Holidays are fast approaching and Friendly Fire has a game for each person on your list. Check out these 5 board games sure to bring plenty of holiday cheer to a person you love, or a person you feel morally obligated to get a gift for and you would look like a jerk if you didn’t.
To kick us off we have a game that encourages you to hit your friends curse like a sailor and drink copious amounts of alcohol. I present to you, Iron & Ale, a dwarven drinking adventure game.
Iron & Ale was the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Iron and Ale is 100% Dwarf. It is a game of mining, fighting monsters, drinking and dwarven challenges. You are a Dwarven Lord challenging other players to become the true Dwarven King. To do this you must lead your clan to conquer the mountain and challenge other Dwarven Lords at the Meadhall. The Dwarven Lord with the most honor when the Mountain Deck is depleted wins.
– Table Forged, Creator
The next game up is a Japanese import, Machi Koro. Build your small city into a thriving metropolis. But, on your way, be sure watch your opponents, as they can steal coins from you and limit your prosperity.
Plays up to 3 players.
Armed only with your trusty die and a dream, you must grow the sleepy town of Machi Koro into the largest city in the region. You will need to collect income from developments, build public works, and steal from your neighbors coffers (just make sure they aren’t doing the same to you)!
They say you can’t build Rome in a day, but Machi Koro will be built in under 30 minutes!
-IDW Games, Creator
The next game I bring you is actually an extension on the very popular Cards Against Humanity. Ladies and gentlemen, I present, Crabs Adjust Humidity!
It is recommended that this be played with Cards Against Humanity but can be played as a standalone game in it’s own right.
Love Cards Against Humanity, but even with the official expansions find yourself playing the same cards over and over again?
Enter Crabs Adjust Humidity, a crappy little third-party, unofficial, unauthorized expansion card set that blends seamlessly with the original game and adds 560 morally-questionable new cards to play.
-Vampire Squid Cards, Creator
Fourthly, we have Elder Sign. A game in which players struggle to collect clues and fight horrors while searching for the only thing that will keep the Ancient Ones, think Cthulu, at bay, an Elder Sign.
1-8 Players, a part of the H.P. Lovecraft universe.
Elder Sign is a fast-paced, cooperative dice game of supernatural intrigue for one to eight players by Richard Launius and Kevin Wilson, the designers of Arkham Horror. Players take the roles of investigators racing against time to stave off the imminent return of the Ancient Ones. Armed with cards for tools, allies, and occult knowledge, investigators must put their sanity and stamina to the test as they adventure to locate Elder Signs, the eldritch symbols used to seal away the Ancient Ones and win the game.
-Fantasy Flight Games, Producer
Rounding out our 5 is the incredibly ridiculous, genre mashing, card game, Smash Up. This game is wildly popular among card game players, no matter what your flavor. Players play Action and Minion cards on to Battlefields to fight for ultimate glory. What other game will you be able to smash Pirates and Ninjas, or Robots and Dinosaurs together to fight on epic battlefields?
Plays up to 4 players with the base game, more with each expansion.
It’s a goofy theme with fun art and high replayability, but beneath that veneer of casual play is a great middle weight card game that lives on the line between hardcore gamer and casual enjoyment.
-Jonathan Bolding “The Escapist”
So there you have it. A list of 5 totally awesome games that will spread holiday cheer! All can be found at Friendly Fire Games this holiday season.