Our board game offerings

Three board game offers to discover for the whole family, group or couple

Published at 16:00

Stephanie Morin

Stephanie Morin
Press

Pierre-Marc Durivage

Pierre-Marc Durivage
Press

Archpirate

The Black Baron is captured but refuses to reveal where his treasure is hidden. One thing’s for sure, the chests are buried on the floating Crane Archipelago… And a few pirates have begun searching for them.

While the theme may seem childish, this Quebec-invented and made game is pretty darn smart. It’s not that the rules are hard, no, but to hope to win you need a solid strategy where each move is planned several moves ahead. Otherwise, disaster is guaranteed! We must also always keep an eye on our opponent; also use your luck… The base game is already enjoyable and complete, but it can get a bit more difficult with the addition of cards that give the player a unique power.

Archipirata can be played with 2 or 4 players, but we strongly recommend that you play with 2 players. Interest fades at four players. However, this game remains one of our greatest discoveries so far! The only problem is that it’s hard to find on the shelves of major retailers, but you can order it online from Éditions Momentum.

Number of players: 2 or 4
Age: 14+
Duration: 30 minutes
Level: Intermediate
Author: Julien Avi
Publisher: Picto editions
Price: $35

Collection of villains


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Gathering of Villains, a variant of the game Loups-Garous de Thiercelieux

Here’s a clever take on the werewolf game by Tiersellier, this time around Disney villains. The villagers and werewolves here are being replaced by those big villains we love who are struggling to take control of the dark, devastated realm from which they were all exiled. Some are loyal to the current government, others are traitors who want to usurp the throne. Every night, traitors try to eliminate the loyal, who themselves are trying to expose the scammers by going to the vote in the morning. But unlike a traditional game, all players are assigned a character that is visible to everyone, either big bad guys with unique abilities, or their assistants. However, these assistants don’t necessarily have the same alignment as their bosses, they have to be careful when it comes time to condemn, because if they vote to eliminate their leader and the latter is loyal, they will be destroyed too!

As such, Assembly of Villains offers more options than the original game; however, you need to make sure all players are familiar with the powers of all the big villains – the game master’s role is to make sure the game runs smoothly. Judging by the happy discussions that accompanied the spontaneous messages at the end of two games played with grandparents, parents, cousins, this new version of werewolves will be very popular. On the verge of crowding out the classics? Have !

Number of players: 6 to 12
Age: 10+
Duration: 30 minutes
Difficulty level: easy
Authors: Philippe de Pallières and Hervé Marly, adapted by Atelier Libellud
Publisher: Zygomatic/Asmodee
Price: $20

Fools to tie


PHOTO FRANCOIS ROY, PRESS

Board game Fous à lier

Is the reinvention of pantomime a mission impossible? Not for the Synapses Games gang, a Quebec-based publisher increasingly active in the world of board games. In Fous à lier, players do not need to imitate a word in order to guess, but instead need several pictograms that, when connected together on the playing field, form the silhouette of a mysterious word.

For example, to guess the word carrot, a designer will draw a carrot by connecting several small icons on his secret board: a dog, a sword, a key, a whale… which his teammates in turn draw a carrot on their notebook. Result: mimes follow each other at high speed, which cannot but cause laughter. Simple and effective party game; We love.

Number of players: 4 to 8
Age: 10+
Duration: 20 minutes
Difficulty level: easy
Authors: Jay Cormier and Chase Disher.
Publisher: Synapses Games
Price: $35