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Bryan Laird
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Reviewer Synopsis:
You are one of Beowulf's trusted men travailing with him on his many adventures. You help him fight off his enemies; Grendel, the Sea Hag, and the Dragon. You assist him in sailing around the world, and try to become King once he has passed away.

Mechanics
You move around the board either taking risks, fighting monsters, bidding gold (in the advanced game), and trying to win fame. Each time you move into a major event square you start using your cards in an attempt to gain the upper hand until the next major event.
6 of 10

Game Play
You move around the board drawing or trading cards for the best hand that will suite your purposes for the upcoming major events, then you use the luck of those draws in order to take the upper hand until the next major event.
7 of 10

Art and Design

When we opened up the box we first wondered if it was a game defect as there were only 3 quarters of a normal square shaped board. Instead it was a well drawn 3 quarter board, using well drawn routes and vast distinction between the normal play and advanced play games. The cards were well drawn, maybe could have used a little bit more flair but were well drawn just the same, and the Beowulf figure was a nicely crafted miniature.
9 of 10

Ending
The game ends when you get to the end of the trail at which point Beowulf dies and the new King is crowned (that being the winner of the game) the score is tallied by the events that occurred throughout the game, in the basic game you can use your gold as well as fame to purchase the crown, while in the Advanced game it is only the fame that you have collected during game play. The tiles were drawn as you moved about the board gaining or losing the upper hand on all major events or were drawn at random from the alliance counters.
8 of 10

Overall Happiness

Overall, I enjoyed the day of playing games with which we started with Beowulf: The Legend, the game was an easy one to learn as well as fast to play once it was taught. The only down side is the bidding when trying to gain the upper hand could have been a little bit more thought out, otherwise this is a great game.
8 of 10

Overall Rating
7.6 of 10


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Christopher Dearlove
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blaird wrote:
The only down side is the bidding when trying to gain the upper hand could have been a little bit more thought out


What does that mean? What's not thought out about it, as distinct from not to your tastes? Why isn't it to you tastes? (I assume, or if not, what?). What's the relevance of the reference to when trying to gain the upper hand?
 
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Re: Board Game Reviewer Week 5 - game three - Beowulf: The Legend
Dearlove wrote:
blaird wrote:
The only down side is the bidding when trying to gain the upper hand could have been a little bit more thought out


What does that mean? What's not thought out about it, as distinct from not to your tastes? Why isn't it to you tastes? (I assume, or if not, what?). What's the relevance of the reference to when trying to gain the upper hand?


I'll start with the bottom question first as its the easiest answer.

The relevance is because after winning a major event the last person (winner of the event) will get to choose which prize they would like, fame, gold reward cards etc. With the second person taking the second choice so on until everyone has picked their prize.

What I didn't think was really thought out was when you got to take a risk and keep trying to add cards to your pile after exhausting the cards from your hand.
 
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blaird wrote:
What I didn't think was really thought out was when you got to take a risk and keep trying to add cards to your pile after exhausting the cards from your hand.


First, you can take a risk without exhausting your hand. In fact if you wait until you've done so before you risk you're going to do badly.

Second, you've produced no evidence for not thought through. In fact I think what's not thought through is your comment. I'd also note that this is a Reiner Knizia game, and one thing he's not well known for is not thinking things through.

(Of course I also have a little bit of extra knowledge in this case about the subject. But I don't need it to make the comments above.)
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