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: It’s phrase mash-up time in the hint heavy game of Connected Clues 
Next:  We search for riches and power while dodging sharks and worse in Ahoy
Lastly: We hope to just get this letter out of this slider before the dreaded ding tells us times up in Phlounder

Connected Clues

Designed by: (Not listed)
Published by: Connected Clues LLC (2022)
Players: 3 – 10
Ages: 13 & up
Playing time: 15 – 30 minutes

Connected Clues is a party game where you take turns giving clues and guessing phrases that are connected by a common word. 

For example, draw a card:  The top of the card reads:  Hat Trick.  The bottom of the card reads:  Trick or Treat. 

Come up with a clever clue, other players guess the answer, and first to BLURT out the correct answer wins the round!

Play to 3, or 5, or whatever … It’s a party game! 


Designed by: Greg Loring-Albright
Published by: Leder Games (2022)
Players: 2 – 4
Ages: 14 & up
Playing time: 45 – 75 minutes

Ahoy is a slightly asymmetrical game where players take the roles of swashbucklers and soldiers seeking Fame on the high seas. Each faction has unique abilities and actions.

Each round, you’ll roll and place dice to take the unique actions of your faction. As you control regions and deliver cargo, you’ll gain Fame. The player with the most Fame wins! 

Actions include moving, deploying, and repairing your ship.  Load your cannons, inspire your crew, and run blockades!

Ahoy me hearty!  And remember this well…. fame is the name of the game!


Designed by: H. Bernett
Published by: 3M (1962)
Players: 2 – 6
Ages: 8 & up
Playing time: 30 minutes

In Phlounder, players are revealing letters on tiles to spell nouns or verbs.  Dice are rolled to determine the type of word (noun or verb) and length of the word. Players then all start pulling letters off the board by sliding them along various tracks to an exit point, and discarding letters at entrance points. First player to come up with a word rings the bell. Play for 10 rounds, highest total score wins.

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