Fun Board Games for College Students: The Eurogames
College students who like to play fun board games often enjoy the style of board game sometimes called the Eurogame, or German style or designer board game.

A Eurogame is not necessarily from Europe though many have originated in Germany. The term Eurogame generally refers to a genre of board games that share similar characteristics.

Eurogame Characteristics

Player conflict and competition is not often head-to-head as in a war game. Instead it involves gaining resources and accumulating victory points.

Players are rarely eliminated part of the way through the game, as they are in Monopoly. The winner is often unknown until the very end of the game when scores are calculated.

If there is any randomness, such as that introduced by dice, it can be offset by other facets of the game including the player's skill.

The game's artwork and components are chiefly cardboard and wood and are often quite lavish and detailed.

There is a theme to the board game, such as life in a Medieval castle or maneuvering through a desert, but said theme seldom has much to do with actually playing the game. When it does, players consider it a real bonus.

Eurogame Designers

Eurogames are often closely connected to their designers, several of whom are very well-known in gaming circles. Of particular note are Reiner Knizia, Wolfgang Kramer, Uwe Rosenberg, Klaus Teuber, and Bruno Faidutti. Fun board games by these men are among the most highly rated in the 1990's and 2000's.

The Settlers of Catan

Possibly the most well-known Eurogame to date is The Settlers of Catan created by Klaus Teuber. Using a game board that changes from game to game, resource cards - wood, brick, sheep, grain, and stone - and a single die, you build roads, cities, and settlements to earn victory points. Do so more quickly and efficiently than your opponents and you're likely to win.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is one of the most highly-ranked games of all time. You play the role of a plantation owner on the island of Puerto Rico. Grow your crops - corn, indigo, sugar, tobacco, and coffee - build your business, and ship your products while paying close attention to what your opponents are up to.


Carcassonne is a very popular tile-laying Eurogame that uses meeples. Meeples are little wooden game bits that vaguely resemble tiny people. They are placed on tiles to indicate ownership of roads, cities, and fields. Finish off roads and cities to score points and reclaim your meeples for reuse on more construction projects.

El Grande

El Grande is the grandfather of all area control Eurogames. Deploy your caballeros (wooden cubes) in the regions of old Spain to maintain a majority rule so that when one of the 3 scoring rounds comes, you get more points than your opponents. Wise use of power cards, which determine turn order, and careful choice of action cards, which determine caballero placement (among other interesting things), are key to winning this fun board game.


Agricola, by Uwe Rosenberg, is a game about farming. You don't have to know anything about farming to play this fun Eurogame however. This is a worker placement game in which you start with a farmer and his wife in a 2-room wooden hovel. You job is to improve your farm and its pastures and fields. Hundreds of improvement and farmhand (loosely speaking) cards aide you over 14 rounds.

The Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, AZ

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The Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona are located in Papago Park. The gardens are home to a large collection of desert plants. The 50 acre, 63 year old collection is one of the world's largest and contains plants that are considered to be endangered species from around the world.

Numerous educational programs are held at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. Whether you are a preschooler or senior citizen you are bound to find a program of interest. The Desert Landscaper School is a very popular program especially for those who have just built or purchased new homes and need some help with their curb appeal. It is also appealing to those who currently work as landscapers or may be seeking employment in the landscaping field.

The Botanical Drawing courses are also popular. There are three levels of the class with the first level teaching the art of using graphite for simple drawings. The second level uses pencil. The third level combines graphite and pencil and teaches the students how to illustrate botanical concepts such as plant pollination and reproduction. Other courses offered include botanical watercolor, color theory, drawing butterflies and scientific illustration.

The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix also has pavilions and courtyards that may be rented for weddings, social and corporate events. A "Desert Sunset Ceremony" will make your wedding an unforgettable event for all in attendance! "Jazz in the Gardens" and "Music in the Gardens" are also popular events. If you are feeling up to an evening stroll you will appreciate the "Free Flashlight Tours."

Almost daily there are numerous field trips to the gardens. There are special field trip packages designed to please those of any age. The gardens can accommodate field trips for students from preschool to adults. There are also different themed field trips which are also open to adult groups. The garden is currently working on a field trip which is geared towards those students who are currently home schooled.

Numerous organizations offer garden memberships which range in price from $65 per year to $1250 per year. Each organization includes numerous free events in the yearly membership price. The more expensive yearly membership prices include family memberships which admit two adults and children to almost all garden events.

The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is open seven days a week. It is closed for the observation of the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. From October through April the gardens are open from 8AM to 8PM. From May through September the gardens open at 7AM and remain open until 8PM. Keep in mind that some tours are not available after dark.

Admission is $10 for adults and $9 for seniors. Students from 13-18 and college students are $5 with identification. Children from 3-12 are $4 and children under 3 are free. If you are planning to be in the Phoenix area the Desert Botanical Garden is a great pastime.

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