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If you’re like me, you probably grew up finding board games boring, boring, and nothing more than a must while on vacation.

But what if I told you that there is so much more to do than just walk around a plank? Sit back and let me give you a list of the best games to play with your quarantine pod this winter. If you like the sound of any of them, head over to Fun games in downtown Eugene, or Addictive Behaviors, where they are sure to lead you down a very exciting path.

Pandemic Legacy Season 0

Don’t let the name put you off. You might have heard of Pandemic, a game where you try to stop disease from spreading across the world, but I bet you’ve never heard of a “legacy” game before. Pandemic Legacy Season 0 is set in the 1960s, at the height of the Cold War. You are trying to stop the Soviet Union from releasing a disease that will spread around the world, just like the original game. What’s different with a legacy game is that throughout the 12 months of the game, you’ll find yourself tearing cards in half, throwing coins, and leaving stickers on the board. There is no going back in a legacy game, and each group’s story is entirely their own.

Go

One of the oldest games in the world, Go was invented in China over 2,500 years ago, but don’t be fooled by its age. With its very simple set of rules, the game has two players competing against each other to control a chess-like chess board. Unlike chess, however, this game grants a great deal of freedom when laying down your pieces. No part of this game is like any other, and once you get past the initial difficulty curve, you’ll get hooked.

Azul

Azul is a competitive game designed for two to four players. On each turn, players take turns choosing pieces to design their board, or what the game calls their palace. You can search for every coin you need to get the highest score or sabotage the players in front of you by choosing the coins they need. Whatever you do, you’ll end up with a board full of colorful and beautifully designed pieces to look at when you’re done.

Detective consultant Sherlock Holmes

If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan, you will love this mystery game. Play co-op or against each other to try to solve mysteries exposed in real journals provided by the game, quest books and a directory of addresses. What makes this twist on Sherlock Holmes interesting is that you don’t play him or his stalwart companion, John Watson. Instead, you’re a member of his famous Homeless Network, following a story he himself asks you to review. Be prepared to take lots of notes – this game is definitely trickier than you might think.


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