Welcome to Which Game First where we boldly explore the hilariously huge world of board games. Did we unearth any hidden treasures you’ve been missing out on? Let’s find out!
First: We go for the Danish-modern look while constructing a city in Copenhagen
Next: We head over to Tuscany to design the perfect vineyard in Viticulture
And lastly: We travel north for a game of combat and survival in Arctic Scavengers
Designed by: Asger Harding Granerud, Daniel Skjold Pedersen
Published by: Queen Games (2019)
Players: 2 – 4
Ages: 8 & up
Playing time: 20 – 40 min
Copenhagen is a card and tile placement game where you are designing the latest and greatest building in the famous Danish city.
Players in turn will either draw 2 cards from the 6 available face up cards, or they will trade in cards in their hand to take and place the building tiles.
The tiles are Tetris shaped. To score points, complete rows and columns. To gain bonuses, complete your rows and columns with all windows.
First player to 12 points wins, or if the lone mermaid card is drawn, game stops, highest score wins, and the winner received title to a new building in Copenhagen, guaranteed (this is not a guarantee)
Viticulture: Essential Edition
Designed by: Jamey Stegmaier, Alan Stone
Published by: Stonemaier Games (2013)
Players: 1 – 6
Ages: 14 & up
Playing time: 45 – 90 min
In Viticulture, the players find themselves in the roles of people in rustic, pre-modern Tuscany who have inherited meager vineyards. They have a few plots of land, an old crush pad, a tiny cellar, and three workers. They each have a dream of being the first to call their winery a true success.
It’s a worker placement game. And there are 4 seasons in the game, each with its own feature which will either open up, or limit, the types of tasks that the workers can take. The middle spaces of each action confer a bonus for that worker. Each player gets a GRANDE worker, who can take a space even if it is occupied by another player.
Workers are placed accordingly on the game board, but you also have a personal vineyard board. This vineyard board is where you will make upgrades and improvements to your vineyard.
3 types of cards in this game: wine order cards, visitor cards, and vine cards. Visitors are split into summer visitors and winter visitors.
First player to 20 VP triggers the end of game, and after all final actions are resolved, the player with the most points wins, and when you win in the world of wine games … you crushed it!
Designed by: Robert K. Gabhart
Published by: Rio Grande Games (2009)
Players: 2 – 5
Ages: 12 & up
Playing time: 45 – 60 min
Arctic Scavengers is a competitive deck building game where you are in a struggle for survival in a futuristic, post apocalyptic ice age.
Everyone draws 5 cards from their starting deck. Then play cards for the following actions: draw, dig, hunt, and hire. Players can play as many cards as they want, but only one type of action per turn. Discard a card after it is used.
Two main types of cards: people and tools
Any unplayed cards are held for the skirmish round: compare the total values of the cards they kept in hand, winner gets a resource card added to their discard pile.
Player with the largest tribe is the lone survivor, and gets to live in paradise all alone in a world grown cold.