I’m a fan of board games. I’m also a fan of good design. Naturally then, I’m a fan of well designed board game boxes. I’ve backed a few board game related Kickstarter projects in recent memory, and there are two that have particularly standout packaging – in both good and bad ways.
On one hand, we have Dungeon Roll with a shelf-unfriendly box but a perfect touch on a closing mechanism. And on the other hand, The Great Heartland Hauling Co. features a great travel-sized box that will probably dump its contents all over your bag if you attempt to travel with it. Read on for more!
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Set is an abstract card game that is more of a brainteaser than a “game”. Being a Mensa-recommended brainteaser, this means that it’s a bit complex to get your head around. Maybe not complex in the same way as Axis & Allies, but Set requires a lot of mental processing for the first time player.
In a nutshell, Set is a game about finding “sets” (see what they did there?) of matching symbols on its cards. The thing is, there are four different ways you can match the cards. It’s a lot for your brain to manage, especially when you’re racing other players who are doing the same thing.
And this is why it’s being featured here on thatgamesux.com: it is packaged in a way to help ease the player into fully understanding the game. Continue reading →