Kingdomino is the lucky candidate today! Kingdomino (pronounced King-domino, which makes a lot more sense than when I first learned the game and thought it was Kingdom-ino) is a simple game that uses domino-like pieces, but instead of numbers, it has different terrains. You're trying to connect same terrain types together to build your kingdom (wait, didn't I talk about kingdom building last time?!) and you score points by using tiles with crowns, as those double/triple/quadruple/etc. the total you get from connected terrain. The key is you have to keep these tiles confined to a 5x5 grid and because tiles are revealed in the centre beforehand, your opponents might want the same one you do!
"Enough of the boring rules, why is it good???" Calm down, I'm getting to it. One thing I really like about Kingdomino is the look of the tiles. Certain games really nail that cartoony art style and I'd say this is one of those. Another thing that I as a game master really appreciate is how quick and simple it is to teach. Most people come in looking for something simple to start with and want that 15 minute last game to end the night. Kingdomino fits both of those roles perfectly! Besides these reasons, I'm having trouble explaining why this game is fun. Is it feeling of accomplishment when you when you bridge two terrain types using a certain tile? Or when you feel like a genius after placing that last tile to completely fill that 5x5 grid? I can't say for sure. But I definitely think this is one game to check out (especially with 4 players)!
I don't really have any funny stories for this one besides this is ALSO a game I didn't enjoy after the first play-through (I SWEAR I'M NOT DOING THIS ON PURPOSE), but after I trying it one more time, I thought about it and was like, "This is actually a pretty enjoyable game!" This is a reason I give games I don't like another chance, just in case. This one came in my monthly board game box (I'll talk about that another time) and what a perfect time to try it once more!
Well that's all I have for today. Come visit the Connexxions Cafe (12644 137 Ave, Edmonton) and say hi! Or ask me about a certain game that you’ve always wanted to learn. I’d be happy to work through it with you :) Have an AMAZING day!