(1-4 players; 45 minutes; ages 7+)

I really like this colourful and strategic game that children (even much younger than the recommended age of 10) can jump into and enjoy. Scoring requires that students count up similar patterns in all six directions, but it is the strategic game play that is absolutely exciting. Reiner Knizia, the board game designer, appears on this list more than any other game designer. Is it surprising to find out that he has a PhD in mathematics?

I think the universe is pure geometry – basically, a beautiful shape twisting around and dancing over space-time.

Antony Garrett Lisi