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The Twinkle of Dirty Money in Stardew Valley spread through the lands of Andor

Steph Hodge
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Ever since I learned Stardew Valley: The Board Game back with Dan, Shrey, and Derek, I have been wanting to play it again wicked badly!

That first play went pretty sour quickly. We ended the game early since several players weren't feeling it and 4 players were just too long and too much.

Since then, I figured playing as a 2 player game would be just the right fit for me. I was also sure that Michael would want to play it as well.

I was super excited to get it to the table. Now, I haven't ever played this video game, but I know it is super popular. From my first play, I knew it was a super thematic game. It is dripping with theme.

It was only when we played on the Livestream on Sunday that I learned everything in the boardgame is basically directly related to everything in the video game thanks to the viewers on the stream telling me such. All the characters you meet in the video game also appear in the boardgame and everything just lines up.

It took a while to play the first game to decipher the rules and all the questions that popped up. The rulebook wasn't bad, it is just missing a lot.

If you aren't familiar with the game, you are playing cooperatively to try and fulfill all of the different goals that are presented at the beginning of the game and during the game. You will need to supply the goals the number of times multiplied by the player count. It works out that playing with more players will just take double the time as playing with 2 players. It can be a long game. If you are playing solo, you just need to fulfill everything once and be the master of all trades.

During the game, you will reveal events that might help you or hurt you based on the icons on the card. Then players will take turns performing actions around the board. You might plant some seeds and water the garden, build a structure, or buy some animals and pet them. Maybe you go searching the mine for some minerals or fish in the ocean.

As you explore the board you will forage some tiles and add those to your collection as well.

It is important you befriend the villagers and give them some cool gifts so they help you out later. So much to do, so little time! It is all about managing your time and your resources to fulfill those goals.

Michael and I had a great time playing it! When we were learning it, we had some seriously lucky draws. We needed a couple of legendary fish, and sure enough one popped out right at the beginning. I was amazed! Everything seemed to fall into place for us that game. We had to wait until Winter since we needed Winter forageables for a goal, but otherwise, we were on top of it.

We later played on the Stream and had a slightly different time. We had totally different goals and that was really cool to see the different ways to play and use cards. Check out the video. The playtime was about 2 hours after the rules teach, so it moved along nicely.

I really enjoy this game. There are so many cards that each game will feel totally different. So many possible event cards too, you just don't know what will trigger. Michael and I both really enjoyed this game. I think there is a reprint coming out later this year, so definitely keep your eye out for it! play it! Recommended with 2 players for sure.


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Many have heard of and played Legends of Andor and now there is a new edition called Andor: The Family Fantasy Game. New to me!

This new edition is a lighter version of the big game that is designed to include the whole family. It is not just geared toward kids, but to adults too.

The game is cooperative and there are a bunch of missions to work through and complete. In the first game out of the box, you will have 2 missions to complete on top of the main goal of finding the pups.

In the game, you will start in Rietburg and work your way through the fog to complete the missions and get to the cave to start searching for the 3 lost pups. The dragon is causing a rampage, so you have to control the orc creatures and keep the dragon at bay. If the dragon ever enters Rietburg, then the players will lose. If all 3 pups are found and the missions are complete then everyone will win!

I first played this with Fun Group James and Susan and Michael. So we all took on a character and went to work. It scales well for any number of players since you just start with more orc creatures and different positions for the dragon.

We sort of went full-on explore mode turning over all the fog tiles we stepped on and it proved to be the wrong thing to do. We nearly died from the dragon attacks, but we were able to fend off the orcs and push the dragon back just in time.

We finished the missions with ease and found the cave to be more issues. We did manage to find the dove to help uncover some tiles without having to explore them to know if they were good or bad and that helped significantly. Without that guidance, I am not sure we would have found all the pups in time to win. But we did find the pups!

Michael and I later played on the Livestream and it was awesome. We played through super quickly and managed the fog much better. We learned from our first play, so that was great.

I can't wait to continue the journey to the next chapter and see what other challenges pop up. Really cool game! Great for the family or just the regular game group. Makes me want to pull out the Legends of Andor again.

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I am always interested in dice games and Twinkle looked super cute! New to me!

For a quick filler dice game, the rulebook was quite a long 16 pages. But, it was thorough and answered any questions you might have when playing the game.

Over 8 rounds, each player will take their turn either rolling 3 available dice or drafting one of the D8's in the middle of the board. If 3 dice are rolled one of them will be added to the constellation.

In order to add dice to a constellation, the newly placed die must be lower than the previously placed die and each die can have up to 2 branches below it.

Each colored die will score differently depending on its color. You will always get the twinkle bonus of 2 points if you add a larger die behind a littler die. I.E. D4 followed by a D6 and so on.

Once you are familiar with the game you can start adding in silver and bronze goal cards to the mix to gain more points.

There is also a solo challenge to check out too.

Twinkle plays out super quickly since you only play 8 rounds then it is over! Our first game seemed so fast. I had an idea of what I wanted to do during my plays, so I ate up as many red dice as possible since those seemed to score the best.

Michael was working on getting the pairs of blue for his majority of points.

Since I was doing very well with the reds and actually getting the bigger dice to roll lower for the twinkle bonuses, I did very well that game. It was still close though and I won with 23 to Michael's 22.

When we played on stream, it was definitely a different story! If you wanted to see the playthrough video it is below, and you can see how it plays!

I like it, I think it is a neat puzzle, but you also need some luck of the rolls. You always have the option on which dice to actually roll, which is great. I would definitely play this again.


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When James and Susan came over, one of the games we played was Dirty Money. New to me!

From the name of the game, I figured this would be a Ponzi Scheme sort of game. It wasn't really like that though.

In the game, you use the money to buy locations. Locations will give you points at the end of the game for various set collections and other conditions.

Each turn, the active player will select a location and take the money and action cards that were put out at the beginning of the round. Some of the money is dirty money, and that is marked. Also mixed into the money deck are action cards that can audit other players' hands of cards. Maybe you can catch some of their stashes and take some of the dirty money for yourself.

Each player has a hand limit for the number of money cards in hand too. You have to spend it when you can on the locations you are visiting to clean the dirty money where possible.

The game isn't complicated and there are some interesting ideas going on. Everyone felt that there wasn't enough use of the dirty money in the game. For the name of the game to be Dirty Money, we thought there should be more going on trying to clean it. Basically, we felt it was a bit too simple.

The game offers nothing new in terms of mechanics. I have seen it all before, but it worked as far as gameplay. I didn't feel like i was making critical choices at every moment, I was just doing whatever I could in order to claim cards for points. Nothing felt like a great play or anything.

James ended up winning with 35 since he had special cards all to himself with his power, and they happened to work for his plans. I was a close second with 31 and Susan had 26 and Michael was at 22.

There is a lot of luck with the cards that pop out and when. But, it was fine. I would play again, but ultimately I would be surprised if I did.


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