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B. Chereaux {Avid Gamer} May 18th, 2019
“Beautiful Dice Drafting”

This is fast becoming the favorite game in our house. My wife will never turn down a game of Sagrada and after one play, it is not hard to see why. This game is easy to learn, quick to play, and downright beautiful to look at.

The Good:

The components are well made and the translucent, colored dice are awesome. After a few rounds, this one looks gorgeous on the table and you can really see the theme coming through.
The puzzle aspect of the game is engaging and challenging without being cluttered by unnecessary rules.
A full playthrough takes only 30 minutes, so it shouldn’t be hard to keep even the least initiated board gamer interested.

The Not-So-Good:

The cardstock used on the cards feels a little flimsy. This especially bothers me about the window pattern cards since they will be manipulated in and out of frames every time we play
The rules for scoring at the end of the game needed explanations of EACH rule. The rulebook only provided examples of a few, and I have to admit we played a few games wrong and did some puzzle solving after to figure out how to score.

This game definitely lives up to the hype, and is one that will be on our shelves for years to come. It plays well as a filler for two or three people in between longer Ameritrash games, or as a main course for up to six players with an optional expansion. I am very happy with the amount of game I got for only 40 bucks!

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brigten {Avid Gamer} Apr 27th, 2019
“Finally a really good game for solo fro FFG”

I own several FFG games, some with solo options. I believe this is one of the best games in a long time. A lot of content i the core set makes the steep price worth it. The building of decks works great and is not cumbersome. Large impact on the game with little fiddling.

The scenarios drives through a coherent story with lot of options for side missions.

Played it solo, but this will also work superb for group gaming.

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Marvin K. {Avid Gamer} Apr 10th, 2019
“New faction vs new obstacle”

The Unquiet Dead is the first expansion for the Martin Wallace game Wildlands. You can play this as an optional 5th faction although it is still limited to being a 4 player game. The differences on this faction are minor but should only be added to the game after the base game has been played a few times. The first difference is that the undead team has 6 characters instead of 5 like the other teams. Additionally, they only have 2 symbols for the team members. This is why I recommend some experience with the game concepts before adding this team. The 2 symbols are a skull and a hand rising out of the ground. To help reduce confusion in early plays of the game I painted an S and an H on the appropriate figure bases so a player can easily distinguish who can play which cards during the game. The other optional use for this set is as a game obstacle for all players to use. I have only played this expansion a couple of times so far and only as an optional team but plan to try it out as an obstacle in the near future. So far I do like it and plan to keep it incorporated in the game.

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Marvin K. {Avid Gamer} Mar 31st, 2019
“Great bits ”

I enjoy this game very much. The components alone have made me start watching for a used copy of the game so I can have them for use in other games. The game lasts 7 rounds highest score at the end of the 7th round(day) wins the game. Each player is a koi(goldfish) swimming in a large pond. You start with a hand of cards to which you add 3 cards from a common deck. Some of these cards will allow you to move your koi. Other cards allow you to add rocks, cherry blossoms, frogs and lily pads to the pond.The movement cards gave symbols to tell you how to move your koi. If the symbols are in black ink they are mandatory and when you play them you must do the moves. Some are in blue ink and are optional. The symbols are in a vertical column and are read from the bottom of the card upwards. On your turn you can play as many of your cards as you want in any order you choose but may only keep 5 cards in your hand for future play but in general this will not be a problem. There is a deck of weather cards that you will shuffle separately and draw six from laying these out above the board face down before the game starts. Starting with the 2nd round(day) you will reveal a card that will have a game effect for that round. During the game your koi will eat dragonflies and frogs to score points by landing on the space where those components are. If, at the start of a player’s turn there are no dragonflies place more flies on empty lilypads. Most points at end wins the game.

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Marvin K. {Avid Gamer} Mar 31st, 2019
“Surprising Martin Wallace Game”

This is one of Martin Wallace’s newer games. I introduce it to people who are fans of his game designs as his idea of a fluff game. For those who may not be familiar with his games he tends to create heavier games with more mechanisms in them. I like those types of games but know they are not for everyone. That being said this is a much lighter game than he normally does. I enjoy the game very much and have gotten the 1st expansion and am waiting on a game order which has the second expansion in it. Rather than going into a detailed explanation of the game(for that I recommend going to the Osprey Games website and watching the video) I want to mention why I liked the game. First, the game overall appearance is very nice. The miniatures are nicely detailed and were done with a black wash so details stand out even without painting the miniatures. The game board is 2 sided with the outdoors side adding some additional game rules. The game components are in fitted plastic trays with clear covers on each of the 2 trays so the components do not scatter all over the box when taking the game to your game night. The rules are clearly written so you should not have arguing over what happens when. A player has 2 ways to earn points and will probably do a combination to win the game. If you want a solid game that plays in 1 to 1 1/2 hours playtime I can strongly recommend this game.

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