Green Box of Games




What's in the Box?

The Green Box of Games (GBoG) comes with a variety of components that can be used in many different ways, including:
  • 54 Cards with symbols and colours;
  • 80 cubes;
  • 36 tiles;
  • 2 dice; and
  • 1 Rule book


The GBoG offers a small box filled to the brim with components. With cards, dice, tiles, and cubes there is just so much going on in this box. While artistically this game didn't wow us, what it offers sure does. The tiles and cards are standard weight and quality that you would find in most games. Each card and tile has multiple uses, and because of this multiple symbols, numbers, dots, etc. which makes these components useful and interesting for a board game designer but if you just want to play a game, these cards may seem a little messy.



Mechanics
Green Box of games doesn't play like your average board game, there are so many games you can play in this one. In the rule book alone there is 16 different games to play with the various components and even more available online (GBoG website) and even more coming out each year. The GBoG offers variations on well-known games such as Backgammon, chess, and speed to name a few but also offers new creations from people just like you. This board game box provides designers a great place to start to design their own game and if the game is any good it could be added to the list of games offered on the GBoG website.

Due to the nature of this game we aren't going to go into rules or mechanics of any one game because with this one it really depends on what/how you want to play. The mechanics offered in this game include abstract strategy (Othellino), dexterity (Fawlty towers), push your luck (Gold Mine), and on and on we could go.


How it Played?
GBoG plays like a messy deck of cards. With so many options it is extremely versatile and offers players a number of quick filler games and longer strategy games. We have played a number of the shorter games, and found that dexterity games can be a lot of fun. Having not really ventured into this genre of board games it was a fun discovery. I personally really enjoyed playing Faulty Towers, it was entertaining watching Caroline concentrate on balancing cubes and trying to get the right colours to get the perfect card.

That said, I think that this game really shines as a board game design box. It offers beginner designers a cheap set of components to play around with and so many possibilities. By seeing all of the games that other people have designed it really shows people that games can take many forms and that you can design a great game without a board and without miniatures. It is a great jumping off point, not only can you take a game someone else has already created and add or change parts to make it different but you can also compete in the design challenge online to have a game you create added to the list of games offered in the GBoGs. I think that this is a great idea, it is a way to ensure that game players continue to get fun and exciting games, while encouraging the next generation of board game designers.


Food for Thought

Due to the game's multi-purpose design the cards and tiles have a lot going on, packed with symbols, dots, and numbers each card does have a lot going on. While this is the purpose, so that each card can be used in multiple ways, it is sometimes hard to figure out what symbols are for the game you are playing and to ignore the other ones. For us, this took us out of the game, and made us realize how much theme and artwork can really draw you into a game.

While we enjoyed the games, it wouldn't be our first pick if we were looking for something to play. However, it would be our pick for a board game design box. Having tried our hand at board game design in the past, it is extremely abstract and we often found ourselves wondering what to do/how to do it. We have tried the White Box and have signed on to some of the design competitions where you are given a random box of components and told to create and that just didn't work for us. The GBoG; however, seems perfect. You get a variety of components but you also get to see all the cool things that can be done with the components. You can try a bunch of games and then say well what if we did this instead or if we mixed this game and this game or what if I create something completely new.



Final Thoughts
The Green Box of Games is a treasure-trove of board game components for those looking to get into board game design and an endless supply of board games for those looking to play. There are sixteen games in the box with dozens more on their website. This would be a great one if you have board game design aspirations but need a little help. The GBoGs provides all the design components and numerous examples of how you can use them to create a unique game of your own!

Have you played this one before? Have you already come up with your own game? We would love to hear from you.
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Lost Loot Games would like to thank Jorgen Brunborg-Naesss for the review copy of Green Box of Games
While we did receive a free review copy of the game, we were not otherwise compensated,
nor did this impact our opinion of the game.
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Green Box of Games