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HOP & VINE: THE BOARD GAME BAR AND RESTAURANT - PLAY THESE 18 POPULAR BOARD GAMES AFTER YOUR ESCAPE ROOM GAME!

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HOP & VINE: THE BOARD GAME BAR AND RESTAURANT - PLAY THESE 18 POPULAR BOARD GAMES AFTER YOUR ESCAPE ROOM GAME!

Fox in a Box Stockholm doesn’t just offer thrilling escape room games. We share our Sveavägen 14 location with a fantastic Board Game Bar and Restaurant, Hop & Vine, who offer a huge library of board games available for guests to play! Have some food and drinks and try one of these popular board games below! 


CLASSICS


  • Monopoly


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Monopoly has been a well-known and loved board game for almost a century now. Launched in 1935 by Parker Brothers, it’s a classic that’s still a staple in many households. Nowadays, there are many themes and variations, but the original still holds up to the test of time. 


In Monopoly, you move around the playing board and buy up property, build accommodations, and successfully acquire the most money in the game while forcing your competition to go bankrupt. Beware of the random events cards, which can either offer perks, or tax you, and try to keep yourself out of jail!


  • Scrabble


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Scrabble is another household name, a board game that’s been around for almost as long as Monopoly. Designed in 1938, this word building game has swept the world over the decades, now available internationally in more than thirty different languages. It has sold over 150 million copies. with thousands of designated playing clubs, as well as established and recurring tournaments for the best of the best wordsmiths to compete.


In Scrabble, players build words for points on a tiled playing board, using the random letter tiles they receive throughout the game. Generally, the longer or more advanced the word, the higher the points you can accumulate, but if other players can build off your word using some or all of the letters you placed, they might be able to collect even more points. You must be mindful of the letters you are using and keeping also. High value letters might be worth holding onto, but any letters left in your “hand” at game end will be deducted from your point total!


  • Chess


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The modern “Western” Chess game dates back all the way to the 15th century, making it arguably one of the earliest abstract strategy games that is still played today. An easy game to learn but difficult to master, it is favored amongst competitive players, and Chess competitions are held around the world; organizing together to crown a World Chess Champion once a year at an international Chess Championship event.


The objective of Chess is to take your opponent's King. A simple enough goal, made complicated by the set movements that each of your playing pieces can make. For this reason, you must plan ahead and adjust to your opponent’s moves. You might have to make sacrifices for your greater objective, but the ultimate winner is whoever can take the enemy King, or force your opponent into a position where no further moves are available for them to make. In competitive play, stringent time limits are also in place, so you must be a quick thinker and know exactly what your next move will be!


  • Yahtzee 


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Yahtzee is a dice game developed in 1956 and a common game for most households to own thanks to its compact playing structure and easy to follow gameplay. All you need to play Yahtzee really is a set of five, 6 sided dice, and some way to track your score. If you purchase the game you will often receive a bag to hold your dice, scoring cards and pencils to keep track of scores, and sometimes even a cup or other form of dice roller to enhance your playing experience.


The scoring in Yahtzee depends on the combination of dice you roll on your turn. With different combinations, strongly influenced by poker hand combinations like Three and Four of a Kind, Full House, and Small and Large Straights. And a “Yatzhee” is rolling all 5 of the same number on your dice. There is strategy involved also, since you can only record a score for certain combinations once during the game, so sometimes it’s better to take scoring for a more common combination and wait for a higher value roll to hit a larger point value! The winner is, of course, the person with the most points at the end of the game!


  • Uno


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Introduced to the market in 1971, Uno is based on the classic card game “Crazy Eights”, and saw its popularity boom during the 90s when it received a rebranding to be more marketable to families as a fun and simple game for kids and adults. Today it is a very popular card game and found all over the world in different languages and variations. 


The objective of Uno is to be the first person to get rid of your hand of cards, while sabotaging your opponents by color and pick-up cards to make sure they cannot empty their hand first. It’s simple rules and leads to a fast paced gameplay that is perfect for multiple rounds with a range of player ages and numbers. 


