In case you hadn’t heard of it, Jessica and I have a board game that we quite enjoy and just finished playing: Lord of the Rings. It’s a little more complex than your traditional Monopoly or Risk type of game, but it plays pretty quickly in about an hour. Its main distinctive trait is that it is a cooperative game in which all the players play their hands individually on the same team against the board. The board controls Sauron, and each of the players plays a hobbit. The hobbits try to make it through all the main locations in the trilogy while dealing with all sorts of troublesome events like you find in the books. They must work together to make it to Mt. Doom and throw in the Ring.
I just thought this deserved a mention because our reactions to it while playing are so unique. Inevitably, as we are finishing this game, the mood gets really tense as we make our final plans to avoid meeting Sauron. When we die (lose), we yell (yes, yell) out in frustration, and when we chuck the Ring we yell in triumph. Yep, it’s that engrossing. Anyway, if you want to learn more, click here. It’s a bit expensive (brand new $50, used off eBay maybe $35-40), but we’ve quite enjoyed it. It’s our first game venturing into the expansive board game world (see http://boardgamegeek.com for more), and I’m looking forward to getting a lot more of these types of games.