When someone used to suggest a trick taking game, I would immediately picture a group of ladies sitting around a table playing bridge and internally turn my nose up. However, recently I’ve been schooled on how much fun and challenging trick-taking can be, so that’s the next mechanic in our series.
For those that master the engine building mechanic, it seems almost magical. Have you recently played a game where your turn took 10 seconds or so with little result, and the next player spent nearly the same amount of time but ended their turn with a bounty! Watching someone turn a perfectly built engine almost seems like sleight-of-hand and is certainly impressive. Let’s pull back the curtain on this useful mechanic and learn about engine building.
As he pulls a game off a shelf, your friend says, “What’s your favorite mechanic?” And suddenly you have that ‘deer in headlights’ look, wondering what cars have to do with board games. Don’t worry - we got you covered. Let’s talk about board game mechanics. First stop - drafting.