Breathe in... Bush's Board Game Thing sees Andy Bush celebrating board games and the experience of gaming with friends Eloise Carr and Brian Murphy. Each week, expect passion, enthusiasm, and multiple trips through gaming wormholes. This podcast is powered by Zatu - we're making sure the board game cogs keep on turning. Each week, I'll be bringing you the best bits here on the blog and letting you shop the podcast! Now, breathe out as we explore mindful games.
Board games can be extremely mindful and thought-provoking. This week, the trio are looking at those games that aren't competitive and focus on spending time to create something beautiful. Azul, for example. You cannot move on until the first section of the game is perfect. You aren't thinking ahead, purely what you are doing in the moment. Whilst there isn't a category for mindful games, the team have put together their top picks.
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Brian kicks off our mindful games collection with Inner Compass, a game of emotions. In this game. you'll be playing as one of four characters that are searching for meaning in their day to day lives. Make life decisions and experience the full spectrum of emotions whilst creating meaningful memories in this bold experiment of a game. To win, your character will need to journey through enlightenment to grab the crown.
Not only does this game allow you to reflect and cherish your own memories, but it also acts as a beautiful visual on your board game shelf. This set collection game channels the reflective side of mindfulness and really allows you to open up with other players. Will you focus on building up emotions to release them at the right moments? Sometimes this can be healthy and productive but sometimes more inappropriate. Jump onto this emotional rollercoaster today!
Next up is Eloise's mindful game, the stunning Mariposas! Elizabeth Hargrave burst onto the board game scene with the classic Wingspan. Mariposas is her follow-up game that focuses on set collection and movement.
Every Spring, millions of Monarch butterflies leave Mexico to spread out across Eastern North America. Every fall, millions fly back to Mexico. However, no single butterfly ever makes the round trip. Be a part of this incredible journey in a game that offers mindfulness and a beautiful game with stunning components. This game also sits at a platinum 94% on our blog, the Zatu Bloggers would highly recommend a game of Mariposas!
Last to bat is Bush himself! With the previous games focusing on reflection and stunning visuals, Bush has gone for a genre that is rather left-field. If you haven't guessed already, Andy has opted for baseball games. Take Baseball Highlights: 2045 for example. You'll be watching TV highlights of early 21st-century baseball games, with the gameplay being full of theme with no outs or innings and without bogging down in a play-by-play baseball simulation.
In this quick and interactive game, two players build their teams as they play. You'll be combining both strategy and tactics without any downtime. Do you try to thwart your opponent's pending hits, put up strong offensive action of your own, or use your better players to do both?
And Breathe Out
That's Bush's Board Game Thing Episode 29 all wrapped up!
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