Casual Games to Play During a Quarantine, Part II

Welcome again. I hope you are doing well keeping your social distance from people and being careful when doing errands. We are still in pandemic and though people are venturing out more, most of us are staying at home.

That is why I am bringing out some more games to play with close ones during your self-quarantine.

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Tiny Epic Galaxies

In Tiny Epic Galaxies, each player controls a galactic empire, aiming to expand their influence by acquiring highly contested planets and increasing their galactic armada. 1-5 players can play. Like all Tiny Epic games from Gamelyn Games, this great game comes in a small portable box.

You start with 2 rocket ships and you collect resources like Culture and Energy. Your actions are determined by rolling dice. You can move your rocket ship to a planet to colonize, gain resources, upgrade your empire, or move your ship along a colonization track in order to colonize the planet. When you upgrade your empire, eventually you gain more dice and rocket ships.

When someone achieves at least 21 victory points, everyone else gets one more turn before the game ends. Then everyone counts up their victory points to see who is the winner.

For solo players, you can play against a Rogue Galaxy which is an AI to compete with. There are 6 Rogues of varying difficulties. They are quite a challenge as I rarely won against one. 

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Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle

Are you a fan of Harry Potter? Take the role of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley and Neville Longbottom in this cooperative deck-building game and fight the forces of Voldemort. This game plays 2-4 players, but a solo player can play 2 characters with the regular rules. I know I do.

You start off with a starter deck of 10 cards. As you play, you purchase more powerful cards that are spells, magical items, and allies to help you defeat each enemy before they take over a location. As it is cooperative, you help each other out

There are 7 games within this box and you progress through them after you win each one. Of course, it get harder as you go. You get more cards to purchase, more villains to fight, more locations to defend, and more Dark Arts cards that just makes things more difficult for you. 

And recently USAopoly add new solo player rules where you can just play one character. You can download the solo rules here.

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Forbidden Island 

Here is another great cooperative game to pass the time in quarantine. 2-4 players can play. As usual, a solo player can take on two characters. 

You're on a sinking island and you need to find 4 artifacts before escaping on the Helicopter landing. There are a number of different characters with different abilities. The island is made of tiles with a two sides. One side is unsunken while the other is sunken. You draw cards to find out which tile is sinking. When a tike sinks, flip to the sunken side. If you do not shore it up with sand, the tile will sink and disappear and become uncrossable. 

It is a race against time where you need to strategize where to go to get the artifacts and shore up some tiles. You can't save all the sinking tiles.

Stone Age

Stone Age is a worker placement game for 2-4 players. If you want to learn how to play worker placement, this is the game to play. Each player starts with 5 meeples which are workers and some food tokens. 

You place your meeple on spaces to get resources like wood, clay, stone and gold, on tiles to build huts, on cards that will help you, farm, tools, or a love hut to add more meeples to your workforce.

There is dice involved when harvesting resources depending how many meeples you place down. The game ends when one of the 4 piles of huts is depleted. You then count up your score to see who wins.

It is competitive, but the the game play is such that no one gets angry because no one gets attacked. You just compete for resources. And don't forget. You need to feed your meeples as well.

And there you have it. 4 casual games to play in this time of quarantine. Read Part I for the other 4 games I have listed. I hope you enjoy them. It does seem that things are starting to go back to normal, but it is not quite there yet.

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