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Tom’s Christmas Wishlist

Wishlist - Christmas - Tom H

What do you buy the gamer who has everything? Well, when I say “everything”, I mean A Lot Of Games Already. Euro-style board games are where my heart’s at, when push comes to shove. I love Stefan Feld. Alexander Pfister is my home-boy. Simone Luciani deserves a knighthood. That’s my jam, and I have no shame in admitting it.

These past twelve months, though, I’ve attempted to expand my collection with variety. I still buy Euros – I can’t help myself! However, I’ve made conscious efforts to sail out to waters unknown. I’ve fallen in love with Dungeons & Dragons this year. Fury of Dracula (3rd/4th Edition) – a one-vs-many, theme-driven masterpiece – now sits on my shelf.

For me, Christmas is about sharing quality moments with family and friends. I have no kids of my own, but I am fortunate to have a close bond with my young niece and nephew. Fingers crossed, they’re going to grow up to be board game geeks like their Uncle Tom!

HABA

My niece loves playing HABA games. The likes of Unicorn Glitterluck, Rhino Hero and Monza will get played in December. She’s growing up fast, though. It won’t be long before she starts hankering after ‘grown up’ games. She’s already played Forbidden Island (with help), and I reckon she’d master Carcassonne in no time at all.

Both her and my nephew have active imaginations. So the game on my Christmas Wish List this year is one with future investment in mind. It’s a game with Euro-style elements to it, but there’s story-telling at its core. The artwork is wonderful and evocative. The artist, in fact, is the designer, too. Have you guessed it, yet?

Above and Below

The designer (and artist) in question is Ryan Laukat. The game that’s on my radar is Above and Below, by Laukat’s publishing company, Red Raven Games. Above and Below offers worker placement, village-building and set collection. But those are not earth-shattering mechanisms. More appealing is the other half of the game – the quests.

In Above and Below, players can collect resources and construct buildings ‘above ground’. The thing that intrigues me is when you opt to send your workers ‘below ground’, into the caverns. Here, they’ll stumble into encounters. You draw a quest card and get a random scenario number. You then flick to that number in a book and someone else reads out the quest. You, the active player, then has a choice. Do you attempt to resolve the encounter following option A or B? Do you act with generosity, or malice?

Depending on the workers you sent on this adventure, you’ll then roll dice to try and triumph. Success brings you rewards, which aid you towards the resource-management side of things.

I’m excited about Above and Below, not only for the possibility of future plays with my niece and nephew in mind. This style of game could appeal to my ‘casual’ gamer friends. They’d get a real kick out of picking a certain path when faced with a quest scenario. And, fingers crossed, they’d enjoy the Euro-style half of it, too…

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fast shipping, prices is good, ordered 2 times, and will be ordering again in the near future

fast shipping, prices is good, ordered 2 times, and will be ordering again in the near future

Wasy to find the sleeves I wanted at a great price and quick postage! A+++

Wasy to find the sleeves I wanted at a great price and quick postage! A+++

My first order from this company and certainly won't be the last.Great website,great service with items being despatched really fast.Thanks to all the team

My first order from this company and certainly won't be the last.Great website,great service with items being despatched really fast.Thanks to all the team

Good price, good website.

Good price, good website.

Good collection of games. Affordable prices!

Good collection of games. Affordable prices!

2nd order from Zatu. Great selection of games at a reasonable price!

2nd order from Zatu. Great selection of games at a reasonable price!

Excellent website giving full description of the game I was interested in. Easy to order, good price and prompt delivery.

Excellent website giving full description of the game I was interested in. Easy to order, good price and prompt delivery.

As boardgames in The Netherlands are hard to find in English I tried out Zatu Games for the first time. Amazing amount of titles to choose from, some with really good discounts and the delivery was surprisingly swift! Absolute recommendation!

As boardgames in The Netherlands are hard to find in English I tried out Zatu Games for the first time. Amazing amount of titles to choose from, some with really good discounts and the delivery was surprisingly swift! Absolute recommendation!

Prices are decent, makes you comfortable and they have cool discounts. They make you feel welcome and it makes online shopping a breeze

Prices are decent, makes you comfortable and they have cool discounts. They make you feel welcome and it makes online shopping a breeze

I am very pleased with this store. All of the games are very nicely packaged and sent on time. The prices are usually the best comparing to other similar retailers and the customer service/support is fast and efficient. The only reason that I didn't rate it with 5 stars is the website. It is very problematic and I am having an issue almost every time I use it.

I am very pleased with this store. All of the games are very nicely packaged and sent on time. The prices are usually the best comparing to other similar retailers and the customer service/support is fast and efficient. The only reason that I didn't rate it with 5 stars is the website. It is very problematic and I am having an issue almost every time I use it.

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