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2014 Holiday Suggestions

Needing some ideas for a good game but not sure what to get? Every year of our thirty-four year existence, The Game Preserve has fashioned a Holiday buyer’s list. We come up with a small list of games we think would fit the bill for your strat players, wordsmiths, 2-player head-to head, trivianuts plus just one or two good party games you and your friends and family can enjoy this holiday season.


1) Machi Koro

Machi Koro

Machi Koro

Machi Koro is a light-hearted game of building your city better and faster than your opponents. Roll the die collect money based what buildings your have dominion over. Just have one Bakery that gets you one coin anytime a 2 or 3 is rolled? Why not save your money and get a Cafe’ and get one coin from the PLAYER WHO ROLLED a 3!

This is an excellent introductory game for a new player, or just as good a game for that beer and pretzel game night for those that enjoy Settlers of Catan and the like.


  • 2 – 4 players
  • 30 minute game play
  • Ages 10+

2) iKNOW

iKNOW Trivia Game

iKNOW Trivia Game


iKNOW is a fun trivia game allowing each player an opportunity to decide how easy the answer to the question will be and they also get to bet against other players as to whether or not they know the answer.


Score from 1 – 3 points per question depending how hard you’ve decided to make it for yourself. Then the next phase take a chance on losing or gaining points by deciding if the other players will know the answer.

  • Ages 15+
  • 2 – 6 players
  • 45+ minutes playtime

3) Ambiguity

ambiguity_1Not sure if the die an “M” or a “W”. That’s fine. Let it be both. In Ambiguity, roll the dice and get word searching for as many words as you can find. The Longer, the better. First one to 100 points wins.

  • Ages 8+
  • 2 or more players
  • less than 30 minutes


4)Brave Rats


Brave Rats

Brave Rats

This is a fast-paced 2-player game of card counting. Decide what to use or throw away based on what the other player had played. Play in less than 5 minutes.

  • 2 player only
  • 5 minutes
  • 8 – adult

5) Splendor



Splendor is a game of gem collecting. Much like dominion where the player needs to design a means of getting more and more money, in Splendor, the needs to develop an engine to gather up gems that will ultimately get him or her more prestige. First player to get to 15 points, wins.


  • Ages 10+
  • 30 minute playtime
  • 2 -4 players

6) Concept



If there has to be a favorite this year, Concept is definitely that. Think of concept as charades with out all the acting. Draw a card, and then start giving out clues on a board with universal symbols. Some are harder than others. But this game is always a good time.

  • Ages 10+
  • 4 – 12 Players
  • 40 minutes playtime

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