Best Games of the Past 18 Months . . . as Haiku

Opinionated Gamers have chosen some of their favorite recent games. As we all know, readers often skim the article to get to the ‘answer key’. To offer a bit more than a list, we have written haiku for each game. Some games are represented by more than one haiku. For an extra twist, we have included two famous haiku not written by us. Feel free to try to identify them in the comment section. For pedants, for today, the plural of haiku is haiku. You may debate the acceptability of haikus as a word in the comment section. We will repost these in a few days with the answer key.

Adventures in strange new lands

Beautiful atlas

Cooperation

Head to the war god

Plant and research with card play

heat and green brings life

Scientific trees

Lead to exploration of

The final frontier.

Unlike first two times,

We go back in time.  Facing

Spies, not viruses.

Card order matters,

Everything is shared, and the

Crocodiles bring dough.

Seek factions favor,

Battle for supremacy,

To control the Spice. 

Draw card, tile to board

Knizia Legacy

Played twenty-four times

An old silent pond

A frog jumps into the pond

Splash! Silence again.

Clear the crocodiles.

Build cities in swampy land.

Pharaoh is happy.

Good technology

Solves all the world’s problems

(And even off-world)

Trees are not for shade,

But for ever-growing tech.

Colonize planets!

Is this card red or

Is it blue, yellow, or green?

We will find out soon!

Over the wintry

Forest, winds howl in rage

With no leaves to blow.

Capitalism

Does not care of human costs.

Extract and sell death.

Civilizations

At first barbarian then

Empire progresses

Trapper keeper of

Monsters and strange lands that pass 

Slowly hand to hand

Use nitrous oxide

Fisticuffs atop a car

Family saves the world

Seeking treasure now

Narrowing options quickly

Aha, found them both

Roll the dice and draft

Choose your passengers with care

Draw, avoid traffic

A twisted classic

Ego versus Id in tricks

Powerful potions

Beware: The following games are older – you have been warned

Your inner viking

Hunting fishing and raiding

Let the banquet start

Choose your favored map

Select your stations carefully

Decide to fuel wisely

Welcome guests, come on in!

Oh, don’t mind that gravedigger.

Enjoy your stay, even if brief,

An obscure word – three

What twisted mind thinks that makes sense?

A point for the other team

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1 Response to Best Games of the Past 18 Months . . . as Haiku

  1. Sinistro says:

    Head to the war god
    Plant and research with card play
    heat and green brings life
    TERRAFORMING MARS

    Scientific trees
    Lead to exploration of
    The final frontier.
    BEYOND THE SUN

    Unlike first two times,
    We go back in time. Facing
    Spies, not viruses.
    PANDEMIC LEGACY: SEASON 0

    Seek factions favor,
    Battle for supremacy,
    To control the Spice.
    DUNE: IMPERIUM

    Draw card, tile to board
    Knizia Legacy
    Played twenty-four times
    MY CITY

    An old silent pond
    A frog jumps into the pond
    Splash! Silence again.
    ACTUAL FAMOUS HAIKU

    Civilizations
    At first barbarian then
    Empire progresses
    IMPERIUM: CLASSICS (or LEGENDS)

    A twisted classic
    Ego versus Id in tricks
    Powerful potions
    JEKYLL VS. HYDE

    Your inner viking
    Hunting fishing and raiding
    Let the banquet start
    A FEAST FOR ODIN

    Welcome guests, come on in!
    Oh, don’t mind that gravedigger.
    Enjoy your stay, even if brief
    THE BLOODY INN

    An obscure word – three
    What twisted mind thinks that makes sense?
    A point for the other team
    CODENAMES (or some variant thereof)

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