There’s something extra special about strategy games to me. I’ll play silly and simple games all day long, but put a well crafted strategy board game in front of me and I’ll be transfixed like a thrall to a mind flayer! Am I right guys? Huh? Oh, moth to a flame then?
Now I’m not the greatest strategist in the world, but I do fairly well when it comes to laying out my thick soupy strategy noodles in every game I play. Even when I lose the experience is still great because I learn from it (and I don’t have to do the dishes, house rule). I grow and become better. It helps with my creativity and abstract thinking. It hits all those yummy dopamine receptors in my brain and my fun meter fills to full.
Strategy games truly are a beautiful sort so with all that nonsense out of the way, it’s time to talk about what makes strategy games so great.
Long Term Planning
Game: Lords of Waterdeep
Vision of the future is not only important in strategy games but also in the real world. Being able to plan complex strategies in advance and then adapting when those plans no longer become valid is an essential skill for life. Strategy games like Lords of Waterdeep are rife with these opportunities. There is a limited amount of turns to get everything you need to get done, done. If you’re too aggressive too early on you’re going to broadcast your end goals too easily allowing your opponent an opportunity to thwart your plans. If you’re too passive you may not acquire the resources you need to complete quests and earn the victory points necessary to win the game. Keep an eye on your opponents every move. Watch in what order they play each action each turn. Look closely enough and you’ll be on your way to domination.
Anticipate Your Enemy’s Plans
Game: Steam Park
Anticipation can be a wonderful thing in all aspects of life, but when anticipation comes in the form of outwitting your friends there is no sweeter sauce to dribble on your paincakes. Steam Park is a quick and relatively simple game though it looks daunting at first. What’s great about Steam Park is that it’s not the most intense strategy game out there (It’s no Mage Knight or Through the Ages), but offers tremendous replay value. You have to use timing and quick wit as the initial phase of each round is more or less a race of rolling dice. The first person to get the combination of dice they like gets a huge bonus for their Steam Park, but if you’re too quick and don’t pay attention to what you actually need for your park you may end up choosing the wrong dice rolls and ruining your chance for victory. Yet another home run for Iello Games!
Game: The Resistance
Stay Board my friends!