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Battra43 {Avid Gamer} Oct 15th, 2018
“Simple with depth”

A economic game that has many ways to win the necessary 15 victory points. The nobles are a nice feature for bonus points, but you really don’t need to focus on them. Many of the development cards have the points that players ought to concentrate on. AS the game progresses, so do players ability to acquire the developments that score more points. Collecting gems will also help; reserving cards can give you a wild token to be used as any gem and also disrupt your opponents stradegy.

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Battra43 {Avid Gamer} Oct 15th, 2018
“Tidy & Fun”

This is a simple game that has some ‘take that’ possibilities in that each player may select the cards to go into a common pool and the Fennec/Fox – to move a camel{s} back a space, as well as the Oasis –
to move camel(s) forward a space. What will be your stradegy? Sabotage the leader? Aid the leader for more victory points? Or make sure your loser stays in last place? Plenty of options to score points!

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I'm a Gamin' Fiend!
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Shelexie {Avid Gamer} Oct 3rd, 2018
“Mega Game in all the good ways”

Pros:
Great Components
Amazing story arcs with lots of choices
Interesting ways to upgrade your individual character

Cons:
Takes your shelf space
Organizer is almost a necessity
Steep Learning Curve but very intuitive by the 3rd game

When you open the box, you have access to the starting six characters. They are new and interesting, not the standard fantasy dwarf, elf, wizard, etc. There are an additional ELEVEN characters and their miniatures that are sealed. You must meet certain in game conditions before you can open a new character.

As your party adventures you fight through dungeons, advancing the story and learning more about the setting of Gloomhaven. The game plays well with 2-4 players and scales itself. (Side note, in many games, my wife and I play a third dummy character to make the game flow correctly but this is not necessary with this game!)

As you level up your characters, several things happen. You can choose the next perk you want, allowing you to control if you want to ignore certain negative effects or change the mix of your modifier deck (-1, +0, +1, +1 with an additional target, +0 but also poison the target, etc.) As you level up, you are also able to carry more small items (like healing potions). The town’s property will also improve through game play, granting you access to new items.

Eventually, your character will achieve his or her life goal and retire. This is NOT a bad thing! It will often allow you to open a new character, increase the prosperity of the town, and unlock certain town and road cards. When you choose your new character, they will be able to come in at a higher level and will begin play with a perk already added in. You don’t get to keep money or items but it didn’t seem to slow us down for long. This also means you may have a party with characters at different levels. This is OK! You take the average of the party and play at that level. You will not be underpowered, or at least not for long.

Overall, we love this game! We have played 80+ hours and have completed maybe 1/3rd of the adventures. We have each retired 3+ characters and have taught it to 10+ people. If you like tactical thinking, resource management, good story elements, and lots of pieces… welcome home!

P.S. Be sure to check the game tips as well for some add ons I wish we had known about when we first started playing.

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Dick Dale {Avid Gamer} Sep 27th, 2018
“Simple to learn and teach Great filler game”

You have cards 1 to 100. All you have to do is play them in order.
For one player it would be simple but with 2 to 4 player it is more complex.

You try to read other players faces or reactions to play your lowest card at the correct time. The play to the right just played a 60 and you have 67 in your hand in a 4 player game. Do you play your 67 and hope none of the other 3 players have 61 through 66. This is the dilemma in the game, what the other players are holding.

Dumb luck is a big factor in this game but it is fun and move quickly. No strategy just fun.

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Fuzzy Mustard {Avid Gamer} Sep 14th, 2018
“It's soooo big!”

Okay, yeah, this is a great one for art, story, gameplay, co-op, as well as fantastic replay. Just know this, it WILL eat ALL your play time for other games.

The biggest drawback is the amazing amount of set up and clean up time, and you really need a great rules lawyer to digest the book that is the rules. If you are into any sort of light gaming experience, forget this.

If you want that immersive game to rule them all and in the game closet bind them, you found it!

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8 out of 8 gamers thought this review was helpful

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