Can't get the group together but need a quick board game fix? Xbox Live has got your back in their current deal of the week promotion. From now through October 10th, you can grab the following titles for 400 Microsoft Points ($5): Carcassonne, The Settlers of Catan, Magic: The Gathering Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012, Battleship, and Family Game Night.
Of the five, Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 is the must-buy title. In this game, you'll get the brand new Archenemy play mode, cards from the just-released Innistrad expansion, and the ability to use Ral Zarek, an exclusive planeswalker. The fact that the game is only just a few months old only amplifies how good of a deal this is.
If Magic isn't your thing, then don't let the opportunity to get Catan and Carcassonne on the cheap. These are two of the most popular euro-style board games and serve as a perfect jumping-in point for new gamers. If a round of Monopoly ten years ago was the last board game you played, then you owe it to yourself to try at least one of these two. Come on in, the water's fine.