ExpiredLearn to Play: 5 Games Everyone Should Know

  • October 7, 2017
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


CinCityCon Learn-to-Play events are free, no ticket is required.  These events are focused on newly released games, games for people newer to the hobby, and games for our hosted tournaments.  They are a chance for you to learn a little more or to refresh your memory about these games from an experienced teacher.  These sessions are focused on learning and may not include a complete play through of the game.

In 5 Games Everyone Should Know, our game instructor will walk through the basics of five well known games: Catan, Dominion, Coup, Pandemic, and Ticket to Ride.  You will get an overview of each game to help familiarize yourself with each.  All are available at the Ginormous Library.

In Catan (formerly The Settlers of Catan), players try to be the dominant force on the island of Catan by building settlements, cities, and roads. On each turn dice are rolled to determine what resources the island produces. Players collect these resources (cards)—wood, grain, brick, sheep, or stone—to build up their civilizations to get to 10 victory points and win the game.

In Dominion, each player starts with an identical, very small deck of cards. In the center of the table is a selection of other cards the players can “buy” as they can afford them. Through their selection of cards to buy, and how they play their hands as they draw them, the players construct their deck on the fly, striving for the most efficient path to the precious victory points by game end.

In Coup, you are head of a family in an Italian city-state, a city run by a weak and corrupt court. You need to manipulate, bluff and bribe your way to power. Your object is to destroy the influence of all the other families, forcing them into exile. Only one family will survive…

In Pandemic, several virulent diseases have broken out simultaneously all over the world! The players are disease-fighting specialists whose mission is to treat disease hotspots while researching cures for each of four plagues before they get out of hand.

With elegantly simple gameplay, Ticket to Ride can be learned in under 15 minutes, while providing players with intense strategic and tactical decisions every turn. Players collect cards of various types of train cars they then use to claim railway routes in North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who fulfill Destination Tickets – goal cards that connect distant cities; and to the player who builds the longest continuous route.


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