Worker Placement is one of my favorite mechanics. Easy to learn and can be fairly easy to master, but can also lead to analysis paralysis in the best (or worse) of us. The word pretty much explains what’s happening - you are placing a worker. The end, right? Well, let’s take a closer look.
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.