I'm a sucker for a good board game.
My collection has grown considerably during the last two years, thanks to a mutual friend who introduced me to a fun card game. My first board game shelf is nearly full now and consists of some classics, like Monopoly and Risk, in addition to some newer, more complex games—my favorite being T.I.M.E Stories and its various expansions.
In my quest for fun, new games, one in particular caught my eye: Rubber Road. While I haven't tried this one first-hand, I have watched a video on how to play. It has all the makings of one of those simple games that take a long time to master. The give and take of out-maneuvering your opponent in crafty ways is what drives these kinds of games. And based on what I see, Rubber Road seems to have a ton of it.
It involves two sets of rubber bands and a wooden board. The goal is simple, connect your rubber bands to the other side of the board—the black bands going from side to side and the red bands going from top to bottom. Of course you also have to stop your opponent from doing the same thing.
The catch is the rubber bands cannot overlap, so if black plays a band in front of red's road, red has to find a way around or try and connect using a different path. And the bands cannot stretch any more or less than three pegs, though they can be connected in any direction—up/down, side/side and diagonal.
As the video demo shows, things can get crazy, and that's just a controlled environment. Both sides have to get creative in twisting, turning and angling their rubber bands around one another in an effort to reach the other side of the board.
It's available on Amazon for $39.99, which seems a little pricey given the components involved. Fortunately Black Friday and Cyber Monday is around the corner.
Chris Sweeney has never lost a game of Risk, either destroying his opponent or the table. Follow him on Twitter @CSweeneyRPN.