35: Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective

In brief: The very first “proper” board game that BigBossBattle reviewed still has a place in our hearts, thanks in no small part to the fact that our resident Editor in Chief and the Head of Tabletop actually played a number of the games running up to this review remotely via Skype. Traditionally, Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective is a deep, immersive scenario based mystery game that also happens to be a ton of fun.

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34: Axis and Allies: Anniversary Edition

In brief: Perhaps the most logical step after mastering Risk for many players, Axis and Allies has been a household name for over thirty years. The version we reviewed earlier this year was the Anniversary Edition, which supports six players and is played on three mounted boards. This mammoth undertaking replicates World War II on an epic, global scale. Our review is not to be missed.

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33: Tokaido

In brief: Taking a deserved seat at the table is the zen-like racing game Tokaido, which has players making a pilgrimage across middle-ages Japan. Collect trinkets, visit temples and assemble in inns to share meals — however you choose to do it, this victory point collection game uses an unusual movement mechanic to force clever decision making without sacrificing speed of play. Here’s our review.

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32: Red Dragon Inn 7

In brief: Perhaps a surprise to some (but not to those who’ve played it) Red Dragon Inn 7 is a rip-roaring game about drinking, betting and brawling in any tavern you can imagine set in any fantasy universe. Slugfest Games wisely chose to build their flagship hand management game around interesting and unique characters that are interchangeable from one game to the next. Read more about this unique series in our piece, here.

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31: Seize the Bean

In brief: Whilst still not readily available, this 2018 Kickstarter warmed us with its delightful artwork and fast paced, fun gameplay. Each player must build their own thematic coffee shop, with the aim being to attract the most valuable custom. Do you invest in potted plants or better barista’s? The choice is yours. Here’s our preview of the unfinished version.

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