Hurricane Irma brought a tropical storm to Atlanta, and we've missed two days of school. But at my house, that has just meant more books and board games!
I don't have any games that are explicitly about hurricanes, but these are close enough:
1. Robinson Crusoe
Even without weather disasters, Robinson Crusoe would be brutal. You have to cope with possible injuries, wild animals, limited food supply, and various other disasters. On top of everything else, you have to roll weather dice—and you'd better believe I've lost a palisade or two that way. At least I get to ride out hurricane Irma in my apartment!
2. Arctic Scavengers
OK, so maybe this deck building game would be more thematic during a snowstorm. But Arctic Scavengers is all about survival in a harsh environment. Since I'm sitting in here with my flashlights, radio, cases of water, and nonperishable food, I have survival on my mind. Since there is nowhere else to go at the moment, why not turn it into entertainment, too?
3. Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective
Rain and candles might signify that a disaster is happening outside, but they also put me in the mood to solve mysteries. This is the perfect time to make tea, read by candlelight, and catch a criminal. Or, if you'd like to freak yourself out, you can play Mythos Tales, which is basically Consulting Detective in the world of H.P. Lovecraft.
Another deck builder (my favorite mechanic). Turn the raging storm outside into an apocalyptic battle! Hurricane Irma might well have ripped a hole between this and another dimension, and Shadowrift allows you to do battle with monsters who come through those dimensional rifts. Protect your town from forces of nature and even from forces beyond nature!
Do you feel trapped during the storm? Are you getting the creeping feeling that you'll never escape? Gamify that feeling with Onirim, a solo card game about being a dreamer caught in an endless labyrinth. Will you find all of the doors and escape, or will the nightmares get you? It'll take your mind off of being stuck in your home for however long...
On a serious note, I hope you're all safe out there. Be well, fellow gamers.
My name is Liz, and I play a lot of games. By day, I am a teacher. By night, I am an avid gamer.