Oh, oh, I can help with this. What games do you have/like?
gjmueller also asked: cooperative/competitive?
- Penny Arcade: Gamers vs Evil (deck building, fun and funny)
- Cards Against Humanity (Apples to Apples for adults)
- Lords of Waterdeep (8 turns worker placement)
- D&D Adventure Games (I like Ashardalon the best - mini dungeon exploration)
- Discworld (worker placement, funny if you’ve read the books)
- Tigris & Euphrates (resource management and dominos)
- Tsuro of the Sea (puzzle game)
- 7 Wonders (resource management)
- Settlers of Catan (resource management)
- Fluxx (card game where the you change the rules)
- Castle Panic (technically a card game, but fast & fun)
- Pandemic (kinda coop resource management)
- Elder Sign (dice game)
- Island of Dr Necreaux (coop card game)
- Arkham Horror (exploration game - effectively a Lovecraft dungeon)
- Forbidden Island (easy worker placement)
- Yggdrasil (coop resource management)
Card game: game play is determined by cards.
Deck building: a type of card game - you collect cards, discard cards, draw cards, play cards, choose what you add to your hand to beat the other player.
Dice game: game play is determined by rolling dice.
Exploration game: you have limited information, and gameplay is based on discovering game elements.
Resource management: players acquire and spend the currency of the game to advance gameplay, and success is based on net profit (whoever acquires/spends most efficiently)
Worker placement: like resource management, except the placement of workers determines how players acquire or spend the currency of the game.
Extra nerdy thoughts:
Cooperative games didn’t exist until D&D…can you think of a game you played that required you to work together to win before 1974-ish?