The holidays are right around the corner, and it’s not always easy to shop for the gamer in your life. Don’t fret. I’m here to help. I’ve prepared a series of gift guides to help you navigate the waters of games and accessories that are sure to please both new and veteran gamers alike. Each guide will be tailored to a different crowd, and each of them will contain links to the other as they get posted. Whether it’s stocking stuffers you’re after or a mega game to put a smile on their face, I’ve got you covered.
Board games are gifts that keep on giving with a cost per hour of entertainment that drops with each play. While most of A Pawn’s Perspective’s readers know the amazing breadth of games available, many people don’t realize there’s much more out there past Monopoly, Clue, Sorry, and the like. While there are way too many great games that came out even in the past year, here’s a list of ones I’ve enjoyed and should certainly be part of anyone’s collection.
Other 2020 Gift Guides:
[A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: D&D] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: RPGs] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: Family Games] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: Expansions] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: Cornerstone Games] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: Gaming Accessories]
Wingspan was on last year’s list but was still a bit to get a hold of at the time. It’s fantastic artwork, mechanics, and broad appeal make it an excellent game for any collection. It’s a lot easier now to get a copy, so if you missed out on giving this one as a gift before, then it’s the perfect time to do so!
Smirk & Laughter’s 2-player abstract strategy game looks and feels like an ancient classic. Shobu is an amazing game played on four boards with two sets of rivers stone. The goal? Knock all four of your opponent’s stones off of one board. The trick? You have to mirror your moves on two boards, and only the second move can push other stones. It’s a game that requires thought and planning and is one of the best modern abstracts around.
Based on a comic by the same name, The Few and Cursed is an interesting take on the deckbuilding genre. Each turn, players will gain a new card for their deck and wander the wastes searching for artifacts, bounties, and monsters to hunt. Upgrades can be purchased with water, and jobs can be taken on to help keep that currency in your stores. Be careful, though. Your character can become cursed, slowly draining their life away while increasing their abilities beyond a mortal’s limits.
Super Fantasy Brawl is an arena-style combat game where players draft five characters to duke it out. With twelve miniatures to choose from, along with a stack of cards, there’s tons of room for customization depending on your play style. A simple ruleset keeps the action fast and furious without bogging down the mayhem.
It’s not often that a board game makes you feel things. Holding On changes all that and takes an amazing risk by revolving around the theme of a dying man trying to make peace with his past before he dies. As his caretakers, you must divide your time between taking care of Billy Kerr and piecing together his fragmented memories. It’s a tough game to play both in a literal sense and an emotional one. While Holding On may not be for everyone, but it’s an experience that’s deeply rewarding for those who give it a chance.
Funko surprised the gaming community when it released Funkoverse, a strategy game using miniature Pop figured from several popular IPs. Originally it looked like a cash grab, but the game ended up being pretty amazing. With popular characters from Harry Potter, DC Comics, the Golden Girls, Game of Thrones, Ricky & Morty, and more, there are so many ways to customize and play.
Media personality Rob Kalajian has been a staple in the board game world for many years. As a former writer for Purple Pawn and the owner of A Pawn’s Perspective, Rob focuses on board game reviews, events, and news. A self-proclaimed geek, Rob loves all things toys and games and even helps raise his four kids in his spare time.
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