Snow Storms and poor weather are here. So we all need options for when the power goes out.
If you are new to tabletop games, an expert, or a casual player who has only played games like Monopoly and Parcheesi your entire life, here are some fresh options. All of these are great for family and friends and are available wherever board games are sold. Many of these games also have digital versions available in the App Store, Google Play Store, and on Steam. These official digital versions are well made and are great editions if you are in a time crunch or wish to play by yourself with less mess.
Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride is a great game for those who have not played many strategy board games. The rules are made so that you only have one thing to do per turn rather than many steps. You either pick train cards, build, or pick destination cards. This allows beginners to focus on single steps and think of strategy in stages. Building will grant points based on the size of the track you built. Players also have destination cards which can help or hurt the player. Ticket to Ride has 3 standalone editions with some rule variants – these are the USA, Europe, and Nordic versions. Ticket to Ride also has map variants that come only with a double sided board and rule variants as well, and need a full version to be played. These include: Africa, Netherlands, Asia, India, and the United Kingdom.
Ages 8 & up. 2-5 Players. Published by Days of Wonder.
Pandemic is a cooperative strategy game where you and up to 3 teammates work together to cure 4 diseases that are infecting the world. The cooperative aspect allows beginners to learn together or easily learn with more experienced players. Each player is given a different role with varying abilities that make them more effective at different facets of the game. You may be better at treating the disease, building, sharing information, or traveling. When you feel you have mastered this version you can move on to the various expansions, which add rules and more roles. Another possibility is to play the extremely popular campaign version, Pandemic Legacy.
Ages 13 & up. 2-4 players. Published by Z-Man Games.
In Splendor you are a merchant trying to mine gems and build up your prestige in order to grab the attention of nobles. At the end, whoever has the most prestige wins the game. Splendor is good for beginners for the same way that Ticket to Ride is, simple mechanics that make you choose one action from multiple possibilities, you either grab gems, buy cards, or reserve cards. Splendor boasts great artwork, is great for beginners and experts, and is a popular tournament option. A recent expansion called Cities of Splendor was recently released.
Ages 10 & up. 2-4 Players. Published by Space Cowboys and Asmodee Games.
Sushi Go is a card game that is easy to pick up for players of any age. The goal of the game is to create the best sushi plate. First, a player deals out cards to every player who then puts one card down and passes the rest of their cards to their left. This continues until there are no more cards to put down. This is done a total of 3 times with the cumulative score from all 3 rounds determining the winner. Points are scored based on the combinations each player has made. This is a simple yet intricate card game that can be played with up to 5 players. Sushi Go Party is an expanded version that supports up to 8 players and includes new cards.
Ages 8 & up. 2-5 players. Published by Gamewright.
Spyfall is a discussion based roleplaying game. The game comes with 30 different locations from a military submarine to a Hollywood set. Players are dealt one card. If their card says Spy they are the spy for this round. The Spy’s job is to hide their identity from the other players while also trying to ascertain which location all the other players are at. This is done by asking questions to the fellow players about the location to see what they know and how they answer. The trick is to make sure you don’t give away too much information in the question. Otherwise, the spy will too easily know the location. This game requires strategy and some improv skills but is a great party game. The recent sequel Spyfall 2 adds in a second spy for those who want even more mystery.
Ages 13 & up. 4-8 players. Published by Cryptozoic Entertainment.
If you have any questions about the games above or any other tabletop game, or if you have a favorite that didn’t make the list above, let us know in the comments section.
Residential Properties Ltd. is proud to announce that Sales Associate Kevin Fox, of RPL’s Providence office, has completed a million dollar sale of 180 Ten Rod Road for $1,375,000.
180 Ten Rod Road is a gorgeous estate in North Kingstown is located just minutes from Wickford Village. Walk up the gorgeous stone pathway to an incredible wraparound porch. This quiet estate with 5 and a half baths and 5 bedrooms features a gourmet chef’s kitchen with custom cabinetry and a California style pantry. The immaculate grounds include an in-ground saltwater pool, fire pit, and stone patio.
Kevin Fox lives on the East Side of Providence with his family and is consistently one of the top producers in the state and one of the top agents on the East Side of Providence. He has been recognized by Real Trends as one of “America’s Best Realtors” and has regularly earned The Greater Providence Board of Realtors distinguished Platinum Plus Sales distinction for sales volume. To learn more about Kevin and to view his listings, view his bio page on the Residential Properties website.
2017 is coming to a close and many of us want to get rid of it in style. Cheer into the New Year surrounded by live music, food, and laughs by attending one of these fabulous events around Rhode Island.
This is the first ever Outdoor Ball Drop in Providence. The festivities include food and activities as well as a Fireworks Finale. The outdoor events, including the laser-light show, are all free while the indoor services require ticket purchases. Everything goes down at 1 Finance Way at Waterplace Park beginning at 7pm. The outdoor events are free, but VIP and indoor tickets are available for $75 and $150.
Dave and Buster’s has two separate events going on at the same location. A Family New Year’s goes from 5-8pm and includes a video ball drop while featuring multiple packages ranging from $30-$45. The Adult New Year’s event runs from 9pm-12:30am with packages ranging from $50-$75.
ProvG Midnight Masquerade
Food, cocktails, and even a red carpet create a stunning atmosphere at ProvG. So put on your best mask and enjoy this New Year’s party starting at 8pm. Tickets are $85-$100. 21+
NYE Southern Style Dinner & Game Night in GPub
Partake in a BBQ buffet at GPub with a pig roast, chicken and waffles, and plenty more. Finish the night by enjoying yourself at a DJ after party. Tickets and group packages range from $30-$520. 21+
Star Light, Star Bright NYE Celebration
This party under the stars will be held at The Rooftop. DJ, food, and champagne are provided. The party starts at 8pm and goes until 2am. $75 per person. 21+
Experience R&B star Tank along with an All-Star DJ lineup. Doors open at 8pm, while the ball drop and after party start at Midnight. Tickets go from $45-$105.
Enjoy Reggaeton sound with Dominican singer Don Miguelo at The Strand in Providence. Tickets are $40 and the show starts at 10 pm.
Enjoy bowling, live music, and a dinner buffet at Lang’s Bowlarama in Cranston. Family packages and Lane Rentals are available with amenities included.
The Crowne Plaza in Warwick will be holding a New Year’s Event with packages at $150 and $290. A cash bar will be present and packages can include overnight stays for two at the hotel.
Ninigret Park in Charlestown is holding a bonfire from 4:30-7pm near the Criterion Bike Track. Free Admission for all.
Enjoy Brick Alley Pub’s Annual Wine Dinner with appetizers and multiple courses. Located right on Thames Street in Newport, the event will be held from 7pm-1am and is $89 per person.
This is the only night Eli’s in Warren takes reservations and it’s well worth it, with the restaurant offering a four course menu that includes gluten-free and vegan options. The meal is $60 per person and several time slots are available for reservations.
The Skiff Bar is holding a New Year’s Masquerade at the Newport Marriott with a Cajun inspired menu. Tickets are $20 a person or $30 for couples, and that price includes a raffle ticket to win one of their great prizes. 21+
Enjoy award-winning improv in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”. Three hour-long shows begin at 7pm, 9pm, and 11pm. Each show is BYOB and will be performed at the Firehouse Theater in Newport. $20 per person per show.
New Year’s Day. The run for the water will be at Noon, but festivities start at 9am on Easton Beach. Admission is free but donations are welcome.
Of course, there is always relaxing at your home and watching TV with family and friends. Either way we hope you have a happy and safe New Year. Please comment and let us know if there are any events we missed or if you simply want to wish a Happy New Year. Thank you.