Gameosity’s Advent Adventure Advent Calendar

’Tis the season for countdowns and commercialism! Also board games. It’s always the season for board games.

With the holidays fast approaching, we here at Gameosity thought it would be fun to put together our own Advent Calendar full of card stock, cardboard, wood, and plastic. We also added a little twist: Every game mentioned will include either “advent” or “adventure” in its title, because Rob is a goofball and thought it would be funny.

Bear in mind that this list is not a buyer’s guide, as several of these games are super out of print. Think of it as more of a fun little reminder of games you might have played, or an introduction to something you might not have heard of!

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1 – Brettspiel Adventskalender (Frosted Games, 2015)

If we’re making an advent calendar, we really should start off with a game that’s basically its own advent calendar. Brettspiel Adventskalender is a quirky little box set that includes 24 mini expansions for as many different games. Catan, FIelds of Arle, Colt Express, Splendor, Power Grid – loads of games you’ve probably heard of or even own are included.
(editors note: There is a 2017 version that you can purchase at funagain.comImage Credit: W. Eric Martin

2 – Adventurer Kings (David Snell, 1989)

Apparently board games that require apps aren’t a new thing. Adventurer Kings did something similar alllllllll the way back in the 80s by using a computer client program where players would send in their moves and the system would moderate everything. Though it could also be played with a pen and paper. Image Credit: Roberto Flaibani

3 – Adventure Time Love Letter (AEG, 2015)

If you aren’t familiar with Love Letter, you should fix that. If you are familiar (or have just looked it up so now you know what we’re talking about), here’s Adventure Time Love Letter. It’s pretty much a reskin of the original, with popular Adventure Time characters cosplaying as the different roles from the vanilla game, and everyone is trying to win the affection of Princess Bubblegum. Isn’t that always the case? Image Credit: AEG

4 – Star Games with a Space Adventure (Bantam Books, 1978)

Ahhhh, Game Books. They’re like this weird middle ground between a choose-your-own adventure and a D&D campaign. Star Games with a Space Adventure is interesting in that it not only does the typical Game Book thing, but it’s also meant to teach young children a bit about space, math, and cryptography. Image Credit: Joe Johnson

5 – Deep Sea Adventure (Oink Games, 2015)

Deep Sea Adventure is a simplistic, cute, and cutthroat game about a bunch of wannabe sea explorers diving for treasure on a shoestring budget (that may or may not involve literal shoestrings). It’s a tiny game that comes in a tiny box, and it’ll really make your gaming group stop and think while they try and figure out how best to optimize their use of the communal submarine. And the communal oxygen tank. (You can watch our Game in a Minute on it here) Image Credit: Oink Games

6 – The Goonies: Adventure Card Game (Albino Dragon, 2016)

Watching the self-proclaimed Goonies search for One-Eyed Willy’s treasure (I’m still amazed they got away with that name in a PG movie) was a highlight for a lot of folks growing up. It’s a great movie you should watch if you somehow haven’t seen it yet. Anyway, The Goonies: Adventure Card Game is basically the film’s plot – search for treasure while avoiding traps and staying ahead of a notorious crime family that’s in hot pursuit – only you and your friends get to do everything yourself via cards. Doesn’t sound like a bad way to spend an afternoon, really. You can read our review of the game here. Image Credit: Albino Dragon

7 – Legends of Adventure (Zak Oberrath, 2014)

Legends of Adventure reads sort of like a Cliff’s Notes version of a D&D game. Or just about any other fantasy-themed dungeon crawling board game, really. Players pick a hero, work together to defeat monsters (via rolling dice), then defeat more monsters until they’ve managed to complete enough “adventures” to become “legends.” Simple enough, but thanks to the random setup you’re not likely to have the exact same adventure twice. Image Credit: Zak Oberrath

8 – Adventures of Lassie (Lisbeth Whiting, 1955)

Oh yes, that’s right, we’re going there. As the oldest game on this list (by over 20 years!), Adventures of Lassie doesn’t have many details to pull from for this description. Based on the photos it looks to be sort of a standard “Parker Bros./Milton Bradley Mainstream” type of game where you just go around the board in a circle and draw the occasional card, but it’s a board game based on Lassie, so that’s cool. Shut up! Lassie is cool! Image Credit: Joe McCool

