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TNTM: Top 5 Pretty Games

In this episode Trevor and Danny discuss their top 5 lists of pretty games. What they mean by pretty games is it must have beautiful artwork, aesthetic, and/or components. To qualify as a pretty game for them it must be visually appealing in some way.

Did Trevor and Danny miss a game you think qualifies as pretty? Do you agree/disagree with their choices? Let us know in the comments.

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TNTM: Talking Table Top Gateway Games

This week Danny & Trevor go over their top five lists of Gateway Games. There is some debate as to what qualifies a game to be in this category. The generally accepted definition is:

Gateway Game: A game with simple rules that are easy to teach non-gamers in order to attract new players into board gaming as a hobby.

Gateway Game usually have the following qualities:

Simple (so you can explain the rules to them quickly).

Fun (fun games will attract repeat plays).

Short (short hits can be played again, misses gives you time to play something else).

Basically any easy to teach and play game that is quick and fun can be considered a Gateway Game. The term is akin to the “Gateway Drug” definition. They are games that give players an easy entry into the world of board gaming.

Hopefully you this video has helped you discover a game you’d like to try or show to a friend. As always… Keep playing games!

Top 5 Gateway Games

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TNTM: Talkin’ Table Top – Euro Games

Top 5 Euro Games

Trevor and Danny from ZiaComics.com are starting a new series called “Talkin’ Table Top”. This series will focus almost entirely on board and card games. Everything from demonstrations to their top picks.

This week they discuss their top 5 Euro game picks. Euro games are a class of tabletop games that generally have indirect player interaction. They typically include abstract physical components. They place more emphasis on strategy while downplaying luck and conflict. More often than not they have economic themes rather than military. Another prominent characteristic of Euro games is the lack of player elimination.

Euro Game Mechanics

Some of the common mechanics found is Euro games is:

Tile Placement – spatial placement of game components on the playing board.

Auctions – includes open and hidden auctions of both resources and actions from other players and the game system itself.

Trading/Negotiation – not simply trading resources of equivalent values, but allowing players to set markets.

Set Collection – collecting games resources in specific groups that are then cashed in for points or other currency.

Area Control – also known as area majority or influence, this involves controlling a game element or board space through allocation of resources.

Worker Placement/Role Selection – players choose specific game actions in sequential order, which players disallowed from choosing a previously selected action.

Hopefully this top 5 list of Euro games from Trevor and Danny has shown you a game or two you weren’t aware existed. Euro games are great for having fun and socializing while playing. Usually no one gets eliminated from the game and the different strategies used by players keeps the games interesting.

Top 5 Euro Games

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TNTM: Top 20 Board Games part 4

Trevor and Danny from ZiaComics.com have compiled a list of their Top 20 favorite board games. They have different tastes in games so their lists have very little in common.

Danny prefers abstract strategy games while Trevor enjoys games with captivating artwork and ease of play. They both like ALL types of games, these are just their favorites.

This is the first segment in the countdown. This video covers #05 through #01 on their lists. Trevor and Danny tell you what games squeaked onto their list. A little bit of info is given for each game to help you decide if it is a game you’d like to look into a bit further.

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Talk Nerdy to Me How to play Ticket to Ride

Danny from ZiaComics.com teaches us how to play Ticket to Ride. It is a game for 2-5 players. It is a very easy game to learn and should take you 30 to 60 minutes to play.

Ticket to Ride can be learned in under 15 minutes. It provides players with intense strategic and tactical decisions every turn.

Players collect cards of various types of train cars. These are used to claim railway routes in North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who fulfill Destination Tickets, goal cards that connect distant cities. Points are also awarded to the player who builds the longest continuous route.

The rules are simple. Each turn you either draw more cards, claim a route, or get additional Destination Tickets. The tension comes from being forced to balance greed (adding more cards to your hand) and fear (losing a critical route to a competitor).

Ticket to Ride continues in the tradition of Days of Wonder’s big format board games featuring high-quality illustrations and components. These components include an oversize board map of North America, 225 custom-molded train cars, 144 illustrated cards, and wooden scoring markers.

Awards & Honors

2010 Hungarian Board Game Award Nominee
2008 Ludoteca Ideale Official Selection
2006 Japan Boardgame Prize Best Japanese Game Winner
2006 Japan Boardgame Prize Best Japanese Game Nominee
2006 Hra roku Winner
2006 Hra roku Nominee
2005 Vuoden Peli Family Game of the Year Winner
2005 Vuoden Peli Family Game of the Year Nominee
2005 Juego del Año Winner
2005 Juego del Año Finalist
2005 Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming Nominee
2005 Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming – Winner
2005 Årets Spill Best Family Game Nominee
2005 Årets Spel Best Family Game Winner
2004 Tric Trac Nominee
2004 Spiel des Jahres Winner
2004 Spiel des Jahres Nominee
2004 Origins Awards Best Board Game Winner
2004 Nederlandse Spellenprijs Nominee
2004 Meeples’ Choice Award
2004 Japan Boardgame Prize Best Advanced Game Winner
2004 Japan Boardgame Prize Best Advanced Game Nominee
2004 International Gamers Awards – General Strategy; Multi-player Nominee

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