Board game obsessions: The "gotta learn these" pile

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With the weather turning, it was time to stock up on new board gaming experiences to learn and digest as the days get colder. Here's a sneak peek at games that we'll be learning (and writing about in greater detail) in the coming months:
NATE WARREN
  • Nate Warren
Lanterns
A friend in Portland taught us Lanterns while we killed an afternoon inside a local tap house. It's a tile-laying game where you try to maximize your score with the best placement of arrays of floating...wait for it...lanterns.

Like a lot of good light games, it's easy to pick up and then beguiles you with some pretty tough strategic decisions. We bought it as soon as we returned home.

The Bloody Inn
If running a hotel and stealing from people are on your bucket list, you can check off both items with The Bloody Inn.

Players compete as proprietors of a French country inn that isn't quite on the up-and-up. Points are scored by fleecing your guests, disposing of them if necessary, and not arousing the suspicion of the gendarmes. Can't wait to get our teeth into this one.

Wasteland Express Delivery Service
I'm a huge fan of epic-length games that revolve around "pick up and deliver" mechanics (see: Merchant of Venus, Merchants & Marauders), so Wasteland Express Delivery Service — with its fantastic illustrations, sprawling components and post-apocalyptic theme — found a place on my shelf even before I'd read a single review of it.

Players take the role of radiation-crazed truck drivers for the last functioning parcel service on Earth — upgrading their rigs and scrapping with raiders en route to making lucrative trades at one of the game's many outposts, or completing side missions on behalf of the lunatic factions that control them.

Looking for these titles to make some welcome heat on the game table as fall gives way to winter. I'll report back with detailed accounts of how they play — and whether or not they deserve your consideration.

Nate Warren is a Colorado Springs-based copywriter who offers both the veteran gamer and the uninitiated a local window into the burgeoning and wildly creative world of hobby and designer board games enjoyed by fanatics and connoisseurs — around the corner and and across the globe.

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