Catherine’s all time favourite board game is Caverna. She also has a soft spot for board games by Martin Wallace, such as Via Nebula and P.I.. She’s always on the look out for games with beautiful artwork and/or nature themes, including some of her other favourites - Tokaido, Wingspan, Gùgōng, and Takenoko. In terms of co-operative games, she likes to play Mysterium, Sub Terra, and Spirit Island.
Graham likes a variety of games, including “The Really Nasty Horse Racing Game” (what does that say about him??) and Carcassonne. He’s also learnt quite a few new games at the club. He is partial to strategy games, and cooperative games (but admits he doesn’t play enough of them!)
Favourites of all time include: Pandemic, 7 Wonders, Race for the Galaxy, O Zoo le Mio, and Dungeons & Dragons. Some of his new favourites are about the environment: Planet, Evolution: Climate.
Jyo loves strategy games. Complex mechanics, minimal luck, cut throat competition? Bring it on! Current favourites include Concordia, Terra Mystica, Brass Birmingham, Viticulture, and [insert any random Euro game here]…
She also enjoys some lighter touch games like Sushi Go, Trek 12, Welcome To, King of Tokyo, and can always be easily convinced to play social deduction games or anything with a cute animal theme e.g. Dungeon Petz.
Kathy generally prefers co-op games, especially Pandemic. But she can’t resist Ticket to Ride, Tikal, Magical Athlete, or Braggart. Kathy has been our main reviewer on the website, so you have a fair idea from what she’s been reviewing!
Simon owns a few games (too many if he’s honest) and will evade picking a favourite – it so depends on the mood and group. The last few years have seen a renewed interest in train games, mainly cube rails but also getting back into the more complex train games. Favourite designers include: Amabel Holland, Martin Wallace, anything from Splotter (very fond of games by Richard Breese, Mac Gerdts, Reiner Knizia, and Uwe Rosenberg). If you’re looking for something “lighter” he’ll often suggest Telestrations, Hossa!, Turn the Tide, P.I., Flamme Rouge. For the main part he’ll typically suggest Concordia, Edo, Caylus, Terra Mystica, Irish Gauge, Keyflower. If you want a bigger game then out come the Splotter/GMT/heavy economy games like Antiquity, Eldritch Horror, Container, Graenaland, Roads & Boats, Space Empires 4X, or some 18xx.
He was a serious GURPs and Ars Magica fan in the past, with a soft spot for the Classic and Cinematic Unisystem (i.e. Buffy RPG). However he’s now more in love with Fate and Lasers & Feelings (and the many derivatives, especially Books & Bikes).
Steve’s lifelong gaming passion has a military focus, including both historical miniatures and hex and counter wargames (Avalon Hill, SPI and Victory Games, for those old enough to remember them). He believes that if the rulebook isn’t at least 50 pages long, the designer and developers didn’t try hard enough! Surprisingly, all attempts to convince the family to join in the fun ended in total failure. With distance limiting the opportunities to get together with his usual wargame opponents, Steve was forced to diversify for his gaming fix.
To his delight, the family proved much more receptive to Euro style games and his collection has been growing ever since. Steve prefers games with a strong theme (historical and SF in particular) and probably likes pick-up and deliver mechanisms more than most.
He tends to avoid games that involve placing random shapes (Blokus: uuurgghh!) although the more regular Azul and Carcassonne tiles are tolerated. Firefly is Steve’s all- time top game, with current favourites including Terraforming Mars, Brass: Birmingham, East India Companies and Pan Am.
He believes that enjoying the game is much more important than winning, which is probably just as well given his success rate on recent club nights.