WHAT ARE THEY
Eurogames, also called German-style games or even Designer board games, are a style of game very different from most American games. There is usually little to no luck aspects of the game and players will very rarely interact with each other directly. In Eurogames, combat is rare to none existent. Users will also play the full games as scoring tends to happen at the end of the game; no to little elimination in these types of games.
Eurogames are usually collection style games with multiple paths to follow in order to score points. Most games will rely on the competition for resources and that will be the indirect interactions players will use to compete with one another.
Eurogames usually have some kind of theme to the game but it rarely matters to the gameplay. These games are usually very beautiful with spectacular artwork and nice wooden game pieces.
EXAMPLES OF GAMES
There is no shortage of Eurogames on the market. Here are a few of the more popular and well-known ones, along with a brief description.
7 Wonders is a fun Eurogame where you play as world leaders in charge of one of the seven great powers of the ancient world. As you progress through the game, building up your city through three ages, you will collect resources, build up your military, invest in infrastructure and trade, and develop science. These paths can lead you down prosperous roads, but you will need to compete with the other cities if you want to be the best.
Power Grid is an updated version of a game called Funkenschlag. In Power Grid you and other players will compete to build the best layout and in turn power the most cities. You will compete over power plants, bidding for the ones on the market while knowing the next generation will be even better. You will also collect resources to power your plants. This makes players juggle resource collecting, competition for items, and the money and time needed to upgrade their boards.
Lords of Waterdeep
Lords of Waterdeep is a fantasy-themed game based off of the Cities in the Roleplaying game Dungeons and Dragons. In this game, you will play as a secret Lord of Waterdeep. You will collect resources and items through agents and work towards secret objectives and public goals. You will score as you go, gathering points for completing quests and making buildings for others and yourself to use.
WHO WOULD LIKE THEM
People who love to strategize would love Eurogames. If you enjoy chess or poker or even Magic the Gathering you would most likely find a lot of joy in these games. If you are a fan of thematic, beautiful artwork and design and love when games have nicely crafter pieces then you would also love Eurogames. Another big selling point for Eurogames is there well thought out mechanics, these are games you will have to play several times to find your favorite win condition and what works best for you.