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San Francisco Chronicle rates the best board games of 2009 including the You’ve been Sentenced! word game

December 1, 2009

Many thanks to reporter Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle for including You’ve been Sentenced! in this piece. Joshua has found the best of the best for 2009 — family games,party games and strategy games, plus he includes a helpful local Bay area list of just where you can buy these great games.

A very brief excerpt follows below – his article is quite detailed. Please visit the San Francisco Chronicle to read the entire piece. Joshua has some great new picks — I might have to go shopping myself!

Our panel plays, grades the board games of 2009

Sunday, November 29, 2009, Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

“As books, newspapers and music become ever more virtual and relocate online – or at least onto handheld electronic devices – it warms the cockles of my semi-Luddite heart to know that there are some sources of pleasure that continue to thrive in the real, physical world.

Yes, sex, obviously. But also board games – those ingenious and infinitely variable configurations of cardboard, wood, paper and plastic that combine to make life fun and surprising.

As in past years, we’ve gone to great lengths to investigate and test-play as many of the season’s new offerings as possible in an effort to guide readers toward the cream and away from the duds. Here once again is The Chronicle’s annual guide to some of the past year’s releases, ranging from family fare to party entertainments to brain-busting strategic showdowns.

Party games

You’ve Been Sentenced! (McNeill Designs, $24.99; 3-10 players; age 8+; 30-45 min.) The manufacturer is trying to sell this as an educational game, but don’t be fooled – it’s actually plenty of fun. The equipment is a deck of pentagonal cards, most of them printed with five variants of a single word (e.g., large/larger/largest/enlarged/largely). Each player gets 10 cards and tries to build a sensible sentence using as many as possible – not always an easy task if you get shortchanged on articles or prepositions. Then try to convince the other players that “You fantasized falling Harpo Marx” is a meaningful sentence. Expansion decks allow for a focus on pop culture, gourmet cuisine or science fiction.”

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds’ award-winning games like You’ve been Sentenced!, Twisted Fish and more? Visit McNeill Designs for game rules, printable score sheets, or even order online!


One Comment leave one →
  1. March 5, 2010 8:25 am

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    specially about San Francisco Chronicle rates the best board games of 2009


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