Small Shelf - Quick plays and a great entry point

Small Shelf - Quick plays and a great entry point


I'm really excited to our share our Small Shelf Collection with you. This was one of the first collections we put together, built off a few games that hit our tabletop regularly. The collection centers on two key aspects - games that actually fit on small shelves and games under $25.

We wanted to create a really fun entry point for everyone to build a great collection. These games range from quick (about 15 minutes) 2 player games to 4 or 5 player games that make evening get-togethers great. 

The collection includes games everyone should own such as Clue, Codenames and Bohnanza and some great new games from the last few years. Here are a few highlights:

Love Letter is one of the games we pull out regularly. It's really quick to play while offering a ton of competitive fun and some light strategy.  The game includes just 16 cards, all characters in a love story for the Princess' hand. Each turn you pick up a card and have to discard a card. All the characters have actions that occur on discard, sometimes to your benefit sometimes not. Play them wisely as you want to be left with the highest ranked card when all the cards are played. 

Bohnanza is another that gets played regularly for us. In Bohnanza players act as bean farmers. You build a hand of bean cards, planting matches and collecting sets for gold. With playability by 2 to 7 players, it’s a great evening or party game that's easy and engaging for non-gamers. Bohnanza involves trading and planning, so we find it brings seasoned gamers back wanting to try new strategies of planting. Some beans only take a few cards to plant and reap big rewards while others can require up to 10 cards to maximize your harvest. The trick is that the numbers of cards available to players matches - beans that need 10 plus for the top set might have 20+ in the game, while the others only have a handful.

Hero Realms is an amazing choice for fans of fantasy like the Lord of the Rings and gamers looking for a great deck building game without going deep into Magic: The Gathering.  Its quick paced to play in under 30 minutes offering trading card game style combat and deck building. Each player acts as a hero with a starting deck of equipment, and gold. Throughout the game players acquire gold which can be spent at the market to acquire equipment, resources, actions and allies; which you then use to earn more gold and defeat the other players. Hero Realms also has 5 specific class add-on packs so you can change your game to play as a Wizard, Thief, Cleric, Ranger or Fighter.

There's so much more we could share about our Small Shelf Collection. Check it out for all the other great games included and let us via email or the comments below if you have a recommendation to add!



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  • brody - August 07, 2017

    some good games there

  • Takoyaki - July 30, 2017

    Good read!

  • Joseph - July 24, 2017

    Looks like a great set of games. I need to put together my small shelf set.

  • Jeremy Januar - July 22, 2017

    Games from Oink Games are the perfect fit for this collection! They are small, lightweight, but still provides great depth and fun that you can find in other big box games!

  • Bilal - July 22, 2017

    Great light and small games, especially love letter and hanabi. I own the batman version, and I love it so much!
    It is a good game for travel.

  • Sara Rodrigo - July 16, 2017

    I love this shelf of mini games! :)

  • Dominique Lakin - July 15, 2017

    I love Hero Realms

  • Shendie - July 11, 2017

    I’m definitely more of a Star Realms (than Hero Realms) person myself. The current kickstarter will probably be pretty bad for my wallet.
    Seconded that Tiny Epic Galaxies is great – but not actually that quick. Tiny box, epic game – as advertised!
    Not that small a box but I’d highly recommend Colt Express for a quick easy game that’s fun every time!

  • Yurii Furtat - July 11, 2017

    Wazabi is another quick game with dice and cards for a company of casual gamers (or serves as a filler).

  • Amber - July 11, 2017

    I love star realms!

  • KHamilton - May 26, 2017

    Tiny Epic Galaxies is another great small footprint game…it is however, more expensive than most of these.

  • DJHAAK - May 23, 2017

    On the list!

  • KHamilton - May 19, 2017

    I am a fan of Zombie Dice and Martian Dice for quick, small games.

  • KHamilton - May 18, 2017

    Despite its unfortunate name, Love Letter is one of my favourite games for people new to gaming. I avoided playing it when it first came out, but once I played, I was addicted!

  • KHamilton - May 09, 2017

    Now I am going to have to give Hero Realms a try!

  • ABram - May 07, 2017

    Star realms ftw – so much awesome in such a small space!

  • Scott - IRON BEAN - May 07, 2017

    Great idea James! Thanks! It’s been posted as an idea for our summer collections too. I’ll get it included in one of them.

  • James - May 07, 2017

    I think Citadels could fit well on this shelf too!

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