Monday, 20 October 2014

Ultimate Board Game List - L

I assembled the "Ultimate Board Games" list, and we are currently working our way through it! So here are the Ks.

(Visit the 0-9, & AsBs, Cs, Ds, Es, Fs, Gs, Hs, Is, Js, Ks)



There are 2 versions to Landslide:

The newest version was released in 2004, and is a  Monopoly-style track around the outside of the board. The cards contain some humorous citations.

The first board game titled Landslide was published 1971. Up to four players aim to obtain as many electoral votes as they can. The players use their popular votes to bid for states, and whoever has the most electoral votes at the end of the game is the winner. The game follows the 1970 census, and correctly represents the electoral college apportionment for each state.

The board features a circular track in which players moved their tokens to land on spaces that had various rewards or triggered game action. The country and states are divided into 4 regions (East, South, Midwest, West) and the circular track is divided into these four sections as well.    


Las Vegas is a game for two to five players. It consists of six small boards representing different casinos, a set of money in various denominations of the United States dollar, and five sets of eight dice, each set coloured differently.

The game is played for four rounds. At the start of each round, each casino is randomly dealt a banknote from the bank. Each casino must hold at least $50,000. If the banknote's worth is less than that, the casino is dealt an additional banknote, until the casino holds at least $50,000.

Players take turns throwing their dice. At the start of a round, each player is holding all of their eight dice. After the dice are thrown, the player must choose which casino they are betting on. This is done by choosing a number and placing all the dice showing that number on the respective casino. Betting is mandatory, there is no option to voluntarily pass a turn. A player can only pass a turn when he/she has no dice left for the round.

Once all players have bet all their dice, the winnings are dealt out. For each casino, the winnings go to the player who bet the most dice on that casino. The majority has to be strict - on a draw, the winnings go to the player with the next most dice, or if all players are equal, the winnings go back to the bank. In case a casino holds multiple banknotes, the players bet on the largest banknote first, and then the smaller ones in order of decreasing value.

After each round, the players get their dice back and the casinos are dealt a new set of money. After four rounds, the player who has won the most money wins the game.


Le Havre

 Le Havre is a board game about the development of the town of Le Havre. It was inspired by the games Caylus and Agricola.

The gameplay takes place in the harbour of Le Havre, where players take goods such as fish and wood from the wharves. These goods are used either to feed the players' community, to construct buildings and ships, or are processed into finished goods. For example, a smokehouse building may be constructed in which players may process fish into smoked fish, which is more valuable.


Spin the wheel of fate and take a drive along the twisting roads families have enjoyed for more than 40 years! Chose a College or Career path and start down the road of life, making money and having babies. You'll have adventure after adventure until you reach retirement. If you reach it first, you get a big chunk of change – and if you're the wealthiest player in retirement, you win!

For 2 to 4 players.


The LOGO Board Game is for 2 to 6 players (or teams) aged 12 and up. Players travel round the board of purple, yellow, green, and red spaces, based on correctly answered questions, until they reach the winning zone in the center. The questions are based on logos, products and packaging of well-known brands.

There are three types of question card:

    Picture cards
    Pot luck cards
    Common theme cards

The game includes 1 playing board, 6 playing pieces, 400 cards containing 1,600 questions and rules.


Keltis is a board game that in the has been re-marketed as Lost Cities: The Board Game.

It is a multi-player board game that is based on the same theme as Knizia's two-player card game Lost Cities.

Players score points by playing cards, which must be played in ascending or descending order. Each turn, a card is played which advances the player's token along a stone path. Playing only 1 to 3 cards in a color results in negative points for that color. Each card played improves a player's score, and when at least 4 cards of one color have been played, positive points are scored for that path. Each player records progress using tokens. One token is taller, and points it collects are doubled.

Extra points are gained by collecting stones or landing on bonus squares during the game.


Luck of the Draw

Luck of the Draw is a drawing game published in 2006. Distinguishing it from other games in the genre, all players draw the same subject and advancement is effected by voting for the most appropriate drawing in various categories rather than guessing a subject. Because the categories are not directly related to artistic skill, players with advanced drawing ability are not favored. The game was conceptualized by Donald W. Scott and is produced under license by Gamewright.



Ludo is a board game for two to four players, in which the players race their four tokens from start to finish according to die rolls. Like other cross and circle games, Ludo is derived from the Indian game Pachisi, but simpler. The game and its variants are popular in many countries and under various names.


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Candy Crushed

A few years ago a friend invited me to play Candy Crush, long before it became the cool game to play.  I played it, and got to level 10 before dropping it.  I didn't get hooked on it.

Fast forward a year or so, and my hubby had started playing, and told me I should join the craze.  So I downloaded it for my phone, and hooked it up to Facebook.  That was the moment I realized I had already played this on Facebook up to level 10.  I actually liked the app a lot better than on Facebook.  However, I found whenever I got stuck on a level I go to the Facebook app, and after 1 or 2 shots I would easily pass the level.

The craze has seemed to have died down now, but I do pop it open from time to time and give it another go.

Did you get hooked on Candy Crush for a while?

