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Welcome back to the Courtland Towers Blog! In today’s post, we’re sharing three board games that we’re excited to play this month. Two of them we’ve played and are excited to play again. The third releases this month. Enjoy exploring something old and new in your Arlington, VA apartment.


By no means is Takenoko a new game; even so, it is one of our favorite board games of all time. Takenoko is a showstopper when it comes to games. Complete with colorful tiles, wooden components that piece together and resemble stocks of bamboo, and a miniature panda figurine that will make you want to shout with joy, this game is one that you and your friends will enjoy many times over. Here’s a short description from Bombyx:

“A long time ago, the Emperor of China offered Japanese Emperor a Giant Panda as symbol of peace. Your delicate mission is to take care of the animal by growing a bamboo plantation. But be careful with the sacred animal and its unhealthy appetite for the crispy shoots…”

Railroad Ink

Railroad Ink is a beautiful little game for one to six players. It plays in about 30 minutes, takes seconds to learn, and is (in our opinion) one of the best games to come out of 2018. Here’s a description from the publisher, CMON:

“New lands have opened up and the race is on to create the best network of rail and road lines through it. In Railroad Ink, players roll the Route dice and must then draw the subsequent results on their individual Route boards. Players score points for having long interconnected Routes, as well as connecting the entry points to their board, plus having Routes through the center of their boards. But beware, they’ll lose points for leaving unfinished lines…”


Wingspan is a card-driven board game with colorful components and stunning artwork. If you like birds, you won’t want to miss out on playing this game which releases this month. Here’s a description from Stonemaier Games:

“You are bird enthusiasts—researchers, bird watchers, ornithologists, and collectors—seeking to discover and attract the best birds to your network of wildlife preserves. Each bird extends a chain of powerful combinations in one of your habitats (actions). These habitats focus on several key aspects of growth…”