zwischenzug (ZVI-shen-tsoog) — noun

A chess tactic in which a player, instead of playing the expected move, first interpolates another move, changing the situation to the player's advantage (such as gaining material or avoiding what would otherwise be a strong continuation for the opponent).

Top Ten

These are my Top Ten Games of all time, which I am updating today, January 10, 2013.  They are not necessarily family or casual games, though many of them are.  These are just my personal favorites at this point in my life.  There are lots of unplayed games on my shelves, so they are subject to change at any moment...

  1. Chess  (but you knew that, didn't you!)
  2. Acquire 
  3. Pandemic
  4. Carcassonne
  5. Hive 
  6. War of the Ring 
  7. Dominion / Dominion: Intrigue
  8. The Settlers of Catan
  9. 7 Wonders
  10. The Resistance

Now, if we want to talk about family games, the picture changes.  First of all, these are all multi-player games; more than two people can play them. Secondly, a couple of these entries are a little shorter, which tends to work better with smaller children and reluctant players.  Links are to my reviews:
  1. Pandemic 
  2. Carcassonne
  3. Dominion / Dominion: Intrigue
  4. Hey! That's My Fish!  
  5. The Settlers of Catan 
  6. 7 Wonders
  7. Bananagrams
  8. Ticket to Ride
  9. Qwirkle
  10. Zooloretto
You can see there is a lot of overlap, which is why I am writing this blog.  Sharing fun with family and friends is one of my favorite things to do!

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