leisure 09.12.03

Board Games

Here are some games, new and not-so-new, that will liven up a board game night.

DVONN, Games Magazine's Game of the Year 2003, is a strategy stacking game played on an elongated hexagonal board. "Rarely is a game as satisfying to play as DVONN," according to Games.
Details: 2 players, ages 9 and up, $29.95
Manufacturer: www.gipf.com/dvonn


Malarky will appeal to those who like Balderdash. Here, you must bluff answers out loud to questions like "Why are pistachios dyed red?"
Details: 3-6 players, ages 10 and up, $35
Manufacturer: www.patchproducts.com


Risk 2210 A.D. plays faster than the original, but it's still a question of ruling the planet.
Details: 2-5 players, ages 10 and up, $39.99
Manufacturer: www.avalonhill.com


I'm the Boss is a reissue of a game with a big following, though this is the first English edition. It's a game of deal making and negotiation.
Details: 3-6 players, ages 12 and up, $34.95
Manufacturer: www.face2facegames.com


Puerto Rico is from Rio Grande Games, a small manufacturer that is giving the big guys a run for their money. Puerto Rico won the International Gamer's Award 2003 — the idea is to build the most successful plantation.
Details: 3-5 players, ages 12 and up, $34.95
Manufacturer: www.riograndegames.com


Wise and Otherwise plays a lot better than it sounds: you come up with the second half to an obscure saying (from anywhere in the world) such as "If you take a squirrel out of water…" (Answer: "…he will devise a plot against you.")
Details: 2-6 players, ages 12 and up, $34.99
No website.
WHERE TO FIND THEM…Game Show, 474 6th [11th/12th] 212.633.6328 and 1240 Lex [83rd] 212.472.8011 or online at www.funagain.com.

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