I’ve been an avid fan of board games for a long time. While I prefer playing games with people in the flesh, in reality such gatherings are rare. Having a toddler also makes it tricky to keep all the game pieces in place. The advent of mobile app conversions has really changed that. Now I can easily play a game while my baby dozes on a shoulder, or save a game and get back to my chores while keeping the table clear of game pieces (not clear, mind you). It’s a great way to keep my mind active and engaged.
Some games lend themselves to this better than others. Carcassonne is a particularly good conversion. It’s strategic enough to satisfy most, with just the right amount (and type) of luck to keep one on one’s toes. It also plays relatively quickly and is easy to put down and return to. The rules are simple and gameplay is straightforward without ever being monotonous. While the better player is likely to win, it’s unlikely that even a new player will feel like they’re not in the game. A very well designed game.
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