center of the bullseye the team guess, the more points they score!




Soby's Pick

Asmodee Skull

Skull - Pattern Building, Speed-Matching, Family Game, Card Game

Does the token hide a flower or skull? Bid, bluff and laugh with striking components.

Skull
 is the quintessence of bluffing, a game in which everything is played in the players' heads. Each player plays a face-down card, then each player in turn adds one more card – until someone feels safe enough to state that he can turn a number of cards face up and get only roses. Other players can then overbid him, saying they can turn even more cards face up. The highest bidder must then turn that number of cards face up, starting with his own. If he shows only roses, he wins; if he reveals a skull, he loses, placing one of his cards out of play. Two successful challenges wins the game. Skull & Roses is not a game of luck; it's a game of poker face and meeting eyes.



Aidan's Pick

Ravensburger Castles of Burgundy Ann Ed.

Castle's of Burgundy - Fantasy, Hand Management, Set Collection, Worker Placement

As an influential prince in 15th century France, you do everything in your power to make your lands flourish. From academic progress and city development, to agriculture and trading, many roads to prosperity are open to you. Choose your path wisely, make your decisions carefully, and lead your realm to fortune and prestige!




Wes' Pick

Peaceable Kingdom Dinosaur Escape

Dinosaur Escape - Dino Themed, Cooperative, Memory, Roll & Move, Kids Game

Get all three dinosaurs safely to Dinosaur Island before the volcano erupts! Work together to move the dinosaur movers around the board and uncover the matching dinosaurs under the fern tokens to get to safety.

Three dinosaurs are lost in the ferns and a volcano is threatening to blow! Work together to move the dinosaurs around the board. Uncover the matching dinosaurs under the fern tokens to rescue all three dinosaurs. Get the dinosaurs safely to the island before the volcano erupts and everyone wins! Dinosaur Escape allows kids to work together, use their memory, and incorporate simple strategy to rescue the dinos. They love the satisfaction of volcano and of course, playing with dinosaurs. Everyone plays together and everyone has fun! 

-description by publisher




Sophi's Pick

Renegade Game Studios Love Letter: Princess Princess Ever After

Love Letter Princess Princess Ever After - Social Deduction, Hand Management, Party, Player Elimination, Card Game

Win the Princess' heart!

Find the perfect ally to secretly carry your letter to Princess Isadora and win her heart in Love Letter: Princess Princess Ever After, a quick game of risk and deduction based on the award-winning Love Letter card game! Entrust your message to the nearly invincible ogre, the lightning fast unicorn, or her close friends, Princess Sadie and Princess Amira!




Brendan's Pick

Seaport Games Pirate Party: Women of the High Seas

Pirate Party - Set Collection, Hand Management, Take That, Pirate Themed, Solo Mode, Family Card Game

Rummy-styled card game with a twist - Plunder, pillage, and raid from other players to take the largest pirate booty!

Players race to collect sets of cards featuring vibrant, diverse, historical women pirate captains with special powers. Plunder, pillage, and raid from other players to take the largest pirate booty. Includes period ships, mermaid wild cards and a Kraken Attack.

-description from publisher



Jordan's Pick

Wild Space Cover Artwork

Wild Space - Hand Management, Set Collection, Scifi, Space Exploration, Solo Mode, Variable Set-up, Animal Themed, Card Game

Explore a new galaxy full of treasures and mysteries using card combos!

A new Galaxy has just been discovered on the borders of the Empire! Commanding your Spaceship, you go explore this new Eldorado, full of treasures and mysteries. Planet after Planet, your discoveries allow you to build up your Crew. Hire Specialists and Robots to benefit from their abilities. Attract Empire Emissaries on board, which will entrust you with new missions, worth Credits. Grab your part of the wonders that this new Galaxy is full of, to become the wealthiest explorer !

-description from boardgamegeek.com