Wow, January is a surprisingly long month! Takes me by surprise every year. However, this month I made use of all those long drab days by playing board games! I played 56 different board games logging a personal best of 106 plays in one month! The post-Christmas period saw me play 17 new-to-me games and all of them were absolutely brilliant. The downside to this is that it makes choosing the game of the month for January a really tough decision. I narrowed it down to five different games, most months each would’ve taken the accolade easily.
However, I don’t write GameS of the Month features, so I had to pick one, and I’ve plumped for Cascadia. I’d backed this one on Kickstarter and it resided on my shelf of shrink for a month or two. However, after Jenny, aka @board.game.family.uk on Instagram, popped round for a games day and taught me it, Cascadia was ripped from the shrink as soon as she left so we could play it again… and check that we had the extra few Kickstarter cards in the box!
In total, Cascadia hit the table seven times in January and every game was a rip-roaring success with all who played it. Cascadia is a lovely puzzle. While playing you need to balance gaining the largest area of each terrain with completing the animal objectives, while dealing with the slight luck of the drafting process.
Oh my giddy aunt, this is a game I already love. It’s relatively quick to play, offers a nice puzzle to solve and still gives you plenty of decisions to make. In that regard, it is the ideal after work game when you are tired from the day but still want to pull something to the table that scratches the board game itch. Cascadia does that brilliantly. That’s why it has won the moderately coveted accolade for the month of January!
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