I had played Ticket to Ride twice before but had kind of forgotten about it. It's a strategy game where you collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes across Europe, scoring points for long routes. There's a bunch of other twists and rules that make the game really fun. This game kind of reminds of me of Settlers of Catan, but it's way better because I don't actually like Settlers. This is the game I ended up picking. We're still figuring out our different strategies but we're really enjoying it.
Qwirkle was the other game my mom bought, and we ended up playing it several times when we visited. It looks really weird, but it's really fun. You use blocks to score points by building lines that share a common attribute - either the color the shape. It is fairly simple to play, but if you want to score a lot of points and win, you really have to strategize. Qwirkle also just won the 2011 Spiel des Jahres award, which is the most prestigious game award. Caleb was really good at this game (I think it's the engineer in him), so I'm sure we'll be adding this game to our collection at some point as well.
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Are you a game person? What games do you and your family like to play?