2020 was a stay at home year for me. Although Anne has played quite a few games with me last year, one thing I caught the bug for was Print and Play games and I have made quite a few of these over the past few months. BGG has over 6000 PnP games listed. Many can be found to download on the website PNP Arcade - many are free or cost very little.
Print and Play games, if the term is unfamiliar, are literally games that you can download the files for, print them off on your printer, then usually either laminate them and cut them out or cut them out and sleeve them. Then you just need some way to store them. Some I have in 'tobacco tin' size tins, some in plastic A4 folders, others just in zip-lock bags.
Here are a few that may be of interest
I downloaded the files for this early in 2020 and now can't find where I got them from. Rolling Seas begins with everyone initializing their maps – drawing islands and known obstacles and choosing a Home Port. Each round has three quick phases that everyone participates in simultaneously: Dice, Adventures, and Actions. The player with the most Reputation at the end of 25 rounds is the winner!
I found this very good to play and really enjoyed it. Hope it gets picked up by a publisher.
Maquisis a solitaire worker-placement game with variable goals and a play time of approximately twenty minutes. The player places his resistance agents on spaces around town to achieve his goals - blowing up trains, publishing underground newspapers - but at the same time Milice collaborators and Wehrmacht soldiers patrol the area. Agents who can't make it back to the safe house at the end of the day are arrested, and never seen again.
The PNP files for this are in the BGG file section. It's a quick game, but plays well and can be tough to beat. Also available at retail.
Agent Decker is a mission-based deck-building game for one player in which you acquire gear and skills by facing obstacles. The alarm raises every turn, so you must pick who you take out. Do you go for the cool weapon, or take out the security camera?
I enjoyed playing this game so much that after trying it first in B&W I then did the colour version - files on BGG.
Palm Islandsolo game doesn't require a surface to play on. As the name suggests you can play it in the palm of your hand.
Using a deck transforming mechanic a player uses just 17 cards over 8 rounds to shape their island and overcome its unique challenges. Store resources to pay for upgrades and upgrade buildings to access new abilities. Each decision you make will alter your village from round to round. At the end of 8 rounds calculate your victory points. PNP files on BGG.
Fantastic Factories having missed this on KS. I played a game of this with Anne and she loved it so much that said I should try and get the retail version, which I did.
Players race to manufacture the most goods or build the most prestigious buildings. There are elements of dice rolling, worker placement, engine building, resource management, tableau building, simultaneous play, and some card drafting. Once any player has manufactured 12 goods or constructed 10 buildings, the game end is triggered. Just love this game.
This game, Barbarian Vince as the name implies, takes its inspiration from Barbarian Prince. It's a solitaire card game using a deck of 52 cards. In it, you play Vincent the Barbarian, and you adventure through a magical land. The game uses the cards for inventory, maps, and encounters. It may be from 2012, but still plays very well.
Mechanical Beast is a tile laying/manipulation puzzle, where you play as an exploration party of engineers who, together with your android helper, must explore the belly of a giant robot to find its control room and deactivate it.
During the first part of the game, the maze will grow as you explore, until you find the off switch. The rest of the game the rooms are collapsing around you, and you must quickly make your way to the exit before the robot locks down, trapping you forever within its bowels.
This game uses square tiles and I decided to sleeve them - except I didn't have square sleeves big enough, so had to downscale the tiles to fit in the sleeves I had - upside is it fits on the able better!
Squire for Hire is a card-overlapping game, like The Hanging Gardens. A famous adventurer has hired YOU to be their squire! When your hero completes quests, defeats baddies, and takes all the credit, they also earn loot, which you get the great honor of carrying!
Squire for Hire is an 18-card, tile-laying inventory management game for 1-2 players that takes about 15-20 min to play. Players compete to get the highest scoring bag of items for their hero by the end of the story deck. There are now also two expansions for the game.
Town Builder: Coevorden is a game where players take part in a town building contest to build the most beautiful district.
Players will draft multi-use cards from a centre row of cards to build their own tableaus. Each town card can be used in 3 ways; as a foundation, as a resource and as a completed building with unique abilities. Still considering whether to get the retail version.
You are Blorg, a campy cartoon alien who took the family saucer for a joyride and crashed it into a small piece of the rural midwestern USA. Now you must find your way home across the empty vastness of space so that your MomDad can ground you for the rest of your mortal existence. Maybe you could fix the saucer, or flag down a passing spacecraft, but in the meantime you'd better make sure you don't meet any pesky Earthlings...
This a solitaire deck-builder story game in just 9 cards, yet it feels like more as the cards are double-sided. 9-card solitaire games have been popular in 2020 and this is one of the best.
Orchard: A 9 card solitaire game, which is also a card over-lapping game.
The aim of the game is to harvest fruit (score points) by playing cards so that their fruit trees overlap other trees already in the orchard that bear the same fruit. The more trees you can overlap, the more fruit you'll pick. Plays in under 10 minutes. Available at retail too.
A number of bulls are randomly placed in a field.
You build fences (draw straight lines) across the field in order to enclose and separate the bulls in it. Possible starting and finishing points (fence posts) are chosen from the dice you roll.
As well working out where best to build your fence, you'll also need to think ahead and plan for the next ones.
There is also an element of push your luck - do you risk losing a life (mallet) by going for that final fence to complete the Field or move on to the next Field and score less points?
The game features 4 fields of increasing difficulty.
That's just a small selection of the PNPs I have - there are many.
My games collection and the stories behind the games
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