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Love Letter meets Modern Times, Alpine, and The Bruery

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Have you played the game Love Letter? If not, it's one of the best simple games to play. The game is less than $10 online and plays with 2-4 players in 15 minutes. The best part about the game is that it is simple enough that anyone can learn, but has enough depth for gamers to enjoy. Another great benefit is that the game is tiny and can fit in the pocket of your jeans, so you can take it anyway (we recommend a brewery or beer bar but it's up to you).

The game itself is a game of risk and deduction. Your goal is to get your love letter into the hands of the Princess while deflecting the letters from competing suitors. From a deck with only sixteen cards, each player starts with only one card in hand (and one card is removed from play). On a turn, you simply draw one card and play one card (that's it!), trying to expose others and knock them from the game. Powerful cards lead to early gains, but make you a target. Rely on weaker cards for too long, however, and the ch…

Depth for Days - TIME Stories & Speedway Stout

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You're probably thinking, what does Alesmith's Speedway Stout and TIME Stories (the board game) have in common?  I've been thinking about this for awhile myself, and the answer is that they are both life changing and the best in the business.  Let's start with TIME Stories:



TIME Stories is an epic choose-your-own adventure cooperative game where you are going back in time as agents, taking over the bodies of past characters, and working together in an epic storytelling board game.  There is a lot of combat and puzzles along the way, but be careful!  If you run out of time units, you get sucked back into the future and have to start all over again.  Yes, this game is Groundhog Day meets Sherlock Holmes.

You will either need to carve out a solid 4+ hours to play this game, or schedule three 90 minute sessions.  It is possibly to win in less than that, but it will likely take you three "runs".  The nice thing is that the board allows you to save the game wherever…

Is Code Names the Pliny the Elder of Games?

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Code Names, so hot right now. #1 Party Game on BoardGameGeek. Does it deserve the hype?  Answer: YES.  Update: I originally wrote this article earlier in the year, but now I have to update it since Code Names just won the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year Award) in July.  Therefore, objectively it lives up to the hype and nothing I say below matters.  But if you have time to kill....


In Code Names, teams break into two groups and choose a Spymaster from each group to be a clue giver.  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 (since if they accidentally guess that card, they lose!).  This is definitely one of the best party games ever. It can accommodate a large group of players, everyone gets to participate, it requires strategic thinking, and it's a relatively short game so you can play it multip…

Welcome to TableHop Games

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Do you like beers and board games?  We do as well.  If you want to catch up on the latest in the craft beer & tabletop game markets, look no further.  Let's get this party started...