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Relic Runners

| Published: 2013
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The ancient relics had lain dormant in the darkest reaches of the jungle since time immemorial. But once word of their discovery broke out, all manner of would-be archeologists rushed in...

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In Relic Runners you are a fearless Explorer, traveling the jungle in search of lost temples full of forgotten treasures and relics.

Armed with nothing more than your trusty Pith Helmet and a nose for rare antiquities you'll explore Temple Ruins and Shrines and undertake Expeditions in a race to unearth the most treasure!

A successful expedition requires skillful planning – building Pathways; carrying plenty of Rations, and expanding your Explorer's Toolbox to help you travel the jungle, resupply, take additional actions, and score bonuses.

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“A Good Time for Treasure Hunters”

This game is currently an open demo at the store I work at. I learned to play it to teach others, and didn’t expect to care much for it, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I’ve now played it at least a dozen times, and that’s not counting the times I was teaching customers.

You start by picking your color / character, and randomly placing the temples, of which there are three colors (Purple, Blue, and White). Blue Temple pieces give victory points, Purple Temples give special one time use powers, and White Temples give a passive permanent bonus but you can only have one White Temple piece at a time. Everyone starts at base camp, and the game begins!

The mechanics are simple. Move, then Explore. You get two movements, Uneplored and Explored. Unexplored means you move a long a path you haven’t place a pathway on. Explored means you move along your already placed pathways, for as long as they are connected.

Once you stop moving, you can Explore. This means you spend a ration and flip the top token of the place you are on. Ruins let you place pathways, Temples give you special abilities.

Once the pile of three Ruins, or the entire Temple, has been explored you place a Relic. Green Frogs go on empty Ruin spots, Blue Birds on Blue Temples, White Skulls on White Temples, and Purple Statues on Purple Temples.

Once there are two of the same Relics on the board, you can do a Relic Run. Start your turn at one, and if you can Run all the way to the other, you collect it for 5 points! The game ends when a certain number of Relics based on player number has been collected.

Overall, this game is rather simple, but incredibly fun. The randomization gives it an incredibly high replay value. Each character has a special ability, but none are too strong as to break gameplay. It also plays well with any number or players, but four makes it the most hectic and fun.

While I still don’t own it, I will certainly be purchasing it as soon as my store stops displaying it! And hey, if you’re ever in my area, I challenge you to out Relic Run me. 😀

 

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