Last year I joined my first tabletop games meetup in Offenbach, Germany.
I got hooked on a rowdy German card game called Banana Bandido, and proceeded expanding my collection little by little
Before I joined the meetup, the world of gaming seemed rule-heavy and impenetrable to my only casual interest. But I’ve been having fun discovering games that liven up a get-together and make it easy to join in!
Have a look, and if you have any suggestions for new games, please comment!
= Favorite games with instructions on this website.
|Banana Bandido||2-5||fast pace||Banana generators, stick stealers and baboon’s butts: in this fast-paced card game, use any means necessary to collect the most bananas!|
|Durak||4-8||fast pace||Gang up on (defenseless? ) opponents in this souped-up version of War for 4-8 players.|
|Pigtail||3+||fast pace||This Japanese party game is guaranteed to work even if even you’ve had one Sake too many…|
|Spicy||2-6||fast pace||Lie your way to the top with these beautifully illustrated, Korean-style cards numbered 1-10 in the suits wasabi, chili, and pepper. Kind of like the American game “BS”, but spiffier.|
|President||4-10||fast pace||Shed cards as fast as possible by winning tricks with single cards or multiples-of-a-kind. 2’s are high and the winner gets a fancy title|
|Scopa!||2||fast pace||In this traditional Italian two-player, use your numbered cards in the suits coins, sticks, swords and cups to match as many cards on the board as possible. If you sweep them all away: “Scopa!” (means broom), you get an extra point.|
|66||2||medium pace||Use memory and strategy in this traditional German game, and make tricks and combinations to reach 66 before your opponent!|
|Pick-omino/Heckmeck||2-7||medium pace||Dice-rolling game where you have to match the rolled numbers with numbered domino-like pieces on the table. Weird worm-and-chicken based theme, but if it’s fun, who cares?|
|Oh Hell!||3-7||medium pace||This trick-making game is more about guessing how many tricks your hand can make than actually making the tricks themselves. Hands change incrementally in size throughout rounds.|
|Blitz||2-7||relaxed pace||Win by not losing! In this fun Blackjack predecessor, keep your lives to stay afloat.|
|Hive||2||relaxed pace||Boardless boardgame for two players. Move your hexagonal insect pieces around the field to surround your opponent’s queen bee and win the hive.|
|Garbage||2||relaxed pace||Be the first to collect the cards A-10 on a 10-card grid. This easy (and fun) two-player is a good mindless accompaniment to conversation.|