Top Ten Strategy Games – Part II

Last week we gave you the first part of this two-article series on the best strategy games you can play. both online and offline. The second part of the top ten strategy game, has my ultimate favorite games:

Settlers of Catan (1995 Klaus Teuber/Mayfair Games)

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According to List Verse, “the game that established Germany as the most innovative game nation of the last decade has had tremendous worldwide popularity with many different versions (Seafarers of Catan/Starfarers of Catan).

One of the cooperation/resource trading games genre it features gathering of the resources you have access to such as wood, grain, wool, and brick and trading extras to other players so that you can each build your areas. Played on a board of interconnecting hexagons, it can be rearranged for each new game creating different strategies each time.”

Bridge

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Since the 1930’s, Bridge has been one of the most popular card games in the world. However, as you and I know, perhaps only Poker has more participants.

Countless newspapers have daily Bridge columns, and there are more books about Bridge than any other game, except Chess. Bridge tournaments continue to attract thousands of players who compete with each other to become Life Masters.

Dungeons & Dragons

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While this one barely qualifies on the physical pieces requirement it has to make the list based on originality and long lasting appeal.

The longest lasting and most popular of the RPG (Role playing game) genre has each player create a fantasy character while a Dungeon Master creates a story scenario. The players then work as a team to solve the created problems such as battling monsters, negotiating with Non player characters run by the DM, disarming traps, and rescuing damsels in distress. The role playing part can range from minor bad acting out of fantasies to seriously, but the strategic part is what interests many players.

There have been several editions over the years with different rules so be sure your group uses the same set that you do.

Poker

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We all know a lot about Poker, so why not talk about its history? According to Legends of America, “The exact origin of poker is unknown but many have speculated that it originated from a 16th century Persian card game called As Nas. Played with a 25 card deck containing five suits, the rules were similar to today’s Five Card Stud. Others are of the opinion that it was invented by the Chinese in 900 A.D. In all likelihood, the game derived from elements of various gambling diversions that have been around from the beginning of time.

Poker in the United States was first widely played in New Orleans by French settlers playing a card game that involved bluffing and betting called Poque in the early 1800’s. This old poker game was similar to the “draw poker” game we play today. New Orleans evolved as America’s first gambling city as riverboat men, plantation owners and farmers avidly pursued the betting sport.

The first American gambling casino was opened in New Orleans around 1822 by a man named John Davis. The club, open twenty-four hours a day, provided gourmet food, liquor, roulette wheels, Faro tables, poker, and other games. Davis also made certain that painted ladies were never far away. Dozens of imitators soon followed making the gaming dens the primary attraction of New Orleans. The city’s status as an international port and its thriving gambling industry created a new profession, called the card “sharper.”

Chess

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Chess strategy is what makes chess such a beautiful game. After the memorized opening moves are played and each player starts to unfold their plan, the real chess begins to take place.

Everyone likes to study opening theory and learn end game techniques but the middle chess game is where most games are won and lost. Many games will end in resignation even before an endgame takes place. If you’re a chess beginner, I recommend that you watch and learn from Youtube videos and make sure it is followed by lots of practice to train the eye to see things much faster.

Let us know what your favorite games are in the comments below this post. We would love to share with you about our gaming preferences.

Laura Barton

Laura Barton is a self-declared "adventurer". Highly energetic and unpredictable, you will never find her without something to read on her hands. She loves casinos, after all it's in her blood: her father was a Las Vegas mogul and a former owner of some of the largest casino entertainment chains in the US. Loves rock climbing, surfing and playing drums.