Saturday, 18 October 2014

App of The Week: Fairway Solitaire

Ok I know Solitaire isn't the most exciting game in the world, but I am still a fan of it.  I like different ones, not the old boring one that use to come with your PC all the time.  I looked up Solitaire games one day to see if I could find any ones that were done in tournament style.  There was a long list of Solitaire games, but since I have been a Big Fish Games fan for many many years, and their game came up that was in a style where you could progress in the story I decided to try it.  It is also not just regular style, but Golf Solitaire. 

I have had the game on my iPad for a few years, and recently got it for my iPhone as well.  This game has been the #1 Solitaire game in the App Store for over 2 years.  You can play hundreds of hand-crafted golf holes and mini games with a golf announcer, hazard cards, and one SERIOUSLY ticked off gopher!

You can follow the silly and sarcastic story of the gopher and his seething disdain for golfers. From beachside courses where palm trees sway, to the hustle and bustle of illuminated city courses, you can win your way to the top.  You can earn trophies, and golf bucks to help you succeed in beating that old gopher!  The announcers have silly banter that is sometimes funny, and sometimes makes me roll my eyes.

They have special features:
• Play brand new solitaire boards every single day!
• Watch out for water, sand, and rough cards that test your skills!
• Play long streaks of cards to win bonuses!
• Show off your skills and fill up your trophy case!
• Wild shots can either make or break a terrific golf game.
• Find irons and Midas Clubs™ while you play and shoot a round under par.
• See where you rank in our Game Center leaderboards!
• Watch out for the pesky gopher!

Are you a fan of solitaire?

Friday, 17 October 2014

Be a Hero! Help Raise Money for Sick Kids Hospital Toronto #ExtraLife2014

Next weekend I'll be joining in with hundreds of other gamers across North America, playing games for 24 hours straight as part of the 2014 Extra Life Event. Our local team will be playing board games for 24 hours straight to help raise donations for the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.

And you can help. Here's what I'm asking....

Let me have your coffee. Come on, I'm going to be staying up for more then 24 hours straight. I think I'll need the caffeine more then you do. All kidding aside, I'm asking that you take the $2 or $3 you would spend on coffee one day next week and instead donate it. It's super easy. Click through this link and donate directly via the Extra Life website. It's quick, it's secure. You get a charity receipt. All of the proceeds go directly towards helping hospitals in the Children's Miracle Network, in this case the Sick Kids Hospital of Toronto. So what do you say, can you spare me a coffee?

If you're in the Windsor area you can check out the full details for our local event HERE. For the second year in a row our Friendly Local Gaming Store, Brimestone Games, has been awesome enough to plan to stay open overnight for us; providing us with a public place to hold our marathon gaming session. We'll be there from 10:00am on Saturday October 25th until 10:00am on Sunday October 26th.  Even if you aren't up to 24 straight hours of gaming feel free to stop in for a visit or to play a game or three. At 8pm on the 25th there will be a live auction full of all sorts of gaming goodies (with of course all monies raised going towards donations to the Children's Miracle Network).

Reliving My Teen Years with Dr Mario

When I was a teenager, my best friend's family had the Dr. Mario video game.  I use to stay over all the time at their house overnight, and we loved the game.  However, I was terrible at it.

We were very silly girls, and it was super late, and there was probably a lot of sugar involved.  And we got this brilliant idea to go to level 20 (the hardest level), and try to play.  Up until that point, I had never went past level 10. I think I usually stayed on level 5, really.

We died. We died a lot.  I remember laughing so hard I was crying, and couldn't see the screen.  We made jokes, created songs, and just had the best time trying to figure this out.

Eventually it took longer than 10 moves to die.  We got to the point we even knew where to clear double rows so that we could help out our friend. 

Slowly but surely we got to the point where we could actually complete the level, and try to beat each other. 

I moved in with their family for a while and I would come home from school, their Mom would make me an afternoon snack so I could get to the game before their Dad came home.  He was hilarious, he would see me playing, and then start telling where to move.  And then inevitably I would make a move he didn't think was the best one, and he would say "Here, let me help you out of that!" and take the controller.  The first few times I would wait it out, but he wouldn't remember to give me back the controller.  After that, I knew what he was going to do, so I would hand him the controller and go do my homework.  About 30-60 minutes later he would realize what he would done, come and apologize and say I could have it back.  It made me laugh, and we would end up playing together as a family.

Needless to say, I have a lot of fond memories of this game, and my dear friends. 

I never found that game on any other platforms, and have been searching for it for years.  My hubby knows how much I loved that game, and how much I would love to have it.  He has been looking for it as well. 

Recently he was talking to his buddy at work about how he has been looking for it, and would love to find it for me.  His buddy told him to check out the Wii Store, and so he did.  He found out some retro games that we love, plus Dr. Mario and bought them!

Needless to say I was thrilled to have it, and have been playing it often since he got it for me!  The boys have been playing with me, and they love it too.  I immediately went to level 20 and the first round was rough.  But after that I didn't miss a beat!

So, did you ever play Dr. Mario?  What is your favourite retro video game?

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Gamer Girl Giveaways Linky Week of Oct 16

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