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Anjali Jhangiani | Friday, 17 February 2017 AT 09:39 PM IST
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New-age board games, which require strategic thinking rather than luck, is catching the fancy of players. Get the hang of it at Board Gaming Bash in Pune Comic Con this weekend.

After a hectic week, while some people might want to go out, let their hair down and party, others might want to kick back and unwind with a good board game. But gone are the days of Ludo, Chess and Checkers. Pune Board Gamers have upped the scene with a host of new-age board games like Game of Thrones, Terra Mystica, Tzolkin — The Mayan Calendar, Tigris and Euphrates, Power Grid, Kanban, Alchemists, Codenames, Magic the Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons and many more.

“The group was founded by Gaurav Roy, but since he shifted to the US, Krishnan Chathadi organises board game evenings and I help him. We usually organise game evenings twice a week, once on a weekday and once over the weekend, at different cafes and restaurants in Aundh and Baner,” says Naman Vinod, adding that the game evenings are open for all. He shares that they source the games from local shops, e-commerce websites and ask friends to bring them if they’re travelling back from abroad. “The old games mostly involved luck, some required a combination of luck and strategy. But new games that we play now are mostly strategy games, in which luck has a negligible role to play.”

He explains a few games that will be played during the Board Gaming Bash presented by Alto Pune Comic Con, this weekend:

Game of Thrones: The game is based on the fantasy series, A Song of Fire and Ice, by George R R Martin that inspired the television series Game of Thrones. It includes a map of Westeros, the fictional land where the fantasy is set and requires players to pick a House that they will belong to, like House Baratheon, House Lannister or House Stark. Then the players have to make strategies to take down all the other castles of various Houses. But they must remember, winter is coming!

Terra Mystica: It is a German-styled game for 2-5 players where random chance is very low. Each player must pick a race (there are 14 fictional races, each gifted with a special talent/ skill) and try and build their own society with buildings, temples and everything. There are various rounds that involve the players using their gift to make society better in any way they can.
Kanban: This one is quite different from the regular board games. Kanban is a production technique used in Japanese automotive factories. Players take on the role of ambitious factory managers and win points as an employee to move forward in the game. Whoever bags the highest position, wins. Well, we guess when work is fun, why not turn it into a board game?

Dungeons and Dragons: You’ve probably seen the cast of Big Bang Theory play this game on the show many times. The game is a role-playing one, where each player controls a single character in a fictional setting. You encounter everything from monsters to magic in this adventure. Apart from the players, you also have a Dungeon Master, who’s responsible to interpret the results of the actions taken by the players throughout their journey in the game.


Tigris and Euphrates: It is a different game every time you play it. Each player is given four leaders which include religion, farming, government and trading. These leaders must be used to collect points. But a player’s score at the end of the game is determined by the number of points they’ve scored in their weakest category, hence they are not encouraged to get too specialised in their strategy to win.

In this game, the players are alchemists. They have to use different ingredients to make various kinds of potions. Even if you haven’t graduated from Hogwarts, don’t worry.

There’s a list of elements and you also have information on their properties. After making your potion, you have to propose your theory on how you think it will work and then get it accepted to be published. The game requires the skill of deduction more than strategy.

The writer can be followed on twitter @purplesaga

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