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Target are making a strong investment in board and card games and have signed up 95 exclusive releases to draw in hobbyists and the casual audience alike. They plan to fill shelves with over 130 new board games.

“There’s something special about breaking free from screens and spending real, face-to-face time with family and friends—and that’s why our guests are loving the ever-growing board game trend. We’re out to make Target their go-to destination for great games, so over the past couple of years, we’ve more than doubled our assortment and we’re constantly working with the nation’s leading game makers to create even more unique, exclusive games for our guests to enjoy with those they love.” -Kelly Caruso, senior vice president of Hardlines, Target

Some “Throwback finds” aimed at the more casual market include Monopoly Gamer: Mario Kart, Superfight ’90s Deck, The Golden Girls: Any Way You Slice It, and Target exclusives, MacGuyver: The Escape Room Game, and The Brady Bunch Party Game.

The entry level hobbyists can find what they call “brain strainers” such as Choose Your Own Adventure: House of Danger, the Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set, Hackathon, and Target exclusives, Ticket To Ride: New York, Ryan and Majorie Lauket’s Megaland, and The Oregon Trail Game: Journey To Willamette Valley.

More casual, party games (dubbed “family face-off” games) include Monopoly: Cheater’s Edition, Spin Off, A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King, and Target exclusives, Blank Slate, YeahNOPE, and Rustic versions of Sorry! and Battleship.

Kids games include Chow Crown, Pie Face Cannon, Yeti Set Go, and Target exclusives, LOL Surprise: The Water Surprise Game, and Tic Tac Tongue.

With a growing list of exclusive titles it shows that Target sees enough potential in the board game market to make it worth drawing hobbyists to its stores.

Crokicurl, the sport-like game where crokinole and curling collide, is now being played in multiple cities across Canada.

The game has players competing using crokinole rules, but using curling stones in lieu of wooden discs and competing on a large scale playing surface made of ice. Players still need to aim for the 20 hole and hit competing players pieces, but now they will be doing this by hurling curling stones across a sheet of ice, with wooden posts blocking shots instead of pegs.

The hybrid game originated in Winnipeg in 2017 when a team of architects built the first crokicurl board at the iconic Forks river site.

While the game was the brainchild of the architects at Winnipeg-based Public City Architecture firm and the first rink was built in Winnipeg, Crokicurl has been picked up in other Canadian municipalities. The Acadia Community Association in Calgary found their inspiration from the Winnipeg game, building a crokicurl rink further West.

As a testament to the popularity of both sports, a story about the Winnipeg invention was one of the most popular posts the Calgary based community association had in 2017:

Last year, when the Winnipeg [crokicurl] article came out, I had put it on our community Facebook page… and the engagement on that post alone pretty much outweighs what we [usually] do in the whole entire year.”

While the game has no confirmed place in the 2018 winter olympics, a possible bid by Calgary to host the 2026 Winter Games could raise the hopes of potential crokicurl medalists.

Disclaimer

As a disclaimer, I have taken guests to the Calgary crokicurling site. The game is every bit as amazing as you could possibly hope it would be.

Courtesy Jonathan Lundberg

Courtesy Jonathan Lundberg

Best Choice Reviews dipped their toe into the world of board games with their 50 Greatest Card Games and Board Game of All Time, citing the growing popularity of the gaming hobby.

“Board gaming has experienced increases overall for the past several years, leading to many manufacturers and commentators to talk about the Board Game Renaissance. This list features the best of the old and the new in board and card gaming. These games are popular, influential, and loads of fun.”

Although we here at Dice Tower News are objective reporters and are able to push aside cognitive dissonance like professionals, it is important to remember that “fun”, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

With that out of the way, let’s reveal the contents of your next board game order:

  • #50 – Operation
  • #49 – Gin Rummy
  • #48 – Mouse Trap
  • #47 – Mancala
  • #46 – Metro
  • #45 – Battleship
  • #44 – Parcheesi
  • #43 – Yahtzee!
  • #42 – Carcassonne
  • #41 – Uno
  • #40 – Sorry!
  • #39 – Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • #38 – Pictionary
  • #37 – Chinese Checkers
  • #36 – Whist
  • #35 – Cards Against Humanity
  • #34 – Pandemic
  • #33 – Blackjack (21)
  • #32 – Cribbage
  • #31 – Snakes and Ladders
  • #30 – Candyland
  • #29 – Spades
  • #28 – Pokemon
  • #27 – Dominoes
  • #26 – Dutch Blitz
  • #25 – The Game of Life
  • #24 – Hearts
  • #23 – Connect Four
  • #22 – Trivial Pursuit
  • #21 – Diplomacy
  • #20 – Munchkin
  • #19 – Taboo
  • #18 – Axis and Allies
  • #17 – Ticket to Ride
  • #16 – Canasta
  • #15 – Stratego
  • #14 – Mahjong
  • #13 – Clue (Cluedo)
  • #12 – Scrabble
  • #11 – Apples to Apples
  • #10 – Settlers of Cataan
  • #9 – Backgammon
  • #8 – Magic: The Gathering
  • #7 – Poker
  • #6 – Risk
  • #5 – Draughts (Checkers)
  • #4 – Bridge
  • #3 – Monopoly
  • #2 – Chess
  • #1 – Go

There you have it, the 50 Greatest Card Games and Board Games of All Time. For more on these games and their ranks on this hallowed list, check out the full article.