When I was a kid, Monopoly wasn’t so much about building up a property portfolio as it was about robbing the bank and striking secret deals with other players. Worse still, you knew who was going to win an hour before the game dragged itself across the finish line – something which was never fun for the loser. Me.
Thank goodness games have evolved.
As I’ve eluded to many times in the past on my blog and on Facebook, I love table top games – dice, board and card games. They’re a great way for families to communicate and laugh together, and I really enjoy the idea of encouraging others to try them out.
In fact, Big Family Little Income and The Goof Review are putting together a local event in Gympie next month for people to come along with their kids and try some of our family’s favourite games – but more on that down the track.
Z-Man Games produce some of our family’s favourites – Pandemic and Stone Age – so a month ago I took a punt and contacted them to see if they’d like to give a game away on my site. Rather wonderfully, they said yes. It was very exciting.
They asked what game I had in mind and after looking at their extensive catalogue I told them I don’t care. They could choose.
Then their package arrived in the mail. I tore open the package and pulled out the game they’d chosen: Thunder & Lightning.
For about ten seconds Master24 and I just stared at the box with grins affixed to our faces.
Finally, I broke the silence.
“I’ve never heard of it,” I said to him.
“Me either,” he said, snatching up his phone and madly Googling for a review. “It’s supposed to be good.”
This is the bit I love about this table top gaming resurgence – unlike when I was growing up there are so many good games out there to discover. Proper games which require more than luck to win. More than simply being older than your opponents. Which do more than encourage kids to cheat and pass fake money under the table.
Unlike a lot of family games we play in the house, Thunder & Lightning is strictly for two players. For our family, this can be a problem because everyone wants in when we’re having a gaming night, but for smaller families it’s just about perfect. The other consideration is it’s for ages 13+. Again, this doesn’t suit our kids, but it does mean Master24 and I have a game we can enjoy together as we unwind when the littlies go to bed.
Now it’s confession time. Even after Master24 found some very positive reviews on this game, I had my doubts. In fact, I put off playing it for about three weeks, with my oldest boy eventually enticing me to the dining table with a fresh cuppa and a small cheese platter.
I very quickly forgot about the cheese.
In fact, when he eventually insisted on going to bed so he could make it to work the next day I was disappointed we were packing it up. Thunder & Lightning is a great game. Already one of my favourite games. How much do I like it? The following night I caught Master24 and his girlfriend playing it and I was actually a bit jealous. It’s mechanics are simple to understand and strategies are fun to play around with. Plus the artwork is beautiful. And why other gaming companies can’t see the value in quality card thickness is beyond me (you’ll understand the more games you play).
With thanks to Z-Man Games, I have a copy of this great family game to give away. All you have to do is think of an attention grabbing answer to the following question, and write your response in the comments below:
What is your favourite board or card game, and why?
Entries close at 10pm on Sunday 25th September, with the winner announced shortly afterwards. Terms & Conditions.
Master24 did a review over on The Goof Review if you want to check one out a – Thunder & Lightning review.
Congratulations to our winner – Pete Walsh – and thank you to everyone for joining in the fun 🙂
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