Lists are a type of publication that you like very much, but at the same time, they are very controversial because they are always subject to personal opinion. You will most likely miss many titles, or it might even seem to you that some do not deserve to be on the list. We wanted to pick up the games that have worked best for us and that have had the most acceptance in the almost four years of the life of Via Ludica. All these games are familiar type accessible to anyone even if they have no experience in the world of a table game. Any of these would serve as a first game.
- Carcassonne (2000)
The last game was missing from the Trinity (the second option). If we say that Catan may start to be overcome, Carcassonno’s case is quite the opposite. One of the best games of all time in which thanks to its system of placement of tiles each game is always different. Also, it is a game that scales very well to the different number of players.
For two players Carcassonne is a very strategic game in which you must think very carefully where to put your fins to get ahead of your opponent. When you play four or five players instead, it becomes a more diplomatic game in e that you have to know with which players you are interested in sharing points and who you have to block so that you cannot score.
- Secret Code (2015)
One could consider the game party-game final. A game in which players are divided into two teams and designate a leader. He has to give clues to his side so they can discover all the words of his color on the table. The description may seem a bit cold a priori, but experience tells us that in a game as many rounds will be made as necessary for each player to play leader at least once.
One of the great successes of the last few years. You can find out more about this game in our article celebrating the Catalan version.
- The Resistance (2009)
One of the most played games in Via Ludica and one that helps create cohesion in the groups, but also the game with which we always remember that: “what happens in the game stays in the game.”
At the beginning of each game, each player receives a card that will tell him if he is part of the Resistance team (the good ones) or spies (the bad ones). After an opening round in which evil players will recognize each other the game will begin. Everyone will always deny being a spy. Will you believe it?
You can continue reading about resistance in the article we dedicate to its new version. La Resistencia: Avalon.
- Adventurers on the train! (2004)
Another of the Trinity games (the third option) we were talking about with Catan. The success of this game has resulted in different versions and multiple map expansions. The original version presents the map of North America in which players have to link cities with their wagons to create train routes. Only a year after its publication did the European version come out with some additional rules. Both versions of the game have received your votes, and we have decided to group them.
A game that you can learn to play very quickly (in less than 15 minutes) and that everyone will enjoy playing. Are you going to do your routes or are you going to try to figure out what the other players are doing to see if there’s a chance to bother them?
- Patchwork (2014)
A game that we consider the best current game for this number of players. Very sensible to explain, but as you add up games, you realize that there are many strategic decisions to make.
In non-cooperative games for two players, there is always a component of annoying the other player. In this game, you have to decide continuously between taking the chips that are best to place on our board or to prevent the opponent take the most benefit.
You can read more about Patchwork in our game article for two players.
- Ricochet Robots (1999)
One of our favorites in Via Playful. Alex Randolph, one of the pioneers in the creation of board games, is the creator of this movement programming game that schools and institutes are so fond of.
Perhaps it is the game that may seem more strange than it is on the list. The rules are explained very quickly and in less than five minutes you can be playing perfectly, so it is not a complicated game. A game that I recommend that you give a chance and let you explain.
- Dobble (2009)
The game with the lowest age recommendation on this list, but also the most straightforward game to explain to get to play and that always hooks everyone. An ice-breaking weapon that loves big and small. This game has the honor of being the most sold of Via Fun.
Fifty-five cards, eight objects in each card and, absolutely always, an object repeated between any two cards. Will you be able to find him? We dedicate an article to this game in conjunction with the Ghost Blitz.
As a curiosity, we would like to point out that one of the illustrators of the game is Peyo, the creator of Smurfs.
- King of Tokyo (2011)
One of the classic craps and group games. Richard Garfield, the creator of Magic The Gathering, is the author of this game that offers two different ways to win. Either you accumulate stars destroying the city to 20 points of victory, or you eliminate the other players and become the last monster standing.
- Magic Maze (2017)
If Catan is the oldest game on the list, Magic Maze is the newest. For us, it represents a clear demonstration of how innovation can be innovated, as well as how the market is evolving in our country. If it could be years before a title was published, now in a matter of months we can have it here.
Magic Maze is a real-time cooperative game in which you cannot speak I in which each player can only perform concrete actions. If you want to know more about the game you can read the article we dedicate to it.
- Catan (1995)
The one we consider the father of the modern board game. The game that opened the way and showed that you could make games very different from the classics and the oldest on this list. Until about three or four years ago, when someone asked us about an initiation level board game, we told him that he had three excellent options, which we could consider the Trinity. Catan was the first choice.
With the number of relevant and exciting titles that are published today perhaps Catan is not the great game that was in its beginnings and you could say that it is beginning to be surpassed, but it remains a great first game for anyone. The dynamic of trade between players and the agility of the play marked a time.
King of Tokyo is one of the most internationally sold games. Recently it received a reissue to modernize the art of the game commemorating a million units sold worldwide. If you want to know more about this game you can read the article we dedicate to it.