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January 2024 Staff Picks!

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  • By Wes | he/him

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

Evacuation Cover Artwork

Evacuation - Territory Building, Racing, Industry/Manufacturing, Sci-Fi-Themed, Hand Management, Solo Mode, Strategy Game

Your sun is expanding, roasting your planet. Soon all life will die. But hope lies only a stone’s throw away – a new planet, rich in the plant life that will provide food and oxygen for your people. You have the means to get there. Now, it is time to fly. In Evacuation, players lead their nations on a mission to establish civilizations on the New World. Players compete for the best landing sites in a race to see who can build their new home first.

—description from publisher

Kyndra's Pick

Cities: Skylines – The Board Game Cover Artwork

Cities Skylines - Cooperative, Hand Management, Tile Placement, City Building, Family Game

The ultimate city-building game lands on your tabletop! From the best-selling video game of the same name comes the cooperative board game, where players work together to plan, build, and manage a city. Players begin with a blank canvas -- a vacant plot on which they must develop residential, commercial, and industrial areas, gradually creating new neighborhoods.

However, the key to successfully developing a city is maintaining a happy population! As players decide how and where to build, they must consider a variety of factors such as the environment, crime, traffic flow, education, and financial resources. Players must work strategically in order to succeed, always keeping the satisfaction of their citizens in mind while balancing the budget.

Jeff's Pick

Star Wars: Outer Rim Cover Artwork

Star Wars Outer Rim - Adventure, Space Exploration, Sci-Fi, Dice Rolling, Solo Mode, Thematic Game

Take to the stars and become a living legend in Star Wars™: Outer Rim, a game of bounty hunters, mercenaries, and smugglers for 1-4 players! In Outer Rim, you take on the role of an underworld denizen, setting out to make your mark on the galaxy. You'll travel the outer rim in your personal ship, hire legendary Star Wars characters to join your crew, and try to become the most famous (or infamous) outlaw in the galaxy! But it won't be easy, the warring factions of the galaxy roam the outer rim, hunting down the scum that have proven to be a thorn in their side, and other scoundrels looking to make their mark see you as the perfect target to bring down to bolster their own reputation. Do you have what it takes to survive in the outer rim and become a living legend?

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Soby's Pick

Asmodee Ramen Fury

Ramen Fury - Hand Management, Set Collection, Take That, Family Card Game

In this Seattle-designed game, players rush to prepare and slurp up delicious bowls of ramen filled with tasty ingredients in the use-your-noodle card game Ramen Fury. Collect combos of cards to score for different recipes while adding garnishes to boost your points. At the same time, watch out as other players throw spicy chili peppers your way or swipe foods right from your bowls! It's "take that" fun that will have you calling for takeout!

Aidan's Pick

Monza Cover Artwork

Monza - Dice Rolling, Racing, Track Movement, Children's Game

A car racing board game encouraging tactical thinking and recognizing shapes and colors!

Six racing cars are standing on the starting grid, prepared for the big race. But only the player who gets the right colors with the dice and makes clever combinations will be able to quickly move ahead. Who will make clever combinations and thus use as many colors as thrown with the dice in order to get their racing car over the finishing line first?

—description by publisher

Wes' Pick

Mystic Market Cover Artwork

Mystic Market - Hand Management, Economic, Set Collection, Take That, Fantasy-Themed, Family Card Game

Enter a mysterious world where enchanted commodities are bought and sold for profit. Mystic Market is an exciting, fast-paced card game where players buy and sell magical Potion-making Ingredients. The unique Value Track ensures that the Ingredients’ values will be constantly shifting, so only the shrewdest of traders will prevail.

Will you profit from selling Phoenix Feathers? Craft Potions to meddle with your opponent’s plans? Corner the market on Kraken Tentacles? Do you have what it takes to earn the largest fortune in the Enchanted World?

—description from the publisher

Sophi's Pick

Shifting Stones Cover Artwork

Shifting Stones - Hand Management, Pattern Building, Abstract Strategy, Family Card Game

Leave no stone unturned! Nine mystical tiles lie before you in a grid of rocky ruins. Rearrange the tiles to match one or more of the patterns in your hand. The catch is that you must sacrifice a card every time you swap or flip a tile. Carve out the most points in Shifting Stones, and your victory will be set in stone!

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Brendan's Pick

Dragonwood Cover Artwork

Dragonwood - Hand Management, Dice Rolling, Push Your Luck, Set Collection, Fantasy-Themed, Adventure, Family Card Game

Dare to enter Dragonwood! Deep in the heart of this mythical forest lurk angry ogres, giggling goblins, and even the famed and fearsome fire-breathers themselves!

In Dragonwood, you collect sets of adventurer cards to earn dice, which you then use to roll against your foes. Stomp on some fire ants, scream at a grumpy troll, or strike the menacing orange dragon with a magical silver sword. Choose your strategy carefully because the landscape of Dragonwood is ever-changing. Only the bravest will overcome the odds to emerge victorious!

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Jordan's Pick

Startups Cover Artwork

Startups - Majority Influence, Hot Potato, Investment, Set Collection, Score-and-Reset Game, Family, Party, Card Game

There are six companies that will change the world as we know it! You can be part of their success and be an investor. Try to become rich by making the right decisions!

Only the biggest investor can get money out of each company. You must try to read the next steps of your rivals and use your capital and your three hidden cards to win against them and become the biggest shareholder!

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Matthew's Pick

7 Wonders Cover Artwork

7 Wonders - Closed Drafting, Hand Management, Neighbor Scope, Set Collection, Variable Player Powers, Economic, Civilization, Family Strategy Game

Make the right decisions to lead your civilization to prosperity!

Lead one of the seven greatest cities of Antiquity. Develop your civilization on a military, scientific, cultural, and economic level. Once built, will your Wonder bring you glory for millennia to come? No downtime, renewed fun in each game and perfect balance regardless of the number of players.