Mechanics, Theme, and Artistry (Oh My!)

Howdy, readers! We’re back with Week 5 of the Tabletop Writers Diversity Initiative, and the challenge is “to identify a particular cross-section of gaming that excites you – then write about it!” I read and reread the description for this week a bunch, because I couldn’t decide what to write about! I own and play so many games and definitely see trends in what mechanics, genres, themes, and more that I tend to enjoy more or gravitate toward, and I could probably talk about any at length (in fact, pretty sure I have in a few past posts), but it’s hard to choose just one to focus on. After much deliberation, I decided to look at real-time games!

What Are They?

Games that have players doing actions simultaneously rather than in turns. Sometimes players can work together, while other times they are racing against each other to accomplish a goal. Real-time games can have players rolling dice, playing cards, matching symbols, and much more!

Why I Like Them

  • The thrill of racing against a clock/other players
  • Each one is a little bit unique, even when they have similar mechanics
  • For co-op real-time games — Eliminates alpha playing

Top 5 Favorites

  • Kitchen Rush
  • Sorcerer City
  • Spot It
  • Blend Off
  • Roll for Your Life, Candyman

Stay tuned – because I’m sure I’ll do a full, detailed Top 10 list for these in the future! πŸ™‚

Another merit badge earned!


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What I Played This Week 10/5 – 10/11


  1. Real time games are some of my favorites. Magic Maze used to be in constant rotation at our local board game meetups.

    • Steph

      Nice! We used to play that one too, but it was so frustrating not being able to talk!! haha. Besides what I mentioned we also like Project Elite & Escape: Curse of the Temple quite a bit, and have been enjoying the Escape expansions lately πŸ™‚

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