What we Played in October - Flashpoint Fire Rescue feature

What we Played October 2023

Here’s a quick run-down of what we played in October and our thoughts on some of the highlights.

What we Played

We played 40 games in October with 20 different games, 1 of those games was new to us in October. Here’s what they were:

  • Azul
  • Blitzkrieg World War 2 in 20 Minutes
  • Calico
  • Coup
  • Dominion
  • Draftosaurus
  • Flash Point Fire Rescue
  • Go Low
  • Hadrian’s Wall
  • Llama
  • Machi Koro 2
  • Monopoly Bid
  • Pandemic
  • Race for the Galaxy
  • Rummikub
  • Splendor
  • Star Wars Don’t Upset the Wookiee!
  • Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza
  • Ulterior Design
  • Yahtzee

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The Highlights

Flash Point Fire Rescue was the only new game we tried this month. This is a cooperative game where you need to battle through a raging fire to rescue 7 people trapped inside. I tried the family mode first with my daughter (9) and we both came away a little underwhelmed. The family mode is meant to be a good way to learn the game and it was simple enough. Unfortunately, it stripped out a lot of the more fun elements, like the unique roles and fire engine. My second attempt was with my son (15) where we tried the full mode and it was a lot more fun. Far more tension and more options given the full mode includes unique roles and the ability to use the fire engine to suppress areas of the blaze in the building. I still need to try this a little more to make up my mind, but after trying the full mode I think it has plenty of potential. Since writing this post we published a full Flash Point Fire Rescue review if you want to find out more.

Machi Koro 2 is another game we revisited last month. This game is still holding up well for us and is deserving of its spot on our best family games list. In my view a big improvement on the first game and offers a quick and light engine builder with plenty of interaction. Great as a family game suitable for younger players.

Another high point for October was introducing my youngest daughter to the cooperative game Pandemic for the first time. My son and I have been enjoying this classic for years and it was great to be able to introduce it to my daughter. She immediately loved it and was keen to play it again soon. This classic definitely still holds up well even after being around for so many years. I still think Forbidden Island is a better introduction to cooperative games for younger kids.

In terms of solo games, I am still enjoying working my way through the Hadrian’s Wall campaign and just passed fort 4. This is a heavier flip & write game that offers plenty of combo action. But the high point for solo plays this month was getting another game of Dinosaur Island Rawr & Write to the table. The more I play this game the more I enjoy it. There are just so many combinations of buildings and specialists to explore as you build your dino theme park. It also feels so thematic.

We would love to hear about your board gaming highlights last month, let us know in the comments what games you have been enjoying lately.

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