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veen  ·  255 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ars Technica‚Äôs ultimate board game gift guide, 2018 edition

I like Carcassonne. Easy to learn but centers around strategic decision making.

KapteinB  ·  227 days ago  ·  link  ·  

There's a variant of Carcassonne I like even better, named The Ark of the Covenant.

I like the temples of Ark more than the cloisters of Carcassonne, counting sheep and wolves more than counting towns, and I like that moving the ark gives you something to do when you can't (or don't want to) place a meeple.

illu45  ·  251 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Carcassonne is super fun! I like to play with the variant that everyone has a "hand" of 3 tiles and you draw one at the end of your turn. That way you have more options (for increased strategy) and you can think about your turn ahead of time.

veen  ·  249 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ohh good one - only now that you mention it do I recall playing it like that years back. Thanks for the reminder!