Just because you’re a gamer doesn’t mean you play video games. It could be that you’re the kind of gamer who prefers board games enjoyed an a winter afternoon, indoors next to one of those cheesy fake-fireplace videos. That’s cool and we love those people. We love them so much that we’ve put together a list of recent board games released that they might desperately want to receive as a gift this year.
So here we go with GamerTell’s board game 2012 holiday gift guide! I’ll list the five games we’re recommending with descriptions for each, you read them and maybe you’ll find some inspiration for that geeky board game lover on your shopping list.
The Crazy Cat Lady Board Game
Description: Two to four players must go around the game board attempting to be the crazy cat lady with the most cats. It’s easy to keep track of how you’re doing, since the game comes with 50 teeny cats. Be careful though, because it’s just as easy to lose cats as it is to find them!
Recommend Ages: Ages 7 and up, since those little cat figures are super tiny and they’d be a choking hazard for younger kids.
Who’d want it? Absolutely anyone. This is an all ages game and is just hilarious. I think I’ve had more fun playing and laughed harder during The Crazy Cat Lady Board Game than during any other game.
LEGO The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Description: Players first build the Hobbiton board game, then take part in an adventure for two to four players that involves arranging and rearranging the town and then assisting Gandalf in finding missing dwarves.
Recommend Ages: Ages 7 and up, because LEGOs are small and also very swallow-able.
Who’d want it? Lord of the Rings fans who are looking forward to The Hobbit movie. Though really, LEGO board games are pretty good all-ages games and have the added bonus of being fun to build.
Description: You’re a starfleet captain with a surplus of redshirt-ed crewmen and women in Redshirts. Your goal is to face off against two to seven other players in an attempt to be the first to send your redshirts off to untimely demises. If you get rid of all yours first, you win!
Recommend Ages: Ages 14 and up
Who’d want it? Star Trek fans, especially ones who remember the original series and the “peril” redshirt-wearing crewmen and women faced.
Star Trek Catan
Description: Three to four players set out to explore the galaxy and take control of it with a Star Trek-inspired version of the settlement and colonization game Catan. Collect resources, trade with other players, build and win by having the biggest and best outpost.
Recommend Ages: Ages 10 and up
Who’d want it? Star Trek fans, or people who already know and love Catan, but would prefer playing a more sci-fi version.
The Walking Dead Board Game
Description: This is a rather intriguing board game where even the people who lose don’t start playing. People begin in a zombie-infested Atlanta, Georgia and work to try and find supplies from different areas and then bring them safely back to their base. If you manage to do that, you win. If you don’t, you become a walker (zombie) and then work to try and infect the other remaining, healthy players.
Recommend Ages: Ages 13 and up.
Who’d want it? Fans of The Walking Dead will naturally be interested, but I think that The Walking Dead Board Game will appeal to anyone who’s ever thought about what he or she would do if the zombie apocalypse happened and how they would survive.