Board Games Demystified: Point Salad

Those new to the board game hobby may be confused by terms, such as "cooperative," "dexterity," or "abstract" games. Here, at The Starting Player, our goal is to make gaming accessible to all. With that in mind, this month we're going to talk about Point Salad.

Many of us grew up on traditional games, like Jenga or Clue, where there was just one way to win. In Jenga, you stack blocks until they fall, and in Clue you successfully deduce “whodunit.”

In a Point Salad game, there isn't one clear way to win. There are many paths you can take when it comes to earning points, and you can play the game differently than everyone else...and still win (or lose) on your own terms. You may complete one action and earn points. Or you may do six other things to earn points. No matter what, you have to keep an eye on what everyone else is doing: what they’re doing may change your strategy or the approach you take to earn your points.

Point Salad games are designed to keep you on your toes and encourage you to play again, wondering if, next time, you’ll choose the best path.

Some examples of Point Salad games include: 
  • Tokaido
  • 7 Wonders
  • Viticulture
  • Five Tribes
  • My Little Scythe
  • Medieval Academy

Be sure to look for these and other Point Salad games wherever we pop up. We're always happy to explain new concepts to you in person.


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