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Holiday Gift Guide 2016

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It’s that time of year again! Whether you’re looking for a gift for your kids, parents, friends, or your spouse who just seems to have every game ever released, we’ve created this guide to help choose the perfect games just for your special someone!

Beginner Games Kids < 12 Kids > 12 For Two
Casual Choices Geeky Games Expansions Gamers

Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Message us on facebook or email us at caryl@quichegames.com and we’ll work together with you on some recommendations!

Kids >12

Takenoko

Takenoko - Quiche Games

Takenoko is a game full of strategy masked in bright colours and cute visuals. Balance growing bamboo crops and moving the Panda around the board to satisfy his hunger for different kinds of bamboo. However, not all players may appreciate the Panda eating their crops since some players will aim to score their crops by growing them!

Star Realms

Star Realms - Quiche Games

For the kids that love sci-fi, Star Realms is a great choice. Star Realms is a 1-on-1 deckbuilding game where you build ships and bases to try to beat your opponent. Fast paced and full of powerful ships, Star Realms is a tense battle of not only fleet strength but also wits!

Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

Marvel Legendary - Quiche Games

Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game plays in similar fashion to Star Realms (deckbuilding) but you’re working together, instead of against one another, to recruit different super heroes to defeat the Marvel villain favourites such as Dr. Doom or Loki from overrunning the city!

Honourable mentions:

Kids <12:

Dr. Eureka

Dr Eureka - Quiche Games

Dr. Eureka is fun for all ages, but exceptional for kids. The game is quite simple to learn, but requires smooth hand-eye co-ordination, problem solving, and critical thinking. Blending science and competition, players transfer ‘molecules’ from test tubes to match a ‘scientific pattern’ card that’s revealed at the beginning of each round. It’s like a real-time race of Towers of Hanoi, with a bunch of variations. The first player to get the pattern right gets the pleasure of loudly shouting EUREKA! 

Animal Upon Animal

Animal Upon Animal - Quiche Games

In Animal Upon Animal you.. wait for it... stack animals upon other animals. Except the animals are little wooden pieces. It’s targeted for kids, but a lot of fun for grown-ups too! 

Rhino Hero

Rhino Hero - Quiche Games

A game where reverse-Jenga and Uno meet, you’ll be given a hand of cards that can reverse the direction of play or add cards to another player’s hand so that you can try to be the first player to use all of their cards! Continue stacking the tower, helping the Rhino Hero figure on his way up, being careful not to let the tower fall!

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For Two

7 Wonders Duel

7 Wonders Duel - Quiche Games

What makes 7 Wonders Duel great is that it’s based on existing classic (7 Wonders) and turned it into an even deeper, more strategic game...for only 2-players! Resonating of other strategic games like Splendor, you’re building your individual civilizations through advancing military, science or production to prove who the wisest ruler of them all is!

Mr. Jack

Mr Jack - Quiche Games

Each player will take the role of either Mr. Jack or the investigator in this cat and mouse game of mystery and deduction! Mr Jack is under the disguise of one of the citizens in town and is trying to escape while the investigator tries to eliminate suspects until he can successfully identify who Mr. Jack is!

Patchwork

Patchwork - Quiche Games

Patchwork is a very cute 2 player game that although is simple to play, has a wealth of deep strategy involved. You place Tetris-shaped pieces to fill up your quilt, trying to balance the cost and time behind each piece you take. It’s a classic when it comes to 2 player games.

Honourable Mentions

Casual Choices

Codenames

Codenames - Quiche Games

Codenames plays a bit like pictionary in that you have one person on each team who knows the answers, and the rest of the team trying to figure it out. Only instead of drawing, you give vague one word clues. With 1 word how do you get your team to guess heart and iron, but not doctor? Voted the best party board game of all time at the 2016 UK Expo. If you already have Codenames or prefer pictures to words, try Codenames: Pictures. 

Monikers

Monikers - Quiche Games

An inappropriate game of taboo meets charades, you play with a deck of cards with terms and names like "Bob Ross" or "Drunk Jeff Goldblum" played over 3 rounds. As the rounds progress, you'll be limited to using only one word to eventually actions only. Have fun enacting Magic Mike!

