Not only is this the time of year for big holiday game
purchases, like Star Wars Armada from Fantasy Flight, Fortune and Glory from
Flying Frog or Horus Heresy: Betrayal at
Calith from Games Workshop, any of which will set you back $100 or more, but
the season also calls for smaller presents as well, for stocking stuffers,
secret Santas or gift exchange. For these, you want a game that provides a lot
of fun without melting down your pocketbook. Here are some suggestions:
Love Letter from AEG. This is Castle Perilous
Games & Books Selected Stocking Stuffer of the Season for several
reasons. First, Love Letter is a lot of
fun, plays quickly and offers quite a bit of replay value, especially with the
number of variants that AEG has released.
In addition, it boasts a great price point at $9.99 for the basic game
and only $10.99 for the Batman, Hobbit and Adventure Time variants. There’s
even a Letters to Santa version if you want to get really thematic. Add in that
the game is attractively packaged in both boxed and clamshell versions and you
have a great stocking stuffer.
Timeline from Asmodee. Gnome Games picked this
one as its Stocking Stuffer of 2015 for the same reasons Castle Perilous Games
& Books chose Love Letter (In fact, Gnome Games selected Love Letter as its
Stocking Stuffer for 2013). Timeline
comes packaged in an attractive tin that fits neatly into a stocking, has an
equally attractive $14.99 price point and offers plenty of replayability. Add
in the fact that it actually teaches a bit of history and you have an
all-around great choice.
Fluxx from Looney Labs. At $16 to $20, Fluxx is a bit more expensive
than the first two options but still comparatively cheap and comes in a wide
variety of variations. You can buy Nature Fluxx, Stoner Fluxx, Star Fluxx,
Cthulhu Fluxx, Pirate Fluxx, Batman Fluxx or even, should your tastes run that
way, just plain Fluxx. The number of Fluxx games make it relatively easy to
find a version that would appeal to anyone on your Secret Santa or gift
exchange list. In addition, since the rules change with every game, even with
every hand, Fluxx, whatever version you buy, offers immense replayability.