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Remy Moore {Avid Gamer} Aug 30th, 2016
“No matter what - try it!”

Millennium Blades, by Level 99 Games, is a CCG simulated via boardgame. It captures trading, deckbuilding and ranking and does it really well with rich theme. This is a novel approach to a classic gaming style and a time I still view with nostalgia. To me, that alone merits trying the game!!

Contents:
5 Player Boards
2 Central Market Boards
6 Starter Decks (9 Cards Each)
1 Core Set (118 Cards)
11 Expansion Sets (12 Cards Each)
9 Premium Sets (12 Cards Each)
8 Master Sets (12 Cards Each)
4 Bronze Promo Sets (6 Cards Each)
3 Silver Promo Sets (6 Cards Each)
3 Gold Promo Sets (6 Cards Each)
6 Pro Player Card Sets (5 Cards Each)
6 Character Cards
36 Friendship Cards
2 Meta Card Sets (6 Cards Each)
10 Oversized Venue Cards
1 Punchsheet
800 Millennium Dollar Money Slips
80 Sticker Slips
1 VP Score Pad
15 Wooden Cube RP Trackers (5 Colors)

Ages: 14+
Players: 2-5
Game Length: 120 minutes

Now it takes a while to learn and even longer to master MB, but once one gets familiar with the game it really gets easier to connect with it. I enjoyed the timed deckbuilding phase ok enough, but it was the player interaction and the tournament phase that makes the game for me.

If you want to check out a game that is rich with theme and VERY innovative, if you have any nostalgia for the old CCG games or if you still play CCG games, then check this game out now – it is worth a play!!

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12 out of 22 gamers thought this review was helpful
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I Am What I Am
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Matt Adlard {Avid Gamer} Aug 29th, 2016
“expansion that works”

This is an interesting one as it represents an expansion that both works and is not just a badly fitted suit that makes it appear as a cash grab.

The game dynamic it brings is both interesting and thoughtful, it makes it a fun game expansion and packs a lot of interesting aspects that change the games dynamics from a fairly complex game that is easy to get involved with and fun to play into a real tactical style game with new moves that allow you to play as a real villain and smarter style of play.

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3 out of 6 gamers thought this review was helpful
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I Am What I Am
Go to the Ticket to Ride page
 
Matt Adlard {Avid Gamer} Aug 29th, 2016
“Allround great fun”

A absolute blast and great fun, a game that engages with all the family and draws even new players in with clever tactical play and strategy, but leaves players just seeing the great game and enjoying themselves.

A good game for people new to board gaming or introducing new people to gaming as the subject is simple and non threatening.

The expansions and other variants are also enjoyable but they do not need to be bought as the basic game is by its self and a lot of fun.

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1 out of 6 gamers thought this review was helpful
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I Walk the Talk!
Gamer - Level 5
Tinkerer
Go to the The Spoils Trading Card Game page
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Demombrn {Avid Gamer} Aug 29th, 2016
“Better Than Magic IMHO”

I am honestly suprised this game hasn’t become more popular. But I also bring that conclusion to the state of mind of most gamers and that is this; accessibility.

Gaming has reached the pinnacle that we had all hoped it would in our youth. But not for the reasons we had wished. Instead of getting more people for competition and relation it has come to elitism. And not in a good way. If doesn’t have a huge marketing campaign in every gaming store or website we see and doesn’t have reviews or people talking us into how to play before we buy it then why bother?

The Spoils I feel suffers from that. I’ve been into numerous game stores here in California asking about it and no one knows a thing. But bet your glass counters there are 20 kids with fresh carded, copy and paste decks they bought pre-constructed from some website that copied last year’s grand prix winners deck willing to play you for ante!

The Spoils I’ve experienced cuts that out. With the same card limits, but a larger deck requirment your synergy doesn’t mean squat. And the way the the turn sequence is played the game comes down now to strategy of the hands you’re dealt as opposed to what synergy you’ve read about online.

Sure there is probably something out there and I never understood the fascination with it. But it’s less likely to work. The fact your opponent has to be prepared during any point that you can attack, and you that he can respond, makes you seriously debate every potential play you make.

The game is built around more subtle playing of skills than synergy and exploitation, that it makes the game a bit more focused.

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10 out of 12 gamers thought this review was helpful
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Miniature Painter
Stone of the Sun
I'm Completely Obsessed
Novice Advisor
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Jen Moore {Avid Gamer} Aug 28th, 2016
“Mea Culpa, Maharani”

If I had a nickle for every board game I misjudged or previously disdained, well, I’d probably have a enough to buy a soda. I have discounted numerous games simply because they didn’t meet my expectations regarding what a fun game should look like or how it should play. When I first saw Maharani, I personally couldn’t work up any interest in the game. I received it free for backing the Kickstarter project, Thebes. Maharani looked attractive enough but the theme seemed boring and I feared the game would be overly complicated. Lay tile, move rondel, place workers and score points – yawn! You’re helping the King to complete the Taj Mahal palace by placing beautiful mosaic tiles – who cares? So the game sat on our shelf for months before we played it. What can I say – I was wrong – really wrong – about Maharani.
Game Basics (highlights from the rulebook)
The players try to place mosaic tiles in each quarter of the palace in order to earn as much gold as possible.They earn gold for each mosaic tile and each worker they place. The player with the most gold at the end wins. At the start of a player’s turn, he/she rotates the rondel so that its arrow points towards his/her position marker. Then the player must take one of two possible actions: 1 Place mosaic tiles and workers 2) Refresh action tiles. The player chooses one of the tiles lying on the rondel and places it either without using an action marker on any free space in the same quarter in which the tile is lying OR with the use of an action marker on any free space in any one of the other 3 quarters.
What I liked
1. Placing beautiful, mosaic tiles: Turns out, this is more fun than it sounds (well, it would just about have to be). The tiles you place have different patterns on them and there is something really compelling about deciding where to place them. I tend to want to have the largest section of one particular design, but there can be strategic advantages to breaking up a pattern. Lining up the tiles, trying to determine the ideal placement is really fun.
2. Simplicity: I was initially intimidated by this game because I thought it was going to be really hard to understand and too complicated to enjoy. While my gaming group initially played the game wrong the first time (there were a couple of fine points that we misinterpreted), we soon discovered our mistake and found that the game is actually pretty straightforward. It is helpful to have someone explain the game and walk you through it (but then again, that is true for any game). It is really straightforward, both adults and children can enjoy.
1. Strategy v Luck : This game has an element of luck in it – you have no control over when or where the different designed tiles will appear (and that can greatly impact a player’s choices and ultimate score). However, the player has a number of options in this game and a solid strategy can win the game. It helps to be able to quickly scan the board, assess the situation, and determine the optimal tile placement in order to score more points. This makes the game very engaging and tends to keep all the players’ focused on what is happening (rather than folks mentally checking out until it is their turn).
What I didn’t like
1. Player limit – This is a game I want to break out every weekend, but it only supports 2-4 players and we often have 6-8 players over. I thing that the game could be reworked to support a larger group.
Final Verdict
I am finding that some of my favorite games are the ones I least expected to like. I am still a bit baffled at times how the games that have become my favorites managed to do so. This game is one that, for whatever reason, I can play again and again. This game has opened my eyes and it makes me want to see what other games I have been wrong about! Maharani is a terrific game, with solid game play. It is simple, satisfying, and stimulating – and surprise, it really is fun!

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10 out of 10 gamers thought this review was helpful

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