September's game is Mapominos
This is one we've only discovered in the last couple of years, but has provided us with great enjoyment. It comes in five variants; Europe, Asia and Australasia, Africa, Americas and UK Counties. In each box you'll find a card for each country (or county) in the region, complete with a few stats about the country and - most crucially - which countries it borders.
The aim is to put down all your cards first and is played very much like classic dominoes. You place each country next to one that it borders, creating a grid-like map that can often be rather askew! What could be more natural than North Korea sitting next to Georgia - they both border Russia after all. Play is also limited by the surface you use. If the card won't balance of its own accord then it can't go there - sorry but that's the rules!
|The whole world laid out on the floor.|
It can get better though, because its possible to combine packs to make the game bigger. With some friends we joined up all four countries versions to make the world which we decided to play on the floor - but having done so once I think we'd be up for the challenge of limiting it to the size of a table. It did provide some interesting card combination's:
|Things getting busy in the Caribbean.|
|Spain, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Trinidad and Tobago. |
Not natural neighbours but united around a border to the Atlantic Ocean
|Mexico, USA and Canada sitting - surprisingly - next to each other before jumping the |
Atlantic to the UK and Cape Verde.
At the other end of the scale there's UK counties. With over 150 cards it apparently makes for a long and intricate game, though we've not played ourselves. We'd definitely recommend going for Europe to most new players (though obviously if you're more familiar with Asia or Africa that might make a better choice). All told, we've had lots of fun playing all the different versions of this game though - so do give it a go.