Happy Salmon

Happy Salmon - Quiche Games

How about a high-five? Or a fist bump? Or a...Happy Salmon??? Happy Salmon is a wild party game to play with friends when sober or drunk where you’ll have cards with actions on it such as a high-five, where you have to match another player with the same card and perform that action together. First one to get rid of all of their cards wins! (disclaimer: we are not responsible for any noise complaints you receive)

Geeky Games

Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne

Game of Thrones: Iron Throne - Quiche Games

When you think of Game of Thrones, what do you think of? Intrigue? Betrayal? Revenge? Those are all notions that Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne will inspire in you to bring out your inner vindictive Cersei Lannister or mediator Eddard Stark. Battle other houses to spread your influence, take hostages and most importantly, negotiate in order take the Iron Throne!

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle - Quiche Games

A cooperative deck-building game played in separate chapters based on the books, you'll play as either Harry, Ron, Hermione or Neville with your own specialized deck and abilities to stop Voldemort and the Death Eaters from overrunning Hogwarts!

Star Trek Ascendancy

Star Trek Ascendancy - Quiche Games

Boldly go where no man has gone before...literally! Star Trek Ascendancy is true to its license where every game will be unique in the way where the map you explore will be different every time you play! Explore and grow your civilization as either the Federation, Romulans or The Klingons! 

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Beginner Games

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride - Quiche Games

Maybe the second most popular modern board game to Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride is the perfect gift for someone who’s just starting out in modern games. In Ticket to Ride you build railways to connect cities, getting points for longer railways and connecting the cities. It’s simple to learn as you start by focusing on your own railway, and as you get more familiar with the game you can start trying to hinder the other players from achieving their goals. 

Carcassonne

Carcassonne - Quiche Games

Carcassonne is a tile-placement game where each turn you place a tile to construct the kingdom. You get points for owning large castles, roads and other king-dom related things. You start with a tile on the board, and a pile of new ones and place them 1-by-1 until they’re gone - then add up the points. It sounds simple (and it is), but the strategy grows as you get better. This simple to learn, hard to master aspect makes it perfect for a beginner!

Machi Koro

Machi Koro - Quiche Games

If you love rolling dice, you’ll love Machi Koro. As mayor of your own town, you’ll be building and adding stores, bakeries and stadiums in order to yield enough income to be the first one to build your four landmarks before the other players. Cute visuals and simple rules, this game will take no longer than 5 minutes to learn!

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Expansions

7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon

7 Wonders Duel - Pantheon

7 Wonders Duel is probably one of the most popular two-player games that has recently released. You’ve had a year to play and enjoy it, and now you can enjoy it even more with the Gods now on your side and with new wonders to build!

Istanbul: Letters and Seals

 Istanbul: Letters and Seals - Quiche Games

New tiles, effectively making the board larger and new ways to win the game, you’ll be exploring new strategies and opportunities to get ahead in an already classic game of strategy!

Betrayal: Widow’s Walk

Betrayal: Widow's Walk - Quiche Games

It’s been 12 years since the first edition of Betrayal has released. It took a second edition and a ton of buzz from Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop series to be at this point where you can finally enjoy an expansion for Betrayal’s first expansion, Widow’s Walk! With many new scenarios written by well known game designers (even one by the creator of cards against humanity), you’ll have much more to explore in Betrayal! 

Honourable Mentions

Gamers

Cry Havoc

Cry Havoc - Quiche Games

Play as one of four factions in this asymmetric game of territory control and battles. Each player will play differently from one another, using their factions’ strengths and different play-styles to capture prisoners, recruit units, build structures and battle your way to victory!

Inis

Inis - Quiche Games

A game beautifully crafted to resonate with Celtic lore and art, you'll find this game to more than just winning battles, as every good king knows that in order to rule over your clansman, you must know when the perfect time is to to strike or when to be peaceful.

Viticulture: Essential Edition

Viticulture - Quiche Games

In Viticulture, you own a vineyard, slowly building your winery, planting vines and producing and selling wine, what more does there need to be said?

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