Al Grimes - Games to Start a Collection

How do you start a board game collection? If you are new to board-gaming, it might seem overwhelming to choose a few games which can serve as a solid base from which to build. The following games, in our experience, are strong candidates to start a collection (although by no means is this an exhaustive list). Overall, these games are easier to learn but represent a variety of standard game mechanics and themes. Once you learn these, you will feel comfortable with a variety of more advanced games.

Last Updated: Thursday, March 12, 2020

1) Space Base
Space Base
Amass spaceships for your fleet as you roll your way to domination. ...

2) Aeon's End
Aeon's End
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Use gems, relics, and spells to channel energy from the breaches against The Nameless ...

3) Cyclades
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In this latest collaboration between Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc, players must buy the favor of the gods in their race to be the first player to build two cities in the Ancient Greek island group known as the Cyclades. Victory requires respect for all the gods - players cannot afford to sacrifice to only one god, but must pay homage to each of five gods in turn. Each turn, the players bid for the favors of the gods, as only one player can have the favor of each god per turn - and each player is also limited to ...

4) Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure
Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure
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Claim your treasures but don't attract the dragon in this deck-building dungeon race. ...

5) Dominion (Second Edition)
Dominion (Second Edition)
Acquire cards to grow your kingdom's influence in this classic deck-building game. ...

6) 7 Wonders
7 Wonders
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Draft cards to develop your ancient civilization and build its Wonder of the World. ...

7) Mission: Red Planet (Second Edition)
Mission: Red Planet (Second Edition)
Launch your rockets, sabotage the competition as you vie to control Mars. ...

8) Codenames
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Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their CODENAMES. In Codenames, two teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin. Codenames: Win or lose, it's fun to figure out the clues. ...

9) The Resistance
The Resistance
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Assign operatives to missions while avoiding enemy spies. ...

10) Lords of Waterdeep
Lords of Waterdeep
Deploy agents and hire adventurers to expand your control over the city of Waterdeep. ...

11) Gloomhaven
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Vanquish monsters with strategic cardplay. Fulfill your quest to leave your legacy! ...

12) Race for the Galaxy
Race for the Galaxy
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Worlds await! Colonize, develop and conquer taking advantage of others' choices. ...