  • Jenga


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Jenga was launched in 1983, a building strategy game perfect for all ages. Its name comes from the Swahili word "kujenga" which means 'to build or construct'. It is also a popular family and party game, as its gameplay can become difficult and higher risk the longer the game goes on, and once the tower falls, the game is over! 


There isn’t really a single winner in Jenga. Instead, whoever causes the tower to fall is the “loser”, so to speak. The basic rules of Jenga are simple: remove one block and place it on the top of the tower without making it fall. This makes it a great game to introduce to new people as there aren’t many rules to remember. Due to its popularity, there’s been other editions released, like one with different shaped blocks for an unique tower building experience, and also a truth or dare addition to spice up the between-turn experience!


CARD GAMES


  • Cards Against Humanity


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CAH is a humorous party card game (recommended for adults due to some swearing, risque content and adult references) that was popularized in the last decade due to its pop culture references, crowdfunded launch, and unique marketing strategies from the publishers. After its release in 2011, the game became a bestseller on Amazon, and it’s still a popular go-to for some off-the-collar fun. 


Each player gets a hand of white cards, which have various phrases and responses ranging from jokes, pop culture references, and quotes. The phrases are used to answer the group question presented each round on the black card. The objective is to have the funniest response, decided by the “Tzar” of that round, so if you are playing strategically, it’s good to know the humor types of the people you’re playing with to choose the best card to get them in stitches!


  • Exploding Kittens


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Exploding Kittens is another modern card game which gained popularity due to being created by an established webcomic author “The Oatmeal”, and it’s marketing through well-known content creators online. It was a Kickstarter project that was fully funded within a week of launch and became Kickstarters most backed project in the website's history. Since its launch it’s been very successful and has a number of spinoffs and expansion packs!

The game revolves around the Exploding Kittens, which are shuffled into the rest of the deck at random and eventually drawn one by one. Once a player has drawn one, they are out of the game, and the last player standing wins! Along the way you will have a hand of cards with varying abilities and descriptions, all aligning with the artwork and humor of the original creator.


  • What Do You Meme?


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Another game spawned from online pop culture, What Do You Meme? was published by popular content and advertising brand Jerry Media, who had a large Instagram presence, especially during the mid 2010s. The game was also published after a successful Kickstarter campaign, and had since seen expansion packs and popular culture collaborations.


What Do You Meme? has a similar play style as Cards Against Humanity, where the objective is to have the funniest response, in the form of a meme picture or popular online reference, to the situational card presented at the beginning of the round. Given the nature of popular culture, almost ten years later some of the references might be a bit outdated, but the game is always a fun time, especially if some drinks are involved!


  • Codenames


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Released in 2015, Codenames is a twist on word association guessing games. It was released with rave reviews and in 2016 won the German Game of the Year award. Since its release there has been a number of spinoffs and expansions to keep the gameplay fresh for avid enthusiasts. 


Two teams compete against each other to guess the code words for their team while avoiding the enemy team's words. Words can be guessed by combining associated words. A great little game to pick up quickly with minimal rules and an fun, collaborative twist



STRATEGY AND COOPERATIVE


  • Ticket to Ride


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A railway theme “Eurogame” style board game released in 2004, Ticket to Ride has seen huge international success, leading to expansions, spinoffs, different maps to play on, and even a card game. It is renowned for being a great game to get new players into board games, specifically the more abstract and collaborative game play of “Eurogame” style gameplay. We have various editions available at Hop & Vine!


Winning is based on score, and you collect points by meeting various objectives throughout the gameplay phase. It’s not a collaborative play game, but is lower stakes than some other board games that are very head to head, so it’s a great option to get casual game players into more advanced and nuanced styles of table-top board games!


  • Catan


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A super popular table-top board game, released in German in 1995, known for being one of the first “Eurogames” to become popular around the world. There are many different variations now since its original release, and we have a number to try at Hop & Vine!


Players act as settlers in the game, and the goal is to develop your settlements through building and trading with other players to acquire needed resources. As your settlements grows, the players receive points, and the first to reach a set number of points, wins!


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