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Jonathan Nelson
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Drop Site is a game by Dennis Hoyle, published by Bellwether Games. It is for 2-4 players. In this game, players will be trying to deliver humanitarian aid shipments by parachute. The player that is best able to coordinate the drops will be declared the winner.

To begin, all the cards are shuffled together really well. Each player is then dealt 5 cards each. The deck is placed face down in the middle of the play area and the top card is flipped over face up and placed beside the deck. This card is the first drop site. Play now begins.

On a player's turn they may do one of three things. They can play a card on a drop site. To do this, a card is played face up on top of one of the drop site cards. However the card value must be less than the drop site card. If a zero card is ever added to a drop site, the shipment has reached the ground and the cards are turned sideways to represent that. A new drop site card can be played on top of the zero card. Another thing that can be done is to add a drop site. This is done by simply adding another card beside the row of drop site cards that are already out. When a certain amount of drop sites have been placed, the game is over. This is all dependent on the number of players. The last thing a player can do is to place cards face down in front of themselves in what is called the Debt. This is how points are scored.

Points are scored by matching drop sites. If a player has placed a number that matches a drop site face down in their Debt, they will score the points that are shown on the card with a + in front of it. However any cards that do not match a drop site will count as -2 points for each card. This continues until someone reaches 100 points or 50 for a shorter game. The player that does this is the winner.

The only components to this game are a stack of cards. These cards are really nice and sturdy. The artwork is nice with little falling crates attached to red cross parachutes. They have a really nice thematic feel to them. Everything looks really nice. The packaging holds everything really well, making it easy to get the cards in and out of the box. All in all, great packaging and a really nice product.
9 out of 10

The rulebook is merely a small double sided sheet of paper. It's done in a quarter fold and fits neatly into the box. Everything is in color. There are a few small pictures that explain how the game is set up and played. Everything is easy to read and understand. It's all well put together and looks nice to boot.
9 out of 10

The game is a great filler game. It's not one that is very long to play. Most of the times we played it, we were finished in about 10-15 minutes. No matter how strategic I tried to play it, I learned that all my strategy wasn't worth anything. It only took one card placement by my son to completely ruin my Debt making every card I had placed earlier a -2 point millstone around my neck. Needless to say, his rapid style of play ended up shellacking me really badly. Even though I lost repeatedly, I still enjoyed the game. It's fast and fun. It's easy to learn and play. No need to check the rules repeatedly with this one. All in all, it's a really nice game.
9 out of 10

Drop Site is a light weight card game of shipping goodness. It's fast and fun. It's nice little game that can fit in your pocket and be brought out anywhere. It's easy to teach and learn. I would recommend this to anyone that likes card games like Phase 10 or Rook. The cards are all thematic and the smaller the number the more of the ground you see on the cards. I like how quick it is to play through a round. If you're looking for a little card game that packs a lot of fun inside, this might be just what you're looking for. Definitely give it a try.
9 out of 10

For more information about this and other games, please check out Bellwether Games at their site.
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