What makes a game fun? Is it the people you play with? The surprises afforded by chance? Or devising a strategy so sneakily brilliant no one else saw it coming?
Games that rely on a dice roll can certainly be cruisier to play; you can just sit back and merely forfeit your destiny. The decisions are simpler. But they seldom feel as satisfying – if you can summon the mental energy – as getting immersed in a more complex game and strategising your way to victory.
This week’s post pitches a range of games beyond classics like Monopoly. Expect exploding islands, medieval dynasties and cutesy woodland folk.