Let’s face it: Monopoly has led to more than a few ruined friendships, boring evenings, and flipped tables. Forget all that, and try building the little Japanese town of Machi Koro instead. The same basic principle applies: roll the dice, buy properties, and get money. Rather than bankrupting all your friends, the goal of this game is simply to purchase all four of the game-altering monuments for your town first. Not only does the game finish in a fraction of the time, but there is way less boredom between turns. Many of the properties will give you money no matter who rolled the die, and some cards allow you to grab a couple of coins from your neighbors if they roll a certain number. There is an immense satisfaction to grabbing a huge pile of cash when your strategy pays off, and, even if it never does, you can try again in about 20 minutes.
Most of these games make great travel activities, but if you don’t pack them ahead of time, there are a couple of places to buy games in the Kimball Junction area of Park City. Walmart may have a few of these titles in stock, and a calendar and games shop located in the Tanger Outlets probably stocks most of them at any given time.
If you find yourself enjoying these games and looking for more, there are plenty of excellent games to discover. Take a peek at communities like Board Game Geek or the board games subreddit for suggestions, strategies, and potential friends.
Enjoy your holidays, and game on.