9 – Super Mini Adventure (The Game Crafter, 2014)

Games that pit players against each other as they fight monsters and attempt to get a leg up on the competition aren’t exactly in short supply, but Super Mini Adventure is intended to be short so it does have that going for it. Basically think Munchkin, except it doesn’t go on so long you just let someone win oh god who even cares anymore just make the tedium end. Image Credit: Jackson Lin

10 – The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen (Devir, 1998)

The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen sounds like a really fun time. I say “sounds like” because I haven’t played it myself, but it’s basically you sitting at a table with friends and trying to tell the most interesting (and absurd) story. They can interject with weird storytelling obstacles you’ll have to talk your way around, and the winner is determined by everyone voting on who they thought spun the best yarn. Like I said, it sounds like a really fun time. Image Credit: Devir

11 – Frog and Toad Adventure Game (Briarpatch, 2008)

Frog and Toad Adventures is about as much for young kids as the books are, but that’s okay! Young kids play board games, too! And if they don’t, they should! One to four players get to try and make their way through the woods, which is meant to help them develop “visual, spatial, fine motor, critical thinking and social skills” according to the description. Not a bad game to pair with the short stories, if the kids are getting to that age. Image Credit: Briarpatch

12 – .45 Adventure: Crimefighting Action in the Pulp Era (Rattrap Productions, 2005)

Am I imagining things or are pulpy crime dramas not used as board game fodder all that often? It seems like a thing that should be fairly common. In fact, .45 Adventure: Crimefighting Action in the Pulp Era offers up its own gameplay system for miniatures (kinda like Warhammer) that you can use to create your own pulp comics-inspired scenarios – whether you want to play as the intrepid heroes or the villainous… villains. Image Credit: Rattrap Productions LLC

13 – Adventure Park (Pfizer, 1997)

At first I thought it was kinda weird that the publisher for Adventure Park shared a name with a pharmaceutical company, but I think it might actually BE the pharmaceutical company. I mean it’s a game designed to help players “cope with illness” as they navigate the game board to visit park attractions and talk about their feelings (seriously). Seems to be a little too on-the-nose to be a coincidence. Anyway, it’s an odd little curiosity. Image Credit: Damon Asher

14 – Mr. Bacon’s Big Adventure (Archie McPhee, 2009)

Mr. Bacon’s Big Adventure seems like a bad game if the 3.6 average rating taken from over 30 ratings is any indication. But it’s called Mr. Bacon’s Big Adventure.I mean if I had to guess it’s probably because it appears to be just a meat-themed Candy Land. But then again, isn’t that kind of awesome? No? Well all I know is if I had to choose between eating candy and meat, I’d choose meat. Image Credit: kirby g

15 – Adventure of Warado (Tagami Games, 2016)

Adventure of Warado sounds nice. Sort of like if the movie Kiki’s Delivery Service were about exploring the world instead of striking out on your own. And if there were several witches instead of just one. Anyway it sounds like a pleasant game of steadily expanding the map, trying to see who can make it the farthest. I like that. I kinda wish it were easier to find. Image Credit: Tagami Games

16 – Adventurers (Warp Spawn Games, 2003)

Adventurers sounds a bit like Indiana Jones when you think about it. Research ancient artifacts, travel to locations around the world to find lost treasures, save a damsel in distress (some tropes never die, unfortunately), stop the bad guy, etc. Heck it’s even set during the 1930s ~ 1940s. Image Credit: Warp Spawn Games

17 – Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island (Portal Games, 2012)

Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island is a great, albeit super difficult, deserted island adventure in board game form. Much (read: all) of the game revolves survival, and the clever use of different decks of cards creates some very interesting variability between playthroughs. An excellent game that’s about as unforgiving as the constant storms that will end up battering your tiny campsite. Image Credit: Portal Games

Check back each day to see what the next door on the Advent Adventure Advent Calendar has hiding behind it!

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