If you like…Monopoly, you should try these games!

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I think everyone knows what Monopoly is and has played it at least once. I own a Zelda Monopoly mostly because it is Zelda…I am not a HUGE fan of Monopoly. It is essentially a resource management game where your resources are your money and property. This means that the game is fun for exactly one person at any given time….the rest are losing and probably not having a lot of fun. I want to show you a few games that are also resource management games but are fun for everyone win or lose.

Now don’t get me wrong Monopoly is fun but for me it is more for nostalgic purposes playing the game more than once in a great while it gets old quickly. The list of games I have are along the same line as Monopoly in that they are resource management type games.

Resource management games are games where you have to collect resources during the game in order to make things to get points. The goal in most of these is to get the most points. There are games for kids and adults here so select your appropriate age or skill level of game and enjoy!

2014-06-27 08.27.06 copyThe Settlers of Catan:

Players: 3-6
Play Time: 60 Minutes
Recommended Age: 10 (but a 6 year old could play)

This is what I call a “Gateway Game”. This is a great game to get anyone who has not branched out away from traditional or classic (we say normal people) games. We introduce people to this game when they have never played anything more than Monopoly, Uno or Yatzee.

“Embark on a quest to settle the fair isle of Catan! Guide your brave settlers to victory by using clever trading and development. Use resources (grain, wool, ore, brick, and lumber) to build roads, settlements, and cities, and buy development cards. Acquire your resources through trades or the role of the dice. But beware! You never know when someone might cut off your road or if the robber will appear and steal your precious gains. Are you the best trader, builder, or settler?”

Mayfair Games - Catan JrCatan Jr:

Players: 2-4
Play Time: 45-60 Minutes
Recommended Age: 6+ (But a great game for age 5)

This is a kids version of Catan which teaches the basics of the adult version but with Pirates! Everything is more fun with Pirates! My son learned this game at age 4 and has since learned strategy. Most kids around age 5 will love playing their pirate ships and hideouts, getting the Coco tokens and using the Ghost Pirate!

“Explore the Seas! Catan: Junior™ introduces a modified playing style of the classic game giving younger players the opportunity to experience the world of Catan! Designed for players as young as 5 and is a perfect introduction to the Catan series of games for kids and families.”

If you want to know more click HERE to check out my review!

 Dwarven Miner:

Players: 2-4
Play Time: 30-60 Minutes
Recommended Age:12+ (But my son, age 6, can play it)

This is one of my favorites. It is fairly easy to set up and understand and you get to help Dwarves! You collect resources by rolling dice, build items like swords, wands, and armor using those resources and can even steal from other players.

“In Dwarven Miner, your job is to collect resources from your mine which are used to craft items for your patrons. Roll six custom dice in a push-your-luck style to see what can be pulled out of your mine. Craft those resources into all types of gear from armor ro magic wands to mithril swords. Patrons are great and powerful dwarves who have chosen you to outfit them in their adventurous, mystical, and often dangerous professions. Ranging from Warriors to Rune Singers, Alchemists to Chieftains, each will earn you points and reward you with a special ability that affects the game.”

If you want to know more click HERE to check out my review!

tt_photo1 copyTicket to Ride:

Players: 2-5
Play Time: 30-60 Minutes
Recommended Age: 8+(But my son, age 6, can play it)

Ticket to Ride is about trains and train routes and completing them for points. Your “resources” here are the color train car cards and your goal is to complete your routes to score points. I love this game. A little bit of luck and strategy are involved but if your willing to risk points you can make some pretty epic train lines.

Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America.

The longer the routes, the more points they earn.”

81tVInsxubL._SL1200_ copyLords of Waterdeep:

Players: 2-5
Play Time: 60 Minutes
Recommended Age:12+

This game has actual little cubes for resources that you have to collect in order to complete missions on various cards. The goal is to earn points but you don’t get all of your points (and no one sees how many you actually have) until the end of the game. I do love that.

Lords of Waterdeep is a strategy board game for 2-5 players. You take on the role of one of the masked Lords of Waterdeep, secret rulers of the city. Through your agents, you recruit adventurers to go on quests on your behalf, earning rewards and increasing your influence over the city.

Expand the city by purchasing new buildings that open up new actions on the board, and hinder—or help—the other lords by playing Intrigue cards to enact your carefully laid plans.”

If you like playing Monopoly but are looking to branch out these are a few great games to get you started. You can find any of them online at Amazon, in stores like Target, Walmart, Barnes and Noble, Toys R Us and of course local Game Stores.

Let us know what games you try and now love! @MyGeeklings #MangeYourResources

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
~ George Bernard Shaw

Author: sandyz

2 thoughts on “If you like…Monopoly, you should try these games!

  1. I had to laugh, gateway game, gateway game, gateway game, game for serious gamers who are willing to spend 3 hours on a game. One of these games is not like the other one.

    Lords of Waterdeep is really fun, a friend of ours has it, and we enjoyed playing it.

    We skipped Catan jr and just went straight to introducing the full blown version to the kids with slightly simplified rules.

    1. Well Lords IS technically a resource management game but yeah a bit longer than the others. It is there more for those who have tried Catan but still want to branch out =D. I love it though and Catan Jr was great when my son was 4 but yes you could actually simplify the rules and skip it…but pirates =D

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